Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, June 29, 2020
Livliga Healthy Chicken Recipe on Celebrate Portion Control Dinnerware Line

Did you know our portion control tableware complements any diet type or eating style? That's why this week we are showing you a fun and healthy Betty Crocker recipe. This Easy Butter Chicken Casserole dish is simple and savory! Use our Celebrate dinnerware to serve it up right-sized! Enjoy!

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Gratin Recipe: Tomato, Squash and Red Pepper Gratin

Friday, June 26, 2020
Livliga Healthy Vegetable Gratin on Vivente Dinner Plate

In the peak of summer, if you go to the Farmer’s Market or have your own vegetable garden, you suddenly find yourself with more squash and tomatoes than you know what to do with! There are simple dishes that help you create tasty and healthy meals that include your bounty of vegetables. Preparing a gratin is one of the simplest ways.

What is a gratin, you might ask? A “gratin” is any dish that is topped with cheese or breadcrumbs mixed with butter or olive oil, then heated in the oven or under the broiler until brown and crispy, according to The Food Lover’s Companion.  Classically gratins are creamy and rich. An easy way to make them healthier is using lowfat milk in lieu of cream. Also, the amount of cheese and oil can be reduced to make the dish delicious yet moderate in calories. This recipe is originally from Cooking Light.


Tomato, Squash and Red Pepper Gratin

Healthy Vegetable Gratin on Livliga Vivente Dinner Plate

Ingredients


  • 5 teaspoons olive oil, divided 
  • 2 cups chopped red onion 
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped red bell pepper 
  • 1 pound yellow squash, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices (about 3 1/2 cups) 
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic 
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa 
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil, divided 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme 
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided 
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 
  • 1/2 cup 2% reduced-fat milk 
  • 3 ounces aged Gruyère cheese, shredded (about 3/4 cup) 
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 
  • Cooking spray 
  • 1 1/2 ounces French bread baguette, torn 
  • 1 (12-ounce) beefsteak tomato, seeded and cut into 8 slices 


Directions


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.  Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 4 teaspoons oil; swirl to coat. Add onion; cook 3 minutes. Add bell pepper; cook 2 minutes. Add squash and garlic; cook 4 minutes. Place vegetable mixture in a large bowl. Stir in quinoa, 1/4 cup basil, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper. 
  2. Combine remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, milk, cheese, and eggs in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add milk mixture to vegetable mixture, stirring until just combined. Spoon mixture into an 11 x 7inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. 
  3. Place bread in a food processor; pulse until coarse crumbs form. Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add breadcrumbs; cook 3 minutes or until toasted. 
  4. Arrange tomatoes evenly over vegetable mixture. Top evenly with breadcrumbs. Bake at 375° for 40 minutes or until topping is browned. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup basil. 
  5. Serve promptly hot or at room temperature. Enjoy!


To Make it a Meal: add a Quick & Easy 5 Fruit Salad for only 81 calories per ½ cup! And a Lemon-Zucchini Muffin or a wedge of French Bread. Viola! Your perfect simple summer meal.

Nutritional Information
Servings: 6. Calories per serving: 235. Fat 12.1g; Protein 12.2g; Carbohydrate 21.2g; Fiber 3.9g; Sodium 443mg.


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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, June 22, 2020
Livliga Asian Style Marinade for Grilled Chicken on Halsa Dinner Plate

Are you looking for an easy and fabulously flavored marinade to try out this summer? We have the perfect Asian Style Marinade for Chicken recipe just for you! This marinade is a huge hit with the family. A definite repeat. Make healthy eating a breeze this summer and serve it on our Halsa portion control dinner plates!

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Product Review—Stashers—Reusable Storage Bags

Friday, June 19, 2020
Livliga Stashers Product Review

Isn’t it fun to discover great new products? I love being able to explore new products that better fit our healthy lifestyle. Stashers are just such a product. They are a reusable silicone storage envelope you can use for a variety of foods and other items you store in containers.

Livliga Stasher Product Review- Food Storage Bags


Stashers come in many colors and sizes.  These handy items come in fun colors so you can suit your fancy or buy specific colors and sizes for specific uses. The envelopes that stand up are really handy for food storage, especially leftovers with sauce.

These storage containers are infinitely handy. Stashers can be used and stored at room temperature, in hot water for sous vide, in the refrigerator and even in the freezer. You can easily put them in the microwave too to heat up what is inside. They are endlessly portable with a great seal. These handy storage envelopes are perfect for taking your lunch to work, organizing a picnic, or carrying snacks for the kids.

Stashers can be used over and over again. This means they are very earth-friendly. They are easy to clean in the dishwasher. And I love that I am not using or throwing away ziplock bags anymore…I just don’t need them.

Livliga Stashers product review with LivSpoon

Stashers and Livliga are great products to use together. They both are eco-friendly and are manufactured with the purpose of making the world we live in better and healthier. They are BPA-free and completely plastic free so no worries about contributing more mounds of non-degradable materials to the garbage heap.

Plus Livliga and Stashers are easy to use, well made to last a long time, and attractive. You also have choice of colors and designs. You are going to like them so much you are going to end up giving them as gifts…I have!


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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, June 15, 2020
Tempeh Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce on Vivente Portion Control Dinner Plate

This plant-forward Tempeh Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce recipe is sure to be a crowd favorite! Try this protein packed recipe on the nature-inspired Vivente pattern!

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10 Nature Inspired Healthy Lifestyle Tips

Friday, June 12, 2020
Livliga Celebrate Side Plates With Portion Control

There are so many reasons why we feel we live on an emotional roller coaster. With twenty-four hour news coming into our inbox, accosting us on our TV and viewed on our computers, we often feel overwhelmed with negativity. It seems we live in an ever-increasing world of stress brought on by political mayhem, environmental disasters, and mass genocide. How can we find some balance and embrace a more serene approach to the world we live in? As research and our own hearts tell us, the solution is simple…go back to Nature. In our homes and in our own backyard it is important to incorporate elements of nature to support a healthy lifestyle. Below is a list of Nature Inspired Healthy Lifestyle Tips to help you find balance and serenity that you can tap into and enjoy on a daily basis.

10 Nature Inspired Healthy Lifestyle Tips


1. Create a Nature Inspired Healthy Food Environment

2. Paint Your Kitchen and Dining Area in Calming, Positive Colors 

3. Eat Whole Foods, not too much, mostly plants

 • Check out: Michael Pollen, In Defense of Food

4. Choose Dishware that is Nature Inspired and Right-sized

Livliga Vivente Dinner Plate with Portion Control


5. Choose materials that you use to cook with and eat on that are earth-friendly and healthfully made

6. Take a Walk in the Forest

 • Check out: the benefits of Japanese forest-bathing, or shinrin-yoku

7. Read poetry about nature, from poets like Walt Whitman or Maya Angelou

Nature Inspired Maya Angelou Poem


8. Create Your Own Garden

 • Did you know the famous painter Monet created his own garden so he could paint  what he loved over and over again?

9. Listen to Nature Inspired Music

 •Especially when preparing your meal and eating it 

10. Take photos of you in Nature

 •Blow them up and frame them to put in your kitchen, where you eat, and any other  area you want to add some fun memories in Nature. 


Livliga is nature inspired

We tend to reflect in our mood what we are experiencing around us. To buffer ourselves against the negativity we are feeling we need to create a positive environment to live in. Our home becomes our sanctuary. Make it a reflection of the beauty of nature.  Your mind, body, and soul will thank you.

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, June 8, 2020
Healthy Summer Savory Squash on Vivente Portion Control Dinner Plate

Beat the heat with Summer Savory Spaghetti Squash! This side dish makes any meal more delicious. Try out the Livliga Squash Rub to make it yourself and forget the heavy carbohydrates. Serve up this perfect summer dish on Livliga's Vivente dishware!


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Why Livliga Works—It's Eco-Friendly and BPA-Free

Friday, June 5, 2020

Celebrate Portion Control Dinnerware

When we were ready to manufacture Livliga products we thought it was important to provide a product that in its very structure and material was healthy for people to use. It has never made sense to us at Livliga that people are asked to live healthier lives but the tools being provided to them are made of materials that do not promote health, quite the opposite, and in fact, are not eco-friendly or BPA-free.

Livliga is FDA Approved
Our dishware is made of porcelain. This is a material of the earth. It is important to point out that porcelain is a durable material that will wear well and last. The energy used to create our dinnerware is offset by the longevity of its use.  We use non-toxic colors that are both cadmium and lead free and exceed FDA standards. We certify each lot of our product every time we manufacture. We meet the highest standards.



Livliga is compliant with Prop 65
Not only is our product made of health-supporting materials, it can also be used safely in a microwave and can be put in a dishwasher without worry of degradation, as can be seen with plastics. Because we are not made of plastic we are considered BPA-free. What is it about plastic that makes it harmful to our health? Here is what Harvard Medical School says, “Studies have found that certain chemicals in plastic can leach out of the plastic and into the food and beverages we eat. Some of these chemicals have been linked to health problems such as metabolic disorders (including obesity) and reduced fertility. This leaching can occur even faster and to a greater degree when plastic is exposed to heat. This means you might be getting an even higher dose of potentially harmful chemicals simply by microwaving your leftovers in a plastic container.” What is significant to point out here is that this statement encompasses all plastics, including those designated as BPA-free. Current studies are highlighting that all plastics leach, including BPA-free plastics. In a recent article in Live Science it was stated, “Worries over bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical commonly found in plastics, have led to a surge in BPA-free products. But now, a new study suggests that the chemicals replacing BPA may also be cause for concern. The study found that, among U.S. children, exposure to two common chemicals used in place of BPA — called bisphenol S (BPS) and bisphenol F (BPF) — is linked with an increased risk of obesity. Both BPS and BPF are similar in structure to BPA and can be found in some types of plastic, canned goods and other products.” Not only have BPA-free plastics been linked to health issues for children, they have also been associated with health issues for men and women, including infertility. The only way to protect yourself from the effects of plastic is to avoid your exposure to them, especially when consuming food. Livliga helps you do just that.

Livliga sources from companies that have a reforest program

The packaging we use for our dinnerware incorporates post consumer waste, and we also source from companies that have a reforest program as part of their renewable program.  All packaging is recyclable and we encourage recycling.

Livliga packaging is recyclable
Bottom line: Livliga is all about living a healthy lifestyle. The tableware we make and the information we share is to support each of our customers in living life as their healthiest selves. Our eco-friendly and plastic-free products do just that.

Livliga Celebrate portion control side plate Live Well


Live well. Be well!


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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, June 1, 2020
Pan Roasted Cod on Vivente Portion Control Dinner Plate

The flavors, textures, and taste of this dish from the  DASH Diet Mediterranean Solutions Cookbook takes you to a wonderful, healthy place. This delicious Pan-Roasted Cod is further inspired by being served up on our artist designed Vivente portion control dinner plate.

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