Sneaky Recipes for Your Valentine

byMissy

Decadent Recipes for your Loved Ones

Your whole family is going to love them

Planning a romantic dinner for two or a family meal this Valentine’s Day? Make something everyone will love, including the kids!
Start your meal with a refreshing Cucumber-Lime Detox Soda with just 15 calories per serving. It’s like a spa in a glass. And for an adult twist, add your favorite liquor for a little extra punch. Vodka and Gin work well!Cucumber-Lime Detox Soda

Next you’ll be swirling up these tender zucchini “noodles” in delight using my Zucchini Pasta Piccata recipe from my new book Sneaky Blends. The light parsley-lemon sauce with chicken breasts is the perfect compliment to this delicious and well balanced meal. Your kids won’t even ask, “Where’s the pasta?”Zucchini Pasta Piccata

Finally, end the evening indulging in either my Skinny Chocolate Cake or No-Nut Butter Fondue. You can go wrong with either choice, and if you are a chocolate lover like me, you may opt for both, and that’s OK too, because they are healthy!!!

Skinny Chocolate Cake from Sneaky Blends by Missy Chase Lapine Chocolate No-Nut Butter Fondue

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For more recipes like these, check out my new book Sneaky Blends!

 

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Sweet Potatoes – More Weight Friendly than Regular Spuds

byMissy Chase-Lapine

Sneaky Tips about Sweet Potatoes

For starters, they’re way more weight friendly than regular spuds—one cup of white potatoes causes a blood sugar spike-and-crash (leading
to increased hunger and overeating) similar to eating a handful of jelly beans! The higher fiber content in sweet potatoes blunts this effect, while still delivering the filling, satisfying comfort food you crave. That’s why they’re often called the “anti-diabetic” food, because they actually stabilize blood sugar levels.

Sweet potatoes are also loaded with beta-carotene, fiber, B vitamins, calcium, potassium, and iron. And get this: Research has shown that when the cyanidins, peonidins, and other phytonutrients in sweet potatoes pass through your digestive tract, they may lower the possible health risk from toxins like heavy metals (such as lead and mercury that may sneak into your diet) and oxygen radicals.

Sweet Potatoes not only are good for you, but are also extremely versatile and can add much needed nutrients to the every day foods you and your family already eat. Here are 13 ways you can incorporate my Carrot-Sweet Potato Base Blend into your favorite snacks and meals.

  1. Stir them into soups to add creaminess—without the cream.
  2. Use them to replace half the fat and sugar in baked goods, like muffins.
  3. Ditto breakfast items such as pancakes and waffles.
  4. Mix them into nut butters.
  5. Stir them into any red sauces, like marinara or pizza sauces.
  6. Add them to replace some of the cheese in recipes like mac and cheese or quesadillas.
  7. Mix them into store-bought hummus.
  8. Add them to condiments, like ketchup and mustard.
  9. Try them in salad dressings.
  10. Use them in brown gravies.
  11. Whisk them into soups.
  12. Doctor up prepared baked beans with them.
  13. Mix them into meaty dishes, like meatloaf.
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Base Blends

byMissy

6 Sneaky Super Bowl Party Recipes

What if I told you that you could eat some of football fans’ most popular dishes without the guilt?

Sneak in the good stuff on Super Bowl Sunday with these 8 Sneaky Recipes

Football Sundays are a day for fans to indulge themselves in finger foods, sandwiches, and sweet treats.Typically these foods are not the healthiest, especially hot wings, pizza, dips, and good ole’ greasy burgers. These deliciously healthy alternatives will get you game day ready! Packed with added nutrients from hidden veggies but you’ll never know it. You surely won’t be sacrificing any taste here.

Be game day ready with these 8 Sneaky Recipes – shh…your friends and family will never know

Creamy Kale Guac RecipeCreamy Kale Guac – Guacamole is healthy in and of itself, but it’s also one of those calorie-dense foods that can go from a snack to a meal pretty quickly. The blend in this version extends the volume of the dish by 50 percent, while taking down the calories.

Curried Deviled EggsCurried Deviled Eggs – I use Chickpea-Zucchini Base Blend as a stand-in for the mayo in this recipe. It lends a creamy hummus-like texture that makes the eggs healthier and lighter— with half the calories of the standard sat-fat-laden version. If you’re not a curry fan, leave it out; they’ll taste just as yummy without it.

Single Serve Mac and Cheese from Sneaky Blends by Missy Chase LapineMac and Cheese – The secret to this totally diet-friendly version of mac and cheese? The blend and cauliflower florets add volume—so you get to eat more—and I use super flavorful cheeses.

Crab & Artichoke Dip from Sneaky Blends by Missy Chase LapineCrab and Artichoke Dip – This dip is so decadent you almost won’t believe it doesn’t have the cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, and tons of Parm traditional versions have.

Doctor's Choice Chili by the Sneaky Chef Missy Chase LapineDoctor’s Choice Chili – Chili is one of a Sneaky Chef’s best hiding places. As I tested this recipe, I was astonished at the amount of puree that could disappear into this firehouse favorite.

Sneaky Chef Brainy BrowniesBrainy Brownies – It’s hard to believe that brownies can be healthy, but this recipe “ takes the cake.”  My baker friend Karen worked for days with me on this one and cringed every time I wanted to add another sneaky (i.e. wholesome) ingredient, yet I knew it could be done.

SouthWest Turkey Burgers from Sneaky Blends by Missy Chase LapineTurkey Burgers – I’m usually not a fan of turkey burgers; they’re so bland and hockey-puck-like. The spices in my version punch up the flavor and the Black Bean–Blueberry–Baby Kale Base Blend adds moistness and a “beefiness” to the burgers.

Crunchy Kale Crust Pizza from Sneaky Blends by Missy Chase LapineCrunchy Kale Crust Pizza – I’m always on the lookout for a pizza crust that isn’t just a refined carb fest—and this is one of the best I’ve ever had. It’s incredibly good for you in and of itself, not just a delivery system for the sauce and cheese. What’s not to love?

Be sure to stop by my Facebook page Super Bowl Sunday to share a picture of your football spread for a chance to receive an autographed copy of my new book Sneaky Blends! Packed with over 100 hidden veggie recipes.

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Base Blends

byMissy Chase-Lapine

Are you struggling with your New Year’s Resolutions?

Here’s A Resolution You Can Keep

My Blends Cleanse Reboot is so easy and so delicious. Check out the video below for a quick preview and further below you’ll find my 3 Day Reboot and some tips on how to incorporate them into your everyday life to help you maintain both a healthy weight and good nutrition all year long.

Sneaky Blends 3-Day Reboot

If you want to go ahead and begin the 3-Day Reboot right away—perhaps you’ve done it before and know the drill—here are the basic guidelines to follow for the
next few days. More instructions in my book Sneaky Blends that give you more how-what-why details.

Blends Cleanse 3 Day RebootThere are only five simple guidelines to remember for your 3-Day Reboot (which I also call the Blends Cleanse™):

  1. Replace three meals a day with the purees below for three days. Follow the exact recipes and portion sizes, and promise me you won’t skip.
  2. Eat two snacks each day—and dessert. You’ll find the quick-fix recipes later in this chapter.
  3. Stick to the Cleanse Blend options in the meal chart below. They’re designed to give you the right balance of nutrients from a variety of foods over the course of the day. If you only eat one blend, you’ll miss out.
  4. Go ahead and have a cup or two of coffee a day—or caffeinated tea. You can also add a splash of organic milk, unsweetened plant-based milk, and a little raw honey or Stevia. But steer clear of processed stuff like nondairy creamers and sugar (regular sugar or artificial).
  5. Ditch the booze for now.

Couldn’t be easier, right? Oh, and don’t forget to weigh yourself before you start the Reboot and then again on the morning of day four so you can measure your results!

MORE SUCCESS SECRETS

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Sneaky Substitutions for Your Classic Holiday Recipes

byMissy Chase-Lapine

Just as Delicious, Now More Nutritious

We all have our favorite holiday recipes that the family requests every year. If your house is anything like mine, the less healthy they are, the more they are liked. This year you can serve the same recipes with a Sneaky Twist while keeping the flavor and eliminating some unnecessary extra calories and fat.

I am always looking for new tips to add to my list, so please share your healthy cooking tips and tricks in the comment section below.

10 Substitution Tips for Healthier Holiday Recipes

  1. Use my flour blend (1/3 white flour, 1/3 whole wheat, and 1/3 wheat germ) in holiday baking recipes instead of 100% refined white flour for the same great taste and more nutrients. Click for Flour Blend Recipe
  2. In recipes where you use water, use a nutritious liquid instead. Water by itself doesn’t add any nutrients.
    • Milk adds calcium, vitamin D and protein.
    • Blueberry or pomegranate juice adds a concentrated dose of immune-building phytochemicals and a day’s worth of vitamin C.
    • Green tea provides a significant dose of heart-protecting antioxidants and builds immunity.
    • Vegetable broth provides potassium, calcium and all of the essential minerals.
    • Chicken or beef broth adds minerals and protein.Substitute Water in Recipes with Nutrient Rich Liquids
  3. Reduce the butter used in baking recipes dark in color, like brownies, by substituting some of the butter with my purple puree (half and half); a mixture of blueberries and baby spinach. Click for Purple Base Blend Recipe
  4. Reduce the butter used in baking recipes light in color, like sugar cookies, by substituting some of the butter with my white bean puree (half and half); a mixture of blueberries and baby spinach. Click for White Bean Base Blend Recipe
  5. Use pureed white beans in place of the cream in creamy soups. Click for White Bean Base Blend Recipe
  6. In recipes that call for mayonnaise (devlied eggs, dressings, etc.), mix half mayonnaise and half white bean base blend.  Click for White Bean Base Blend Recipe
  7. Add pureed vegetables (white bean base blend) to your holiday mac-n-cheese and a little extra cheese to get that creamy consistency you want.
  8. Add pureed cauliflower to mash potatoes to cut down on the carbs. Click for Cauliflower Base Blend Recipe.
  9. Add green pureed veggies, like my Sweet Pea-Baby Kale Base Blend, to your holiday meatballs, more nutrients and same great taste!
  10. Stir in some green or orange blend to gravy for added nutrients. Click for my gravy recipe!
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Going Green in 2017

byMissy Chase-Lapine

Next year we are all going green, according to the Pantone Color Institute…

While fashion and decor trends are going green according to Color of 2017 Pantone Picks a Spring Shade article by Vanessa Friedman , so are my blends.

My green blends are so delicious and versatile you’ll be adding them to every meal. Slip them in for added nutrients or use as an ingredient replacement to cut some fat.

Green Base Blends:

Broccoli-Pea-Spinach Base Blend - Green Base BlendBroccoli-Pea-Spinach Base Blend

Sweet Pea-Baby Kale Base Blend – full recipe in Sneaky Blends

Sweet Pea Base Blend – full recipe in Sneaky Blends

Recipes with Broccoli-Pea-Spinach Base Blend

 

Broccoli-Cheddar Mini Frittatas

Broccoli-Cheddar Mini Frittatas

Seared Salmon with Dill Sauce – full recipe in Sneaky Blends

Warm Green Basil Blend – full recipe in Sneaky Blends

Pesto Pasta with Roasted Shrimp – full recipe in Sneaky Blends

Pistachio Power Pesto – full recipe in Sneaky Blends

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