November, 2015

  • Florentine Squares

    I wanted to share with you a recipe that helps me reduce the stress level of every Holiday Season! It is my ‘Go-To Dish’ to bring to gatherings and one that we have at home often as well. I have had it for decades (if that doesn’t tell you how popular it is, I don’t know what would.) and I like that I can make it ahead. It freezes well and can be used as an appetizer or for breakfast, lunch or dinner! It is great hot or cold and it is also pretty simple to make so don’t let the long list of ingredients scare you off..
    8 meal servings or 36 appetizers
    • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheesegrapeseed_glam_flavors
    • ½ cup chopped green onion including tops
    • 3 T grapeseed oil (why I use it HERE)
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 cup milk (I use fat free)
    • 2 -10ounce packages frozen spinach thawed & squeezed out
    • ½ tsp sea salt
    • ¼ ground nutmeg
    • 1/8 tsp ground black pepperswiss cheese
    • ½ whole wheat dry bread crumbs
    • 1 c grated Swiss cheese
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    • Grease 7.5 X 11.75 inch baking dish
    • Sprinkle it with 3 T grated cheese & set aside
    • Sauté onion in oil until tender but not browned
    • In large bowl combine milk & eggs beating well
    • Add spinach, onion, spices, bread crumbs & cheeses blending well
    • Spread into baking dish and bake 35-45 minutes, until just barely firm
    • Remove & cool to room temperature
    • Cut into 8 meal pieces or 36 appetizers
    For variation: BEFORE cutting, sprinkle with ¾ cup Swiss cheese & broil until melted
    Per Meal serving: 231 Calories, 13g Fat, 109mg Chol, 498mg Sod, 15.5g Carb, 3g Fiber, 4g Sugar, 14g Protein
    Per Appetizer: 51 Calories, 3g Fat, 24mg Chol, 110mg Sod, 3g Carb, .6g Fiber, .8g Sugar, 3g Protein
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    What is your “Go-To Dish”?
    I would love to try it out!

    November 21, 2015 • Recipes, Wildtree • Views: 665

  • Healthy Holiday Helpers

    The Holiday Season is starting with parties, family gatherings and lots of goodies too! With all the activities and extra things to do, it is tempting to just grab anything handy to eat on the go! Oh no, what do I do?

    Here are some healthy holiday helpers to keep yourself on track with your health goals:

    • Plan ahead, bring water and food with you when Lunchyou are out and about doing your errands or traveling.

    • Each time you prepare a meal, make twice as much and freeze in portions to be ready for your next busy day.

    • champageMake ‘water’ your friend. For every cup of caffeine or alcohol you consume, drink two glasses of water.

    • Added 3-5 drops of doTERRA Grapefruit or Slim & Sassy Blend essential oils to your glass of water. This will help to curb your appetite and give you a refreshing lift in energy and mood. Get them HERE

    • Eat at regular times throughout the day, don’t ‘save up’ for the dinner party. 

    • Don’t stand near the appetizer or the buffet table. Take just a little and walk away to the other side of the pudding with custard --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

    • Alternate your indulgences. Have a dessert at one party, but no appetizers or alcohol, then switch it up for the next party. 

    • Enjoy small portions of those ‘Special Foods’ that you associate with the Holidays & pass by those that you can get anytime of the year.

    • tastingWhen baking or creating your favorite recipe, watch out for the ‘tasting’. Those calories can really add up, even the “healthy” tastes. Put the mixing bowls in the sink right away under running water.

    • Get your sleep. 7 – 8 hours each night will help you to be more focused, have more energy AND get what needs to get done faster and better. When you’re tired you lose willpower and give in to your cravings. When you are rested you make better decisions in every part of your life.

    • If you find your energy level dipping or your clothes getting a journalingbit snugger, immediately start tracking everything that passes
      your lips. Do it diligently, EVERY day! It will help you realize just what you are doing or not doing.

    Do you find the holidays a bit overwhelming at times? Check out my blog “De-Stressing” the Holidays for more helpful hints.

    Sending Blessings your way for a wonderful Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year,


    November 20, 2015 • Essential Oils, Healthy Hints • Views: 725