Strawberry Spinach Salad w/ Poppyseed Vinaigrette

Strawberry Spinach Salad w/ Poppyseed Vinaigrette
 
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup raspberry vinaigrette (I purchase a low sugar version)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ tsp yellow mustard
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • stevia or sweetener of choice, to taste-if you choose
  • 4 tsp poppy seeds
  • 1 pkg (10 ounces) fresh baby spinach
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
  • ½ cup coarsely candied pecans or walnuts, chopped
Instructions
  1. Combine the vinaigrette, salt, mustard and sweetener.
  2. Blend or whisk until smooth.
  3. Gradually add oil while continuing to blend or whisk.
  4. Stir in poppy seeds and refrigerate dressing for at least an hour.
  5. Just before serving, toss the spinach, strawberries and candied pecans in a large.
  6. Serve with dressing.
  7. *I often add feta crumbles and diced chicken breast to make it a complete meal.

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EASY CAPRESE SALAD

EASY CAPRESE SALAD
 
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 2 leaves of fresh basil, chopped
  • 5 BelGioia Fresh Mozarello snack packs or other!
  • 2 tablespoons Tomato Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing. (We love Wildtree)
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients and enjoy

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Sweet and Sour Pork Tenderloin

Sweet and Sour Pork Tenderloin
Serves: 5
 
Ingredients
  • 1 to 1½ pound Pork Tenderloin
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • ½ C. Ketchup
  • ½ C. Rice Vinegar
  • 1 (8-oz.) can Pineapple Chunks, with juice reserved
  • 3 Tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. Minced Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 1 pinch Red Pepper Flakes, optional
  • 1½ Tbsp. Peanut Oil
  • 1 Tsp. Butter
  • ⅓ C. chopped Green Onion, white, bottom part
  • chopped Green Onion tops, to garnish
Instructions
  1. Cut tenderloin into 4-6 vertical pieces. Pound each piece with a mallet until each is about 1 to 1½ inch thick. 2. Season both sides of the pieces with salt and black pepper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix ketchup, rice vinegar, reserved pineapple juice, brown sugar, garlic, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes. Set mixture aside.
  3. Heat peanut oil in a medium skillet over high heat. Place pork pieces in pan. Reduce heat to medium. Cook 5-6 minutes per side, until browned on both sides and cooked through. Take pork out of skillet and set aside.
  4. Stir butter into hot pan. Once melted, stir in pineapple chunks. Cook, stirring constantly, until pineapple chucks are golden brown (no more than 5 minutes).
  5. Stir in ketchup mixture and the white parts of the green onion. Reduce heat to low. Simmer until onion have softened (no more than 5 minutes).
  6. Return pork to skillet and cook until heated through. Stir pork into mixture. Once transferred onto plate for serving, use the remaining green onion tops as a garnish.

 

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Zucchini Noodles with Arrabbiata Sauce

Zucchini Noodles with Arrabbiata Sauce
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
Here is a really satisfying meal you can feel good about serving! This recipe replaces traditional pasta with healthy and delicious fresh zucchini noodles, so you can indulge in it often without any guilt. All'arrabbiata is a spicy Italian red sauce made with red pepper flakes. It is traditionally served with rigatoni or penne noodles, but here it is paired with crisp-tender spaghetti-like zucchini noodles. If you’d like to save a little time, you can use prepared arrabbiata sauce. However, you can make your own from scratch in less than half an hour or you can make large batches in advance, and freeze the rest for easy weeknight meals.
Ingredients
  • 4 large firm zucchini, peeled
  • 3 T. oil-We use grapeseed oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • For the Arrabbiata Sauce:
  • 3 T.. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • ½ T. crushed red-pepper flakes
  • ½ c. tomato paste
  • 2 c. fresh tomatoes, chopped and seeds removed
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • 1 t. garlic powder(I use garlic galore)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • Garnish (optional):
  • fresh basil, washed, dried and cut into thin slices
  • Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
Instructions
  1. Prepare the sauce by heating olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the crushed red pepper flakes and heat until fragrant. Reduce heat to medium-low, then add tomato paste, tomatoes, oregano, and garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Simmer until sauce is slightly reduced, approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. While the sauce is cooking, slice zucchini into thin, long noodles with a spiral slicer.
  4. Place cut noodles on paper or clean kitchen towels to absorb excess moisture and set aside.
  5. Heat oil and garlic in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the garlic turns golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.
  6. Reduce heat to medium and remove garlic from the pan with a slotted spoon or fork and discard. Add zucchini noodles to skillet and sauté for approximately 2 minutes. While cooking, use tongs to flip the noodles to ensure they are warmed on each side. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and set aside.
  7. Remove from heat and toss with warm arrabbiata sauce. Transfer to a serving dish and top with sliced basil and freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve immediately.

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Vegan ice cream recipe review

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A well written book of recipes for ice cream for Vegans or just those who are eliminating
dairy from their diets. Most of the recipes appear to be healthy and tasty. The instructions are
easy and the recipes do not call for anything that cannot be found in a normal grocery store.
I already make my own ice cream from fruit without dairy and my family loves it.
I can add a few new recipes they will love!

If you are looking for healthier options, think it’s an amazingly wonderful book and should be a staple in every kitchen!
I do wish there would have been photos and nutritional breakdown of the recipes included.

I received this book in exchange for my review. I was not required to give a favorable review. The thoughts and opinions here are entirely my own.

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The Giving Plate

The Giving Plate! What a cool idea!

Most often it is Ziplock containers that get passed back and forth, and that’s OK too!

The Giving Plate

I just love this idea.

I see this all over Pinterest but do not know the original source.  If anyone knows, please let me know-Thank you!

Supplies needed:
Sharpie markers  (bold or metallic colors work best so I am told)
Round or Square white ceramic plate (You can get these cheap at the Dollar store)
Acetone nail polish remover
Paper towels

 

Write/Doodle whatever you choose on the plate.

Then bake the plate in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

I was told these should be hand washed only.
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Banana Split Dessert

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Banana Split Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1¼ Cups Sugar Divided
  • ⅓ Cup Butter, Melted
  • 2 pkgs. (8 oz.cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 Can (20 oz.) crushed Pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced thin
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups cold Milk
  • 1 Large box Vanilla Pudding
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup chopped peanuts or nuts of you choice
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs, ¼ cup sugar, and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a 9 x 13 inch pan. Set aside.
  2. Beat together remaining sugar and cream cheese until well mixed. Carefully spread over cookie crust. Top with pineapple. Slice bananas and layer over pineapple. Add sliced strawberries over bananas.
  3. In another bowl mix together cold milk and vanilla pudding and set aside. In a large bowl, beat together whipping cream, vanilla and powdered sugar until soft peaks form. Remove 1 cup of whipped cream and mix into pudding. Layer pudding over bananas. Spread remaining whipped cream over pudding and sprinkle with nuts. Chill for 5 hours before serving. Don't forget the cherry! Enjoy~~
Notes
Photo by L. Kerber

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5 Ways To Focus Your Energy Towards Your Well-being

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5 Ways To Focus Your Energy Towards Your Well-being
When you take better care of yourself and your body, it will boost your well-being rather quickly. Eating well and exercising will provide benefits that can be seen almost instantly, helping the mind and body to manage virtually any difficulty that you may face, which includes depression and anxiety.
In addition to providing nourishment for your body and participating in physical activities that you enjoy, there are a number of other ways that your mental health and overall well-being can be improved, as well, which are highlighted here.
Accept the Emotions You Experience
There are some people who would make the argument that the majority of your physical, relational and mental issues come from the inability to be able to experience your emotions. Rather than experiencing them, you medicate, rationalize, project, bury, deny, smother, drink away, suck it up or sweep unpleasant emotions under the rug. The emotions that are most often avoided include fear, anger and sadness.
If you put more energy into avoiding emotions, rather than feeling them, you are going to feel stressed and suffer anxiety. Take an active role in letting your guard down and feeling emotions.

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Take Risks Everyday
It is a good idea to create a routine and structure; however, this can also cause you to become stuck in a rut. This means that you are not growing as a person. Taking a certain number of risks can be both rewarding and healthy.
Take some time to challenge yourself and take a risk every single day. This can mean talking to a new person, trusting someone, asserting yourself or setting some type of tough goal. The key is to push yourself beyond your comfort zone.

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Live in the Moment
There are a number of mental health trends that become challenged when a person gets sucked into what happened in the past or what people “did to you” rather than actually taking responsibility of  what you are doing or creating the present moment, right this second. The key is to live in the moment, without hyper focusing on the past or the future.

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Be Introspective
It is important to avoid just coasting through your life without taking the time to assess yourself. For example, you need to ask yourself often if you are in denial regarding anything or if you are resisting something in your life. It is also a good idea to take a step back and consider where your behaviors and feelings are coming from. You may ask yourself the question “Is this thought helpful? Is the behavior needed? Is there another option?”

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Laugh Daily
In many situations, people take themselves much too seriously. If you need proof, consider the following. Kids laugh about 200 times a day and adults, only 15 times a day. In order to laugh more, go see a funny movie, play a funny game or just enjoy life. Taking the time to laugh more will not only help you feel better and be happier, it can also make you younger.

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Improving your well-being does not have to be as difficult or complex as you may imagine. By using the five tips here, you can easily discover that you feel better, you are less stressed, and that you are able to enjoy life more.
Don’t ignore the importance of exercise and eating right; however, it is important to understand that there is much more to a person’s overall well-being than physical activity and smart food options. Being informed and aware of yourself, how you act and how you feel can impact your well-being in significant ways.

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