Posts made in January, 2014

Quick Dough for Bread & Pizza Recipe

Quick Dough for Bread & Pizza Recipe

This quick dough recipe for bread and pizza is so easy to make and so versatile, you can make just about anything including cinnamon rolls, monkey bread, or add any combination of herbs and spices for savory dinner breads and rolls. If making pizza or calzones, it is a great way to get kids to eat their veggies. I like to chop up a bunch of different items and then let everyone choose which ingredients they would like to put on top and make little personal pizzas. I have fond memories of my nonna (Italian grandmother) cooking and baking in the kitchen. She did not speak a...

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Jalapeño Artichoke Spinach Dip Recipe

Jalapeño Artichoke Spinach Dip Recipe

  This spicy, indulgent jalapeño artichoke spinach dip recipe is an absolute winner. Aside from the artichokes, jalapeños, and cheese, it can be made with any combination of ingredients including sour cream, mayo, and ricotta, and even the types of cheese can be played with, but I prefer this recipe best. Making your own snacks and appetizers are much healthier than buying processed, packaged options full of fillers and preservatives. This is not exactly low-calorie, but once in awhile, you just have to dive into this sort of thing! Speaking of low-calorie, do not...

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Everything in Moderation? You need to know your ingredients.

Moderation is subjective to the individual. We all know some of the obvious things we should not eat too often…basically your typical junk food list. What we fail to recognize, is that some of this so-called junk food, is no worse than most of the things we eat every day.

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Focus On The Unseen In Your Body – Visualize What Happens Within

Focus On The Unseen In Your Body – Visualize What Happens Within

Most people unknowingly eat processed food containing toxic ingredients with every meal.   Focusing on the unseen within the body once we have eaten a food, causes us to take a step back, to feel and listen to the body’s reaction to that food. I try to have some quiet time each day to pray. Today, as I sat, thought, and tried to “listen,” I thought how hard it is sometimes to focus on the unseen (spiritually), as I believe that the real you and I is spiritual, not physical. It then occurred to me that the “out of sight, out of mind,” saying rings true with...

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Tomato, Basil & Cheese Salad Recipe

Tomato, Basil & Cheese Salad Recipe

Give me a tomato drowning in olive oil, accompanied by cheese and basil, and this Italian (and Irish) girl is very happy. The simplicity of this dish is classic Italian style. It reminds me of my childhood, where we had a garden and I would grab a tomato and eat it straight off the vine, or wandering through my “Nonno’s” orchard with the smell of basil thick in the air. The savory and spicy smell of tomatoes ripening in the sun is one of my all-time favorites. This dish is great for a crowd and if chopped finely, would be a great topping for bruschetta,...

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Strawberry Salsa Recipe

Strawberry Salsa Recipe

My lovely and amazing mother-in-law made this strawberry salsa recipe the first time I tried it, and it disappeared in seconds. It was actually one of those moments where you lose your manners because you cannot stop eating it! I highly recommend you triple this recipe for large groups as this is a crowd pleaser. It is so simple to do, just use the exact same ingredients as you would in a regular tomato salsa, but swap strawberries for tomatoes. The same idea would go for a mango (check out 100 Days of Real Food’s Mango Salsa recipe), peach, or pineapple salsa. Many...

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Shrimp & Broccoli Pasta in a Buttery Lemon Sauce Recipe

Shrimp & Broccoli Pasta in a Buttery Lemon Sauce Recipe

SHRIMP & BROCCOLI PASTA IN A BUTTERY LEMON SAUCE RECIPE This savory and lemony flavored shrimp pasta dinner is as easy as it gets. It takes literally five minutes to prep, aside from pasta cooking time. Have your broccoli, garlic and herbs chopped and ready as the shrimp will cook fast. Cook pasta of choice in salted water. Chop up 1-2 cloves of garlic, a handful of herbs (I chose chives and green onion), broccoli or other vegetable of choice. Get lemons ready by washing first (always wash all fruits and produce, even if it has a peel, and especially if zesting as...

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