I’m still here and I still cook, I swear! Time sure catches up with you when you’re busy. Eventually you look back and realize it’s been over a month since you’ve shared a recipe! …Disgraceful!
Easy recipes have been the recurring theme of my life recently. Sometimes it’s better to spend less time cooking and more time doing the (other) important things. This super easy recipe for eggplant parmesan is a perfect meal for a person with a busy life, who doesn’t want to give up a healthy lifestyle.
In this recipe, I don’t fry the eggplant and I don’t dip them in breadcrumbs… They are baked “naked” with sauce and cheese… and they are still pretty darn good! To be honest, I attempted to pan fry a few pieces of eggplant and all they did was quickly soak up my almost-empty bottle of olive oil… I couldn’t spare anymore so I decided to just throw them in the oven as-is. The eggplant turned out really good! So good, that I decided to share this recipe with you!
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Split pea soup is one of the best soups in the world. I remember as a kid I would get so excited about the special treat of split pea soup when I found out that my mom was making it for dinner. This was one meal that I actually looked forward to the leftovers, as it gets better the next day!
I’ve tried to imitate my mom’s recipe… throwing the usual split peas, bay leaf, potatoes, carrots, and bacon into a pot and letting it simmer for hours. My recipe is close, but just not the same as Mom’s home cooking. I even decided to get crazy once and make split pea soup with cabbage (which is also very tasty).
Recently I went on a 3-week European vacation and tried Dutch Pea Soup in Amsterdam (pictured above). I love my mom’s soup, but THIS soup was amazing! It had a flavor that I had never experienced before. I wanted to order another bowl so bad, but didn’t want to look like a piggy (I went and got a cone of french fries instead).
Split pea soup is one of the traditional recipes in the Dutch culture. I knew I had to try and imitate it at home. The result was close, but not exactly like the soup I had in Europe. I guess I’ll just have to go back to try it again! Read more…
We recently returned from a 3-week trip around Europe! It was seriously the most amazing experience we’ve ever had. I thought it would be fun to post a collection of photos of all the food we ate in each country here on Healthy For Two. You know me, I can’t go anywhere without taking pictures of my food! I also wrote about it on my travel blog; Travel is Always a Good Idea where I posted some pretty amazing pictures from the places we visited in Germany, Italy, Paris and Amsterdam.
I also have BIG news… We’re engaged! Yup, he popped the question right in front of the Eiffel Tower!!! I am a lucky girl.
Alright, on with the food!
My favorite meals, hands down, were in Italy and Paris. In Italy we were lucky enough to stay with my loving family in Trieste where they showed us real Italian home cooking and the best pizza and desserts around.
This is my family:
When the pizza came out and was placed in front of us at this pizzeria, we waited to see what everyone else did before we dug in! The pizza doesn’t come sliced and everyone ate it with a knife and fork. Felt like more work to us but man, the pizza was delicious.
Lunch in Slovenia:
Trieste, Italy is right next to Slovenia. We took a very scenic drive over to a restaurant famous for it’s meat. They served every type of meat there, including horse! We skipped the horse but I did have a gnocchi with deer meat. Delicious!
Dessert time in Slovenia:
My family took us to a place in Slovenia that is supposed to have the best desserts around! We all got slices of different cakes along with espresso (to keep us going after all the food!). The chocolate orange cake is a traditional Trieste dessert.
We ate gelato almost everyday in Italy. It was soooo good. I read that the way you can tell if the gelato shop is good is by the color of the pistachio gelato. If it is bright green, that means it’s packed full of imitation color. The pistachio gelato we had was just right! Read more…
A post about traveling seemed appropriate because we’re going to Europe tomorrow! This is my first trip out of the country and our longest vacation ever! So excited! I won’t be posting any recipes here for a few weeks because I will be enjoying the many restaurants of Germany, Italy, France and the Netherlands! I hope to come home with a lot of new recipe ideas and inspirations.
I am all about saving money and staying healthy. That’s why when I travel I usually prep DIY snacks and meals in advance. Here are some of my favorite snacks to make that travel well:
This is a copycat recipe for the oh-so-delicious Larabars. They are made with nuts, coconut flakes and dates that hold it all together. You can get creative with the type of nuts you use. All you need is a food processor so cleanup is easy!
Made with simple ingredients, these peanut butter beauties take about 30 minutes to make (including clean up) It’s totally worth it because store-bought peanut butter bars can be expensive and are filled with preservatives and sugar.
Just like the no-bake energy bars above, these are made the same way. Adding a few extra ingredients like cocoa powder, makes these bars crazy delicious. They are good for dessert or a healthy, energizing snack for your sweet tooth!
Spend a little time baking these and you will have a large batch of protein bars that you can eat or freeze. Each bar has only 167 calories, a bunch of good-for-you nutrients and 8 grams of protein!
These muffins are made in an nontraditional way – without flour, butter or oil! Mix bananas, yogurt, oatmeal and a few other ingredients for super-easy muffins that taste great cold or warmed up.
I hope these recipes inspired you to be a little more DIY on your next vacation! Now I am off to another land… Ciao!
Paleo gravy – Can it be? Yes my friends, this is a discovery of a lifetime. Gravy is one of those foods that add on unnecessary calories to meals. It’s usually packed full of flour and butter, which makes it no-so-healthy. Well I recently made gravy without butter and flour and IT’S JUST AS GOOD!
A huge shout out to Nom Nom Paleo, where I got the recipe that mine is based off of below.
This gravy is made with vegetables and the juices from a whole chicken cooked in a CrockPot. I imagine this can be done with the juices from an oven-cooked Turkey on Thanksgiving or Christmas too! Watch out gravy, there’s a new player in town! This gravy is good on everything – potatoes, vegetables, even open-faced burgers!
Sometimes you just want an easy-to-prepare meal that’s ready in less than 10 minutes so you can eat and get back to your to-do list faster. Burrito bowls are one of my favorite quick meals to make. All you need is some leftover cooked chicken and a few basic pantry items.
We like to get a pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts and grill the whole pack on the barbecue. We use the leftovers for things like chicken salads, tacos or… chicken burrito bowls.
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This was the first time I ever tried bok choy. It’s one of those vegetables that I never bought at the store… maybe because it had an unfamiliar name, but mostly because I had no idea how to prepare it. It took one of my friends raving about it one day while we were at the farmers market, saying how easy it was to make and how good it tasted. Hmm… I was up for the challenge of trying something new. Bok Choy is a type of Chinese cabbage.
I found a recipe on Foodnetwork.com by Robin Miller and went for it. It turned out surprisingly good! It is also pretty simple to make. I bet there’s a lot of you out there who are like, “bok choy, duh. I make it all the time.” Well I guess I need to get with the program and explore more vegetables other than the typical broccoli and zucchini more often!
So if you’re like me and you looking for a new veggie side dish to try, I recommend bok choy.