Greekanese Chicken #recipe with #CuisinartCanada Combo Steam + Convection Oven #athomeinsider

Looking for a healthier way to bake, cook, toast, broil, and do oh-so-much-more? Look no further than the Cuisinart Combo Steam + Convection Oven.


We recently reviewed the Cuisinart Combo Steam + Convection Oven, and I have to say that from set up to clean up, this kitchen appliance is amazing and may even come to replace my traditional convection oven. Why? The power of #cookingwithsteam


What does cooking with steam bring to the table? Well, for meats you can expect a crispy outside, while the inside is moist and tender. For veggies, an easier and less messy way to steam than over a traditional pot of boiling water. For rice, nice and fluffy every time!

 
During my pregnancy, I have found meat to be a big turn off. The look, the taste, the smell....everything about meat (and, in particular, chicken) has been something that is really scarce in my diet so I wanted to see if the Cuisinart Combo Steam + Convection Oven could change that for me.

Boy, did it ever! I whipped up this easy Greekanese Chicken recipe, and both my husband and I were really impressed with not only the flavor, but how moist and tender the chicken was.


Once you have plugged in your Cuisinart Combo Steam + Convection Oven, fill the water reservoir and put it back in place so it can work its steamy magic. Then choose the Steam + Bake option, and press start.

You will hear the water bubbling and see the steam collecting on the inside of the door. It's such a cool thing to watch!

To prep your chicken, simply toss in Panko bread crumbs that have been mixed with Greek seasoning; I chose the Epicure Tzatiki dip seasoning.  Place your chicken breasts on the baking sheet, then pop in Cuisinart Combo Steam + Convection Oven for the entire cycle.

Once it's done, it's ready to be enjoyed. I had two chicken breasts, on their own, for my dinner and was incredibly impressed with the flavor and moisture of the chicken. My husband cut them up and had the over a simple salad with some Balsamic Fig salad dressing.


If you are looking for a new toaster oven, take a look at the Cuisinart Combo Steam + Convection Oven and invest in flavor, and healthy cooking!

I was provided the Cuisinart Combo Steam + Convection Oven by the Home Outfitters #athomeinsider Network for the purposes of this review. The recipe and opinions expressed are my own.

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Green Power #raw #juice #recipe

Today we are unleashing the power of pear, spinach, carrot and lemon in a delicious, and easy to prepare, juice recipe!



2 pears
2 cups baby spinach
2 cups baby carrot
1/2 lemon (yellow rind removed, white pith left on for juicing)

Start by pushing through all of your baby spinach, followed by one pear (cut to the size of your juicer, core removed), your carrots, the rest of your pear and then finish with your lemon.

Swirl and down the hatch!

This power juice is full of iron, beta carotene, vitamin C and potassium. The pears are full of fiber, too, so this juice is great if you're doing a cleanse to calm any tummy bloat or digestive problems.

I drank this at 20weeks pregnant to help with digestion, and it worked like a charm, plus gave me all of the healthy nutrients that I was lacking, and therefore baby was lacking.

Enjoy! 


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Sweet Dark Greens #juice #recipe

A week into juicing and I have to say that I  really look forward to my morning juice. They are unbelievably easy to prepare, and typically just take rinsing my fruit and veggies, maybe coring an apple or two.

It's such a healthy part of my day, and I feel really good knowing that I am giving this amazing dense nutrition to the baby. Now that I know that it is super easy, I recommend juicing to everyone who even remotely expresses interest in it.

With the exception of the gross celery based juice last week, I have really enjoyed every juice When was the last time that you got 6 servings of fruit and vegetables in one glass? Adding it once a day provides so many health benefits, and not just to you but to your baby if you're pregnant like I am!


2 pears
2 cups baby carrots
1 cup blueberries
2 cups baby spinach

To prep, rinse off your blueberries and core your pears. Before starting your juicer, pack it with your spinach, then turn on and press through. Follow with your carrots and a pear, the bluberries, then the rest of your pears. This will ensure that all of your spinach greens get processed into juice, and mix well with the rest of your fruits and vegetables.

I call this one the Sweet Dark Greens because the color is a dark mossy green, and it's nice and sweet, but mellow at the same time.

In terms of the nutrients you're going to be getting, antioxidants, beta carotene, iron, fiber, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin A, calcium...and the list goes on and on. It's kind of a super juice!

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My #Juice is Green!! #recipe #juicing #green

So my juicing experience yesterday was one that I knew was coming, but I hadn't prepared myself for.

My juice turned green.


I knew it was going to happen, and was sort of interested to find out just what juicing baby spinach would be like, but when I started putting it through the juicer...I started freaking out.

I had to drink that?! And drink it, I did! I was really pleasantly surprised at the smooth texture and the sweetness of the juice. I didn't feel like I was drinking a garden at all, though the ingredients reminded me of Peter Rabbit....so....


2 apples
2 cups baby carrots
2 cups baby spinach

After reading the prep tips on Joe Cross' website, I started with my spinach to make sure that everything would get pushed through the juicer. Then half of an apple, a handful of carrots..repeat repeat repeat until everything was pushed through, ending with an apple half.

Swirl to blend, then down the hatch!

This super incredibly healthy juice recipe is packed full of Vitamin A, Fiber, Iron and Beta Carotene - all awesome nutrients for a healthy pregnancy and healthy mama! And aside from coring your apples, there is very little prep with this recipe!
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Strawberry Apple Zinger #juice #recipe

Another day, another juice! I am really digging this whole juicing thing, and it is such a great way to start my day. Today's juice recipe was super tangy, but produced a full 8oz and was delicious!


2 apples
handful of strawberries
1 lime

At first, I wasn't sure that 1 lime would be enough, but trust me...it is! Core your apples and cut to fit through the shoot of your juicer. I alternated apple halves with strawberries, then the lime, and another apple half.

To prep your lime, peel the rind but try and keep as much of the white pith on it. The best way I found to do this was to slice away the green rind with a sharp knife.

Pour into a glass and enjoy!


Be prepared for a little pucker to your morning! This juice is definitely tangy, but it's super yummy and a great way to get some vitamins into your day!

Recipe is packed with...

Vitamin C
Antioxidants
Folate
Fiber
Potassium

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Denny's $4 Breakfast Sandwiches, Fit and Fare! #healthy #Dennys

 
This weekend on our long drive home from Florida to Ontario, we started our second day of driving with a hearty and healthy breakfast at Denny's in Lexington, KY.

We were really excited to try the new $4 breakfast sandwiches, which come with hashbrowns, and were so pleased to see a variety of options on the new $2 $4 $6 $8 menu - great for when you are traveling and need some quick options.



The standard $4 breakfast sandwich at Denny's is an egg cooked to order, two strips of bacon, shaved ham and American cheese on a toasted english muffin.

We opted for the Fit Fare Breakfast Sandwich, which was loaded with baby spinach, egg whites, turkey bacon, tomato and pepper jack cheese, and came with a side of yogurt and berries, and a cup of fresh fruit. An awesome protein packed and healthy way to start your day!


To say this Fit Fare meal at Denny's was filling was an understatement. The flavours were great, and ever last bite was finished. It was satisfying, and a meal that you won't feel bad about going out for. The best part was the value. A healthy breakfast under $7!

In terms of the $2 $4 $6 $8 Menu, I was really pleased to see a large variety of options; really there is something for everyone. Not super hungry? Opt for the $2 pancakes! Stopping for lunch and want a great option? Get the Southwest Turkey Sandwich and cup of soup for $6! There are options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which suited us perfectly for a quick no fuss breakfast while traveling.

If you are looking for a great breakfast, with loads of value, when you are on the run, check out the new $4 Breakfast Sandwiches at a Denny's near you!

Disclaimer: I was provided a gift card by Denny's to purchase our meal and write this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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New Year New Me, Week 7

I think I've lost it.

Are you asking what? I'll tell you. My motivation.

I step on the scale and it's the same number within about 2 lbs consistently no matter how hard I try. I think my body may have plateaued, and likely needs a kick in the booty right now.

It doesn't help that it's grey grey grey outside. It makes me want to lay on the couch and do nothing all day, but that's simply not an option.

You see this guy? He watches everything that I do.


If it weren't for the fact that his little eyes are watching my every move, I'm not sure that I would be this close to finishing the Insanity program. If it weren't for him cheering me on, giving me high fives and saying 'Good Job Mommy!' I may have thrown in the towel by now.

That's what it's all about, folks. It's so much more than getting healthy for myself.  It's about getting healthy for him and setting a positive example.

So, my motivation? With these grey dreary days, it's hard to find the get up and go. It may have actually got up and went! But looking at his little face and seeing his smiles when I've done a workout with him around {piggy backs included} makes it all worth it.

It may not be a workout every day, but I'm so close to finishing this round of Insanity. How am I going to get through the next 15 days? What's my motivation?

I need a reward. I need to give myself something that I've longed for, for quite some time.
I'm going to give myself my tattoo.

Do you reward yourself? How do you stay motivated??

Last week, I promised you a Shakeology snack recipe. My coach Dara shared this one with my accountability group and I couldn't wait to try it. They're super yummy, and I don't feel guilty one bit eating them!


 Shakeology Peanut Butter Cups

2 scoops Chocolate Shakeology powder
splash of almond milk
squirt of honey

Mix together to a pudding like consistency and drop a teaspoon of the mixture into a mini muffin pan. Add a teaspoon of all natural peanut butter, then cover with more of the Shakeology mixture. Freeze for about an hour or until firm.

Now, they froze so solid that I had to get my Hubs to get them out of the tin, but am I ever thankful that he did! They're fantastic, and definitely satisfy that craving for sweets when it raises its ugly head!

Enjoy!


*Disclaimer: I am provided the Shakeology shakes by my Beachbody coach Dara Distel for the purposes of getting healthy, and blogging about the product.

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Over the past couple of months, you’ve had the chance to sit and sip along with me and Organo Gold Gourmet Coffee…experiencing the amazing health benefits of gourmet coffee infused with 100% Organic Ganoderma.

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What’s a summer BBQ without the snacks??

As you all know, I am a big fan of healthy alternatives and making as many things at home for my toddler as possible. 

Enter the Epicure Chipster and Ceramic Slicer 


Use the slicer to slice up your veggies…parsnips, carrots, sweet potatoes…try it with hard fruits too like apples and pears! Then, pop the slices into the Chipster and put in the microwave for 3-4 minutes and…

Healthy alternative chips! Right at home, and without the added oils! 

Add any of the wide variety of Epicure seasonings before popping the slices in the microwave, and you have new chips all the time! 

Having the girls over for a girls night? Forget the veggie tray, and offer up a tray of homemade chips, that won’t go to your hips!

Sponsor Love: Organo Gold Gourmet Coffee



As a busy mom to a busy toddler…and a growing business…I find myself stretched incredibly thin. The first thing I do when I get up in the morning, after grabbing my blackberry and checking in with the living, is think coffffeeeee! Often time, I wonder why I don’t have a cup ready beside the bed…so I can relish those precious few moments before the chaos of being a WAHM begins.

Alas…no bedside coffee, however there is Organo Gold Gourmet Coffee that will make waking up every morning all the sweeter!

Choose from the many gourmet blends to suit your taste…Royal Brewed, King of Coffee, or just regular Black Coffee. No matter what your choice, they’re all infused with 100% Organic Ganoderma – a mushroom that is found in ancient Asian medicines over the past one thousand years. It has proven immune boosters, antioxidants, and anticancer properties as well. Really really amazing stuff…packed into your morning cuppa jo!

I think my favourite would have to be the Royal Blend.

Beans from Jamaica Blue Mountain, known for its smooth and rich…sinfully delicious coffee…infused with the Ganoderma. Amazing concept, and even better execution by Organo Gold.

What’s your favourite cuppa jo? Could it use a kick in the pants from the little mushroom that could? Feel even better throughout the day after your morning coffee from Organo Gold!

Sponsor Love: Organo Gold Gourmet Coffee

I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to a new blog sponsor, Organo Gold Gourmet Coffee {have your attention yet…I said coffee!!}

Not only will this coffee give you a much needed pink-me-up in the morning, but it’s a healthy alternative. It is infused with 100% Organic Ganoderma – a mushroom that is found in ancient Asian medicines over the past…oh…thousand years or so! It is known to have anticancer properties, reduces blood cholesterol, is an antiviral and has antioxidant properties {just to name a few of the benefits!}

Organo Gold Gourment Coffee has infused this super-shroom into some really amazing products!

Organo Gold Black Coffee – dark and smooth with a deep aroma

Gourmet Café Mocha – dubbed the guilt-free “dessert in a cup” {I need to get me some of this!}

Gourmet Latte – a light and sweet, creamy coffee that’s perfect for breakfast

Gourmet Hot Chocolate – warming up your body while supporting your immune system? Yes!

Organic Green Tea – smooth and flavourful, chalk full of antioxidants

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Gourmet Royal Brewed – smooth and rich Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee infused with the highest quality ingredients available

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Coffee with a kick…a healthy kick! Absolutely amazing!