Monday Motivational Meal—MyPlate Indian Vegetable and Rice Skillet Meal

Monday, February 22, 2021

 

MyPlate Indian Vegetable and Rice Skillet Meal


In the New Year it is ideal to find meals that are easy, budget-friendly and healthy. We found this Indian Vegetable and Rice one skillet meal from MyPlate Kitchen that succeeds on all three counts! We served up this tasty meal on Livliga's Vivente Portion Control Dinner Plate to complete the healthy goodness.

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Finding Your Zen: 8 calming foods that will naturally help you feel better

Friday, February 19, 2021

8 Calming Foods to Naturally Help You Feel Better
Mint is a calming food to help you feel better

There are so many influences in our lives, not all of them good. Many of them can make us nervous, anxious, unhappy, or even depressed. What we eat can make a difference and allow us to feel calmer and more centered. The right foods can help us feel better and improve our overall health. Below is a list of 8 foods that have a naturally calming effect. We have included links to recipes that incorporate these foods that are available on our blog. Pamper yourself with nurturing foods that are naturally helpful to your mood and your health.

8 calming foods that will naturally help you feel better:
 

Mint—contains menthol, which is a natural muscle relaxer that can lead to a calming effect. Brew some fresh mint tea by growing your own in an herb garden. 

Turmeric—in addition to being the popular spice of the moment, is full of curcumin, which is being studied for its use in promoting brain health and treating anxiety disorders. Golden milk, a hot drink with turmeric and spices, is a calming beverage that many folks are using to start or end their long days or try this Carrot Hummus with Turmeric you can share with others.

Orange—vitamin C is one of the vitamins that can help ease anxiety and promote a sense of calm, and there is no better source than oranges. Eat them whole or try one of these recipes that use orange marmalade. 

Salmon is a calming food that will naturally help you feel better
Salmon is a calming food that will naturally help you feel better...ours was served up on the Halsa pattern!


Salmon—omega-3 fatty acids are helpful in naturally regulating dopamine and serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitters in our brains. So, a diet rich in them can really help balance your mood! Salmon is a great source, and this recipe for Pan-Roasted Salmon with Tomatoes and Capers is sure to become a favorite go-to recipe.

Spinach—magnesium is one of those minerals that are thought to help with feeling calmer, and you can find it in abundance in dark leafy vegetables like spinach. Try this fun family favorite recipe of Pizza with a Cauliflower Crust and Spinach.  

Chocolate—dark chocolate, in addition to being most people’s comfort food, especially on the go, offers the added benefit of flavonoids, the antioxidant that can help lower blood pressure and anxiety levels. Note that we are talking about dark chocolate, at least 70% cacao content. Try making this guilty pleasure of Warmed Dark Chocolate with Popcorn…a perfect snack to munch on while curling up to watch a feel good movie.  
 

Berries are a calming food to help you feel better
Berries are another calming food to help you feel better

Berries—are naturally packed with antioxidants, which have been shown to protect your cells from stress and can help ease some depression. Any fresh or frozen berries can be easily incorporated into your diet, but we love this recipe for a kid-friendly and diabetes friendly Berry Delicious Smoothie Bowl.

Walnuts—are a great source of alpha-linolenic acid, which research has shown to have a mood boosting effect. Try this recipe for Roasted Turkey Salad with Dried Cherries and Walnuts.
    

Enjoy! And Live Well!

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Monday Motivational Meal--Cheese Soufflé in a Loaf Pan

Monday, February 8, 2021

 

Monday Motivational Meal is a Cheese Souffle in a Loaf Pan

Who says a soufflé can only be made by chefs?! Try this loafpan version for a lovely, light and delectable meal you can make at home. Make sure to serve it up on your favorite Livliga pattern. Ours looked smashing on Celebrate!

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5 Great Blogs to Help You Keep Your Momentum in the New Year with Healthy Eating!

Friday, February 5, 2021

 

5 Great Blogs to Help You Keep Momentum and Embrace Change

It seems it is easier to getting started in the New Year focusing on our healthy and healthier lifestyle. What is harder is sustaining the momemtum for long term success. We all need some ongoing inspiration and reminders of how to stay on track. Below are 5 Great blogs that will help you continue your focus on healthy eating.

5 Great Blogs to Help You Keep Your Momentum in the New Year with Healthy Eating!

Top 10 Right-Sized New Year Health Tips


8 Great Tips for Right Sizing Your Food Environment


6 Ways Livliga Helps Us Eat a Balanced Diet


Nutrition is About Portion and Proportion


Portions and Nutrition—How Do They Relate?



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Monday Motivational Meal—Cooking Light Confetti Quesadilla with Shrimp

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

 

Cooking Light Confetti Quesadilla with Shrimp


Celebrate the New Year with this colorful quesadilla with shrimp. It is easy to make and a festive food that is tasty...bound to be a family favorite...remember to serve it up on Livliga's Celebrate plates to make it a memorable meal! #CookingLight

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Carrot Raisin Muffin—Fresh & Moist

Friday, January 29, 2021

Carrot Raisin Muffin Served Up on Livliga

 

There is nothing better than a fresh muffin baked in your own oven. Having a muffin made from wholesome ingredients, including freshly shredded carrots is the ultimate in freshness. Carrots are so accessible and affordable, not to mention packed full of nutrients, you owe it to yourself to bake these beauties. Carrots are a particularly good source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. They’re a weight-loss-friendly food and have been linked to lower cholesterol levels, improved eye health and reduced risks of cancer. The texture and taste of a carrot adds dimension to these muffins to make them not only nutritous but delicious. Enjoy!

Carrot Raisin Muffin

Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrots about 2-3 medium carrots
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Carrot Raisin Muffin Recipe

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners or use cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl whisk the egg, applesauce, honey, butter, and vanilla.
  3. Stir in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir ingredients together until just combined and there are still some spots of flour remaining.
  4. Fold in the shredded carrots and raisins. Mix just until combined (don’t over mix).
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. To store, cover with plastic wrap at room temperature for u to 3 days.

Nutrition Information 

Servings 12. Serving size: 1 muffin. Calories per serving: 164; Total Fat 4.2g; Sodium 168mg; Total Carbohydrate 31.1g; Dietrary Fiber 1.8g; Protein 2.7g.

Tips

Let the muffins cool completely before storing. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. The muffins can also be frozen. If freezing your muffins, individually wrap them with plastic wrap before adding them to a storage container or Ziplock bag. Then take them out in the numbers you desire for up to 3 months.

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Monday Motivational Meal—WW Chicken Piccata Stir Fry

Monday, January 25, 2021

 

Weight Watchers Chicken Piccata Stir Fry Served Up on Livliga

Looking for a health-conscious meal that is satisfying and tasty? Try out this WW (Weight Watchers) Chicken Piccata Stir fry. We served ours up on Vivente...the perfect pairing for a healthy New Year ahead!

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Cheese Soufflé in a Loaf Pan—Light & Airy!

Friday, January 22, 2021

 

Cheese Soufflé in a Loaf Pan Served Up on Livliga

For most of us we think of a cheese soufflé as something that needs to be made by a chef. It is actually easier than you think. And you don't even need to use a special soufflé dish to cook it in. Just use a loaf pan! 

Try this recipe I originally found in The Week magazine. You will find it is light in texture but hearty and satisfying in flavor.

Cheese Soufflé in a Loaf Pan

 

Cheese Soufflé

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter, plus extra for greasing the loaf pan
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 shallot, minced
3 tablespoons unbleached flour
1 cup 2% milk
1 cup Gruyère cheese, shredded
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
Pinch of nutmeg
3 large eggs, separated
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions

  1. Place an oven rack in the middle position and heat oven to 350º. Grease the bottom and sides of an 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch loaf pan (preferably glass). Sprinkle 2 tablespoons Parmesan into pan and shake to coat evenly.
  2. Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add shallot and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in flour and cook until golden, about 1 minute. Slowly whisk in milk. Bring to a simmer and cook, whisking constantly, until thickened and smooth, about 1 minute. Off the heat, whisk in the Gruyère, salt, pepper, mustard, and nutmeg. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Whisk in yolks until completely incorporated, and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar (with an electric mixer/Kitchenaid at medium speed or by hand) until stiff peaks form.
  4. Working with a quarter of the whites at a time, gently fold them into yolk mixture until almost no white streaks remain. Pour mixture into prepared pan and sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan. 
  5. Bake until top is nicley browned and center jiggles slightly, 25-30 minutes. Bring it straight from the oven to the table. 

Nutritional Information 

Serves 4. Calories per serving 311; Fat 22.7g; Sodium 571mg; Carbohydrate 10.5g; Dietary Fiber 0.2; Protein 16.8.

To make it a meal

Add a simple green salad with a light vinaigrette.


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Monday Motivational Meal—Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

Monday, January 18, 2021

 

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup Served Up on Livliga

It is winter so it is time for a heart-warming soup. This week we offer our Slow Cooker French Onion Soup. There are many wonderful things about onions. They are a nutrient dense food which also means they are low in calories. There is evidence to show they are heart healthy, diabetes and cancer fighting, mood boosting as well as great for our skin and hair. And on the practical side, they are a budget-friendly food with a long shelf life so they are easy to keep on hand, ready to be used in any recipe. We served up this classic in a gorgeous Celebrate bowl! 

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