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This is a recipe that I literally dreamt up! I mean does everybody dream about food like me? It turned out very well and I thought I’d share with you all! I hope you like it too! I like to cook healthy and easy to prepare foods. I also like it when they are delicious and look great, so this recipe gets 4 stars from me! Here’s what I did:

Ingredients:

  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 8 0z of mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 8 oz spinach chopped
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 3 slices of turkey bacon or real bacon if you’d like.
  • Rib rub or Montreal steak seasoning (See recipes in my spices/seasonings category)
  • toothpicks

Directions:

  1. First you need to sautee the mushrooms and spinach in the olive oil till they are wilted and well done.
  2. Add the vinegar and reduce till most of the liquid is evaporated. Set aside.
  3. Take your tenderloin and slit down the length of the meat. Flatten but no need to pound it. Season to your liking.
  4. Lay the mushroom/spinach mix down the center of the meat.
  5. Roll the meat up being careful to keep all the filling inside the meat, and secure with toothpicks or use butcher’s twine.
  6. Wrap the roll with the bacon and again secure with a toothpick per piece of bacon. Season again if you’d like.
  7. Wrap in plastic wrap and let the meat rest for a few hours in the fridge.
  8. Now it can be grilled till nice and golden on all sides, on the BBQ or you can bake it in the oven till the meat is fully cooked.
  9. If using the turkey bacon it is 1 WW point per ounce.
  10. Let sit for 5 minutes then slice to serve.
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On one of our trips to Playa Del Carmen we ventured to Valadolid. It’s a beautiful town with many things to explore. While exploring we happened upon this elderly lady in her Mexican dress, selling Cocada. It’s a very sweet candy, much like a hard fudge, with lots of coconut in it. Well, with my allergies I am very leery to eat anything from a street vendor but this fine lady assured me it was nothing but azucar and coco(sugar and coconut). So I decided to live on the edge and give it a whirl! Well let me just tell you that on days like that I am very glad that I choose to be a bit edgy!! It was phenomenal! It was sweet, chewy and addictive! We bought one and walked away and started nibbling, well we went back but she was gone! I have been wanting that candy since then and it’s been two years! Finally, with a bit of research, I think I have cracked the code! Here’s what I did:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb brown sugar
  • 1 lb coconut shredded
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

  1. In a medium sized saucepan boil the water and brown sugar till soft ball stage. If you don’t have a candy thermometer, get a small glass of cold water and drop a teeny bit in, if it forms a soft ball then it’s ready for step 2!
  2. Now add the coconut, boil for 1 more minute.
  3. Pour out onto a flat tray that has been greased and/or use parchment.
  4. cool in the fridge till hard then cut as you like, squares etc.
  5. Enjoy!

This is probably Denis’ favourite soup. He loves a hearty, chunky soup and this one fits the bill! On a cold fall night this is just what you need! Here’s how to do it, it’s easy, anyone can make soup!

Ingredients:

  • 10 cups beef broth ***
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 1 cup green beans, cut  (fresh, frozen or canned)
  • 1 cup corn (fresh, frozen or canned)
  • 1 cup spinach chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms (fresh or canned)
  • 1 can white kidney beans(canelli) rinsed and drained
  • 1 28 oz canned tomatoes, diced
  • 1-2 cups diced roast beef cooked
  • thyme, salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. I use a crock pot, but it can be done on the stove. Place all of your ingredients in a large crock pot. cook on high for 1 hour then lower to low for 4-5 hours. it will be thick, if you like it less filling, add more broth or water. Season to taste.
  2. Serve with a nice crusty bun for lunch or dinner! enjoy!

** For the broth, you can buy a beef broth that is gluten free or you can make your own. I boil a huge pot of water with beef ones in it, carrots, onions and any other vegetable in my fridge! don’t bother peeling or chopping, just throw it all in the large boil and let boil like crazy! Once you feel your broth is tasty and has good color, drain/strain out all the veggies and use as needed. I freeze mine so that I have it on hand!

 

Always on the look-out for new dinner ideas, my curiosity was peaked the other day when a friend mentioned she once cooked a chicken with grapes in the oven. After a few instructions, I proceeded to the nearest grocery store and got me a chicken! Who knew there was something I hadn’t done to a chicken! You must try this recipe out, it is delicious! Thanks Cathy for the idea!

Ingredients:

  • 3 lb whole roasting chicken
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1-2 tsp. herbes de provence
  • 1 lb of grapes ( I used red but green would work too, any color really)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Melt the honey and stir in the mustard.
  3. Rub the chicken with the honey/mustard mix. Sprinkle with the herbs.
  4. Place in a greased roaster and surround with the grapes that have broken from the stems.
  5. Roast till the juices run clear, about 1.5 – 2 hours.
  6. I served my chicken with asparagus, salad and the grapes but I’m sure taters or rice would be nice too!
  7. Enjoy!

 

If you are cutting out sugar or diminishing it, this is the recipe for you! Also, if you are looking to add Chia Seeds to your diet and need way to get it in there, here’s a tasty way to have a treat and feel good about it! Please let me know what you think!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. water room temp
  • 2 tbsp. agave or coconut sugar
  • 2 cups fresh berries, washed and smashed

Directions:

  1. Blend the chia seeds and water and let sit while tending to your berries. Will take about 10-15 minutes to gelatinize.
  2. Clean and mash your berries of choice.
  3. Add the chia seeds to the berries. Place in a clean jam jar and refrigerate.
  4. enjoy on toast or with ice cream…I could go on and on…yummy!

Chia seeds are super healthy for you, sprinkle them on salad, soup or try this recipe out for a dairy-free, gluten-free dessert! This would be great for kids or adults and feel free to switch up the fruit to berries or bananas etc, add nuts…let me know your favorites!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut milk (I have used almond milk as well)
  • 3/4 cup mango chopped/sliced into bite sized pieces
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp. shredded coconut
  • 2-4 tbsp. honey to taste or agave

Directions:

  1. In a large mason jar, combine all ingredients. shake well to combine all ingredients. Cover tightly.
  2. Leave in fridge overnight, shaking every once in a while.
  3. serve in a martini glass for a neat presentation topped with a sprinkling of coconut!

Here’s a lovely dish that can be a side dish or a main! This paired up with more veggies or a salad would work for me! It’s full of iron and protein so go ahead, have seconds! enjoy this tasty treat and feel free to go crazy and add an ingredient that speaks to you!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 cup quinoa rinsed
  • 1 1/4 cup water or veggie broth
  • 5 cups or 5 oz baby spinach washed
  • 1 tbsp. lemon zest
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan, sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil. Add the quinoa and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Add the water or broth and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, till water has been absorbed. ( 20 minutes or so)
  4. Stir in the spinach, lemon zest and salt/pepper.
  5. enjoy on its own or with a side salad!