Fuel Your Body

Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake

Coffee Cake

For the last 7 years my husband has been telling me that his favorite cake is coffee cake and for the first time this week I realized that in 7 years I have never actually seen him eat it. So obviously I decided that this needed to change and I started researching recipes immediately. First things first, this recipe isn’t healthy, nor is it vegan or gluten free but it is delicious, like really delicious.

It can be made in advance and it will hold up very in a sealed container. It’s also really good when heated up and topped with ice cream…just saying. 😉

You can find the recipe here. I added chocolate chips which aren’t in the original recipe but if you want to add them just top the cake with about 3/4 cup of chocolate chips when there is only 10 minutes left in the oven.

Enjoy kids!

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Traditional Greek Salad

Greek Salad

With our little girl well on her way, my husband and I aren’t able to take our yearly trip to Greece to visit his family. As the humid days pass I find myself yearning for all things Greek, the people, the language, the water, the FOOD…

Fortunately, I’m lucky to live in Astoria, Queens where you can get authentic Greek food on almost every avenue and I’ve been taking advantage of it big time, practicing my Greek with the cooks and ordering all my favorites, gigantes (large white beans), Bamies (okra in tomato sauce) and Yemista (stuffed tomatoes and peppers).

But I’ve been making my absolute favorite, the Greek salad at home because it’s more cost effective and because its something that calms me to make. Traditionally, Greek salads don’t have lettuce, they consist of four main ingredients, tomatoes, cucumbers, kalamata olives and feta cheese. The fresher these ingredients are the better the salad will taste. This dish is refreshing to say the least and is the perfect addition to any summer dinner or lunch.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I have been. 🙂

Traditional Greek Salad

Serves 4
  • 2 large tomatoes cut into large cubes
  • 1 large cucumber sliced
  • 1/2 large white onion, sliced
  • 1/4 pound feta
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, pitted
  • Olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Dried Oregano
  • Salt & Pepper

Add all the ingredients together in a medium size bowl and enjoy!

5 Minute Spicy Sweet Potato Hash

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Oh how I love summer. All the fresh and light ingredients that give you all the energy you need to tackle a hot day. I’ve been meaning to make a sweet potato hash for a while now and today I had a sweet potato and some random ingredients in the fridge so I created this spicy colorful variation that only takes 5 minutes to make.

If you don’t like spice you can always just omit the cayenne pepper. Don’t worry, it will still taste amazing. So get creating, what are you waiting for?!!

5 Minute Spicy Sweet Potato Hash

serves 1
  • 1 sweet potato, cut into even cubes
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper, ground
  • salt & pepper
  • 8 red onion slices, leave rounded
  • 1/4 cup zucchini, cut into cubes
  • The corn off of one cob
  • 1/2 an avocado, cut into cubs
  • olive oil and cooking oil (sesame, grape seed, or coconut)

Place a medium size skillet on medium high heat. Add cooking oil (I used grape seed oil), sweet potatoes, cayenne, salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes, toss and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Once the 4 minutes is up and the sweet potatoes are slightly brown, add the onion, zucchini and corn. Toss and cook for 1 more minute. Transfer to a bowl, top with avocado and some olive oil. Enjoy!

Orange Chocolate Smoothie

Orange Chocolate Smoothie

I rarely crave chocolate, especially in the morning but today I decided to sweeten up this morning a notch. 🙂

This smoothie is creamy orange chocolate goodness. If you are looking to add some greens I would recommend throwing a handful of spinach or kale in there as well.

Orange Chocolate Smoothie

  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 banana, frozen or not
  • 1 orange, pealed and seeds removed
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp hemp seeds
  • 1 tsp Raw Mio chocolate almond spread

Blend cottage cheese, banana, orange, almond milk and hemp seeds in a blender and blend until smooth. Drizzle chocolate almond spread on top and enjoy!

Savory Spinach Pancakes Stuffed with Quinoa & Feta

Savory Spinach Pancake

This super moist and fluffy spinach pancake is great for any time of day. Feel free to experiment with other fillings!

Savory Spinach Pancakes Stuffed with Quinoa & Feta

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup spinach
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup red quinoa, cooked
  • feta
  • coconut oil

In a blender combine in order, egg, cottage cheese, oats, almond milk and spinach. Blend until smooth, mixture will be thinner then normal pancake batter. Heat a large skillet to medium heat, grease skillet with coconut oil.

Pour pancakes mixture into skillet cooking for about 3 minutes or until bottom is slightly golden brown. Carefully flip pancake and cook for an additional 3 minutes on other side. Once pancake is cooked through, transfer it to a plate, coat one half with quinoa and feta and flip the other side on top to create more of a quesadilla. Feel free to top with a drizzle of olive oil. 🙂

Quick Breakfast Fix

Quick Breakfast Fix

When I am on the go and looking for something warm and flavorful, I throw together this egg, mozzarella and kale breakfast. It comes together in less then 5 minutes and always hits the spot. 🙂

Quick Breakfast Fix

  • 2 Eggs (preferably organic)
  • 2 slices mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup kale, washed and shredded
  • chili flakes
  • coconut oil

Place a medium sauté pan on medium heat, greasing the bottom with coconut oil. Crack both eggs onto the hot skillet cooking all the way or half way through according to how you like your eggs. Remove eggs onto a plate and top them with mozzarella. Meanwhile sauté kale for 1 minute and then add it to eggs. Top with chili flakes and enjoy!

Cinnamon Cream Puff Smoothie

Cream Puff

I recently started adding more cottage cheese into my diet and I thought I might give it a go in one of my smoothies. What came out of this questionable addition was a silky smooth Cinnamon Cream Puff Smoothie that is sure to blow your mind!

Cinnamon Cream Puff Smoothie

  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 pear
  • 1 tsp hemp
  • 1 tsp chia
  • 1 tsp flax
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Blend until silky smooth and enjoy!

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