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My Candied Pecan Catastrophe!!

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What I love about having my own health blog, is I get to be as honest as I want. There are HUNDREDS of blogs out there that will pretend baking/cooking is so easy and that they never make any mistakes… but I’m definitely not one of them.

I’m here to blog about the good, the bad and the things I catch on fire… and let me tell you I almost just burnt my house down attempting to make home made candied pecans!

I’m not really sure what I did wrong to tell you the truth, I left them in the oven for the exact amount of time directed, used the same ingredients as the recipe- only I substituted brown sugar for regular cane sugar.

Am I going to give up? NO WAY!

Off to the store to buy some more raw pecans, and try a different candied pecan recipe.
As they say, “what doesn’t burn your house down, makes you buy a fire extinguisher.”

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Going Greek in Ralphs- Three colored grapes in one!

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Shopping around in my neighborhood store, I came across this AWESOME medially of grapes and bought 2 boxes!!

Now all I need is a hot guy in a Toga with a huge leaf fan to feed them to me while sitting in a royal throne.
Hey, a girl can dream right?

I wonder how my boyfriend Bryan would feel about wearing a toga…

I can’t wait to use these flavors in all kinds of recipes, salads and smoothies this week 🙂

Who wouldn’t like 3 colors of grapes in one? Pure genius.

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5 Minute Vegetarian Panini! A Fitspirational Classic

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In a hurry? Need some thing quick but still want to stay healthy?

This 5 minute vegetarian panini is GREAT because you can pre-prepare 3 different kinds at the beginning of the week, and after a few minutes on a panini maker; they’re ready to eat!

If you pre-prepare all the ingredients you want on your panini, and keep them individually ready-to-eat in your fridge- it makes for a quick and healthy meal on the go.

I made this panini last night in less then 5 minutes and it took me 2 minutes to heat it up today on my pink panini maker. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think sandwiches get any faster then that.

 

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Fast, easy, and delicious; a perfect combination for anyone with a busy schedule!

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Gorgonzola Cheese, Anjou Pears, and Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette dressing YUM!

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Gorgonzola garlic salad

You haven’t had a true salad until you’ve tasted this one. I know I know I know what you’re thinking; …garlic and pears??? EW!

WRONG! Think again. The savory flavors of the roasted garlic vinaigrette, go astonishingly well with the sweet Anjou pears.

This salad is quick, fresh and a delight side to any main course, or a perfect lunch all on its own 🙂

Ps oh my gosh you guys, these pictures turned out so great!! I’m getting so much better with my food photography!

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We pet baby chicks, NOT eat them!

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At a lovely afternoon adventure at my Godmother’s house, we discovered her 15 new baby chicks! They were SO cute. Bryan and I named this one Pablo. After getting to spend some quality time with Pablo, it breaks my heart to think about all the baby chicks and chickens that are suffering so much at food mills. Kept in tiny cages with no room to fly around and be free. It’s little moments like today with Pablo that remind me why I’ve been a Vegetarian my whole life.

Choose free-range chicken eggs at the store, or even better; buy your food from local farmers markets.

Proud vegetarian for 24 years!!! Pablo power 🙂

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Artichoke Adventures

Did you know that Artichokes are one of the WORLD’S most healthiest foods? 

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YES! But Why?

  • REALLY high in anti-oxidants
  • Cancer fighting properties
  • Really good for the liver *Also known for as a hangover treatment for you drinkers out there!*
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Really high in Fiber (which helps with digestion)

If you had asked me a year ago to eat this weird flowery looking cactus shaped vegetable… I would have looked at you like you were crazy.

Now that my taste buds are developing, I tried them for the first time about a year ago and I AM IN LOVE WITH THEM!

If you’ve never tried an artichoke before, I highly recommend it!

MAKE SURE YOU READ THIS BEFORE YOU TRY AND EAT ONE! They’re complicated to eat, but totally worth the extra effort.

How to eat an artichoke:

After you’ve steamed or boiled it for 25-35 minutes begin to eat.

  1. Pull off outer petals, one at a time
  2. Dip white fleshy end in melted butter or sauce. Tightly grip the other end of the petal. Place in mouth, dip side down, and pull through teeth to remove soft, pulpy, delicious portion of the petal. Discard remaining petal.
  3. With a knife or spoon, scrape out and discard the inedible fuzzy part (called the “choke”) covering the artichoke heart. The remaining bottom of the artichoke is the heart. Cut into pieces and dip into sauce to eat.
  4. I dip mine in a home made garlic sauce that I make myself with FRESH garlic. This not only adds to the flavors of the artichoke, it adds another entire health benefit from the fresh garlic!

Get out of your comfort zone, it’s no fun in there! 

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Whole grain veggie flat-bread pizza!

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With the whole grain flat-bread dough, combined with all the delicious veggies on top; this is the perfect healthy go to pizza!

Since the dough isn’t thick, it cuts the calories. I made sure to add an array of my favorite pizza toppings too 🙂

Toppings:
Zucchini
Summer Squash
Sauteed Red peppers
Arugula with lemon vinegerette dressing
Mozerella cheese

YUM!
The flavors go together perfectly, and the flat bread literally melts in your mouth. Delicious summer dinner 🙂

*Note- to make this vegan, just use vegan cheese 🙂