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CABBAGE CHILI

This was my very first post, along with a smoothie recipe, but I don’t feel it gets much viewing because of my format then,  so, I have decided, since it’s so good, it deserves its own attention and it’s the perfect time of year for it!

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CABBAGE CHILI

INGREDIENTS

This dish is great with Brown Rice or Quinoa, on the side, or on its own!  Also, for a vegetarian version, leave out the beef and substitute with Mushrooms or not!

1 lb Lean Ground Meat (organic)
2 cups Cabbage, med chopped
2 med Leeks, chopped (whites only)
1 can Kidney Beans, rinsed well
2 cups Tomato puree
1/2 cup good White Wine, or water
2 tsp garlic powder or chopped fresh
Sea Salt (to taste)
Hot Chilies
Olive Oil

METHOD

In a deep skillet with a lid, brown meat on med heat and discard excess grease

Rinse chopped Leeks and add to meat

Stir together and add chopped Cabbage

Mix well and cook on med low till soft

Add Wine or Water and bring to boil on med high

Add Tomato puree, Kidney Beans, garlic, salt and Hot Chilies

Cover and turn heat to low

Simmer for about 30 min or until Cabbage is soft

Plate and drizzle with Olive Oil.

Adding the Olive Oil at the end, brings all the flavors out and enhances  your dish, as well as keeping the oil in a super healthy state!

Enjoy!

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ITALIEN STYLE HAM AND CHEESE OMLETTE / FRITTATA

IMG_2580There are no rules or regulations in making a Frittata, only your imagination!

The traditional one, I grew up watching my Mother make, was, Potato and Onion! yummm! that was good!  She would cut up the potato into really small chunks and pan fry in a bit of olive oil, untill  golden brown on all sides.  She would then add chopped onion, sweat them out and add the eggs.  The exciting part was when she would grab a plate, put it upside down on top of the frying pan and attempt to flip it over!  And flip it over she did, to my wild surprise, lol!  How amazing, to watch, over and over again, each time as amazing as the first!  When it was ready, she slid it on to a pretty plate and sprinkled it with Parmesan Cheese and on to the table it went!

Breakfast, lunch or dinner, you choose.

FRITTATA WITH PROSCIUTTO AND GOAT CHEESE

4 free roaming chicken Eggs

1 handful, Soft goat cheese, crumbled

3 slices Prosciutto, chopped

1/2 medium Onion, chopped

1 handful of Organic Spinach

Hot Chili Flakes

Sea Salt

Olive Oil for frying

METHOD

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Add Eggs to a bowl and beat with a fork

Add ingredients, leaving Spinach for last

Mix well

 

 

 

 

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Add Olive Oil to pan and heat to med

Watch temp and make sure the oil does not get too hot and smoke!

 

 

 

 

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Add the mixture and reduce heat to med low

With a spatula, make holes within the mixture so the liquid firms up and coagulates

This shouldn’t take long, you do not want to cook the bottom to the point of being rubbery

 

 

IMG_2584***Please make sure there is no liquid left but some slimy stuff on top!!!***

If you don’t feel confident, please turn your oven to Broil and finish off on the top rack for a couple of min!!!

This is the fun part!  Slide a plate, big enough to cover the pan, on top

 

 

IMG_2585You may want to wear long sleeves the first time, just in case!

Put your hand firmly on top, (move over to the counter or sink) and 1, 2, 3, FLIP!

This needs to be a gentle but quick motion! Don’t stop half way!

 

 

 

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Ta Da!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Slide the Frittata off the plate back into the pan, and  heat until the bottom firms up, couple of min.

 

 

 

 

 

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Serves 2 to 4

Great with some toasted gluten free bread with chopped tomatoes, garlic and olive oil!

Enjoy!

2013 GETTING BACK ON THE WAGON!

First of all……Happy 2013 everyone! Can you believe it! I hope everyone greeted the New Year with good health, happiness and hope, for an always better tomorrow!

My first blog of the year will address a very important issue! Getting back on track of all the healthy choices we made BEFORE we entered the holiday season! Hopefully depending on when “the choices were made”, it won’t be too difficult to pick up where we left off.

I myself, was concerned as to how I was going to get back, “to a place I thought I would never get back to”, again! A place where my tummy was happy, I was sleeping better, wasn’t puffy, wasn’t phlegmy, sorry about that, but it’s true! AND I had finally lost that dreaded last 5 lbs which is almost impossible to lose! I had started to see my waist again! That very elusive part of the human body! How much damage did I really do by getting sucked back into eating things I’d given up, things I KNOW are not good for me?

Why do we do it, why do we continue to think that, maybe, just maybe it’s not real. Maybe we’re just imagining it! We CAN eat everything, everyone else does! WRONG! Lol, you know it, I know it. It’s just a matter of how long will it take us to realize it and make it stick!

I am about to share with you a very important word! A word which I was very well aware of, but didn’t quite comprehend the real meaning. A word, which the real meaning can only be learned through experience. The word is MODERATION! Lets not kid ourselves, in a world of fake and bad food, it is increasingly difficult, not only stick to a healthy lifestyle, but to choose what is real and what is fake! Marketing, has become a game! A game which, not only wants to sell you, but to trick you!

That’s where moderation comes in. Moderation doesn’t mean on a daily basis. If you look it up, it says, “observing reasonable limits”. This can only be learned with your own experience. Learn to read the signs that your body gives you. Pay attention and learn! If you feel gross after you eat something……unless you’re one of these people who say, “but I like it”………well then don’t complain!

I started my New Year, exercising, drinking plenty of green drinks and eating clean and healthy, in a warm and sunny place! Now that the holidays are gone, and I’ve thrown out all but the dark chocolate, hehe, my weakness! I figure I have until the next holiday in the spring, to hone a new routine which I can stick to!

Good luck my friends and remember, no one is going to do it for you!

Until next time, Happy start to the year!