Healthy Blue Cheese

Hey, friends! Here is a quick little recipe for a healthy version of blue cheese. I know when I cook healthy versions of my favorite wings and fries, I don’t want to ruin the nutrition of it all with a fatty blue cheese…because I LOVE LOTS of it! What’s more is that no one will make your food as healthy as you can because you know exactly what you put in your food in terms of quantity and ingredients.

Hope you enjoy!

Cheers to tasty and healthy dipping sauce!

Xx,

  • AMG

P.S. For a yummy wings recipe, check out my Honey Sriracha wings under the H. Grey’s Kitchen category.

You will need:

-1/4 c. blue cheese finely chopped or in crumbles

  • 1/2 c. non-fat Greek yogurt (I prefer Fage)

  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon

  • 1 tbsp. vinegar

  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • Cracked black pepper to taste

  • Dash garlic powder

  • Dash onion powder

  • Drizzle of honey

Method:

Break blue cheese crumbles into small pieces.

Combine all ingredients in a small blender (I use a Magic Bullet)– OR whisk until WELL combined (I’ve used this method as well).

Place in refrigerator to thicken for about 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Honey Sriracha Wings

Honey Sriracha WingsSo, the other night I was craving wings so badly…specifically sweet and spicy wings. I didn’t want to buy any wings (just off of vacation so I had had enough take-out), and I didn’t want anything too complicated to make. So, I remembered a headline I saw a few months back for honey Sriracha wings. That was all I needed to begin my quick culinary adventure!

They came out super crispy, sweet and spicy. Yummers! While you can fry these wings naked and sauce them or fry them breaded and sauce them, they are just as tasty  (and healthier) when you bake the chicken then sauce them.

If you would like a healthier version of blue cheese, there is a quick recipe under the H. Grey’s Kitchen category of posts.

Cheers to eating well and loving what you eat!

Xx,

  • AMG

You will need:

  • 12 wingetttes (you may need to double the sauce recipe for more wings)

  • 1/4 c. low sodium soy sauce

  • 1/4 c. Sriracha hot suace

  • 1/8 c. honey

  • lemon pepper

  • sea salt

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg

  • 1/8c. brown sugar

  • 1 tbsp. fresh basil or cinnamon basil, finely chopped

  • parchment paper

Method:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cover baking sheet with parchment paper.

Season chicken generously with lemon pepper and a dash of sea salt.

Place wings on baking sheet and bake for 25 to 30 mins.

While wings are baking:

In saucepan, combine soy sauce, Sriracha, brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low.

After wings are finished baking.

Once wings are as crispy as you like, remove from oven.

Set oven to BROIL.

Dip each wing in sauce until well-covered.

Return to baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place sheet in oven and let broil until sauce is a little sticky and wings brown and crisp a bit more.

Garnish with a little extra Sriracha, honey and chopped basil, with a side of blue cheese.

Enjoy!

 

 

Vegetarian Taco Lettuce Wraps ( Greek Yogurt Sour Cream)

Vegetarian Taco Wraps

 

In an effort to take my personal fitness and overall health to the next level, I have joined in on a challenge hosted by certified trainer Rob Booker, owner of Temple Fitness. The “See. Believe. Pursue Challenge” is a six-week challenge replete with diet and exercise regimen. This is the first week of the challenge and challenging it is, as each participant is encouraged to participate in a 7-day, no-meat, no-carb detox! Whew! It has been great so far (even though I have had some weak moments).

What has been great about this detox is that I’ve had the opportunity to get a little creative with vegetarian recipes outside of the normal salad, for example. The recipe I’ve decided to share with you all took me all of 20 minutes to prepare and plate. I did an evening grocery run to get the ingredients so I did not have much energy to spare after that. How do I know this recipe is a keeper even beyond the challenge? Because I wasn’t completely tuckered out after the meal was ready!

A great thing about this meal is that it is also family-friendly. Kids can make their taco wraps just like they want. Plus, substituting sour cream from plain Greek yogurt adds protein to your diet! I love this substitution and can barely taste the difference between the two. You won’t even miss the sour cream 🙂 Hope you guys enjoy!

Cheers to living well.

Xx,

  • AMG

Ingredients

  • Makes 8-10 wraps

1 can black beans or red beans (drained)

1 cup Gardein ultimate beefless ground (garden grown protein found in the frozen section)

1/2 bell pepper sliced

1/2 red onion sliced

2 jalapeno peppers sliced (optional)

Whole romaine lettuce leaves (separate and rinse well)

1 avocado chopped

4 roma tomatoes

2 1/2 teaspoons cumin

2 teaspoons black pepper

1 pinch red pepper (cayenne)

2 teaspoons Goya Adobo (optional)

1 teaspoon chili powder

2 teaspons garlic powder

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 cup water

8 oz plain Greek yogurt (as sour cream)

Salsa of your choice (I use Pace chunky salsa– mild or hot)

Method

Heat oil in skillet on medium-high heat.

Add all bell pepper, jalapeno, and onion. Cook until they begin to caramelize and brown, about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat.

Put drained beans in medium saucepan. Add water, balsamic vinegar and all seasonings. Stir and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to a simmer and let cook 7 minutes.

Add Gardein beefless ground. Stir and let simmer for 3 minutes.

Cut off bottom white stems of lettuce and fill with bean mixture.

Top with avocado, tomato, salsa, and Greek yogurt for sour cream.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

An Apple a Day || Baked Apples

baked-apples

Hey, Jewels! I have been increasingly experimental with cooking food over the last year as I understand that healthy, reasonable food does not have to be boring. Devin (husband) and Ayden (13-month-old) have been on board thus far, so that’s a definite plus!

In an effort to help you on your journey to wellness or to just sweeten up your day, here is a recipe I absolutely love to make. These baked apples are so easy and are a guilt-free breakfast, lunch, snack, or dessert! Feel free to put your own spin on the filling. Enjoy!

Cheers to Eating Well, Friends.

Xx,

– AMG

Ingredients

6 Honey Crisp Apples (or any other large apple–honey crisp are sometimes super expensive)

1/2 cup Brown Sugar

2 teaspoon Cinnamon (more if desired)

1/2 teaspoon Nutmeg

1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract

1/4 cup Raisins (I also sprinkle in a few dried cranberries)

1/4 cup Chopped Pecans (optional)

3 tablespoon Butter

1 cup Boiling Water

Aluminum Foil

Method

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Boil water.

Use an apple corer (I use a small spoon and paring knife) to take out core and seeds. Leave bottom 1/2 inch of apple in place.

Mix all ingredients together in small bowl EXCEPT water and butter.

Place apples in glass pan and fill with mixture.

Top each apple with a small slice of butter.

Pour boiling water into bottom of pan, cover loosely with foil, place on middle rack of oven.

Bake for 20 mins, remove foil and bake for 15-20 additional minutes.

Skin of apple should be wrinkled, but apple should NOT be MUSHY. Cook only until apple is soft enough to be punctured with a fork :).