Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pizza Night Done Right

Matthew and I make pizza virtually ever Sunday night. It's our gluten free tradition and we take it very seriously. I went on Pinterest this time around (dangerous, I know) and got inspired by a version that we hadn't done before.

2 words.

Balsamic.

Glaze.

Specifically, balsamic & fig glaze (even better). But it's mouthwatering just to think about.

I just.... I can't.

First - get your crust. Whatever crust you like - everyone is different in their preference although my fave has defo got to be THIS ONE BY CHEBE. SO my baking directions will be in accordance; adjust if you need to.


Ingredients:
Pizza crust of your choice (may need eggs, evoo, etc)
Balsamic & fig glaze
1 1/2 cup Fontina, freshly shredded
1 cup Mozzarella, pre shredded is a-okay kids
Alfredo sauce (or olive oil and garlic) 
1 cup Crimini mushrooms, sliced
I shallot (clove?), chopped
1 package prosciutto
6 stalks med/small sized asparagus, tips cut off & stalk cut in to thirds


Directions:

For my crust, I use a pizza stone - preheated at 450 degrees for 20 minutes before I dress with dough and then toppings. I start with a littttttle alfredo just to top the crust at first - some people prefer a simple approach of olive oil and minced garlic. Then I placed 1 cup of the freshly shredded fontina, then mushrooms, shallot, and spread the prosciutto over top like a layer of yumminess. Top with mozzarella and last 1/2 cup fontina. Bake for 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Remove and let sit for 5 minutes - top with a yummy glaze of balsamic & fig! Draw a picture with it if you want - have some fun!

I've died and gone to sweet pizza HEAVEN.

And just for good measure (and to keep dessert healthy and light) I made a little bowl with almond milk, almonds, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries.


Tummy heaven.

Pizza heaven.

Too much heaven.

Peace out darlings // xx Kate // aka pizza fanatic balsamic glaze fanatic.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Breakfast Shake That Made Me Love Breakfast

I'm sooooo guilty. Early mornings used to be my "thing" when I lived in Hollywood and worked in Downtown LA. But in Scottsdale? I sleep. As long as I can before work. Which consequently means that I forego breakfast. Like, a lot.

Sleep > anything else.

Recently my bestie got me to do this 10-day detox with her and although I mostly ate the way it required you to to begin with, it INSISTED I eat breakfast. And so, I started. And this super easy peasy shake made me fall back in love with workday breakfast. And I lost weight. Quickly. Coincidence? I think not.

Try this one out. It's so easy that you can't pretend to have excuses like I thought I had.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup almond or coconut milk
1/4 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup fruit; raspberries & strawberries
2 tbl flaxseed oil 
1/2 cup ice
Splash of water

Blend. Enjoy, darlings. 


Happy Saturday, ya'll.

xx Kate // Mover and "Shaker"  

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sweet & Green

Spring has sprung! Spring has sprung!

Finally. And man oh man is this Scottsdale weather just absolutely TO DIE FOR. I've already stocked up with sundresses and flowing maxis to take me through the season. I'm ready to rock and roll. 5 pounds down from doing a 10 day detox with a few of my best ladies and I'm feeling healthy and ready to brave the spring sun; not without some serious SPF though. Sun is bad. Wear protection, kids.

I think I'm turning in to "earth mother". Literally there is nothing processed in my home right now and Matt and I are eating so fresh and organic that I may actually turn in to a carrot before Christmas.

Ready for another delicious juice? This one was surprisingly good. Definitely going to keep this as a go-to. Give it a whirl!

(I haven't mentioned this before but PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE wash your fruits and veggies before putting them in your juicer. Hygiene, friends. And you don't want food poisoning. It can happen. Google "watermelon food poisoning". It's not pretty). And don't worry - watermelon mint juice will be happening this weekend so be sure to check back in.

Ingredients (2 servings):
2 cups chopped pineapple
3 celery stalks
1/2 cucumber
2 handfuls kale
2 handfuls spinach
thumb-size portion ginger




Enjoy, darlings! xx // katie aka earth-mother-in-training

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Best Refresher Juice - Oh My!

Today was yet another adventure in juicing. I'm sorta kinda moderately...okay - INCREDIBLY obsessed.

Sunday's mission: sleep in, organic brunch, run the local mountain trail up and back, get some sun, relax with pups.

After the incredibly vigorous run, we needed a pick me up to go sit by the pool. That's where this ridiculously refreshing refresher came in handy.

Are you ready, darlings? Because it's SO simply but SO perfect.

Todays Juice: (2 servings - because sharing is caring)
3 cups chopped pineapple
handful mint leaves
1/2 lemon
1 granny smith apple




It changed my world. I can't stop drinking it but I don't want to drink it too fast so that it's gone! Good thing we stocked up like bears hibernating with so many fruits and veggies that I'm going to need a second fridge. #apartmentwoes

Man we need a bigger place. And a bigger kitchen. Is it June yet?

xx katie // stay fresh, my friends

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Skinny Matcha Green Tea Latte

In the words of Sharleen from the Bachelor this past season (yes, the one with giant douche-ass-hat-homophobe Juan Pablo), "sometimes I wish I could be dumber". Sometimes my brain just will not quit. Mostly worrying. Like about everything. It doesn't matter how great everything is in my life (which it is and I am SUPER grateful to the universe). Some days I just can't turn off the switch. It keeps me up. I grind my teeth. Between my bite guard and my silk sleep mask, I'm oneee sexxyyyyy slumberer.

But tonight? I'm SO content. Why? Because I found an insanely healthy treat that calms me down; tasty & good for you - 2 of my fave qualities....like... EVER. It's a Saturday night and I feel like all is right in the world.

Woooo saaaaaa - & thank you universe for all of the amazing blessings now and just around the corner (that ones for Matthew).

Matcha Green Tea. How have I not been drinking this s**t forever already!? Oh, wait, I know why. Because it's expensive. But now I finally know why. Doi. Something to do with it being stone-ground.

Alright, darlings. I did some research and I'm telling you - you absolutely need this in your cupboard. I promise you. We all know that green tea is good for you but did you know that you would have to have 10 cups of regular green tea to match the benefits from ONE cup of matcha green tea? Yah. That's cray.

Antioxidant powerhouse! So it turns out there are over 20 times more antioxidants in matcha than pomegranates or blueberries. 


Ultimate Cancer-fighter (as I love to refer to as UCF, see what I did there?). Matcha contains EGCg (epidallocatechin gallate) which has super potent cancer fighting properties? Rad, right? I know. 

So Monks used to drink this stuff sitting around meditating to become more calm and aware. If it's good enough for the monks then it must be pretty spiritual-gangster. Matcha is rish in L-Theanine, a rare amino acid that actually promotes a state of relaxation and well-being by acting upon the brains functioning. 

Um..it also burns calories (hellloooo nurse), boots energy, and naturally detoxifies your system.

For crying out loud, why aren't you making one of these lovely little darlings?

My quick latte:
1 generous spoonful matcha green tea powder
Splash of hot water
1 cup of warm almonf or coconut milk
Stevia if you need some sweetener in your life





enjoy, lovahs. xx kate // green tea fanatic 

Saturday's Juice

I have literally been making juice every.single.day with this amazing new juicer we got.

I can't say enough about what a glass of cold, fresh, pressed juice will do for the soul. And your body. I mean - could there be anything healthier or more refreshing? I literally don't know why people drink soda. I mean. Why? That s**t will kill you. But making your own pressed juice? It will make you're beautiful healthy butt live longer. Not to mention it's delicious. And you don't have to feel guilty about it.

Tease your friends next time they order diet coke at brunch. Cuz it's worse for you than regular Coca Cola and that s**t rots your teeth. Oy vey, people. Oy vey. We all know it. There are only a bajillion studies and reports done on it and shoved in our face daily.

Today's Juice (for 2 - because Matthew is totes on board with this every day)
1 cucumber
1 granny smith apple
3 big handfuls of kale
1 big handful spinach
half a lemon
thumb-sized amount of ginger
3 carrots


By the way - did everyone else in the world know that cucumbers ARE pickles and pickles ARE cucumbers???? Yah. I didn't. Mind BLOWN. And yes, I graduated from college. I wonder what that says about the educational system in this country? BAHA. Who am I kidding - I'm not getting in to that deep conversation. It will make my pickle-loving brain explore.

Happy Saturday, All!

x Kate // aka the juice junkie

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Juice Life

Matthew and I recently acquired a juicer. The Omega J8008 to be exact.

Game changer, people. Absolute game changer.

I have been to every juice bar and tried every possible combination. In short - it's an obsession of mine. If you haven't been living under a rock, then you have tried at least one or two. And by "tried", I mean you have hemorrhaged your wallet in order to do so.

Get ready, people because I plan to post lots of juice combos for you to try.

No pics yet - mostly because I have been drinking them so fast that there hasn't been a chance to admire them via photography. But we can start with what to stock your fridge with! Or at least, what Matthew and I shoved in our under-sized fridge the night we brought home the juicer.

Ready to think we're crazy? Here goes.

kale...LOTS of kale
spinach
GINGER - this is HUGE for taste and digestion.
cucumber - great filler ingredient
pineapple
watermelon - digestive health? Anti-inflammatory, aids with aging and insulin levels. Need I say more?
celery 
lemons
apples
broccoli - Yes, broccoli
carrots - this is a big one for immune health