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We had this meal for supper tonight and today was a very long day.  I suspect that I’ll be much faster at making it next time but it was relatively easy to prepare and most of the items I have on hand on your average day so it works out well.  I did catch myself short though – I forgot to buy kale at the grocery store yesterday so I used spinach instead (the chopped frozen kind) and it turned out just fine.

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I LOVE brunch!  I love it so much that when my husband and I got married, we had a morning wedding so we could serve brunch for our meal at an afternoon reception.  Yeah, yeah, there were other contributing factors, but it does not diminish my love of brunch!  I think it’s the flexibility of it that I like.

This Sunday we invited a couple over.  It was my friend’s birthday a few weeks ago and I didn’t get to see her so this is her celebration brunch.  I had a tough time coming up with something to make though.  She doesn’t like eggs. Or tomatoes.  So, eggs cooked in tomato cups was off the menu – but just as an fyi, they are delish.  I needed to come up with something easy and not too heavy since I baked her a Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake for dessert – and it is rich!  Stuffed French Toast was a serious contender, since that’s one of her favorites, but the meal had to be uber easy since mornings can be pretty crazy around here at the best of times, let alone when we have to prepare for company too.

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Clean Eating 1Sorry – no picture of my own finished product this time.  But check out the cover of the March/April 2010 issue of Clean Eating and it looked just like that!

It was all rush rush rush tonight and we ate dinner in shifts.  It didn’t take too long to throw together at all – which is great!  Even better, my son enjoyed washing the veggies for med – which is ok by me since it tends to be ‘two for the pot, one for him’.  It’s a win win situation.  For the second week in a row, I had all of the ingredients on hand AND this time I don’t even have any substitutions to list either!  Look at me go!

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Mmmm …yum!  So yummy, in fact, that I started eating before I snapped a picture!

What a great way to start Sunday – a pancake breakfast and I didn’t have to cook!  I made up the recipe, inspired by a couple recipes from Food Magazine’s recent ‘50 Pancakes & Waffles‘ insert, as my husband frantically searched for ingredients and threw it all together.  Does it get any better?  He even made a delish fruit smoothie that my son gobbled up so quickly that he got brain freeze!  Poor kid, he had no idea what hit him!

Banana Oat & Bran Pancakes

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I have to admit, I’m not exactly sure what puts the ‘Island’ in these Island Paradise Bean Burgers but I was really curious to see how these would turn out as I’ve never even had a veggie burger before!

Hopefully I’ll impress you when I say, I actually had all of the ingredients on hand this time!!  The only situation I had this time around was the beans.  I had beans in my cupboard, sure, but it was a bag of dry beans.  I have a confession: I’ve never cooked dry beans before!  I know, it’s killing you – you want to ask, why, then, did I have a bag of dried beans?  Even more odd, I also have a bag of white beans in my cupboard.  Uh huh.  Yup.  Makes all kinds of sense, doesn’t it?

I figured all you had to do was cook the crap out of them so, Read the rest of this entry »

Listen, being healthy isn’t all about eating spinach and running.  It’s about balance in life and, in my humble opinion, a good balance includes dessert.  So, I’m sharing with you one of my favorite fun desserts.

I made this for last year’s annual summer bbq as dessert for all of the kids.  I got the idea through one of my favorite websites, Cake Wrecks (a very funny site!), who, in one of her ‘Sunday Sweets’ editions, featured Bakerella who had done a remake of something Smiley’s Sweets & Creations had done who had seen it … you get the idea.  Even Loves To Eat did a version.

All kinds of people have done these and I’m here to tell you, if you don’t already know, that they are SO much easier than you’d think!  The hardest part, for me, was trying to convince the local New York Fries to sell or give me some of their fry cups but I think that was a great finishing touch – some of the people at the bbq had to look at these three or four times before they realized they weren’t actually sliders! Read the rest of this entry »

I got this recipe from the March/April issue of Clean Eating.  It is so easy to prepare!  Since I decided to prepare them at the last minute, there was no time for me to go to the grocery store so as per my usual lately, I had to make some substitutions, which I’ve noted below, and I did let my husband check to see if they were done while I was feeding my daughter.  The problem with this is that his version of done is quite different from mine – so they were a little over cooked.

I served it with simple roasted potatoes, green beans, broccoli and grilled red pepper.

The picture below is what it was supposed to look like – the picture from the magazine.

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1/4 cups whole-wheat panko
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 flank steak about a pound, trimmed of visible fat
  • 3 oz spinach leaves
  • kitchen string

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That tonight’s gonna be a good night!  I LOVE that song right now.

I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend.  The Easter Bunny made a visit to our house and was very generous, then, it was like Christmas in April when we went to visit Grandma & Grandpa today.  The in-laws are rather generous with the kids at Easter.  So much candy and treats to pick from – I wish I had the willpower to stay away from it but it’s just so yummy!  Therefore, we got home, and I went running.  Sort of.  Again.  This time, was not near the fiasco that it was last time.  This time, my pants even stayed up!

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A mom. A wife. A sister. A friend. An Aunt. A chauffeur. A referee. As any mom out there knows, you become what you need to be. The trick is to not lose yourself in the process. Today, we choose to lead our families back to a healthier state. Physically. Mentally. Together.
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