My Sweet Marie

It’s that time of year again. Bring on the salads and outdoor picnics!


    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 2 tsp orange zest
    • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
    • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
    • 1 Tbsp honey
    • 1 tsp dijon mustard
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1 Tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1 lb chicken, grilled
  • 9 oz baby spinach
  • 1 medium avocado, cored and diced
  •  4 oz crumbled feta (goats for non-dairy)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries


  • Add olive oil, orange zest, orange juice, lemon juice, honey, dijon mustard and salt to a blender. Pulse until well emulsified. Pour into a jar and stir in poppy seeds. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Add all salad ingredients to a large bowl. Pour dressing over top and toss to evenly coat. Serve immediately.


HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the Mom’s in my life, my Mother, my daughters, my sisters, sisters-in law, my aunts, cousins, friends, neighbors…I could go on and on! May you all be doing what you love best with those you love most! Cheers!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there, especially my Mom! Today is a day we celebrate the Mothers in our lives or the maternal figure in our lives, for those who don’t have a Mom. I can’t imagine ever-living without my mother, I don’t know what kind of childhood I would have had without her. She was the calm before the storm, the safe place in a war zone!

Mother’s Day has been celebrated since 1908, it’s a celebration that honors mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in March, April, or May like here in Canada.

I hear and read all kinds of stories about Mother’s, especially around Mother’s Day. I hear glorious stories, inspiring stories and some very sad stories. I’ve got friends that have raised their…

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Here in London, On we are experiencing a much wanted heat wave! We’ve had a long and very cold winter and at last the heat has arrived! Why not celebrate by having a tasty salad! Make this one for Mom this weekend, she’ll thank you for sure! Hugs out to all the Moms that work hard all year to make your life better, be sure to thank them with a little loving! XO

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Feel free to exchange the ingredients to suit your dietary needs, I can’t do the cheese so that will go on the side and people can sprinkle on however much they like! also a fruity yogurt would work for the dressing instead of the mayo, your call! Enjoy with a lovely Pina Colada!


  • 2/3 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon Caribbean jerk seasoning (dry)
  • 3 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (4 oz)
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups diced peeled ripe fresh mango
  • 1/2 cup chopped seeded plum (Roma) tomatoes (1 to 2 medium)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions (8 medium)
  • 1/2 cup cashews

Preparation Instructions:

  1. In small bowl, mix dressing ingredients( first 4 ingredients) until well blended.
  2. In…

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I’m sure many of you have done veggies on the grill but have you done them in parchment paper? Try that next time and let me know how you make out! You can do a variety of veg or just one or two, here are some that I like and here’s how I do it:


  • carrots sliced, julienned or chunks
  • asparagus
  • zucchini in chunks or large slices
  • celery
  • onion of any sort(leek, pearl, spanish, red onion or sweet onion)
  • beets ( cut in large dice)
  • turnips
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • green or yellow beans
  • peppers, red,yellow or orange
  • Brussel sprouts
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp of olive oil


  1. In a large bowl mix all your veggies with the olive oil or oil of choice.
  2. Now on a large piece of parchment, place the veggies and wrap in a packet/envelope type package. Now wrap that packet in a foil package!
  3. The parchment keeps the veggies a bit crispy rather then soggy! Also the foil won’t be leeching into your food!
  4. Enjoy!

Wednesday is my WW day, first I head to the gym for my ‘last chance’ workout. I work as hard as I can just to be sure I’ve burned every last calorie possible! Then I head in for my weigh-in and try not to hold my breath the entire time, really why do I put myself through this? Oh Right, doctor’s orders! What I love about WW is the support you receive, the hugs, the coaches urging you on, encouraging all the time. Some days I encourage others and some days I need the loving and somehow they just know how and when to do it!

Today I celebrated a 5% weight loss. That means I have lost 5% of my body weight and for that I got this nifty little charm. I know that charm probably doesn’t have a huge expensive price tag but when I look at that, it says ‘she hung in there’. There are days when I think really, I only lost .4lb? But then someone comes along and says “hey Anne-Marie, looking good, what ya doing?” and I think Ok those little losses are adding up. Day by day, step by step, I trudge along.

My WW meetings are like an alcoholic’s AA meetings. It’s a group of like minded people who all have the same goal in mind. We all are trying to lose weight, get healthy and do it in a way that isn’t too painful. At these meetings people share recipes, they share helpful tips or new ideas. Also, at the meetings they share their personal stories, their why’s and their how’s and for that I am grateful as I know I am not alone.

I know most often when you all visit my blog you are in search of recipes and there will be many more, soon, I promise but today I want to just unload and let you all know what I’ve been up to. So feel free to share ideas, recipes or feelings with me if you share my journey of healthiness. I’ve always been healthy to a point but right now it’s important that I not only eat healthy foods but that I lose some weight.

So I am off to grill up some turkey burgers and stir fry some spiralized veggies!

Cheers folks!

Sweet Marie


Happy Cinco De Mayo! Here’s a Mexican dish for you to cook up for dinner tonight! Enjoy!

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This is a recipe that I just thought up, in the end, it seems a bit like chicken chilli with a twist(lime, get it?) I hope you enjoy it as we have!


  • 1 lb of chicken breasts(2-3) boneless, skinless
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 2 tsp of cumin
  • 14 oz can of tomatoes diced
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • small can of green chillies
  • 2 shots of tequilla
  • lime zest of one lime
  • 1 onion diced
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 pkg of corn bread muffin mix (for 6-8 muffins) prepared, not baked!


  1. Start off with warming your sautee pan with olive oil. throw in the chicken breast and sautee till brown on both sides.
  2. Throw in the onion and sautee till browned as well. Toss in the tequilla, lime and zest. Tear the chicken apart using two forks, shredding it.
  3. Add tomatoes,salsa…

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Quinoa (play /ˈknwa), a species of goosefoot, is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is not a member of the grass family. Quinoa is closely related to species such as beets,spinach and tumbleweeds. Quinoa has become highly appreciated for its nutritional value, as its protein content is very high (12%–18%). Unlike wheat or rice (which are low in lysine), and like oats, quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it a complete protein source, unusual among plant foods. It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorous and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten-free and considered easy to digest.

Quinoa Tabouleh


  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup quinoa
  1. Cook quinoa in boiling water till all water is absorbed.


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