I am always looking for tasty, healthy meals. This recipe with sauteed zucchini and tomatoes was adapted from Skinnytaste. I followed her suggestion and added some pasta to make it a full meal. My daughter, Carina, helped me chop the organic zucchini and dropped the pieces into the pan – she loves to cook and bake. By her request, we had homemade blueberry muffins for dessert!
Located at Katy Mills Mall, in the AMC Plaza, Crepetto Coffee & Crepes offers a taste of the popular Parisian delight. Made with either sweet or savory ingredients, the thin pancakes contain whole wheat batter, and all fruits and vegetables are organic. Each crepe is made to order in front of you, and they all taste delicious!
We tried the French Crepe, which included strawberries and cinnamon, and a custom one with chocolate and bananas (Carina’s request).
Each month, Creppetto’s offers new combinations along with their main menu of chocolate, nutella, dulce de leche, berries, cheese, chicken, and many other topping choices. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
Have you heard all the hype about Coconut Oil?
I finally decided to try it out, and bought the two-pack on Amazon. I have read that along with some health benefits, coconut oil can be used as a moisturizer or even in your hair. I love the smell of coconut, and this particular brand seems to get very good reviews (Nutiva’s Cold-Pressed, Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil). No, they’re not paying me.
While I generally try to fry foods as little as possible, this oil is a fun alternative to my good old standby, olive oil. It does lend a slight coconut-y flavor to foods, but was very good in a chicken-broccoli-pineapple stir fry!
I started looking for other ways to use my new ingredient and found this delightfully yummy cookie recipe!
It made about 12 large chunky, chewy (dare I say decadent) cookies.
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspon baking soda
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In an electric mixer, beat together coconut oil, eggs, and brown sugar until well mixed.
- Add remaining ingredients, mixing together just until all are incorporated.
- Use a 1/3 cup-measuring cup to form cookies on a cookie sheet.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes, or just until the outside of the cookies have browned.
- Remove to a wire rack to cool.
UPDATE: Opening January 30, 2013, Whole Foods has recently announced a public “Bread Breaking Ceremony” at 7:30AM to welcome Katy residents to its newest location!
Soon, Katy shoppers will be able to shop at Whole Foods Market Inc. locally!
Scheduled to open in 2013, the new 37,000 square foot Whole Foods Market will be located in the Grand Lakes Marketplace commercial center at the east side of Texas 99 at Fry Road. Stein Mart department store and Cost Plus World Market are also scheduled to open there.
Lance LaCour, president/CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council states, “Having a Whole Foods location in our community says that the Katy area has arrived at the top shelf for best grocery stores.”
My daughter, Nina, and I went shopping Sunday at Whole Foods Market in Houston and had the good fortune of meeting the distributor of the Dr. Hauschka Skin Care line.
He introduced us to many of their new products, and gave us samples of their Regenerating Body Moisurizer, Regenerating Serum, Regenerating Day Cream, and Daily Revitalizing Eye Cream. Nina is twenty years old with gorgeous skin and purchased her Dr. Hauschka favorites, the Rose Day Cream and the Clarifying Toner. I purchased the Cleansing Milk, which felt creamy and moisturizing. Dr. Hauschka’s Skin Care uses biodynamically and organically grown plants for their products, and is free of synthetic colors, preservatives and fragrance.
Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream
Dr. Hauschka Clarifying Toner
Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk