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I was craving stir fry and fried rice, but only had beets and carrots in the fridge. So I decided to make the best of it and make stir fry from the beets and carrots. I’m so happy I did! What a happy accident, it’s totally delicious. Please enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 4 beets with tops
  • 4 carrots, cut match stick
  • 1/2 med onion, sliced
  • 1 tsp of red pepper flakes
  • 3 tbls of soy sauce
  • 1 tsp of agave nectar
  • Olive oil as needed
  • 1 tbls of brown sugar
  • 2 tbls of soy sauce
  • 2 cups of brown rice
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 cup of frozen peas, carrots and green beans

Directions

1. Chop beets match stick style and roughly chop the Tops.

2. Mix red pepper flakes, agave and soy sauce and set aside.

3. In a med saute pan, saute onions till soft, then add beets, carrots and beet tops.

4. Add soy sauce mixture to beets and saute for another few minutes.

5. Cook brown rice to package directions.

6. Combine 1 tbls of brown sugar and 2 tbls of soy sauce.

7. Meanwhile, in an pan, on med heat sauté onion with olive oil. Add frozen veggies, then add the cooked rice.

8. Once you’ve Sautéed the veggies and rice for a minute or two, add the soy sauce and brown sugar mixture and continue to cook till rice is a little fried.

9. Serve stir fry with the fried rice.

10. Enjoy! 🙂

Nutrition, Recipes

Bubbles Water Tracking App

June 6, 2018 at 11:39 am

If there’s one thing that I’ve noticed over the years with my clients it’s that they don’t drink enough water. I’m constantly finding new ways to help keep them on track. One of which is a water tracking app for they’re smart phones. Of course over the years apps come and go and leave my clients hanging. So finally my husband and I decided to create our own. And when I say my husband and I…I really mean my husband 😉
I’m very excited to announce Pilates Boutique’s very own water tracking app Bubbles!

To learn how it works please check out the about page here.

Or if you just want to start using it right away.

Enjoy!

Fitness Apps, Nutrition

Farro and Lentils with Purple Cauliflower

February 28, 2018 at 1:39 pm

We have been on a farro kick lately. It has a wonderful nutty flavor, with a bite to it and it’s a great substitute for rice. So when I saw this Purple Cauliflower, I knew I had to come up with a recipe to cook it with the farro. It came out not only full of color and beautiful to look at, but also full of flavor and absolutely delicious. And as a bonus, it’s super easy to make. I promise you won’t be disappointed. 🙂

Ingredients

  • Olive oil as needed
  • 1 cup of Farro
  • 1 cup of Lentils
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 tsp of oregano
  • 1 tsp of red pepper flakes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup of purple cauliflower florets or regular cauliflower
  • 1 cup of broccoli florets
  • 1/2 med red onion, diced
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup collard greens, chopped
  • 5 red radishes, cut into 1/8
  • 10 queen Spanish olives, quartered
  • 1/4 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup of almonds

Directions

1. Put the Farro, Lentils, oregano, bay leaves and red pepper flakes in a rice cooker, with the 2 cups of water and cook. (Follow your rice cooker directions.)

2. Meanwhile, in a sauté pan add the olive oil, onion and bell pepper. Sauté till both are soft, then add the cauliflower, broccoli, radishes and collards and sauté for 2 more minutes.

3. Add the cooked Farro and lentils to the pan and continue to sauté.

4. Once the Farro and lentils are added and have sautéed for a minute or 2, add the olives, almonds and cranberries to the mixture.

5. Continue to cook mixture for a few more minutes and then serve in a bowl.

6. Enjoy! 🙂

Nutrition, Recipes

Lentil Falafel with Tahini Dressing

September 29, 2017 at 4:59 pm

Needed to mix it up a bit for dinner and get some protein in as well. This recipe hit all the marks for me and Robert. Crunchy, Spicy, Savory, with a little Tang and oh so delicious! We will keep this in the rotation for sure and I know you will too! 🙂

Falafel Ingredients

  • 2 cups of dry lentils
  • 1/2 med red onion, chopped
  • 1 tbls of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 3 tbls of fresh cilantro
  • 3 tbls of tahini sauce
  • 1 tbls of cumin
  • 1 tsp of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp of oregano
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/3 cup of flour
  • 1 tbls of corn starch
  • Tahini Dressing Ingredients

    • 1/3 cup of tahini sauce
    • 3 tbls of water
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • Juice of 1/2 lime
    • 1 tbls of garlic, minced
    • 1 tbls of parsley flakes
    • 1/2 tsp of paprika

    Directions

    1. Soak Lentils for 2 hours ahead of time. once soaked, drain water

    2. Add all of the falafel ingredients into a food processor and mix till well combined. If mix is too dry, add a little water, 1 tbls at a time. Till you get the right consistency.

    3. On a greased baking sheet, scoop 1/4 cup of falafel mix onto baking sheet, leaving space in between.

    4. Refrigerate falafel patties for 15 minutes.

    5. Preheat oven to 375

    6. Meanwhile, mix all tahini sauce ingredients till well combined.

    7. Pull falafel patties out of refrigerator and bake for 30 minutes.

    8. Optional: Serve falafel patties in a pita pocket with tomato, onion and tahini sauce. Or you can eat them alone with just the sauce.

    9. Makes 24 small falafel patties or you can make 12 large patties for burgers.

    10. Note: these freeze really well!

    Nutrition, Recipes

Cabbage and Lentil Soup

August 7, 2017 at 5:54 pm

Soup in pot on table with flower centerpiece

I’m 22 weeks pregnant and lately I’ve been craving yummy warm comfort food. So i decided to make this delicious and very easy homemade soup. It hit the spot and satisfied my craving and I know it’ll do the same for you! 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 4 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 cups of dry lentils
  • 1 tbls of oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cups of water or vegetable broth

Directions

1. In a large cast iron pot on med heat add olive oil and sauté onions, carrots and celery till soft and fragrant.

2. Add tomatoes, cabbage, oregano, bay leaves and lentils. Stir and let cook for 1 min.

3. Add water or vegetable broth and bring to a boil.

4. Turn heat down low and let cook, till lentils are soft.

5. Enjoy!

Nutrition, Recipes

Back to Basics

June 9, 2017 at 12:32 pm

women in Pilates Push-Up position

Most of you who follow me on social media probably noticed i participated in the Pilates #MarchMatness back in March. I had so much fun going back to Joseph Pilates’ traditional mat class, in his original order. It felt great to get back to the simplicity, yet complexity of his exercises. Going through the entire mat series reminded me of the natural progression from one exercise to the other, and why he designed the order the way he did.

The series starts with The Hundred, which warms up the body and gets the heart pumping. The Roll Up and Roll Over are next, they warm up the spine and engage the abdominals. Leg Circles are next, and they stabilize the pelvis. The series continues in this fashion, engaging the abdominals and stabilizing the pelvis while constantly bending the spine in one direction and then reversing the movement to bend the spine in the opposite direction. As you progress through the series each exercise becomes more difficult and challenges you to keep proper form.

Re-establishing the foundations of Pilates helped me to have a greater understanding and a deeper knowledge of the work. Although I’ve been practicing Pilates for many years It gave me a new perspective and I picked up on subtle nuances that I had not noticed before. I felt a deeper connection with my body and mind and when I truly focused on my breath with my core during an exercise, I reached a sense of enlightenment and understanding that I believe comes from many years of practice. My knowledge and understanding was already there, but sometimes you need to go back to the basics in order to renew your connection with your body and mind.

It also helped me when working with my clients. I brought them back to the beginner level and slightly changed my cueing in order to have them deepen their focus on the breath. Although they had done theses exercises a hundred times, it challenged them in a way it hadn’t before, which gave them a deeper understanding of the work as well.

Getting back to the basics is a great way to recharge your body and reset your mind, to help you evaluate your goals and set new ones. You can gain a clearer vision of what you want to accomplish and you’ll move forward with purpose and clear intentions.

You can go to my instagram page to check out the whole series- https://www.instagram.com/thepilatesboutique/
Or check out the official #MarchMatness site- http://www.marchmatness.com/

Fitness, Pilates

Kale and Cabbage Salad

April 19, 2017 at 5:17 pm

Its springtime and I’ve been craving something fresh and crunchy to eat, but not the same standard salad I usually have. Luckily, we recieved kale and cabbage in our weekly Annies Organics box. So from there, I was inspired to combine the two, add a little sweetness with the roasted beets and sweet potatoes and then a little tanginess from the lemon juice and apple cider vinegar. Presto! Craving Satisfied!!! It turned out delicious and this is now me favorite salad. I hope it becomes yours as well! 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 whole bunch of kale, chopped
  • 1 whole head of cabbage, sliced
  • 1 large sweet potato, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups of chopped red beets
  • 2 cups of cooked black beans
  • 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp of minced garlic
  • 2 tbls of stone ground mustard
  • 3 springs of thyme

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400

2. Toss beets and sweet potatoes in olive oil, place on baking sheet and roast in oven for 20 minutes

3. Meanwhile, place kale and cabbage in large bowl and set aside.

4. In a smaller bowl mix apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, mustard and thyme together and set aside.

5. Once the beets and sweet potatoes are done, take out of oven and cool completely.

6. Toss the cooled beets and sweet potatoes with the kale and cabbage mixture.

7. Add the black beans and dressing and toss one last time.

8. Enjoy!

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Eggplant medallions

I know I mentioned in my last recipe post, I didn’t want to go the route of celery root mash, but I had some left over and figured…Why not? It’s obviously a favorite amongst celery root fans. So why not try to make my own? Well I have to say, I’m very happy I made celery root mash! It turned out delicious and Robert could not stop raving about it! 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 med size eggplant, sliced into discs
  • 1 med size celery root, peeled
  • 1 cup of cooked chickpeas
  • 1 tbls of minced garlic
  • 1 tsp of chopped fresh thyme
  • Olive oil as needed
  • Water as needed
  • 1/2 med onion, sliced
  • 2 med sized sweet potatoes, chopped
  • 1 med size red beet, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups of kale, chopped
  • 1 tsp of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp of oregano

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 450

2. Place the celery root on a baking dish, drizzled with olive oil and bake till fork tender (30-45min).

3. Meanwhile, place cooked chickpeas, olive oil as needed, garlic and thyme in food processor. Purée till smooth.

4. Once the celery root is fork tender, add to the chickpea mixture in the food processor and purée till smooth. Add water and olive oil as needed . Set aside.

5. Lower oven temperature to 350.

6. Place sliced eggplant medallions on baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and bake for 20/30 minutes. They should be cooked, but still have a firm texture.

7. Add olive oil to sauté pan on med heat.

8. Add sliced onions, chopped sweet potatoes, red beets, kale, red pepper flakes and oregano to pan and sauté till sweet potatoes are fork tender.

9. To plate…Put 1/4 cup of celery root mash on plate, place 2 to 3 eggplant medallions on top, with the sautéed sweet potato mixture on top of that.

10. Enjoy!

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Celery root "steaks" with chickpea purée, Sautéed onions, Brussel sprouts and beet coleslaw and roasted carrots

We received celery root in our Annies Organics share last week and I had no idea what to do with it. I did a little research and found a lot of celery root mash and soup recipes, but I didn’t want to go that route. So, this is the recipe I came up with instead. I hope you like it! I have to say, it turned out pretty darn delicious! 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 celery root, peeled and sliced into 1 inch thick “steaks “
  • 3 tbls of Dijon mustard
  • 3 tsp of dill
  • 1 cup of cooked chickpeas
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 tbls of olive oil
  • 1 cup of brussel sprouts, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of red beets, peeled and thinly slice
  • 2 tbls of Apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbls of Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes
  • 2 carrots, cut in fours
  • 1/2 med onion, sliced

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400.

2. In a small bowl, mix the 3 tbls of Dijon mustard and 3 tsp of dill together and pour over the celery root “steaks”.

3. Place the celery root “steaks” on a baking sheet, with the sliced carrots and bake for 45 min.

4. Meanwhile, place the sliced brussel sprouts and beets in a bowl.

5. Mix the apple cider vinegar and the other Dijon mustard together and pour over brussel sprouts/ beet mixture and toss with the red pepper flakes. Set Aside.

6. Place chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and paprika in food processor and pulse till smooth.

7. Sauté onions in pan, till soft.

8. Once the celery root “steaks” and carrots are done (Fork tender). It’s time to plate!

9. Place 1/4 cup of chickpea purée on plate, then place the “steak” on top. Stack carrots against the “steak”, pour the brussel sprouts/ beets coleslaw across the top and the onions off the side.

10. Enjoy!

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My love for cooking

Over the years I’ve become more confident in my cooking. I’ve gone from following recipes to the T, to using them as inspiration and making them my own. Now I create my own recipes, just by looking at the ingredients in front of me. Of course they’re not all winners. In fact, some are downright disgusting, but from my failures I learn what not to do next time.

I started cooking at a young age. I Can’t remember exactly how old i was, but I do know it started with making pancakes for my brothers and sisters on Saturday and Sunday mornings. My most vivid childhood memory of cooking is with my little sister Caitlin. Our 3 older siblings were away at college and my mom and dad were working late. We were home alone and hungry. Caitlin wanted pasta and meat sauce, and usually my mom kept a jar of sauce and a box of pasta in the pantry, but not this time. We had the pasta, but no sauce. We did some digging and found a can of tomato paste, a can of whole tomatoes and ground meat in the freezer. From this I created a my first very own sauce, and satiated my sister’s hunger. Thus began my journey into cooking.

Just before my third year in college I moved out of the dorms and into my own apartment. I finally had an oven, and that’s when I ventured into baking and perfecting my white chocolate and macadamia nut cookies. I soon became a baking queen and was making cakes, cookies and brownies for all my friends.

It wasn’t until after college, when I had my first job as a nanny, that I started to really get into looking up recipes, as one of my responsibilities was cooking for the kids. I would practice the recipes at home and use my boyfriend at the time (now husband) as my guinea pig. He’d tell me If it needed more or less of something, or if it was just not good. It was also at this time when I started cooking vegetarian food, because the mom didn’t want her kids consuming too much meat. I started experimenting with tofu and discovered it could take on any flavor I wanted it to. I learned a lot cooking for those three boys. It was an amazing experience and it gave me the confidence to take more risks in the kitchen.

I moved to Florida in 2006 with my new found culinary confidence and started to create my own recipes. After my husband and I bought our house together, we’d have different themed parties and I’d get to create the menu based off the theme. It was so much fun!

Over the years my husband and I became more conscious of the quality of the food we were consuming, and how it impacted the environment. We  started our own vegetable garden and would pick up a box from Annie’s Organics once a week, which had all fresh, local and organic fruits and vegetables. Eventually I started to cook more vegan, which challenged me to get more creative with my cooking. Not only to make sure it was a well balanced meal, but also to make it delicious. Which to be honest, wasn’t that difficult. When you cook with good ingredients there’s so much flavor. I sometimes think people don’t want to eat healthy because they don’t want to sacrifice on flavor. It’s just not the case. As long as you have fresh ingredients, flavor and creativity have no limit.

I’ve had many people tell me they can’t cook, but I don’t believe that’s true. I believe anyone can cook! It’s just a matter of wanting to cook and finding the time to do it. Maybe at first your food isn’t the greatest, but over time if you keep cooking you’ll get better. Making small changes can go a long way. We started by buying fresh produce and unprocessed food, and then planted our own herb garden. Fresh organic ingredients will inspire you to highlight their natural flavor and get more creative in the kitchen. You can also find inspiration by looking up recipes and tweaking them how you like. It’s important to find the time to cook a meal from scratch at least once a week and challenge yourself to go vegan every once in awhile. It’ll bring you a new-found confidence in the kitchen, and your body and mind will thank you!

My time in the kitchen is precious to me. I love bringing happiness to other people with my food and over time you will too. Just remember to have fun and always cook from the heart. Don’t be afraid to try new ingredients or different types of cuisines. If you need inspiration, please feel free to check out my recipes as well Pilates Boutique recipe page

I give you full permission to change them anyway you like:)

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