Guess Who’s Gunna Be Featured on the Front of Cheerios Boxes?

Yep, You Guessed it…Me….


I am one of the winners for the Expressions of Hunger Video Contest who will be featured on the front of  Cheerios Boxes, sold exclusively at nationwide ShopRite stores this Fall 2010!

The Expressions of Hunger Video Contest focused on sharing emotions, thoughts and feelings through music, poetry, performance, art and storytelling to enlighten others about hunger in our community.

I am looking forward to my Cheerios photo shoot and I’ll be sure to let you all know when my picture and name are in the cereal aisles!


Keeping in line with my cereal theme of the day, I thought I’d share with you a tasty breakfast idea that is an easy go-to-snack and convenient on-the-go breakfast idea…Enjoy!

Amie’s Homeade ‘Oaties’ Bars

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup rice milk
  • 1 Tbsp. ground flax seed or wheat germ
  • 2 Eggland’s Best egg whites or egg substitute
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from a large orange)
  • 1 tsp. orange peel zest
  • 1 tsp. vanilla (gluten free)
  • 2 Tbsp. raw cacao or dark chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • Dash of sea salt

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl and blend well.
  • In a separate bowl, combine rice milk, egg whites, orange juice, vanilla, and applesauce.
  • Combine dry and wet ingredients; mix well.
  • Spread mixture evenly onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake until edges are crispy and brown.
  • Cut into bars.




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Dairy Free Brown Rice n’ Cranberry Pudding

I love creating recipes on Sunday evenings, especially in the wintertime…there’s something about Sunday nights that is so cozy and warm…it makes me want to relax and unwind in my kitchen while creating a new recipe.  Last night, I opted for a naturally sweetened dairy-free, gluten-free brown rice pudding with dried cranberries…the end result was fabulous and it was the perfect way to end my extra ‘sweet’ birthday week…

Ingredients

  • 4 cups brown rice, cooked
  • 2 cups rice milk
  • 1/2 cup stevia
  • 3 tsp. orange zest
  • 3 Tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp. macadamia nuts, mashed
  • 1 Tbsp. dark chocolate shavings
  • 1/8 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. chili powder

Directions

  • In a medium size saucepan over medium heat, combine cooked brown rice and rice milk.  Slowly add stevia; mix well until rice forms a creamy texture.
  • Add orange zest, juice and dried cherries; continue to stir for 10-15 minutes or until cranberries plump.
  • Transfer pudding to serving dishes.
  • Serve warm with a sprinkle of mashed macadamia nuts, dark chocolate shavings, cinnamon and chili powder.
  • Enjoy!

Cherry-Almond Bran Jingle Balls

It’s time to Deck the Halls with these cute little bite-sized jingle balls.  These are incredibly easy to make and are sure to please your guests this holiday season.  Whether it’s at your Hanukkah table, your Christmas feast or your New Year’s Eve bash…be sure to whip up these adorable cherry almond balls, which are packed with fiber and naturally sweetened with dried cherries, unsweetened coconut and almonds.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups bran flake cereal
  • ¾ cup dried cherries
  • ½ cup almonds, toasted
  • 3 Tbsp. honey or agave nectar
  • 2 Tbsp. silken Nasoya Tofu
  • 2 tsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. wheat germ

Directions

  • Place bran cereal, cherries and almonds in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add honey, tofu and orange juice; pulse until a stiff dough forms.
  • Scoop tablespoon-size portions and shape with greased hands into balls. Roll each ball in coconut and wheat germ.
  • Place on wax paper. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving or storing.

Orange-Infused Eggplant with Basil and Greek Yogurt

I’ve always been a huge fan of eggplant…it reminds me of my Pop Pop, my father’s father, who made the most amazing eggplant parm I have ever tasted.  Giving his recipe a bit of a twist minus the gluten and dairy, I decided to whip up this tasty eggplant dish last night after purchasing four beautiful purple eggplants and a fresh orange from my corner farm stand.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium Eggplants
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. White balsamic vinegar
  • 4 Fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 2 tsp. Chili powder
  • 2 tsp. freshly grated orange peel
  • Juice from 1 fresh medium orange
  • Greek yogurt
  • Sea Salt and freshly ground white pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Slice eggplants lengthwise.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt and set aside for 15 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl combine chili powder, orange zest, orange juice, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and olive oil.
  • Brush the olive oil mixture on the eggplants.
  • Roast in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • When eggplants are soft, remove from oven and place on a serving dish with a dollop of Greek yogurt on top.
  • Sprinkle with basil, additional sea salt and pepper; serve immediately.

Stonyfield Oikos Recipe: Orange Zest Chicken Gyros

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I have been eager to share with all of you my fabulously delicious Oikos Greek yogurt recipe for the Stonyfield Oikos contest.

I created this yummy recipe last week.  As all of you know, I am a huge fan of Oikos Greek yogurt and always have at least one container in my fridge at all times.  It’s incredibly versatile and I often use Oikos in my morning breakfast, afternoon smoothies, lunchtime tuna salads and evening marinades.

This time around, I opted for creating a fun ‘finger-food’ meal, which is perfect for lunch or dinner.  If you are a vegetarian, feel free to substitute the chicken with tofu, seitan or another alternative.


Ingredients

  • 1 lb. skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 Tbsp. Oikos Greek plain yogurt
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • Juice of 1 small orange
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced
  • 5 scallions, chopped
  • 5 pitas (without pockets)
  • 1 Tbsp. dried cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp. curry powder
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup baby portabello mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. orange zest
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Yogurt Dressing

  • 2 (16  ounce containers) Oikos Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. spicy mustard
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • Dash of olive oil

Directions:

  • In a large bowl, whisk garlic, orange juice, orange zest, vinegar, oil and cilantro.  Slowly add chicken and rub to ensure coating of the marinade.  Cover and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Pour a dash of olive oil into a large skillet, cook chicken fully; toss to ensure even cooking.
  • Once chicken is fully cooked, set aside to cool and slice onto a serving platter.  Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
  • Place each pita in a skillet sprayed with cooking spray; heat for 10-15 seconds per side over medium heat.
  • Top each pita with chicken, tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, scallions and dressing.
  • Enjoy!

Directions for Yogurt Dressing:

  • Strain yogurt with a cheese cloth over a medium sized bowl; let sit overnight to release moisture.
  • Shred zucchini and carrots.
  • Combine yogurt, shredded zucchini, shredded carrots, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper; mix well.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Drizzle olive oil on top before serving.

Be sure to visit the Oikos Facebook fan page at: http://www.facebook.com/oikos and the Oikos website here for more tasty Greek yogurt recipes.



Tofu Macadamia Stuffed Squash

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Last weekend, while visiting the Union Square Green Market, I purchased a few acorn squash in hopes to prepare a stuffed squash dish this week.  After browsing through the endless pages of my cookbooks, there was not one stuffed squash recipe that stood out to me…Story of my life, and we all know what happens next…Yep, you guessed it… Amie digging through the pantry and refrigerator for ingredients to toss into a yummy acorn squash.

I stumbled upon a container of dried cranberries, a bag of macadamia nuts (from my nut splurge last week at Whole Foods) and a fresh orange.  Hmmm, I thought…with a quick trip to the corner market I purchased some fresh mushrooms and before I knew it I was in my kitchen chopping away and creating a healthy squash masterpiece.  I didn’t have any rice in my pantry, however, I did have a nice firm block of tofu in my fridge, which I thought would be a perfect way to bulk up my stuffing and add a nice protein kick, as well.

After a few minutes of mixing and experimenting…I was ready to stuff my squash and pop it back into the oven for a hearty, warm dinner.  The end result: Perfecto.  A ’10’ in my book for sure…and if you happen to purchase a few acorn squash this fall, be sure to stuff ’em with my tasty Tofu n’ Cranberry Stuffing.

Acorn squash is a good source of dietary fiber and potassium along with smaller doses of vitamins C and B, manganese and magnesium.  It’s an easy squash to pick out at the market due to it’s cute ‘acorn’ shape and harvest green skin, which is speckled with orange patches and pale yellow-orange flesh.  Acorn is one of my favorite varieties of winter squash because of its sweet and nutty flavor combination.  Do you enjoy acorn squash?  If so, what’s your favorite way to prepare it? I’m interested to hear your thoughts.

Ingredients

  • 4 small acorn squash, halved and seeded
  • 1 block Nasoya Firm Tofu, pressed and cubed
  • 3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. agave nectar
  • 4 cups whole grain/ gluten-free bread cubes
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp. dried cilantro
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 Tbsp. spicy mustard
  • 2 cups yellow onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice (from a small orange)
  • 1/2 tsp. orange peel zest
  • Dash of sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • On a baking pan, drizzled with olive oil, place squash halves cut side down.  Add 3/4’’ of water and bake for 45 minutes or until tender.
  • Marinate tofu in balsamic vinegar, spicy mustard, agave nectar and orange juice.
  • In a large pot, sauté onions and mushrooms in the olive oil; cook for 2-3 minutes.  Slowly add spices and vegetable stock.
  • Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Slowly add tofu, orange juice, balsamic vinegar and bread cubes; sauté for another 4-6 minutes; remove from heat.
  • Add in macadamia nuts, dried cranberries, basil, cilantro, orange zest , sea salt and pepper; mix well.
  • Transfer the filling into the baked squash halves and return to the oven to bake for another 20 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

Grilled Tofu and Corn Salad

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This is a wonderful cool, summertime salad that I love to make…the crunchiness of the peanuts and grapes add the perfect texture to this healthy meal.

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 3 ears corn, husks and silks removed
  • 1 block extra-firm tofu, drained, pressed and cubed
  • 1/3 cup red onions, chopped
  • 1 cup red grapes
  • Large bed of spinach greens
  • 2 Tbsp. peanuts

Dressing:

  • 1 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • Dash of ground white pepper and Nu-Salt
  • 1/2 avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 4 Tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice

Directions

  • In a food processor/blender puree orange juice and avocado.  Add the Greek yogurt, basil, honey and pepper. Process until smooth.
  • Spray grill with cooking spray and pre-heat grill.
  • Season the tofu with Nu-Salt and pepper.  Thread tofu onto metal skewers; leave a 1/3”  between each piece.  Cook for 4 minutes per side. Remove the skewers and transfer to a large bowl.
  • Cook the corn in a large pot of boiling water for 4 minutes. Remove and place on teh grill for 6 minutes; turning often until the corn shows golden brown spots.  Set aside to cool.  Slice the kernels off the cobs and add to the bowl with the tofu.  Add in the tomatoes, red grapes, peanuts and onions.
  • Toss gently with the dressing.
  • Serve over a bed of fresh spinach greens.
  • Enjoy!