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Buffalo chicken salad

Published on August 31, 2010, by in Update.

Sanj decided to whip up the bleu cheese stuffed buffalo chicken after reading my post. She sliced it up and put it on top of a delicious looking salad…and sent me a picture to prove it!

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Just can’t beet it

Published on August 31, 2010, by in Recipes.

I’ve never liked beets. Last week I went on a health and wellness tour with my friend Sanj. We stopped at the farmer’s market. She tried to convince me how good roasted beets are. I was skeptical. Then, at the beet stand another woman was raving about them. I had to try roasting them. We also took shots of wheatgrass. Delicious. It’s like two bags of leafy greens in a shot glass. Talk about effective nutrition! The tour also stopped at Starfruit. They make some sort of “ice cream” that is highly delicious and quite healthy. They gave us wheatgrass, green pepper and spinach “ice cream” that was horrible. You can tell by the look on Sanj’s face. Fortunately, they also gave us delicious pomegranate. Back to the beets! Well, I’m hooked. I’ve eaten roasted beet salad twice in 3 days. I had to go to another farmer’s market to get more beets

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Bleu cheese stuffed buffalo chicken breasts

Published on August 30, 2010, by in Recipes.

I love buffalo chicken. It was the only meat item I craved while I was a vegetarian. I craved it so much that I made batches and batches of buffalo tofu. Just not the same, but still delicious. I had seen several recipes for some sort of buffalo chicken with some sort of bleu cheese middle. I combined several recipes to make it more healthy, leaving off breading and frying. I did increase the bleu cheese mixture slightly, as the only negative reviews of the recipe that I took the mixture from said that there wasn’t enough of the cheesy goodness. Ingredients: 4 4oz chicken breasts, pounded flat 1 bottle of your favorite wing sauce 1 cup bleu cheese crumbles 2 tablespoon reduced-fat sour cream 2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground Directions: Place pounded-out chicken breasts in a one-gallon ziplock bag. Add enough buffalo sauce

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Portabello, kale and spinach pasta bake

Published on August 29, 2010, by in Recipes.

I’ve always found casseroles and pasta bakes to be great comfort foods. Growing up in Iowa, we ate dinner as a family most night of the week and casseroles were frequently served. Building upon things I like and healthy options, I concocted the portobello, kale and spinach pasta bake. Ingredients: a pint of baby portobello mushrooms, sliced a few cups of kale, torn and stems removed a few cups of fresh spinach 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 box of high fiber pasta 1 jar of pasta sauce of choice 1 bag morning star farms soy crumbles 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese Directions: Boil pasta al dente according to directions on box. While waiting for the water for the pasta to boil, heat up a large skillet to med-high heat. Spray a skillet with olive oil spray and add the garlic. Let cook for 1-2 minutes making sure not to burn it. Add

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Mashed sweet potatoes

Published on August 25, 2010, by in Recipes.

This was my least favorite recipe of the bunch. I think I would rather have a plain, baked sweet potato over this mash, but it won’t stop me from eating them. Recipe adapted from weightwatchers.com: Ingredients: 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch chunks 2 medium garlic cloves, peeled 1/2 cup plain, fat-free yogurt, greek-variety recommended 4 tsp sugar 1/8 tsp table salt, or more to taste 1/8 tsp black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste lime juice(optional) Directions: Place potato chunks and garlic in large saucepan; pour in enough water to cover potatoes. Set pan over high heat and bring to a boil. Boil until potatoes are fork-tender, about 8 minutes. Drain potatoes and garlic and transfer to a bowl. Add yogurt and sugar to bowl.  Mash until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Makes about 8 servings(1/2 cup each). After I made these and had

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Schezuan Shrimp

Published on August 24, 2010, by in Recipes.

My friend’s husband Darrin had made this several times. Everytime he does, I always hear about how delicious it is from Megan. After having the recipe sitting in my inbox for months, I finally got around to making it. I’m glad I did. It’s easy to make, healthy and has the perfect kick of spicy. Ingredients: 8 Tbsp water 4 Tbsp ketchup 2 Tbsp soy sauce 4 tsp cornstarch 2 tsp honey 1 tsp crushed red pepper 1/5 tsp ground ginger 1Tbsp vegetable oil 1/4 cup sliced green onions 4 cloves garlic, minced 12 ounces cooked shrimp, tails removed 1 large bag frozen stir-fry vegetables Directions: In a bowl, stir together water, ketchup, soy sauce, cornstarch, honey, crushed red pepper, and ground ginger. Set aside. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in green onions and garlic; cook 30 seconds. Stir in shrimp, and toss to coat with

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Sour cream and garlic mashed potatoes

Published on August 23, 2010, by in Recipes.

My original plan for dinner on Saturday night was steak, garlic mashed and steamed asparagus. By the time I got to the grocery store the night before the meat counter was closed. So I opted to substitute the bleu cheese-stuffed chicken breasts. I’m just glad the grocery store wasn’t out of potatoes because these are deliciously creamy and garlicy. Perfect for a holiday meal or anytime you need some comfort food. Recipe adapted from weightwatchers.com: Ingredients: 3 pounds small red potatoes 10 garlic cloves, peeled 6 Tbsp low-fat sour cream 2 Tbsp olive oil 1/4 tsp table salt 1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground Instructions: Combine the potatoes and garlic in a large saucepan; add enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer until the potatoes are tender, 25-40 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 14/ cup of the cooking liquid. Mash the potatoes and garlic in the sauce pan.

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Someone’s in the kitchen…

Published on August 23, 2010, by in Update.

This past weekend I spent most of my Saturday slaving over a hot stove so that Brian and I could have meals for the week. Really, I just wanted meals for the week and Brian benefitted because I don’t really like eating the same thing over and over. So, I got half of the recipe and he got half. Works out pretty good, huh? I’m going to try to post one recipe per day for the next few days. What did I make? schezuan shrimp bacon wrapped pork filets bleu cheese-stuffed chicken with buffalo sauce Portobello, kale and spinach pasta bake mashed sweet potatoes Sour cream and garlic mashed potatoes steamed asparagus sautéed zucchini

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Salad with egg and herbed goat cheese

Published on August 18, 2010, by in Recipes.

After a weekend of social events and eating out, I was craving a salad. A big salad. With lots of vegetables. I started with a bed of red and green butter leaves and added sauteed asparagus, portabella mushroom chunks, zucchini and red peppers. On top of that I added a diced tomato fresh from my patents garden and less than an ounce of herbed goat cheese. To top off that heap of deliciousness, I added a cooked egg. No dressing needed for this fresh salad! Just what I needed.

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Some like it hot…

Published on August 16, 2010, by in Update.

A few highlights from the month of August: Brian and I ran the Elvis 5K at the beginning of August. While neither of us are where we want to be with our running yet, our times had improved from the previous 5K. After the 5K, we showered and got ready to met Aaron who was in town for some meetings. The meeting of Aaron and Brian turned into a draw-off. A Justin Bieber draw-off to be exact.