Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce

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Growing up the only vegetable I liked was cauliflower and I can not believe it took me this long to realize all the awesome things cauliflower can substitute. I don’t know  about you but my problem is binge eating and at times rewarding myself with food. I do an amazing job working out, tackling all the obstacles the day troughs at me and at the end I reward myself with food, making all of the efforts made throughout the day meaningless to me.

Finding the balance in life where I am putting healthy, real food into my body and still get to enjoy life is important for me. I prefer the idea of wanting to do something rather than having to and I feel the same way when it comes to food. I want to incorporate more real foods into my body because I want to be the best of that I can be and do not because I’ve damaged by body to the point where I will have no other option.

This cauliflower alfredo sauce is great! Perfect for pizza, pasta, or even by itself!!

This is another great, inexpensive recipe you can try at home with your family and friends making sure you are providing enough vegetable and nutrition that our bodies needs.

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower.
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese.
  • 7 cloves of garlic (minced garlic will work too)
  • 1/2 cup of broth or water used to cook cauliflower.

Instructions:

  1. Wash and cut cauliflower into florets.
  2. Place cauliflower into a large put filled with water or broth. Cook cauliflower until tender.
  3. Remove cauliflower from water and allow for it to cool down a little before blending.
  4. Place cauliflower, garlic, cheese and half a cup of cooking water or broth in a blender. Blend until is completely smooth. Add more liquid to your sauce if it is too thick for your liking.
  5. Taste sauce and salt and pepper if needed.
  6. The sauce can be used right away or stored in a refrigerated into ready to use.

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With love and a pinch of salt,

Ana.


Coconut Chicken Curry

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If you are the type of person who enjoys making delicious meals that will make you look as if you spent hours in the kitchen preparing them, this is the dish for you! Coconut Chicken Curry is such a delicious, paleo, gluten free, and dairy free meal option, that will have you and your family asking for seconds.

My version of this recipe is very easy to follow and make yourself, as well as flexible for you to make any changes you would like.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of boneless chicken breast
  • 2 cups of white rice
  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained
  • 1 can of peas, drained
  • 3 Tbsp of red curry paste
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Minced garlic
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Paprika (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Rosemary (optional)
  • Thyme (optional)
  • 1 cup of chopped carrots

 

Preparation:

  1. Prepare all of your ingredients before starting to cook.
  2. Add olive oil to a large size pan and allow it to warm up, then add your chopped onion, carrots and garlic. Allow for it to soften and cook completely.
  3. While you wait for your onion and carrots to cook, cut your chicken breast into small, bite size squares.
  4. Once carrots are soften and onions are caramelized, add your chicken along with your seasonings and mix. Reduce heat to medium and allow for it to cook slowly so all flavors can mix without getting burned or stuck to your pan.
  5. While your chicken is cooking, make sure you get your 2 cups of white rice ready. You can cook them in a rice cooker or in a regural pan.
  6. In a blender or separate bowl container, add one full can of coconut milk, curry paste and mix well.
  7. Once the chicken is mostly cooked, add peas and chickpeas into pan and mix.
  8. Once all of your ingredients are mixed, pour your curry paste into pan, mix, reduce heat to low and allow all flavors to combine for a few minutes.
  9. This step is totally optional but I promise you, it will do wonders! I like to add a very small about of butter, olive oil or ghee to my rice along with a pinch of rosemary and thyme. This will add a lot of flavor to plain rice.
  10. Once rice and chicken are ready, serve together and enjoy!

 

 

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With Love and A Pinch of Salt,

Ana


Cauliflower Pizza Crust!

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I was recently introduced to cauliflower crust pizza and just like anything cauliflower, I am now in love. It is a great gluten-free, low carb, guilt free option and even better, husband approved!!!

What does cauliflower crust taste like?

Cauliflower crust tastes amazing! It does not have the bread taste many people love in a good pizza but it does have the amaizing taste and little crunch of a thin pizza, which is even better!

 

Ingredients for crust:

  • Head of cauliflower – should make 2 cups once processed OR buy a bag of frozen riced cauliflower and make your life easier!
  • Dried basil
  • Dried oregano
  • Garlic powder
  • Shredded parmesan cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Egg
  • Pizza sauce & toppings of your choice
  • Salt (to taste)

 

what would be some good toppings for your pizza crust?

  • Mushrooms
  • Cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Ham
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Green peppers

*** Any toppings you like on any regular pizza can be added to your cauliflower crust pizza as well ***

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet and spray it with non-stick butter spray.

  3. Cut off the florets of the cauliflower – try to cut off as much of the stem as possible. Place the florets in a food processor and “rice it” – you do this by pulsing the food processor – press the button in short “pulse-like” increments, be very careful not to over process and puree, it won’t be good!
  4. The cauliflower should come out looking almost grain like.

     

  5. Place the cauliflower in a microwave safe bowl and microwave it for about 4 minutes.
  6. Pour it out on a kitchen towel/ cheese cloth or paper towels and wring the water out of it. The more water you get out the better.
  7. Place in a bowl and mix in all of the other ingredients.
  8. Using your hands, take the mixture and make it into a ball.
  9. Place it on the parchment paper and flatten it out to a pizza shape. (careful not to make it too thick or thin!)
  10. Place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake until the edges start to get golden brown and the middle sets – about 15 minutes. Flip over and bake another few minutes.

  11. Remove from oven and let it cool for a few minutes.
  12. Put your favorite pizza sauce and toppings on and cook on 350 degrees for 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melting and starting to brown.
  13. Once ready, take out the oven and allow for it to cool down for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!

 

With Love and a Pinch of Salt,

Ana.

 

 

 


Present Over Perfect

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“Have you ever ran a race where the finish line came to you?” That is something I heard this morning while I was at church, which got me saying to myself ” I’m glad I got out of my heated blanket this morning”

This week was full of changes, I came back from vacation, went back to work, started college again, managed to go back to the gym, spent time with my friends, finished all the work I was supposed finish by the end of this week, I was lucky to able to have an awesome four days off work due to a snow storm, I found an amazing church and went to my first service in over a year and yet, I found myself  not enjoying any of it…

I spent this whole week putting so much pressure on myself trying to give my 100% to everything and everyone forgetting all about myself. So many times I feel as is if it is my responsibility to make everything happen for everyone, I like to make life easier for them and end up forgetting a little about myself.

Earlier during the week I started reading a book called “Present over Perffect” Before I even opened the cover of the book, I was already so connected to it because of the tittle. I spend so much time attempting to become my own definition of perfect, forgetting about what really matters which is getting to enjoy life and make memories every single day.

One of my resolutions for this new year was to “make this year about me” and I going to do that. I am going to do great in school, have a clean home, eat healthy, build a stronger relationship with my husband, all while putting my self right on top of all of my priorities.

I know I want to be happy and get to soak up as much happiness and experiences from life and to achive that I have to go after it all, because I can and because I deserve to.

With love and a pinch of salt always,

Ana.

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Skinny Stir-Fry

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So 2018 comes around, you write down all of your New Years resolutions, make one of them “To lose weight” or “Eat healthier” then life happens… Vacation is over and you have to go back to work, loads of laundry have to get done, homework has to get turned in, AND then you get hungry! What now?

This Stir-Fry is recipe the definition of “You are what you eat” and “You can make your own choices” Too dramatic some may say but it is so important to remember that just like one McDonald meal did not make you gain weight neither will one healthy meal make you healthy. Small changes become habits.

This Recipe is super easy and I am sure many of you may see it or even tried it yourself, and for the ones who haven’t yet, this is a great alternative to still have a delicious meal without the extra carbs and calories.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1lb of chicken brest
  • Mix stir fry veggies (frozen or fresh) I used snap peas, brocoli, carrots and baby corn
  • 1 bag of cauliflower rice or one head of fresh cauliflower
  • Asian Stir-Fry sauce (you can use any sauce you would like)
  • Soy sauce or Aminos
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Garlic powder (to taste)
  • Onion powder (to taste)

 

Instructions:

  1. Clean up you chicken breast and cut in small chunks.
  2. If you do no have your cauliflower rice already done, all you have to do is wash, cut and put in blender or food prossesor. This step should not take you more than 5 minutes, and you only need to blend enough for them to look like small chunks, just like rice.
  3. In a large pan add a little oil of your choice, I used Ghee. Once oil is hot add chicken chunks and your seasoning of choice. let it cook by its self until the outside of the chicken is completely white.
  4. Once your chicken is white and half-cooked you will add you mix veggies, stir and place a top on your pan to allow the chicken to cook all the way and veggies to soften and steam.
  5. Once you allowed your veggies and chicken to fully cook for about 4-5 minutes, add your Asian sauce of choice and mix. allow to simmer for 2 mins.
  6.  once step 5 is complete add your cauliflower rice and mix well.
  7. Add 1 tbsp of soy sauce or aminos for flavor while the rice cauliflower if still cooking.
  8. Cauliflower rice should not make any more than 5 minutes to be ready! once that is done you can let it cool down , serve and enjoy!

 

I hope you all enjoy this recipe and maybe even try to make it yourself! Please comment bellow is you have any questions!

With love and a pinch of salt always,

Ana


New Years Resolutions

26234621_2083768951846318_1362102333_nSo it’s that time of the year where everyone is getting ready to welcome the new year and make radical changes in their lives, such as; become millionaires and lose 75 lbs by the end of January. I have to admit that I am one of those people, every year for as long as I can remember I’ve made new years resolutions. Not every year I am able to keep my word towards every resolution I’ve set for myself, but I find it motivating to have something to look forward to. This  year I want to share my new years resolutions here so I can stay accountable and reminded of what my priorities and should be when I start thinking that watching the 13 seasons of greys anatomy over again on Netflix sounds like a good idea.

1. Give 100% to school.

2. Build up a stronger relationship with my husband.

3. Read more.

4. Take Rosy (my dog) for more walks.

5. Doubt myself less.

6. Become closer to God.

7. Go to church more often.

8. Spend less time on my phone.

9. Save money.

10. Become healthier physically and mentally.

11. Practice more self-love.

12. Take more yoga classes.

13. Start writing my cook book!

14. Do things to better myself in a higher level.

15. Learn to enjoy the present.


I Can Not Wait To Say I Did It

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As I’m here getting ready to wrap up this year and say hello to 2018, I can’t help but to get a little emotional when I look back and realize how far I’ve came.

Lately I keep replaying a memory I have of myself standing in my room at my grandma’s house watching Kristina yang from “Grey’s Anatomy” perform a bad ass surgery and thinking to myself “I don’t know what I want my profession to be when I grow up, all I know is that I want to become a woman little girls want to be like when they grow up” I am twenty-one years old today and although I don’t want to be Kristina yang anymore, I still want to become a woman people look up to.

Growing up I somehow always felt like many times all odds were against me, and felt like it was 100x harder for me to accomplish things than it was for others not because of my abilities, but because of my circumstances. I remember wondering “when would it be my time”

As I write this, all I keep thinking about is my 10-year-old self and wishing I was there to tell myself to keep dreaming, although I may have not had a clue of what I was telling myself since I didn’t know any English then haha. And to my 17 year self struggling to get into a college for being undocumented, wish I was there to reassure myself that yes, your “time” it’s on it’s way.

Today I am a twenty-one year old woman, I am a wife, I am a daughter, I am a friend, I am Ana. Ana the 12 year girl didn’t know English, the 19 year Ana busting her butt working as a waitress working 40+ hours a week while being a full-time college student with all odds against her.

Remembering my roots and where I come from and how far I’ve came is ridiculously important to me. Having all of this present reminds me of my “purpose”

Thinking about my “purpose” reminds me of all the sacrifices my parents had to go through and still do today to provide me a better quality of life.

My “purpose” isn’t all about the 12-year-old Mexican girl who didn’t know English and tried so hard to be accepted by the white and black kids at my elementary school, but to the 21-year-old self I am today, who still doubts her self at times. My “purpose” is to let my mom know that all the people’s houses she had to clean and all the late nights and all the extra shifts were worth it. My “purpose” is for my husband to one day think to himself “wow, that’s my wife” and for our future children to be proud to have a mother like me. My “purpose” pushes me to become the woman I want to be and all the steps I’ve taken to become to woman. And it encompasses the nights crying trying to figure out who the hell I am and who am I supposed to be. It does not discriminate the times I’ve spent comparing myself to others attempting to become a little more like them to be accepted. Because that means that my “purpose” is rooted within me making all of me good enough. Because a purpose simply wouldn’t be complete without imperfections, flaws, stretch marks, ugly cries, dirty dishes or failing grades.

Because my motivation to strive is not a quote from a cliché movie, but rather the way of life I desire to live that I believe will be perfect for me. Because I am Ana, the girl who has struggled with her identity growing up, her interest, her passions, her likes and dislikes, and her finances and her relationships with other just like anyone else; I am just choosing to pursue happiness. One thing I’ve leaned is that trying to pressing the happiness others are going after is a waste of time, I know this because I’ve done it.

I can not wait to venture this new stage in my life where I will be going back to college to become something that I will and enjoy doing, along with pressuring all the things that fill me up with happiness and peace of mind. I can’t wait to keep meeting new people. I can’t wait to keep helping all of my special need students live their life to their fullest capacity. I cant wait to keep bettering my relationship with  my husband. I cant wait to reach all of my goals.

I cant wait to say I did this. I did this because I willed it for myself. I did this because I am the product of many sacrifices. I did this because I believe in myself and others believe in me. I did this because this is who I was meant to be. I cant wait to become the teacher, the wife , the daughter, the friend and the woman I strive to be .To empower myself and others. I cant wait to keep writing my story.

Ana.


Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I am convinced, I will never again eat plain banana bread again! Chocolate makes Everything better, including banana bread.

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Banana bread has always been a signature treat to have with breakfast, lunch or dinner at our house. Without a doubt bananas are one of our favorite fruits in our home, the only problem with bananas is how quickly the ripen and sense we are not the ones to waste, I just chop them up in pieces and throw them in the freezer to later make delicious banana bread and my daily green juices (recipe will be posted later) After many trial and errors I discovered that this! THIS! is what makes this banana bread to die for….. chocolate!

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As you will probably notice in the pictures below, I decided to add walnuts to this batch and it tuned out amazing, though they can be totally left out or substituted by other nuts or toppings.

The great thing about all of the recipes I like to share with you is the flexibility you can have with them. The purpose of the sharing the food I make is not for you to simply make replica of it, but to  make it your own and fall in love with it!

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What you will need:

  • 2 -3 ripe bananas
  • 1 stick or butter or margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of milk ( or almond milk)
  • 2 cups of flour ( or whole wheat flour/ almond flour)
  • 1 cup of sugar (or Tevia)
  • 2 tsp of backing powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Vanilla extract (optional)
  • Cinnamon (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Allow some time for your eggs to become room temperature and butter to soften.
  2. In a large bowl or mixer start by mixing your flour, sugar, backing powder, and salt.
  3. Then one by one, add milk, eggs, and butter.
  4. While allowing your ingredients to mix, in a separate plate press down your bananas until paste like texture and slowly mix with other ingredients.
  5. Pre-heat tour oven at 350 degrees and cook for 1 hour.

 

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Hope you try this at home and enjoy it as much as we do, with love and a pinch of salt

Ana.

 

 


Chicken & Sausage Zucchini Noodles

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Hello Everyone!! After almost three weeks I am finally back with another delicious and easy recipe! If you are like me and love anything and everything related to carbs but are also trying to find a balance to live a healthier life style, then this recipe is right for you!

Investing about $10.00 on a inspiralizer is something I would recommend to anyone, its such a great kitchen tool! I used mine to turn my zucchini into noodles in just minutes.

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I absolutely love turning vegetables into noodles because they are a healthy, fun way to eat!

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When making zucchini noodles you want to make sure you don’t over cook them, since they tend to get soggy and retain lots of water. Just a couple of minutes will do!

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There really isn’t any right or wrong way to make your zucchini noodles or its toppings, I like to keep it pretty similar to the way I will do if I was making regular pasta minus the cheese to keep it on the lighter side.

This time I decided to use:

  •   Tomato
  • Onion
  • Vegan Sausage (Aldi)
  • Chicken tenderloin
  • Basil & tomato sauce ( Trader joe’s)

 

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While I boiled and rinsed my noodles I cooked the ingredients for my topping in the separate skillet until fully cooked!

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This is the final product! After my noodles and toppings were ready I simply placed them in my pate and they where ready to eat! Oh and did I mentioned it only took me 15 mins to make?!

 

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and thank you so much for all of the support and feed back I’ve been getting this past few weeks. Hope to start posting on here more often with delicious recipes and more, stay tuned!

With Love & a Pinch of Salt,

Ana.


Real & healthy does not have to be boring!

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Hello everyone, happy Thursday!

I hope you all had a great beginning of the week and are starting to get plans ready for this upcoming weekend! Last night I decided to keep it quick and simple, so tacos it was!

The way I like so spend most of my time… and money when I go grocery shopping is on the produce section. Although I do not follow any specific lifestyle diet ( Paleo, keto, vegan, ect.) I still strongly believe on the importance of putting real foods into our bodies.

If you are like me, I tend to buy things at the store that I “promise” myself I will eat or use and end up not doing so. This horrible tendency started to become more and more noticeable to me once I got married and was living out of my mom’s house. Fresh fruits and vegetables tend to be more expensive and go bad ALOT sooner than canned, processed foods.

With that being said, something I do now that seems to work great, is to make sure I add fruits and vegetables to everything I cook for this a coupple of reasons;

  1. I use up all the things I’m spending money on.
  2.  Great way to hide fruits and Veggies to “picky eaters” (My husband).
  3. I’m making sure that aside from eating delicious dishes, I am also getting all the vitamins and nutrients my body needs.

Finally! that brings me to this quick, simple and delicious recipe!

NOTE: This is so simple you can pretty much make it any way you want to!

Things I used:

  • Chipotle Tortillas (Trader Joe’s)
  • Fat Free retried beans (Optional)
  • Shredded cheese (Optional)
  •  1 lb of Chicken breast tender lions (Aldi)
  • Tomato, Onion, Jalapeno, Corn & avocado – to make ” Pico de gallo” + salt/pepper/garlic powder to taste.
  • Buffalo flavored panko ( commissary )

Directions:

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  1.  Once your chicken tenderloins are defrosted and cleaned its time to bread them! I put them into flour, then egg, and lastly cover them in panko. If you want to skip flour and egg, you could use a little olive oil into panko and mix it up. It works fine and it sticks to the chicken too.
  2. To avoid all the extra calories I use my air-fryer to “Fry” my food. If you have an air-fryer your self you could put your chicken for 10 mins at 350 degrees. If you decide to fry or bake yours that would be just fine too!

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  1.  Once you are waiting for your chicken to be ready, make your “Pico de gallo”. Cut your tomato, onion, jalapeno, corn, avocado and combine into a bowl. Add lemon/lime juice, salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.
  2. Now worm up your beans and tortillas!

 

Once this is all ready, you are ready to assemble and enjoy!