A little while back we had a salsa competition. If you’ve read my blog throughout the years, you may notice that my friends and I love getting together and competing on who can make the best food. We’ve done cheeseburgers, ribs, Italian food and others. It’s a ton of fun and a great excuse to get together! In this competition, I entered two salsas… not because I am an overachiever, oh no, I just couldn’t make up my mind which kind of salsa to make, so I made both!
Green salsa is my number 0ne favorite kind of salsa. I love it on burritos, burrito bowls, tacos and even eggs. This green salsa is not very spicy (which means you can pile more on your food). If you like the heat, skip the step of roasting the jalapenos and add them in fresh. Throw in a chopped serrano chili to kick it up even higher. Read more…
A healthy blog has to indulge every once in a while. Baked brie is one appetizer that you should make exceptions for. It is rich, cheesy and just plain beautiful as it oozes out of the crust when scooping up the melted cheese with a cracker.
I’ve only had this before at work functions; the fancy kind of receptions that have cheese trays with honey comb and duck confit on tiny plates. I decided to make this at home and fancy things up a bit. It’s super easy to make and will blow your guest’s minds.
The title of this blog post is no lie. This soup takes takes less than 10 minutes to put together and it’s really tasty! All it requires is leftover chicken or turkey, broth and frozen vegetables.
I decided to make a whole turkey for the two of us last weekend. For one thing, they are on sale for 77 cents a pound right now AND, I never got to enjoy turkey leftovers for Thanksgiving or Christmas! I want my leftover turkey sandwiches!! I also saved the juices that the turkey left in the roasting pan. There was enough for about 3.5 cups of broth. I refrigerated it in a couple containers and used it as needed it to make gravy and this soup! I am a “Leftover Queen”!
A whole turkey is a LOT of food for two people so I ended up freezing half of the leftovers or else it would go bad faster than we could eat it. You know what you can do with leftover frozen turkey? Make soup!
The Easiest Soup in the World (Leftover Turkey Soup)
- Leftover cooked turkey or chicken (light or dark meat)
- Broth (turkey, chicken or veggie broth)
- About a cup of frozen veggie medley
- Heat the broth in a pot. Use as much as you want to eat.
- Shred the meat into small pieces with your hands and add it to the heating broth.
- Add the frozen veggies and let it simmer for a couple minutes.
- Add the parsley and pepper (and maybe a little extra garlic powder if you feel like it) and enjoy!
Other ideas: Try adding in pasta or cooked rice to your soup. You can also use fresh veggies, cubed potatoes or really any veggie laying around your house.
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!
Eggplant Parmesan Read more…
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!