Author: The Real Optimist

Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast

INGREDIENTS 1 cup mashed fresh strawberries 1/2 cup white sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 cup water 1 cup milk 6 eggs 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 cup white sugar 8 slices bread, cut in half diagonally 1 teaspoon butter 8 sliced fresh strawberries 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar for […]

Spicy Thai Basil Chicken with Asian Brussel Sprouts

SPICY THAI BASIL CHICKEN Ingredients: 1/3 cup chicken broth 1 tablespoon oyster sauce 1 tablespoon soy sauce, or as needed 2 teaspoons fish sauce 1 teaspoon white sugar 1 teaspoon brown sugar 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, coarsely chopped 1/4 cup sliced shallots 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons minced […]

Coconut Milk Curry Chicken

Cooking times will vary depending on the size and thickness of the chicken breasts. Some chicken breasts are huge, over 1 pound each so should cut the chicken lengthwise for quicker cooking. This recipe was cooked with chicken breasts that were cut thinner lengthwise. If you’re cooking with smaller chicken pieces, you might not even […]

Endless Energy Protein Shake

This smoothie will provide you with enough natural energy to last from breakfast to lunch. I personally recommend this or similar options compared with drinking Red Bull or Monster Energy.  INGREDIENTS 1 cup almond milk1 cup fresh spinach 1 kiwi peeled and chopped 1/2 cup chopped pineapple1/2 cup ice Directions Blend almond milk, spinach, kiwi, pineapple, and […]

Mango Banana Smoothie

Perfect for breakfast or a nice jog through the neighborhood. I could drink this refreshing smoothie day and night. INGREDIENTS 1 banana 1/2 cup diced mango 1/3 cup yogurt 1/2 orange and mango juiced mixed DIRECTIONS Combine the banana, mango, yogurt, and juice in a blender; blend until nearly smooth. ​ NUTRITION ​Per Serving: 135 calories; […]

Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

Cheesecake has always been one of my favorite desserts, especially with Strawberries. But after this recipe is definitely a close second! Served on a vibrant raspberry sauce, this swirled pink and white diabetic-friendly cheesecake is so beautiful your guests won’t even notice that it’s crust-less! The homemade yogurt cheese and reduced-fat cream cheese mixture results […]

Strawberry Mimosas

Strawberry Mimosa Recipe: Easy make ahead Strawberry Mimosas that only require 6 ingredients. Perfect for Valentine’s Day breakfast or brunch! ​Recipe type: DrinkCuisine: American​Prep time:  10 minsCook time:  10 minsTotal time:  20 minsServes: 12 Mimosas INGREDIENTS: 12 Ounces Raspberries, Frozen ½ Cup Strawberries, Frozen 2 Tablespoons White Sugar, To Taste 1 Cup Half and Half ½ Teaspoon Vanilla […]