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Productive weekend

Published on January 15, 2014, by in Recipes.

Last weekend was one of my most productive weekends in the kitchen in months. As a result, we have been eating well all week. What was I busy making? I started off my Saturday morning with something called bulletproof coffee. Other’s call it buttered coffee. Yes, I put grassfed butter in my coffee. I brewed 2 cups of organic coffee, then put it in the blender with 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 1 tablespoon Kerrygold grassfed butter. Blend on high until frothy and creamy like a latte. It is absolutely delicious. It is a high fat treat, but they are healthy fats. I can’t say I will be doing this everyday, but maybe once a week. I also started sprouting lentils on Saturday. It’s so easy and they are absolutely delicious when sprouted! I can’t wait to eat a big salad with them on it for dinner tonight. With my

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The Friday Five: Soup edition

Published on January 10, 2014, by in Recipes.

It’s a near miracle that I am posting at all today with the way my day started. As I was putting on some coconut oil after my shower this morning , I dropped the glass container onto the tile floor. Shattered glass and liquid coconut oil everywhere! Cleaning it up definitely made me late to work. If you know me at all, you know I hate being late. My 8th grade Social Studies teacher, Mr. Van Buskirk had a sign hanging in his classroom that I related to very well. It read: “If you are early, you are on time. If you are on time, you are late.” I couldn’t agree more! Sorry, I got so side tracked. The exciting part of the day is that it might get up to 40F in Chicago today! Balmy! Even with the current and short-lived heat wave, I have been eating soup almost every

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Spiced breakfast quinoa

Published on January 7, 2014, by in Recipes.

I have been trying to mix up my breakfast routine a little bit these days. One thing that remains constant is that I need protein for breakfast or I am starving mid morning. In the summer I like refrigerator oats, but I am not a huge fan of hot oatmeal. It always tastes good, but it doesn’t keep me full unless I eat a ton of it, but by then it has become a calorie bomb. I ran across this recipe for chai inspired spiced breakfast quinoa and adapted it.  It’s delicious, makes two servings, and keeps you full! Ingredients: 1/2 cup quinoa 1 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 cup water 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes pinch of salt 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 large egg any additional nuts, flax, chia or fruit as toppings

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Polar vortex

Published on January 6, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

With today’s extremely cold temperatues, I am fortunate to have a 3 day weekend and not have to go to work today. It’s been a great 3 days. Friday night I made Brian a tuna melt topped with bacon crumbles. I had a veggie wrap that I have been absolutely obsessed with eating lately. It’s lettuce, spinach, tomato, cucumber radish, olives and giardiniera. So flavorul, crunchy and delicious. Saturday, I went snowshoeing at Northery Island with friends. A great work out and a way to enjoy the somewhat mild weather. But before doing that, I needed a hearty breakfast to keep me full. Multigrain pancakes with cinnamon, pecans and banana: Sunday morning I got up and headed out in the never ending snow to go to the grocery store and pick up some things before the temperatures dropped later in the day. It was absolutely gorgeous out. I have been

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Zucchini noodles

Published on December 19, 2013, by in Recipes.

  I have been struggling to return to healthy eating lately. There are far too many delicious holiday temptations, not to mention more social occasions and drinks. I feel like I am having a good and fairly consistent week this week. I have increased my intake of fruits and vegetables and decreased the crap. I can really feel the difference. Hopefully I can keep this up, but it will be hard with Christmas next week. Last night for dinner I had the opportunity to use my much lusted after GEFU spiralizer. While a bit expensive for a kitchen gadget, I think I will get a lot of use out of it. I spiralized one small zucchini. While I was doing that, I sauteed some mushrooms in about a teaspoon of grass fed butter, salt and pepper. I also heated up a little marinara sauce I had on hand. When the

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Return to healthy eating

Published on November 29, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

I heard on the news yesterday that the average American consumes 4000 calories on Thanksgiving Day. Yikes! As I posted earlier, we made some healthier swaps for our meal to help keep our meal and waistlines I check. We had mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes, turkey breast instead of a whole turkey, a side of Brussels sprouts and only a half batch of stuffing. Oh, and no dessert. Besides eating a little more than normal yesterday, I have been eating more than normal for about the past two weeks due to wedding festivities and being on my honeymoon. On a normal day, I eat more then 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. Well, Iceland doesn’t have the best climate for growing produce, so fruits and vegetables are extremely expensive there and to be honest, the quality isn’t that great. For example, a side salad at a restaurant was about $18

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BBQ pineapple chicken wraps

Published on November 19, 2013, by in Recipes.

These are a satisfying but easy throw together lunch or dinner. I spread a little bbq sauce and mayo on a wrap shell. I’m not a huge fan of mayo, but I don’t know what it does when it mixes with the bbq sauce and pineapple in this wrap, but it’s a little magical. Then I added some shredded mozzarella and some sharp cheddar. Layer on some cooked chicken and fresh pineapple. Add lettuce and any other veggies you want. I would suggest tomato and cucumber. Roll it up. Stick a toothpick on each side. Slice down the middle. Serve with healthy sides.

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His and hers tuna melts

Published on November 16, 2013, by in Recipes.

One of my quick and healthy go to meals is tuna melts. They have healthy omegas, lots of protein and we always have some tuna in the pantry. Brian likes his tuna on the slightly sweet side. I like mine savory. The other thing about tuna salad is I like tuna heavy tuna salad, not too much sauce. Start by turning on the oven to 400F. Drain one can of solid white albacore tuna in water, very well. Spit can of tuna in to two separate bowls. For a sweeter tuna salad, add 1 tablespoon of mayo, 2 tablespoons yellow mustard, 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds, squeeze of lemon juice and either 1-2 tablespoons of sweet relish or 1 small break and butter pickle(finely chopped). Mix ingredients well. Salt and pepper to taste. For a more savory tuna, follow the same recipe but add one small chopped dill pickle instead of

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Turmeric and honey

Published on November 13, 2013, by in Recipes.

I am always looking for new at home, natural remedies instead of medicine. One of my favorites is drinking 1 tablespoon of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water. I feel like it is very effective. I’ve also blogged about this detox tea as well. This past summer, I went to camp reunion with some of my former fellow camp counselors. There, my friend “Q”(camp name) was telling me about some natural remedies that she used growing up. Years ago, she had taught me the wonders of tea tree oil, so I trusted any advice she gave. She encouraged me to take turmeric and honey together if I started feeling sick. Already knowing the benefits of turmeric(antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and liver detoxifier) I knew I would be trying it. Fast forward to this past weekend, when I was feeling like I might be coming down with something. I

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Last weekend-ish

Published on November 9, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

Why the -ish? It also included a very productive Tuesday. I had my final wedding dress fitting Saturday morning. We had a a BBQ chicken and pineapple wrap for lunch. I got up early on Sunday morning and cleaned out my garden plot. The end of season garden is such a sad looking thing. The pulling of plants was fueled by a lot of hot coffee. When I got home from the garden, I picked 55 pears off the tree in our back yard. Then I made myself a large, hot breakfast and more coffee. Ham, egg and cheese on an everything bagel thin with lots of fresh fruit. After that, I got to work using some pears by making cranberry pear bread. I already talked about staying home sick from work on Tuesday. I used it to my advantage by doing meal planning for the rest of the week and

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