Posts tagged ‘kathy hamilton’

January 23, 2014

Black Bean and Salsa Lettuce Wraps from Kathy

Happy Thursday Everyone! I wanted to share my recipe for black bean lettuce wraps with you.  I usually live on salad and love eating greens and veggies but sometimes during the winter, salad just doesn’t cut it.  I feel I need something warm and hearty. This recipe satisfies my love for salad with something warm, tasty and healthy!

 Enjoy!

Kathy

 

Ingredients

For the Bean Filling Mixture:

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 14 oz can organic black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 packet Simply Organic taco seasoning
  • 6 leaves of organic bibb or iceberg lettuce

 For the Salsa:

  • 1 avocado, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 fresh jalapeno, seeds removed and chopped
  • 1/2 small fresh squeezed lime
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

 Instructions

  1. Prepare the salsa and set aside. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, mix well and add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat, add onion and garlic.
  3. Saute onion until soft.
  4. In a bowl combine the rinsed black beans and taco seasoning. 
  5. Add the beans sauté pan and simmer until well heated
  6. Layer beans and the salsa over lettuce and wrap tight. You can use a toothpick to secure until ready to eat.

Thought this was cute! Hopefully made you smile!

December 5, 2013

Winter Warm Me-Up Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew

Hey Everyone! Its a cold day here in Dallas and we have a big winter storm coming our way.  I have a slow day at the studio because one by one almost all of my clients have canceled on me for today.  Hmmm….

Well, honestly I don’t mind today because I’m going home to light a fire, finish putting the lights on my tree (yes I’m behind) and put on a pot of yummy, warm, delicious beef stew.  I bought all my ingredients yesterday because I hate going to the grocery store when its cold out! I also like to take shortcuts whenever possible i.e. little or no chopping!

So here it is! Enjoy and stay warm!

Winter Warm Me-Up Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew

Ingredients

  • 1 Large bag frozen organic stew vegetables
  • 1 Large bag frozen organic pearl onions (I use in place of potatoes)
  • 1 Small bag frozen organic green peas
  • 1 Bag snack carrots from produce section (already cut & peeled)
  • 1-1/2 lbs Grass-Fed Beef Stew Meat, cut into bite-size pieces
  • Gluten free flour
  • 1 can organic cream of mushroom soup (I use Whole Foods brand)
  • 1 can of water
  • 1 packet Simply Organic French Onion Dip Mix
  • 1 Large can Organic crushed tomatos
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • ⅛ tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • Dash parsley
  • Light olive oil or organic canola oil best for high heat to brown the meat

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, dredge the beef in gluten free flour (salt & pepper the flour first).
  2. Brown the stew meat in a skillet over medium-high heat. Don’t cook it all the way through, just brown it on the outsides and don’t crowd your meat in the pan.
  3. Place stew meat and all other ingredients (except peas) in the crock pot, mixing to combine.  Add peas about an hour before serving.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours. Stir every now and then and add water or beef broth for desired consistency.

This recipe is so delicious, easy and truly a comfort meal. Feel free to sub any of the vegetables for whatever you have on hand.  Serve with a tossed salad, crusty bread and Irish butter. Just a little! 😉

Kathy

Happy Holidays!

October 31, 2013

Tricks and Treats for a Healthier Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Here are a few last minute ideas to keep all the candy your child will collect today out of  his or her tummy!

Tricks or Treats

Buy equal amounts candy (hopefully organic) and Halloween party favors (glow sticks, tattoos and rings).  I bought my favors at the dollar store.  Mix all together and pass out.

Trade Treats for Treasures

I saw the idea of trading in treats for toys on Facebook and I love it.  My daughter and I discussed this and she is very excited to turn in candy for treasures.  Candy can be exchanged for a gift or money.  The more candy, the bigger the gift or a penny per piece.  Remember its not about the gift more about you being able to lose the candy and keeping your child happy.

Treats as Tools

Use your leftover Halloween for learning and kids craft.  Here are some ideas:

  • Have your child count the pieces, alphabetize and sort.
  • Elmers school glue and construction – let your child use their imagination
  • Science experiments – go to candyexperiments.com for a list of ideas
  • Reuse during the Holiday to decorate a Gingerbread house – Think Nightmare Before Christmas theme

Hope these last minute ideas are helpful!

Happy & Safe Halloween

Kathy

October 24, 2013

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Hi Everyone! Fall is here and with it, cool air, Halloween, and pumpkin patches filled with pumpkins everywhere! We carve them, decorate for fall with them and yes you should eat them too! 

When you are finished carving that pumpkin don’t throw away the delicious and nutritious insides! Roast the seeds and puree the pumpkin which can be subbed for any canned pumpkin recipe and so much better for you!

 Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  1. Scoop out the innards of your pumpkin. Separate the seeds from the pumpkin flesh and strings. Toss the strings and set aside the meat for pureeing.
  2. Wash the seeds well in a colander and rub them between your hands to rinse completely.
  3. Place the seeds in a medium pot.  Cover the seeds with water and add a teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Drain the seeds in a colander, wipe with paper towels to remove moisture and place evenly on a cookie sheet to bake.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 and bake 15-20 minutes stirring frequently.  

Now the fun part- seasoning!

Before baking, drizzle the seeds with olive oil. Then pick your choice of seasoning!

  •  Savory: Garlic salt and Worchestershire sauce
  • Tangy: squeeze of fresh lemon juice, Mrs. Dash or lemon pepper and pinch of sea salt
  • Sweet: 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, and 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • Spicy: 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Natural: Dash of sea salt 

 

Enjoy! 

Kathy

October 16, 2013

Healthy and Delicious Homemade Almond Milk

Homemade Almond Milk

I have been quite proud of myself for taking dairy milk out of my home a long time ago.  Occasionally, I have unsweetened almond milk in my coffee and thats about it for me.  But my daughter still loves the taste of milk and especially chocolate milk.  I usually rotate through all the milk alternatives at Whole Foods but I always feel uneasy with my purchase realizing  I’m giving her a highly processed beverage with lots of added sugars and synthetic ingredients but feeling its better than cows milk in small amounts.

All of this has led me to experiment in the kitchen, testing lots of almond milk recipes trying to find that perfect blend of taste, sweetness and consistency that my six year won’t turn her nose up at.

So after lots of recipes and trial and error, I found an almond milk recipe that we both love!


Remember to soak your almonds the night before you prepare and discard the soaking liquid.  A reusable nut milk (found on Amazon.com or kitchen store) makes straining the milk much easier, but cheesecloth and a wire mesh strainer can also be used.

Homemade Almond Milk

Makes: 3 1/2 cups (strained)

Ingredients:

  •  1 cup raw almonds, soaked for 24 hours in water

Vanilla Almond Milk

  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Dash of Pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 3 cups filtered water – I use Essentia Water
  • 3 pitted Medjol dates

Chocolate Almond Milk

  • 1/4 cup organic unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Dash of Pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 3 cups filtered water (Essentia)
  • 3 pitted Medjol dates

Directions:

  1. Place almonds in a large bowl and completely cover with water.  Soak overnight.
  2. Pour prepared almonds in a colander and rinse.
  3. Next, add the almonds to a high powered blender.  I use a Vitamix. Pour in the filtered water, vanilla, dates, and (cocoa powder for chocolate) and sea salt.
  4. Blend on high until milk is smooth. Taste and adjust flavor as desired and blend again (if you added more ingredients).
  5. Strain milk using a nut milk bag or cheesecloth placed over a mesh strainer.
  6. Milk may be stored 3-4 days. If milk separates shake well before serving.

Enjoy!

Kathy

September 19, 2013

Koa Water. Drink your Fruits and Vegetables!

Hey! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! Well I’m always on the look out for nutritious and delicious beverages which for me consists of water (preferably Essentia), organic brewed teas, kombucha, coconut water and fresh pressed juices.  I quit drinking sodas and bottled juice long ago when I realized it was basically gmo sugars, food coloring, preservatives and lots of other chemicals.

If you live in or around Dallas you may have seen Koa Organic Water in the cooler of your favorite juice bar or studio.  I saw it too and was skeptical about something labeled “organic water” and wondered if it was just another marketing ploy devised by some big company not very concerned with my health.

Whats inside Koa?

 

 

Well, I’m happy to say I was way off. Today I met with Jonathan Rosenberg, Co-Founder of Koa Organic Water and asked him what exactly is Koa Organic Water? Well its not actually a water but water squeezed from 100% organic fresh fruits and vegetables.  There are no added dyes, sugars or chemicals. The organic fruits and vegetables are squeezed in a way that maintains all the natural vitamins, minerals and polyphenols. Sounds good to me and I have to say Koa Water is very refreshing and has an almost has a silky texture.  Also Koa Water is not run by another big company but by two Dallas entrepreneurs with a big dream of becoming the world’s healthiest beverage company.  I can get behind that.  Their bottle including the cap is 100% bio-degradable.  For more information check out the links below and their Kickstarter video.

http://www.koawater.com

https://www.facebook.com/koawater

Here are a few other food and beverage related links and videos I feel compelled to share!

Food Babe’s take on Coco Cola’s new ad campaign

http://foodbabe.com/2013/01/25/coca-colas-low-calorie-beverages-will-kill-you-before-they-solve-obesity/?sb

Article on Coco Cola Beverages

http://www.alternet.org/food/why-coca-colas-new-ad-campaign-may-be-dangerous-your-health

New Chipotle Commercial – So worth a view, please check this out!

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/17/business/media/chipotle-returns-to-animation-to-support-sustainable-farming.html

Kathy, Fit Fashionista

September 12, 2013

Sometimes shopping is my cardio….

As, one of my favorite characters said….

Hi! Hope everyone is having a wonderful week. Ok so I got a really great shopping tip today from one of my clients and wanted to share with all of you. My amazing client and friend AK, for short owns and operates Kazy’s Gourmet Sushi & Seafood.  She supplies most of the finer restaurants in town with their fresh seafood and sushi and runs a Japanese restaurant and small grocery store. She is a very smart business woman so I listen when she gives me tidbits.

Today she explained to me how she shops online and basically never purchases anything until it goes on sale, or has a rebate and some type of purchase offer which happens about 85% of the time. Her tip for that is filling up your cart or wish list and then going back to purchase once the items have been discounted and she checks them every few days. That seems easy enough right? and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made purchases only to see them go on sale right after.

Another way she saves a little money and actually receives money back is through Ebates. Ebates is a free online company that gives you cash back for accessing your favorites store through their site and making purchases. Companies that partner with Ebates will offer anywhere from 1 to 20 percent back, or more. There is no membership fee, and they also feature coupons and other exclusive offers.

Here’s an example of how it works: Retailer gives Ebates 2% of every sale that gets referred from Ebates. So if Ebates sends a customer to Retailer, and that customer buys a $500 computer, Ebates will make $10 on that sale and mail you a check for half of that $5. Its a great deal for just clicking through their site to purchase! Retailers include  Walmart, Target, Bestbuy, Barnes & Noble, Kohls, Gap Kids, Justice, Saks, Old Navy, Lego Store, Petco and so many more!

I signed up tonight, which consists of typing in my name and email and received $10 gift card to my choice of retailer. I choose Target. I also signed up at FatWallet.com which is similar to Ebates and purchased a Living Social deal I was going to purchase anyway with 2% back. 🙂 Another site to check out is Befrugal.com.  Happy Cardio!

 

Kathy, Fit Fashionista 🙂

 

August 29, 2013

Meal Planning 101

Meal Planning 101

With school back in swing and me working full time, meal planning is the only way to provide a healthy home cooked meal for my daughter and dad, plus save time and money.  I try to plan and to cook 3 or 4 meals at home and grocery shop just once a week.

Kathy

1. Grocery List/Meal Plan.

  • Look at your calendar for the upcoming week.  Note how many dinners you will need to make, and anything else you need to shop for (breakfast, school lunches, snacks, get togethers, etc.)
  • Decided what (2 or 3) proteins you want to use and plan your meals accordingly.
  • Pick proteins that can be cooked once and used twice, for example lettuce wrapped tacos and squash spaghetti – use the same protein source.
  • Check your refrigerator, pantry and freezer and note what needs to be used.
  • Review your grocery store sale ad in advance. Can be a good savings especially at Whole Foods.
  • Keep your menus simple during the week.
  • Use a form grocery list already completed with your kitchen staples.
  • Add items as soon as you run out.

2. Shop Smartly.

  • Don’t forget your grocery list and coupons.
  • Shop on a day that works best for your schedule. Weekdays at 5 are usually not it!
  • Review the sale ad in advance.  Again.
  • Don’t overdo the fresh produce and end up throwing valuable money and fruits and veggies out.   Always keep your freezer stocked with frozen organic vegetables for quick side dishes or ad-ins.

3. Eat healthy!

  • Plan meals and snacks using healthy basics.
  • Limit processed or prepared foods.
  • Serve at least one serving of vegetables and/or fruit with each meal.
  • Always keep your kitchen well-stocked with organic and healthy basics.
  • Limit use of microwave – most items can be warmed just as quickly on the stove (enamel cast iron pot) or (cooking sheet) in oven.

4. Save time.

  • Use leftovers for lunches or as part of another meal.
  • Pre-wash your fruits and veggies, store in bowls in fridge (rather than drawers) for quick healthy snacks.
  • Use time-saving appliances: slow cooker, rice cooker, toaster oven.
  • Rotisserie chickens are great too and can be used a multitude of ways.
  • Salad bars can be a big time saver for chopped fresh produce.
  • Grocery delivery.

Other Resources:

Here are a couple of websites that will do the meal planning for your for a monthly or yearly fee which is really not bad.

The Nourished Kitchen

The focus here is on whole, unrefined foods prepared according to traditional methods that optimize nutrient density.  Cherish your body, nourish your kitchen.

http://nourishedkitchen.com/about-the-nourished-kitchen/

E-Meals

Emeals can be customized for Paleo, vegetarian and organic and then further planned by your grocery store.

https://www.emeals.com/account/signup.php

July 18, 2013

It’s time to Organize and Simplify My Life!!

Happy Thursday Everyone! Wow! This month has been amazing! My little girl turned 6 and she had the most amazing themed birthday party. Mermaids and pirates in the pool! She was sooo incredibly happy, it made all the planning and running around in Dallas summer heat well worth all the work! From there I jetted (yes jetted!) off to LA with the Healthy Housewives for some amazing meetings in Hollywood! That trip required major packing and choosing all the right outfits! (okay maybe I overpacked a bit)! From LA back to Dallas to focus on getting my studio open! And there are so many details and many things you don’t even consider when opening a business – until you already needed them.

What I’m getting to is that while my life is the absolute best its ever been and just gets better day by day (because I say it aloud and work for it) and I’m so busy which is great for me too! My personal life organization and home organization have fallen miserably sadly out of control.

For example, most nights rather than cook dinner (because I didn’t plan, I end up picking up a (healthy) dinner (expensive – because it adds up daily).  I spend some play time with my daughter and before you know it, its bed time and I’m exhausted – half of the time I fall asleep with my clothes on with no proper ending of the day and no preparation for the following day.  I wake up in rush to get ready and my day has already started behind.

This morning, I woke, started with my rushing around and decided that’s it! Why I’m I always rushing, why can’t I anticipate and plan better? Well, I’m just not wired that way, I’m a creative type, more of a feeler than a thinker. Therefore, I’m always on the reactive! But that is not going to fly now, especially being a single mom business owner, with a very busy child, 3 dogs, a cat, a fish, a bird and oh ya a house.  Time to learn a new way before I sink any deeper! I will be the planner and in control of my time and daily personal routine!

I hope I haven’t bored you all, with my me, me blog but I know I’m not the only one out there feeling overwhelmed and angry with themselves for living this way! Its time to take control and it can be done!

My first step to getting on track! Google – “organization for my life” – after lots of silly tips and trying different search words – I came across http://andreadekker.com.  Self proclaimed “list maker and life simplifier”! Just what I needed! I will call her my Angel of Organization!

Her site has tons of useful information and make sense to me and the way I need to run a better organized life! She has free print outs for your planner with lists that actually keep you organized (not like the ones that come in your organizer – they never work for me) and you can even customize them again for free!

 

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(screen shot from Andrea’s website)

 

Here from Andrea’s website are her top two tips for getting organized. 

1. Plan Ahead

If you’ve been reading my blog for more than a day, you know that I’m a huge advocate for planning ahead — even more so now that I’m a mom.

Menu planning, top-5 to-do lists, cleaning, blogging, family vacations, holidays, etc. — they are all simpler when I plan ahead.

There are so many things we can NOT plan for or predict, so anything you can do in the present to make the future less stressful will ALWAYS help to simplify your life.

2. Do It Now

A.K.A. don’t procrastinate!

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Simple right! Well I know I wont be there overnight but I’m giving myself one week to be fully tuning into an organized, well planned personal routine! Wish me luck!!! And I wish you luck too! Kathy

June 27, 2013

White Skinny Fruit Sangria

 

 

Hey everyone! Kathy here.  It’s been a long hot week in Dallas.  While we coast through most days, the heat seems to make everyday tasks turn into stressful mountains to climb and just being outside for a few minutes can really take a toll.  Once home and in the air conditioning, my solution to cool down and de-stress…make a “skinny healthier” version of white fruit sangria.  This sangria is light and refreshing and the perfect splurge with no added sugar, canned soft drink mixes, or syrupy liquors.   And if you are on a health and fitness plan this light and clean drink will not derail all your hard work. As with everything, moderation is key!  

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc – not an expensive bottle – but opt for organic if you can find it 🙂
  • 1 bottle Vino Verde (great inexpensive bottle of Portuguese wine that has a light fizz $5-10)
  • 2 ripe organic peaches, sliced
  • 1 pint organic raspberries, sliced strawberries or blueberries (you choose)
  • 2 kiwis- peeled & sliced
  • Several sprigs of organic mint
  • Liquid Stevia – (I buy mine at Whole Foods in the baking section)
  • There are no hard and fast rules on the fruit, apples and oranges work too.  Use whatever you have on hand or favorite organic or local farmed fruit. 

Add the sliced fruit and mint to a pitcher.  Add 3-4 drops of stevia, then add the wine alternating between the two.  Refrigerate for at least an hour (the longer the better).

Serve & enjoy! I really love the Mason jar glasses and red/white paper straws, great for a BBQ or if serving a sit down dinner feel free to break out your favorite wine glasses because this drink is delicious to taste and beautiful to see! And not so bad on the body!

Kathy