Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Berry Coconut Cream Chocolate Tarts!

Created By: Ryan Noelle   October 23, 2013

HELLOOOO!!!! I haven't posted all summer!!! Ahhh... I am so embarrassed!  Hopefully you have stuck with me, I apologize sincerely.  Things have been craziness.  Ok a short run down of my summer...

  • I found out I am pregnant! YAY! My Hubs and I's First wee one. ( I am 27 weeks as I write this)
  • I was sick for the first trimester so I didn't cook and I didn't like my usual stuff.  So blogging would have been boring!
  • We moved into a bigger apartment here in Boston. This was a must so our little buggy has a room!
  • Finally we went to Paris for over two weeks!  Oh wow I love that city! I'll post pics soon.
So these are a few reasons why my blog was put on the back burner. But all is calming down.  Well until January when our little bug will be born!

Well for my welcome back I have a real treat today!!! Berry Coconut Cream Chocolate Tarts!!! These are just as good as they look and sound.  They are such an easy dessert I think it takes all of 20 minutes.   Now, if you want a dessert to bring to your upcoming holiday parties this is a recipe you must bookmark! 1. They are easy to make. 2. They look fancy. 3. They taste AMAZING 4. They are healthy, so you can have your cake and eat it too!  That's all I have to say about these.  MAKE THEM! :)

Beautiful Berries

Healthy Tidbits:  Low in Sodium, Cholesterol.  High in Vitamin C! Dairy Free, Gluten Free

Our little boy/girl! We are waiting to be surprised!!!! This is why we have nicknamed the little one Buggy

24 weeks                                       22 weeks                                      20 weeks

27 Weeks!!!!      My before! Inspiration for after Buggy is here!

How far along:  27 weeks Almost 7 months!
Is this your first pregnancy?: Yup!! :D
Do you know the sex of the baby?: Nope we love surprises!
Weight Gained: 12lbs so far
Do you have stretch marks?: Not yet Rubbing coconut oil on my belly 3 times a day.
Have you felt the baby move?: Yup karate kicks!
Workout: Not much this pregnancy.  On days I feel great I try to do prenatal Pilates.  I walk the dogs and that has been the extent of working out.  I thought I would be stronger and doing more.  
How you feeling?:  I feel pretty great right now!  Some days I am more tired and some days I am energized! The energized days I try to workout even if its for 20-30 minutes.  Usually a little walk or elliptical and prenatal Pilates.  I have had some stretching pains and lower back/hip pains.  I have seen a chiropractor and feel great now.  


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Lebanese Lentils (Mujaddara)


Remember me? I feel so awful I have been neglecting my posts here!  I hope you all have stuck with me.  It has been crazy here.  But there is no excuse. I am a bad Blogger (slap on the wrist).  Well...  If you are still with me and you still care.  I would love love love to share this new recipe with you!

This is a protein packed, fiber rich superfood side dish!

I love lentils and I haven't made them in a long time.  So the other night I decided to change that and cook up some lentils with rice.  After a sweep through the trusty world wide web I found a dish, Mujaddara.  Mujaddara is a lebanese dish made with lentils, rice and caramelized onions.  How simple and delicious!  Of course I substituted traditional basmati rice with brown and omitted all oils.  I tweaked the recipe here and there and found this dish to be soooo yummy!

Trust me when I demand that you make this dish.  It is low cal, low fat, fiber rich, a protein mama and easy to whip up!

Let me know what you think!

Healthy Tidbits:  Low in Saturated fat.  No cholesterol.  High in fiber, Manganese and Vit. B6

Monday, May 20, 2013

Tomato Basil Soup

     Happy Happy Monday!!  I hope everyone's weekend was tons of fun!  Mine was a great time I went to my friend Ryan's Coast Guard Ship!  I never thought it would interest me as much as it did.  The ship was enormous and the quarters are so compact.  They fit sleeping quarters, bathrooms, dinning/cafeteria halls, and work stations all inside this boat.  It was a maze getting through three levels of the ship.  Here are some pics I gathered.

Pic 1: Jeff and Ryan at the dock. You can see the ship in the background.
Pic 2: The door we enter (like a submarine :)
Pic 3: Me in front of the huge gun!
Pic 4: Inside
Pic 5: Sleeping quarters; there are 3 beds there!
Pic 6: Jeff (right) Ryan (left) in the TV room

     As you can tell in the pics it has been a little overcast and gloomy here.  Whenever it is cloudy and rainy I crave soup.  So...  I made some tomato basil soup with cheese crackers.  The hubby had a grilled cheese with his, as pictured.

     This tomato soup was incredibly easy to make.  And most likely you have all the ingredients in your house already.  The added basil brings added life to the tomatoes.  I loved, loved loved this soup!  It was so good I could not stop eating it.  Which isn't a bad thing the entire pot that feeds 8 is only 371 calories!  It is just amazing!   My hubs was admit that he does not like tomato soup!  Yet when he tried this he went back for seconds and said it was DELICIOUS!  Because the soup is blended down, there are no chunks of tomato.  It almost is like eating a tasty marinara sauce :)

     I topped the soup with cheese crackers I made.  This was such a perfect soup I will be making it all the time!

Let me know how you enjoy it in the comments.  I love hearing when people have tried a recipe!

Cheese Crackers.  SO simple

Healthy Tidbits:  Very low in Sat. Fat. No cholesterol.  High in Dietary Fiber, Manganese, Magnesium, Potassium, Thiamin and Vit. E.  Very High in Iron, Vit. A, B6 & C.