Lately I’ve been more than a little obsessed with tequila. Something about it reminds me of sipping cold margaritas on a hot, sandy beach -a welcomed memory during the coldest month of the year. I love winter comfort foods, but sometimes I need a break from heavy beefs and stews.
Traditionally, tostadas are prepared with pork or chicken, refried beans, cheese, and all sorts of other fattening, but delicious, goodies stacked on top of a fried corn tortilla. I decided to lighten mine up a bit by omitting the beans and cheese, using shrimp as the protein, and adding massive amounts of flavor with the sweet honey-slaw, spicy homemade pico de gallo, and a dash of Tabasco. Even my seriously carnivorous husband loves this dish, -so much in fact he requested it twice in the same week! (Yes, I am seriously patting myself on the back right about now!)
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Granola is one of my favorite healthy snacks. I always have several containers of it around the house as a quick, healthy snack when I want something sweet or as a convenient alternative when my husband sits down next to me tempting me with a big handful of Golden Oreos.
The main issues I have with eating store-bought granola is that a lot of the reasonably-priced brands contain unhealthy ingredients, such as high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils. If you want organic or all-natural granolas, you will often have to pay an arm and a leg for them. I saw granolas at my local health food store for $8 for a 12oz container! Making granola yourself can be more economical and healthier depending on what you chose to put in it. Plus, it’s SUPER easy! It stays fresh for a long time, so I like to make a lot of it and keep a jar on the coffee table to snack on while watching TV and keep a ziplock bag full of it in my desk drawer at work to curb mid-morning cravings.
So for the past several months I’ve been experimenting with various combinations of grains, nuts, and seeds to come up with the perfect granola recipe that is both healthy and easy to prepare. Read the rest of this entry