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Area Woman Declares Cooking Light January/February Issue Best Ever!

Once upon a time, Cooking Light came to my house and created recipes for my family.

Have I mentioned that already? ūüôā

I know, I need to get over it and move on with my life, but here is one last post on how it went afterwards. They designed a day of recipes for us in the January/February issue and here are¬†the real life Test (Home) Kitchen’s results:

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Veggie Eggy Scramble– My favorite breakfast, period. Could eat this every day. I’ve made this with and without the onions; try not to skip them. They put it over the top. What a wonderful way to start the day!
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Greek Slaw Chicken Pita– This recipe changes up the Greek salad theme just enough to keep it interesting but not too much to get off track. The crunch of the slaw with the Greek flavors makes me so happy. For some reason, it looks like a slaw sandwich in the photo but I promise I put some chicken up in there! It’s light, but filling at the same time.
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Easy Thai Steak Noodle Bowl– I love how Cooking Light’s Ann Taylor Pittman reused some of the ingredients from the earlier meals for this. ¬†She clearly gets the Real World. We asked for Thai and she more than delivered. Easy, quick, and absolutely a family crowd pleaser. You’d never know it was good for you, but I sure am glad it is.¬†

Aside from wanting to relive this experience and name drop, I also wanted to say that the ladies and gentlemen at Cooking Light really did get us. They listened and sincerely provided the ultimate day for us. These people care about their work and about the people who read it, cook it, and love it. Those of us who follow them and subscribe to their magazine and diet are all the better for it.

Thank you, people of Cooking Light Land. You rock.

Be well. Take care of yourselves and each other,

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Thanksgiving Baking Day 2015

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Citrus Pistachio Biscotti (recipe by Giada DeLaurentis): Because I’ve never made biscotti before.
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Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Bar Nuts (recipe by Pinterest’s goodlifeeats.com): Because my mom loves them.
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Pecan Topped Pumpkin Bread (recipe by Cooking Light): Because¬†who doesn’t need more sprinkles in their life?!

Have a delicious day!

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Zucchini, Walnut, and Feta Cakes with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce, #CookingLightDiet Style! Back To School Edition…

Back to School means back to structure, discipline, and schedules. For me, that also means back to better eating habits! For starters, I plan to implement more Meatless Monday dishes like this one to help counteract the summer snacking monsters we all turned into.

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First, grated some New Leaf Community Garden zucchini and salted and drained out all moisture.
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Threw quinoa and walnuts in food chopper, then added to zuke, eggs, green onions, and feta.
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Griddled ’em up! Mmmm…
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Topped with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce ( the best part!) and added roasted (New Leaf Community Garden) butternut squash on the side for a happy little Meatless Monday (or Tuesday, or Wednesday, etc.) Admittedly, football-playing, teenaged son also ate a leftover pork tenderloin sandwich…but the rest of us were pleasantly full. If you’re looking to eat more veggie based meals, I highly recommend this one!

Spinach and Proscuitto Flatbreads, #CookingLightDiet Style

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Spinach, onion, proscuitto, and fresh mozzarella make for a delectable flatbread combo. Added a cup of tomato soup for a light mid-week dinner. My kind of diet food!

Blue Cheese/Spinach/Strawberry Salad, #CookingLightDiet Style

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Lunch today: strawberries, spinach, avocado, walnuts, blue cheese and a drizzle of Kroger/Simple Truth lite raspberry vinaigrette. Spring on a plate!

Pork Carnitas and Tequila Slaw with Lime and Cilantro, #CookingLightDiet Style

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Happy Cinco de Mayo to us! Pork tenderloin with a spice rub, slow-cooked in chipotle-orange-lime juice. Slaw really does have a splash of tequila!, which gives it a nice tangy flavor with the lime. Winner winner taco dinner!

Sunday Dinner, #CookingLightDiet Style

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Seared Steaks with Red Wine-Cherry Sauce. Sorry the pic is a little dark, but look how fancy I got! I can’t believe I actually made this. It was easy as can be. Impress your family AND eat something really good, all at the same time. Thanks, #CookingLightDiet. Thanks for being you.

Sunday Brunch, #CookingLightDiet Style

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Banana-Almond Butter French Toast Sandwiches. Again, how is this diet food?! But it works, so who am I to question?
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I think Elvis would be proud.
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Sunday Brunch. #CookingLightDiet style. Nom nom nom…

Strawberry-Orange Smoothie — I <3 #CookingLightDiet!

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Look at that pretty little smoothie! Breakfast today: plain yogurt, honey, frozen strawberries, a splash of vanilla, and juice from an orange. Side of toast. Happy, pretty little breakfast.

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