Welcome Back to the Wellness Wonderland

Good listen alert: Robyn recently had the pleasure of being interviewed on Wellness Wonderland Radio, a rockin radio show hosted by the lovely and talented Katie Dalebout, who is an up-and-coming leader in the world of health and wellness.

Katie is not only the author of this awesome blog (seriously, bookmark that thing right now!) and the creator of this rad radio show, but she ALSO started a web series called Two Peas in a Pod with her bestie, Jess where they hang out and talk about all things wellness (think HCC, but about health + wellness).

Robyn and Katie chatted about a bunch of stuff like what to eat late at night, easy go-to meals, how labels are stupid, how to love your body (no matter the shape or size), the challenges of  mindful eating–and how to overcome them.

There are some seriously good nuggets in there–you have to tune in!  To listen, just click below.   And to see more of what Katie is all about visit her at The Wellness Wonderland.  Have we mentioned how much we adore her? :)

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Juicing with Joe

Since you love eating healthy and taking care of your body then you’ve probably watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead as Joe Cross regained his health back by juicing for 60 days. It has been 2 years since Joe’s journey and we’re celebrating!

Since touching thousands of lives through his Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead Documentary – Joe wants to inspire even more people with his Reboot With Joe! A website that offers tools, motivation, and support for all the juicers! The best part about it? The yummy green juice recipes!

If you haven’t gotten a chance to watch the documentary – good news! It’s available to watch for free on Hulu and YouTube!

To Go Cup

Join us as we celebrate Joe’s amazing journey, as well as the many thousands that are joining him! In honor of this celebration – we are giving away Joe’s To-Go Cup!

Here’s how you enter:

1. Follow us on Twitter (if you have an account) @Cooking_Camp

2. Leave a comment below and tell us if you are juicing and what your favorite juice recipe is.

We will pick a winner at random by Monday, June 24th  – GO!

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Quinn’s Favorite Birthday Meal

Hi Everybody, Quinn here.  It’s my birthday week so I’m taking over the blog to share one of my all time favorite meals. But first, let’s travel back in time and space to Easton, PA in the 1980s, where I grew up.

Back in the day, when it came to going out for dinner there was just one game in town: Pizza D’Oro.  Pretty much every special event in life started or ended at Pizza D (as the cool kids called it).

Their specialty is Sicilian pizza which had the most perfectly salted, fluffy, thick crust, next came a layer of creamy cheese baked right into the dough and topped with a layer of sweet, sweet tomato sauce.  The whole thing is perfection.

But since I can’t get down with the gluten anymore it’s been nearly 3 years since I’ve been able to partake in a perfect Pizza D slice of heaven.  At first it seemed like special occasions and homecomings were destined to be a little less special [sad face].  That is, until I created this recipe. It’s tastes so close to the real thing it’s like eating a slice of home.  In fact, you know what, it might even taste better!

On my birthday all I want is a little taste of home, a moment to stop and remember the good times and with this meal, I can finally have the pizza party in my mouth I’ve been missing these last few years.

So for all of you GF babes out there– this one is for all of us!

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Quinn’s Happy Place Pizza
Servings: 4
Time: 30 minutes

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  • 1 cup chickpea/garbanzo bean flour
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (optional)

Pizza Sauce

  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled + diced (the smaller the cubes, the quicker it will cook)
  • Water or chicken stock (about 2 cups, depending on size of your eggplant/ pot)
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons yellow raisins (or 1 handful)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Italian herbs
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

Directions

Preheat the oven to 450 F.

Pour 1-1/3 cups water into a medium bowl and slowly whisk in the chickpea flour.  Add salt, pepper and garlic (if using) and allow it to stand at room temperature for as long as possible, at least 30 minutes.

Heat a 10-inch, oven safe (meaning, it does not have a plastic handle that will melt in the oven) non-stick skillet on medium high heat.  Add in the extra virgin olive oil then pour in the chickpea batter and allow it to cook for about 30-60 seconds until the edges harden.  Do not flip.

Place skillet in oven for about 25 minutes, until crisp around the edges and light golden brown.

Allow it to cool for a couple minutes, then place it on a large dinner plate or cutting board before slicing it into pieces.

Have some left overs?  Store any extra pieces in the fridge then pop them in the toaster oven to warm up before eating.

While the crust is cooking, make the sweet tomato sauce

In a medium-sized pot, pour in your extra virgin olive oil and sauté the onions with garlic , salt and pepper over medium-high heat until onions are translucent (about 2 minutes).

Add diced eggplant to the pot, stir to combine then add water/stock.  It should go half way up the eggplant.  I recommend mashing the eggplant with a potato masher or fork to help the eggplant break down more quickly or you can skip this step and it will just take another minute or two to cook.

Cook over medium-high heat until the eggplant browns and begins to soften, about 5-6 minutes.  Add the tomato paste, herbs, and raisins.  Mix well and bring to a boil.  Then turn off heat and allow the flavors to marry as it cools.

To prepare the Pizza,  I recommend pre-cutting the crust then slathering each individual piece with a ton of  sauce.

**RECOMMENDATION** Serve this with some salad greens tossed in Magic Lemon Dressing and a hefty sprinkle of nutritional yeast, this will bring the cheese-y flavor.  Get some greens in each bite and it is a total sweet and savory Italian feast.

 

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Best Of: What Do You Eat?!

Over the past several months we’ve been shooting videos with some of the biggest names in the wellness world and asking them, “What Do You Eat?!”, and we have gotten some amazing and innovative ideas!

In case you missed them, take a look at some of the favorites so far.  We asked Spirit Junkie, Gabby Bernstein, Fitness Expert, Amanda Russell and Celebrity Yoga & Pilates Instructor, Kristin McGee.

We’ll say one thing: These ladies know how to chow down!

The best thing about these videos is that they each share one of their favorite fast snacks.  And trust us, they are gooood.

Check them out!  Are you surprised by what they eat?  Who else would you like to see featured here?  But most importantly, WHAT DO YOU EAT?  Tell us everything over on the blog!

 What Do You Eat, Gabrielle Bernstein?

What Do You Eat, Kristin McGee?

What Do You Eat, Amanda Russell?

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Resolutions: We’ll Tell You Ours If You Tell Us Yours

Oh hey, what’s up, 2013?  We have a good feeling about you… but let’s start this thing right with some legit, realistic resolutions.

Here’s the thing, every year people make impossible-to-keep New Year’s Resolutions.  The problem?  They come up with super vague, long term goals but leave out the whole actionable-steps part of the equation.  In other words, they have a “what” but leave out the “how”.  Rookie mistake :)

At HCC we are ALLL about the how.  Like, in our online cooking program, we don’t just tell you what to cook, we truly teach you how to cook.

Even though we both cook constantly we are always on the quest to learn more about food, make better meals and try new things.  So this year, we came up with a couple (just a couple!) little things that we want to accomplish in the kitchen.

Most of all, we want to hear from you!!!  What are YOUR New Year’s {Cooking} Resolutions?  What do you want to try?  What recipes have you been wanting to make?  What cooking goals do you have for yourself?

Please Share!!!

 

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