Banana Nut Smoothie

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This girl has a birthday coming up really soon and before I turn another year older I have a running goal that I want to complete. So far it’s going really well and I’m ahead of schedule. Speaking of running, Please Don’t Leave Me by Pink is playing in the background and I need to remember to add it to my running play list.

I’m so excited to share this post running treat with you, I had it the other day and I fell In LoveΒ with it. The only problem for me was that it was higher in fat and calories than I would like for just a post run treat. Sooooo I spent some time trying to recreate this delicious smoothie and I got IT!

Instead of using 4 Tbsp of almond butter I replaced it with a powdered peanut butter that has only 45 Calories for 2 Tbsp and no FAT! The only ingredients in it are Peanuts IΒ die! There is nothing wrong with using the almond butter, like I said for a post run recovery drink I’d rather save those extra calories and put whole almonds on my salad. The original drink also had 6 dates in it and I found that using 2 worked just as well. Maybe I’ll add those extra ones to my salad along with the almonds.;-)

Now so you can make this yummy smoothie, I will tell you…

What You Will Need:

1 Banana, peeled and sliced

2 Dates pitted

1 Tbsp Peanut Butter Powder

1 C Unsweetened Almond Milk

Now that you got everything Prep Your Mis en Place πŸ™‚

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TIP: First slice up the bananas and place them in individual baggies. This is a gret pre week prep job.

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Freeze the bananas untill you are ready to make your smoothie. This will help your drink to become silky.

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Like this. Then add the pre packed banana to your blender and add two dates.

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Add 1 Tbsp of powdered peanut butter.

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Next, add in the almond milk.

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Blend until smooth.

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There you go that’s it! You now have a post run smoothie to reenergize those tired achy muscles.

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Oh you tasty drink I LOVE YOU!

Makes 1 Serving:

188 Cals, 38.2 G carb, 3.64 G fat, 5.04 G pro

Cheers to another waistline friendly meal!!

KISSES! πŸ™‚

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Baby EDEN

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Its been awhile.. But I have a wonderful excuse and I’m so excited to share it with you all. My journey took me 516 miles away from my home in OZ, running through airport terminals hoping to catch an earlier flight towards my destination. I’ve often waited for my connection flights watching people run like mad towards their connection wondering, what were they in such a rush for? Were they in a hurry to catch an important meeting, rushing to see loved ones, or were they like me, rushing for my reason? So before I tell you my reason…

Break out the Champagne and grab a good cigar I’m having Moet White Star and an Opus X and I’m listening to Barber: Adagio For Strings played by ZΓΌrich Baroque Strings (You have to play this.) because……

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IT”S A BOY!!!

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Meet baby EDEN. (Grand baby EDEN)

I was so honored to be asked to be there for the birth of my first grandchild. It took two days for him to come into this world and even all the coffee in the world couldn’t help keep us awake.

(Day one) After 24 hrs. I’m sucking down coffee like MAD.

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Day two lol.

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Even my son took his 5 minute naps when he could.

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The moment I started to shed my tears quietly was watching an expectant father keep his silent, constant watch over his wife, praying for a safe delivery for them both. Ready as a soldier (that he is) to jump at any moment to get her whatever she wanted, or needed.

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Then the moment came……

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Happy Birthday my sweet baby EDEN.

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I love my children, andΒ  I love them so much I wonder “How could my heart possibly love anymore?” …Then your heart grows even bigger.

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The small sounds he makes, the way he smells, everything about him is wonderful!

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After sometime I headed back to their home to get food ready and allow the sweet new family to bond in peace. So what did EDEN do?

Celebrated!

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I had a wonderful time that evening. It was a little lonely, but it was nice to be with my thoughts. Thoughts of his future… What will he be like when he grows up? Who will be the first to win his heart? Who will be the first to break his heart??…. Oh baby don’t you worry! Foxy has you! (Foxy is what they call me instead of grandma.) LOL.

Ok, baby is on his way so I better get to cooking meals for the new family to have for the week.

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Look at that face!!

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After the week flew by I was heading home…..

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That had to be the loneliest plane ride home.. I was bawling! This time I slowly made my way through the terminal to catch my connection. There were no earlier flights to grab so I sat and watched others rushing around wondering if any of them were on their way to meet a new loved one coming into this world.?

Then I got a phone call from my son who said that they were going to baby EDEN’S appointment in the morning and if they get the “All clear” from the doctor they would be up the next day!

All clear!

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One day apart was too long.

Here is a hilarious picture my daughter in laws mom made of baby EDEN portraying what he would be like if he was mine. I DIE!!!

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Every second I had him, I was memorizing everything about him.

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Holding him I would pray for him. I would pray for his future…

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In his sleep I would make silent promises to him that only he would know…. Then 2 weeks flew by and I had to say goodbye to him.

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How do you do that? How do you tell your heart not to break???

How do you say goodbye to this face!!??

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Oh baby EDEN I’m here and will always be here for you…… I LOVE YOU!!

I promise, I promise, I promise to continue to pursue good health and nutrition so I will be here to see what your bright future holds for you.

Cheers! To eating Waistline Friendly Meals to insure many years to come!

KISSES!

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Cozy Quinoa with Garden Vegetables

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EDEN has been BUUUSSSYYY! So what this hard-working lady needs is a meal that is fast, cozy, nutritious, and delicious! I love meals that you can freeze for later nights when you don’t feel like cooking or just to take to work for the week. As I told you before, the garden of Eden has zucchini growing like nuts out there and I’m finding ways of sticking it in anything and everything I cook and this dish is perfect for it. So this is dedicated to all you hard workers out there. It’s so easy to make you will have time to relax.

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So turn up the music Fitz & The Tantrums is singing Money Grabber and I’m pouring myself a beautiful glass of Decoy Chardonnay and I have some left so come on over! πŸ˜‰ But before you do, hit the store and I will tell you…

What You Will Need:

1 Cup Quinoa, cooked according to package

2 Cups Chicken Or Vegetable Stock (homemade if you can)

3 Large Zucchini, chopped

2 Large Leeks, chopped (white and light green parts only)

1 Small Sweet Onion, chopped

3 Large Tomatoes, chopped

4 Ounces Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded

1 Cup Fresh Basil, chopped

1 1/4 Garlic Salt

1 Tsp Smoked Paprika

1 Tsp Dried Oregano

Got your stuff??

Perfect Prep your Mis en Place πŸ˜‰

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Pre heat your oven to 350.

On the stove set to medium high heat, bring your chicken stock to a boil. Cook the Quinoa until all the liquid has evaporated.

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As the quinoa cooks, in a separate pan, add in the zucchini, onion, and leeks. Allow them to sweat at a medium temperature.

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Once they start sweating, add in the oregano, paprika, and garlic salt.

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Next add in your fresh tomatoes and shake your hips lol. The smell is AMAZING!

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When your mouth starts watering, add in the cooked quinoa and transfer the ingredients to a baking dish.

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Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and fresh basil. Place in the oven for 20 minutes to allow the ingredients to marry each other.

This is when you kick your feet up and have that glass of wine πŸ˜‰

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Dinner is served!! You now have a healthy meal that will last you all week!

Serves 8:

277.5 cals, 11.2 G fat, 30.4 G carb, 3.8 G fiber, 13.1 G pro, 2.1 G sugar

Extra: You can also add in 99% lean ground white turkey breast to add more healthy protein to your meal.

CHEERS to another Waistline Friendly Meal!

KISSES!

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Greek Yogurt with Chick Peas and Hummus

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Eyes Without a Face by Billy Idol is slowly playing from my computer as I relax in my back yard thinking of a snack that I can make for a friend of mine that is coming over. I’m sipping on a Johnnie Walker Platinum Label “up” getting ready to enjoy a Padron.

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I want to make something that is tasty as well as nutritious. Snack time should be taken just as seriously as any meal you eat. I want protein to satisfy and taste that makes me shiver. I know! I will use greek yogurt!

She will be here soon so I will tell you..

What You Will Need:

1 Cup Fat Free Greek Yogurt, divided

4 Tbsp Hummus (I have a great recipe for hummus, just use the search bar.), divided

1 Tsp Olive Oil, divided

4 Tsp Lemon Zest, divided

16 Chick peas, divided

1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds, divided

1 Tsp Lemon Thyme, divided

Pinch of Sea Salt

Pinch of Black Pepper

This dip is sooooo easy to make that you wont need to do any Mis en Place prep. Sigh….. I love Mis en Place prep work.

In two separate bowls, add in 1/2 C greek yogurt

1/2 the chick peas

1/2 the hummus

1/2 the olive oil

1/2 the lemon zest

1/2 the sesame seeds

1/2 the lemon thyme and

a pinch of sea salt and black pepper to each.

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See that’s it!

Unbelievable how tasty this dip is for such little effort! Go figure that’s usually how it works lol.

Makes 2 Servings:

225.2 cals, 10.7 G fat, 20.3 G carbs, 2.6 G fiber, 10.9 G pro, 12.3 G sugar

If you like, omit the olive oil.

202 cals, 5.4 G fat, 20.3 G carbs, 2.6 G fiber, 10.9 G pro, 12.3 G sugar

Serve the dip with sprouted pita chips or fresh-cut veggies.

Cheers to another Waistline Friendly Meal!!

KISSES!! (My deer in the headlights shot) πŸ˜‰

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Fresh Basil Pesto

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With the heat index hitting OZ at 110 degrees I am actually felling very relaxed and comfortable as I sit outside on the patio enjoying some good company. I think to be comfortable in 110 degree weather you need to be with good company or else lets face it, it would be pretty darn miserable outside!! Lol! πŸ™‚ Have you ever noticed how good company can help you forget how miserably hot it is? Or have you ever had a bad meal that you didn’t realize was bad because you were having so much fun with the person you are with? To me its a good reminder to always be someone elses good company πŸ˜‰

The silky voices of Ambrosia are seeping in the air as they sing You’re the Only Woman. This song would make any girl feel special! Take notes!! I’m sipping on a glass of Joel Gott Cabernet getting read to enjoy an Opus as I look out at my garden amazed at how my basil has taken off! Just like my zucchini, I have way to much. What am I going to do with it?? PESTO!!!

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I know pesto can be fattening buuut, it’s made with a heart healthy olive oil and in moderation, it’s sooooo good for you. That’s another reason it’s good to pay attention to your diet, so you can enjoy a serving of fresh pasta with pesto on occasion πŸ˜‰ so jump in your car to hit the store and I will tell you..

What You Will Need:

2 Cups fresh Basil (Basil is so easy to grow I encourage you to grow some in a small pot)

1 Shallot, rough chop

6 Cloves Fresh Garlic, rough chop

1 Cup Raw Pine Nuts (You can use walnuts if you prefer)

1/2 Cup Olive Oil (Save 1 tsp to rub on your face, Seriously! That’s all I use for skin care and its cheaper than any lotion in the store.)

I know, get on with it EDEN

1 tsp Salt

Time to put on a song that make you feel chill and

Prep your Mis en Place Love πŸ˜‰

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With your shallots, and garlic, do a rough chop to help out your worn out blender.

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Toss the shallots, garlic, basil, pine nuts, and salt into your blender.

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Start to blend slowly and add in the olive oil.

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Look at you getting so fancy making your own sauce!! I find it very satisfying πŸ™‚

So since you normally eat waistline friendly, add in some fresh made pasta.

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There is a huge difference between fresh pasta and store-bought pasta. If you can I encourage you to do so.

Makes 4 Servings (without pasta)

188 cals, 20.3 G fat (HEALTHY) 1.5 G carb, .6 G fiber, 1.5 G pro, .4 G sugar

Extra: Instead of using pasta, be kinder to your tummy and use fresh zucchini noodles. Simply use a shredder to creat the noodle effect. If you go to my tip page you will see the tool I’m talking about.

EXTRA EXTRA! You will need to brush your teeth after eating this meal lol! But hey that’s healthy too! πŸ˜‰

Cheers to another Waistline Friendly Meal!!

KISSES!

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Baked Eggplant Stack

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“I’m not going to cry, I’m not going to cry.” Ok, I’m crying! Why oh why did I choose to listen to Lady Antebellum I Need You Now??? This song is so beautiful, it makes my heart cry. I just want to drop what I’m doing, jump in my car, and race towards my loved one. I love the part where she sings “And I wonder if I ever cross your mind??? For me it happens all the time. I’d rather hurt than feel nothing at all….” Oh man This song goes perfect with my small glass of Hibiki Japanese whiskey. So now that we are all thinking of someone we need right now, I would like to tell you about the dish that was inspired by a loved one so, here is…

What You Will Need:

1 Eggplant, sliced

1 Beefsteak Tomato, sliced

1/2 Cup Ricotta Cheese, divided

2 Cups Arugula

2 Eggs, whisked

1/2 Cup Italian Style Panko Bread Crumbs

2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar, divided

Salt and Pepper to taste

Got everything?? Good, now…

Prep Your Mis en Place πŸ™‚

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Pre heat your oven to 425

Get out two separate bowls and in one of them add in the eggs and beat.(Go ahead and hit the eggs with a little pepper.)

The second, add in the bread crumbs.

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Slice your eggplant and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, then begin to dip each slice of eggplant. First, in the eggs then in the bread crumbs.

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Place on a cookie sheet , and bake for 10 minutes.

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Take them out of the oven, flip and continue to bake for 10 more minutes.

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Slice up those red beauties.

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Once the eggplant is done begin to layer. Eggplant, ricotta, tomato.

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Continue to stack until you create a leaning tower πŸ˜‰

Top off with some arugula, and a drizzle of balsamic.

Makes 2 Servings, one for you and the one you need:

220.5 cals, 3.3 g fat, 39.2 G carb, 3.2 G fiber, 7.3 G pro, 5.9 G sugar

Extra: You can always use goat cheese or mozzarella cheese instead of ricotta cheese to add more punch. Don’t forget to play the song I was telling you about as you share your meal πŸ˜‰

Cheers to Another Waistline Friendly Meal!

KISSES

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Goat Cheese with Red Peppers and Pesto

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I am back from my long trip, and I am really looking forward to telling you all about it! I have missed you so much so I’m posting a quick recipe for you to try while you wait for my next posting πŸ™‚ This little snack is so nice for the spring and summer. The coolness of the bell pepper and cucumber is pallet refreshing!

Right now my hips are shaking to the beat as I listen to Hips Don’t Lie by Shakira. This song makes me want to hop in a plane and head to Puerto Rico or Cuba! So how about having a Mojito with me…

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As I tell you….

What You Will Need:

1 ounce Soft Goat Cheese

1/4 Red Bell Pepper, sliced thin

1/4 Baby Cucumber, sliced thin

1 Tbsp Basil Pesto (Homemade if you can)

1 Serving of any kind of Cracker you like (I like to use a very thin cracker so it doesn’t take away from the flavor of the goat cheese and pesto)

Now that you have your music and drink with you… Prep your Mis en Place πŸ™‚

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Did You slice the bell pepper and cucumber?? Yes? Then you are done!! So easy hu?

Assemble: Cracker, cucumber, goat cheese, pesto, and bell pepper.

Now all you need is company to share it with so make more.

Serving: 9 Crackers

209.1 Cals, 11.5 G fat, 9 G carb, 1.3 G fiber 6.9 G pro, 3.7 G sugar

Cheers to Another Waistline Friendly Meal!

KISSES πŸ™‚

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Shallot Marinara Sauce

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Oh My Goooooodnesss!!Β  The flavor in this marinara is outstanding! I need to warn you ahead of time, you will need to keep your toothbrush handy after eating this sauce but hey, we need to be brushing after we eat right?? I’m all about good health πŸ™‚ I’m telling you, this sauce is so good that I smiled the whole time I was eating it. I believe the way you feel when you are cooking shows up in your food. I certainly was having a great time listening to Caruso sung by Andrea Bocelli while I was sipping on my Decoy Chardonnay (A very beautiful affordable wine). You should have seen me.. Maybe someday I will release the videos of me cooking πŸ˜‰ that could be fun!

Now so you can put a smile on your face I will tell you…

What You Will Need:

2 28 ounce cans Peeled tomatoes (If you can use your own jarred tomatoes)

1 Cup Fresh Shallots, minced (I told you, you would need a toothbrush)

6 Cloves of Fresh Garlic, minced

1/2 Cup Fresh Basil Leaves, sliced into ribbons

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

2 Tbsp Dried Oregano

1 Tsp salt

1 Tsp Black Pepper

1 Tsp Crushed Red Pepper

Hopefully your mouth is watering by now so wipe your lip and Prep your Mis en Place πŸ™‚ Love IT!

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Start by mincing your shallots, and garlic.

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Somethings are defiantly worth crying for……….

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In a large pot on the stove set to medium high heat, add in the olive oil, shallots, and garlic.

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Stir frequently until the shallot begins to soften, about 6 minutes.

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Doesn’t it smell GOOD!?

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After the shallots have soften, add in the tomatoes.

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Then add in the salt, black pepper, red pepper, and oregano.

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Begin to crush the tomatoes with a wooden spoon and set the temperature to medium low heat.

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Wow! Look at that yummy nutrition! Cover and allow your sauce to simmer for 30 minutes , then add in your fresh basil and simmer for another 15 minutes.

AMAZING is what your company will say when they taste your homemade marinara sauce. Yes, they will ask you if it’s homemade πŸ™‚

Makes 10 1/2 Cup servings:

51 cals, 1.3 G fat, 13 G carb, 2 G fiber, 1 G pro, 7 G sugar

EXTRA** A quick yummy dish to pair your marinara would be sausage and peppers.

In a medium pot on the stove, bring some salted water to boil for your noodles.

Buy some assorted colors of bell peppers along with spicy Italian sausage.

In a large pan on the stove set to medium high heat, begin to carmalize your peppers.

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Like this..

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YUMMY!!! Next grill your sausage.

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Cook your pasta according to directions and drain.

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Wallah! You now have a meal that is so simple but tastes soooo complex!

Cheers to another Waistline Friendly Meal!

KISSES

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Lavender Espresso Cheese with Fresh Pesto

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Lavender espresso cheese with pesto????? Absolutely! That is one thing I love about cooking, standing in the kitchen with great music and a nice drink pairing different ingredients together to see what works, doesn’t work, and even better what creates a flavor explosion!! This hors d’ oeuvre does not disappoint!! Again, its made of minimal ingredients and it is so super easy to whip up… That is unless you are like me and get really into the music you are listening to. For instance while making this dish I was listening to Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine by The Killers and exactly at 3 min 15 sec into the song no mater what I am doing I will drop it and next thing you know my hips are swaying and my fist is pumping in the air! I am sure that has got to be quite the sight to see. I urge you to check out the song and trust me, you will get it. πŸ˜‰ Good thing I wasn’t taking something out of the oven because I would have automatically dropped it! LOL!! I LOVE THIS STUFF! πŸ™‚

Well that was fun, even more fun is this scotch pairing I’m trying…

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I recommend it to anyone who would like to get into scotches but doesn’t know where to start. What they do is they have you pick out three different kinds and have you try them. Then you take notes on what you though of the flavor and the next time you go in you try 3 more and so on until you find one you like. It’s very affordable.

Ok Ok I will get on with it and tell you…

What You Will Need:
1 Ounce Lavender Espresso Cheese, sliced thin (I love Bee Hive Cheese, check out their website they will ship to you)

1 1/2 Tbsp Fresh Basil Pesto (Homemade if you can)

1/2 Ounce raw Walnuts, broken into little pieces

4 Fresh Basil Leaves, torn

Any kind of cracker you like (I like to use a cracker that is very thin and wont take away from the flavor.)

Now Turn up your music and prep your Mis en Place πŸ™‚

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Assemble your snack:

Cracker, cheese, pesto, walnut, and top it with a fresh basil leaf.

That’s it! What did I tell you?? I look forward to hearing what you thought of the flavor combinations.

Makes 1 serving (9 crackers)

210.2 cals, 6.2 G fat, 10 G carb, 2.3 G fiber, 4.6 G sugar

Extra: I need your advice, I will be heading to Nantucket and Manhattan this week and I was wanting to know if you guys had any great restaurant recommendations for me? I would really appreciate them. I cant wait to tell you about my trip.

Cheers to another Waistline Friendly Meal!

KISSES!

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Artichoke Hearts with Spinach and Mint

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I still get so tickled when I can make a crowd pleasing snack that takes no time what-so-ever but tastes like it Does!! πŸ˜‰ Plus anytime I can make something yummy for your tummy using 4 ingredients or less it’s a bonus!!! Once again, the key to cooking with less ingredients is to balance them well together. You need to slowly add the ingredients together tasting all the way because once it’s in there you can not take it out, it’s always easier to add in then to subtract.

I’m sitting out back by the fire thinking of future recipes to make as I sip on HANDS DOWN the best Chardonnay ever!!! Cakebread πŸ™‚

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It is such a beautiful evening and I’m listening to My Heart Skips A Beat by The Cover Girls and this song takes me to “back in the day” when I was in cheerleading lol oh my, the hair styles alone are funny enough to reminisce about. The song goes something like this “My heart skips a beat.. every time we meet.. I don’t know what to do I’M SO IN LOVE WITH YOU….) It nice to have someone in your life that you feel that way about.

Okay my fire is dying down and I need a refill so I will tell you..

What You Will Need:

2 Cups Artichoke Hearts

2 Cups Fresh Spinach Leaves

1 Lemon, juiced

1/4 Cup Fresh Mint Leaves (Yes I said Mint πŸ˜‰ )

Sea Salt to taste

Any crackers you would like

Now that your glass is refiled prep your Mis en Place!

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In a blender, add in the artichoke hearts, spinach, mint, lemon juice, and sea salt.

Blend until smooth….

What did I tell you?! That was so super easy!!

Serves 5:

58 cals, .7 G fat, 12.6 G carb, 8 G fiber, 3.3 G pro, 2.2 G sugar

Look at all that yummy fiber you’re getting!

Cheers to another Waistline Friendly Meal!

KISSES

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