If you are stuck with your dinner idea and if you are into easy meals that are on the healthy side this one is for you. So simple but doesn’t sacrifice on taste. Great thing is those patties are packed with lean protein and broccoli. Great to make for your child that doesn’t like veggies. The broccoli adds vitamins and nutrients but hard to notice or taste. It just doesn’t look like broccoli at all ( it is obviously green but hard to tell it is broccoli). I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome of those patties the first time I made them but ever since they are are a favorite of everyone that I served them to. And the leftovers are as delicious as the fresh batch.
You can add those to salads, make a mini burgers, eat with rice, make pita wraps. Great with hummus, mustard, sriracha or the Bitchin sauces. They are so delicious!
WHAT YOU NEED:
1 lb ground chicken
1 head of broccoli ( around 1 lb)
4-5 stalks of green onion
2 cloves of garlic
4-5 tablespoons of bread crumbs or almond meal (or I use both)
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons oil of your choice ( I used sunflower)
Put broccoli, parsley, green onion and garlic in a food processor.
Add the ground chicken in a large bowl, add the chopped veggies, the egg, crumbs and/or almond meal, salt and pepper. Mix it all together. With hands is the easiest and the best way to combine everything, plus you will get your hands dirty anyway when you shape the patties. If it seems too thin you can add a bit more crumbs or almond meal. Shape patties with desired size. I prefer to make them thinner so they cook faster.
I have two ways of cooking.
1. Add oil in a pan and cook on the stove. Cook each side till it gets lightly brown.
2. Line baking tray with parchment paper and bake on 390F for about 20-30 min until lightly brown.
Are you ready to get bronzed before your summer vacay? Or just because you want to look and feel better. Whatever the reason I got a list of my favorite self tanners that never disappoint me.
A classic that will always be in my bathroom cabinet. Great for people that want a perfect glow but are not ready to get a very dark dramatic result. I have used it for quite some time and even though I have other favorites I tend to go back to this especially in the winter months when a very bronzed look will be a bit too unnatural. I also use it on my face and never get irritation, breakouts or clogged pores. Amazing color pay off. This is the only body self tanner that I trust for my face. And I also like the fact that it is not very dark. So whichever from the list below I have on my body. St Tropez classic bronzing mousse is on my face!
When it comes to the face I sometimes use body self tanners oops… but if you have sensitive skin I would highly recommend one designed for the face. This serum from St Tropez combines a great color self tanner with some amazing skin benefits.
Bondi Sands has great quality self tanners on a very affordable price (compared to other self tanners in the same category). Great deep bronze color. If you want to look like you spend a week on the Caribbean this is your secret weapon. Smells like a tropical dessert and easy to work with.
Loving Tan is highly rated and there is a reason for it. A natural color pay off that never looks fake or orange. Gives just the right amount of bronziness and mimics the vacation look with a breeze. Very easy to apply. Great self tanner and beginner friendly.
My newest addition that ranked at my top is the St Tropez Classic in Lotion form. Same great color as the mousse but a different form. I love having options and this one has been on rotation lately. Gives me very nice color. Not overly dark but enough to see my inner golden goddess coming through 😉 When it comes to being tanned sometimes it’s more about how you feel. Tan gives me so much confidence!
And the last but surely not least is a gradual self tanner from , sorry, again, St Tropez. I just love and trust that brand when it comes to faux tan. They certainly know what they are doing. This gradual self tanner lotion is great for beginners or people that want to control the darkness of the final result. Builds a stunning color slowly. You can stop once you achieve the desired look or you can just skip a day and layer afterwards. I have tried it on my face with great results. I love this lotion in the winter. For warmer months I am more impatient and want a quicker results. But this product is a must have for me.
Who doesn’t want to be bronzed and glowy for the Summer? And some of us actually want to look like this whole year round. I don’t know what it is but a good tan is an instant confidence and mood booster for me.
And even though I found a couple of self tanners that I swear by ( St Tropez and Bondi Sands). (I have videos on YouTube and a blog post reviewing those), I can never stop exploring and testing new once.
I was really intrigued by Loving Tan as I have been seeing it on social media a lot. So I decided to give it a try and see if it is really the best self tanner out there as a lot of instagram models, influencers and bloggers claim. I have seen a lot of girls raving about it and rating it pretty high on the chart of faux tanners.
I picked up the Deluxe Bronzing Mousse in Dark, as first time using the product I was nervous to get the Ultra Dark. Anyway I am pretty pale at the moment and what I look for in a self tanner is a natural looking bronzed glow rather than a look of super dark, unnatural and fake color.
I always exfoliate prior to application and use a velvet mitt to apply. The product comes out really dark and warm colored foam, but looks very natural on the skin. Really easy to apply. Can get a tiny bit streaky while you rub it in but it is easy to blend the mistakes out after you go over them. The foam is a true foam texture. Fluffy and airy which I liked because I have used other self tanners with more liquidy foam and they really get messy and hard to apply.
Has nice , beach, vacation smell but highly scented. And after it starts developing a self tanner scent lingers for a while.
The guard color is not super dark so you need to pay attention where you apply. But I like that because some other self tanners that I have used have a really dark guard color and even though it allows you to see where you applied it looks very unnatural. So you have to really plan when you apply and make sure you stay home while it develops. Some other brands add a little bit extra green to their products to counteract the orange, but in my opinion, it doesn’t look that natural.
Loving Tan’s initial color pay off is realistic. Gives the appearance that you really laid down in the sun. Because that first sun kissed look that you get after spending the day at the beach is really warm, reddish , brown color. It makes you look youthful and flushed. This is what you get with the application of Loving Tan. I liked that I could apply it in the middle of the day, go out do my things without being afraid that I look like an alien.
It dries out pretty quick. If you choose to apply it during the day though be carful so you don’t get yourself wet, especially when you wash your hands or the dishes . Water might drip on your skin and it can mess up the look of your tan.
If you choose to wear tight, light clothes before it has fully developed it might transfer on them. But it washes out in the laundry.
I would recommend you to apply it in the evening so you can avoid any of the above mishaps.
The skin that reveals after you rinse out the guard color is natural, lightly bronzed and healthy looking . It is not as dark as I have seen on other people on YouTube or Instagram . But I love it!
Lasts about 6-7 days and it is very hard to tell how long exactly because it fades naturally and slowly, just gradually washes out with each shower. I was really impressed with the way it wears off. Did not have any weird patches around the wrist area or any other folds on the body like a lot other fake tans do when they start fading . After day 7 I like to use exfoliating mitt to remove whatever has left to ensure my skin is clean of any product left on it.
Overall a great self tanner that I will add to my favorites list.
Easy and mess free application
Nicely but highly scented and has a self tanner scent after it starts developing
Doesn’t take long to dry
Can transfer on sheets or lighter, tighter clothes but will easily wash out in the laundry
The tan that develops is healthy, bronzed and glowy looking
Mother’s Day is just around the corner. I know how stressful it can be to find the perfect gift. Even though I am the one giving those ideas to you I, myself always struggle when it comes to finding the perfect gift no matter the occasion . I take it very personal and always want to find the perfect piece that will make the person I am gifting happy. Here I found a few pieces that can fit different budget and needs. Hope you find something for the woman/ women in your life 🙂