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Clean and healthy

Published on January 27, 2015, by in Update.

So, what happened to blogging once per week? Well, almost immediately after that post I started on a new eating plan. I was diagnosed as hypothyroid a few years ago and have been on medication since. I know it isn’t the biggest deal, but I would rather not be on medication for the rest of my life. I have been doing a lot of reading over the past year on hypothyroidism and a lot of the literature recommends changes in diet to help control thyroid levels. I have dabbled in changes, but have not fully committed to anything. After reading The Fast Metabolism diet, which reiterated much of what I had already read, I committed to 28 days of a specific eating plan that eliminated meat with nitrates and nitrites, “dirty” fish, only certain fruits and vegetables, processed foods, corn, sugar and sugar substitutes, wheat, and dairy. It felt very

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Sugar Free Fed Up Challenge- Day 10

Published on June 11, 2014, by in Update.

So, here it is. The last day of the sugar-free challenge. Honestly, I think Brian and I both accidentally had sugar once or twice. Did you know that plain Triscuits do not contain added sugar but the sea salt and black pepper version has added sugar? Yep, guilty of eating added sugar there. How do I feel? Not any different. I eat a low added sugar diet on a regular basis and gave up fake sugars long ago. So, I’m probably not a good person to speak on the subject. I think I actually ate worse while doing the Fed Up Challenge than I normally do. Why? Because I ate a TON of cheese. Almost all condiments and seasonings have added sugar, unless you make them from scratch. Even some store-bought hummus brands include added sugar.  So, I mainly used hot sauce, mustard and one salad dressing. I also made

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Mexican pizza

Published on June 6, 2014, by in Recipes.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I made some quick and easy Mexican pizzas when I was exhausted the other night. I thought I’d give you the details, so if you ever need a quick dinner you make them, instead of picking up the phone and ordering out. You can thank me later for saving you a delivery fee and lots of calories. Ingredients: corn tortillas black beans sweet potato chicken corn cheese hot sauce All of these ingredient are options. Add and omit as necessary and you can easily make these vegetarian or vegan. They are already gluten free and do not have any added sugar. Pretty healthy for being so delicious, huh? Preheat oven to 400F with a pizza stone in it, if you have one. Use one corn tortilla per “pizza”. Open a  can of black beans and rinse. Smash some black beans on the tortilla.

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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 great salad toss up

Published on May 8, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

I’ve needed some new inspiration when it comes to salads. How to you keep eating salads interesting? Mix them up! I was traveling a few month’s ago and stopped at CIBO Express at O’Hare. I love stopping there as they always have a ton of healthy options. There, I got an insanely delicious salad. It was mixed greens topped with roasted sweet potato, blue cheese, pecans, dried cranberries, and turkey with a champagne vinaigrette. It was so flavorful, filling and comforting because it tasted like Thanksgiving. This led me to think about how I could build more creative and filling salads rather just than vegetables or my “go to” taco salad. Here are two that I’ve made lately: I had a sweet potato with cinnamon. Then I had a salad of spinach, tri color peppers, onion, tomato, mushrooms, carrot shreds, sunflower seeds and a combination of blue and cheddar cheese.

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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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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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