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Jul23

Sunday Recipe Makeover: Stir Fry Peppers

Posted on Jul 23 by

  Most people stuff peppers with rice and cheese. That only adds fat and calories. With this stir fry peppers recipe you get all the yummy flavors of stuffed peppers without all the fat and extra calories. Serve these with fresh fruit or a side salad for a refreshing meal. Ingredients Sauce ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar 2 teaspoons minced garlic 2 teaspoons minced ginger 1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce Stuffing for the Peppers 4 red bell peppers, halved vertically, seeds and membranes removed 4 oz uncooked soba (buckwheat) noodles 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil 1 cup thinly sliced onion 1 cup julienned carrot 1 cup thinly sliced baby bok choy 1 cup sugar snap peas, thinly sliced diagonally Garnish ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro Directions Heat oven to 400°F. Line baking pan with sides with cooking parchment paper. In small bowl, beat Sauce ingredients with whisk; set aside. Place peppers on baking pan. Break soba noodles into fourths. Cook as directed on package; rinse and drain. Transfer to large bowl; set...

Jul20

Is Your Baby Sitter Qualified? Things to Check Before Leaving Your Kids

Posted on Jul 20 by

You’re excited for a night out and the babysitter just arrived. Is your babysitter prepared for what might happen while you are away? Although most parents generally hire a babysitter based on referrals, it’s always best to make sure your sitter has all of these basics so that in the event of an emergency, they can act fast.   Contact Numbers You should always provide your own cell number when you leave but have you thought about leaving a backup number and also getting a back up number for your sitter. Should something happen and your sitter and kids need to leave the house having her parents or her friends number as a backup might be a good idea.   For example a friend had a young lady watching her kids and there was a gas leak in the home. The sitter called 911 and tried to call the parents but could not contact them. When the ambulance came they took the sitter and both kids in the ambulance to check them out. The sitter lost her phone between...

Jul17

Sunday Recipe Makeover: Skinny Citrusy Strawberry Chicken Salad

Posted on Jul 17 by

This strawberry chicken salad recipe was featured on BettyCrocker.com. It’s perfect for warm weather and also a great salad for those watching their weight. The recipe states that it has 63% less sat fat  and 56% less sodium than the original recipe which is perfect for a healthy and filling meal choice. Ingredients 4 medium skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds total) ¼ teaspoon black pepper ⅛ teaspoon salt 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth 1 recipe Strawberry Citrus Dressing (below) Strawberry Citrus Dressing ½ cup strawberries ⅓ cup orange juice 2 tablespoons canola oil 2 teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon sugar ½ teaspoon chili powder, if desired ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ⅛ teaspoon salt 6 cups fresh watercress 2 cups halved strawberries ¼ cup chopped pecans, toasted Directions Sprinkle the chicken breast halves with pepper and salt. In a large skillet, bring chicken broth to boiling. Add chicken; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 12 to 14 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer...

Jul09

Sunday Recipe Makeover: Veggie Spaghetti

Posted on Jul 9 by

This veggie spaghetti recipe is a great way to add in more veggies to your diet. It also is a great way to build a meal on a budget. The veggies really bulk up the meal and you’ll never miss that you are using half the amount of ground beef or ground turkey.  If you like, you can omit the meat all together. Ingredients 1 package (16 oz) spaghetti ½ lbs ground beef or ground turkey 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch slices (2 cups) 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced (1 cup) 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms 1 medium onion, diced (1/2 cup) 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 2 medium tomatoes, seeded, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 jar (7 oz) roasted red peppers, drained, coarsely chopped 2 cups any variety tomato pasta sauce ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper ¼ cup chopped fresh or 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves Shredded or grated Parmesan cheese, if desired   Directions Cook and drain spaghetti as directed on package. Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, heat oil over...

Jul02

Sunday Recipe Makeover: Summer Frozen Yogurt Popsicles

Posted on Jul 2 by

  These frozen yogurt popsicles are made with fresh blackberries strawberries and low-fat vanilla yogurt, with chunks of banana.   Store bought freezer pops have tons of sugar. It’s better to use fresh fruit and low fat frozen yogurt to make your own pops that are more healthy and contain probiotics!  Plus you can make some really creative flavor combinations. Kids will love this too!   Here’s some ideas for flavor combos: Ingredients Blueberry, Strawberry and Banana Pineapple, Coconut and Orange Watermelon, Blueberry and Lime Banana, Strawberry Strawberry, Fresh Basil and a Little Lime Juice Blueberry, Strawberry, Blackberry Peach and Blueberry How to make fresh fruit freezer pops.   Directions Take one cup of fresh fruit and one cup of yogurt (your choice) and puree in the blender. This will make two freezer pops. Once well blended, you can add diced fruit to the blended combination also.   These take about 3 hours to freeze when placed in the back of the freezer. You can freeze the mixture in freezer pop molds or small cups with popsicle sticks.  ...

Jun26

Sunday Recipe Makeover: Gluten Free Coconut Bread

Posted on Jun 26 by

INGREDIENTS: 6 eggs 1/2 cup coconut milk 1/4 cup honey 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted 3/4 cup coconut flour 1/2 cup almond flour 2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon sea salt 3/4 cup applesauce DIRECTIONS: Heat the oven to 350 F. Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Pour mixture into a greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan and bake for 40–55 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Using a smaller pan will require a longer baking time and result in a thicker loaf....

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