Watermelon Arugula Feta Salad

Perfect light salad for those Summer nights. Vegetarian, Gluten Free

This recipe is easy, quick and super delicious. Here’s what you need.

Ingredients: 

Baby Arugula

Pickled Red Onions (optional, love them though adds more color to the salad)

Watermelon (seedless)

1/2 Lemon

Balsamic Vinegar (1/2 cup)

Honey (1/2 tbsp)

1 pinch of Salt (for flavor)

Drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Handful of Pine Nuts (Optional)

Handful of Feta Cheese

 

Slice the onions and place them in a bowl.  Add your pine nuts, feta cheese, pinch of salt and arugula. Drizzle the extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and balsamic vinegar. Mix it all together and you have a delicious bowl of salad. Great for those sizzling summer nights. Pair with a glass of Rose, Sancerre or Chardonnay.  Bon appetite! Enjoy!

 

SUMMER REFRESHER: ST. GERMAIN COCKTAIL

After a long day at work we all want to come home to relax and unwind. What better way to do so than with a cocktail in hand. During those hot summer nights, try Something that is refreshing after every sip. Trade in your traditional beer, vodka tonics and cosmos for this summer’s refresher— The St. Germain Cocktail!

St. Germain Cocktail Recipe

2 shots of Brut Champagne or Dry Sparkling Wine

1 1/2 shots of St-Germain

2 shots of Sparkling Water or Club Soda

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Method: Fill a tall Collin’s glass with ice. Add champagne first. then St.-Germain, then Club Soda. Stir completely.* Garnish with a lemon twist, making sure to squeeze essential oils into the glass.

* St-Germain is heavier than wine, so it will settle to the bottom unless mixed thoroughly.

Drink Responsibly and Enjoy! Happy Summer 2016

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TILAPIA FILET TOPPED WITH SPICY MANGO SALSA SPICY MANGO SALSA

Spice is optional, so the spice level can be what you like. (Taste before adding extra or even before adding the spices, and add at your own degression). But in our home we love the Spice. The spicer the better!!
My husband is from the Islands, so he is no stranger to spice. And I have always loved spicy foods, and my palette has grown a lot over the years. But I also think I’ve grown accustom to the heat because of my husbands tolerance. Though I can’t reach his levels of spice, I’m somwhere between medium -high heat where he’s into extreme heat. Anyways, here is my recipe for Spicy Mango Salsa.

Serves 2-4
Double the amount if your making more

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1 mango sliced and diced into small cubes
1 handful of Grape tomatos sliced and diced into small pieces
1 half of a red onion peeled, sliced, diced into small pieces
2 jalapenos cut , deseeded and diced into small pieces
1 teaspoon of Ground Pepper
1 teaspoon of Cumin
1 teaspoon of Chili Powder
1 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper

Place all the ingredients in a medium or large mixing bowl and mix all the ingredients together thoroughly. Once everything is blended and mixed together, you can serve with just about anything. I topped off our tilapia filets with this salsa and it was delicious.
Other great options to pair this with are:
Over salmon
Baked chicken breast
Just on its own with some tortilla chips.

Healthy, Simple, Easy, and Delicious, 4 things I’m all about when i’m cooking in the kitchen!
I don’t add any salt to anything that I cook, because the spices give enough flavor on their own.

Try this recipe out and remember to follow me: @SocialFashionistaBeauty and #SFBEATS #SFBRecipes! Enjoy!!

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CAPRESE AVOCADO TOAST

CRAZY FOR AVOCADOS!!!! As of late, I’ve grown to love and devour avocados. I’m a huge fan, some may detest it, some may be allergic (sorry folks) and some may just LOVE them just as much as I do!! Now the latest crave in tasty delights are toast, specifically Avocado toast. It’s become a great staple for a simple, fresh and healthy dish. That can be serve daily at any time of the day, breakfast, lunch or even dinner. There are so many variations to this quick, easy and might I add oh so delicious dish, that the possibilities are endless!! And its HEALTHY TOO!! It’s the GOOD fat we all want and need!! Healthy and nutritious I’m ALL about that!!

Who doesn’t love Caprese Salad, fresh mozzarella, heirloom, tomatos, drizzle some EVOO, a like balsamic drizzle and top it off with some fresh basil. Can you say YAZZZZZ and YUM!! Now combine Caprese +Avocado Toast= Caprese Avocado Toast, the end result is a party in your mouth doing the happy dance all at the same time. Here’s my recipe below. Try it out and let me know what you think!! Follow me: @SocialFashionistaBeauty and #SFBEATS #SFBCapreseAVOTOAST

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CAPRESE AVOCADO TOAST

Use any kind of bread you like (Wheat, Multigrain, Sourdough, Ezeikel etc).. I usually go for Wheat, Multigrain or Ezeikel. Then toast your bread
1 Heirloom Tomato (Sliced or diced, your preference)
1 or 2 Avocados (Depending on how hungry you are)(Cut, DeSeed, and Scoop out into a bowl)
Fresh Mozzarella sliced into cubes or small slices
Ground Pepper
Red Pepper Flakes (To add a litlle spice and kick to your Avo Toast, trust me your tastebuds will LOVE it)
EVOO To drizzle on top of your toast
Balsamic (Glaze or Vinegarette) to Drizzle on top
2or 3 Fresh Basil Leaves (Optional) (Last Step)

After you’ve cut, deseed, and scooped your avocado, place in a bowl and mash it up. Mash it up to however you like (Smooth or leave some chucks whatever your heart desires). Then set aside, then once your toast is all toasted and ready, place on a plate and assemble your avocado toast. Spread your avocado onto the toast. Add a sprinkle of ground pepper and the red pepper flakes. Place your diced or sliced heirlooms on your toast, next do the same for your mozzarella. Sprinkle a little more red pepper flakes (optional and your desired amount). Drizzle a little EVOO and top it off with a your balsamic glaze or vinegarette either works just fine. Top your toast off with a few basil leaves this step is completely is optional. But it’s so delicious, how can you not try it. Either way you’ll love this combination!

There you have it–now eat, devour and enjoy! Try it and let me know what you think!! Don’t forget to tag and hashtag me. Enjoy Loves!

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AVOCADO SMOOTHIE

Avocados! It’s all the rave now from avocado toast, to using it in our guacamoles, and now in smoothies. I know what your thinking, really avocados in a smoothie….?? And the answer is YASSSSSS!! It’s absolutely, amazingly delicious.

Avocados aren’t only delicious, they’re good for you too. They’re the good kind of fat that we all want and need. Trust me, they’re that good. Avocados have a lot of health benefits too.

Avocados are an excellent source of antioxidants that may help slow aging and prevent certain cancers and heart disease. They are high in folate which also helps protect your heart and may guard against stroke. Studies have shown that avocados can lower cholesterol, guard against eye disease, help fight oral cancer, prevent breast cancer and has been shown to inhibit prostate cancer.
Avocados promote the absorption of certain nutrients such as lycopene and beta carotene, so add a tomato and carrot to your avocado smoothies to help maximize your nutrition.

I experimented the other day and I made this smoothie. And when I tell you its so delish, easy and healthy for you, it REALLY is. It helps with weight loss, if you drink this smoothie for breakfast and dinner. You’ll see results, when incorporated with a healthy balanced diet and exercise.

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Avocado Smoothie Recipe

1/2 Avocado
1 ripe Banana
1 Handful of Spinach
2 Tablespoons of Honey
1 Dash of Cinnamon
1 Cup of Water or Almond Milk (Your Choice) ( I used Almond Milk)
1 Cup of Ice

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and pulse twice then blend on high until everything is well blended and smooth. Pour into a cup and enjoy!! It’s that simple. Try it out and share your thoughts with me.
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SHOYU CHICKEN

Cook time: 50 min

Level: Easy
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Prep: 10 min

Ingredients

5 1/2 to 6 pounds chicken thighs

5 cups low-sodium chicken broth

2 cups low-sodium soy sauce

1 cup packed light brown sugar

3/4 cup mirin

8 medium garlic cloves, smashed and peeled

4-inch piece ginger, sliced 1/2-inch thick and smashed

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

5 tablespoons cornstarch dissolved in 5 tablespoons water

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Thinly sliced green onions, for garnish

Directions

Combine all ingredients except cornstarch and green onions in a large pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to low and simmer, covered, turning occasionally, until chicken is tender, about 30 to 35 minutes more.

Remove chicken to a serving platter. Remove garlic and ginger and discard. Bring sauce to a boil, skim off excess fat, and cook until reduced slightly, about 10 minutes. Whisk in cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, add chicken, turn to coat, and serve chicken with sauce and sliced green onions.

(I do not own the rights to these photos)
(Recipe from Ask Aida foodnetwork.com)

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MOVE OVER ACAI IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PITAYA (DRAGON FRUIT)

Recently, I’ve just discovered the fruit Pitaya or what is also known as Dragon Fruit. And I let me tell you, you’ll want to try anything pitaya once you continue reading. It’s just as gorgeous and delicious as it looks. I’ve tried and heard about Acai and all its benefits. But after trying a pitaya smoothie and bowl it’s changed my life in more ways than one. I’ve seen and felt a change within myself that has been great for my overall health. Here are some of the ways that Pitaya is beneficial for you:

1. Suppresses Arthitis
2. Helps with Acne Flaire ups
3. Fights Diabetes
4. Has active Antioxidents
5. Fiber
6. Good for healthy heart
7. Good for color treated hair

And so many more benefits. Try a Pitaya Smoothie or bowl Today!!

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Pitaya Smoothie or Bowl Recipe:

Ingredients
for the smoothie
for the bowl
1 cup chopped frozen mango
1 cup chopped frozen pineapple
1 packet of frozen pitaya (dragon fruit) puree
2 handfuls of baby spinach (or other green)
1/2 kiwi, peeled
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 scoop Tropical Tango Vega Protein Smoothie Powder
granola (I used Lemon Blueberry Granola)
chopped fresh fruit of choice: strawberries, banana, kiwi, mango, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries
Instructions
Combine the smoothie ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.
Pour about 1/4 cup of granola into the serving bowl. Top with the smoothie. Top with more granola and fresh fruit of choice. Serve immediately. Enjoy! ( http://keepinitkind.com/dragon-fruit-smoothie-bowl/)

Click below to read more of the benefits of pitaya, trust me you won’t regret trying it.

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WATERMELON REFRESHER

Happy Labor Day!! It may be September and Summer may be over, but its still beautiful out and you still can relax and take a sip on this! The Fall weather hasn’t hit us yet, so try this Easy Summer Breeze refresher. It’s so easy to make and it only has 3 ingredients!!! it not taste great, its low in calories as well! This is a guilt-free drink so don’t worry about those extra calories!! DRINK UP!!! cheers!!

Watermelon Refresher

2 cups of chopped watermelon
2 -3 shots of vodka
1 tbsp of lime juice
1 cup of Ice

combine all these ingredients together in a blender and blend away. blend until everything is fully blended and smooth.. pour and enjoy.

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Non-alcoholic Watermelon Refresher

2 cups of chopped watermelon
1 cucumber cut and into cubes
1 bottle of coconut water
1 cup of ice

Blend everything together until smooth and enjoy! fresh, refreshing watermelon juice refresher

Try this recipe out and let me know what you think.
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EAT THIS NOT THAT: HEALTHY MAC & CHEESE AND SWEET POTATO FRIES

Time and time again we all crave for the ultimate comfort food…. But we think about all the calories that in all those delicious foods. So we tend to feel guilty about the calories. Well, here are two recipes where you don’t have to feel guilty. Comfort food but ½ the calories and more. So healthy and so good!! Always homemade with love, and always baked never fried! And both recipes still have the same great taste you know and love. Can’t beat that! Let’s get started!

Healthy Mac and Cheese
Boil a pot of water add 2 pinches of salt into the water. Use any kind of Gluten-Free, low fat pasta. ( Elbow, Macaroni, Angel Hair, Fettuccine, etc)… Whatever your heart desires, I used Cavatappi Pasta (Macaroni type ). Add pasta when your water is rapidly boiling, (cooks the pasta fast). Cook until al dente. Drain and keep a ½ a cup of the pasta water. (For the end) Set pasta aside.

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Gluten-Free Bechamel Sauce

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Ingredients:
3 tablespoons of butter
5 tablespoons of Gluten Free Glutinous (Sweet) Rice Flour
2 ½- 3 cups of 2 % milk or dairy free milk of your choice
Salt, pepper
Spices of your choice. We like a little minced roasted garlic mixed in
2 Teaspoons of Black Ground Pepper
2 Teaspoons of Ground Nutmeg
Parmesan or Cheddar cheese-optional (or try Goat cheese for a dairy free option)
Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add some flour over the melted butter, and whisk together until they form bubbles. Ladle in little by little, your milk and whisk quickly. Blend until your sauce is smooth. Continue to whisk, until the sauce has thickened. Continue to whisk, add your black ground pepper and ground nutmeg. Continuously whisking all ingredients, making a nice smooth thick sauce. Finish by adding your cheese of choice. Mix all together. Last step, put in your pasta and mix everything all together, so that your pasta is fully coated. There you have it! Homemade gluten-free Bechemel Sauce.

Healthy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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2 lb Sweet Potatoes
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1/8 tsp Salt
1/8 tsp Pepper
1/8 tsp Garlic Powder
1/8 tsp Paprika
1/8 tsp of Cayenne Pepper
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut your fries long, like thin steak fries. Coat and toss the fries with Olive oil and sprinkle on your salt, pepper, garlic powder, and your paprika. You can also add 1/8 cayenne pepper to add a little spice and kick your your fries up a notch! Giving them a little punch, but still AMAZINGLY good! Pop them into the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes turn them from time to time. And there you have it, Sweet potato baked fries. Baked never fried, a healthy and delicious snack or meal. Enjoy!

Test these recipes out, tell me what you think. Post your photos and tag me!! I’d love to see what you re-create!! Bon Appetit!

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TACO TUESDAY : HEALTHY HOMEMADE CARNE ASADA STREET TACOS

2 Pound Flank Steak
1/4 c. Worcestershire Sauce
1/3 c. Vinegar
1/2 c. Soy Sauce
1/2 c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Teaspoon Cumin
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon Paprika
1 Teaspoon Oregano
1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
2 Tablespoons Chopped Ciilantro
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper
2 Tablespoons Lime Juice (fresh if you have it)
4 or 5 Cloves Garlic

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COMBINE ALL THE INGREDIENTS IN A ZIPLOCK BAG AND PLACE THE FLANK STEAK IN THE BAG. MARINADE ALL DAY WHILE AT WORK OR PREPARE THE NIGHT BEFORE AND MARINATE OVERNIGHT.

WHEN YOUR READY TO COOK, SET THE OVEN TO 375 DEGREES AND BROIL FOR 15-18 MINUTES. TURNING THE MEAT EVERY SO OFTEN EVERY 6 TO 8 MINUTES.

PREPARE THE TACOS, HEAT UP YOUR TORTILLA TACOS

FOR GARNISH:
PICO DE GALLO
CHOPPED AVOCADOS
CHOPPED JALAPENOS

TACO TUESDAYS NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD AND DELICIOUS!

TRY THIS RECIPE OUT AND LET ME KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS!

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Easy Summer time Cocktail Recipe

Happy Labor Day!! It may be September and Summer may be over, but its still beautiful out and you still can relax and take a sip on this! The Fall weather hasn’t hit us yet, so try this Easy Summer Breeze refresher. It’s so easy to make and it only has 3 ingredients!!!  it not taste great, its low in calories as well! This is a guilt-free drink so don’t worry about those extra calories!! DRINK UP!!! cheers!!

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Watermelon refresher

2 cups of chopped watermelon

2 -3 shots of vodka

1 tbsp of lime juice

1 cup of Ice

combine all these ingredients together in a blender and blend away. blend until everything is fully blended and smooth.. pour and enjoy.

non-alcoholic watermelon refresher

2 cups of chopped watermelon

1 cucumber cut and into cubes

1 bottle of coconut water

1 cup of ice

blend everything together until smooth and enjoy! fresh, refreshing watermelon juice refresher

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