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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

How to make a Quick and Easy Beef Lo Mein


Did you know that eating stir fries can help you loss weight?  
 But how about Beef Lo Mein?   Can a Beef Lo Mein be healthy but also quick and easy?

 Even though most stir fries are loaded with lean protein and fresh vegetables, eating restaurant dishes can defeat our goals of healthy eating.   

We need to be extra careful in choosing our dishes in restaurants based on the ingredients and to also avoid some of the pitfalls of added salt and sweetened sauces.  

So our best option to healthy healthy is to prepare dishes at home and we can avoid unwanted additives. 

But when we choose to cook healthy meals at home instead of eating out, we are faced with additional challenges.

One of the hardest challenges about eating healthy at home, is it's time consuming. It does take more time to plan, more time to prepare and more time to cook.  

And if you come home hungry and need dinner on the table quickly, a healthy dinner can be a little overwhelming and ultimately lead to failure.  





We will try to overcome most of your concerns with making this easy beef Lo Mein at home that is loaded with healthy ingredients. 

Most of the work and time in preparing an healthy stir fry is chopping the vegetables.  But with a sharp knife, it only takes a few minutes.   

We grab a large cutting board and chop all the veggies and leave them on the board for easy adding to the work and to prevent all the extra dishes to wash.



With this easy recipe for beef Lo Mein, dinner was on the table in less than 30 minutes.   
And with the addition of fresh spinach,, it adds a punch of extra punch of heart healthy nutrition and vitamins to your plate.  

Also with the right Pampered Chef Stir Fry Pan and utensils, Beef Lo Mein is really quick and easy!  




Quick and Easy Beef & Spinach Lo Mein

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb beef round steak, thinly sliced
  • 6 oz uncooked whole wheat spaghetti
  • 4 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1-8 oz can of sliced water chestnuts
  • 1 purple onion, sliced thick
  • 1 cup snow peas
  • 10 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 1 red chile, seeded and sliced
  • sliced almonds for garnish, optional
  • sliced green onions for garnish, optional
Instructions
1. In a small bowl, mix the first six ingredients. Remove 1/4 cup of the mixture to a larger bowl, add beef to the larger bowl and toss to coat. Marinate for 10 minutes.
2. Cook spaghetti accordingly to package directions, drain.
3. In a large skillet or wok, add heat vegetable oil and heat. Add the beef mixture and stir-fry until no longer pink, about 2-3 minutes. (may have to cook in two batches if skillet or wok is not large enough). Remove beef to a plate to keep warm.
4. Stir-fry water chestnuts, purple onions, and snow peas in oil for 1-2 minute until crisp-tender. Add spinach and hoisin mixture, toss to coat and stir-fry until spinach is wilted.
5. Return beef to skillet, add drained spaghetti and red chile and toss to combine and heat through.
6. Serve garnished with green onions and/or sliced almonds, optional
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

How to make Deviled Eggs look like Footballs



If you are throwing a football playoff party or a Super Bowl party and you are looking for something a little different on your snack table, have you thought about deviled eggs?

But not just any deviled eggs, how about deviled eggs styled into footballs? 

And how about those Football deviled eggs be super easy peasy? 




We have served deviled eggs over the year for many parties and we know they are always popular since we never have any left over.

And football deviled eggs are easy and inexpensive and that's always a win-win for us. 



Just a few sprigs of chives and kitchen scissors can easily turn deviled eggs into football eggs. 

Cut one sprig of chives into three pieces the width of the yellow of the egg and cut another piece the length of each egg yellow.    

Lay the three pieces of the shorter chives across the width of the yellow and lay the longer piece across the shorter pieces to represent the lacings on a football. 




Arrange the eggs on a tray surrounded by olives and different cheeses for a gorgeous football party platter.

These Football deviled eggs could also be the main event on a crudité platter surrounded by baby carrots, stuffed celery, sliced cucumbers and other favorite fresh vegetables.  




Make it even easier with this Large Square Cool & Serve from Pampered Chef.  



Deviled Eggs
Ingredients
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • fresh chives
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
1. Cook eggs according to these directions: How to Cook a Perfectly Boiled Egg
2. When cool, peel the eggs and slice in half lengthwise
3. Remove yolks to a small bowl.
4. Add mayonnaise, yellow mustard, salt, and pepper.
5. Using a dinner fork, mash egg yolks and mix well.
6. Spoon into the white egg halves.
7. Cut chives into small pieces and arrange to appear as football lacing
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Saturday, January 7, 2017

How to Make a Great Green Smoothie


We are always on the go and it is difficult to eat healthy, it's also difficult to reach our goals of 5-9 vegetables and fruit each day.  

And it's even more challenging to obtain our nutrient-rich leafy green quota for the week. 


What if I told you that with one delicious smoothie, you could check off one serving of leafy green veggies and two servings of fruit for the day?
     
       


  Ever since Popeye downed that spinach to build those muscles, we have been taught that spinach is one of the world's top healthiest vegetables.  

We know we need to eat more spinach but it's difficult and it's even more difficult to get our children to eat it.   I grew up watching Popeye but that didn't get me to grab that can of spinach and can opener.   

This Green Smoothie is sweet and delicious and other than the color no one would suspect that spinach is one of the main ingredients.  
In fact, this green smoothie contains 1/2 cup of leafy green spinach per serving.  
It doesn't contain any added sugar but does have natural sugar from the fruit. 

At only 100 calories, 13 grams of protein, 4 grams of dietary fiber and only 3 grams of fat, a green smoothie is a power fuel.  
  




It's not just for the convenience of obtaining our vitamins that we add a green smoothie to our menu several times a week, we add it for an extra treat!

This smoothie is already sweet and delicious but by adding one serving of whipped topping, it makes it GREAT!   


Green Smoothie

(Makes 2 servings)
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon stevia, optional
Instructions
1. Place everything in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Makes 2- 12oz servings!
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Friday, January 6, 2017

21 Amazing Low-Calorie Dishes that will make your Mouth Water



When we start the New Year, we realize we enjoyed the holidays almost too much and now we know it's time to get back on track with healthier choices with our diet.    We need to start choosing either low-calorie recipes or low-carb recipes. 

But if you are like us:

1.  You want to continue to enjoy the New Year but in a healthier way.

2.  You don't want to give up all the great flavor but maybe make some small changes to make a difference.

3.  You love food and want to continue to enjoy some of your favorite meals


Achieving these goals is not as daunting as it would seem, there are so many ways to eat healthily but deliciously.  

We have grabbed 21 of our favorite low-calorie but absolutely delicious recipes to get us started on the right track. 

So now it's not the challenge of doing without but which of these many options should we choose today!     



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