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November 27, 2013

Holistic Holiday Nourishment

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‘Tis the season to pick up an inspiring, captivating book about 100 successful, goal-oriented women who overcome hurtful, heartbreaking and, in my case, life-threatening obstacles to achieve their personal and professional goals. Aspiring toward a position of influence is the driving force behind most young ladies who compete in pageants. In chapter 45 of the new book, Real Talk, Real Women, I discuss the ups and downs of competition and how entering a stressful environment with a foundation of self-esteem and confidence is imperative. Without first defining who you are and what you stand for, competition can consume you like a hungry lion, without mercy.

ImageLearning how to properly nourish my body propelled me into a healthier level of, well… life, quicker than I could say, “super foods!” I’ve never looked back.  Now, although I’m still fine-tuning my internal domestic goddess status, I enjoy creating healthy alternatives to some recipes. With a little creativity, I think I’ve created a good mix of healthy and favorite holiday fare for my family. Here are two dishes I’ll be making this Thanksgiving, and I’d like to share them with you. Tweet me @LaceyWPruett and let me know how yours turn out. It’ll be like we’re celebrating Thanksgiving together, from a far.

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Roasted Cauliflower with Fresh Herbs and Parmesan 

Ingredients

            12 cups cauliflower florets (about 2 heads)

            1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

            1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

            2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme

            2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon

            3 garlic cloves, minced

            1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

            2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

            1/2 teaspoon salt

            1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preparation

Preheat oven to 450°.

Place cauliflower in a large roasting pan or jelly-roll pan. Drizzle with oil; toss well to coat. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes or until tender and browned, stirring every 5 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley, thyme, tarragon, and garlic. Bake 5 minutes. Combine cauliflower mixture, cheese, and remaining ingredients in a large bowl; toss well to combine.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples

Ingredients

            1/2 cup diced apple

            8 ounces Brussels sprouts, trimmed and quartered

            2 tablespoons apple cider

            2 teaspoons olive oil

            1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme

            1/4 teaspoon salt

            1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 375°.

2. Combine apple and Brussels sprouts in an 11 x 7–inch baking dish. Add apple cider, olive oil, minced fresh thyme, salt, and freshly ground black pepper; toss well. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until sprouts are tender.

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On stage during swimsuit competition at the 2012 Mrs. United States Pageant in Las Vegas, NV.

It wasn’t until I ran for Mrs. Texas United States title that I felt I was a healthy pageant competitor. I guess it worked to, because I won the title on my first try, and went on to place 4th runner up at the Mrs. United States pageant. Learning to nourish my body, mind, and spirit is probably my greatest educational experience to date, as without it, I may not be alive. This was the motivation behind obtaining my certification as a holistic wellness coach. I want to continue helping other young women understand the importance of looking inward to achieve overall beauty and success. It was also my main motivation behind leaving my 12-year corporate career to pursue a full-time career as a spokesperson for health and wellness. Now, I joyfully remind people that: “Nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.” It’s not that food is the enemy, but in a world consumed by emotional eating and corrupt body image, it’s a kind reminder that no food item can fill an emotional void or need. Being mindful of this fact is one of the healthiest ways to celebrate the holiday season.

For more about my story and perspective on the healthy side of competition, check out the book at http://www.realtalkrealwomen.net/lacey-pruett/ and order your own copy this December on Amazon.com. Pre-sale opportunities and digital copies are available now at the link above.  Happy healthy holidays! Lacey

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December 16, 2012

HEALTHY HOLIDAY RECIPES

Healthy holiday meal

Healthy holiday meal

Happy Holiday Housewives!

Here are some of your favorite holiday recipes made over that I promised you. Trust me, it has the same great taste without all the fat and sugars that your guest won’t even know!

Healthy Recipes:

Sweet potato casserole

Sweet potato casserole

                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Potato Casserole

A great traditional dish made over healthier with the same great taste!

Ingredients:

4 large or 6 medium sweet potatoes, cooked and peeled
2 tablespoons vegan margarine
1/4 cup soy creamer or soymilk
1/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Topping:
1/4 cup vegan margarine
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
3/4 cups chopped pecans
2 tablespoons maple syrup

 

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 F and spray a 2 quart casserole dish with non-stick spray (or wipe with canola oil). Mash the sweet potatoes with the margarine until smooth. Add the soy creamer, orange juice, vanilla, sugar, maple syrup, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Pour into prepared casserole dish.

Mix the topping ingredients together until well-combined. Spread or sprinkle over the casserole and bake for 45 minutes or until hot throughout.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 50 minute(s)

 Serves: 10

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed acorn squash

Stuffed acorn squash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• 2 acorn squash

• 1 cup uncooked quinoa

• 2 1/2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

• 1 teaspoon mild curry powder

• Ground cinnamon

• 1/2 cup raisins

• 2 cups finely chopped spinach

Preheat oven to 400ºF. Cut acorn squash in half, place cut side down on a cookie sheet, and bake 30–35 minutes, until fork-tender. Meanwhile, combine quinoa, vegetable broth, curry powder, a few dashes of cinnamon (about 1/4 teaspoon), and raisins in a pot. Bring to a boil, immediately reduce to low, and cook for 15 minutes, or until liquid evaporates. If quinoa is not fluffy after 15 minutes, add more vegetable broth and cook longer. (Sometimes the raisins will absorb the liquid also, so more is needed to cook the quinoa. I find this is particularly true with electric stoves.) After quinoa is done, stir in spinach, add another dash or two of cinnamon, plus salt if desired, then cover and set aside, away from heat. Once acorn squash is done, flip it over and scoop out seedy matter. Then use a sharp knife to cut the point off each base so the acorn bowls sit upright and don’t fall over. Spoon quinoa mixture into squash and serve warm.

Serves 4

Holiday Loaf: (For vegetarians/vegans)

This is great for those who do not eat turkey.

Vegan "meat loaf"

Vegan “meat loaf”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• 1 fifteen ounce can black beans or kidney beans, drained and rinsed

• 1 onion, finely diced

• 2 garlic cloves, minced

• 1 large carrot, peeled and shredded

• 2 celery stalks, washed and shredded

• 1 cup finely chopped brown mushrooms

• 1 cup cooked quinoa

• 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

• 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce or tamari (GF)

• 2 tablespoons ketchup

Preheat oven to 350ºF and set your 8-inch nonstick loaf pan nearby. Mash beans in a large bowl with a fork or potato masher and mix all ingredients until evenly combined. Transfer to prepared pan and pat down firmly and tightly using a spatula. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until firm and brown on the outside. Allow the loaf to cool and firm up before serving, about 15 to 20 minutes.It’s important that you chop everything fine and pack it down tight if you want your loaf to hold together.Place a serving plate over the loaf pan and turn it upside down, to flip the loaf out onto the plate.

Gluten-free Gravy:

• 1/2 cup nutritional yeast

• 1/2 cup brown rice flour (GF)

• 2 cups plant-based milk

• 2 small onions, diced

• 16 ounces white mushrooms, thinly sliced

• 2-4 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce or tamari (GF)

• 2 teaspoons rubbed sage (not powdered)

• 2 teaspoons dried thyme

• salt, to taste

• pepper, to taste

Whisk nutritional yeast and flour together with plant-based milk and set aside. Line a large frying pan with a thin layer of water and cook onion and mushroom over high heat until the mushrooms start to soften and turn brown and most of the water has evaporated. Add plant-based milk mixture, soy sauce, and herbs, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil and continue to cook until thick. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 2 cups 

Pumpkin Pudding:

Love the taste of pumpkin but don’t want all the calories that come with it? This is a great recipe to end your holiday meal.

Pumpkin Chia Pudding

Pumpkin Chia Pudding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

• 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
• 2 cups pumpkin (not pie filling)
• 1 banana
• 2/3 cups pitted dates
• 1 tablespoon alcohol free vanilla
• 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
• 6 tablespoons chia seeds

 

Instructions:

Place all ingredients in blender except for chia seeds and blend until smooth.

Add seeds and blend again, adding more milk if necessary to achieve a vortex.

Pour into 4 bowls and cover with Saran, chill several hours or overnight.

Dust with cinnamon before serving.

Serves 4

Santaberries:

Santa Berries

Santa Berries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 12 strawberries
  • 1 package non-fat cream cheese
  • ½ cup of agave  to sweeten OR use 12 stevia in the raw packets
  • 24 miniature chocolate chips

Directions:

Beat cream cheese and the sweetener of your choice until smooth. Cut strawberries in half. Place the sweeten cream cheese in a zip lock baggie. Cut the corner of the baggie so you can squeeze the cream cheese out of the corner. Place the thicker side of the strawberries on a platter, squeeze cream cheese on strawberry. Place the tip of the strawberry like a hat. Add a dot of cream cheese on top. Then add 2 dots of cream cheese for buttons. Add 2 mini chocolate chips for eyes. Do this for the rest of the strawberries.

Serves 12

Veggie Christmas Tree

Veggie Christmas Tree

Veggie Christmas Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Red and yellow bell peppers
  • Baby carrots
  • Baby tomatoes
  • Cocktail onions
  • Toothpicks
  • A Styrofoam cone from a craft store

Instructions:

Wash all veggies. Make sure they are cut in bite size pieces. Place Styrofoam cone on a plate. Take a piece of broccoli and put a toothpick half way in it, then on the other half, stick on cone. Keep doing this until you have the desired look you want. When you are finished with green broccoli tree, add all other veggies to decorate like a Christmas tree. Top with yellow bell pepper star. Serve with all types of fun dips.

Serves 10 people

Christmas Cocktail-Poinsetta

 

Christmas Cocktail

Christmas Cocktail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

Champagne

Cranberry juice

Fresh cranberries (the fruit)

Champagne flutes

Directions:

Pour champagne in flutes ¾ full. Top off with cranberry juice. Add a couple fresh cranberries for garnish. You can place on fancy platter with small Christmas ornaments and 1 fake poinsettia for a fun look.

Hope your holiday party is a success! Enjoy and CHEERS!

Marzia

December 15, 2012

1st Annual Healthy Holiday Party!

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Happy Holidays Housewives!

The holiday season is in full effect and that means time for holiday parties! The past few years, I have thrown holiday parties and have grown to love the hosting part. There is so much preparation that goes on behind the scenes from buying the food, decorations, and table settings that it could be overwhelming. Having a plan surely helps. It takes a few parties to get it down, but once you do, you will throw a great party and enjoy the process!

This year we had our 1st annual healthy holiday party at our beauty expert’s, Shelly Mac, home. So Shelly and I were the host this year. We were using her house and my party planning expertise. We had so much fun planning that the party was absolutely perfect!

Shelly Mac as a sexy santa host!

Shelly Mac as a sexy santa host!

An experience host knows that the most memorable dinners have more in common than just good food and great company. I love a fancy table setting with fresh flowers, candles, and nice tableware. This presentation makes a statement when your guests sit down to eat. Hearing your guests compliment the table makes all the hard work and effort worth it.

Our holiday table setting

Our holiday table setting

Shelly and I greeted our guest at the door and welcomed them with a glass a wine as we made our final preparations to the food. To make the party more special we decided each Healthy Housewife would be in charge of a part of the menu. I love when guest take part of a party! It makes it more fun for everyone. Our menu looked like this:

Brooke- (appetizers) Veggie Christmas tree with a few different dips

Marzia- (main meal) Vegan meatloaf with gravy and wine selection

Danielle-(side dish) Sweet potato casserole

Shelly-(side dish) Acorn squash

Kathy- (dessert) Pumpkin  chia pudding

Sandy-(dessert) Santa berries

Also, Shelly came up with a great cocktail to toast to. It’s called a pointsetta. It is champagne with some cranberry juice. We used POMS cranberry cherry juice. Our bubbly drink had the right taste of sweetness. I brought a few different types of wine as well for the dinner part. I brought an old favorite called the Chocolate Shop. (A friend introduced it to me last Christmas.) It a sweet red wine with a taste of chocolate. Also, I couldn’t help myself and I bought a wine because the label had “Housewife” in it. Why not! We also had a couple white wine selections as well. We got all these selections at our local Krogers.

Christmas Cocktails

After our guest had a cocktail in their hand we brought out some fun little party outfits for the kitchen. I had bought some elf and santa hat headbands with matching aprons. We are a fun group and we rocked our kitchen outfits!

Kathy Hamilton and Shelly Mac in thier Christmas kitchen wear

Kathy Hamilton and Shelly Mac in thier Christmas kitchen wear

We all had a great time preparing our healthy feast and enjoying each others company. We love to joke around and catch up with each other’s busy lives. The holiday party was flawless as we wrapped up the party with a gift exchange.

The gift table

The gift table

When the party was over, all the housewives pitched in to help each other clean up. We said our goodbye’s and it was time to turn in. I am really blessed to have met a great group of women who are positive role models for many women out there. We are a tight knit group who are eager to change the world for the better and share the same vision. I am grateful that these type of women exsist in today’s world!

The BEST group of women hands down!

The BEST group of women hands down!

The 2012 healthy holiday party was a HUGE success. Looking forward to our next adventure together. Love these ladies!

My next blog will have all our recipes and the images.

Marzia

November 28, 2012

Eco-Friendly Holiday Decorating

So here we are already…. Almost December! Who has their Christmas decorations up? That ‘s our family project this weekend! I have a personal rule that Christmas decorations don’t go up until after December 1st! I swear I saw somebody with Christmas lights up the day after Halloween! Did they forget there’s a holiday in-between! Well hopefully our lights will be shining bright by Saturday or Sunday evening! Over the last few years I’ve been trying  to get a little more eco-friendly with my holiday decorating. I want to share a few of my earth friendly  holiday ideas with you.

OH CHRISTMAS TREE, OH CHRISTMAS TREE   One thing that I have to have is a live tree, I usually buy a living tree that can be planted in the ground after the holidays, but if you don’t have the space or desire to do that and want a cut live tree make sure you take it to a recycling yard where it can be recycled for wood chips, and mulch for landscaping. Most of the live trees are raised on tree farms so don’t be worried you are hurting natures surplus of evergreens. Or if your ok with an artificial tree that’s very eco- friendly of course.

HOW LOVELY ARE YOUR BRANCHES! A natural wreath, swag or garland can be made from tree branches, just make sure to ask for them when you have the trunk of the tree trimmed and they will give you extra if you just ask nicely and smile 🙂 or gather some from your own backyard. I just saw a new idea this year I want to do, at the grocery store they had hanging plants made from evergreen trimmings! How great  would that look hanging on the front porch! Evergreen branches on the front with a few red ornaments can add color to existing planters or urns that otherwise might be empty during the season.

ALL NATURAL DECOR Another great way to add an organic touch to your decorating is to use fruit, nuts, and pine cones (my favorite) to your inside holiday centerpiece or fireplace mantle. Simple ornaments strung with dried citrus, pine cones and cinnamon sticks will look great on your Christmas tree. Stick cloves into an orange to cover the surface. This simple natural decor will make a room smell great! Kids will love  stringing popcorn and cranberries or dried fruit to make garlands. Both can be disposed of outside naturally and  birds will enjoy  a treat as well!

NEW LIFE TO THE OLD Redo and reuse some of your old holiday decorations that are worn. Give them new life by repainting or recovering. They can be used on wreaths or garlands. Be creative and get the kids involved in this project. Kids come up with great ideas, just be sure to let them know they are helping reduce waste and doing mother earth good.

GREEN TWINKLING LIGHTS  Well last but not least,  if you haven’t already the best thing you can do to be a little more earth friendly is to switch over to the new LED Christmas lights. LED lights use less electricity, which right away makes them more eco-friendly and economical! , They also last thousands of times longer than regular bulbs, which means they produce less waste – and LED Christmas lights also stay cool to the touch, making them less of a fire hazard. The new LED light are now available in all the colors and patterns and priced comparably to th e traditional holiday lights. Well tis the season to be Merry! Enjoy your holiday decorating and entertaining and try to add a few of these eco-friendly ideas to your season! ~ Sandy C. 🙂