This beverage was the brilliant idea of Ms. Witty and Pretty herself, Ashley Hesseltine. Last Tuesday, we found ourselves hard at work exploring the paradise island of Isla Mujeres, located just off the coast of Cancun. It's there where we had, quite possibly, one of the best breakfasts of my life at Mango Café, a charming, off-the-beaten-path, 10-table restaurant with a very cool, down-to-earth vibe. At 10 a.m. mimosas were a must, and that's when the selection of fresh fruit juices written on the chalk board - mango, tamarind and watermelon, to name a few - inspired one of the world's best ideas. "Wait. Can we have our mimosas with watermelon?" Ash said. "Sure," said Polo Avila, the owner and our new hero. I'm just the messenger.
Watermelon & feta cheese salad
A refreshing, healthy complement to traditional Independence Day dishes. Enjoy this salad this Fourth of July and beyond. Happy Fourth, friends!
chocolate chip waffles
It seems my body has become used to waking up at the crack of dawn… even on Sundays! With no 6 a.m. spinning or yoga class to rush to this morning, the only thing left to do was whip up a batch of chocolate chip waffles. I've been in a chocolate chip daze all week after making a stop at Jacques Torres' shop in New York City for his amazing French Kiss Chocolate Chip Cookie -- which I've dangerously learned you can buy online. But back to the waffles. Rather than reinventing the wheel, I put a spin on my original waffle recipe using coconut oil and dark chocolate chips.
BREAKFAST FRITTATA FOR ONE
Happy New Year, friends! No doubt, we all have resolutions on our minds, and I'm willing to bet we all have health-related goals on our lists. I, for one, would like to drop a couple of pounds. Yup, it happens -- life creeps up on you and before you know it, you've fallen off the wagon. It happens to the best of us. My weight loss goal is somewhere between five and 10 pounds. One day at a time. I know first hand that preparation is key, and that's why I came up with this breakfast recipe. What's to love? Cook once, enjoy it all five days of the week. It's also very easy to swap ingredients to keep things interesting. I don't know about you, but I find myself in trouble when I get bored. This week it'll be caramelized onions, Canadian bacon, spinach and some delicious Brie. Enjoy!
Ham & Egg Broiled Cheese
Who doesn't love a good grilled cheese? Salty, gooey, creamy and crispy, all at the same time. Today for breakfast my take on grilled cheese today was a "boiled cheese" and it was just as good.
It took me a while to come up with a name for this one, and this is best I could do. It's a frittata meets quiche meets pie, and my new favorite thing. I eat eggs for breakfast everyday, usually an omelette, and thought, why not make one huge egg dish (a.k.a a frittata) and have a slice every morning. And then I remembered I had a little bit of pie crust in the fridge. This was the result.
Easy Plum Tart
Here is easy, peasy, fool-proof dessert, made with just four ingredients. You can easily swap the plums for apples, pears, or apricots, and it would be just as good. Sure, pie crust is involved, but it's very thin, and no extra butter is added to the recipe. Add a nice scoop of low-fat vanilla ice cream or fro-yo while it's still warm, and you're golden.
Inside Out Ham & Swiss Omelet
I'm always looking for ways to make the foods I eat on a regular basis even tastier to prevent myself from becoming bored. Who doesn't love toasty, gooey cheese? Here's how I gave my omelet a twist. Literally.
Strawberry Champagne Sangria
One of my best friends, Daniella of Pinkee's Bowtique, came over for a mini "fit cook" photo shoot, and who better to kill a bottle of champagne with than one of your best friends? In all honesty, I used prosecco, because it's what I had on hand, but this delicious cocktail is meant to blow your boring mimosas out of the water.
Raspberry White Chocolate Chip Waffles
Played with my waffle recipe this morning by adding some fresh raspberries and white chocolate chips that I had leftover from the Valentine's Day muffins I baked for the girls at work -- and what a great idea it was! I love the bite of the raspberry seeds and the intense flavor that develops when they cook on the waffle iron.
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I'M LUISANA - A PUBLIC RELATIONS PROFESSIONAL, WORLD TRAVELER, RECIPE DEVELOPER, AND RELENTLESS EATER. JOIN ME AS I DISCOVER THE KEY TO DELICIOUS LIVING, ONE HEALTHY RECIPE AT A TIME.
Disclaimer: I am not a dietitian, counselor, personal trainer, doctor, or any other healthcare related professional. I do not mind giving advice or suggestions, but please keep in mind that I have NOT been trained in these fields. If you ask me a question I will answer it to the best of my ability.