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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.


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?

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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.


  • 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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This weeks recipe was pretty basic.  And totally went against everything my body was craving due to the weather.  Cold and rainy usually requires warm comfort food so it felt a little wrong to be making, basically, a tossed salad with chicken.  Sadly, it was ‘one of those’ days today and I totally forgot to take any pictures so you’ll just have to trust me when I say, it looked good.

Again I caught myself a little short.  The recipe called for fresh ginger and, again, my nemisis, coconut butter.  I had neither but it still turned out well.  Also, I swapped out the cilantro for plain old parsley (next time I would use cilantro) and zucchini for cucumber (I ran out of zucchini the day before – besides, my son likes cucumber more) and I used leftover chicken breasts that I had made the day before so for the dressing I just used plain old homemade chicken stock.  Everyone thought it was tasty – if a bit out of place on a cold and rainy day – though I think I’ll add a titch (yes, that’s a technical measurement) of lime to the dressing.

So, did anyone else out there try it?  How did it work for you?

I’m really looking forward to the Paradise Island Bean burgers – more out of shear curiosity to be honest.  This will be a new experience for me, I’m interested to see how it goes over with my husband who LOVES his beef burgers.  Luckily, the weather is supposed to be much nicer next week – better BBQ weather!

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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Sweet Potato Oat Bars

Well.  I did it.  I completed the recipe for week one From The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged! book..  I have to admit, I was expecting something more granola bar-esque.  You know, as I know a granola bar.  And these were … well, not the traditional granola bar.  But then, I guess that’s why I decided to try the Clean Diet recipes, right?  They are more of a breakfast bar than a granola bar – which is how they are listed in the cookbook, I just noticed – duh!  Now, don’t get me wrong, as I tried a piece and was listing off my likes & dislikes and what I would consider changing for next time, my husband, who usually smiles and nods, looked at me and said, “I wouldn’t change too much about it.  It was pretty good!”  I’ll have to test them on my son in the morning – I’ll be sure to let you know how that goes. Read the rest of this entry »

Okay, so I’ve heard a lot about Eating Clean and finally broke down and bought a book.  The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged. Now, before I rush out and buy the Eat Clean book for Families & Kids, I’m going to try some of the recipes in this book.  Is anyone interested in doing this with me?

If there is any interest, let me know because I would LOVE to hear back from others about how a certain recipe worked out for them and what variations or spin you put on it and how it worked out.  If you have a blog or site of your own, and want to follow along with me I’ll keep a link to your blog on mine provided you are actively following along.  Guidelines, a la Heavenly Bakers – but much healthier and more diet friendly 😉 :

  1. I am committing to making one Eat Clean recipe per week.
  2. You do not need to have a blog, but, if you do, I will post a link to your site or blog if you want to be an active participant.
  3. To be considered active, you commit to making two of the recipes I post per month.
  4. I will post, on Fridays, which recipe I am going to try the following week.
  5. IF the recipe is readily available on the internet, I will post a link to the recipe.  If it can only be found in one of the books (I will start by using only The Eat-Clean Diet Recharged book but will likely move quickly to the Family & Kids one), I will only post the name of the recipe.
  6. I will make the recipe and blog about it by Thursday – hopefully you have done the same and can blog or comment on it within a 24 hour period of my blog.
  7. If you don’t have a site or blog of your own – please leave a comment to share how it worked out for you and if you put your own spin on it.
  8. If you want to propose an Eat Clean recipe, you can be the feature ‘cook’ for that week.

So, to begin, for the week of March 22, I am going to make Sweet Potato Oat Bars.

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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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