Boring Salads No More!

The Same 'ole Same 'ole Salads...How Boring! 

No one really wants to eat the same salads week in and week out but we get into a rut a habit of what we choose to eat.  Even if you go out where they have a salad bar I bet you grab the same things to put on top of the lettuce. 

Salads are one of the easiest dishes to change up. You can make it a meal or a side dish. It can be sweet or savory or both! Lettuce holds its own with any kind of protein, meat, poultry, or eggs. 

And now you can Grill IT! I know! This is awesome news. I have cooked and wilted my greens for years as well as eating them fresh however it's only been over the past few years that I've been grilling my salad. 

My daughter came out for dinner this week and asked for grilled romaine. As soon as she mentioned it my mouth started to water, yeah, it's that good!

If you have a gas grill this dish can be fixed anytime. If you are like us and have a charcoal grill then you'll want to make it at the...

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Hustle, Hustle, Hustle...Stop!

Do You Feel Like You Are Always On The Go? 

Our culture is all about doing. Do this, do that, go here, now go there, get this done, don't forget about doing that...and on we go...

We aren't human doings we are human beings. It's OK to just be, to take a break from all of the days' doings. It's ok to take a day to rest, to sip a cup of tea, and read a good book. 

My dad passed a couple of years ago and my mom feels alone, they were together 65 years and she has never been on her own so this has been a big adjustment. For me too because my parents have always been very active, involved, and healthy people. Mom was born and raised in this town and dad was raised in the town across the river. It's is a beautiful little river town in West Virginia. It is a 4-hour drive from my home which takes a lot of time away from my 'doings'. 

I love my mom very much and want to be there for her while she makes this adjustment but I have a business to run and a growing family I want to...

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Doesn't This Look Delicious? It Took Less Than 10 Minutes

Leftovers! It's What's For Dinner! 

So you had some extra time on the weekend and grilled out! Everyone loves a cookout. And you were thinking ahead for the weeks' dinners so you grilled extra. 

This is genius

When you do have time to cook make extra so you can grab that already cooked item and mix it with different ingredients for a whole new meal. That's what I did to make this chicken salad for my lunch. I grilled out several days ago and froze the extra chicken I had. Then before I went to bed last night I pulled out the frozen chicken breasts from last week and put them in the fridge to thaw overnight. 

Sunday is when I usually plan my meals for the week. I think about dinner of course, but I also think about lunch. I like to make my lunch. It saves a lot of money throughout the year and I know where my food is coming from so I feel better about what I'm eating

When I opened the fridge this morning I saw how good that chicken...

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Winner! Winner! A One Pot Chicken Dinner

Baked Balsamic Chicken & Veggies

An Easy One-Pot Meal!

It's been a long week, or maybe you've had a wonderfully laid back weekend and you just don't want to cook tonight! I get it! I don't always want to cook either. But...I do want to eat healthier because I know I feel better when I do and of course it costs less, oh and I really do like the family time at the table! But...I really don't want to spend much time fixing a meal and then cleaning it up! 

Does this sound like thoughts you have? Are you having a battle in your head about cooking at home? You are not alone, in fact, I think most of us have this same conversation with ourselves regularly! 

That's why I'm here!! To give you ideas on Easy, Quick and Delicious Meals that are Healthy and Low Cost! 

I fix a lot of chicken, it's probably the bulk of our meat intake. One reason I like to cook with it so much is it's easy to mix up so we don't get bored eating the same thing week after week. 


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HATE Kitchen Clean-Up? I have some tricks!

I Am NOT A Fan Of Dirty Dishes!

My mom is an exceptional cook. She can make a gourmet meal out of beans! Her secret? I wish I knew...I have stood next to her while she told me exactly what to put in a dish and it still doesn't taste like hers!

And yet I have turned out to be a pretty good cook myself! 

One thing I chose not to do that my mom does is dirty every dish and pan in the kitchen when she cooks. The stove is a disaster! The counters are a mess, the wall around that area can get splashed on and the floor!! OH MY!!! 

Being the only girl in my home growing up it was my job to clean the kitchen after dinner....and I hated it!!! I hated it so much! As I was cleaning and wiping and scrubbing and mopping up after dinner I was coming up with ways to avoid the mess when I grew up and had my own home. 

And this is exactly what I did!! Good news! It turns out the foods tastes just as good with a clean kitchen. So my moms secret to a fabulous meal...being messy...

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CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO! Do You Have A Minute To Change Your Brain!

It Really Only Takes A Minute A Day To Change How Your Brain Works! 

I'm a big fan of meditation. Any style from any teacher is OK by me. I know there are hundreds of people around our world teaching meditation. And of course, I have only been exposed to a few of them. But the ones I've seen are all able to transform your life by helping you become aware of your thought patterns, your habits of reacting to life. Your beliefs.  

Meditation should help you quiet the outside noise so you can 'watch' and 'listen' to your own thoughts and feelings. Once you become more familiar with them you will begin to notice what you are thinking during the day to day life activities. This then helps you realize patterns of your thoughts, like how you feel about being stuck in traffic, or standing in line at the bank, or watching the news. After you've been paying attention to your thoughts for a while you will begin to notice them and your feelings before you speak. THIS is when your life...

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Salmon Recipe! Spicy Brown Mustard and Honey

There are as many ways to fix Salmon as you have ideas. 

It can be grilled, broiled, baked, fried, and even served as sushi. If you are having it as sushi make sure when you buy it to ask that it's sushi grade. There is a difference. 

You can make pesto, chutney, compote to put on top of it after it's cooked. You can marinate or just season it with good ole salt and pepper. 

My husband and daughter's favorite way to make it is with cajun seasoning. I like it best with a drizzle of olive oil and a squirt or two of fresh lemon, with the lemon zest to top it off...yum yum... my mouth is watering just thinking about it. 

Salmon is great paired with all kinds of grains and vegetables and fruit! I know! it's great food! 

Now for the best part of salmon, how healthy it is for you! 

Salmon is nutrient-dense. It is an excellent source of high-quality protein, vitamins, and minerals (including potassium, selenium, and vitamin B12) but it is the...

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What The Heck Is Kombucha Tea?

I keep hearing about kombucha tea...but what the heck is it? 

"I am hearing about something called kombucha tea nearly everywhere I look these days but I don't know what it is and why I would or should drink it!"

This is a question I get asked regularly in my Life Coaching Practice. 

"Here is my short answer; It's a probiotic drink that has been used over the centuries."

For those of you who really do want to know what it is read on... 

I have been drinking kombucha way before most people in the U.S.A. had ever heard of it. That's because I've been very fortunate to travel abroad and study with very knowledgeable folks and learn about how other cultures keep healthy. Plus most of the people I hang out with and learn from our naturalists. People who believe that nature has given us the resources to stay healthy. 

First, let me answer the "why would I want to drink a tea from ancient times". 

Unfortunately, to our health's demise, most of us in these...

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Are Commercials Killing You?!

We Have Been Told For Century's We Are What We Think...

And I believe this to be true. This idea has been in spiritual and religious texts passed down from Master to Student over and over again. 'what you think you become', 'be careful of your thoughts because your life is shaped by them', and so on.  

I am not much for watching TV and I really don't care for the commercials, mostly because they are louder than the TV shows and it's annoying. But I started noticing a trend for these advertisements and that got me thinking. 

Do you sit and watch TV commercials? Have you noticed how many pharmaceutical products are brought into our homes consistently via the television?  And have you ever really listened to them?

Ok, let's say what I mentioned before about our thoughts shaping our future is only somewhat true. And let's look at averages of television viewing percentages on a typical day. Below I've gathered a few statistics on how Americans consume...

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Do You Have An Animal Totem?

What Is An Animal Totem? 

I've been seeing cardinals since early Spring. They are everywhere I go and I mean inside and out! 

I've seen pictures in stores, as big ones at the edge of an aisle, I've seen birds flying in 3 different states. My daughter has one that holds onto her window screen in her kitchen and under her front porch. In fact, I finished writing this post and looked out my window and there sits a male cardinal in the bush...everywhere! 

They have had a PBS program on them, yes...I'm a PBS geek. It seems they are every place I go and that got me wondering why? Why are these birds in my awareness all of the sudden? Then I remembered a friend who is part Native American, she talked about animal totems and why they should be paid attention to so I did what every good American does and googled cardinals. I was happy to read all of their virtues and how those might be in play in my life. 

Then mid Spring I took a trip to Yosemite National Park to...

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Your's Free! 20 Healthy Snacks to Get You Through Your Day

There is something for everyone on this list of 20 Healthy Snacks

You'll Never Need To Eat Unhealthy Again!