Diva Tasting: Avocado Toast…

One of my favorite healthy breakfast choices or for a snack anytime in the day…
Avocado Toast
Ingredients
4 Slices Artisan Grain Bread
2 Avocados
3 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Cilantro, Or More To Taste
2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice, Or To Taste
1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Zest
1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic
1 Pinch Cayenne Pepper
1 Pinch Fine Sea Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1/4 Teaspoon Chia Seeds
1 Large Tomato Diced
Directions
  1. Toast bread slices to desired doneness, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Mash avocado in a bowl; stir in cilantro, lemon juice, lemon zest, cayenne pepper, chia seeds and sea salt, pepper and garlic. Spread avocado mixture onto toast and top with Diced tomatoes

Diva Rambling: Forgiving and Letting Go..

Forgiving and Letting Go
Find a beautiful jar and begin to fill it each day with affirmations and prayers to the Universe on forgiveness and letting go of thoughts that serve no purpose. Pull them out and reread them at the end of each month.
Don’t let the thoughts that caused you to write them flow into your mind. Only feel the words of forgiveness and letting go. Let them permeate you with each new breath. Healing process that can work for you must be engaged in each day with commitment and passion.
Let the healing begin.
Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Tasting: Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables….

Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables

Ingredients

  • 6 Large Potatoes, Diced
  • 1 Jar Roasted Red Peppers Chopped
  • 1 Fennel Bulb, Diced
  • 1 Zucchini, Diced
  • 6 Cloves Garlic
  • 6 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 2 Teaspoons Vegetable Bouillon Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Rosemary
  • 1/2 Cup Balsamic Vinegar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Place the potatoes, peppers, fennel, zucchini, and garlic in a large zip bag. Drizzle the olive oil evenly over the vegetables. Sprinkle the salt, bouillon powder, and rosemary over the top. Shake the mixture in the bag until the vegetables are coated.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until tender, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour. Stir the balsamic vinegar into the vegetables; serve immediately.

Diva Tasting: Zen Bowl …

Zen Bowl 
Ingredients
3 Cups Chicken Broth
1 1/2 Couscous
1 Large Red Onion, Diced
1/4 Cup Olive Oil, Divided
Kosher Salt To Taste
Freshly Ground Black Pepper To Taste
3 Cloves Garlic, Minced, Divided
1 Tablespoon Minced Fresh Ginger Root
1 Pound Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast Halves Chopped
Dressing
1/4 Cup Lime Juice
2 Tablespoons Smooth Peanut Butter
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
2 Cups Baby Spinach
1 Avocado – Peeled, Pitted, And Chopped
2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Cilantro
2 Teaspoons Toasted Sesame Seeds
Directions
  1. Bring chicken broth and couscous to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until couscous is tender and broth is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir 2 cloves garlic, onion and ginger until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add chopped chicken chicken and cook until no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, about 5-8 minutes.
  3. Whisk 1 garlic clove, lime juice, peanut butter, soy sauce, and honey together in a bowl. Whisk 1 tablespoon olive oil and sesame oil into mixture until dressing is smooth.
  4. Divide couscous among bowls; top with chicken, mixture, spinach, and avocado. Sprinkle cilantro and sesame seeds over the top and drizzle dressing over each bowl.

Diva Tasting: Quick Apple Dumplings…

Quick Apple Dumplings

Ingredients

  • 2 Large Granny Smith Apples, Peeled And Cored

  • 2 (10 Ounce) Cans Refrigerated Crescent Roll Dough

  • 1 Cup Butter

  • 1 1/2 Cups White Sugar

  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

  • 1 (12 Fluid Ounce) Can Or Bottle Mountain Dew (TM)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.

  2. Cut each apple into 8 wedges and set aside. Separate the crescent roll dough into triangles. Roll each apple wedge in crescent roll dough starting at the smallest end. Pinch to seal and place in the baking dish.

  3. Melt butter in a small saucepan and stir in the sugar and cinnamon. Pour over the apple dumplings. Pour Mountain Dew(TM) over the dumplings.

  4. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

Diva Tasting: Pecan Tassies…

Pecan Tassies:
For The Dough:
1 Cup Unsalted Butter
6 Ounces Cream Cheese
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
For The Filling:
1½ Cups Light Brown Sugar
1 ½ Cup Chopped Pecans Plus More For Sprinkling On Top
2 Eggs
2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter Melted
½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare mini muffin pans by greasing cups if it is not a nonstick pan; set aside.
2. To make the dough, beat together the butter, cream cheese and flour on low speed of a stand or hand mixer until all of the flour is incorporated. Divide the dough into 48 pieces and roll into balls. Place on a plate or in a zip-top bag and refrigerate for about an hour.
3. Either press the dough balls into the muffin cups and up the sides, or flatten the balls slightly with your palm and use a rolling pin to roll into a disk about 2-3 inches in diameter (a little larger than the size of the muffin cup opening) and place into the muffin cups.
4. To make the filling, mix together the brown sugar, chopped pecans, eggs, melted butter and vanilla extra with a spoon and then evenly divide it between the dough-lined mini muffin cups. Top each with some additional chopped pecans.
5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the tops are set. Cool for a few minutes in the muffin cups and then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely. The tassies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

Diva Rambling: Overcoming Bitterness…

BITTERNESS
The dictionary defines bitterness as shown below.
bit·ter·ness
/ˈbidərnəs/
noun
sharpness of taste; lack of sweetness.
“the lime juice imparts a slight bitterness”
synonym
sharpness, acidity, pungency, acridity, tartness, sourness, harshness, vinegariness, acerbity
anger and disappointment at being treated unfairly; resentment.
“he expressed bitterness over his dismissal without notice”
We are all human and all prone to bouts of emotion where we feel resentment toward a person/s or situation/s. Like anger, it eats us alive, yet it is one of the hardest emotions to overcome other than a broken heart.
I have to make a choice each time my unconscious throws a bitterness trigger into my current thoughts. I have to choose to feel that crappy feeling or redirect my mind to happier triggers. I can think of my dogs, I can think about taking a trip or baking someone a treat, the list goes on and on. The bitterness wants to sit like a gargoyle on my mind and make me loose productive time. I must choose to NOT let that happen.
No matter what your education, your level of wisdom achieved, level of enlightenment or your gentle temperament, we all have a trigger of bitterness that can slap us like a wet sponge in the face at any time of day or night. Deny it if you will. However, I choose to admit my human frailty and work on being able to overcome this demon-influenced behavior as fast as I can. I compete with myself on getting rid of it as fast as I can. I challenge myself to think grateful, joyful thoughts. Its so hard because unfair treatment by thoughtless, self righteous, parvenus can hurt forever.
Don’t berate yourself for being human. The person or situation my be ongoing for a lifetime. But our response to these triggers can be controlled by us. We can choose to think past it to more joyous thoughts. Choose wisely; your health and spirit depend on us to learn to do that.
I’m an old crone, and I still struggle with this one, because people choose to bring up these things like tortuous demons. I now avoid a lot of those people and I find live better. Do the things that help make our life and our thoughts better. The Universe intended us to be in a state of Joy and anything otherwise is our choice.
We send you love and light in all of your struggles and we wish you the joy of finding peace of spirit because you have learned to make better choices.
Namaste, The Queen Cronista