Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Dip

On a scale from 1 to amazing this dip is deliciously amazing.  A coworker of mine brought it in for a work party and it was a major hit. This dip is not only delicious, but also super healthy! The protein from the greek yogurt and peanut butter matched with the fiber of an apple is a killer combo. I love the combo as a breakfast option or a satisfying snack.  The below recipe serves 1 but if you're making it for a group just multiply everything by the amount of people you want to feed.

6 oz vanilla greek yogurt (equivalent to one individual container)
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (you decide!)
1 green apple, sliced

Combine first 3 ingredients until smooth.  Sprinkle cinnamon on top and serve with a sliced apple to dip in.

Painted Coffee Table

Here I go again, painting old items to make them "new" (and fabulous).
One of my favorite DIY projects in our condo is the coffee table that I painted.  Eric and I had an old brown wood coffee table that we were going to toss but last minute I decided to see if I could paint it to our liking.  Luckily, I was able to to paint it to our loving! All I did here was paint the legs and base black and then made black and white stripes for the top.  To make the stripes even I used thick painting tape (my favorite). For anyone who has old furniture laying around that they want to toss, hold that thought and try painting it first. As always, I used acrylic paint so it dried quickly and didn't cost much.  One piece of advice I have is to make sure the paint is totally dry before you put the painters tape on, otherwise when you rip the tape off you might get some paint with it too!

Tasty Green Juice

We all know eating your greens is right up there in importance next to sleep and exercise.  Start your day off right with this truly delicious green juice.  The spinach can be replaced with Kale if you prefer kale over spinach. 

1 Kiwi
10 Green Grapes
large handful of Spinach
1/2 Banana
1/2 green apple
1/4 cup Orange Juice
1/4 cup water

Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

St. Patrick's Day Treats

In the mood for some St Patrick's Day treats? So am I! Here are 3 quick and easy treats to make your St. Patrick's Day much sweeter

Fruit Skewers:
Place melon, grapes and kiwi slices on a wood skewer and serve

Lucky Charm Rice Krispies
Melt 3 tbsp butter in a large saucepan over low heat.  Add 40 marshmallows and stir until marshmallows are melted.  Mix in 6 cups of Lucky Charms. Flatten into a baking dish and let cool. Cut into squares and serve

Green Chocolate Pretzel Bites
Preheat oven to 175.  Lay pretzels on a baking sheet and place a Hershey Hug or Kiss on each pretzel.  Bake for about 3 minutes, or until kiss is melted.  Remove pretzels from the oven and place a green M&M on top. Let cool before serving

Prints with a Purpose

The best way to transition into spring is with a closet refresh. Even though temps don't warrant pulling out last year's springtime favorites, you can still brighten up your look with printed pieces. Prints are everywhere for spring, coming in all different forms; floral, geometric, and mirrored prints just to name a few.  I've found a handful amazing wear now pieces in prints I just can't resist!  Act fast because a few of the pieces are already marked down (even more of a reason to buy) and won't last long.

Images pictured in order from left to right:
Click the description below to purchase the piece

7 For All Mankind Printed Skinny A bit of a splurge, but totally worth it.

Nordstrom Long Sleeve Printed shift dress  On sale for 50% off! Only $29

Healthy Chicken Parmesan

Chicken parmesan is a dish that can be revamped easily, eliminating all of the butter, oil and excess fat from the dish.  Here's my version of a slimmed down Chicken Parmesan.  It's quick and can be done in under 45 minutes.  I portioned out the recipe for one so make sure to prep accordingly if you're cooking for more than one.

1 chicken breast, pounded thin
1 thin slice of fresh mozzarella cheese (I like Bel Gioioso)
pinch grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup marinara sauce (pick one low in sugar)
little less than 1/4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
salt and pepper to taste
optional: pinch of chopped fresh basil

Preheat the oven to 425.  
Combine the breadcrumbs and grated parmesan cheese.  Coat both sides of the chicken breast with the breadcrumb and cheese mixture.  Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and place the chicken on the baking sheet. Bake for about 30 minutes. Turn them once, about 20 minutes in.  After chicken is done cooking turn the oven off.  Remove the chicken and top with marinara sauce and slice of mozerella cheese.  Sprinkle salt, pepper and oregano on top.  If you have chopped fresh basil add a pinch of that on top for extra flavor. Place the chicken topped with sauce and cheese back in the oven and let sit in the warm oven a few minutes until the cheese melts.
You can serve this on its own or atop a small serving of while wheat spaghetti for a satisfying and slimmed down meal. Serves 1.

Shrimp Avocado Tacos

These Shrimp Tacos are seriously delicious.  They're simple to make and if you buy your shrimp cooked then it only takes about 15 minutes to throw together. Enjoy!

2 small Tortillas
6 large cooked shrimp
1/4 Teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup broccoli slaw
Salt and pepper to season
1/4 Cup chopped fresh cilantro
juice of one lime
half an avocado 

Heat a skillet over medium heat and add olive oil and crushed red pepper. Once pan is hot, add the shrimp and saute until both sides are cooked and golden brown.  Add the broccoli slaw to the pan and cook about 1 minute.
In a small bowl, mash the avocado and then mix in lime juice in cilantro.  Stir until combined. Season with Salt and pepper.
Heat tortillas up and then add shrimp, broccoli slaw and dressing to your tortilla.