Zucchini Noodles with Broccoli Rabe and Diced Tomatoes

This is a great summer dish and helps you to cut back on the carbs using zucchini noodles. I added broccoli rabe with diced tomatoes for extra flavor. Don’t forget the seasonings like fresh basil and oregano. Dig right in for a high multi-vitamin packed green dish.

Many people may assume that broccoli rabe is difficult to make. It’s a dark green leafy vegetable and a significant staple in the Italian American dishes. Did you know it’s packed with protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Calcium, and Magnesium?

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First, I put the broccoli rabe in a pot and then boil it until tender. Meanwhile, set aside a non-stick pan lined with olive oil, crushed pepper, and sliced garlic. You can cook until the garlic is slightly brown. Once broccoli rabe is boiled, place in the pan and continue sauteing for about 5 minutes.

You can also dice tomatoes and throw it in your dish for more flavoring. Add a little bit of sauce too. I usually add salt, pepper, and other Italian seasonings to spice it up. You can either boil or fry the noodles, but I prefer to boil them slightly before mixing them in with the broccoli rabe and tomatoes.

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What you’ll need:

  • Broccoli Rabe (1 head)
  • Tomatoes (1 or 2)
  • Zucchini Noodles (Homemade or Store Bought)
  • Olive Oil
  • Seasonings (Oregano, Basil, Salt, Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper)
  • Sauce (Optional)

Get ready for a wholesome meal. You get your greens, your vitamins, and a light meal. Induldge in a guilty-free meal and load up on the “zucch noodles.”

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Caffeine Addicts Go Coco!

Caffeine addicts go coconuts with Coconut Cloud’s  dairy-free, carrageenan and titanium dioxide free coffee creamer. But, wait  what is carrageenan? It’s a chemical and a gelatin replacer for most vegan and vegetarian foods. Shockingly, carrageenan is found in most organic and non-dairy food products. Yikes, it hinders digestion and can even contribute to diabetes. Make sure to check your labels. Christa Alexis top pick of the week is…

coconut cloud creamer

Coconut Cloud is a powder based coffee creamer made from coconuts with simple ingredients including coconut cream, tapioca syrup, rice starch, and di potassium phospate. Each serving only has 2 grams of sugar. Get your coffee brewing and mix in Coconut Cloud’s creamer for coconut goodness!

Let’s be honest, we all need that caffeine pick me up and what could be better than a non-dairy, non-GMO coconut based coffee creamer. Available for purchase on Amazon!

Hunters is incredibly good!

MEoutsideA quaint cozy spot in the heart of Carroll Gardens, Hunters is a great place for flavorful cocktails, small sharing plates, homemade pasta dishes and a plethora of side dishes including Truffle Fries, Creamed Kale, Summer Squash & Romesco, and Esquites (Mexican Corn).

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Choose from the most two popular cocktails, Bobba Fett (named after the Star Wars character) and Chupacabras made with fresh ingredients and a lot of flavor. Bobba Fett is a pear infused vodka with a fresh citrus bite made with Grand Marnier. Chupacabras blue agave tequila, triple sec, lemon juice, lime juice, fresh ciliantro and jalapeno peppers for an extra kick. Great for pairing with an order of truffle fries.

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I tried the Boba Fett cocktail, truffle fries, creamed kale, and their homemade taglatelle with fresh lemon and parmigano reggiano. Make it a complete vegan dish by eliminating the cream from the kale and leave the cheese out of the pasta, and try the quinoa dish hold the cheese. Vegetarians don’t worry; you can totally find many choices here.

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Do you love that whole industrial eclectic feel? Come inside and enjoy the homey brick row building with tin ceilings, wooden floors and tables, and the rustic charm of old Brooklyn. Looking for a place to hang out with your friends, look no more- Hunters has a big granite table with books and vintage artwork. It’s totally chill.

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Now, go check it out. Cheers!

More grains, less gains

Trying to get rid of that leftover winter storage and make room for bikini season, fear no more eat grains & have less weight gain. When I say grains, I mean real grains not overly processed genetically modified versions of the real good stuff (foods); you know that kinds that simply nourish your mind, body, and soul.

Think about it, did our ancestors eat anything put in a can or stored in a freezer? Highly doubtful, all their foods were fresh from the farmland and picked right off the land. I’m talking about quiona, fresh rolled oats, brown rice, 100% whole wheat breads and wraps without any additives like high fructose corn syrup and ya know pronounceable ingredients.

Keep grains apart of your diet and you’ll be sure to shed the pounds right off. Moderate exercise is a key component to an overall healthy lifestyle. Of course organic is always a better choice.

 

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Don’t pass up Patsy’s!

Patsy’s is an authentic Italian restaraunt located in the heart of the city with a homie vibe and fresh homemade foods. It’s home to the famous singer Frank Sinatra and celebrities like Ben Stiller, George Clooney, Rhianna and Barba Streisand often stop by for a warm delicious meal. Don’t pass up Patsy’s!

Top picks:

Appetizer: Mozzarella in Carozza

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Main dish: Eggplant parmigiana

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What’s sweet and good for you? Pineapples!

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Pineapples are sweet and delicious with a ton of health benefits. It’s a great snack that will keep you feeling satisified. They have a high level of vitamin c, magnesium, fiber, and essential vitamins like B6 and B1.

The fruit contains high levels of water to help you stay hydrated all day long. It also helps with digestion and keeps your immune system strong. You could also purchase bromelian pills (extracted from the stem and core) for similar benefits but why wouldn’t you want to bite into this delicious fruit instead?

Did you know pineapples are composed of  various flowers? It’s true. The fruits fuse together to create the core.

 

 

New Year, New Vegan!

Happy New Year! I still can’t believe its 2014. It’s the first time in 19 years where there was a new moon in the new year which means a lot of significant changes in careers, relationships, etc. For the past 13 years, I’ve been a vegetarian but after researching more about the additives, treatment of animals, animal fat, and “extra” stuff they add into the foods I decided to go completely vegan.

Bring on the vegan challenge. I’ll update you along my journey.

Breakfast: Kind Cereal with unsweetened almond milk & hemp seeds.. (I also add organic sunbutter for more protein)

foodSnacks: Cashews, almonds, raisins, etc. for extra protein

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