Lettuce cups with Shiitake and Peanuts

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Oh you tasty little bites I love you! There is so much flavor in this dish without having to use many ingredients.  I just love when you can make something taste spectacular with less ingredients. The key to simple cooking is to celebrate each individual ingredient and coach their wonderful, natural flavor out of them and marry them with the other simple ingredients.

The song “Like I’m Going To Lose You” by Meghan Trainor is playing and it’s the sweetest song. If you’re ever out to dinner and this song plays, take notice. Couples will sit closer to one another, or give a sweet kiss to their partners forehead. If they are lucky enough to be eating these lettuce cups at the same time, I can guarantee a beautiful evening 🙂

What You Will Need:

1 Pkg Ground White Turkey Breast (99% fat-free) (If you are vegetarian, use tofu.)

1 Pound Shiitake Mushrooms, chopped

1 Large Carrot, shredded

1 Bunch Green Onions, sliced

2 Cloves of Garlic, minced

1 Jar Bamboo Shoots, drained, rinsed, and chopped

1/3 C Peanuts, crushed

1/4 C Chili Garlic Sauce (If you want it spicier, add more but add it slowly. Remember you can always add but you can’t take away.)

2 Tbsp Low Sodium Soy Sauce

I head of Lettuce, cored and peeled (You can also use cabbage if you prefer.)

*Directions:

Prep your Mis en Place. Don’t forget to turn on some good music! 🙂

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On your stove, heat up a large pan to medium high heat and cook the ground turkey with the minced garlic.

Crumble the turkey as it cooks.

After the turkey has finished cooking, add the chili paste, chopped mushrooms, and bamboo shoots.

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Mix well and lower the heat.

In a snack Bag crush your peanuts then add to the turkey along with the soy sauce. IMG_5195

Add in the green onions and mix well. I like to cover the pan with a lid for about 2 minutes to allow the ingredients to marry well together.

Place the open lettuce cups on your plate, add the mixture and top with shredded carrots YUM!

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Makes 4 Servings:

133.8 cals, 1 G fat, 3.1 G carb, 28 G pro, .5 G fiber, .1 G sugar

Look at the protein and fiber content! Amazing!

*Extras: If you are vegetarian and do not like to use tofu, use more mushrooms. I like the shiitake ones because of their meaty texture. If your lucky and you can get ahold of fresh Morels USE THOSE! Oh goodness Morels are my favorite!

CHEERS! To Another Waistline Friendly Meal.

KISSES!

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Beet and Kale Salad with Lemon Apple Vinaigrette

 

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Today my house is silent of all unnecessary noise. I usually have music playing constantly in the background but today the sound of the wind blowing through the newly sprouted leaves is all I hear. I close my eyes and take a few deep breaths and suddenly I’m transported to a sandy beach somewhere and I’m close to smelling the distinctive scent of the ocean….. “Bark” “Bark” Darn it October! (My little teacup poodle) I was almost there!! Well so much for that! Lets go put on Makes Me Wonder by Maroon 5. “Give me something to believe in” Is blaring out of the speakers and I’m having a hard time doing my food prep because I just want to dance to it. Good thing this tasty salad is so easy to whip up along with the homemade vinaigrette. This salad is packed full of yummy super foods that will make even a picky eater say “not bad.” The homemade vinaigrette adds a tangy zip to the salad without taking away the natural flavor of the beautiful ingredients. I love this salad and so you can make it for who you love I will tell you..

What You Will Need:

4 Golden Beets, peeled and diced

4 Cups Kale, leaves torn to bite sized pieces

6 Brussel Sprouts, grated

1/2 Red Cabbage, shredded

4 Tbsp Pumpkin Seeds (Buy unsalted, raw ones)

4 Tbsp Almonds, sliced (Buy unsalted, raw ones)

4 Tbsp Dried Cranberries (Buy no sugar added ones)

1 Cup Fat Free  Feta Cheese, crumbled

Pinch of Salt, and Black Pepper

For the vinaigrette:

1 Large Lemon, juiced

2 Tbsp Olive oil

1/2 Cup Apple Juice (freshly pressed if you can)

2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

3 Cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard

Prep your Mis en Place 🙂

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Pre heat your oven to 400.

Place the diced beets on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Sprinkle with a pinch of salt, and black pepper.

Place in the oven to roast for 20 minutes.

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While the beets are roasting, whip up your vinaigrette.

In a glass bowl, juice the lemon.

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Next, add in the apple juice, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, and minced garlic.

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Drizzle in the olive oil.

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Oh I love you olive oil! Set aside a little to rub on your face and hands when you’re done cooking 🙂

Whisk well.

There is something very satisfying about making your own dressings. They are the best, and I promise once you’ve had the best there is no going back!

After the beets are done roasting, place them in a large bowl with the kale, brussels sprouts, cabbage, pumpkin seeds, almonds, dried cranberries, feta and your tasty vinaigrette. Toss or shake it.

Pair with a beautiful Red Zinfandel like this…

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You now how a very satisfying meal that will make you smile.

Makes 4 servings:

296.5 Calories,13.5 G fat, 38 G carb, 5.3 G fiber, 10.1 G pro, 17.1 G sugar

Cheers to Another Waistline Friendly Meal!!

KISSES!

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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 Love 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 I 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 🙂

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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! 🙂

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Jicama Salad with Radish and Avocado

 

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It’s finally raining here in OZ and I can’t tell you how much we need it! I have all the windows open in my home and the smell of the first rain of the season is intoxicating! Lightly in the back ground Come Undone by Duran Duran is playing and as the breeze blows my curtains I can hear the distant laughter of my Baby Eden who has gone home echoing in my mind… I miss the way he smells, the way he looks at me, and the way his sweet hand felt on my cheek. I wonder if he thinks of me as much as I think of him??

Oh No EDEN don’t cry!!

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Oh but I can’t help it! I miss him so much. He was my little companion during my morning coffee, afternoon walks, and evening wine. Goodness EDEN! Maybe I need to add a little jalapeno to my freshly juiced kale?? That ought to snap me out of it.

Sigh…. I want to be around for my family for a long time so I have been looking at my diet to see what kind of nutritional tweaks I could do to it. I noticed I do not have a lot of fat in my diet good or bad so I need a recipe that will add that healthy fat into my diet without hurting my waistline and folks I got it! So you can get to making this yummy salad to be around your family members longer, I will tell you….

What You Will Need:

2 Avocados, cubed

2 C Jicama, shredded

1 1/2 C Radishes, sliced thinly

4 Tbsp Raw Pumpkin Seeds (No oil or salt added)

1/4 C Dried Cherries or Currants (No sugar added)

** If possible, buy your pumpkin seeds and dried cherries in bulk. It is truly much cheaper.

For The Dressing:

1 C Plain Greek Yogurt

1 Orange, juiced (I like the sumo kinds this time of year if you are really lucky Navel oranges are in season.)

1 Lime, juiced

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

pinch of Salt and Pepper

Now that you have all that you need,

Prep your Mis en Place 🙂    Remember doing this makes cooking more enjoyable and easier.

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In a large glass bowl, add in the sliced radishes, diced avocado, cherries, and raw pumpkin seeds.

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Next, peel the jicama, then using a cheese grader shred the jicama.

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Like this! Then add to the glass bowl with the rest of your dry ingredients.

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In a separate small glass bowl, add in the plain greek yogurt, and the juice from the orange.

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Then add in the juice from the lime.

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Next, add in the olive oil with a pinch of salt and pepper.

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Whisk well.

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Pour the dressing over the salad then cover with a lid and shake it, shake it, shake it! Oh shake your hips too while you are at it 🙂

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There you go! Wasn’t that easy? You now have a salad that is bursting with heart healthy fat and overflowing with fantastic flavor!!! Look at that fiber!

Makes 4 Servings: 290 cals, 16 G fat, 30 G carbs, 9 G pro, 6 G fiber, 4 G sugar

Cheers To Another Waistline Friendly Meal!

Kisses 🙂

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Juicing Eden

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So simple….. And yet so powerful. Juicing is the best way to deliver those vitamins only Eden can provide and deliver them straight into your cells. Why take handfuls of vitamins when you can make a delicious juice that you can totally enjoy? Please don’t get me wrong, if taking vitamines is your only way to fill in the gaps in your diet go for it!

I enjoy making juices for the people I love. What better way to say I LOVE YOU than to hand them a glass of health? The look in their eyes as they say “mmmm taste healthy” I die!

As I sit here sipping my poblano juice writing to you, I’m listening to the song Baby Come Back by Player. Very easy listening for this unusually warm weather we are blessed with in OZ. This warmer weather reminds me that summer is around the corner and this juice will be good for the waistline so you can show it off.

So you can get to serving up a glass of I LOVE YOU to your loved one I will tell you..

What You Will Need:

2 Poblano  peppers, stems removed

4 Cups Cilantro

4 English Cucumbers

2 Honey Crisp Apples, quartered

2 Limes, skin removed

This drink is absolutely refreshing!!

Prep Your Mis en Place 🙂

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You will need a juicer to make this but please don’t go out and spend a lot of money on an expensive one. I bought mine years ago for under $100 and it works like a charm and does a beautiful job.

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First wash and scrub your vegetables.

Then remove the stems from the poblano peppers, and quarter your apples.

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Like this.

Cut the skin off the limes. (This is optional, I just find it way too zippy when I leave the skin on.)

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Add the cucumber, cilantro, apple, lime, and poblano peppers.

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You did it!! You now have a vitamin packed glass of nutrition to give to those you love!

Extra: With the leftover pulp you get from juicing, place it in your compost heap or toss it in your garden to add extra minerals to your soil.

Makes 4 Servings:

100 cals, 8 g pro, 2 g fiber

Cheers!! To another waistline friendly meal!

KISSES 

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I miss our baby… he would have loved this drink.

Sweet and Sour Skewers

 

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I really had fun making this dish. What made it so fun was to have my daughter in law help me come up with the idea, and make it with me 🙂 Watching her slowly cut the veggies up to a chefs precision was delightful! Not to mention being able to glance to the side to see Baby Eden watching me cook with absolute delight in his eyes when he sees me. I die!  Cooking with her while listening to Stevie Nicks Stand Back sipping on sparkling cucumber water made for a delightful evening, especially when everyone who got to eat it says “That’s a Favorite, that’s a favorite!!” I look forward to coming up with new ideas on how to make some of our favorite foods waistline friendly with her.

So that you can get to making this dish for someone you love, I will tell you….

What You Will Need:

I Pkg Lean Ground White Turkey Breast

2 Lg Red Bell Peppers, chopped in to 1 inch pieces

1 Bunch Green Onions, minced with the white and green parts separated

1 Lg can of Pineapple chunks (NO SUGAR ADDED!) separate the pineapple from the juice, but save it for your sauce. Set aside 1/2 Cup of the pineapple and mince.

1 Lg Carrot, shredded

2 Tbsp Fresh Ginger, grated and minced

2 Tbsp Chinese Five Spice

For the Sauce:

Juice from the pineapple

1 Tbsp Brown Sugar

1 Tbsp Crushed Red Peppers

2 Tbsp Ketchup

4 Tbsp Soy Sauce

1 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar (Or rice wine vinegar)

Now that you have what you need,

Prep your Mis en Place 🙂

I need to stress a little how easy it is to make this dish. Most meals are very easy to make if you do your Mis en Place first.

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Pre heat your oven to 350.

In a bowl, combine the turkey, shredded carrot, minced green onion (White and light green parts only), minced ginger, chinese five spice, and minced pineapple.

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Roll into bite sized balls and place on parchment paper then bake in the oven for 12 minutes.

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While the meat is cooking, in a glass bowl combine the pineapple juice, crushed red peppers, soy sauce, red wine vinegar, ketchup, and brown sugar.

Whisk well.

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In a pan on the stove set to medium high heat, add in the green parts of the green onion with the red bell pepper.

Cook untill small black marks appear on the bell pepper then add in the remaining pineapple.

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By now the meat should be cooked, so add the meat into the pan with the bell peppers in it.

Add the sauce you made to the pan.

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Simmer for three minutes and remove from heat.

Assemble your skewers meat, bell pepper, pineapple continue.

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Drizzle with the sauce from the pan, then pour yourself a glass of wine and watch your loved ones face light up when they take their first bite!

Makes 4 Servings:

243.5 Cals, 1.2 G fat, 29.6 G carb, 2.3 G fiber, 28.6 G pro, 17.5 G sugar

Extra: You can always make a double batch of these to freeze for a later date.

Cheers!! To Another Waistline Friendly Meal!

Kisses

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***In Loving Memory of Peaches….. He was OUR baby.

Lasagna Soup

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It’s cold here in OZ and during the cold winter months I crave all those yummy comfort foods that are not always so easy on my waistline. During my walks or quiet time I like to think of ways to make those unfriendly waistline meals waistline friendly. This one took a little bit of time. I have been wanting lasagna but nutrition is important to me and I like most of my foods to have a value to them. The thought of filling my belly with pasta just isn’t worth it to me, I’d rather have my meal AND a glass of my favorite Cabernet. So after some thoughtful thinking, and a lot of walking I figured I would just turn it into a soup. I was sooo pleased with the way it turned out! Not only did it smell like lasagna had been baking all day, It was so easy to make. I swear if you closed your eyes while you took a bite you would think you were eating lasagna. The best part is that you can eat it knowing you are doing good for your body!!

Float on by Modest Mouse is playing from the other room as I sip on my hot tea just counting down the minutes until I can tuck into a big bowl of this soup. But before I serve this up to my family I’m going to through some flour on my face so my family will think I’ve been cooking all day (they don’t need to know I’ve been sipping on tea enjoying some fun music 🙂 )

So you can get to tucking into a bowl yourself I will tell you…

What You Will Need

2 Large Green bell peppers, diced

1 Yellow Onion, diced

1 Pk 99% Lean ground Turkey, crumbled and cooked through

1 Jar of Natural Pasta sauce (I like to use a homemade pasta sauce and you can search the recipe for shallot sauce at the top.)

4 Cloves Garlic, minced

1 Small can Petite diced tomatoes

2 Zucchini, chopped

3 Cups Chicken Stock (Homemade if you can)

2 Tbsp Dried Oregano

2 Tbsp Dried Basil

1 Tbsp, Crushed Red Pepper

1 Tsp Salt

Parmesan Cheese, shredded

Part Skim mozzarella, shredded

Is your mouth-watering yet??

Prep Your Mis en Place 😉

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In a pot on the stove, add in your pasta sauce, chicken stock, diced tomatoes, oregano, basil, crushed red pepper, and salt.

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Bring to a simmer.

While that simmering, in a pan on the stove add in the onion, bell peppers, minced garlic, and ground turkey.

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Cook until the turkey is cooked through.

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Add the cooked turkey to the soup pot and allow the ingredients to marry each other.

Simmer for 20 minutes then add in the chopped zucchini and continue to let it simmer for 10 more minutes. I like my veggies to have a little bite to them in my soups. The zucchini will take place of the noodles you will be missing from a traditional lasagna. I promise you will not miss the pasta.

Top your soup with the shredded cheese and let it melt in the bowl then in your mouth.

Makes 8 servings:

289.1 Cals, 7.2 G fat, 17.4 G carb, 4.4 G fiber, 43.5 Pro, 9.4 G sugar

Kisses to Another Waistline Friendly Meal!

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Pork Bites with Fennel, and Sun Dried Tomatoes

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Oh my goodness UFP Alert! (Ugly Food Photo) No matter how tasty a dish can turn out sometimes the dish just does not want to cooperate during a photo shoot and it turns out UGLY! But pairing it with this….

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HELPS a lot! It’s a lovely Mount Eden Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon. If any of you have any ideas on how to get your food to cooperate during a shoot, let me know LOL.

I was made to LOVE you” by Toby Mac is playing from my computer as I sit here holding Baby Eden. I’m mesmerised by his wonderful loving personality and the smile he constantly displays on his face. This Song is perfect for us. My baby is getting hungry so I will tell you…

What You Will Need:

1 Lb. Lean ground pork (Lamb would go so well with this if you can find some at your local butcher. I would add some feta cheese to it as well.)

1 Fennel bulb, minced

1 C. Sun dried tomatoes. chopped

2 Tbsp. Rosemary, minced

2 Tbsp. Dried oregano

1/2 Tsp. Salt

1 Red onion, sliced

2 Red bell peppers, sliced

1/2 Tsp. Olive oil

Bib lettuce leaves for serving

Did you get everything??

Prep your Mis en Place 😉

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Pre heat your oven to 385.

In a mixing bowl, add in the pork, fennel, tomatoes, oregano, rosemary, and salt.

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Gently mix the ingredients, and roll into bite sized balls and place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. (Oh cookies sound good!)

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Place in the oven and cook for 15 minutes. That’s enough time for the pork to cook but still allow some “bite” left in the fennel. Speaking of fennel, I just love how this dish allows for those “hidden” veggies, plus it allows for more flavor to explode!

While the pork bites are cooking, in a pan set to medium high heat cook the bell pepper with the onion, and olive oil until soft.

Serve the bites on the leaf of the bib lettuce and top with the sautéed bell pepper and onion.This dish is packed with so much belly filling protein and healthy fiber! I’m so pleased!!! Yum!!

Serves 4 people:

191.5 Cals, 7.5 G fat, 10.9 G carb, 3.1 G fiber, 22.6 G pro, 5.4 G sugar

CHEERS! To another waistline friendly meal!

KISSES!

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Buffalo Chicken Wings EDEN Style

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OHHH yummy yummy!! During football season I crave Buffalo chicken wings. My mouth waters for that tangy zest! But A girls gotta watch her figure so my wing eating extravaganzas are far and few between until…….Today! I’m telling you, you will think you are eating the real deal once you sink your mouth into one of these babies! I Die! But before I go on, Its happy hour so lets turn up the music (I’m listening to Empire State of Mind by Jay Z to get in the mood.) Now pour yourself a glass of Cakebread Chardonnay and shake it…

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Sitting in my kitchen enjoying myself, I’m thinking of how I just love recipes that you can sneak extra vegetables in without noticing, and this dish does not disappoint! Don’t get me wrong, I love my veggies but I do know how helpful it is to sneak them into meals for people who don’t like them. I better let you get to recreating these yummy bites,  so I will tell you…..

What You Will Need:

1 Pk. Ground Chicken Breast

1 Cup Carrots. finely diced (set a few TBSP aside for garnish)

1 Cup Celery, finely diced (set a few TBSP aside for garnish)

1 Small Shallot, finely diced

1 Clove Garlic, minced

1/2 Cup Reduced Fat Blue cheese, crumbled

1/2 Cup Franks Red Hot Buffalo Sauce

Bib Lettuce, leaves peeled to act like a dish

Now that you are back from the store relaxed and have your music going Prep Your Mis en Place ! Still my favorite part 🙂

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Pre heat your oven to 385

In a mixing bowl, add in the chicken, carrots, celery, shallots, garlic, blue cheese, and the hot sauce.

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Mix well.

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Now start forming the mixture into bite sized balls. like this!

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Look at those hidden veggies!

Place them on an oven safe baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes. While they are cooking, take this opportunity to enjoy the evening a bit 😉

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I love fall evenings. Just the smell in the air is intoxicating. Oh wait, that’s my dinner cooking that smells sooo good. lol

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How did a picture of Baby Eden slip in? OH I die!! I just love that face!

Anyways,

After 15 minutes, let the chicken rest for a few minutes then place them in a bib lettuce cup and top off with some extra carrots and celery. If you like, you can add a few more blue cheese crumbles and hot sauce to the top.

Makes 4 servings:

279 Cals, 15.3 G fat, 9.8 G carb, 3.7 G fiber, 25.1 G pro, 5.8 G sugar

EXTRA: You can also use ground white turkey breast for 219 Cals, 4.3 G fat and 34.1 G pro

Cheers! To another Waistline Friendly Meal!

KISSES!!

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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 Zürich 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, and  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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