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Turkey Bacon Brunch Rolls 

I’m pretty sure this is not something I made up. In fact, I’m pretty sure that I saw something similar to it on Pinterest but since I made it on a whim without a recipe.. I can call this one my own..

Ingredients:

12 Rolls (1 dzn)

  • 6 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 tomato (diced)
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 1/2 cup of cheese 
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • 1/2 grated cheese (cheddar or mozzarella)
  • Green onions 
  • 12 slices of turkey bacon

Preheat oven to 350

Beat eggs, milk and seasonings in bowl.  Line sides of muffin pan with bacon (in a circle or cup like)  in the middle evenly distribute green pepper and tomatoes. Pour egg mixture into each over bell pepper and tomatoes.. Top with cheese and green onions. 

Bake for 1o minutes 

They are really good! Enjoy and modify if you want.  

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Day 2- Fit 2B Fly Journal

Day 2

As usual I started great. I made a bowl of grits (hominy) with coconut butter topped with tomatoes.  I wasn’t really sure what the health benefits were from grits and I am still a bit unsure but I wanted to feel full to a certain extent.  I did learn that grits provides a certain level of Vitamin B and contributes to boosting energy, so there is that plus.

For lunch I with drew from the Raw diet concept (although I really wanted to be successful at maintaining it) I had a small bowl of the chicken vegetable stew that I made for the family this weekend.  It’s actually very healthy.  All Fresh vegetables, skinless chicken and egg noodles (that’s probably where my problem lies).  Overall it’s a pretty square meal.  For dinner I went back to the rawness of my kale, tomatoes and cucumber.

I did have a moment of truth though that I must share.  I work from my home office. So while the husband is at work and the daughter is at school and in between calls and clients I get a little sidetracked.   Every ad of food I see looks extremely appetizing and I begin to crave the unsavoriness of savory foods. LOL   So I picked up my tablet and was about to order my favorite fried rice from my favorite Chinese restaurant on Grub Hub.  I went through the entire process.  Even ordered my favorite Tia Tea.  When it came time to press the ORDER NOW button I hesitated.  Questioning the whole process.  How could I give in so easily?! It had only been 48 hours.    I pushed the “empty bag” button instead and deleted the Grub Hub app to avoid temptation.  AHHHH CRISIS AVERTED!!!

I know I am gonna hit a few bumps in the road and I am definitely off to a stumbling start but I refuse to give up.  I am determined to meet my goal.

On the plus side I have not had any sodas or sugary drinks or snacks.  It’s been ALL water  ALL  day.

So it isn’t the exact game plan I intended to follow but it’s still a pretty decent start on this journey.  I have to really work on my will power.  I will conquer my WILL POWER and I will not be defeated by it. So if you have any ideas  or advice that helped you conquer you dieting demons, PLEASE HELP A SISTA OUT!!!

Day 1 – Fit 2B Fly Journal

Ok so I have been inspired by my own motivation lately.  I have concluded that I can do whatever I set my mind to.  I said I was going to write and publish a book my birthday this year and I did. I have committed to getting healthy and losing weight and DAMMIT that’s what I am going to do.

Scrolling through Lenny Kravitz’s IG (Instragram) feed with complete awe and inspiration, I flowed past his raw diet pic.  Great pic of Lenny and lots of raw vegetables and LENNY; I thought to myself “raw diet” that’s the move.  How hard could it be to give up meat to eat raw fruits and vegetables?  Well let me tell you it’s incredibly hard and I am barely into day two.

Breakfast is always the easy part.  You are mentally pumped for the challenge and if you don’t eat breakfast (like I do or is it don’t) eating fresh fruit is a nice healthy change. I selected to have a  nice bowl of bananas and strawberries drizzled with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon.

Strawberries have a lot of great health benefits for this aging body of mine.  Based on this article from Best Health “10 Health Benefits of 14715590_1129724263777601_3828837200099403808_oStrawberries“, they should be included in my diet on a daily basis.

Bananas also have a lot of great benefits.  I was particularly sold on the benefit of assisting with weight loss.   Weight loss is my ultimate goal.  For more banana info check “11 Evidence based Benefits of Bananas

Not only was it delicious but it makes a pretty great appetizing picture for IG (LOL).
14692094_1130303360386358_5648282776799712486_oLunch time was a breeze as well. I prepared a great raw salad that included Organic Kale, tomatoes, cucumber and celery.  Lightly drizzled with an Olive Oil Italian dressing.  I have to admit I am not a huge Kale fan.. When I taste it alone I feel as if I have just dived mouth first into a fresh cut lawn  but Kale and other dark greens seem to be a steeple vegetable in the whole raw diet movement.

Kale is great for the digestion which is plus for me. Since I have been having some issues with my digestive process.  Tomatoes have similar benefits to strawberries so they definitely help in the detoxification process I must endure. Cucumbers and celery also offer great health benefits and again I stress are great aids in maintaining or attaining a healthy weight.   AND it makes for a great appetizing picture.

_1Dinner tme.. This is where things start to get complicated. around 5 o’clock I started to feel a few hunger jabs but I maintained. NO SNACKING, NO JUNK FOOD.. Stay on task but then my husband brought me something from Wendy’s.called the POWER MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN SALAD..  Since there was chicken, I think that deviates from the whole RAW diet concept but it was really awesome.

So while I can’t exactly call this start at the RAW diet a complete success it was indeed not a failure.  During the day I felt really energized and focused.  After a few sleepless nights I found that I slept soundly. Now if this is the results I get from just my first day then how come I don’t eat like this everyday? (one would ask).. My answer to that is poor body conditioning for years of eating all the wrong things the right way and all the right things the wrong way.

So day one came to a close and I am not completely disappointed.  My biggest challenge will be my beverage intake, which although doesn’t seem to be that difficult.  I have been drinking lots of water and Chai Tea with natural honey for sweetener.  Seriously send my some support I am determined to drop a substantial amount of weight by the end 2016 because I have got some plans for 2017.  I am trying to get fit to be fly.  So as long as this helps me attain the ultimate goal.  I am cool with a little alteration in the game plan.

I had to post the ingredients for the Wendy’s salad, it was really awesome.  Give it a try or make your own.

  1. Fresh chopped lettuce.
  2. Feta cheese.
  3. Grape tomatoes.
  4. Red onions.
  5. Freshly Grilled Chicken.
  6. Sundried Tomato Grain Blend (quinoa, chick peas, white beans, fire roasted veggies, sundried tomatoes)
  7. Creamy hummus.
  8. Light Balsamic Vinaigrette.

 

 

Weeknight Gluten-Free Spaghetti Bolognese — The Domestic Man

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of making meals that give me a distinct sense of accomplishment in the shortest amount of time. Part of that comes from having the new baby in the house, as I’ve resumed full dinner-making duties, but maintaining my typical busy workdays (for a while there, my wife was […]

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Fried Cornish Hen

I don’t normally cook the traditional Thanksgiving Turkey because one) my family is not particularly fond of turkey or 2) the numerous days the must feast upon it after the holiday has passed, so I have resorted to cooking Cornish hens as a very suitable substitute.  However after several years of oven-baked cornish hens I decided to challenge my culinary skill set and fry some.  If you can fry a whole entire turkey then a little cornish hen is nothing.  I enjoyed it so much I decided to share my recipe.  This is a recipe I created based on several recipes I found on line

Ingredients:

4-6 Game Hens (I would totally depend on how many people you plan to serve. I normally do 1 hen per 2 people)

1 /2 of worchestshire sauce

black pepper

salt

2 cupes of buttermilk

2 cupes of flour

poultry seasoning

dry basil

Peanut Oil/vegetable Oil for frying (Peanut oil is naturally less saturated)

Preparation:

Mix the worchestshire sauce, salt, pepper, poultry seasoning and dry basil together in a mixing bowl.. Notice I didn’t do any measurements for seasoning.. Well this portion of this blog is called Season To Taste.. which is exactly what I did so there are no measurements for most things.

Pour the mixture amply on all of the hens make sure each one is covered all over. You may have to conjure up a little more of this mixture depending on the number of hens you are prepping. Now int world of real chefs this concoction of seasoning would be similar to the brine the often prep frying Turkeys. After I season the hens I place them in the refrigerator until I ready to fry them.  This year I let them set over night.

When I was ready to throw my hens in the deep fryer. I prepared one mixing bowl with buttermilk and another with flour.  I dipped the hens in the buttermilk first and then in the flour.  Unlike fried chicken the hen does not require a double dip but I would make sure hen is completely covered with buttermilk and flour. Once you’ve down that then drop it in the deep fryer.  This process can be a little time-consuming if you are planning to serve a large number of hens with a small capacity deep fryer.   It pretty much fries like chicken.  So do whatever it is you do to make sure your meat is cooked thoroughly. I am sure there are various techniques in doing so.

Here is what I loved about Fried Cornish Hens. The inside was delicate and juicy. You could taste all the seasoning it marinated in the night before.  The outside was just crisp enough to make you smack your lips.  It was a great new twist on our traditionally prepared dinner.  I wonder what I will try next year?

Crystal’s Pizza Cheese Sauce Recipe

So one of my least favorite jobs in high school was working @ Crystal’s Pizza and Spaghetti in Irving, Texas.   It was a true damper on my social activities. The only thing I really looked forward to was my paychecks and my breaks.  My breaks gave me a choice of a menu item from which I would religiously order bread sticks and cheese dip. If you have ever been to Crystal’s then you would totally understand.  A few weeks ago, I had the strangest craving for Crystal’s bread sticks and signature dipping sauce.  Like everything else I crave I go to my old reliable Pinterest for a quick fix but being that Crystal’s has been closed down for several years, all I could find was former patrons who wanted what I wanted.. THE DAMN RECIPE FOR THAT CHEESE SAUCE!!!

Finally with the help of YELP and anonymous disgruntled ex-employee of Crystal’s, I found a glimmer of hope.. However I had to test the recipe before I could share and since you are now reading this, one could only assume that I have struck gold.. yes golden “cheesiness” that is Crystal’s Pizza much desired cheese sauce.

It’s actually quite simple.. I was pleasantly surprised.images

Ingredients:

Velveeta Cheese

Garlic Powder (don’t substitute with garlic salt)

4 oz can of jalapenos (diced)

Instructions:

Cut Velveeta in small chunks and melt in a sauce pan  (I bought a small block since I was just experimenting with this recipe).

Add 2 TBS of garlic salt

Add jalapenos (No I don’t remember the original having pieces of jalapenos in the cheese sauce so that could have just used the excess liquid from the jalapenos but I am not one for formalities so I introduced the whole can into the sauce and had great results.

I didn’t have bread sticks for some reason I couldn’t find them at the store which is strange because when I don’t want any they are practically begging me to buy them.  Instead I bought bagged french bread cut it into fondue size chunks, brushed some butter, garlic powder and dried basil.  Toasted them in the oven until brown and served on the side.    Just in time for the holidays.. You can thank me by sharing, tasting and enjoying.   Remember that my recipes are Season To Taste so feel free to personalize to your liking.

White Wine Turkey Burgers

So my husband went to the doctor today and came home a little disappointed.  Although one probably wouldn’t make the observation by looking at him, his doctor informed him that he was a little overweight.  Telling this to a guy who has been avidly trying to get bigger that he is overweight, well let’s just say “awww you poor baby.”  So with that being said he has decided to join me on my healthy life journey.  We have made it a priority to get healthy.  We are still very young (especially at heart) and growing old together is our goal.  Now I said all of that to say, I felt a little bad so I wanted to let  him know that eating healthy doesn’t have to be a bad thing at all.  I decided to treat the house to a great little meal; white wine turkey burgers with sautéed mushroom and onions on a ciabatta slider bun and some sweet potato wedges.   The portion is just right and the taste was huge.

I have titled this section of my blog STT or Season To Taste because I don’t normally measure my ingredients.  I know I know I should especially if I am going to be sharing recipes right.  Well I am gonna do my best and let  you take it from there.  It was really delicious.

White Wine Turkey Burgers

1 pd of ground turkey ( i use 2 or 3 because I have a big family so please adjust according to your needs.)

3 TBS  chopped bell pepper

3 TBS chopped sweet peppers red and orange

2 tsp of Worcestershire sauce

3 tsp of white cooking wine

1 egg

1/3 cup of bread crumbs (you can use less or more depending on the consistency you are looking for).

1 cup of chopped white mushrooms

1/2 cup of chopped onions

Swiss cheese

Burger Buns ( I used ciabatti slider buns)

Mix all ingredients in one bowl. I promise you the smell is already awesome and you haven’t even cooked them yet.   After mixing them make small balls for patties or big balls depending on the size of the bun size of course.  Place the patties on a non stick baking sheet and place them in the oven for 20 minutes on 400 degrees.  You can also pan fry them if you want.

While the patties are doing their thing, you can saute your mushroom and onions for the topping.  I used pure coconut oil to saute and they tasted wonderful and of course acquired less fat.  This is what healthy eating is about right?

After the patties are done, I found it more convenient to place them all in another non stick dish (I know seems like someone  is going to have a lot of dishes to wash after dinner LOL..).  Once I place them all in the dish, evenly spread place my mushrooms and onions over the patties and cover with slices of swiss cheese and place them back in the oven for just a few short minutes until the cheese melts.. i do this because it saves time on plating and preparation.  Serve on buns.

My side dish was

Sweet potato Wedges

Ingredients:

3 Sweet potatoes.  (sliced or chopped for frying)

Canola Oil (or any oil you prefer to fry with)

Cinnamon.

Simply fry up those bad boys in a pan and sprinkle with a little cinnamon when your done.

This is not the first time I ever made turkey burgers but the white wine and Worcestershire sauce just really brought the flavors to life.. (someone has been watching too much Cooking Channel).  Hope you enjoy and remember please “Season To Taste”

Quick Quiche

Once I found a simple recipe to make Quiche, I simplified it because that’s how I roll.  So this recipe is gonna be real easy and the fun part is you can really play around with this recipe and make it your own. 

 Preheat oven @350 degrees.

 INGREDIENTS:

(1) one deep dish pie shell (they normally come in packs of two, so just repeat this recipe if you want to fill more shells).

FILLER:

(4) four eggs

3/4 cup of half and half 

(1) one tsp of nutmeg (optional but it gives it a very savory taste)

Season to taste.

 FILLER INGREDIENTS: (This is where you can get really creative. I really love Spinach in my Quiche and I am a fan of turkey bacon.   I have tried though mushrooms and onions and plan on using other flavors as well.)

 4-6 slices of turkey bacon.  Cut in small pieces.  (Turkey bacon is usually pre cooked but I suggest you do some pan browning or perhaps make it a little crispy).

 (1) One handful of fresh clean spinach (I know that’s a moronic way to measure the spinach but believe me it works).

 1/3 cup of finely chopped yellow or white onion. (Yellow onion has a sweeter taste)

 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.

 Instructions:

 Filler: Put all of the filler ingredients into one bowl and whisk together.  Set filler aside to prepare filler ingredients.

 I normally brown the onions and bacon together because it brings out that BA-CONY flavor that is not often found in turkey bacon.

 Take half of the cheese, sprinkle evenly at the bottom of the pie shell.  Layer your spinach, bacon and onions evenly and then pour filler to cover ingredients.

 Place filled pie shells on a cookie sheet (in case of spillage) and place it in oven.  Bake for 35 -40 minutes until golden brown. Checking to see if a Quiche is cooked is the same as checking a cake.  PUT A FORK IN IT.. if it comes out clean them muah your masterpiece is almost done.  The final step is to take  the remainder of cheese and sprinkle on top of cooked Quiche and place it back in oven until cheese melts.. 

 Well there you have it my friends.. I hope you enjoy.  Please feel free to experiment with your own flavors or to improve upon this one..Let me know if you tried it. I have a pretty big brood in my house so I make as many as 3 to 4 pies at a time.

Easy Chinese Dumpling Soup (Wonton Soup)

I recently had the most unusual craving for wonton soup but the desire not to order take out outweighed the craving.  But 

after several days the craving was still lingering and by this time I had talked about it so much, everyone else in the house now craved it too.  So I decided to make some.  I researched a few recipes that required me to actual make the chinese dumplings myself which seemed like a lot of work and I was in need of a quick fix.  So I took a short cut.. which is typical of a Gen Xer like myself.. So I am going to share it with you. 

 Ingredients:

1 bunch of Bok choy (which was a lot cheaper than I thought it would be.. I mean a lot)

2-14.5 oz cans of chicken broth 

1 bag of ready-made chinese dumplings (I found some shrimp/chicken dumplings in my grocery store for less than $4)

2 TBS of Sesame Oil 

2 TBS of Soy Sauce

Chopped scallions (or green onions) for garnish at the end.

 Remove the Bok choy leaves from the root (root is not edible),  If you don’t know how that is done.. This video below is pretty helpful.

Once that is done boil the Bok choy and the pre-made dumplings in the chicken broth until dumplings are tender and the Bok choy has wilted. Turn it down to a low simmer and then add soy sauce and sesame oil.  (I will be honest, Sesame oil can be a dominating taste so add it accordingly)  I didn’t add the full 2 TBS because the Bok choy was so good without it.  Add a little black pepper and garnish with green onions once you place in a bowl.

 I had an extra bag of dumplings that I deep-fried along with some delicious egg rolls I found in my frozen grocer section to make the meal complete.  My family loved it.. I took about as long as it would for delivery to arrive and it was so much cheaper and filling..