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Herb Marinated Goat Cheese

This easy recipe for Herb Marinated Goat Cheese makes such a simple appetizer, you’ll make it again and again. You can make it ahead of time and let it rest in the fridge until you’re ready to entertain. I enjoy serving it with fresh cut vegetables like pepper, slabs of fresh cucumber, or celery sticks. Of course you can also serve it with warm fresh bread or on a salad. The leftover marinade makes a perfect herby salad dressing when a little vinegar is added, it’s like a bonus, two recipes in one.

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Herb Marinated Goat Cheese

1 10 ounce log of fresh goat cheese

1/2 cup good olive oil

4 garlic cloves minced

1/2 cup chopped basil

pinch of red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon sea salt

extra olive oil as needed

 

  • slice the goat cheese into 1/4 rounds, use thread or plain dental floss to cut it, wrap around the goat cheese at 1/4 inch intervals and pull to slice evenly
  • in an 8X8 pan or other container layer in some of the olive oil, just enough to coat the pan and set it aside
  • meanwhile warm the rest of the olive with the minced garlic over a low burner for 10-15 minutes or so just to take the raw edge off of it, don’t cook it until it’s browned or burned
  • cool for 5 minutes or so and then stir in the rest of the ingredients, taste to make sure you don’t need more salt or pepper or herbs
  • lay a layer of goat cheese in the pan you prepped earlier
  • pour some of the infused oil over the cheese
  • layer more cheese over the top and add the rest of the herbed oil
  • if you need more oil to cover the cheese add some
  • cover and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours
  • you can let it come to room temperature before serving if you prefer

 

Herb Marinated Goat Cheese

 

 

Healthy Living

Water, Water, Water

We all know that drinking water is one of the most important ways to take care of your body. Every body needs a different amount of water each day, usually we’re told to get about 64 ounces a day to keep their body running smoothly. Be sure to ask your doctor how much water you should be drinking. Water keeps you hydrated, helps with digestion and can increase energy levels. Have you had your water today?

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Being and staying hydrated is so important to your body. When you exercise your body sweats and you lose water. You have to replace the water you lost by drinking more fresh water. The problem is by the time you’re thirsty, you’re well on your way to being dehydrated. When you exercise it’s important to have water with you and to take hydration breaks. Remember it’s better to start the day with a water goal and work on it over the day rather than to leave it to your body to remind you it needs water.

When you drink water your digestive system just works better. Did you know that? First, water aids in the absorption of nutrients when you eat by helping to break down and move food along.  Your body will actually get the benefits of all those healthy foods you’re eating because of the water you’re drinking. Secondly being properly hydrated means your bowels will move more regularly and easily, which is so good for your body.

Need more energy? Water can help you out! If you’re feeling tired and drained you might be dehydrated. Try drinking a glass of water, wait a few minutes and see how you feel. Every organ in your body depends on water to function properly, chances are if you have no reason to feel tired or sleepy or grumpy your body may just need more water. Try putting yourself on a weeklong hydration trial to see if your fatigue fades away and your energy levels increase. Simply record how much water you drink per day and honestly asses your energy levels throughout the day. See how you feel after a week of being properly hydrated.

As you can see it’s so important to drink all the fresh water your body needs every day.  Being well hydrated boosts your digestion, your energy levels, even your moods throughout the day. You depend on your body to carry you through life and your body depends on you to feed it and water it properly. You only get one body in this life, why not make it the best body you can?