coconut pork and pineapple wraps

 

makes 4 servings

1/2 cup full fat canned coconut milk

1 tbsp minced fresh ginger

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 tsp red chili flakes

1lb extra lean ground pork

2 medium carrots, sliced into thin matchsticks

2 scallions, thinly sliced

1/2 cup fresh mint, chopped

2 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce

1 tbsp fish sauce

2 tsp honey

1 head boston or bibb lettuce

1 cup diced pineapple

in a wok or large skillet, bring coconut milk, ginger, garlic and chili flakes to a simmer over medium-high heat, stir in pork and stir-fry until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. stir in carrots and scallions, and heat until carrots are tender-crisp. stir in mint, fish sauce, soy sauce and honey.

divide pork mixture among lettuce leaves and top with pineapple. serve with lime wedges

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6 techniques to remove negative energy – positive and loving energy brings happiness

6 techniques to abolish negative energy

negative energy can be everywhere and in everything. it’s up to us to find ways to fend off these fatiguing, depressing, draining emotions that others can infect us with. people can be fragile and volatile at the same time.

faith

if you are one of the many people who turn to belief in dire times, regardless of whatever religion, if any religion at all, it can help in a very powerful way. it is your belief that restores happiness to your mind and body

nature

going to the ocean, spreading your toes out in the sand, and gazing upon the vastness before you is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in pure happiness. walking along a beautiful pathway in a park is like having the world be your personal therapist. listening to birds or having waves crash can clear your head.

being grounded

there is a technique known as “grounding” and it means to simply focus on the sensation of your feet on the ground.

sage

smudging sage is essentially letting the smoke purify your home, as well as yourself, of any negative energy that may be present. by burning sage all around your personal space, you create a sanctuary that is built only for positive and loving energies. the sage clears the home and you to allow positive energy in.

music

play spiritual music  dissipate unfavorable energy. this will help clear your mind, body and soul.

music is also great for clearing negative energy in a space, open up your windows and play spiritual music loud, this will help dissipate the energy.

exercise

getting yourself up and moving, sweating allows you to focus on yourself and sets you up for a day of structure and positivity. exercise gives us happy endorphin’s and brighten our day!

tailgate toffee blond brownies

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every tailgate needs a sweet finish to all the savory fare served throughout the day. brown sugar, egg substitute, flour, and a bit of butter make a gooey brownie-like base. the toffee bits melt during baking and give the brownies a crunchy topping that makes a sweet, but not-too-rich dessert. using egg substitute cuts down on cholesterol and calories!

ingredients

  • 1 cuppacked brown sugar
  • 1/4 cupbutter, melted
  • 1/4 cupegg substitute
  • 2 teaspoonsvanilla extract
  • 1 cupall-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoonbaking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoonsalt
  • cooking spray
  • 1/4 cuptoffee baking bits (such as heath)

preparation

preheat oven to 350°.

combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. combine flour, baking powder, and salt. add flour mixture to sugar mixture; stir just until moist. spread batter in an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. sprinkle with toffee bits. bake at 350° for 22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out almost clean. cool in pan on a wire rack.

note: store, covered, for up to 3 days.

 

tailgate healthy grilled chicken skewers

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ingredients

dipping sauce:

  • 1/3 cuphoney mustard
  • 2/3 cupreduced-fat sour cream

 

marinade:

  • 1 cupplain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 teaspoonpaprika
  • 1 teaspoononion powder
  • 1 teaspoongarlic powder
  • 1/2-1 teaspoonchili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoonground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoonsalt

 

chicken:

  • 1 1/2 poundsskinless, boneless chicken breasts, trimmed of visible fat
  • 12metal or wooden skewers

 

preparation

  1. for the dipping sauce, mix the honey mustard and sour cream in a small bowl. cover and refrigerate until needed. this sauce can be made up to 2 days in advance.
  2. in a small bowl, whisk together all marinade ingredients; set aside.
  3. cut each chicken breast lengthwise into 4 long, thin strips. you should end up with about 12 strips. place the strips into a gallon-size zip-top plastic bag. pour the marinade mixture over the chicken, and close the bag. then flip the bag a few times to ensure that all pieces are coated with marinade, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. when ready to cook, transfer the chicken to a colander to drain off excess marinade. with clean hands, skewer each piece of chicken, threading it onto the end of a skewer. continue until all of the chicken pieces are skewered.
  5. preheat the grill or grill pan to medium heat. cook for about 2 1/2 minutes on each side, testing chicken for doneness before serving (meat should be opaque). transfer skewers to a clean platter.
  6. remove the chicken from the skewers, if desired. serve chicken while hot with the dipping sauce alongside.

 

brown rice burrito wrap – great make ahead lunch recipe

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ingredients

  • ¼ cup cooked brown rice

  • 1 tablespoon shredded cheddar

  • ¼ avocado

  • 1 teaspoon freshlime juice

  • 1 wholewheat 8-inch tortilla or large lettuce leaves

  • 2 tablespoons no-salt-added canned black beans

  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced or shredded carrots

  • 1 tablespoon mild jarredsalsa

directions

if the cooked rice is cold, reheat it in the microwave. when hot, mix in the cheddar until the cheese melts. set aside to cool to room temperature.

mash the avocado and lime juice together in a small bowl with a fork until it becomes a spreadable consistency.

lay the tortilla (or lettuce) out on a cutting board. spread the mashed avocado on the tortilla, leaving a 1-inch outer border without any avocado. in the bottom third of the tortilla, lay out in a log shape the rice, beans, carrots and salsa. roll over once tightly, then tuck in the sides and continue rolling. the avocado should help the burrito stay together. cut in half. wrap in a paper towel, followed by a layer of aluminum foil. serve at room temperature.

tomato basil salad

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ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 5cloves garlic, finely minced

  • 1 pint red grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise

  • 1 pint yellowgrape tomatoes, halved lengthwise

  • 1 tablespoonbalsamic vinegar

  • 16 fresh basil leaves chopped

  • salt and pepper

directions

in a small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. add the garlic and stir, lightly frying for about a minute and removing from the heat before the garlic gets too brown (it can be golden). pour it into a mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly. add the tomatoes, balsamic, basil and some salt and pepper to the bowl. toss to combine, and then taste and add more basil if needed, and more salt if needed.

fennel, shrimp and spinach salad

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ingredients

3 slices center-cut bacon (optional)

1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 cups thinly sliced fennel bulb (about 1 medium bulb)

1 cup grape tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion

1 (9-ounce) package fresh baby spinach

2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

directions

  1. cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp. remove bacon from pan, reserving drippings, and crumble. add the shrimp to pan, and cook 2 minutes, turning once.
  2. combine bacon, 2 cups fennel, grape tomatoes, red onion, and baby spinach in a bowl. combine the remaining ingredients in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. add the shrimp and balsamic mixture to spinach mixture; toss well.