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Salmon & Edamame

If you like fish, this might be the easiest meal you ever make and it’s healthy! Salmon has a reputation for being a healthy fish because of the Omega 3 fats and the protein it contains. It also has health benefits assisting with cancer prevention, eye health, cardiovascular health, and skin and hair health. These benefits are all based from the consumption of wild salmon, farm raised salmon is an entirely different kettle of fish.
Maybe that little bit of knowledge will entice you try it! Take a piece of foil, line the foil with sliced lemon, and place the salmon on top of the lemon. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and drizzle with teriyaki. Wrap and close fish in foil and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes (until desired temperature) and serve with edamame.


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Chicken Stir Fry

Healthy Chicken Stir Fry! You can make in a wok or in a large pan…
Ingredients
Green Onion
1 small package of Mushrooms
1 bag of Broccoli Slaw
1 bag of Cabbage
1 small package or bundle of Asparagus
Rotisserie Chicken
Peanut Butter
Soy Sauce
In wok saute green onions for few minutes in a little olive oil. Add diced mushrooms and saute for few more minutes. Add cabbage cook for a few minutes. Add asparagus and cook for a few minutes. Add broccoli slaw, shredded rotisserie chicken, a few splashes of soy sauce and cook for 10 to 15 minutes until everything has cooked together to desired texture. Then add two large scoops of peanut butter cook a few more minutes and ENJOY! 😉


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Spinach Salad

This salad is a perfect lunch salad! One of my favs…:)
Baby spinach, nutty parmesan (cut into small pieces), cran-raisens, almond slivers or toasted pine nuts, real crunchy bacon is best or you can use hormel bacon bits in jar, chicken, and hard boiled egg. I like to use a tomato base dressing, homemade dressing, or a russian dressing seems to go best. Healthy, Easy, & Tasty!


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Energy Bites

No Bake Energy Bites! I was introduced to these energy balls of goodness through Pinteret and I’m addicted! 🙂 Not only are they easy to make but they are healthy too, gotta love that.
Ingredients
1 cup of dry oatmeal
2/3 cup of sweetened or toasted coconut flake
1/2 cup of peanut butter (I used homemade peanut butter/ I made in a previous post or you can substitute almond butter)
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup of chocolate chips (optional or you can substitute dry fruit)
1/3 cup of honey (caution to using agave, honey keeps the balls together)
1 tsp of vanilla
Stir all the ingredients together in a bowl. Let chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Once, chilled roll into balls and store in an air tight container. It’s a guiltless treat that will fix any sugar cravings you may have. Enjoy!


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Cedar Plank Salmon

Man today has been one of those days where I just want to go burry my head in the sand! You know the days where if everything could go wrong it would and when it rains it pours? Well, yea I’m having one of those days! Pffffft, ok the show must go on regardless… so, let’s eat! Food always seems to make me feel better. Im a fan of fish and a big fan of cedar plank salmon that restaurants serve. I like the cedar flavor it gives the fish. So, on my last mall trip I journeyed into one of my favorite stores that I could spend hours and thousands in (besides Neiman Marcus), William Sonoma and purchased some cedar planks to mimic the restaurants version. William Sonoma has so many fun gadgets, kitchen accessories, and condiments that I wish I could just load up my kitchen with and turn myself into a regular Martha Stewart. 😉
Upon, arriving home I realized I didn’t have propane for the grill and my cedar planks are suppose to soak for 2 hours before using them. I figured I really should just put myself to bed at this point. Oh la-ti-da, more hurdles to over come and two more things to add to my super terrific day. I immediately ran to google which I can’t live without, it has the answer to all my questions and I learned that I minimally needed to soak the cedar planks for at least 30 minutes and I can cook the cedar planked salmon in the oven. Nothing would be as good of course as a grill with wood chips for additional smokey flavor but today, an oven it is. I marinated the salmon in the following ingredients…
Marinade
1/3 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp sesame oil
1/3 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup green onions
1 tbsp fresh ginger root
1 tsp minced garlic
Mix in a bowl and place your salmon filets in bowl and marinate fro at least 15 minutes or up to 1 hour. Place salmon on the plank, a pan under the plank, and pop into oven . I made the mistake of placing it directly onto the oven grate and almost set of the smoke detectors. Yes, one more thing to add to this day I’m having. Aiy ya ya! Bake in oven at 425 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes depending on the thickness of your salmon or cook to your desired liking. I paired up with asparagus that I roasted in the oven with fresh squeezed lemon juice and red new potatoes. Finally, something went right today the dinner was DEEEEEE-LICIOUS! Phewwww


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Yogurt Dots

Another healthy snack and you can make right in the comfort of you own home, is yogurt dots! My addiction to pinterest led me to this cute idea. Literally, you just place a ziploc bag into a glass and fold the corners over. Put your favorite yogurt inside the ziploc bag, pull the bag out of the glass and squeeze yogurt down to one corner (creating a homemade piping bag). Snip the corner of the bag and squeeze the yogurt into small size dots on a baking sheet. I used my favorite honey greek gods yogurt and a strawberry chobani yogurt, Mmmmmm! Place in freezer for an hour and ENJOY! It helps cure a sweet tooth, gives you the impression of ice cream, and would also be good for a teething baby (for all you moms). 🙂


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Apple Chips

Sweet & crispy apple chips that are a great snack anytime! Healthy and Easy, you can’t go wrong! I always buy the bag apple chips and I figured I must be able to make these right here at home and I was right. Preheat the oven to 225 degrees and line with parchment paper or foil. Slice the apples super thin. If you have a mandolin slicer its really helpful in achieving the thin slices or you can use a sharp knife. Spread them out in a thin layer onto the baking sheet and sprinkle with splenda and cinnamon. Cook in the oven for 1 hour. Turn over and sprinkle again with splenda and cinnamon and cook for another hour our until browned. 🙂 The house smells like fall with the smell of the apple and cinnamon baking….Ahhhhhhh the little joys in life! Eat right away or store in a air tight container.


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Baked Turkey Meatball Zucchini Pasta

Oh My! When I tell you that this dish is AHHHHHH-MAZING, it’s an understatement when describing just how good it is! I can not put into words or express enough how delicious it is and let’s not forget healthy! Healthy doesn’t have to mean boring!
First, I made my baked turkey meatballs by doing the following…Mix Ingredients below in food processor
Olive Oil
1/2 Onion
1/2 Shallot
Small pkg of Mushrooms
1 Clove of Garlic
1/4 cup of Parsley
2 tbsp of Feta Cheese (sun dried tomato & basil)
1 tsp of Salt & Pepper
Grind really well in food processor. Then in bowl mix ground turkey, 1/2 cup of italian bread crumbs, 1 egg, 1 tbsp of tomato paste, and the mixed ingredients from the food processor. Make into balls and bake @ 400 degrees for 20min.
To make the zucchini pasta just take a potato peeler and slice down the zucchini into thin ribbons. Saute in a pan on stove top with 1 tablespoon of olive oil for 3 minutes or until translucent. Salt & pepper to taste and drizzle with marinara. Please if there is anything that you make or try from this blog, this should be the DISH! It’s seriously AHHHHHHH-MAZING! 😉





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Man Pleasing Chicken

Well, the name of the chicken is a riot to me but I can’t stray from someone else’s name and recipe (witty in the city). The pictures looked so divine I decided between the name and photo’s that I was SOLD! I figured I must make this recipe and partake in everyone else’s excitement!
Ingredients
Chicken thighs- 1 package
Dijon mustard- 1/2 cup
Maple syrup- 1/4 cup
Rice wine vinegar- 1 tablespoon
Fresh rosemary
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix together 1/2 cup of dijon mustard, 1/4 cup of maple syrup, and 1 tablespoon of rice wine vinegar. Spray baking dish heavily with pam or you can foil line your dish. Salt & Pepper the chicken. Pour the mixture over the chicken, turning the thighs in the mixture so they are fully coated. Place the chicken into oven, and let bake for 40 minutes. Baste the tops of chicken with more sauce half way through. I like to turn the broiler on for 5 minutes and get the charred look to top of chicken. (watch closely it will burn). Remove from oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes before plating the chicken. Drizzle with extra sauce and sprinkle with rosemary. (you can even cook last 10 minutes with a sprig of rosemary in dish for flavor). The chicken is so SAVORY!
In addition I prepared Cheesy Cauliflower Tater Tots (compliments of http://www.ibreateimhungry.com)
Ingredients
1 medium head of cauliflower
2 Tbl heavy cream
2 Tbl butter
1/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar
4 egg whites
salt & pepper to taste
Clean and trim the cauliflower, adding the florets to a microwave safe bowl. Add the cream and butter to the bowl. Microwave for 5 minutes. Add the cauliflower and cheese to a food processor and blend until still chunky – kind of like a cooked oatmeal consistency. Season with salt and pepper. Chill for at least half an hour. Whip the egg whites to a stiff peak. Fold 1/3 of the egg whites into the cauliflower mixture to lighten it up. Then fold the cauliflower mixture into the rest of the egg whites and gently mix until combined. For best results, chill for another half hour or they won’t hold their shape as well. Fit a pastry bag with a round or star tube with about a 3/4 inch opening (I used a ziploc bag and snipped corner). Spray the inside of the bag with nonstick spray. Gently squeeze out 1 inch sections onto a greased cookie sheet, cutting with a butter knife as you go. When finished, bake in a 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes (or longer if you’re skipping the frying) until puffed and slightly browned. I also put them under broiler for few minutes to get desired crunchiness. Remove from the oven and serve. Healthy Tots! 🙂



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