Cordon Bleu Chicken Burger

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Cordon Bleu Chicken Burger
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 package Wildtree Crispy Chicken Blend
  • 4 slices swiss cheese, cut into quarter sized pieces
  • 4 slices deli ham, cut in half
  • ½ cup light mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Wildtree Zesty Mustard Sauce
  • 1 cup arugula
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Clean and grease the grill grates. Mix ground chicken and Crispy Chicken Blend together until well combined. To prevent sticking, coat hands in oil before shaping chicken burgers. Shape ½ cup of ground chicken into a thin patty. Fold ½ slice of deli ham into a small square and place between two pieces of swiss cheese. Place the stacked meat and cheese in the center of the patty and wrap the ground chicken around it to create a stuffed burger. Repeat for the rest of the chicken; makes 8 burger patties. Grill for 5 minutes on each side until lightly charred and cooked through: 165°F. Whisk mayonnaise and Zesty Mustard Sauce together to make a sauce. Place a chicken burger on a bun and top with arugula. Drizzle with mustard sauce.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 410 Fat: 19 gm Saturated fat: 6 gm Carbohydrates: 30 gm Sodium: 590 mg Fiber: 1 gm Protein: 30 gm Cholesterol: 120 mg

 

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Kale and Faro Salad

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Kale and Faro Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cooked farro
  • 1 bunch of Kale
  • ½ red onion
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • For the Vinaigrette:
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 T champagne vinegar (or your favorite flavored vinegar)
  • 1 t honey
  • juice squeezed from a lime wedge
Instructions
  1. Remove stems from kale and tear into bite size pieces.
  2. Blanch kale in boiling water for 1-2 minutes just to soften a bit.
  3. Drain kale and toss with cooked farro.
  4. Finely slice red onion and slice red pepper into bite sized pieces. Mix with kale and farro.
  5. Mix all ingredients for dressing in a jar and shake, or whisk in a bowl. Pour dressing over other ingredients and toss till everything is coated.

 

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Chilled Cucumber Avocado Soup with Fresh Dill

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Chilled Cucumber Avocado Soup with Fresh Dill
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Recipe type: Soup
 
This super easy and refreshing chilled soup is perfect for a hot summer day. It comes together in just a few minutes without ever needing to turn on your oven or cooktop. This soup is also a great way to use up those delicious cucumbers from your garden or local farmers’ market.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 large cucumbers, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 ½ cup Greek 2% yogurt
  • ½ medium avocado, peeled and seeded
  • 1 medium shallot, peeled and cut in half
  • 3 T. fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 T. fresh lime juice
  • 2 t. ground cumin
  • 2 t. sea salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • optional: sprigs of fresh dill and/or sliced cucumber for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. If you prefer a thinner soup, add a little more chicken or vegetable stock until you reach the desired consistency.
  3. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 2- 3 hours before serving.
  5. Serve topped with sprigs of fresh dill and thin slices of cucumber.
  6. For an even prettier presentation, toss a few cooked and chilled shrimp with some ground cumin and chop into small pieces.
  7. Sprinkle seasoned shrimp pieces on top of soup and add a sprig of fresh dill.

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Ask Yourself This – Why Not?

Ask Yourself This – Why Not?

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Yes, there are 3 questions there, but the list could have been a lot longer, all starting with the same 2 words…

WHY NOT?

I hear it all the time, I see people post it all the time on social media – they wish things were like this, they wish things were like that, and when the question is asked why they don’t do something about it, the most common answer is ‘oh, I couldn’t do that!’

The responses are variations on that theme, that whatever the situation is, it’s not something that can be changed.

I ask again – why not? Why can’t it be changed? Why can’t it be changed by you? Why can’t something be done now?

If people moan about their surroundings, their job, their house, their relationships, their finance, I ask again – why not? Why can’t it be changed, why can’t it be changed by you? Why can’t it be started now?

It’s always challenging for people to be asked the question, because it’s not a question they have seriously considered before, so they aren’t able to put it into words. That’s a key point, because the lack of formulation of actual reasons behind the ‘nothing can be done’ response, allows it to flow around as nothing more than a vague concept.

The problem is, this vague concept has the power to rule and shape our life, because we let it fool us into thinking that the status quo is the only way. If we think there is only one way, then we only act one way, and that way will leave everything unchanged, which in turn is seen as evidence that it ‘has to be that way!’

So, when challenged about why changes can’t happen, if we delve deeper, we normally get to reasons of belief and fear.

Belief of not being good enough, a fears of failing, fears of it being too hard, fears of others laughing at us.

Hmm…

I can understand how a mindset like this comes to be, I can. If it’s drummed into us, by our peers and then by ourselves (!), then why *wouldn’t* it become our default way of thinking?

Yes, I can understand it, but I also *know* that it most certainly doesn’t have to be that way.

The belief of not being good enough normally comes from no more than being told it by others! More often than not it doesn’t come from actually finding out, taking action to try, and *then* see what happens. Taking action might show that you have a lot to learn, in which case, great! Set off and start learning.

The fears of failing or it being too hard, well they also tend to come from the imagination, thinking about failure rather than finding out in reality.

If we stop answering the ‘why not’ questions with negative answers ungrounded in factual trial, and replace them with answers of ‘I don’t know, let’s find out’, then, oh, life changes!

Life changes right there and then, and if followed through, can change it beyond recognition – it can transform it.

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Broken Glass?

It’s happened to all of us.

One of the worst things to clean up is broken glass. You risk cutting yourself  and also  leaving little bits for yourself or someone else to step on later.

Use this tip  to get the job done.

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If you ever drop glass, put a piece of bread on it.

The consistency of the bread will pick up even the smallest of shards.

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Cheesecake Muffins

SO simple to make and yummy too!

(Great for portion control as well)

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Is “Old Age” Just A Mindset?

You run into people all the time whose chronological age makes them technically, “old age” but whose physical appearance, attitude, and posture make them seem decades younger than their birth certificate would indicate.

On the other hand, you see people who are only 40 to 50 years old that already seem ready for retirement.

What makes the difference between these two classifications of people?

Many people are overlooking the power of the mind when it comes to the aging process. Those who continue to lead active lives with many social contacts and intact relationships with loved ones often carry the mindset that they are still young. They participate in sports, go dancing, eat out, and enjoy their bodies long after others have given up.
Attitude is everything when it comes to getting older. If you grew up in an era where “old age” happened when a person reached the age of 50 years, you will already feel you have arrived at old age upon your fiftieth birthday.
You tend to turn down opportunities for physical and social activity, increase the times you are sedentary and stop challenging your cognitive mind. When this happens, you truly do lose what you don’t use and you physically and emotionally age much faster than those who maintain physical, cognitive, and social activities well into the age where many others feel just too old to participate in these activities.
How do you get into the mindset of feeling young again?
It’s probably never too late to do this. You first need to recognize that age is just a number and that there are people much older than you who are doing things you may consider “too old” for them without difficulty. Look at people who seem and look younger than their years would otherwise say.
These are people who have refused to give into the meaning of the calendar and who continue to participate in youthful activities, bearing in mind that taking care of their body takes precedence over everything else. They are mentally alert, curious about life, and haven’t given up trying new things.
Compare these people with those who chronically complain about aches and pains, step back from fun and challenging activities, and prefer being sedentary to being more active.
These might be people who decide that they are too old to give up bad habits that contribute to the aging process, such as smoking and drinking alcohol, and have given up the meticulous care of their bodies that it takes to look and feel young.
What kind of person do you want to be?
The difference truly is in your mindset. If you decide that your body is a temple and continue to care for it, challenge it, and respect it, you will have no difficulty seeing yourself as young and vibrant.
Your risk of stressful life diseases will be less and you will feel less stressed in life when you carry yourself better and think of yourself as younger than your chronological age. If instead you dread your birthdays and see the passing of the years as a year closer toward death, your motivation and determination to feel and look young will be diminished and you will reflect that mindset in the way you present yourself to others.
If your ancestors lived long and healthy lives, take solace in knowing that you probably will, too, and you can carry the mindset of youth throughout your middle-aged years and older aged years.
Even if your ancestors did not live long and healthy lives, know that medical advances that focus on prevention and management of chronic diseases are on your side so that you can continue to feel and be young—well into your older years.
Never forget that age is just a number, and it does not dictate, “how one should feel” or “how one should act” at 50, 60 or even 90.

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Chocolate Banana Muffins

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

3 teaspoons baking soda

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

 

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. Beat in eggs, bananas and vanilla. Combine flour and baking soda; add to creamed mixture just until combined. Stir in the walnuts and chocolate chips. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups half full. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

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5 Ways To Focus Your Energy Towards Your Well-being 

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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.
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.
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 r 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.
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?”
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.
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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Blended Tropical Sorbet

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1 cup of Almond Milk or Coconut Milk
4 cups of Frozen Tropical Fruit (I used Mango, Papaya, Strawberries, Pineapples)
1 Banana
raw honey, sweeten to taste, (or preference) – optional..personally I add none. The fruits make it sweet enough for me.
Cardamom and Cayenne Pepper (or preference) – optional

Note: this recipe was prepared in my VitaMix and will yield a thick, milkshake consistency product. If you want a looser texture, simply add more milk.

** Don’t have 4 cups of Frozen Fruit..? Add Ice to get to the 4 cup mark
This recipe should be adapted to your choice of Spices/Flavorings

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WOW _ TOTALLY AWESOME USES FOR COCONUT OIL

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(I cannot vouch for all of these-I just read this and passed it on. Have you heard of these?)
Be sure to buy organic coconut oil. I get mine here: http://www.mywildtree.com/WendyWilkes

1. Moisturizer – simply scoop some out of the jar and apply all over your body, including neck and face.
2. Eye cream – apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags, and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.
3. Preshave – coconut oil will prep skin for the pending damage caused by shaving.
4. Aftershave – coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores.
5. Deodorant – coconut oil alone can be used as a deodorant, but even more effective in combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda!
6. Hair Conditioner/Deep Treatment – use as a leave in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of coconut oil to your ends and then running your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest! For a deeper treatment, rub in a tablespoon of coconut oil onto your dry scalp and gently work through to the ends. Put a shower cap on to prevent transfer onto bed linens and leave on overnight.
7. Hair Gel/Defrizzer – rub a little between your palms and either scrunch into hair (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair).
8. Toothpaste – there are numerous recipes out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on my toothbrush.
9. Make up remover – use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at how well it works!
10. Chapstick – just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection!
11. Massage Oil – pretty simple; grab some and rub!
12. Lubricant – it is an all natural, perfectly safe personal lubricant. Not compatible with latex!
13. Sunscreen
14. Stretch Mark Cream – coconut oil is great at nourishing damaged skin. It may not be the magic stretch mark cure but it will help.
15. Nipple Cream – works great to nourish cracked, sore, or dry nipples. Apply to a cotton ball and leave on your nipples between feedings.
16. Diaper salve – very comforting on a rashy bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth diapers.
17. Cradle cap – having issues with dry skin on your baby’s scalp? Coconut oil will not only nourish your baby’s skin, it also helps eliminate cradle cap. Just rub a teaspoon onto scalp daily.
18. Body scrub – mix coconut oil and sugar together and rub all over! Rinse off and your skin will be super soft! You can add in essential oils if you would like a specific smell.
19. Healing – when applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil speeds up the healing process of bruises by repairing damaged tissues. Plus, it smells a heck-of-a-lot better than anything from the pharmacy.
20. Bug Bites – when applied directly to a bug bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.
21. Skin problems – coconut oil relieves skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.
22. Swimmers Ear – mix garlic oil and coconut oil and put a few drops in affected ear for about 10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day and it usually works within one or two days.
General Health and Wellness
23. Stress Relief – relieve mental fatigue by applying coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion. The natural aroma of coconuts is extremely soothing thus helping to lower your stress level.
24. Digestion – the saturated fats in coconut oil have anti-bacterial properties that help control, parasites, and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around.
25. Fitness – coconut oil has been proven to stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat, while increasing muscle.
26. Nose bleeds – coconut oil can prevent nose bleeding that is caused by sensitivity to weather such as extreme hotness and extreme coldness. This condition happens when the nasal passages become dry because of cold or dry air resulting to burns and cracks in the mucus membranes so bleeding happens. To prevent this just put coconut oil in you nostrils. Coat your finger with coconut oil and then lie down and coat your finger inside your nose. Doing this will strengthen and protect the capillaries in the nasal passages. A Vitamin C supplement will also help prevent nose bleeding.
27. For breastfeeding moms, consuming 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich your milk supply.
28. Helps with weight loss & controlling cravings.
29. Helps keep blood sugar levels stable and/or helps with cravings in those with diabetes.
Health Problems (that coconut oil is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing when taken internally)
30. Eczema – in addition to taking it internally, many have success applying it externally, some don’t
31. Skin problems
32. Toenail fungus
33. Hot flashes
34. Bleeding hemorrhoids (can also be applied externally twice a day)
35. HIV
36. Head lice
37. Improvements in menstruation regarding pain/cramps and heavy blood flow
38. Migraines (with regular use)
39. Mononucleosis
40. Parasites
41. Thrush
42. Relieve gallbladder pain
43. Has helped some people improve symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland, results have shown subsequent thyroid blood tests becoming normal
44. Energy boost
45. Flaky, dry skin
46. May relieve acid reflux and indigestion when taken with each meal
47. Adrenal fatigue
48. Alzheimers
49. H. pylori
50. Candida albicans
51. Asthma, even in children
52. Autism
53. Cholesterol – improves HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) to LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) ratio in people with high cholesterol
54. Chronic fatigue
55. Circulation/feeling cold all the time
56. Stronger immune system
57. Mental Clarity
58. Depression
59. Helps with inflammation in Crohns
Health Problems (that coconut oil is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing when applied topically)
60. Athletes foot
61. Back pain/sore muscles
62. Canker sores
63. Acne
64. Cellulite
65. Herpes (applied topically and taken internally)
66. Genital warts (through topical application over 6 weeks, and coconut oil enemas twice a day depending on the location of the warts)
67. Circumcision healing – although I am personally against circumcision, I have read that coconut oil is a really great healer for this.
Cooking
68. Use 1 cup to 1 cup ratio when replacing other oils/butter in recipes with coconut oil.
69. Replacement for butter/lard/Crisco/PAM in it’s solid form – greasing pans, pie crusts, etc.
70. Replacement for various oils in liquid form – baking, cooking, sautéing, etc.
71. Nutritional supplement – melt and add to smoothies.
Other Uses
72. Insect repellent – mix coconut oil with peppermint oil extract and rub it all over exposed skin. Keeps insects off better than anything with Deet! Tons safer too.
73. Great for dogs and cats for general wellness. Just add a teaspoon to their water bowl daily.
74. Goo Gone – just mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda into a paste. Apply to the “sticky” area and let it set for a minute. Then scrub off with an old toothbrush or the scrubby side of a sponge.
75. Chewing Gum in Hair Remover – just rub some coconut oil over the stuck chewing gum, leave in for about 30 minutes, then roll the gum between your fingertip. Voila! It’s out!
76. Polish Furniture – coconut oil with a little bit of lemon juice to polish wood furniture. However, I recommend you test it first on a very small, unobtrusive part of your furniture to make sure it works the way you’d like.
77. Polishing Bronze – all you have to do is rub a little oil into a cotton towel and then wipe down the statue. It cleans and helps deepen the color of your bronze.
78. Seasoning animal hide drums
79. Seasoning cookware
80. Moisturizing and cleaning leather products

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Cauliflower crust pizza

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CRUST:
1 small head cauliflower
2 eggs
1 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese (or another kind!)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried minced garlic (or fresh garlic)
1/2 teaspoon onion salt


TOPPINGS:
Whatever you like!
We used a food processor and mixed all the ingredients for the crust in it.
Shape it into a 9 to 12-inch round. Bake the crust. 400 F for 30-40 minutes Top it with desired sauce and toppings.and return to oven until cheese melted/browned.
We topped ours with cheese, salami and onion
That is all!

Note:  You can make the crust thinner and bake it longer if you like it crispier.

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