Easy Caprese Sandwich

Hey ya’ll! Today was my official last day of class. I am so excited. I had an exam, which I think I rocked because I finished in 18 minutes. Go Lindsay. Anyways lets get on to the good stuff: food. One thing I love to enjoy is anything with mozzarella and tomatoes. What does that sound like? Caprese salad. However those ingredients can get really heavy in calories, so I thought why not create a light version? Then I had the greatest idea to combine it with my love for pressed paninis. Best decision ever.

photo(2)Easy Caprese Sandwich

2 slices of 40 calorie bread
4-5 slices of tomato
a few extremely thin slices of fresh mozzarella
fresh basil leafs

photo(4)1. Turn on your pannini machine to medium-high heat and let it warm up.

2. Take your tomato slices, mozzarella slices, and basil and put it on one side of the bread.

photo(1)3. Place the other piece of bread on top and spray both sides with non-stick cooking spray.

4. Once the machine is heated, place your sandwich in the press and make sure it is tight on the bread.

5. Once the cheese has melted, remove the sandwich from the press and enjoy.

photo(3)Look at the melty goodness of this sandwich. If you want to make a good grilled cheese or have a sandwich with a melted cheese, you are better off using a fresh, full fat version. The fat free versions of cheese don’t melt well because they lack a multitude of ingredients that are in fresh cheese. This was such a good treat to have. I will definitely be making this sandwich a lot. I think next time I’m going to add some pesto on the bread to bring in a nice combination of flavors.

photoHopefully everyone is having a fantastic Monday because I know I am! Now I just have to get to studying for my Medical Nutrition Therapy final that is on Thursday. I feel pretty good about it, so I’m not too worried or stressed about studying hardcore!

What is your favorite type of sandwich?
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Chobani Blueberry Panackes

Hey ya’ll! It’s Sunday, so you know what that means. Not only do I have volleyball practice, but it is also my day of the week where I treat myself. I decided that I should treat myself with something healthy and delicious this morning. That is why I came up with the idea of pancakes using Chobani greek yogurt. What a good idea! This way I get protein, grains, fruit, and a dairy in my breakfast. Being a nutrition major, sometimes it is really hard to come up with a well balanced meal with all the necessities in it, but this time I definitely managed to do it (minus the veggies of course)!

photo(4)Chobani Blueberry Pancakes
1 package of Chobani Blueberry Greek Yogurt
1/2 c. of Whole Wheat Flour
3 tbsp of egg whites
1 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp fat free milk

photo(6)1. First you take all of the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, and baking powder) and mix well in a bowl.

2. You then pour your liquid egg whites into the yogurt container and stir well.

photo(7)3. Once it is mixed, add the yogurt and egg white mixture into the bowl with the flour.

4. Then add in the rest of your liquid products, such as the vanilla and milk. Stir well.

photo(5)5. You will then have a light purple mixture. Heat a pan on medium-high heat and spray it with nonstick spray.

6. Use a 1/3 measuring cup (or 1/4 or an icecream scoop) and scoop out some mixture to place on the pan (should make 4-5 large pancakes).

7. Cook until bubbles appear on the top of the wet side and flip over.

8. Cook until lightly browned on both sides.

photo(2)Ta da! Now you have a delicious batch of pancakes. You really can’t even tell that these pancakes have Greek yogurt in them. The only way I know is because of the blue color and the blueberry flavor that they have. If you wanted to make them extra-blueberrylicious you could have added fresh blueberries into the mixture. I unfortunately was using all my blueberries for another recipe (will share later on), so I had to go without them. Sad, I know.

photoSomehow my finger got in this picture. Oh well, it still looks scrumptious. I can’t go without having any fruit in my breakfast, so I decided to slice up a banana to go along with the pancakes. It also provides for a nice, pretty plate to look at. I did destroy it when I ate it though and nothing was left but a a few little crumbs.

photo(1)A plate of perfection! Well I hope everyone is having a good Sunday. The best way to start your day off is always with a good breakfast. It helps your metabolism and it keeps you from being grumpy later (the second part is just from personal experience). Now I get to go plan volleyball practice, work on my research paper, and study for an exam in Nutrition Education and Counseling!

David, My True Love

Hey ya’ll! I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Mine is filled with studying and paper writing. Today I’m going to talk about my true love: David.

Davids Tea

My family and friends will probably laugh because there is a special someone named David in my life, but today I’m talking about my other David, Davids Tea. I first found out about this company through Meg, she was always raving about the wonderful teas they had to offer. So when I was in Canada, I decided to pick up a few samples of tea. I instantly fell in love, so when I was in NYC I had to grab a lot more.

photo(7)Online, Davids Tea, describes blueberry jam as the perfect companion to your morning toast. I have to agree with them on that one. This mixture of black tea, blueberries, elderberries, cornflower, and stevia is one of the most delicious treats I’ve had alongside my breakfast. This tea is also organic, which I like because some of the other ones have artificial flavoring. The blueberry flavor of the tea is not overwhelming, but instead it provides a sweet flavor of fresh fruit in a glass. The smell of the tea leaves and the tea brewed is absolutely amazing. It smells exactly like blueberry jam. You definitely have to get this tea, and I recommend that you get it served hot.

photo(6) When brewed, it provides a dark color. This can be attributed to the fact that this is a black tea, so the color seeps out of the loose leaves. This is definitely my favorite tea I’ve had from this place (Oh wait, that may be a lie because I forgot I used to have pineapple oolong, which is crazy good).

photo(1)What? Birthday Cake tea? Yes, minds are blown now. This tea smells exactly like a delicious slice of birthday cake with buttercream icing. It also taste sweet and scrumptious like when you bite into that birthday cake. I am in love with this tea. When I brew it, I like to add a packet of sugar to bring out the full flavor. It is a red and green roiboos tea with honeybush, sprinkles, ice cream bits, and natural flavoring. I’ve only had this tea hot, but I wonder what it would taste like when its cold. If anyone knows, let me know!

photo(2)Another delicious tea is the Pumpkin Chai. I have a weakness for chai teas ever since I was little because my mom has an obsession with chai tea. This is another black tea that has cinnamon, cloves, lemon peel, squash, caramel, pumpkin candies, and natural flavor. The cinnamon and cloves give the chai tea little spice where as the pumpkin gives it a nice savory flavor. I would definitely only consume this tea as a hot tea and not a cold, but I have never had the cold version before. It just doesn’t seem like something that would be super tasty.

photo(3)Mother’s little helper. Oh how you help me go to sleep at night. The cool thing about David’s is that you go in to the store and there is just a wall full of containers with loose tea leaves. The staff is super friendly and great at helping you find the right tea for you, so when I was in NYC I wanted a tea that would help make me tired at night. The staff then suggested that I try out mother’s little helper. Oh how I love them for this suggestion. This tea seriously knocks me out. The peppermint in the tea makes you feel really soothed as you sip it and you slowly start to drift into a sleep. This also probably occurs because it is an herbal tea, so herbs have tons of functional properties.

photoThis tea is light when you brew it due to the light ingredients in the leaves. It is a really refreshing treat to enjoy right before you go to sleep for the night. I am definitely a fan of this tea. You can’t go wrong with anything mint flavored.

photo(5)The cool thing about David’s Tea is that since all the tea comes in loose leaves, you have to have a way of steeping it. The shop offers mesh balls that you can reuse over and over again, but they also have these tea bags. The cool thing about the tea bags is that you can still steep one bag over and over again with the same leaves in it. The tea always taste just as good every single time you brew it.

I love Davids Tea so much that I asked my mom to try to get me some of the new flavors, such as coconut oolong, when she passes through Boston. I hope she has time, but if not I’m lucky enough to have two friends that live in NYC and Boston. That is the one sad thing about Davids Tea, there are only shops in Canada, NYC, Boston, California, and a few other places. Please get one in Texas. The good news is that you can order it online, but I like to order 1 oz instead of 2, so it is a must to go in the store for me. I think that David’s should send me some delicious samples to review on my blog, that would be pretty awesome. A girl can dream!

Celebrating with the Fried

Hey ya’ll! Today I’m providing you with a review for a local food truck in San Marcos, Tx. I actually ate this meal a while ago, but I forgot to give my review on it because I’ve been crazy busy. This was my celebration to the end of Passover. It was a rainy day, probably because my stomach was crying from consuming way too much matzah and it was begging for something delicious to eat. I decided to go the food truck route because I wanted something quick, but with tons of flavor. I went to one of the food truck parks and looked at my options. Hmm..which one should I choose?

photo(7)I was looking for one requirement that day. No wait, two. One: it had to involve some type of bread (in the form of batter, actual bread, or utilization of flour in a product). Second: it had to be delicious and fattening. Fried seafood? Sounds like a plan. I chose to go to the Caboose food trailer to end my Passover starvation. There was so many things on the menu that I had no idea what to order. After talking with the staff, I decided to get the fried oysters for my meal and have dessert for later, which was funnel cake fries (oh yes, I went there).

photo(6)The oyster meal came with fried oysters, french fries, and three hush puppies. It was so much food that I was regretting getting the funnel cake sticks. Then I remembered, oh wait I have a refrigerator, so I can just save this stuff for later if I get full. I definitely got full quick because my stomach wasn’t used to eating so much food and eating flour. The meal came with some special sauce that was really delicious with cajun spice flavors.

photo(4)I have to say I was a bit disappointed with the oysters. They were too salty for my taste. The owner was nice though and gave me extra because he thought the sizes weren’t decent enough. I think next time I’m going to go for a po’boy. The french fries were amazing though. They were rolled in a variety of spices and were fried to perfection. I love a good french fry.

photoThe hush puppies were like none that I have ever had before. They were spicier and were a different consistency than the ones I’ve had. This was definitely a good thing. Take one of these suckers and dip it into the Caboose’s special sauce, and you have yourself a winning combination. I couldn’t eat all of the meal, so I put in the refrigerator to eat for lunch the next day.

photo(1)This may have been the most glorious thing that has ever been created in the world. Funnel cake fries. They are fried sticks of funnel cake that you can have topped with whatever syrup you want and powdered sugar. I would seriously go to this trailer just for these delicious bites of goodness.

photo(2)I had raspberry and vanilla on top of mine. The owner said that was the most popular combination, so I said why not. They also had caramel, chocolate, strawberry, and one other flavor that I can’t remember. Luckily that night I was going to the movies with some friends, so I decided to sneak these bad boys in my giant purse for us all to enjoy.

I hope ya’ll enjoyed my fried adventure. Ya’ll probably are like how does this girl not gain a ton of weight from all the crud that she eats? Well it is eating healthy and treating yourself every once and a while. My treat day is usually Sunday and I pick something delicious that I want to have. It doesn’t hurt that I also have volleyball practice on Sundays, so I get an good workout in too! I changed the blog’s name to Functional Foodie because I am more of a foodie blogger than a healthy living blogger.

Brownie Batter Oatmeal

Hey ya’ll! I have a recipe for you. It combines some of my favorite things in life: brownies, oatmeal, and chocolate. You really can’t go wrong with this recipe. Just make sure that you don’t overload on the chocolate because then it can turn this healthy dish into a sweet fatty overload. Lets get this chocolate party started.

photoIngredients:
1/2 c old fashioned oats
1 packet of 20 calorie hot chocolate
1 1/2 c water
1/4 c fat free cottage cheese
a couple of Ghiradelli chocolate nibs
1/4 of a brownie (broken into pieces)
1 banana

photo(3)1. Places oatmeal, banana, and water in a bowl.

2. Microwave for 2:40-3 minutes in the microwave.

photo(4)3. Pour in hot cocoa packet and mix until thoroughly covered.

4. Add in cottage cheese and stir well so that it is spread evenly throughout the bowl.

photo(2)5. Crumble up brownie piece and place on top of oatmeal.

6. Add a couple of chocolate chips (6-7) on top of oatmeal.

photo(1)Enjoy this chocolatey bowl of goodness. You definitely won’t regret it. Plus you are getting a sweet treat while getting a healthy dose of fiber. Oatmeal is a great breakfast because it is super filling, provides you with a variety of health benefits, and you can make some tasty combinations.

Sushi Wasted

Hey ya’ll! Sorry I’ve been gone for so long, but I have exciting news. I got accepted to my first graduate program! I got into TWU at Texas Medical Center for a Masters with a thesis in nutrition and exercise physiology (SO EXCITING)! I’ve been crazy busy with my last two weeks of my bachelors degree in nutrition, but I promise I have tons of fun things to share with ya’ll coming up. So what do I have for you today? Sushi Wasted? Whaaaat? Yes, my favorite sushi place in Austin, Roll On Sushi Diner, had an event called Sushi Wasted because they were notifying the world that they are open on Sundays now. It was all you can eat sushi! My brother and I obviously had to go to enjoy this feast!

photoThis was the menu for the night. The best part was that you could eat as much as you wanted off this menu and get a free drink, salad, and miso soup. I’m game. The rule was that you were only allowed to order three things per person at a time, which was really smart because you wouldn’t get overwhelmed with food and it would keep things organized. The only thing that I wish was different was that there were more rolls! This place has the most creative and fresh rolls.

photo(1)This was the salad that came with the meal. It was nothing special, but the dressing was actually really delicious. I wish I found out what it was because I would love to recreate it to use on my own salads. Also eating a salad made you feel like you weren’t about to just gorge on a ton of sushi rolls. I like that small healthy touch (not that sushi is that unhealthy for you – mainly the sauces and use of white rice instead of brown).

photo(2)This was the miso soup and it was pretty delicious. I had never had miso soup before this (I know shocker), so I was surprised that it was so good. It had mushrooms, green onion, and tofu in it. I loved the surprise of tofu. It was a good way to pre-game the feast that we were about to crush.

photo(3)This was the shrimp tempura roll. It was pretty awesome. I have to say that the staff did a pretty fantastic job at making sure that you got everything you ordered. There were only a few slip ups, like the time we got two shrimp tempura rolls. We weren’t complaining though because this roll was tasty. It had tempura fried shrimp, avocado, cucumber, sushi rice, nori, and it was topped with spicy mayo and unagi sauce. The fried shrimp provides a nice crunch when you bite into the roll while you have a spicy flavor coming from the sauces. However the sweetness of the unagi balances it out. We had never had this roll, so it was nice to try it.

photo(4)Hello to one of my new favorite rolls at Roll On. The Red Dragon Roll. It was a simple roll, but it was packed with a ton of flavors. It was a California roll topped with spicy tuna, spicy aioli, unagi sauce, scallions, and Roll on crunch. I would definitely order this again off the normal menu. The tuna that was on top was extremely fresh and added a nice flavor to a average roll.

photo(5)This is probably one of the greatest rolls ever. It is so creative and is full of unique flavors that you would not expect in a sushi roll. It is the Respect My Asparaguh roll, which you have probably seen on my blog a multitude of times. It has asparagus, candied walnuts, goat cheese, sun dried tomato, and it is topped with a balsamic glaze. The goat cheese provides a rich creamy flavor to this amazing roll. Order it immediately, you won’t regret it.

photo(6)This was the chef special roll. I forgot to write down what was in it, but it had some really interesting flavors. It sort of reminded me of typical Mexican flavors. It packed a punch in it. There chef specials change every few weeks, so you probably won’t be able to get this again unless they use it as a special.

photo(7)This was the Hawaiian roll. They did a lot of variations on the California Roll. This one was just topped with tuna. It was nice, but nothing special.

photo(8)Here is yet another variation on the California roll, but called the Sunshine Roll. This one had salmon on top of it. I preferred the one with tuna instead because I have a deep love for tuna, but it was still good. Just not something I would order off the regular menu because I prefer their crazy rolls.

photo(9)Hello, Mr. Grouch roll. It has roasted chicken, green chile, jack cheese, caramelized onion, arugula, and chipotle aioli. Now this is what I’m talking about. Roll On has the most creative rolls I’ve ever seen. They use non-traditional ingredients such as caramelized onions and roasted chicken to create pure food genius such as the Grouch roll. This is definitely on my must always order list at Roll On.

photo(10)This is pure heaven in a roll. Not even kidding. Definitely one of my top 5 rolls in the sushi adventures I’ve experienced in the 23 years that I’ve been alive. This is the Lo-Burn roll. It is shrimp tempura, unagi and jalapenos tempura fried, and topped with spicy aioli, unagi sauce, and scallions. I can’t even come up with the words to describe this roll because it is seriously mindblowing. If you are lucky to ever make it to happy hour, this roll is only about 3.95$. If you live in Austin or close by, definitely check it out and order this.

photo(11)This roll was another crazy one. It was the Rasta roll. It had blackened shrimp, mango, roasted red pepper, scallions, curry, jicama, and cilantro topped with a spicy mayo sauce. I’m not sure this roll completely worked. I think it would be better with the blackened shrimp and a bunch of fruit instead of all the vegetables. I think this roll could be really amazing if they tweaked it a bit.

photo(12)We got some pork dumplings. They were pretty good, but the health nut in me wishes that they were steamed rather than fried. I don’t know why, but I just enjoy steamed things over fried any day. Here was another time there was a little slip up. They ended up bringing us two plates of dumplings. Not complaining though because they were good. Although at this point we were about to vomit from eating too much.

photo(13)This is one of the best appetizers I’ve had at a sushi place. It is the sticky ball of greatness, but really just called Sticky Ball. It has sushi rice, krab and spicy tuna stuffed inside an inari pocket tempura fried and topped with wasabi mayo and unagi sauce. It is a fried ball of delicious flavors. Not to mention the sweet sauces that top it. I am in heaven every time we order this. This time they chopped it up into four pieces, which was really nice.

We ended up eating a lot more than this, but I thought there was no need to take a million pictures of the same thing over and over again. The third mishap came when the waiter dropped off two pieces of salmon nigiri. I’m not a big fan of nigiri because I think it is just so plain and boring, but my brother was nice and ate a piece. The best part is that we think it was for a table behind us because they were complaining that they only came there for the nigiri. REALLY? This place has some of the most delicious and creative rolls, and you came for the nigiri? I’m not sure if you know this, but you can get standard nigiri anywhere, even the grocery store. We laughed so hard that we were tearing up. It was a great night with my brother.

Bubble Up Pizza

photoYou hear the word bubble up pizza, and you may be a little scared about what that really means. Bubble up pizza is a funny thing for my family because it brings up a lot of memories. My mom and I love this dish, but it does scare my brother because one time when he was home alone it exploded on top of the stove. Trust me, the dish is really good and you will want to make this all the time once you taste the deliciousness it has to offer.

photo(3)Bubble Up Pizza

1 roll of low fat biscuits (10 rolls)
1 c of chopped onion
1 15 oz can of tomato sauce (15 cal for 1/4 c)
1 1/4 c cheese (used 1/2 fat free mozzarella and 1/2 reduced fat)
1/2 c chopped green bell pepper
1 c chopped mushrooms
1 package (20 oz) ultra lean ground turkey
a few dashes of garlic powder

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

photo(6)2. Brown ground turkey and drain if needed.

3. Stir in onion, tomato sauce, garlic, pepper, and mushrooms. Cook until thoroughly mixed and peppers begin to soften.

photo(5)4. Cut each biscuit into four pieces and then add into the meat mixture (make sure pan is removed from heat).

5. Make sure that the biscuits are thoroughly covered with sauce.

photo(4)6. Pour into a 9×13 baking pan that has been sprayed with pam.

7. Place in the oven for 25 minutes.

8. Remove from oven to add the cheese evenly over the top of the casserole and place back into the oven for 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

photo(2)And now you have a bite of delicious food. You can cut the casserole into 8 servings. This is definitely one of the best healthy dishes I’ve had in a long time. That is probably because I haven’t really cooked that much besides my normal staples in a long time, but that is about to change. I’m ready to share more recipes and try out some of my crazy experiments. This recipe was actually different from my family’s old recipe, but I liked to added touches of the green peppers, onions, and mushrooms. I think I am going to have to mess around and add some more vegetables in the mixture next time.

photo(1)I hope you enjoyed the recipe and try it out as soon as possible. You definitely won’t regret it and it is super simple to make. Have an awesome Friday! I hope everyone is out having fun right now and not stuck inside like me working on some biochemical nutrition. The things I do in order to graduate with the highest honors. Go me! Nerding out. Tomorrow I am going to have a food trailer review and I’m going to out to celebrate my grandpa’s birthday. I’m excited for a good meal!