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Recipe Box: The Naked Vegetable Dinner

16 Apr

NY Daily News reported: Allure magazine’s upcoming issue is all about looking better naked! And they got some pretty big names to strip down for the cameras… “Glee’s Naya Rivera, “Nashville” star Clare Bowen, and “Cougar Town” actress Christa Miller, just to name a few. 

naya-rivera-clare-bowen-jennifer-morrison-and-more-get-naked-for-allure          The summer season has arrived in LA! This means bathing suits, short shorts, & trying to slim down & tone up as best you can. Allure magazine only sets this season in stone with their “Look Better Naked” issue. It seems like every woman is focused on getting that toned beachbod. But as a woman who has struggled with body issues her entire life, I refused to let this summer get me down! In my last post I talked briefly about the Paleo Diet & my attempt at making a life change when it came to my diet. I did it NOT to lose weight, but just to be healthier & do things the right way for once. I just wanted to prove to myself that I can stick to something. It has been a week… but to my surprise these 7 days have flown by! I have been able to express myself through my food & be creative with what I make. I want to go into this bathing suit season happy & loving the body I have, just like the women that are featured in the “Look Better Naked” issue. So I was inspired to create a Paleo friendly meal that is guaranteed to make your body & tummy very happy! I call it The Naked Vegetable Dinner. (VIEW DETAILED RECIPE BELOW)

IMG_3376 The Naked Vegetable Dinner: I am a huge fan of pasta, cheese, red meat, basically anything that will clog my arteries & stop my heart. Any of my friends will tell you that I am either always eating or have the appetite of 3 sumo wrestlers after a competition…in case that made no sense I CAN EAT! And eat I do… I was blessed enough to be born with a fast metabolism. But with that came very poor diet choices, & now that my metabolism is catching up to me I am forced to make a change. I went in for an annual check up with my doctor last year & he told me that as a 21 year old, fairly skinny girl I had the cholesterol of a 65 year old man. Like I have said this paleo diet is for health reasons, but as a true foodie & lover of all things delicious I want to create recipes that are absolutely tasty, but still healthy. And after seeing some of the bodies in this Allure issue, it only motivated me more to stick with it!

As a lover of meat, I will be the first to tell you that I am skeptical of vegetarian dishes. I think that is why I was interested in the Paleo diet so much because you could eat meat. However, the asparagus in this dish has the texture and taste of smoky, delicious meat, without actually having to kill an animal! My second favorite food would be pasta… I just love my carbs! And that was the most difficult thing about this diet, NO PROCESSED of GLUTEN. So I was in search for a substitute that still had the same consistency, taste… & not only is spinach an amazing pasta substitute, I think it might even be better tasting then pasta! This meal is simple & easy, plus you won’t have to feel bad about having two servings! I encourage making this dinner in your best outfit, your birthday suit of course! 


IMG_3375 1 bunch of asparagus
2 tablespoons of minced garlic
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1 teaspoon of smoked paprika

IMG_3379 1 carton of grape tomatoes
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
1 tablespoon of minced garlic
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 bag of spinach
1 teaspoon of grated parmesan cheese


1. Mix into a bowl the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and spices

2. Wash asparagus & lay on baking sheet, then spread oil mixture all over asparagus

3. Stick in 375 degree oven & broil for 15 minutes

4. Boil spinach in salt water for 5 minutes

5. Add grape tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, & oil into pot. Then let reduce.

6. Drain spinach & add sauce on top. Sprinkle parmesan cheese & serve.



Debra Messing showing off her toned behind for Allure in 2012


Maria Menounos casually caressing her shoulder for Allure in 2012 

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Naya Rivera resting on a summer lawn chair for the upcoming issue of Allure


The beautiful Kaley Cuoco casually taking a nap on a chair for Allure 2012


Ashley Tisdale showing off her new tattoo for Allure 2012


Jennifer Morrison getting her tan on for Allure’s upcoming issue


Clare Bowen drying off after a swim for Allure’s upcoming issue.