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Honey Dijon Grilled Turkey Cutlets

September 7th, 2009 · 4 Comments


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2 Tablespoons good quality dijon mustard

2 Tablespoons dry sherry

2 Tablespoons honey

1/2 Tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

4 turkey breast cutlets (about 1/2 inch thick – 4-6 ounces each)

Whisk the sherry, mustard, honey, soy sauce, and ginger together in a wide shallow bowl.  Place the turkey cutlets in the bowl and allow them to marinate for about 15 minutes (if you plan on marinating longer than 15 minutes, just cover and place in fridge).

Preheat a stovetop grill or heavy frying pan over medium-high heat.  Once the pan is hot, remove the cutlets from the marinade and arrange them in a single layer in the pan.  Cook the cutlets for 4 minutes, then flip and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes on the other side.  Serve warm.  (Leftovers make a great sandwich the next day!)

227 calories; 2g fat; 1g saturated fat;11g carbohydrates; 0g fiber; 42g protein; 79mg cholesterol

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Sweet Potato and Bean Bites

September 7th, 2009 · 3 Comments


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1 medium onion, diced
3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
1 carrot, finely grated
1/2 can black beans, drained
1baked sweet potato, flesh scooped out
1/2 cup quinoa, cooked (that is, take 1/2 a cup dry quinoa, and cook it)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
3 tbsp chopped cilantro
2 tbsp tomato paste or ketchup
hot sauce or cayenne pepper to taste
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Saute onion and garlic in non-stick skillet until tender.  Add the beans to the same pan and cook for 2 minutes more.  Turn off the heat, and mash the beans in pan until they are fairly chunky, but no longer whole.  Place the mashed beans, onion and garlic mixture in a large bowl along with the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.   If  the mixture seems a little too moist, add more bread crumbs.   Form the mixture into flat patties.   Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, turning after 10 minutes.

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Seared Beef and Broccoli in Black Bean Sauce

January 31st, 2008 · 11 Comments


Many people that are trying to watch their weight feel that they need to eliminate certain foods from their diet. One of the first foods that most people “ban” is red meat – and it’s no wonder – red meat has gotten a pretty bad rap over the past few years. The problem with that is, red meat offers many nutritional benefits, vitamins, and minerals that can be beneficial to your health – and your diet. The trick is to pick the right “cuts” of meat, and to vary the cooking methods used to make red meat as healthy as possible. This seared beef is cooked quickly over high heat, which eliminates the need to add a lot of excess fats and oils. So tonight, give your chicken breasts and fish fillets the night off, and try this savory asian-inspired beef dish instead!

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Mango Chili Glazed Lobster and Shrimp Kabobs

January 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment


A quick, easy, and delicious meal that can be grilled indoors!! This meal can be ready in almost no time – which is good, because you can be sure that your family will be asking for this meal over and over again. It can be served over a simple mixed green salad, or alongside rice and fresh veggies. Either way, it is tangy, flavorful, and sure to satisfy!

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Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

January 16th, 2008 · 5 Comments


I adore hummus. On bread, on veggies, on crackers – even warm on top of a baked potato!! Store bought hummus can be rather expensive though, so why not make your own at home?! Not only is it much less expensive, but you can control the seasonings, it’s easy, and it tastes better than store bought! I love this roasted red pepper version because it is packed with flavor, and because the roasted red peppers bring moisture to the recipe, which allows you to omit the olive oil that is used in other flavors (which saves quite a few calories). You can make this hummus with all sorts of “add-ins” too. Try sun dried tomatoes, roasted garlic or eggplant, spicy chipotle peppers, or chopped scallions in place of the peppers (you may need to add a tablespoon or two of olive oil to get the desired texture). Hummus is a filling, delicious, versatile, and healthy snack that is sure to become a family favorite.

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New Year, New You, and a New Way of Thinking

January 2nd, 2008 · 4 Comments


I firmly believe that one of our major obstacles when is comes to weight loss is this whole idea of “going on a diet”.

I believe that a healthy “lifestyle change” is what will equate to long term weight loss (and weight maintenance). When you go “on a diet”, you eventually – because of frustration, inconvenience, boredom, extreme hunger, or reaching your “goal weight”- go “off your diet”.

However, when you make a lifestyle change, you learn how to keep all of your favorite foods – even desserts- without resorting to drastic measures. You can not deprive yourself of all of your favorite foods and expect that resolve to last for the rest of your life. Not only is that an unreasonable expectation, but who wants to live without enjoying themselves a little?

Diets don’t work, but a permanent change in your eating habits does. So this year, DON’T make a resolution to go on a diet, rapidly lose weight, or eat next to nothing. Instead, make a resolution to gradually and permanently change the way that you eat, your negative habits, and ultimately, your relationship with food.

Let’s be realistic with ourselves – NO ONE has ever “mysteriously” gained 10 pounds overnight. It happened gradually – one cheeseburger, brownie, or ice cream sundae at a time. You need to keep that in mind while you are attempting to lose that excess weight. Just as you didn’t gain it overnight, you are not going to lose it overnight. It is going to take time – probably more time than you would like. Most people give up after a very short period of time because they are not seeing dramatic results fast enough. When you do that, you are being extremely unfair to yourself – your body (and your brain) need time to adjust to the changes that you are making, and to deal with them accordingly. Just as you gained the weight gradually, you need to give yourself the opportunity to lose the weight gradually. We have all heard the saying “slow and steady wins the race” – that saying couldn’t be more true than when you apply it to weight loss.

Losing weight is NOT easy. Do not believe, trust, or listen to anyone that tells you it is! It took me over a year-and-a-half to lose my extra 106 pounds – and it was worth every struggle. I could have easily given up after the first grueling, craving-filled, unsatisfying, disappointing week. As a matter of fact, after three whole weeks of “treat-free”, healthy eating and exercise – I had only lost 2 1/2 pounds. But I stuck with it – I kept telling myself that it WOULD pay off in the long run, that I already had three weeks “under my belt” and to give up then would have negated all the hard work that I put into my new lifestyle.   And you know what??  It worked!  Eventually, it all became second nature. It wasn’t hard anymore – everyday was no longer a struggle. And here I sit, nine years later and STILL 106 pounds lighter.

I want you all to feel the joy of accomplishing something so daunting and difficult.  I want you all to have faith in yourselves and your strength.  I want you to have the pleasure of seeing old friends and watching their jaws drop in amazement at how FANTASTIC you look and feel.  I want you to be proud of yourself, of who you are, and what you can do.

I want you all to have hope, and to believe in yourself.  Stay strong.  You CAN do this.   I believe in each and every one of you.  THIS IS YOUR YEAR — make it a great one!!!  You can be sure that we will be here every step of the way providing you with fresh, easy, and exciting new recipes and meal ideas to help you make this your best year yet!!!

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Easy Holiday Starters

December 19th, 2007 · Comments Off


This year, spend your holiday party relaxed and enjoying your company! A little advanced planning and effort will have your guests amazed at how easy you make it all look.

These three quick, make-ahead spreads can easily serve double duty: For one version, pair some good, high quality breads with the spreads on a platter. Arrange sliced deli meat and cheese, leafy greens or sprouts, sliced tomato and onion, or your other favorite sandwich toppers for a fabulous and “gourmet” build-your-own-sandwich buffet!

On the other hand, these spreads are equally as delicious arranged on a pretty platter surrounded by a variety of crackers, high quality cheeses, and dried fruit.

No matter how you decide to serve these easy appetizers, you and guests can enjoy the party effortlessly – while still enjoying some delicious and unique starters!

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Chocolate Cranberry Clusters

December 15th, 2007 · 4 Comments


A fast, easy and decadent no bake holiday treat!! These clusters are so versatile that you can easily add whatever ingredients you would love. I have made them with peanut butter chips instead of butterscotch, added chopped nuts to the cranberries in place of the raisins, and even made a batch with white chocolate chips and crushed candy canes!

No matter which variations I have used, these little clusters are ALWAYS a hit with both kids and adults alike! One word of caution though, they are extremely addictive – so make sure you leave at least a few for your guests to try!!

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Easy Cheesy Breadsticks

December 12th, 2007 · 1 Comment


Using refrigerated pizza dough makes these breadsticks SO easy to make. The dried tomato, Romano cheese and rosemary nestled inside each stick gives them an amazing, addictive flavor. They make a great appetizer or accompaniment to any holiday table or family feast. [Read more →]

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Turkey Spinach Souffle

December 10th, 2007 · Comments Off


A souffle may take a little extra work, but your family and guests will be so impressed by it’s “grand” appearance that it will be worth the effort!

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