Tag: HEALTHY COOKING

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Salmon and Vegetables Sheet Pan Dinner

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Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

My delicious Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad. Who does not appreciate a hearty salad?

Needless to say, we eat classic salads all year round, naturally depending on the season, of course.

However, with all the ingredients convenient even during the winter season, we are able now to eat this salad any time we want.

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Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

I know very well the taste is not the same. After all, freshly harvested fruit and vegetables are indeed the best eaten in season.

However, for the gracious sake of your cravings, we can most certainly eat delicious salads like this 365 days a year.

Above all, Cucumber, Tomato, and Mozzarella Cheese Salad undoubtedly my absolute favorite summer food. We probably eat this on a daily base during hot summer days.

Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

It is so refreshing and tasty it goes perfectly with any grilled food, even grilled vegetables if you are vegetarian.

You assuredly have a possible option here to include some avocados or grilled tofu even if you do not consume cheese. As you can see it is most definitely versatile salad.

So next time when you have a family gathering or just grilling time, make this salad. I am sure that you will not regret because it is really tasty.

Recipe

As I said below, you can add other ingredients and make it your own depending on the season.

My daughter loves Avocado so we always add it, especially if we are out of cheese. It just gives you a bit of creaminess which would be perfect for vegan.

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Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad
Yield: 4 SERINGS

Cucumber-Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Easy. healthy and tasty salad recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 Medium Tomatoes on the Vine, sliced
  • 1 cup Snacking Tomatoes, orange, but sweet golden would work as well or multicolored
  • 1 Organic English Cucumber, diced
  • 6 oz Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, cubed or Fresh Mozzarella Pearl Cheese
  • 3 Organic Green Onions, sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Oregano

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the sliced tomatoes, diced cucumber, chopped green onions.
  2. For the simple vinaigrette: in a small bowl, whisk the oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and herbs such as oregano or parsley. Pour over salad; toss well to coat.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. Just before serving, stir in cheese. Serve with a slotted spoon.
  4. This is a perfect salad with anything grilled or with fish.

Notes

You may add avocado or red onions in this salad It is very delicious. Also, if you by any chance do not have any mozzarella but Feta is in your fridge, use it. It is so tasty in this salad.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200 Total Fat: 14.7g Saturated Fat: 5.6g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 30mg Sodium: 251mg Carbohydrates: 8.6g Fiber: 1.8g Sugar: 3.8g Protein: 8.9g
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Citrus Kale Salad

Citrus Kale Salad

 

Perfect, healthy, nutty and balanced Citrus Kale salad. A Beautiful marriage of ingredients that just brings harmony, happiness, and calmness to you and your body.

Don’t you simply love a good salad? I adore salads, and the other day, I was longing for kale salad. It’s hard to believe, I know, but I do have these cravings for madly healthy food, as well.
Now, don’t be afraid adding fruit to your salad, especially greens like kale because it brings down the dull taste of kale. Personally, for me, kale tastes like grass, nothing extraordinary without a doubt, but when you add fruit to raw kale that burst of sweetness comes in and makes kale taste delightful.  As you can see the salad looks spectacular and wonderful, and it truly tastes superb.

Basically, everything that you see on this salad is fresh and healthy.  Now you can add a mix of citrus fruit such as grapefruit, mandarins, or different types of oranges, although on that point it has a nice amount of freshly squeezed lemon juice as well.

This type of salad would bring a smile on your face even on the most depressing day, and light up it up significantly more. I am telling you, it is a powerhouse and simply perfect to keep that New Year resolution to eat healthier. Wink*Wink*… I know, we all do make those resolutions, but the reality is that if we eat at least a couple of times a week something like this, I am certain that our body would thank us for sure.

If you try it, please tag me on Instagram @ sandraseasycooking with hashtag #sandraseasycooking

Two amazing salads that you might like:

Mixed Greens with Peaches

Massaged kale, strawberry and cashew salad

 

CITRUS KALE SALAD

Course Salad
Keyword salad, healthy, meatless
Prep Time 15 minutes
Author Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking

Ingredients

  • 6 cups fresh organic Kale it will go down to about 2 cups after massaging
  • 2 Oranges peeled and sliced (mandarines, or other similar)
  • 1/2 cup Almonds sliced
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata Olives

DRESSINg:

  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil Extra virgin, organic
  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon add more if you like it really sour
  • Juice from 1/2 Orange
  • Pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt add more to taste later
  • Pinch of Ground Black Pepper
  • Pinch of Sumac
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon Zest
  • 1 tbsp. Orange Zest

GARNISH:

  • Za'atar
  • Sumac
  • Zest or lemon or orange

Instructions

  1. After washing thoroughly, add the kale to a mixing bowl, I like using scissors to chop it in the smaller pieces, but you may use a knife and chop into bite-size pieces on a large cutting board before adding it to the bowl.
  2. Mix together ingredients for dressing, whisk to combine it well.
  3. Pour lemon dressing over it, and massage kale by squeezing it for about five minutes, or until leaves are very tender. Taste and see if you need more salt.
  4. Peel oranges (or other citrus fruit) and slice however you wish, add to the salad and lightly toss.
  5. Plate it on the large platter if you wish, and add sliced olives and sliced almonds.
  6. Garnish with Za'atar, Sumac, and any leftover lemon or orange zest.

Recipe Notes

I kept salad interesting by separating orange into sections and adding one whole orange in the salad, then I sliced the other very thinly, peeled a few slices and added as a different pattern and added unpeeled on the side. It just looks very pretty in my opinion. If you don't have sumac or Za'atar, do not panic... It is alright! It adds a nice flavor and aroma, but if you don't have it tastes delicious even without it.

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Kale, Banana and Pineapple Smoothie

Kale, Banana and Pineapple Smoothie

Kale, Banana and Pineapple Smoothie

It’s mid-September and I am still going strong with smoothies. It’s a great way to intake natural vitamins.
Also, it keeps you fuller, happier and healthier.  I rather drink one tall glass full of nutrition than pop a vitamin pill and rely on that entirely.  

I believe in balanced meals, and healthy beverages, so I genuinely try to reduce sugary drinks as much as possible, and I really do not drink anything alcoholic.

I am not a saint, so from time to time I take soda such as Sprite or Ginger Ale, but to be quite honest with you, I really try to avoid it.

Warm tea after a meal is a much better choice, even though we always tend to go for something icy-cold, and that’s really bad since cold drinks after a meal, especially heavy meal makes your food solidify in your belly and it’s hard to digest. Makes sense now, right?!

I enjoy this smoothie so much, and so many other combinations. I drink it either in the morning before my coffee or in the afternoon when I feel a bit sluggish or find myself that I need either one more large cup of coffee or a nap. You know what I mean, right?!

Kale, Banana and Pineapple Smoothie

Coffee never affected me in a manner that I can’t sleep or give me an energy boost, but I need my daily two cups of sugarless coffee… And I think that’s a pure coffee addiction for me, nothing else.

Perhaps coffee helps to calm down my headaches, but I imagine that’s because I am drinking coffee for over 20 years, and my body is used to having it at a certain time of the day and if I don’t drink it, it produces headaches.

This smoothie intake became my routine to just drink this before my morning or afternoon coffee to keep me functioning. I found myself actually reducing coffee, going from the full cup in the morning and afternoon, to half dosage.

Why am I writing about coffee?  Well, simply to give you an idea that actually healthy smoothies could help you boost that energy and do you better than a cup of coffee.

I can’t believe, but this is coming from someone who really loves coffee, however, after doing this for more than 5 months, I realized that I am more awake, happier, my mood changed for the better, even though I am still a crazy b**, I can find myself laughing more and do things in a “calmer” way.

So, I think it is doing wonders for me. I have posted many great smoothies on my blog that you might like. Some of them have written health benefits and some don’t.

Health Benefits:

Kale, Banana and Pineapple Smoothie

KALE:

Kale’s risk-lowering benefits for cancer have recently been extended to at least five different types of cancer. These types include cancer of the bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate. Isothiocyanates (ITCs) made from glucosinolates in kale play a primary role in achieving these risk-lowering benefits.

Researchers can now identify over 45 different flavonoids in kale. With kaempferol and quercetin heading the list, kale’s flavonoids combine both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits in a way that gives kale a leading dietary role with respect to avoidance of chronic inflammation and oxidative stress.

Vitamin K
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Manganese
Copper
Vitamin B6
Fiber
Calcium
Potassium
Iron
Vitamin E
Magnesium
Phosphorus
Omega-3 fats
Folate 4%

Kale, Banana and Pineapple Smoothie

PINEAPPLE:

Pineapple is an excellent source for the trace mineral manganese, which is an essential cofactor in a number of enzymes important in energy production and antioxidant defenses.

Vitamin C is the body’s primary water-soluble antioxidant, defending all aqueous areas of the body against free radicals that attack and damage normal cells.

Free radicals have been shown to promote the artery plaque build-up of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease, cause the airway spasm that leads to asthma attacks, damage the cells of the colon so they become colon cancer cells, and contribute to the joint pain and disability seen in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Vitamin C
Manganese
Copper
Vitamin B6
Vitamin B
Fiber
Folate
Pantothenic acid
Potassium, copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, beta-carotene,  thiamin, B6, and folate, as well as soluble and insoluble fiber, and bromelain.

Kale, Banana and Pineapple Smoothie

BANANA:

Bananas have been considered one of the healthiest options for fruit consumption for many years due to its impressive nutritional content, which includes vitamins like vitamin C, vitamin B6, riboflavin, folate, pantothenic acid, and niacin, as well as trace amounts of other vitamins.

In terms of minerals, bananas deliver a significant amount of potassium, manganese, magnesium, and copper. Bananas are also good sources of dietary fiber and protein.

Vitamin B6
Vitamin C
Folate
Riboflavin
Manganese
Potassium
Copper
Provides relief from stomach ulcers, and constipation.
Helps with the Kidneys.
Aids in treating piles and anemia
Provides relief from menstrual problems.
Reduces inflammation and keep eyes and bones healthy.

Kale, Banana and Pineapple Smoothie

FLAXSEEDS

Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s. Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities, as well as Fiber.

They Can Heal Your Arteries
They Can Contain Beneficial Plant Estrogens
They Can Reduce Your Breast Cancer Mortality by 70%
They Can Protect Against Ovarian Cancer
They Protect Against Radiation Toxicity
omega-3 fats
Vitamin B
Copper
Manganese
Fiber
Magnesium
Phosphorus
Selenium

Kale, Banana and Pineapple Smoothie

Course beverage, Drinks
Cuisine Healthy Choices
Keyword smothie, beverage, healthy, breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 Serving
Author Sandra | Sandra’s Easy Cooking

Ingredients

  • Banana and Pineapple Smoothie1 banana almost ripe
  • 1 cup Kale any type on hand
  • 1 cup Pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cup Coconut water
  • 1 cup Ice
  • 1 tablespoonful Sweetener
  • Sweetener to taste *optional

Instructions

  1. The best way to get the kale completely blended is to add liquid and kale first. I did not do that in my picture, but you can try it. After the kale is blended add all the other ingredients!
  2. Blend all the ingredients for a minute or two, until everything is combined and smooth texture.
  3. Add any sweetener that you prefer. I do not add anything since for me it’s sweet enough but you can add what you like, sugar, honey, stevia, etc.

Recipe Notes

Ripe bananas are very good for smoothies and good for you, in general, not just a great option for banana bread. Make sure to wash kale very well with cold water. Peel pineapple, and slice it into slices or chunks. Use 1 cup and the rest use container and keep in the fridge. If you have Pineapple allergies, use mango or other fruit that you like and prefer. Kale could be replaced with RAW spinach. Try to get organic produce if you can.

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