Fresh healthful culinary inspiration

Lovely Serene Kitchen

Lovely Serene Kitchen

Fresh healthful culinary inspiration

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The Power of Positive Thinking

The Power of Positive Thinking

Or, how you can change to a more positive mindset. It has been a long, cold winter up in the Northeast. Even the most optimistic of us can start to feel a little down. That’s when it’s “power of positive thinking” to the rescue! Positive […]

The Power of Mindful Relaxation

The Power of Mindful Relaxation

Slow Down and Breathe In the hectic, fast paced world we live in, it is important to slow down and savor the moment. Think of something small that makes you happy, whether it be a happy puppy, a warm embrace of a friend, a personal […]

Sweet Serene Ice Cream Review

Sweet Serene Ice Cream Review

You Can Have Your Ice Cream And Eat It Too

As the temps warm and spring melts the last of winter away, one may find their thoughts turning toward warmer-weather fare. This includes the ubiquitous ice cream cone. Frozen treats, although a staple of summer, can still be enjoyed year round. There are so many selections available. With so many options to choose from, it is relatively easy to find a sweet and healthier alternative to standard ice cream. I have enclosed some selections here for review. All versions of the frozen ice cream or dessert have under 150 calories per half-cup serving. Please note that all opinions in this post are my own; this post is not sponsored nor an endorsement of a specific product or brand.

And Now, The Reviews

Yasso Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt

The distinctive piquant taste of Greek yogurt, combined with a sweet twist. Chocolate bits and cookie dough crumbles provide a decadent tasting experience, although at a reasonable 130 calories per half cup serving, a sensible portion can be accommodated as a snack or dessert. Plus, the added benefit of live and active cultures from the yogurt. Delicious and creamy, this one is sure to be a true crowd pleaser with wide appeal.

Outshine Non-Dairy Banana Based Sunrise Blend

It is a banana based, non dairy frozen fruit blend. It is distinctly reminiscent of a fruit sorbet to with a smooth finish. Icy and delectable, it is refreshing and divine, whilst being hinting at sweet and fruity flavorful notes. It is decidedly citrus and fruit based, incorporating peach purée and tangerine juice, with notes of lemon and banana mixed in. If you enjoy an icy sorbetto, you will fall for this. This selection has 80 calories per half cup.

Enlightened – Cold Brew

Smooth, velvety finish. Of the three, this one is my personal favorite. Upon tasting, you are immediately hit with the rich, espresso-like taste of coffee. If you are a coffee lover this will almost assuredly be an ethereal experience. The texture is exquisite and smooth, without being too rich and overbearing. Highly recommended for coffee lovers. It contains 60 calories per half cup.

The Elements of Good Kitchen Design

The Elements of Good Kitchen Design

The kitchen can be thought of as a work space. There are many kitchen designs and layouts. Color and style are definitely important in expressing your personal taste, but its also about how your kitchen functions for you. You want to have a clean, uncluttered, […]

Awesome Overnight Oats

Awesome Overnight Oats

As we transition in this part of the world from winter to spring, so too our daily diets also change. But one thing that tends to stay a constant is the need for a sustaining, healthful, nourishing breakfast. Often called the most important meal of […]

Lovely Little Lentils

Lovely Little Lentils

Lovely Lentils

Lentils are a versatile pantry staple. They are legumes, which makes them both versatile and nutritious, but are smaller in size than your average bean, especially compared to larger beans such as Great Northern. With a delicate flavor, they are a blank canvas for you favorite spice mixes.

These lovely little gems are packed with fiber, plant protein, and nutrients, and make a great accompaniment to any dish. They are also great as the star of the show, as they are great as saucy, spiced, or savory options. They can shine on their own or be paired with grains such as quinoa or brown rice, dependent on dietary needs and individual taste.

So many varieties to choose from

As per the different types to choose from to incorporate into your dishes, there are many varieties. Two common variants (shown below in their uncooked state) are red lentils and brown lentils. While both being small, red lentils are slightly smaller and thinner. A good article here outlines the many types and varieties for various dishes.

 

The red variety of lentil is smaller and thinner.
Lentils of the Brown Variety.
Delicious dishes

Many dishes incorporate lentils as a mainstay. They provide an excellent source of fiber, nutrients, and plant protein. With their delicate, subtle taste, they are like a blank canvas awaiting your culinary inspiration. Try your favorite herbs and spices, mixed in with fresh dark greens. To prepare them, (they are typically purchased from the store dried), wash them and simmer over low heat with water or a vegetable stock. There is a great website dedicated solely to lentils with some excellent instructional tips. Happy cooking!

-Lovely Serene

Cooked lentils prepared with carrot, tender spinach, diced tomato, onion, parsley, and Garam Masala spice.
The Zest for Citrus

The Zest for Citrus

Sweet Citrus These days, the cold and frigid temperatures permeate the days and nights. But despite this, there’s a superfood here to save you day from boring and humdrum of the same old recipes. Citrus fruits, including, lemons, limes & oranges (as well as many […]

Naturebox Unboxing!

Naturebox Unboxing!

A Lovely Little Naturebox Review A cheery hello to all! Today I thought I would share a special package that I received in the mail. Recently I discovered a cool new snacking phenomenon called Naturebox. Naturebox is an innovative and creative snacking company that ships […]

Veggie Scramble Medley

Veggie Scramble Medley

Happy New Year! With the holidays behind us, one can’t help but cast an anticipatory glance to the year ahead. As a fresh start, many people pledge to eat cleaner, healthier meals. Here is a good, fresh meal idea to get you started. This one incorporates fresh vegetables such as sweet corn, zucchini, and diced fresh tomatoes on the vine. Although it is the winter months, your local grocer should have these items to help you get started.

Sweet Veggie Scramble

Ingredients:

Flat Leaf or Italian Parsley, Chopped

Olive Oil

Sweet Corn, shucked and with Kernels removed (or Frozen Sweet Corn Kernels)

Tomatoes (on the vine or Hot House Tomatoes)

Green Zucchini

Salt

Pepper

Dried Savoury Herb Blend (such as Mrs. Dash Original)

Avocado, Optional

  1. Add olive Oil into a frying pan over medium high heat.
  2. Dice tomatoes and zucchini
  3. Add and combine diced veggies and corn kernels into a pan. Season with salt, pepper, and dried herbs.
  4. Simmer over medium high heat for 15 minutes or until veggies are tender. Toss to coat with olive oil and seasoned blend.
  5. Toss in diced parsley and remove from heat. Plate up and add sliced avocados if desired.
  6. Serve.
A plated vegetable medley.
Sweet Strawberry Cake

Sweet Strawberry Cake

Sweet Strawberry Cake Holidays are Here The holidays are here, and it’s time to gather with family and loved ones for shared meals and sweet holiday treats. Company parties, gatherings with relatives, all on the way. In case you were looking to a go-to dessert […]