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An Accidental Hippie

Your place to discover how good healthy living can be

Who doesn't love a delicious creamy sauce? My mouth is watering thinking about it. I found this video on juliasalbum.com and knew I had to try the recipe!!

As much as I'd love my family to stop eating gluten, they prefer to have this sauce over penne noodles as the recipe shows. I do mine over zoodles and it's just as scrumptious.

Delicious shrimp pasta with mozzarella cheese alfredo sauce is made from scratch with sun-dried tomatoes, basil, red pepper flakes, paprika, and cream.  You'll have a perfectly cooked shrimp: soft and tender and never dry or rubbery!

Course: Main Course Cuisine: American, Italian Servings: 4 servings Calories: 632 kcal Author: Julia

Ingredients 8 oz penne pasta (for gluten free version, use gluten free brown rice pasta) Pasta: 2 tablespoons olive oil (drained from sun-dried tomatoes jar or just use regular olive oil)1 pound shrimp (without shells, and deveined)3 garlic cloves minced1/4 teaspoon salt Shrimp: 4 oz sun-dried tomatoes (without oil)4 garlic cloves minced1 cup half and half1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded (do not use fresh Mozzarella, use pre-shredded Mozzarella)1 tablespoon dried basil (if using fresh basil you can add more)1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes crushed, add more to taste 1/8 teaspoon paprika1/2 cup reserved cooked pasta water (or more)1/4 teaspoon salt Creamy Sauce:

Instructions How to cook pasta Cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve some cooked pasta water. Drain the pasta. How to cook shrimp Note: if using sun-dried tomatoes in oil (in a jar), make sure to drain sun-dried tomatoes from oil, before using them. Reserve 2 tablespoons of this drained oil for sauteing the shrimp as described below: Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil (reserved from the sun-dried tomatoes jar - see the note above, or use regular olive oil) in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add shrimp with minced garlic.  Cook the shrimp on one side for about 1 minute, until shrimp turns pink or golden brown on that side. While it cooks, sprinkle salt over the shrimp to cover every single shrimp. Make sure not to crowd the shrimp in the skillet, otherwise, moisture will form and shrimp won't sear right. After 1 minute, flip the shrimp over to the other side and cook for about 30 seconds or 1 minute more. The shrimp should be golden color or pink on both sides and not overcooked.Remove the shrimp to a plate, being careful to leave all the oil in the skillet. How to make creamy Mozzarella sauce To the same skillet, add sun-dried tomatoes (drained from oil and sliced into smaller chunks, if needed) and more minced garlic. Saute sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil (remaining from shrimp) on medium heat, stirring, for 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant. The skillet should be hot. Add half and half to the hot skillet with sun-dried tomatoes and bring to boil. Add shredded cheese to the skillet, and quickly stir in while boiling. Immediately reduce to simmer. Continue cooking the sauce on low simmer heat, constantly stirring, until all the cheese melts and the creamy sauce forms. If the sauce is too thick, add a small amount of half-and-half or reserved cooked pasta water. Add basil, crushed red pepper flakes, paprika. Stir.Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt gradually, stirring on low heat and tasting (you might need slightly less than 1/4 teaspoon). How to assemble shrimp pasta Add cooked pasta to the sauce, and reheat gently on medium heat. Add the cooked shrimp, stir it in. Taste, and season with more salt, if needed. If the sauce is too thick, add a small amount of half-and-half or reserved cooked pasta water. Let everything simmer on low heat for a couple of minutes for flavors to combine.Note: Make sure to salt the dish just enough to bring out of the flavors of basil and sun-dried tomatoes.

Nutrition Facts Creamy Mozzarella Shrimp Pasta Amount Per Serving Calories 632Calories from Fat 207 % Daily Value* Fat 23g35% Saturated Fat 9g56% Cholesterol 330mg110% Sodium 1449mg63% Potassium 1335mg38% Carbohydrates 63g21% Fiber 5g21% Sugar 12g13% Protein 43g86% Vitamin A 720IU14% Vitamin C 18mg22% Calcium 444mg44% Iron 6.8mg38% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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We all know someone—and it may even be YOU—who is just filled to the brim with ambition! You know the type…a passionate, goal-oriented go-getter with a strong desire and drive to reach their dreams no matter what it takes. But all that hustle can sometimes work against you if you don’t keep your ambition focused on the positive and on the healthy side. Healthy ambition is key when working toward goals! Unhealthy ambition on the other hand, can lead you straight down the road into Burnout Town. Not only mentally, but physically. It’s always best to avoid unhealthy behaviors in business—because chances are, this will only lead to failure and even burnout. Check out the difference between the good, the bad, and the burnout—and see where you stand! Healthy Ambition Practices humility. Has something to offer. Practices gratitude. Has nothing to prove. Is open to new ideas from others.

Unhealthy Ambition Feels entitled. Selfish and threatened by the success of others. Takes on responsibilities without knowing why. Lacks gratitude. Does not celebrate the success of others.

Avoiding Burnout Actively manage your time. Learn how to manage stress. Get more exercise and fresh air. Give yourself time to breathe. Spend some screen-free time: no phone, no laptops, no tv, etc. Self-care is key Are you on the right track of Healthy Ambition? Take some time to evaluate where you stand in your business and career and see where you can improve and continue to grow! Enjoy reading this blog? Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more!

Skincare Smoothie Sunday? Yes, Please!

Skincare Smoothie Sunday is our favorite! Who doesn’t love a refreshing smoothie to start the day or as an energy boost? Fresh fruit and veggies are nature’s candy, after all…so taking advantage of their powerful impact on our skin from the inside out is a no-brainer.

If you aren’t already setting aside time each week to show yourself a little extra love from the inside out with some healthy treats—especially ones that double as an amazing boost for healthy skin—then the time is now!

When you think of skincare, you probably think of your daily routine of cleansers, essence, serums and moisturizers. Of course these are vital to obtaining and retaining healthy-looking, beautiful skin. But remember…you are what you eat! So be sure to feed your skin right!

It’s All Good

So what is it exactly that makes a smoothie so great for your skin? There are so many benefits to feeding your glow other than the taste bud bliss.

First, you’ll be using fresh fruits and veggies, which are an incredible and natural source of vitamins and nutrients. Artificial ingredients please step away from the blender! And forget about adding any processed sugars to your blend, too. Fruit has natural sugars built right in, so no need for anything extra!

Most of the ingredients you will use are compliments of Mother Nature—and a great source of and antioxidants—something your skin will definitely thank you for. Take raspberries for example, not only can they protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun, they can reduce signs of aging and help treat inflammation. Sign us up!

Nourishing your body with the essential nutrients of a homemade smoothie has never been tastier! This delicious Glowing Skin Smoothie recipe made from raspberries, dates, bananas, flax seeds is a fan fave!

Glowing Skin Smoothie

2 cups water (500 milliliters)

1 tbsp flax seeds

2 bananas

2 cups frozen raspberries

6 dates


Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. It’s as simple as that!

Of course you don’t have to limit your smoothies to Sundays, but it’s a great start to a new and tasty habit designed to help give you that incredible glow you’ve been craving…from the inside out!