My Easy NO-LETTUCE Salad

This is my go-to salad this summer. I have been eating this salad every week, and I can tell you it is scrumptious and super healthy! I was introduced to this recipe by my mom (thanks mom, love you tons) at her place, and it’s become my obsession salad ever since.

It tastes great with a side of squash. You could also go ahead and add a bit of seasoning for flavour.

INGREDIENTS

  • Tomatoes (2)
  • Avocado (1)
  • Onion (1-half)
  • Cooked squash on side (optional)

 DIRECTIONS

  1. Chop up all the ingredients- the tomatoes, avocado and onion.
  2. Take a deep bowl and mix all the chopped ingredients nicely.
  3. Add seasoning per taste and enjoy your no-lettuce salad!
  4. Add Squash on the side

It tastes better and more nutritious if eaten the same day.

Did you try this recipe?

Have more no-lettuce salad recipe ideas? Share with us!

Kale & Ricotta Tagliatelle

Pasta is always a quick and easy go-to, and luckily, it’s not that difficult to make it delicious and healthy in only 15- 20 minutes! I love this recipe because the ricotta makes the pasta creamy and super tasty, while the kale with a cashews or pine nuts is a true superfood that adds a bit of crunch to it.

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 300g Tagliatelle
  • 150g ricotta
  • 200g Kale
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Chili flakes
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 large onion
  • Fresh basil, salt and pepper
  • Pine nuts or cashews (optional)

Method:

Cook the tagliatelle first for around 6-7 minutes, then simply cook it together with the kale for another few minutes. Meanwhile, slice up the onions and heat up a pan with the olive oil. Add the onions, garlic and start cooking them.

Once the pasta is down, drain it and stir it into the onion and garlic mixture. Add salt, pepper, chili flakes and basil and cook for 2-3 minutes while slowly adding the ricotta.

Once it’s ready to serve, add cashews or pine nuts on top.

 

Healthy & Delicious, Dine Ideas

Experimenting in the kitchen and creating masterpieces is definitely fun, but let’s be
honest…we don’t always have time to do that, especially after a long day of work,
when all we’d rather do is watch series with a bag of crisps. The good news is,
there’s definitely a way to create yummy, easy dinners full with vegetables and
healthy ingredients that will keep you going during the next day.

A personal favorite is this warm salad, which (if made correctly), has lots of taste and
texture to it. Although it takes a bit longer, it’s super easy to make and it’s very filling.
While ovenbaking the beets will add a crispy feeling to your dinner, the butternut
squash will add a nice, sweet taste – and to tie everything together, the spices make
sure that everything tastes amazing.

 Ingredients:
 3 cooked beetroots
 1 butternut squash
 100 g halloumi (or feta)
 Garlic
 Spinach
 Thyme and coriander
 Salt and pepper

 Olive Oil

Method:
After removing the seeds of the squash, tart roasting the beetroots and butternut
squash with the spices in the oven for 30-40 minutes (you don’t really have to look
after them, so you can do anything during this time). Right before they are all ready,
fry the halloumi cheese and the spinach and drizzle with olive oil. Once everything is
done, mix it all together, and it’s ready to be served.

Ever heard the saying, ‘… you are what you eat?’

Well, it’s true. Your eating habits can easily become public knowledge thanks to the tell-tale nature of our skin. Now, I’m not trying to say that if you feed on tomatoes your skin will have natural rouge; but if you care about what comes out of your skin, you have to be vigilant about what goes inside your body.

Sure, you’ve heard it all the time…eat your veggies and you’ll grow, grow, grow; drink your water and you’ll glow, glow, glow. No lies have been detected in this anywhere. That said, your diet is merely one aspect of your skin routine. Here are a few of my skin-care habits, as well as some affordable hacks you can try at home:

1. Cleansing – this is one of the the first and most important steps in any skin-care regime. For me, I wash my face in the morning with Aveeno facial cleanser, which I think does a really good job of getting rid of all the impurities my skin encounters on a daily basis. All this while leaving my skin feeling fresh and breathable.
2. Exfoliation—another very important step, this helps to remove dead skin and renew the skin’s surface. While this is not necessarily something I do every day, I’ll try to do some amount of dermabrasion at least twice a week. Want a quick hack to try at home? Combine coffee grounds and petroleum jelly for a quick (and cost-effective) exfoliator!
3. Pore Care—my secret (listen closely) is Apple Cider Vinegar. Boom! I’d bet you never saw that coming! Splash a little on your green salad to add some flavor to those leaves, then splash on the rest on your face to minimize those unsightly pores and keep your skin supple.
4. Moisturise—let’s face it…ashy, dusty-looking skin has never been in style. But keeping that first layer of beauty lush can be a challenge, especially when there are environmental evils like icy weather that dehydrates your skin or harmful UV rays from the sun! Thankfully, there are so many great options for moisturisers out there to fit your skin type—whatever that is. My personal favorite is the Murad Essential-C moisturizer, which retails at XXXX for $X.XX.
5. Protection—Depending on the conditions to which your skin is exposed, a regular moisturizer may not always be sufficient. Sunscreen or a moisturizing foundation can help to protect your skin from the sun’s rays and wind, some of the greatest moisture-thieves you’ll ever encounter.

We could talk about skin care for months on end and never stop, because what works for me may not work for you; and what works for Joanna may not work for Lauren. But here’s the catch – you have to get in on the conversation. I really could go on and on about all of my favorite products (all of which you can get at any Sephora or drug store, depending on your budget), but I’d also like to hear from you.

Leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite products are and even some of your own skin care tips and tricks! Let’s take care of ourselves – together!

-Amber

Feeding My Inner Foodie

Quick Hacks for Making Guilt-free Comfort Food

Let’s face it – sometimes we allow our feelings to eat us alive…literally.

Had a bad day? Let’s chase those tears away with some extra cheesy Chicken Alfredo Pasta.

He left a hole in your heart? Let’s rebound with Ben, Jerry and their Cookie Dough.

Next thing you know, you’re popping pimples from all those sweets and guilt threatens to eat you alive when you realize how far you’ve distanced yourself from your fitness and healthy eating goals.

Comfort food doesn’t always have to come with a side of immense guilt and day-old self-loathing though. Here are a few quick hacks to make your favorite go-to meals without compromising your goals or tastebuds.

1. Oven-fried is the new ‘crispy’
For some of your favorite grease-feasts like chicken and potatoes, try drizzling them with a bit of olive oil or food spray and popping them into the oven to crisp up. Grease sliding down your fingers can become a thing of the past.

1. Swap noodles for oodles of veggies
Love rice and pasta, but hate the carbs? Try replacing traditional noodles with shredded squash, zucchini noodles or even run your cauliflower through the food processor for some ‘rice’ that’s twice as nice because you don’t have to worry too much about going over your carb-targets for the day.

1. Sorbet is bae
Nothing cools the burn of heartbreak or a bad day like a pint of frozen sugar…erm…ice cream. Try substituting pre-packaged ice cream with natural sorbet alternatives. You can even try making it at home with yummy fresh fruits like peaches, berries and watermelon.

Have any comfort food hacks of your own? Please share in the comments below!

Xo, Amber Christe