This Healthy Green Juice Recipe is a delicious way to help fight cancer, eliminate the body of toxins, lose weight & pack tons of vitamins into every day!
This juice contains celery which is great for weight loss! Celery is reported to be a negative calorie food, which means it takes the body more calories to digest it than the food itself contains.*
The pears in this juice give it a nice sweetness, while also providing more than your daily supply of fiber!
One pear has 6 grams of fiber, this juice contains 6 pears, i.e. 36 grams of fiber from the pears alone! The suggested daily requirement of fiber is 25 to 30 grams.
Obviously I don’t even have to get you started on kale! We all know that kale is the superfood sweeping the nation packing tons of Vitamins A, C and K with health benefits ranging from reducing the chances of developing cancer to bone health as well as aiding in blood clotting.
The mint in this juice gives it great flavor while also helping to soothe stomach issues, clear your skin and eliminate your body of toxins.
What are you waiting for? It’s time to get healthy juicing!
This Shrimp Mango Arugula Salad combines mango, papaya, avocado & lemon pepper grilled shrimp for a fresh, flavorful salad that is perfect for summer!
My most recent summer salad creation was inspired by my favorite dish at Queenstown, San Diego. If you live in the area and haven’t visited this fine establishment, you are seriously missing out!
The food is amazing, service is delightful and drinks are delicious! To say that I’m a regular here would be an understatement!
While I’ve grown fond of a number of dishes on their menu, this salad is my go to for weekend afternoons when I’m craving something light and refreshing, yet still filling.
I created my own version of the salad on Friday with a little extra shrimp I had lying around.
The result was a light and refreshing salad that was packed with flavor!
Lemon Pepper Grilled Shrimp Ingredients
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 tsp black pepper
8 shrimp (peeled & deveined)
Mango Arugula Salad Ingredients
2 cups arugula
1/4 cup mango (diced)
1/4 cup papaya (diced)
1 avocado (diced)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp fresh mint
Prepare the marinade for the shrimp by combining the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and black pepper.
Add the shrimp to the marinade.
Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes then fire up the grill to medium heat. Grill the shrimp for 2-3 minutes per side, then prepare the salad by adding the arugula, mango, papaya and avocado to a large bowl.
Next, squeeze the tbsp of lemon juice and olive oil over the salad. Add the shrimp and toss well. Top with the fresh mint.
This homemade buffalo cheese ball recipe is super easy to whip up in 10 minutes for a party and will be a favorite amongst guests!
If you haven’t been following me on social media, you may be wondering where all of the new recipes are! Don’t you worry, there will be plenty of new recipes coming next week.
Why the reason for the lack of new recipes the last two weeks? It’s not because I’ve been slacking in the kitchen, actually quite the opposite!
I signed a contract two weeks ago for my first cookbook deal! Woo hoo!
The cookbook is called Buffalo Style: Ditch the Wings, Keep the Sauce! I decided to go with a cookbook based around recipes including buffalo sauce because I’ve been known as the “Buffalo Sauce Queen” ever since I started food blogging! I love recipes with buffalo sauce, and you all seem to also! 😉 So, Buffalo Styleit was!
Yesterday I asked on Facebook which recipe you’d like to see from my upcoming cookbook. The response was overwhelmingly in favor of the Cheese Ball!
You said it loud and clear and I listened, so here it is, the latest recipe from my upcoming cookbook Buffalo Stylefor your viewing, creating and devouring pleasure!
Buffalo Cheese Ball Ingredients
2 tbsp blue cheese dressing
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp buffalo sauce
8 oz cream cheese (softened)
1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
½ cup pecans (chopped)
Buffalo Cheese Ball Instructions
Mix the first six ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl.
Form the mixture into a ball then chop the pecans in a food processor and spread the crumbs onto a sheet of plastic wrap.
Roll the cheese ball in the chopped pecans.
Wrap the plastic wrap around the ball and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
While I’ve always been interested in cooking, there is no shortage of recent college graduates who have lived the past four years surviving on top ramen and making very good friends with the pizza delivery guy! There are also those people out there that may not be recent college graduates, but somehow missed that moment when they were supposed to delete the local Chinese restaurant number from their “favorites list” on the iPhone!
Now that we’re in “the real world”, it’s time to start cooking REAL food! Learning to cook, and I mean cooking that doesn’t involve placing a bowl in the microwave, can be both daunting and confusing. More than that, the last thing anyone wants to do is dish out hundreds of dollars on kitchen items that will barely get used! That’s why I’m here. This week, Little Leopard Book has compiled a list of our top kitchen essentials to make even the most novice cooking experiences run smoothly. While these items vary in price depending on how fancy and high-tech they are, by purchasing the most basic option of each item, everything on the list can be added to the kitchen for under $200! Combine our list of essentials with our delicious recipes and anyone can fall in love with cooking and all that homemade has to offer!
Cutting board: I don’t think I could survive in the kitchen without a cutting board. Not only does cutting directly on the counter create a mess, I would argue that it’s not even socially acceptable! My advice is to have a couple on hand, this is especially useful when cutting both veggies and raw meat. The two should definitely not mix! I recommend using a wood cutting board for veggies, herbs or bread and a plastic cutting board for preparing raw meats.
Chef’s knife: This item goes hand in hand with a cutting board. Life in the kitchen is much easier when struggling to saw through food is not an issue! A good knife cuts down on time, reduces the probability of slicing fingers, and makes it easier to chop food evenly, ultimately making the end result more appetizing.
Measuring Cups: While the experts may not rely on exact measuring, when learning and trying new recipes it is necessary to do so. With correct measurements, new recipes are much more likely to turn out delicious the first time around!
Measuring Spoons: Like measuring cups, these make sure a new dish turns out perfect on the first try. Use these to measure seasonings for that extra pop of flavor in recipes!
Colander: From my experience pasta is one of the easiest dishes to make, but only if there’s a colander around to help the process! Pasta dishes can be prepared a number of ways depending on the type of sauce used, the veggies or meat added, and the cheese inside or atop the dish. Experiment with different ingredients and flavors to find your favorite! My favorite is our Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne! A colander can also be used to rinse fruits and veggies quickly and easily.
Blender: Even though we’re growing out of our “college phase” in the kitchen, that doesn’t mean we have to ditch our friend, the blended margarita, after all, we’re never too old for margaritas! And of course after those margaritas over the weekend, a blender is an awesome item to have on Monday morning for a delicious Lean and Green Superfood Smoothie to prepare for the week!
Garlic Press: I have my mom to thank for my obsession with the garlic press. While ready-to-go minced garlic in a jar can be purchased, I highly suggest taking the route of buying fresh garlic cloves and a garlic press. The flavor is much better with fresh garlic and a garlic press is simple to use. Many recipes give ingredients in the number of garlic cloves, which can be hard to measure with jarred garlic. Most importantly, this will save money!
Baking Stone: I may have lied at the beginning of this post, pizza is still allowed in “real life” but why not make your own? Baking stones are perfect for making pizzas and baked goods. They help in creating a more even temperature, prevent burning, and are non-stick. I love using mine to make Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies 😉
Zester: No matter how easy a dish is to make, a zester gives the impression of mad cooking skills! Use it with lemons, limes, and other garnishes for a pop of color and flavor. Easily grate fresh parmesan on top of pasta or pizza or use the zester with a little chocolate to amp up any dessert!
Cast Iron Skillet: A cast iron skillet is durable and will last forever! It can be used on the stove, grill, or in the oven. I love using mine for our Cast Iron Skillet Rustic Potatoes.
A few months ago, a friend of mine started dating a guy who swore by his Paleo lifestyle. Initially, we could not understand why anyone would choose to follow such a strict diet. Many questions arose even one as simple, and stupid, as “does he actually hunt and gather his food?” While this question may seem ridiculous, the hunter-gatherer methodology of our ancestors largely builds what the Paleo diet is all about. I have not tried the Paleo diet yet and do not in any way claim to be an expert. However, when I have attempted to look up what the Paleo diet consists of, I have found a bunch of different viewpoints, making it confusing and difficult for one to start their own Paleo venture. Between the above paleo infographic and the following post I’m going to simplify what Paleo is, why one should consider the diet, and how to get started. Consider this your go to guide for all the Paleo basics.
The Paleolithic (Paleo) diet craze, often called the caveman diet, began as early as the 1960’s shunning products of the agricultural revolution and the creation of the highly processed foods that exist today. The basic premises of the Paleo diet are simple, eat as if you were roaming the earth more than 10,000 years ago before junk food and heavy pasta meals existed.
What can I eat?
Foods allowed on the Paleo diet all mimic what would have existed in the Paleolithic period. This includes grass-fed meats, fish, seafood, fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, nuts and seeds, and healthful oils (olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut). Any type of food that was produced as a result of the agricultural revolution technically cannot be included. This includes grains, legumes, potatoes, refined sugar, dairy, salt, processed foods, refined vegetable oils, and alcohol. If it could not be hunted or gathered by our cavemen ancestors, don’t eat it! Sound too difficult? The leading specialist of this natural diet, Dr. Loren Cordain, offers three “levels” of Paleo in his book The Paleo Diet. These levels enable dieters to slowly transition to full Paleo or stop at whichever point works for them.
Why would I want to be Paleo?
The claims of the Paleo diet all surround themselves with the idea that you’ll live a healthier, fitter life. Paleo research claims it is the only nutritional approach that works with our genetics and ultimately prevents, and can often remedy, the ills and diseases caused by modern day food production. Through their research, Paleo enthusiasts blame refined foods, trans fat, and sugars as the root of many degenerative diseases including obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression, and infertility. In terms of weight loss, the Paleo diet is much more about maintaining a healthy lifestyle rather than shedding pounds, but by ditching processed foods, many do lose weight as a result. This diet plan does not cater to vegetarians, although it can be modified. It is naturally gluten-free, satisfying another degree of healthy eating.
Is Paleo really the healthiest way to eat?
Critics of the Paleo lifestyle emphasize that humans have evolved to be able to eat modern day food. The wild game that existed during the Paleolithic period is not the same as the meats available today, and the sustainability of Paleo is currently not as realistic as it needs to be. Critics claim nearly every fruit, vegetable, and animal is drastically different from those that our cavemen predecessors consumed. Furthermore, our cavemen ancestors ate the way they did out of necessity, not out of want. There is little research on the actual proven benefits of the Paleo diet. These reasons aren’t necessarily an end all for Paleo, the diet is all about how you feel on it and responding to what your body tells you.
This metabolism boosting breakfast smoothie is packed with superfood protein and fruit for a healthy, slimming drink filled with vitamins!
When the booking producer over at the San Diego 6 Morning News Show asked me to come on this week to talk about juicing and smoothies, I couldn’t wait to share some of the drinks I’ve been mixing up over in my kitchen every morning!
This recipe for Mediterranean Crab and Couscous Stuffed Mushrooms combines lump crab meat with red peppers, garlic and feta for a fresh, healthy dish!
This weekend I had the serious craving for fresh crab. Instead of making crab cakes, I decided to combine the crab with couscous and some of my favorite Mediterranean flavors, then stuff it into these large portobello mushrooms.
I then grilled the mushrooms for a fresh, healthy take on stuffed mushrooms!
1 cup cooked couscous
1/2 cup fresh lump crab meat
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup feta cheese
3 cloves garlic (minced)
1/2 cup roasted red peppers (chopped)
1 tbsp green onions (chopped)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 large portobello mushrooms
Combine the couscous, crab, parmesan, feta and garlic.
Add the red peppers, green onions and combine well.
Clean out and de-stem the mushrooms, then brush each side with olive oil.
Stuff the mixture into the mushrooms.
Grill over medium heat for 15 minutes, then serve.
These can be served as a light meal or as a deliciously filling appetizer!