'/> Sharing My Joy: January 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Recipe: Hot Toddy

There is something I love about a warm drink in the winter spiked with a little booze - Irish coffee, hot chocolate, cider - they are all favorites by me. They warm you from the inside out! The calories can add up quickly in those though, that's why I love a good Hot Toddy. Lower in calories AND said to relieve the symptoms of a cold or flu! It has been so cold here in Chicago, and it seems like everyone is coming down with something.  It's traditionally made with a mixture of whiskey (bourbon, brandy or rum work too), boiling water, and honey or sugar. Lemon, cinnamon or other spices (cloves, allspice) can also be added. Tea can be used in place of water too. The lemon has vitamin C, the honey soothes and the alcohol numbs! I know it's worked for me before :)

January 11th was official "National Hot Toddy Day", but I will go ahead an unofficially declare the entire month of January as National Hot Toddy Month :) Healthy or not, enjoy a warm Hot Toddy this weekend! And if you are sick, let me know if it helps!

Classic Hot Toddy

1 Tb honey
1 cinnamon stick
1 oz whiskey or bourbon
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
hot water

Put bourbon, honey, cinnamon stick and lemon juice in a mug. Top off with hot water and stir until honey is dissolved.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Recipe: Egg White Muffins with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

I don't know about you, but the new year is always a reminder to get healthy eating back on track. I don't really do resolutions, but January is always a good month to get back into a healthy routine. Eggs are a great healthy breakfast that always keep me full all morning, but I don't always have time to cook them. Enter: egg muffins. This idea is not new, but it was my first time trying them. They are super easy, you can use whatever ingredients you have on hand, and they reheat really well! You could easily use whole eggs, but I chose to buy a carton of egg whites since it was so simple. I chopped up some spinach and broccoli, added some sun-dried tomatoes and of course, some cheese. You could add in meat if you want (bacon, ham, etc) or whatever other combo you'd like. It was great to have these on hand to heat up for breakfast for the whole week!

Egg Muffins (makes 9)

1 carton egg whites
1 cup chopped fresh spinach
1 cup chopped broccoli
4 Tb goat cheese (or whatever cheese you like)
4 Tb sun-dried tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste
any additional ingredients you have on hand!

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin pan with nonstick spray.
2. Distribute veggies and cheese into each muffin tin. Pour egg whites over ingredients so they fill to the top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
3. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until eggs are cooked through.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Recipe: Bacon Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese

Happy New Year! I hope you had a safe and fun New Year's Eve celebrating with friends and family! I brought these little nuggets of delight to the party I went to and they were a hit :) You can't go wrong with these. They are so simple to assemble and a great last minute appetizer if you need one while watching football today!

1 package pitted dates (about 30)
1 package bacon (10 slices), sliced in thirds widthwise
4 oz goat cheese

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. With a knife, stuff date with a small amount of cheese. Wrap bacon around date and secure with toothpick. Arrange on a shallow baking sheet.
2. Place in oven for 10 minutes. Turn dates over with tongs and bake an additional 10 minutes or until bacon is crisp.