Recipes

The Smoothie Recipe from The Iron Guru

The Smoothie Recipe from The Iron Guru

Smoothies and shakes are everywhere these days: green smoothies post yoga, protein smoothies post gym smash, and yogurt smoothies available in the grocery aisle for those on the go. They really are fantastic, as they are quick, versatile, and potentially healthy and delicious. 

You know I'm an old school iron girl at heart, so it makes sense that this recipes is based off Vince Gironda's favorite shake recipe. Read on to see how to make it yours. 

My Favorite Recipes

If you have read my writing or looked at my recipes enough, you know that one of my staple food principles is to make protein the base of your meal. This is usually chicken, fish, beef, or eggs, and it is the backbone, the most delicious part, of the meal. 

I have go-to seasonings and spices to make the meal truly feast worthy, because life is too short to eat bland food. For red meat, I use McCormick's Grill Master Montreal Steak blend. In any kind of boil or stew, I use bay leaves. On almost all else, I use Chef Paul Prudhomme's Magic Seasoning Blends (either Poultry Magic or Seafood Magic). Finally, I end up topping nearly everything with either Tony Chachere's or Zatarain's. Seriously, almost everything. Scrambled eggs, potatoes, vegetables.

Below are some recipe ideas for building a meal from a healthy protein base. Feel free to season liberally. (Pictures are links to recipes.)

 Throw Seafood Magic on this.

Throw Seafood Magic on this.

 Tony Chachere's on this...

Tony Chachere's on this...

 Seafood Magic here too.

Seafood Magic here too.

My favorite chicken recipe 

A splurge worthy steak recipe here

What are your go-to recipes and spices? Mine have a decidedly Louisiana flair so I'd love to hear about yours!

Can Steak on the Stovetop be as Good as Grilled?

Can Steak on the Stovetop be as Good as Grilled?

Steak on the grill is my favorite, and I have it at least once a week. What would I do if I didn’t have a grill? I made it my goal to prepare a steak on the stovetop that is just as delicious as a steak on the grill. Here I try to attempts at Southern Living's Cast Iron Cowboy Steak, and try to answer the question: can a steak on the stovetop be as good as the grill?

Super Bowl Snacks with Light and Hearty Versions

Super Bowl Snacks with Light and Hearty Versions

It’s almost Super Bowl Sunday!! Are you ready for some football???

I am! I love the big game, and I take great pleasure in the whole shebang: the athletes, the plays, commercials, the party, the food.

Food is complicated these days! People tend to fall in two camps: those who are watching what they eat, and those who aren’t. Many people are dieting or trying to lose weight, but let’s be real: people come to a Super Bowl party to eat!

Here are some great party snacks that can be easily modified into a lighter version that’s just as delicious. Psstt…. this is great not only for the Super Bowl, but for any party where you anticipate needing both healthier and heartier options.

Healthy Eating Tips from Indie Plate, a Farm to Table Marketplace

Healthy Eating Tips from Indie Plate, a Farm to Table Marketplace

Baton Rouge based Indie Plate delivers locally grown and harvested food to people's homes. They source only the freshest and tastiest produce, eggs, meat, dairy, fish, and bakery items because they love good food and aim to share it!

Read on for more tips from Maria Oanh Do, including a few I contribute.

Citrus Salmon & Broccoli on Rice

Citrus Salmon & Broccoli on Rice

This meal requires a little bit of time - maybe half an hour?- but it is high in protein, diet friendly, and deeelicious! Absolutely worth it! By being strategic about the food prep, you can time the salmon, broccoli, and rice to be hot and ready to eat about the same time.

The Ultimate Quick and Easy, Protein Packed Southern Breakfast Recipe

The Ultimate Quick and Easy, Protein Packed Southern Breakfast Recipe

As a lifter, however, you must realize you are not like the general population. You need to prioritize getting good workouts, and that includes eating enough beforehand. Try this delicious breakfast to prepare you for a solid workout.

How to Love Vegetables: a Delicious, Healthy Dinner Recipe

How to Love Vegetables: a Delicious, Healthy Dinner Recipe

Fruit is proof that God loves us. Vegetables, on the other hand... yuck. After experimenting with many different vegetables, recipes, and preparation methods, I finally hit the jackpot: baked Brussels sprouts.  

Add in a well seasoned baked chicken, and you've got a complete, healthy dinner.  Try this out and let me know how you like it!  I love to hear other people's cooking tips and tricks!