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Buffalo Chicken Man-wiches

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After a productive day today I am ready for some resting and relaxing tonight. I spent all afternoon yesterday and this morning working with my grandma to finish re-covering my glider chair! She is such a great seamstress so with her guidance and expertise, I am soooo happy with the results! I can’t wait to post pictures!

Then after some daunting errands, returns and a good ol’ stop at Walmart I treated myself to a float on the lake with my girlfriend Lise this afternoon. Now I plan on making an easy dinner Continue reading


Strawberry Chicken Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

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For all my Canadian readers, I hope you had a great long weekend and for all my American readers, I hope you are getting ready for all the celebrations tomorrow! And for the rest of you…. well I hope you are enjoying your day wherever you are reading from.

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Chicken Sausage Salad with Lentils and Green Apple

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I hope everyone had a great weekend! I must say that between sun tanning, reading and yoga I had a very relaxing weekend, but who is ever ready to go back to work?! But the sun has been shining non stop and it’s been HOT so I’m happy where ever I am.

This recipe was another good page ripper from the gym but I have no idea what magazine it was out of. I altered a few things and I served it atop a large bed of fresh spinach kudos’ to my garden! I’ve been throwing those leafy greens in everything lately and I feel great. For all the great benefits of adding spinach to your diet, check out this linkThis salad is nothing like any other salad I’ve tried. It has a very distinctive taste and I loved it! Not to mention all the nutrients and vitamins especially from the lentils. To read all the great benefits of these tiny little beans, check out this link. I will definitely be making this salad again. It’s super filling and between the beans, veggies, fruit and lean protein I am sold on this full meal deal salad! Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup French lentils
  • 2 cloves garlic, lightly smashed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp kosher salt plus pinch
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 3 Tbsp plus 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp plus 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Black pepper
  • 4 low-fat chicken sausages
  • 1 bunch watercress, coarse stems removed
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced thinly

Directions

1. Bring the water to a boil. Add the lentils, garlic, bay leaf and salt to the boiling water and simmer (partially covered) for 15 minutes. Stir, cover and cook until lentils are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl; discard garlic and bay leaf.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss 2 tablespoons of the diced onion with 2 teaspoons each of the vinegar and oil. Season with a pinch of salt and set aside.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add remaining onion and the carrot and celery to skillet. Saute the vegetables about 6 to 8 minutes. Add vegetables to lentils; toss with 3 tablespoons vinegar, 2 teaspoons oil and the mustard. Season with salt and the black pepper to taste.

4. In skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausages and cook, turning, until browned, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and slice on the diagonal.

5. Add the watercress and apple to the dressed red onion and toss well. To serve, make a bed of lentils on each plate. Top with watercress-apple salad and sausage.

If you have a complete set of salad bowls and they all say Kool Whip on the  side, you might be a redneck. ~ Jeff Foxworthy


Spicy Peanut Soba with Chicken

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Okay so is it just me or did the alarm clock come way to quick for some of you?! I gotta admit…. I’m a big time snoozer in the morning. I hit that darn button at least 4 times, and logically speaking…. it’s probably the worst sleep pattern you can get into. You’re better off to set the alarm for the correct time you wish to get up and actually get continuous sleep until then. But no…. for some reason I’d rather set my alarm earlier than necessary, sleep in pathetic 5 minute increments for half an hour and be jolted awake not once but multiple times by that nagging alarm sound. It’s nonsense I know, but somehow it’s my way of being defiant to my alarm as if to say “you think you’re gonna wake me up now….NOPE. I’m going back to sleep.” This is a habit I am trying to break. But none the less it’s Monday afternoon and I made it through the day.

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Indian Coconut Curry Chicken

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The past week or so, I have been getting my house/routine back in order after reno’s, spring cleaning, yard work, crafting (new diy’s to come!) and just the transition from being back from vacation. So with all the organization and order comes more time for cooking quality meals. I have been determined to try at least two new recipes a week to expand my personal recipe collection. So this week was ethnic dishes. Continue reading


Thai Curry Stirfry

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Do you ever have one of those weeks where every day feels like Monday all over again?! I swear today I woke up and actually tried to convince myself that if I crossed my arms and wiggled my nose hard enough that it would be Saturday morning. After another rude awakening from my snooze button I decided that it hadn’t worked and I got out of bed. I changed my attitude, gave myself a pep talk and had a ton of fun at work but all the while dreaming of my comfy duvet and feather pillows. After work I wanted nothing more than to be a couch potato but I forced myself to do my workout and weights. Yeah me! Now my to-do list for the day is done! I’m going to enjoy a yummy dinner with my hubby before heading over to my girlfriend Lise’s for a tea date. Not your idea of an exciting evening?! Well that lil’ granny side of me has found a perfect tea partner and I wouldn’t change our tea dates for anything! I hope you have a great night and that you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1/2 cup + 2Tbsp organic peanut butter (melted)
  • 2 tbsp red curry paste
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 carrots sliced diagonally
  • 1/2 red pepper sliced
  • 1/2 yellow pepper sliced
  • 1/2 orange pepper sliced

Directions:

1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and chicken and cook until chicken is no longer pink. Set chicken aside.

2. In medium bowl mix together peanut butter (slightly melted), curry paste, sugar, chili powder, cayenne, fish sauce, sesame oil and coconut milk.

3. In the same skillet from chicken, add second amount of coconut oil on medium high heat. Add carrots and peppers. Cook 5 minutes just until veggies begin to soften. Add chicken to skillet along with sauce. Simmer for 10-15 minutes or until heated through. Serve on a bed of rice and garnish with fresh thai basil.

A good meal ought to begin with hunger. ~ French proverb


Curry Mango Chicken

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I was out for dinner a little while ago and I ordered a creamy curry chicken dish served over rice. I absolutely loved the mixture of spicy curry, sweet mango and chicken, and it was soooo rich. I decided I needed to create something similar, but healthy and easy. Since I wanted to create a cold dish for summer I decided greek yogurt would be the perfect substitute to mayonaise as the creamy base. I chopped up some cooked chicken, added some curry seasoning and fresh mango and ta-da. Heaven on a bun!! And in only four ingredients! It doesn’t beat the cream sauce at the restaurant but it sure satisfies my craving for the flavors. I served mine with fresh potato salad and veggies. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cooked chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1-2 tbsp curry powder (depending on taste)
  • 1 ripe mango diced

Directions:

1. Cook chicken, cube and set aside.

2. In medium bowl mix together the greek yogurt, curry and mango. Add chicken and toss lightly. Serve on whole wheat bun. Enjoy!

Sarcasm is like spicy food – sometimes you have to tone it down so more people can enjoy it. – Author Unknown