Wednesday, March 5, 2014

White Truffle Macaroni Casserole

There's nothing like a warm, cheesey maccaroni dish! To keep things healthy I made a Turkey Meat White Truffle Macaroni Casserole.  This dish is easy and most importantly comforting.

The melted, gooey mozarella cheese on top is my absolute favorite. And the rich truffle oil is a nice added treat.



Here's what you'll need: 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 small red, yellow and orange pepper chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely diced mushrooms
  • 1 (14.5 oz can) petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt (like adobo)
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon of white truffle oil
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 oz cooked whole wheat elbows
Directions:

1. In a large non-stick skillet, brown the ground turkey over high heat until cooked through, seasoning with a pinch of salt and pepper and breaking it up into smaller pieces as it cooks.

2. Remove turkey meat from skillet and set aside on a dish. At this point start to boil your elbows in a medium pan with salted water.

3. Add olive oil to the skillet, reduce heat to medium and add the onion, red pepper,  and mushrooms ; sauté until the vegetables soft, about 5 minutes.


4. Return the turkey to the skillet along with the remaining ingredients except for the pasta and cheese.

5. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes. While simmering, heat oven to 350°F. 

6. Spoon just enough of the turkey/vegetable mixture to cover the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Cover with cooked pasta. Spoon remaining sauce mixture evenly over the top and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese.

7. Drizzle 1 teaspooon of white truffle oil over cheese.


8. Cover with foil and bake 50. Remove foil and broil for 5 minutes to get a crispy crust.

 Enjoy!

This recipe is a modified version from skinnytaste.com

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

5 Ways to Repair Dry Hair

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Have you ever noticed that when you wear your hair in a "wash and go" it dries out within a day? You go to bed and the next day your hair is a dry mess--Well, you're not the only one.

Dry hair is extremely common in African-American natural hair. Due to the coily texture of natural hair, it's a lot harder for oils to penetrate the strands.

In a twist out state natural hair is straighter and less defined and allows moisture to penetrate the hair better. We can't wear a twist out all the time, so here are some tips to repairing dry hair by adding moisture.

#1 Apply water to your hair once in the morning and once at night (use part Aloe Vera juice in your water *tip via naptural85)
  • Aloe Vera Juice has some really great benefits for hair! It's known best for it's ability to povide proper hydration and moisture. Also prevents hair loss and dandruff!
#2 Apply oil based hair product to seal in moisture.
  • Other oils such as jojoba oil, coconut oil and olive oil also works well.
#3 Apply a weekly deep conditioning treatment.
#4 Clarify hair once a month.
  • Clarify hair when you notice it getting progressively drier and no longer responding to conditioners or moisturizing products. 
  •  Always follow up with a deep conditioning treatment with a gentle heat source.
#5 Moisturize your ends.
  • People pay a lot of attention to their scalp, but sometimes forget about their ends. The ends are the oldest part of your hair and need the same, if not more attention. You should use your moisturizer at the ends of your hair and tuck them away to protect them as much as possible! 

Oh, and as a bonus DRINK A LOT OF WATER! Nourish your body from the inside out and you will see results!
What are your go to ways to repair dry hair? 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

BOGO 50% OFF Shea Moisture Sale at Walgreens!

Quick--head over to Walgreens.com NOW and take advantage of the Buy One, Get One 50% off deal for all Shea Moisture products!

Here are some of the goodies I just replenished:

This baby detangles like no other conditioner! Tangles just melt away.

Love using this as a deep conditioner!

Great for strengthening hair!

They were all out of the scrub :( BUT this scent is amazing!!

What are some of your favorite Shea Moisture products?? Share with me below!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Top 5 Valentine's Day Hair Styles for Medium Length Natural Hair

T-2 days to go--and the biggest question is "How do I wear my hair?"

Nothing say's Valentine's Day like big hair and sexy up do's! Check out my fav hair do's for your big day. Whether your hanging out with girlfriends, going on a hot date or simply doing something nice for yourself, these style are sure to WOW everyone around you.

TOP 5 FAVORITE:

Style #1: The go-to twist out! What makes this twist out different from the rest is the crazy definition! I love how tight the curls are and how romantic this style looks.
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Style # 2: This elegant braid is the perfect compliment to any outfit on Vday..simply detangle hair, smooth it and get to work! The look is simple, yet chic and very flattering.
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Style # 3: Who doesn't love a blow-out? I like that Solange didn't blow dry her hair bone straight and instead went for a voluminous blow out with waves. This look is easily achievable and perfect for a night out!
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 Style # 4: An effortless, messy bun is perfect for the girl on the run who still wants to have that classic look for her night. This looks compliments most outfits and really shows off your face! You can have some fun with your make-up with this look.

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Style # 5: This bantu knot out is a great look for a fun, flirty style! It's easy to achieve and can be manipulated in a ton of different styles if you don't just want to rock it like a fro. This curl pattern also makes the perfect up-do!

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That's all for now, beauties! Have a beautiful Valentine's Day and remember to give love everyday! 

Tell me what style is your fav below!

xo

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

10 Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

I don't know about you guys but it's been absolutely freezing in NYC for the past 5 months.

Being raised in Florida, I'm a natural sunshine lover. This is my third winter in NYC and I'm officially OVER it. We've had freezing rain, Nor'easters, winter storms and state of emergency's because of this weather.

Talk about bad hair days and lack of motivation to do something cute or (dare I say) try something new (bun girl all day everyday over here).

This post is dedicated to all of you out there who feel me on this awful winter season. If you're tired of bundling up, blasting your heat and not having any cute hair styles, I've got 10 ways for you to beat the winter blues and get through the remainder of the season in some other fun ways.

Check it out:

1. Clothes Matter: 
Nothing like some new cute winter gear...boots, scarves, hats, vests...etc.Online shopping is good for the soul! Get a bright scarf or some funky boots to help you get through winter with a smile!

2. Comfort Foods: 
This might be my favorite of them all! I love cooking...I think of it as my therapy. I've pretty much stayed in the kitchen the past few months whipping up meals for my friends and having good bonding time!


3. Game Night:
Nothing like a fun planned or impromptu game night to get you through your third winter storm of the season!
Had a fun night out in Times Square at Dave & Busters!

4. Making the best:
As awful and depressing as winter can be there is also something very special and whimsical about fresh snow on tree branches and how beautiful it makes a city like NYC look (for the first 5 minutes, before all the attempt of cleaning it up begins.)

5. Book Club:
I was lucky enough to join in on a friends book club last month and it was a phenomenal experience bonding with beautiful, strong, educated women! We read Caucasia by Danzy Senna.

6. Skype It:
Winter time is the best time to catch up with friends and family who might not be near and get some quality facetime with them. Skype is the perfect platform for some winter loving with those you don't get to see often!

7. Work Out:
This winter, I've started working on my consistency in the gym (6 wks in, 4-5 days a wk avg). Doing pretty good and feeling like I'm getting closer to my goal every day.
Nike Free's!

8. Decorate something:
Last weekend, I was totally inspired to build a vanity for my room. I've been planning on doing this for about 2 years now and I finally got my vision together and executed! Talk about in love!

9. Fresh Flowers: 
Flowers are the perfect way to brighten up any room and remind your that spring is just a few months away! 
Courtesy of the perfect guy.

10. Don't be a hermit! 
Go out with friends in your neighborhood, keep it local and fun! Go on a day trip or plan a trip that works well with the weather like skiing!
This past weekend in Jersey!

What are some fun things you do to help you beat the winter blues? 

Let me know below! 

xo

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