Tuesday, September 25, 2012

No-Bake Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

I love a quick recipe and this can't get any quicker! This cheesecake is very light but full of pumpkin flavor :)


  • 7 oz 1/3 less fat Philadelphia Cream Cheese

  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin (canned is fine)

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, unpacked

  • 8 oz Cool Whip Free, thawed (I bought two so I had some to top on each slice)

  • 9 inch reduced fat Graham Cracker Crust

In a large bowl using an electric mixer, whip cream cheese, pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and brown sugar for a few minutes until fluffy. Add Cool Whip and whip until smooth. Spoon mixture into pie crust and chill for a few hours, until firm.

adapted from Skinnytaste

Pumpkin Seed Encrusted Tilapia with Roasted Broccoli Rabe and Sweet Potato Hash

Happy Fall! :) My last post was September 5th and I started class September 4th so please excuse my disappearance!!! I went from having so much time before school to now only having Monday and the weekends available to make dinner and even my weekends have been hectic lately! Since I finally took some time away from homework to make dinner here is a healthy fall recipe that you have to try! It had to be a quick simple meal because I had to get back to my studying so I promise it's easy to make!

Pumpkin Seed Encrusted Tilapia


  • 2 tbsp raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp panko crumbs
  • 1 tsp dry parsley
  • course salt such as kosher
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • 4 pieces tilapia filets
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • olive oil spray  


 Grind the pumpkin seeds in a food processor or coffee grinder. Combine crushed pumpkin seeds, panko, parsley, pinch of salt and fresh pepper and set aside.

Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with foil for easy clean up. Drizzle 1/4 tsp oil on each tilapia filet. Rub over fish to coat, season with salt and pepper and top with crushed garlic.
 Add crumbs to the top, mist with a little oil and place in the center of the oven.
 Bake for 15 minutes or until fish is cooked through, then broil for 1 - 2 minutes, or until crumbs are golden (be careful not to burn! You really need to watch them). 

served with Roasted Broccoli Rabe

  • 1 large bunch broccoli rabe, tough stems removed
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Heat oven to 400°. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. When water boils, add broccoli rabe and blanch one minute. Remove from water and DRAIN WELL in a colander.

Add to a baking dish and mix with garlic, oil, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes. Roast 15-20 minutes. SOOO YUMMY :)

Adapted from Skinnytaste

And a Sweet Potato Hash

  •  2 Large Sweet Potatoes (cubed)
  • 2 tbsp of oil
  • 1 clove of garlic chopped
  • Salt + Pepper
  • Garlic Chili spice to add a kick to it 
Heat oil in a large  covered skillet. Once hot add all the ingredients above and cover the skillet to help steam the potatoes. Cook and stir about 8 minutes or until potatoes are tender.



Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Detox (Day 2)

Fresh Green Drink:

I'm definitely having a more difficult time getting this juice down than the first but I don't feel hungry. Yesterday I only ate 2oz of almonds and a 4oz plain piece of chicken. Today I ate a 6oz piece of plain chicken and steamed broccoli. (I put some fresh lemon juice to help out the taste!)


Apple, Celery, Cucumber, Ginger, Parsley, Spinach.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

End of Summer Detox (Day 1)

After an amazing summer with family, friends, food, and alcohol, I decided it's time for a Fall detox. I have never done a detox before so this will be quite interesting! I found this 3 day cleanse from Lauryn on The Skinny Confidential, which she used from Juicers in Solana Beach, CA. Since we don't have access to a Juicers I decided to make it on my own. Brian (The best boyfriend ever) bought me a GE Juicer to make the process easier, but you can also use a regular blender to make the juice. It just needs to be a larger blender and not a magic bullet size. You can find more information about Juice Fasting here.

For the 3 day detox you make 64 oz of juice and you drink 8oz every hour with a glass of water in between each hour starting around 9am and ending at 4pm. You may have 6oz of lean protein and a large handful of steamed vegetables once in the day. But you can also split the 6oz of protein into 4 oz of chicken and 2oz of almonds, which is what I did. It's really up to you. You are also allowed herbal tea's with the detox.

Juice 1 consists of  
Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Carrots, Beets, Celery, Apples, and Lemons.
Day 1 pictures:

I'm just about half way done for today and I'm feeling good! I did get a little hungry so I snacked on some almonds. I also had a Bigelow Green Tea. Only complaint is how often I have to pee! ;) I will post day 2 juice tomorrow and if you would like the information sheet email me at kathryn.pember@gmail.com!