Category archives: Foodie Friday

Foodie Friday :: Blueberry Breakfast Cake

A few weekends ago I had my family here for a visit and decided to cook breakfast in rather than go out to eat – While my go-to breakfast is usually waffles or pancakes with some bacon and fruit, I find it a bit hard to keep the waffles/pancakes from getting soggy if I’m cooking for more than 4 people. Nothing is as tasty as a waffle just as it’s coming out of the iron :)

I decided to make a classic breakfast – Scrambled eggs, bacon, fresh fruit and some sort of muffin. As I was browsing the internet, I ran across this interesting take on a blueberry muffin on Alexandra’s Kitchen – and I liked the idea that it was a breakfast cake. I made a single batch and it was perfect for 7 people (3 of which were men) – I also loaded mine up with a bit more blueberries than the recipe called for. The only thing I would have done differently is brown the top of the cake just a bit longer to get more of a golden color – otherwise, YUM!
Click HERE to find the Recipe on Alexandra’s Kitchen. Hope you love it!

Foodie Friday

Happy Friday!! The weather here has been GLORIOUS . Sunny and in the mid 70’s to low 80’s…and it’s only March. This weather gets me super excited all my upcoming spring shoots!

Due to the warm weather I decided to make a refreshing, healthy wrap…that I’ve been eating for dinner and lunch a couple times this week already! I don’t have a name for it, so I’ll just call it my Ultimate Veggie  Hummus Wrap.

I LOVE cucumbers so I load them up in my wrap. Ingredients you’ll need ::

Tortillas :: I like to use a green spinach tortilla or red chile tortilla (no it’s not spicy)
Hummus :: I love all Hummus but for this particular wrap I think garlic hummus or white bean hummus is best
Cucumbers :: skinned and chopped…lots of them ;)
Alfalfa sprouts
Baby spinach
Chopped tomatoes

That’s it! Easy Peasy and SUPER HEALTHY! Eat it with a side of your favorite fruit or blue chips! Let me know what ya think!

 

Foodie Friday :: My current favorite [healthy] breakfast

Happy Friday! Today’s foodie Friday is super simple but so yummy! I LOVE breakfast, If it weren’t so terrible for my body I love to  eat an assortment of waffles, pastries, pancakes, bacon, biscuits…you name it…for breakfast everyday. But we all know that is not reality. So as of late I have added added a new, easy, and healthy snack to my usual morning green tea.

I take about 1/2 a cup of the 2%, low fat, small curd Breakstone Cottage Cheese + a little honey swirled on top + a LIGHT sprinkle of your favorite granola + fresh fruit. I typically use blueberries, blackberries or strawberries. Whatever is on sale/in season :)

Now I love to eat…and I can eat a lot – but I promise this will stick with you until lunch. It is such a yummy low calorie, high protein, low carb breakfast with just enough sweet for me. I’m getting excited because this spring is gearing up fast and I have so many gorgeous shoots to share with you in the upcoming weeks!

Enjoy the weekend, friends!

Foodie Friday :: Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

This is one of my favorite bread recipes and such an easy way to sneak in veggies! Yes, I realize I do not have kids to trick, but I do have a husband, haha!
 3 C :: All-purpose flour
1/2 tsp :: Baking powder
1 tsp :: Cinnamon
1 tsp :: Nutmeg
1 tsp :: Baking soda
3 eggs
2 C :: Sugar
1 C :: Vegetable oil
2 tsp :: Vanilla extract
3 C :: Grated zucchini
1/4 C :: Mini chocolate chips
1 tbs :: Orange zest

* If you like nuts, I would add in chopped walnuts or pecans
** I typically use Splenda blended sugar
*** Use anywhere from 1/4 C – 1/2 C of chocolate chips – I usually keep it to 1/4 C to be a bit healthier
****To bump up the health factor, give whole wheat flour a go!
Preheat oven :: 350 degrees :: Bake 50 minutes (test with toothpick to be sure it comes out clean)
Grease 9 x 5 inch loaf pan

Sift together flower, baking powder spices and baking soda
In a large bowl beat eggs (until fluffy). Beat in sugar. Mix in oil, vanilla, zucchini, chocolate chips and orange zest
Stir in sifted ingredients
Pour into loaf pans
I hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think when you try this out :)

Foodie Friday :: Valentine’s Day Style

Alright friends! This Friday I bring to you two super easy treats for Valentine’s day. Whether you’re cooking for your better half or looking for a fun activity to do with the kiddos, these two will do the trick! For this post, I got together with a super talented baker, Courtney who has her own cooking blog :: Cook like a Champion. I was lucky enough to meet her earlier this year as she booked me for her newborn session (which is right around the corner, yay!) – seriously the friends I get to make along the way is one of my favorite things about my job.

First up, Courtney whipped up Chocolate Mousse. Now I shy away from making mousse, because it’s reputation is tough and very time consuming. I seriously think this took 15 minutes from start to finish. Super easy and delicious!

Courtney found this recipe on Sweet Tooth.
What you need ::
1-1/2 cups whipping cream
1/2 cup Nutella spread
2 tbsp hot water (not boiling)
2 tsp instant espresso
Dash of Kahlua
6 Chocolate-hazelnut pirouette cookies
Chocolate and chopped hazelnuts for topping


Next up we couldn’t resist the novelty of fresh baked, made-from-scratch sugar cookies…with homemade buttercream icing. YUM!
Visit Cook Like a Champion for the delish details of these Sugar Cookies :)

I hope you make some time to whip up your favorite sweet treat – or try something new!  Happy Friday!

Foodie Friday :: Shrimp and Zucchini Bowtie Pasta

Happy Friday, friends!! I plan to make this a new addition to my blog because I love food and it’s always so fun when I get to try out a new recipe. Since I cook most every night I will be picking my favorite meal from the week and sharing it here on the blog!

This week’s favorite meal is a Shrimp and Zucchini Bowtie Pasta. It is SUPER HEALTHY  (well, minus the bread on the side – but I think it is impossible for me to eat pasta without bread, seriously.) and even more important, it is really simple and fast to make. Read More