Thursday, February 13, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls

We love protein! Not only is it yummy and filling, but eating enough protein helps to build collagen, which helps the skin appear (and feel) supple. Proteins are necessary for tissue repair and for the construction of new skin tissue. Every skin cell needs protein to maintain its life. Protein is also the primary substance used to “replace” worn-out or dead skin cells.  In other words, getting enough protein in your diet will help you maintain youthful skin! Which is why we were super excited when we came across this recipe for Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls. The combo of quinoa and chicken give it a double dose of protein! So go ahead and make this your next meal, your skin will thank you for it!

 

chipotle chicken bowl recipe

Ingredients:

honey chipotle chicken
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tablespoons adobo sauce, from a can of chipotles in adobo
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey mustard
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
4 garlic cloves, minced

 

salad
6 cups spring greens
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup torn fresh cilantro
4 green onions, sliced
1 avocado, sliced
1 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 tablespoon honey

 

lime quinoa
1/2 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1 cup low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock, or even water
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 lime, juiced and zest freshly grated
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

 

Directions:

Add the chicken breasts to a baking dish or ziplock bag and season with salt and pepper. In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, adobo, honey, mustards, cilantro and garlic. Pour the marinade over the chicken, covering it evenly. Place it in the fridge and marinate for at least 2 hours, or even overnight.

 

When you’re ready to make the meal, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add a tiny bit of olive oil and add the chicken, then cover the skillet and cook until the chicken is deeply browned on both sides and cooked in the center, about 6 minutes per side.

 

To make the salads, add the greens in a large bowl and toss them with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Add the chicken on top along with the quinoa, the tomatoes, cilantro, green onions and avocado. Drizzle the bowl with the lime juice, olive oil and honey. Serve!

 

lime quinoa
Add the quinoa and stock (or water) to a saucepan over high heat and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Cook for about 15 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Stir in the coconut oil (you can swap butter), lime juice, zest, salt and pepper.

 

Source: How Sweet It Is

Friday, February 7, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: Strawberry Coconut Chia Seed Banana Bread

If you are looking for a dose of incredible nutrition with your carb fix, we’ve found it for you… Strawberry Coconut Chia Seed Banana Bread! We were bowled over by the long list of delicious and nutritious ingredients. Just about all of the ingredients in this bread are great for your skin, especially chia seeds! These little seeds are intensely anti-inflammatory, calming and antioxidant rich, which means that they are helpful in restoring vital moisture, diminishing redness and inhibiting wrinkles. We will be helping ourselves to a slice of this skinful treat… join us!
strawberry coconut chia seed bread
Ingredients

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup ripe mashed banana (about 2-3 bananas)
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted and cooled
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg
1/4 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk (soy, coconut, or skim also work)
3/4 cup diced organic ripe strawberries
1/4 cup smashed organic raspberries (or you can use more strawberries)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut, plus 3 tablespoons for topping (sweetened is fine, too)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2-4 strawberries, sliced for topping

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 9-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

 

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In a seperate large bowl, beat together banana, brown sugar, egg, coconut oil vanilla, yogurt, and almond milk until smooth and creamy. Slowly add dry mixture to wet ingredients, and mix until combined. Gently fold strawberries, raspberries, coconut and chia seeds into the batter.
Place batter in prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle top evenly with 3 tablespoons of coconut. Place sliced strawberries over the top of the bread. Bake for 50-65 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 20 minutes, then remove from pan and return to wire rack to finish cooling. Bread is even better the next day (they always are). Bread will stay fresh for a few days when wrapped tightly.

 

Source: Ambitious Kitchen

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: Sweet Potato, Kale, and Corn Chowder

One of our favorite parts about the cool winter months is curling up with a bowl of hearty soup… and we just stumbled across a recipe for a GREAT one; Sweet Potato, Kale, and Corn Chowder! This tasty soup has so much to offer your skin. We’ve already raved to you about the skin benefits of sweet potatoes, but now we get to tell you a bit about kale! This nutritional powerhouse has Vitamin C which helps you make the collagen needed for skin strength, Copper which boosts the synthesis of melanin (a pigment that protects your skin from the sun), and Vitamin A which promotes healthy cell growth, including the cells that make up the dermis and epidermis of your skin! We can’t wait to DIG IN!

 

sweet potato kale corn chowder

 

Ingredients:

2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2″ cubes

2 shallots, diced

1 medium leek, cleaned and sliced (round)

1 bunch of curly kale, chopped

3 cups of frozen or fresh corn

3 cloves of garlic

3 cups of low sodium vegetable broth

3 cups of water (more to preference)

1/4 teaspoon sea salt (more to taste)

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon coconut oil

 

Instructions:

In large, heavy bottomed soup pan sauté diced shallots and coconut oil over medium/low heat until softened.

 

Add garlic, sweet potatoes, sea salt, pepper, cinnamon and sauté an additional minute.

 

Add vegetable broth and water, cook until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork.  Add leeks and cook an additional two minute.

 

Use an immersion blender (or transfer to a standing blender) to rough puree the soup.

 

Add kale, corn and cook until kale is softened.  Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

 

Serve hot!  Enjoy!

 

Source: A House In The Hills

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: The Clear Skin Smoothie

We love all things juice!  With how busy our weeks are here in the SkinOwl nest, it’s one of our favorite ways to fill up on some nutrients on-the-go. And when we stumbled upon this smoothie recipe we couldn’t believe our luck, two of our favorite things (clear skin and smoothies) combined into one! This fantastic drink is full of nutrients like Vitamins C and E, Beta-Carotene, and Omega-3 fats… all of which are amazing for keeping your skin radiant and healthy! Naturally, we couldn’t resist sharing! Drink up and enjoy!
clear skin smoothie drink recipe

Friday, January 3, 2014

Feed Your Beauty: Black Bean, Pomegranate and Avocado Salsa

Our mouths began to water the second we read the title of this recipe! This colorful combo mixes some of our favorite flavors into an absolutely skinful (and low calorie) salsa! It would be a crime if we didn’t share this recipe for Black Bean, Pomegranate and Avocado Salsa with you! Both black beans and pomegranates are super high in antioxidants which, as you know, do wonders for your skin, such as helping with issues like age spots, hyperpigmentation, acne flare-ups, and acne scars. But wait… there’s more… avocados are not only a delicious and filling treat for the tongue, they are great for skin complexion! They are full of vitamins which help to hydrate dry, red, itchy, and irritated skin.  So go ahead and dig into this skinful snack! We’ll join you!

black bean pomegranate avocado salsa recipe

Ingredients:

1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups pomegranate arils
1 small jalapeño, minced, seeds removed
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 large avocado, diced
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Tortilla chips, for serving

 

Directions:

In a medium bowl, combine black beans, pomegranate arils, jalapeño, onion, cilantro, avocado, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Gently stir. Serve with tortilla chips.

 

Note-This salsa is best the day is made.

 

Source: Two Peas and Their Pod

Friday, December 20, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Sugared Cranberries

We are starting to reach our sugar limit this holiday season BUT not before we serve some Sugared Cranberries at our Christmas Party! These tiny treats are just too cute to pass up. PLUS cranberries are a natural antioxidant which can help to regenerate, moisturize and brighten the skin! So go ahead and give these easy-to-make cuties a try! A couple more bites of sugar won’t hurt…
sugared cranberries simple recipe
Ingredients

1 cup + ⅓ cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 cup fresh cranberries

Instructions:

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water. Cook until sugar dissolves, then remove from heat and allow syrup to cool to room temperature. (If you want to cool it quickly, pour it into a large mixing bowl and stick it in the fridge or freezer).
Spread remaining ⅓-cup sugar on a plate. Stir cranberries into the cooled syrup, then use a slotted spoon to fish them out, letting excess syrup drip off. Roll the cranberries around in the sugar. Let them sit there for about 30 minutes, until sugar hardens.

 

Source: Foodess

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Gingersnap Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwiches

It just wouldn’t be the holiday season without a little peppermint treat! So when we found this recipe for Gingersnap Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwiches we had to roll our tongues back in our mouths! Not only is this the perfect holiday treat BUT it is made with coconut milk which is simply skin-ful! Coconut milk is rich in vitamins A and C, calcium, iron and natural proteins, all of which contribute to smooth and radiant skin! It hydrates dry skin, improves skin elasticity, and you can even use the leftover coconut milk as a natural make-up remover by mixing it with some coconut oil! So go ahead and indulge in this incredible dessert!
gingersnap peppermint ice cream sandwiches
Ingredients:

14-ounce can regular coconut milk
14-ounce can light coconut milk
½ cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
Soft ginger molasses cookies

4 candy canes or assorted peppermint candies

 

Instructions:

The night before serving, make the ice cream: In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cans coconut milk, ½ cup honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 2 teaspoons peppermint extract. Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker (or make it without the machine). Transfer to a sealable container and freeze overnight.

 

Make the ginger cookies. To make mini cookies as pictured above, roll dough into into ¾ to 1-inch balls. Cool cookies completely before assembly.

 

To assemble, crush the candy canes by placing them in a sealable bag and crushing with a rolling pin. On each cookie, spread some peppermint ice cream; top with another cookie. Roll the outside of the ice cream with peppermint candies (or use your fingers to line the ice cream). Freeze in a sealable container. Serve frozen within a few minutes from removing from the freezer.

 

Source: A Couple Cooks

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

It’s winter and we are warming our bellies with comfort foods….like soup! We found a creamy, delicious, and nutritious recipe for Creamy Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup that we just had to pass along.  This soup offers a beta-carotene double dose, which means that by eating this soup you will be helping your skin combat free radicals which can result in skin aging! So cozy up to a big bowl of orange goodness. You’ll be glowing in no time, inside and out!

creamy carrot and sweet potato soup recipe

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons butter, divided
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 3/4 cups cubed peeled sweet potatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds)
3 1/2 cups water
3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
3 cups chopped carrot (about 1 pound)
1/4 cup half-and-half
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

 

Instructions:

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion to pan; cook 4 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in cinnamon and nutmeg; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Move onion mixture to side of pan; add remaining 2 tablespoons butter to open space in pan. Increase heat to medium-high; cook 1 minute or until butter begins to brown. Add sweet potatoes, 3 1/2 cups water, broth, and carrot; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 35 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

 

Place half of soup mixture in a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat procedure with remaining soup mixture. Stir in half-and-half, salt, and pepper. Ladle about 1 cup soup into each of 8 bowls; top each serving with about 2 teaspoons sour cream and 3/4 teaspoon parsley.

 

Source: My Recipes

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pies

Ummmm… who could possibly resist the cuteness of these Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pies?! Certainly not us! Fall is here, Thanksgiving is just a couple days away, and all of that equals PUMPKIN PIE! We’re getting creative and serving them in adorable mini versions to all of our T-giving guests. Fun Skin Fact: Pumpkin is full of carotenoids, which is a wrinkle-fighting plant pigment that helps to neutralize free radicals in the skin, keeping them from damaging the cells that fast-forward aging. In other words, cuteness + good for your skin = a SkinOwl approved treat!

vegan mini pumpkin pies

Ingredients

 

for the filling:

1 cup original Almond Breeze Almond Milk

3 tablespoons corn starch

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon alspice

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon salt

optional – 2 more teaspoons maple syrup

 

for the pies:

this recipe for vegan pie dough

crushed pecans for garnish

optional-coconut whip, or whipped topping of choice

 

Instructions

Make your pie dough and set it in the fridge to chill while you make the filling. (note-leave in the fridge if you’re not going to assemble pies right away. Dough will harden the longer it chills. If it gets too hard, let sit at room temp and it’ll become more pliable).

 

In a small (unheated) saucepan, combine almond milk, corn starch. Whisk until it’s combined and all lumps are incorporated. Add maple syrup, then bring to a simmer over low to medium-low heat. Whisk continuously until the mixture thickens and looks like the above photo. (about 2 minutes).

 

Turn the heat off, whisk in the pumpkin puree, coconut oil, vanilla, spices, salt, and a little bit more maple syrup. (Taste and adjust spices & sweetness if you want to).

 

Set aside, and let cool to room temp. (chill in the fridge if you’re not going to assemble pies right away).

 

Roll/form pie dough into mini tart pans, regular muffin pans, or mini muffin pans. (note – mini muffin pans are the easiest – just use your fingers to press a small ball of dough into each muffin cup – you will have delicious 2-bite pies).

 

In a 350 degree oven, pre-bake dough for 8-12 minutes or until it’s just barely not raw. Remove from oven, let cool slightly, then spoon in the filling and sprinkle with a few crushed pecans. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until the top sets & turns darker orange. Remove, let cool, and refrigerate for 8-24 hours until fully chilled and set.

 

Garnish with coconut whip cream and a dusting of cinnamon.

 

Source: Love and Lemons

Monday, November 18, 2013

Feed Your Beauty: Pumpkin Dream Cake

There are cakes and then there is THIS. We’d like to introduce the Pumpkin Dream Cake. Creamy, cozy and incredibly worth it. Of course, maybe like you, we just can’t get enough of Pumpkin treats for the fall/winter season. Not only do we love the smell and taste of pumpkin BUT Pumpkin is filled with vitamins C, E, and A, as well as powerful enzymes that help to cleanse the skin! So when came across this recipe for Pumpkin Dream Cake, not only did we have to pass it along to you, but we are definitely going to be serving it at our Thanksgiving table!

 
Pumpkin dream cake

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk

 

12 oz (1 1/2 packages) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cinnamon
6 cups powdered sugar

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 300°F. Grease 3, 8-inch round cake pans. Set aside.

 

In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

 

In a large bowl/stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla, pumpkin and vegetable oil. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk.

 

Divide batter evenly into prepared pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove pans from oven and immediately place in freezer for 45 minutes. (This keeps the cake moist by immediately stopping the baking so the cake does not continue to bake when you remove it form the oven.)

 

For the frosting: In a large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon. Add confectioners’ sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high until frosting is smooth.

 

Assemble the 3 layers with a thick layer of frosting in between each layer. Then apply a thin crumb coat on the top and sides. Pop back in the freezer to harden the crumb coat for about 10 minutes.

 

Apply one final thick and even layer around the outside of the cake. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

 

Source: The Novice Chef