• The beets and Dijon mustard blend together to coat the greens in a delicious pink dressing.

    Sweet Dijon Roasted Beet Salad

      About a week ago, I received an abundance of beets. By abundance, I mean 10 lbs worth. Perhaps 20 lbs. It was A LOT! So I’ve been finding clever ways to add beets to just about everything I eat.   Have a chicken wrap? Top it with roasted beets! Make some cupcakes? Add some [...]

  • Only 3 ingredients!

    Sweet Dijon Dressing

      I make my own version of honey mustard dressing because the store-bought variety comes made with soybean oil and high fructose corn syrup. I’ve got beef with both of those ingredients, plus I like to avoid sugar whenever possible. So I make my own with just three ingredients: mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and stevia [or [...]

  • Tropical fruit - papaya, mango, and pineapple - flavored cake.

    Mug Cake, Tropical Fruit Edition

      Now that I’ve discovered the magic of mug cake, I’ve been experimenting.  As I mentioned in a previous post, Mug Cake is the most amazing invention EVER! I won’t belabor the point further.   I had previously mentioned one single hiccup that made mixing ingredients a slight annoyance, but I have since discovered a [...]

  • Planning for Goal Achievement.

    Goal Setting and Planning

    This post provides guidelines on how to set goals in a manner that provides a plan of action to go along with your goals. The first half of the post explains the inspiration and genesis of the guide, while the second half is a bullet-point styled guide. The introductory portion of the post provides an [...]

  • Mango, Papaya, and Pineapple goodness mixed with a hint of flaxmilk.

    Tropical Fruit Gelatin “Cheesecake”

          A bizarre combination, based on sifting through a thousand different recipes to devise a dessert I could make with ingredients already in my fridge.  Oh, and it had to have decent macros.   I started with a single premise: I wanted to create a low-kalorie dessert with gelatin.  The CONCEPT of gelatin [...]

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Succulent lamb and an assortment of brightly colored vegetables.

Roasted Lamb and Winter Squash

November 26, 2013 - No Comments

ANY winter squash is delectable roasted.  On this particular occasion, I had some leftover pumpkin, to which I added some buttercup squash.

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Even delicious cold! Which is  simply code for: "I was too lazy/hungry to bother with the microwave."

Manchego, Winter Squash, and Crawfish Casserole

November 26, 2013 - No Comments

I adore all of these ingredients by themselves, so I had little doubt I would love the combination.  Turns out, it’s just as fantastic as I imagined! A few notes on things I would do different next time around: 1. Add more filler.  I think I may add more finely shredded cheese next time.  I [...]

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Winter Squash and Beef Roast Stew

November 7, 2013 - No Comments

ANY winter squash works well in this stew.

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Alesinka with Crawfish and Mushrooms

August 15, 2013 - No Comments

I cook such a variety of stews with an eggplant base; I’m audaciously naming this stew after myself. Alesinka is the Polish-ized nickname my mother gave me growing up. Well, it’s the nickname that lends itself better for recipe naming purposes. I don’t think too many people would be keen on eating a recipe named [...]

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Sausage Sauerkraut Stew

August 8, 2013 - No Comments

 Desperate times call for desperate measures! I’ve been spending my days remodeling a house… think hours upon hours of cutting fiberglass insulation and drywall. My joints ache. I’m sleep deprived to a degree that has dropped my IQ in half. But I still can’t bring myself to stomach fast food or pay for restaurant fare, [...]

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Sausagey Eggplant

August 6, 2013 - No Comments

I’ve discovered the magic of eggplant!  

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Chocolate Chip Cookies [Coconut and Hemp Flour]

August 6, 2013 - No Comments

My father makes the most delicious chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had… unfortunately, he follows the recipe on the back of the Nestle chocolate chip morsel bag, with margarine and eeerything.  Yay for trans fats!  Since I obviously can’t indulge in those life-shortening delicacies but once every year, I decided to try and create a [...]

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Fruity Streusel Protein Bars

July 15, 2013 - No Comments

For some time now, I’ve been looking for a tasty protein bar to tote around in case the dreaded sugar cravings strike. Most protein bars contain soy protein nuggets [Mmmmm, sounds tasty, right?] as their primary protein source. Since I’m allergic to soy, this posses a slight problem. The bottom “crust” layer is made from [...]

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Low Cal Brownies

July 8, 2013 - No Comments

My sweet tooth strikes again!  I was craving some delectable chocolate-y goodness, so I decided to create some healthy brownies.  They have 13 grams of carbohydrates, of which a whopping 8 grams is fiber!  

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High Protein Blueberry Clafoutis

High Protein Blueberry Clafoutis

June 2, 2013 - No Comments

I have a GARGANTUAN sweet tooth.  It was a big contributor to my previously obese state.  It turns out that as you lose weight, that sweet tooth is not shed with the pounds.  I’m constantly searching for healthified desserts.  This one is pretty freaking awesome if you like blueberries and the texture of custard.  I [...]

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