Get Cookin’! ft Protein Shake with a twist

Hello beauties! Now that the excitement of my birthday weekend as subsided, I wanted to share with you one of my all-time favorite shakes that will fulfill your sweet tooth without leaving you feeling guilty – a banana, peanut butter, protein shake.

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Photo courtesy of Tastespotting.com

Ingredients you’ll need:

2-3 cups of milk depending on how thick you prefer your shake to be

1 spoonful of Whole Foods chunky peanut butter (any pb would work, but this is my fav!)

1 banana

1 scoop of Whole Foods (any would work) protein powder

Ice (optional)


 

Let’s get started!

It’s so easy, all it takes is 1 step!

1.    All you have to do is take all of your ingredients and dump them into your blender of choice, and blend away! Once done, pour into a glass and enjoy.

Because of the peanut butter, this protein shake is extremely satisfying. Chunky peanut butter helps keep you full for a long time, which makes this shake a great meal replacement! For a lighter version, use soy or almond milk and creamy pb. For protein, I prefer the vanilla or chocolate flavors from Whole Foods, but whatever protein you enjoy will work great for this shake.

 

Sincerely, Love

 

Get Cookin’! ft Burgers

Hi there! On this ‘episode’ of Get Cookin’, I want to share with you my version of a healthy burger. They are delicious and hearty, without the unnecessary calories that a typical burger will have. So let’s get started!

What you’ll need:

1. Lean burger meat – You can use ground turkey or chicken if you really want to amp up the healthiness factor. My husband prefers 96% lean beef so that’s what I opt for.

2. Toppings – anything you like on your burger. A typical array for us would be lettuce, red onions, tomatoes, and cheese (without cheese will lower the calories tremendously). We incorporate mushrooms as well for an added flavor boost.

3. Eggs (2)

4. Salt, pepper, and cooking spray

5. And of course, burger buns.

 

Once you have your ingredients, let’s get cookin!

  1. In a large mixing bowl, hand mix the beef, salt, and pepper. The secret to a juicy burger? Put in half of one egg (whites or yolk, whatever you prefer). Save the other half of the egg in a bowl to use for later. Incorporate everything together. You don’t want to overmix the meat because it will fall apart.
  2. Turn on your stove to medium/high heat. You are looking for a nice sear on your meat so it can hold in the moisture and give it a beautiful color. Spray a little cooking spray onto your pan.
  3. Place your meat patties in the pan and let it go. Don’t turn them too soon – wait about 2-3 minutes or so before turning.
  4. Now it’s time to flip. Once you flip the burgers, lower the heat to low/medium. After about 1-2 minutes, turn it to low and place a lid over your pan. This will allow the meat to cook through without burning the patties.
  5. While your burgers cook, heat up another pan to cook your eggs. The first time my husband asked for eggs on his burger, I kinda looked at him a side eye, but it’s actually quite delicious and gaining popularity! Make your eggs however you like; sunny side up, over easy, scrambled, doesn’t matter.
  6. Once your done, check on your meat and make sure it’s cooked through. There are lots of great tools in the supermarket you can buy to make this a little easier i.e. meat thermometers. What I do is stick a knife through and check with my own eyes. CAUTION: Because of the eggs you added to the meat, the burgers will be really juicy. Be prepared for ‘juice’ to come out. Funny story: Before, I never used to cut into the meat, and the first time my husband bit into one of my burgers, it was a huge mess and pretty gross in my opinion. Hence, I always make sure to cut the burger even just a little so disaster won’t strike again!
  7. Now, it’s time for the fun part – Assembling everything! There’s nothing too special in this step. Assemble all your ingredients the way you’d like. Generally, I do bun, lettuce, onion, burger patty, cheese, and egg on top. It avoids everything from falling apart.FullSizeRender (5) FullSizeRender

Next time you are in the mood for a burger, why not make them yourself! It’s so much healthier and delicious compared to fast foods/restaurants, plus it will impress the heck out of your family.

 

Sincerely, Love

Get Cookin’! ft Salmon

Hello sunshine!

How many times have you cooked and the food just didn’t turn out quite as good as you’d hoped? Or it looked great, but tasted bland? I love cooking, but I’m not a good recipe follower – not really sure why. I like to wing it; throw some pepper in this, a little salt in that, and we’re in business. Sometimes it’s a fail, but other times it’s amazing. After years of cooking for my husband, I have developed some culinary “skills” that I swear by. Nothing is extravagant or professional so please don’t mistake this post as a formal guide to cooking by any means. It’s simply me sharing my tips on how to cook a successful meal.

Let’s talk salmon – the #1 item on our grocery list and about 80% of our weekly meals. It’s a fatty fish that is filled with Omega 3. Salmon is healthy and filling, and quite easy to cook (trust me!). Here are some tips I’ve learned through the years.

choosing your salmon

With a variety of salmon out there, it’s important to pick what fits your taste. When you are at the market, ask the employees what the freshest salmon is for that day, and what they’d recommend. Most of the time, employees are willing and sometimes even excited to help! If you are a regular customer, it’s a great conversation piece that will leave you with a great catch of the day.

Don’t always pick what’s on sale. A sale doesn’t determine the freshness of the fish per say, but it’s always a good idea to go based on what you see. If I see a gorgeous salmon fillet that’s a couple dollars more than a not-so-appetizing salmon that’s on sale, it’s a no brainer what I’d pick. The quality of the salmon is just as important as how it’s cooked.

What do i do now?

Assuming you are going to cook the fresh salmon the same day (or next), leave the fish in the fridge. About 30 minutes before you are going to cook it, take it out so it can reach room temperature. The salmon will cook best when it’s at room temperature (or close to it). If you plan on marinating it, do so and pop it back into fridge until it’s time to get cookin’.

how should i add flavor?

Try out a variety of spices each time you make the salmon. You will learn quickly what your favorites are. I have used so many – from lemon herb to chili powder, and none of them disappointed me. My husband’s favorite is chili powder; sound spicy but it’s not. I season it with the chili powder and a little bit of black pepper. It’s all about the cooking at this point.

It’s time to cook!

1. Turn your stove on to medium high and spray a bit of nonstick spray on it. You can use butter if you’d like, but nonstick spray will be a much healthier option. Don’t let your pan get too hot! Once you start to see it warming up, it’s time for your fish.

2. You can place the fish skin side up or down. I normally take the skin off once it’s done cooking. Let your fish cook – don’t flip it prematurely. Once you notice the sides of the fish are cooking nicely, flip it. Depending on the thickness of the salmon, you should do your first flip after about 3-4 minutes or so. Again, it depends on how thick the salmon fillet is.

3. Once you flip your fish, lower the heat to a low-medium flame. Season it again if you prefer. Since I loveee lemons, I squeeze lemon onto the fish at this point. After about 1 minute, cover the pan with a lid and allow the fish to cook through. Remember: Keep your stove at a low flame. If I want to mix it up a bit, I will add a bit of teriyaki sauce at this point. It’s just enough for a little tang without overpowering the chili powder.

4. If I’m feeling unsure if the fish is properly cooked, 99% of the time, I will cut it in half JUSTTTT IN CASEEE. It’s better to be safe than sick from undercooked fish! One of the biggest challenges people have when making salmon is overcooking it. Once it’s overcooked, there’s no going back. If you are skeptical of how long the entire cooking process should take you, start off by making salmon stir fry’s. You will master a salmon fillet in no time soon after!

My tips are based entirely off my mistakes/successes in the past! You will learn best through trial and error so stop at your local market and get cookin’! P.S: I will be posting pictures shortly!

 

Sincerely, Love