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Skillet Fried Breakfast Potatoes

I love making this dish for a filling and delicious breakfast. Plus it is very economical. Win Win!

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My yoga teacher is pretty inspirational, she is constantly trying to beat positive thinking into our heads with her little “isms” that she throws out during an intense pose. I like it because I need the positive reinforcement to keep me at it. Of course, I show up to get rejuvenated, but most of the time I leave enlightened.

This last class, two of her statements stuck out to me that I thought was pretty cool. In the beginning of class after basic stretches, we normally go through a couple of sun salutations. On that particular morning, it was pretty overcast and she said, “Remember guys, you may not see it, but the sun is shining behind the clouds.” It made me smile, because it was an updated version of my mother’s “And this too shall pass…” It is true, each storm in our life will move on and the…

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Winter Meal Plan – 10

 

Breakfast

Snack 1

Lunch

Snack 2

Dinner

Monday

2 Scrambled eggs and a banana

Gorilla Bar

Frozen Black bean burrito and Apple

Handful of dried fruit

Taco Salad

Tuesday

Omelet and Yogurt Handful of Nuts or seeds Leftovers and apple String cheese BBQ chicken and broccoli salad

Wednes-day

Omelet and Yogurt String Cheese Leftovers Hummus and baby carrots Broiled Salmon in herb mustard glaze and side salad

Thursday

2 Scrambled Eggs and 1 large grapefruit Hummus and snap peas Turkey Wrap and Apple Handful of almonds and a Yogurt Linguini in garlic oil and side salad

Friday

Baked Oatmeal and grapefruit String cheese Leftovers Broccoli Salad Roasted Chicken with Mediterranean Farro Salad

Saturday

Peanut butter on Toast and 1 banana

 

Hummus and cherry tomatoes Chicken salad Sandwich and apple Handful of almonds Eat Out

Sunday

 

Skillet breakfast potatoes

Gorilla Bar Frozen Black bean and cheese burrito and apple string cheese Grilled Tri Tip & Mediterranean Farro Salad

 

In order to save time and money, I make a meal plan every week. This is my meal plan for next week.

Also, I like to have a good mix of quick to grab convenience foods and fast prep meals interwoven into my week. I have lots of recipes that are consistently in our diet, but I also like to try new recipes. Next week I will be trying a couple of new recipes that get pretty high ratings on other cooking sites.

Anyway, happy cooking everyone!

 

Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

This is my Grandma’s recipe for Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread. It has been in our family for a very long time and is one of my favorites.

Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Bread
Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Bread

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Last night, we decided to have chili and a variation of my Grandmother’s jalapeno cheddar cornbread. After the visit from my cousin, it had me thinking of my family, especially my Grandma who seemed to be the glue of our family most of the time.

A placard beside my Grandparent’s back door read “back door guests are best.” Through the first threshold was a mudroom area where you took off your shoes. You did not dare wear your shoes on my Grandma’s hardwood floor. Grandma was meticulous. She lived her life by the motto that there was a place for everything and everything was in it’s place.

When you entered through the second threshold you were greeted by my grandma, hair in curlers and her signature third person conversations. “Hey there, Baby! You give your Grandma a hug! Grandma has missed you so much!”

You were also greeted with the…

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Winter Meal Plan – 9

 

Breakfast

Snack 1

Lunch

Snack 2

Dinner

Monday

2 Scrambled eggs and a banana

Gorilla Bar

Frozen black bean burrito and an apple

Handful of dried fruit

Ham and Bean Soup and cornbread

Tuesday

Omelet and grapefruit String Cheese Leftovers and apple almonds Glazed Salmon and broccoli rice

Wednes-day

Peanut butter on Toast and Grapefruit Yogurt Turkey Avocado Club Sandwich and apple String cheese Asian Chicken Salad

Thursday

Oatmeal and grapefruit Yogurt Leftovers Almonds Grilled Sausage, Sautéed Cauliflower and Brown Rice

Friday

Omelet and Yogurt Gorilla Bar Frozen black bean burrito and an apple String Cheese Veggie Burger and sweet potato fries and side salad

Saturday

 

Peanut butter on Toast and Grapefruit

Cherry tomatoes and hummus hummus and veggie pita and apple Yogurt and a handful of almonds Eat Out

Sunday

French Toast and banana String Cheese Eat Out Popcorn Glazed Salmon and broccoli rice

 

In order to save time and money, I make a meal plan every week. This is my meal plan for next week.

Also, I like to have a good mix of quick to grab convenience foods and fast prep meals interwoven into my week. I have lots of recipes that are consistently in our diet, but I also like to try new recipes. Next week I will be trying a couple of new recipes that get pretty high ratings on other cooking sites.

Anyway, happy cooking everyone!

 

Sauteed Green Beans with Bacon and Shallots

I have always love green beans. Even the soggy ones that were served in the school cafeteria as a kid. These are so much better!

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I love fresh green beans in any shape or form, but when you can mix them with bacon and caramelized shallots, I mean come on. It almost seems like I am cheating. I mean getting this much yummy flavor into something shouldn’t be this easy!

You get the sweet caramelized shallots bring out the sweetness of the green beans and the smoky saltiness of the bacon mixes well with the bites of ground pepper. The grassy-ness of the parsley brings out the fresh earthiness of the green beans while the lemon brightens the flavors, giving the meal a little zip.

Enjoy everyone!

Sauteed Green Beans with Bacon and Shallots

Sauteed Green Beans with Bacon and Shallots Sauteed Green Beans with Bacon and Shallots

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Winter Meal Plan – 8

 

Breakfast

Snack 1

Lunch

Snack 2

Dinner

Monday

2 Scrambled eggs and a grapefruit

25 almonds or other nuts or seeds available

Farro Salad and Apple

String Cheese

Cabbage Rolls

Tuesday

Omelet and banana Yogurt Cabbage Rolls and apple Gorilla bar Grilled Chicken, Farro Salad, steamed broccoli

Wednes-day

2 Scrambled eggs and a grapefruit Yogurt and 25 almonds or other nuts or seeds available Cabbage Rolls and apple Banana and String Cheese or favorite cheese Leftovers

Thursday

Omelet and a banana Dried fruit and nut/seeds Tuna Sandwich and apple Gorilla bar Salmon roasted in butter and Sautéed green beans

Friday

Omelet and grapefruit Yogurt and banana Farro salad and apple Hummus and carrots Pan Roasted Chicken with steamed green beans and rice

Saturday

English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich and Grapefruit  String cheese or favorite cheese and nuts Tuna sandwich and apple Popcorn Leftovers

Sunday

French Toast and citrus Dried fruit and string cheese Tuna sandwich and apple Hummus and carrots Steak Tacos

 

In order to save time and money, I make a meal plan every week. This is my meal plan for next week.

Also, I like to have a good mix of quick to grab convenience foods and fast prep meals interwoven into my week. I have lots of recipes that are consistently in our diet, but I also like to try new recipes. Next week I will be trying a couple of new recipes that get pretty high ratings on other cooking sites.

Anyway, happy cooking everyone!

 

Argentinian Inspired Empanadas

These Argentinian Empanadas are so delicious. I like to add extra veggies to them to make them more well rounded.

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I have had a pretty blah day. Nothing much happened except I watched a few movies that I recorded over the weekend. I pulled a muscle in yoga class the other day. Went too deep into a back bend, so I am out of commission until I re-cooperate.  It was stupid and I was foolishly trying to be too competitive with myself. I should have known when my yoga instructor said, “Wow, you are really going deep into your back” and my chest swelled with pride that that was a bad sign. It isn’t the first idiotic thing I have ever done and by far it is not the worst. A saying that we had at my last job was, “for every idiot proof system devised, a new improved idiot will arise and overcome it.” Oh well. So I bring you an empanada that I made last week to use up…

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Berry Smoothie

I love smoothies! Especially when I have a sweets craving and I don’t want to turn to a cookie.

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Below is my favorite smoothie recipe. Of course you could add a few of your favorite fruits: mango, papaya, pineapple, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, etc… That’s what I love about smoothies, they are so versatile.

If you have any leftovers, you can place in a container and freeze. Later you can scrape it for a delicious fruit ice similar to a granita. A healthy and delicious sweet treat.

Today in yoga, our instructor read a Rumi poem called the guest house that really struck a chord with me. Enjoy!

THE GUEST HOUSE

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out

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Mixed Vinaigrette

This vinaigrette is easy and delicious. The perfect quick dressing for a work week lunch and nice enough for company.

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Over the past year, with all of the fresh produce available to me, I have become a salad convert. Where I use to cringe at the the thought of a salad, now I delight in the idea of creatively bringing the salad together.

First and foremost are the veggies and fruits available through my CSA and local farmers markets. This week, alongside all the apricots, plums, broccoli, celery, and fresh mixed greens were the first picks of Gravenstein apples and lots and lots of zucchini and squash, not a problem, I love these items. I chose to grill my zucchini giving it a charred smokiness. To round out the succulent smokiness, I used the tart crunchy apple and sweet plum.

When choosing a protein for my salad this week, I chose to heighten the smokiness with bacon and used a Toma cheese which is a semi-hard cheese that has a buttery flavor with a…

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Cuban Chicken

An earthy spice rub marries well with the bright citrus marinade! Enjoy.

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I have been practicing yoga for three years now and I am still in the beginner classes, but life is about the journey. I have to accept where I am at and trust that one day, the beginner classes will seem easy to me and I will know when it is time to move on.  Anyway, today in yoga class, my instructor brought up the idea of complimentary contradictions.

In yoga, for example, we have to put our bodies through positions that may seem contradictory, in order to get freer and more open. I guess you could apply that way of thinking to all parts of life, such as last night, when I returned home from the grocery store starving. These are my weak moments when I want some fatty deliciousness, instead I fed myself something more complimentary to our new goal of practicing moderation. This flavorful chicken is great…

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