Don't be intimidated! All you need is mashed potatoes, an egg and some flour! ...and then whatever sauce you wanna make :) I give you step by step with picture instructions on how to make the gnocchi and this awesome skinnified carbonara sauce too!
Satisfying AND skinny?! The perfect treat for after a killer workout. These babies are packed with protein and gluten free, low car, low fat, no added sugar besides raw honey... seriously it doesn't get any better!
My most favorite breakfast... with drippy egg yolk and mashed avocado with feta cheese! TO DIE FOR. And healthy :)
St. Patrick's Day is over :( but this is a delicious family meal that can be made any day!
Welcome spring! I love you... So I will celebrate you with a sweet treat.
OK OK.... I know what you're thinking!!! Whats up with all these #cheattreats lately, I thought we were doing the skinny thang?! I'll have you know that I only ate one slice of this beautiful bread! It was one of the most difficult things I've ever done! ....besides last weeks one cookie from the Bailey's White Chocolate Chip Cookies. Now, that was tough. St. Patrick's Day and only one indulgence?! Sigh... Its been a tough yet rewarding little mission! I feel great, the gym has me feeling strong and energized and like I can do anything. If you read my last post about my thoroughly thrilling journey with anxiety [could I be any more sarcastic?], you know what I have been working on besides the "getting fit plan". The funny thing is, both endeavors are working together to bring me to a very blissful state! Being at the gym or even taking a run outside is SO freeing, makes me feel SO good about myself, makes me smile, makes me laugh.... I really get the obsession of some people to be at the gym all day long. I wouldn't go that far... an hour a day is all the medicine I need :)
So I wanted to get a little deep and talk about some stuff that goes on with me, Tiny Taster, Annia, and what has helped me oh so much! My mind is like a web browser with 500 open tabs. I over think everything... and maybe thats why I love cooking, when I make one thing, I like to think of the millions of different ways I want to add or modify the recipe to be better or simply different. Well thats how I think about life on a daily basis. I think about the past and how I could've done things differently, the million different ways... I think about the future and I worry that one choice can take me on the completely wrong path. And on a daily basis I wonder if I'll get things done in time, I worry about money, and that the dog needs to go to the vet, and when I need to get the oil changed and that I forgot eggs at the grocery store, trivial things, things we all worry about, but its just constant in my head, its very loud at times. It has been a long & exhausting journey with this mind of mine. But just being able to tell you these things, to tell myself these things, is the biggest step forward I have ever taken....
It got cold again today! [yea... thanks Captain Obvious] I went to work to finish off the week and the boyfriend went to play a golf tournament. Since I had a half day at work I thought it would be a nice surprise for Matt to come home to a hot comforty soup after being outside in this gloom all morning. I have made faux mashed potatoes many times and LOVED it so why not a hearty loaded soup, minus the crazy restaurant calories. This past week of getting bikini ready was intense. I have been really kicking it up a notch in the gym. I have been doing boot camp, strength training, runing and yoga. I am just yearning for my yoga class on Sunday, I need to stretch! And to breathe. And to recharge. I love it though, I love getting crazy at the gym and then having that sore, "can't sit down or move" feeling. I feel like it's so motivating to feel that feeling cus you are constantly reminded to make healthy food choices. -leg cramp-"PUT DOWN THAT COOKIE!" *single tear* ......Don't forget to follow me on twitter and Instagram @tinytaster407 and Facebook http://Facebook.com/tinytaster......
I read this article once about well balanced meals, when I say well balanced I mean including different flavors, textures, temperatures, smells, etc. Apparently different types of flavors stimulate different appetite sensors in the brain. Some of these flavors can include, sweet, savory, spicy, sour etc. I believe that when all of our sensors are stimulated in one meal then we feel satisfied and do not overeat. For example, if we are having dinner and add a sweet element to it, we will refrain from reaching for dessert post meal. Except that doesn't apply to me because I ALWAYS want dessert...I don't care if my entree was a dessert. I still want dessert to my dessert. But anyways thats just my two sense. I think a lot. Overthinker here! I have never been to culinary school either, (even though its a dream of mine), but I do believe they teach you that kinda stuff in classes. Bringing all sorts of different elements to the dish is what makes it artistic.
So my skinny adventure AKA diet for vacay is still holding strong. I did have an "oops" day... or a major cheat day on Sunday. I ate all sorts of goodies at brunch and they had bottomless mimosas... ugh of course I can't say no! Then later I ate mediterranean food until I was in a food coma. So needless to say Monday morning I felt uber guilty and got back on track.
So I just found out I am going to Miami on a mini vacay for Winter Music Conference. FINALLY! I have been absolutely ecstatic about it, I need a break from the routine of real life. However, I have one month... one month until tropical weather, one month until pool and beach time, one month until.... dunh dunh dunh.... bathing suits. Commence panic mode. I am not one to do the crash diets, I think I would rather jump off a cliff and land in cacti. At one point I tried the meal prepping cool thing to do and by the third day of chicken, broccoli and brown rice, I fell into a grumpy depression. I would scream and curse at cars on the highway for merely existing and not many people would come near me by my resting bitch face... which I have on the regular anyways, but this time was pretty bad. I'm sure people thought I was about to eat their face off while ripping off my clothes hulk style at any second....
Happy Valentine's Day lovers! Today is the day we celebrate each other, the love we have for not only our significant others, but also the love we have for family, friends, our fellow human beings. Life is about love. Without it, this world would have imploded already from all the chaos and hatred. Every day we must strive to show compassion to one another. Even with just a smile. When we show compassion towards one another, really it is US who is purified of negativity and filled with love. If you want to be happy in this life, you must show the love, people! And don't forget one of the most important people in this world to love. YOURSELF. You are #1 in your life, whether you like it or not. You can't love others until you love yourself first and that is one of the most important things I have learned in my 29 years....
We all have days when we wake up feeling like a blimp thats about to pop... ladies you know what I'm talking about... In Florida its been a rainy mess and what most awesome thing to do than lay on the couch, watch movies, make and eat cookies and other indulgences, right? Right, until the next morning when we feel like a train ran us over from all the sugar and fat and laziness :P Well the sun came out today and I felt like I needed a detox! Its a gym day so I thought why not make a protein smoothie with tons of good-for-you ingredients :) Lets talk about everything in this smoothie and why its gonna help us glow today.
The weekend was a rainy dreary one... and this made me soooooo lazy. All I wanted to do was watch movies or read my books. I am in the second book of the Divergent series, Insurgent and I LOVE it! If you liked the Hunger Games trilogy you'll love this one! So since I felt so lazy, I wanted to make a delicious dinner that night with the smallest effort. Immediately I thought "slow cooker!". I ran over to the grocery store and picked up this beautiful non hormone, non antibiotic, vegetarian fed whole chicken. Perfect! Such an easy way to make a tender, tasty, juicy bird!
I was born in Peru where life revolves around food :) My grandmother was a cooking goddess and I strive to be half as good as her! I love cooking and eating out and tasting flavors from all over the world. Check out my Facebook page (linked as "f" above my picture) for daily updates and posts! Thanks for visiting and happy cooking! Don't forget to send me your feedback!