You want to make time to easily make this breakfast parfait that you can custom fit any way you like. The great thing about it is that you can go to Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe’s, Walmart or any other supermarket- and put these things in your shopping cart.
Greek yogurt or vanilla yogurt
Low-fat granola or homemade granola take your choice and there’s lots of them! There are hundreds you can pick for from.
Your taste buds should never get bored.
Your choice of fresh fruit in season such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, oranges, apples or bananas.
Orange flower honey or your favorite kind of honey- or don’t use any.
Dried cherries or raisins or dates.
Sliced almonds, walnuts or pecans
Organic unsweetened coconut flakes
You can make this and take it with you. Just add layers of yogurt, in a pafrait glass or bowl -and you have a super easy, never boring, no prep breakfast that should wake you up and make you happy you opened your eyes!
If you use Greek yogurt and use one cup of it you’ll be getting about 20 grams of protein and lots of potassium. I use Trader Joe’s brand which is one of the best.
Write me if you decide to make this because breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
By doing this you might change your life by becoming more productive in your work, simply because you could think better!
What you eat, especially in the morning, is directly connected to your performance level at work.
During the terrible heat waves that we’re having in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Southern California, my tips are:
1. Don’t use the oven
2. Use the Crock-Pot and appliances like your convection oven, so you’re not heating the whole house up and using tons of energy ( since probably run in the air conditioning 24/7 just to get through the days.)
3. Small appliance cooking is outstanding. Get your Crock-Pot and slow cooker cook books out.
4. Also stir fries are great because all you have to do is prep the ingredients the night before and you can throw it in your wok, and everything cooks really fast. That type of cooking retains all the nutrients in the vegetables because it cooks everything really quickly.
5. Do whole meal salads where you take butter lettuce, spinach and top with mandarin orange slices, and use the wonderful Asian sesame dressing with that with some toasted walnuts. That’s one of my most favorite things to eat in the world. It is awesome and really really good for you.
Image photographed by Nick Belman, Digital Arts by Paulette Motzko, PLM Studios, Copyright June 2016
My mom absolutely loved the salad are used to make her with spinach salad, mandarin orange slices, and then I would take pecans or walnuts and then toast them lightly in a pan, use them like garnish.
Toast them lightly and sprinkle with cinnamon and then put them on top of the salad like really good darn good croutons!
Top with some Kraft low fat Asian sesame dressing.
I remember Mom licking the bowl and she said she hated salads.
She was always so appreciative for anything I did for her and that is just one reason I did it. I love her, so it was a joy that I have only in memories now. She had me, and she needed me too.
She also loved my moo goo gai pan I made with shiitake mushrooms and zucchini, Chinese pea pods and she loved good old-fashioned Kansas style pork chops which I am sure it reminded her of her childhood days in Kansas.
So what do you think of that?
I hope all this is giving you some ideas of things you can make this week, hasn’t it?
I hope it is giving you some ideas on how you can survive and thrive through these hot sweltering weeks we been having here and although desert States and west.
NOTE REGARDING VEGGIES:
You REALLY can like the vegetables. There are all kinds of really wonderful things you can do with them.
How about adding fresh spinach into your meatloaf?
How about putting some carrots in the center of your meat mixture, while you are at it. The vegetables were going to cook when you cook the meatloaf will be done by the time it is all done baking. You will have this nice pretty layer of vegetables inside. You can add some garlic you and can even add roasted garlic inside of Meatloaf; it will make it really good. How about some shredded mozzarella too?
You will have a really wonderful Italian meatloaf that you can top with your favorite marinara sauce.
The most important thing with cooking is just have fun with it.
Try some new things do not be afraid to try something new. It is just food after all right?
It’s not gonna bite you is it?
I shouldn’t say that because I don’t know what you’re cooking up at your place!
You could be a hunter, fisherman or cooking lobster and the thing could snap at you!
As a general rule, I don’t cook anything that’s got a head on it and I dont cook anything that can look at me! Give me a fish fillet and I’ll cook it. Give me a whole fish and I will want to put it back in the ocean or river it came from!
As long as it doesn’t look like what it is, I am fine.
That is just me. That’s why I’m not a chef but a passionate home cook, but that’s alright. I don’t need to be. I just need to cook good-tasting, healthy food-and, according to my track record I have heard my share or raves through my 30 plus years cooking. I’m a funny lady that by loves to cook and has a good sense of humor….
I am intent in proving that even a novice who has never cooked anything or boiled water can make really wonderful dishes.
Hope you enjoyed this recipe and helpful cooking pointers to get through these hot days.
I hope I taught you few things you did not know, and made you think about things in new ways you never thought about, and I hope I made you laugh too.
If I did all those things one happy lady!
June 19th, 2016 9:47 p.m.
Healthy Attitude : You just have try new foods in the produce section and cook with what is season always
Remember, don’t be turned off to things you haven’t tried.
Be open-minded and try new things. Don’t be an stick in the mud. Think of ways that you can add vegetables and color, FRESHNESS, FLAVOR and texture into your dishes. Most every dish you make now you probably can add healthy vegetables into it.
Stir frying cooks the opposite of the way a crock pot. These two cooking techniques are my two favorite ways to cook.
Images photographed in high definition 2560 P by Paulette Motzko Graphic Arts also by Paulette Motzko
Tortellini with Italian Sausage, Pesto and Shaved Parmesan.
This is less like a recipe and more like something you make when you don’t really want to cook and you want to make something really quick, with no effort.
It’s about 101 degrees in Las Vegas, Nevada here and I’m telling you if you heating the house up with an oven is something you don’t want to do!!
That’s why you are seeing several Crock Pot and Slow Cooker recipes on here ranging to Tex-Mex, Mexican to Moroccan to BBQ – all different ones to try.
1 serving of
Tortellini with Pesto and Shaved Parmesan.
1 cup Butonni tortellini filled with Italian sweet sausage
One ounce of good quality reggiano parmesan. I gave mine in a kitchen scale then I shredded it.
1 tablespoon Ranna-Pesto or Trader Joes.
Cook the Frozen tortellini for about 8 to 10 minutes, until Al Dente. Cut off one ounce of good quality parmesan and shredded on top after you get the pasta cooked and drizzle with 1 tablespoon good quality pesto Genovese say or you can make your own. I buy Trader giotto’s or Ranna’s.
Nobody would believe that you put it together in about 15 minutes.
All you do is you take some frozen tortellini filled with sweet Italian sausage and cook 1 it 8 minutes until Al Dente.
This is an outstanding video and I’m doing every one of the things now that she outlines and video.
I didn’t create the video,and I don’t know that I ever thought of creating one, but I’m glad she did.
If some of these tips help you all manage your life better, find what you need faster, which is why I wanted a place that’s organized and I like the look of.
I want to be able to photograph my cooking videos and be able to pan around the place with the video camera and like what I see.
A good way to find out if you like the way your place looks is simply photograph it from every angle.
You can then look at the pictures from your armchair, drinking a cup of coffee or tea, and analyze them.
The first time I did that I immediately saw things I could change I never saw before. I could sit there with a cup of coffee and just look and analyze my place from my “Better Homes and Gardens vantage point.”
From somebody who’s been looking at decorating books and cookbooks and nice kitchens and nice living rooms and things like that like for over 25 years new books, magazines and home shows, your home should be you’re powerless no matter how small. You have to get really invented and ingenious when it comes to making the most of the least. Specially when it comes to living in a smaller place than you’re used to as I did when I first moved to Las Vegas Nevada.
Between my tips and the tips on this YouTube video,I hope that some of them help you allow your surroundings to reflect how you feel. I like not only a beautiful home but I like an organized one.
You can find what you want and there’s never one ounce of hesitancy.
Also another really important element to what I’m saying and also with the YouTube video, is only have in your house which you love, what you need to, and what you use.
If you don’t use it anymore then give it away to someone who could use it. Donate it to somebody who would appreciate it more than you ever could and derive benefit from it.
It’s pretty cool after having some items I’ve had for 20 years to see the look on people’s faces when I’ve given the item away.
Giving something unwanted or simply neglected breathes new life into the object – Beauty book, a photograph or a painting or piece of sheet music that you have memorized. Think about it. And really put some thought into these things and you’ll find that you can change lives with the things you don’t use. Remember, every action has a chain reaction in life be a good, be bad or be it indifferent.
Something old that’s not used of yours transforms to something brand new for someone else.
I have a lot of antiques and things like that and used to go to antique stores, which I don’t go anymore. I just want to enjoy what I now have. There came a point in my life when I realized I had everything I needed and I just want to live and I just want to enjoy it all with wonderful people to share it all with.
Ater my curio cabinet was damaged in the move from California to Las Vegas Nevada, I had a bunch of stuff that was under glass and I never used it.
It just sat there in suspended animation all the time like Museum pieces. Then I remembered my grandmother who had a place that was full of stuff, never used, and it was just like them going into a museum. There’s no point in having things like that.
If what you own genuinely gives you Joy & you use it -and it gets used for the intent that you wanted, or if it’s art piece and you delight in the art then great keep it. However, if not, think about finding a new home for it.
If you can’t use it then and don’t want it, or simply dont care about dusting the thing any longer, then maybe that I didn’t go on a permanent vacation.
You can’t enjoy it all in heaven, so for God’s sake, using things you don’t know because what’s it all for if you don’t?
There will come a point when all that stuff won’t exist because you don’t exist! So get out the fancy China and champagne glasses that you only used for special occasions or your anniversary. Who says that every day is a special occasion?
Everyday is only as special as you make it, right?
Make the most of what you have while you have it. Take care of the things you own and cherish the things you chose to keep.
You’ll have the things you own for years to come, including the people in your life you treat them like you want to be treated too!
I would congratulate the person in the video but I never got her name and I watched it twice. I hope to find that out really soon though because I’m going to take this blog post and send it to her.
Written by Paulette Motzko
April 30th 2016 6:19 a.m.