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No sugar Fed UP Challenge-Day 4

Published on June 5, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

Brian and I are on day four of the Fed Up Challenge of not eating any added sugar. For the most part, we are both doing great! I’m so proud of Brian as he has given up regular and diet pop. I kicked that habit a few years ago and it was tough. I was a Diet Coke addict. The hardest part is there is very little “quick” food to go to. It’s all processed and has added sugar. Last night I was really tired from 3 nights in a row of bad sleep and didn’t have the energy to make dinner. Finally, I came up with some quick Mexican pizzas with corn tortillas, black beans, sweet potato, corn, and chicken. I topped them with hot sauce and cheese. Added an apple with a little coconut butter as a side and called it a meal. So, what’s the plan for

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Whirlwind few weeks

Published on June 4, 2014, by in Update.

Wow. It’s been a great few weeks. I was in baking mode when we had a birthday at work and I made a peach pie with a new crust recipe that involved vodka. The vodka evaporates out, leaving the crust nice and flaky. It’s definitely a keeper of a recipe. I also made a giant cookie cake. Over Memorial Day weekend, Brian and I traveled to Florida for his family’s annual reunion. We had a great time with his family and it was very well-organized.   While we were there we also hit up a giant flea market. I bought my brother an unopened pack of baseball cards from 1990 and we saw this guy doing karaoke. I was back in Chicago for one day, which Brian and I used to watch the new movie Fed Up. The movie about how we’ve been dieting all wrong for the last 30

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Collard green wraps: Take 2

Published on May 15, 2014, by in Recipes.

Last weekend I bought a bunch of collard greens with the grand plan to make more collard green wraps. I was doing some food prep last night when I ran across them in the fridge. I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand to make the Thai peanut wraps. I also didn’t have the energy to simmer and cool the greens to make the wraps more pliable. I halfheartedly chopped up some vegetables and made a new creation. I was hesitant that they would be any good. I was afraid that uncooked leaf would be bitter and that the combination that I used wouldn’t taste all that good. I was pleasantly surprised that I was wrong! Ingredients: 2 inch piece of cucumber, cored and diced 3 mushrooms, sliced thin 5 baby carrots, sliced thin 2-3 ounces of shredded chicken 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds 1 tablespoon Annie’s light Goddess dressing hummus(I

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The hardest season

Published on May 7, 2014, by in Update.

Hello. I usually don’t get very personal on my blog, but today, I am. I am sitting behind my computer with my pants a little tight from all the amazing food I have been eating lately. I completed the 21 Day Fix and had amazing results. I absolutely love the program and can’t stop raving about it to all of my friends. So, what happened? Well, I didn’t completely undo my progress, but I am definitely feeling bloated from the food I have been consuming. This is the hardest season for me. It’s my husband’s birthday, then my birthday, which leads directly into patio weather. And since I live in Chicago, the few warm months must be taken advantage of. I am actually healthiest in the winter. I will go to the gym more days than not, because I don’t want to be outside. Since it the hardest season for

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Massaman Curry

Published on April 29, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

This recipe is absolutely delicious. I made it for the first time a few years ago for Brian as a surprise. I thought I would blog it again with some updates, because it is that good, comes together quickly and is extremely satisfying. Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 tablespoons red curry paste 1 (3/4 inch thick) slice ginger, minced 1  container extra firm tofu, cubed(can also use 1 pound chicken breast cubed) 3 tablespoons brown sugar 3 tablespoons fish sauce 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1/3 cup peanut butter(not natural) 1 (13.5 ounce) can lite coconut milk 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice Peanuts, chopped lime wedges, for serving pinch of red pepper flakes, if you want it a little hotter cilantro for topping, optional steamed broccoli, optional cooked rice, for serving This recipe is traditionally made with chicken and potatoes, which is the way I usually make it. I changed

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Native Food Cafe’s Mad Cowboy Bowl Remake

Published on April 27, 2014, by in Recipes.

Last winter, Brian and I fell in love with the Mad Cowboy Bowl at Native Food’s Cafe. We were incredibly sad when they came off the menu in late February. So, I started making them at home. They are simple and full of flavor. Start by roasting a lot of vegetables. Their bowl included cauliflower, onion, broccoli, zucchini, summer squash, corn, sweet potato, carrots and a half of a white potato. I did all the veggies, except sweet potato and substituted fingerlings, because it was what I had on hand. Toss in a little olive oil, salt and pepper and roast at 375 for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring twice. They should be fork tender when you pull them out. At this time, you will also be baking your tofu. I used one block of extra firm tofu(drained) cut into 6 pieces and seasoned with a southwest seasoning. Turn the

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Baba Ghanoush

Published on April 24, 2014, by in Recipes.

    So. I was lied to. I found a recipe for baba ghanoush called 3 Minute Baba Ghanoush. It took way more than 3 minutes. It was also delicious. Ingredients: 1 roasted eggplant(see below) juice of 1 lemon 1/4 cup tahini 2 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons EVOO fresh ground pepper, to taste So… to get a roasted eggplant, take a small(1-1.5 pounds) eggplant, prick it with a fork a few times, and bake it for 30-40 minutes at 400F. Pre and post-roasted eggplant: Let the eggplant cool, slice long ways and scoop out the innards. This is the part that definitely took longer than 3 minutes. Place the inner scoopings of eggplant and remainder of ingredients in a powerful blender(I have a Vitamix). Start on low and gradually increase speed. Blend on high for about 30 seconds until your baba is incredibly smooth and creamy. Pour

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Zucchini bites

Published on April 23, 2014, by in Recipes.

I saw a recipe on cauliflower tots, which let me to a post on zucchini tots, which led me to changing the recipe and making these wonderful zucchini bites. I started out by making them closer to the original recipe, using a mini muffin tin. While they tasted delicious, they were a disaster to get out of the pan. So, I decided to make two more batches, bake them flattened like pancakes on parchment paper and they were perfect! Ingredients: 1 small zucchini, grated 1 large egg 1 thin slice of onion, finely chopped 1/4 cup grated Kerrygold Dubliner cheese(or flavorful cheese) salt-free Italian seasoning to taste salt and pepper to taste Preheat oven to 400F. Grate zucchini onto a clean dishtowel. NOT a terry cloth dishtowel, or you will end up with fuzzy zucchini bites. Wring all the excess water out of the zucchini. In a medium bowl, combine

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Progress

Published on April 7, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

I never know what to title these update posts. After being out-of-town last weekend, I felt like I needed to have a very productive weekend this past weekend. And productive, it was! The fridge is packed to the brim. Then I realized that I have a girls dinner on Wednesday, Brian’s birthday Thursday and Brian’s birthday dinner with friends on Saturday! Well, I guess more meals will be going into the freezer! Oh, well. I spent most of Saturday morning at the grocery store and prepping food. I made rama chicken bowls(brown rice, potato, broccoli and chicken with a peanut sauce), fajita bowls, and prepped fruits and veggies for the week. I got a steal on some chicken breasts, so I bought in bulk, individually packaged and froze most of them. I love a good deal. Mangos were $0.49/each, so I bought a few, sliced and froze in an even

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Easy broccoli cheddar soup-Vitamix recipe

Published on March 27, 2014, by in Recipes.

A few weekends ago, the cupboards were bare, it was snowing out and I had no desire to trek out to the grocery store. Fortunately, we had a bag of broccoli in the freezer and some cheese in the fridge. So, I made this filling and nutritious soup. Ingredients: 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk(or milk of choice) 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1.5 cups broccoli, steamed 1 teaspoon dried onion 1/2 vegetable bullion cube salt and pepper to taste Reserve 1/2 cup steamed broccoli to the side. Place remainder of ingredients in  blender. Set to hot soup and start. When finished, add rest of broccoli to blender and pulse a few times. Serve with some toasted bread. Makes 2 big servings. If you prefer a completely creamy soup, add all the broccoli in the beginning.