Wednesday, January 27, 2016

For you low-carb lovers!!!

Low Carb Italian Bake

3 Italian sausages
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded ( divided)
1 egg
10 ounces frozen chopped spinach
1 (16 ounce) containers low-fat ricotta cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 roma tomato, sliced
2 ounces mushrooms, chopped
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Remove sausage from casing, brown and drain.
Layer sausage mixed with 1 cup mozzarella onto bottom of lightly greased quiche pan.
Thaw and drain spinach.

In mixing bowl, scramble egg and add ricotta, spinach, garlic, salt & pepper.
Layer ricotta cheese mixture over sausage mixture.
Place sliced tomatoes and mushrooms over top and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.

Top with 1 cup mozzarella cheese and sprinkle with Parmesan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly.
Let set for 10 minutes before cutting to serve.

Serving Size: 1
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Fat 27.9g Saturated Fat 13.6g Cholesterol 111.2mg Sugars 1.8 g Sodium 1135.0mg Total Carbohydrate 9.6g Dietary Fiber 1.6g Sugars 1.8 g Protein 29.6g

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A delicious new take on banana bread!!!

I absolutely love banana bread, I never thought of making it this way. Yummy!

Banana-Oatmeal Bread

1 1⁄2 cups flour
2⁄3 cup sugar
1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
3⁄4 cup oats
1 cup mashed banana
1⁄3 cup buttermilk (recipe says low-fat, but I used regular dry buttermilk)
1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla (I used more)
2 eggs, beaten
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a 8 x 4 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
Combine dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
Combine banana, buttermilk, oil, vanilla, and eggs in a small bowl or measuring cup.
Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir gently just until the dry ingredients are moistened.
Spoon batter into the prepared pan and bake for 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack, in the pan, for about 15 minutes (I left mine in longer and it was fine).
Remove the bread from the pan after 15 minutes and cool thoroughly on the rack.

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My Favorite Quote

I thought I would share my favorite quote with you all.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

20 Facts About Me!

I wasn’t tagged by anyone to do this post, I wanted to do it for fun and to help you all get to know me better. So here I go...
1. I have 2 dogs and 4 cats. (but technically only two of them are actually mine).
2. My favorite colors are purple and black.
3. My favorite movie of all time is Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
4. My favorite ringtone on my phone is Madilyn Bailey’s cover of “Mirror - Justin Timberlake”.
5. If I ever had the chance to travel, I would go to Italy, it’s my favorite country.
6. I am a huge movie buff. Old and new films!
7. My favorite food would have to be dark mint chocolate.
8. My favorite beverage would have to be hot cocoa in the winter and iced tea in the summer.
9. I absolutely love to dance. My sister and I have always loved creating dances together.
10. I played basketball in high school. I am only 5′4″, but I was pretty good.
11. My first concert was Gwen Stefani in San Diego, CA. (my sister won the trip from a radio station and she took me with her).
12. I love watching birds and listening to them chirp and sing.
13. My favorite season is Autumn! I love the colors of all the leaves.
14. I’ve always had a passion for writing poetry. I have even had a few of my poems published. I even have a trophy and a medal for one of them.
15. I would love to learn about photography and maybe in the future become a photographer.
16. When I was a kid, my favorite children’s shows were Thunder Cats, Transformers, Fraggle Rock and Sesame Street.
17. I love watching reruns of Full House and Friends.
18. I love to bake with my Mom and sister.
19. I have been told I have a great talent for creativity.
20. I love spending time with my family and friends.
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Great for game day!!!!

I absolutely love home made spinach dip. This is awesome!

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

-4 cups parmesan cheese
-5 cups fresh chopped lightly spinach leaves
-2 cans 14 oz artichoke hearts quartered
-1 1/3 cups sour cream
-2 cups cream cheese
-2/3 cups real mayonnaise, not miracle whip
-1 Tablespoon fresh chopped garlic
-3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
-2 Tablespoons melted butter

*whip cream cheese until softenend
*add remaning ingredients just until mixed
*mix together bread crumbs and melted butter and sprinkle on top
*grease a 13x9 cake pan spread mixture in and top with crumbs
*bake at 350 until golden brown and bubbly 20-30 minutes

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Chicken Stir-Fry

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1⁄2 teaspoon ground ginger
1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons cooking oil, divided
2 cups broccoli florets
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup thinly sliced carrot
1 small onion, cut into wedges
1 cup water
1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granule

Cut chicken into 1/2 inch strips; place in a resealable plastic bag.
Add cornstarch and toss to coat.
Combine soy sauce, ginger, and garlic powder; add to bag and shake well.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
In a large skillet or wok, heat 2 tablespoons oil; stir-fry chicken until no longer pink, about 3-5 minutes.
Remove and keep warm.
Add remaining oil; stir fry broccoli, celery, carrots, and onion for 4-5 minutes or until crisp-tender.
Add water and bouillon.
Return chicken to pan.
Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Spinach and Mushroom Smothered Chicken recipe

Spinach and Mushroom Smothered Chicken

3 cups fresh baby spinach
1-3/4 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
3 green onions, sliced
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
1/2 teaspoon rotisserie chicken seasoning
2 slices reduced-fat provolone cheese, halved

1. In a large skillet, saute the spinach, mushrooms, onions and pecans in oil until mushrooms are tender. Set aside and keep warm.
2. Sprinkle chicken with seasoning. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack.
3. Grill chicken, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 170°.
4. Top with cheese. Cover and grill 2-3 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. To serve, top each chicken breast with reserved spinach mixture. Yield: 4 servings.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Guilt-free Rice?!?

Guilt-free rice? Who knew that by adding a teaspoon of coconut oil to boiling water with a half-cup of white rice, letting it simmer, then refrigerating it for 12 hours helps reduce the number of calories by 50 to 60 percent. Sign me up, please!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Helpful Tips for Lupus and Fibro Patients

These are some helpful tips that I personally have been using to help control my lupus and fibromyalgia flares. Doing this has helped me get my lupus to go into remission. I am not claiming to be a medical health care professional. What may work for me, may not work for you. All I am doing is sharing the information I have at hand.

Vitamin regimen:
B-12 (60 mg) 1 tablet, once daily
D (2000 mg) 1 tablet, once daily
E (400 mg) 1 tablet, once daily
C (500 mg) 1 tablet or gummy, once daily
Aspirin (81 mg) 1 tablet, once daily
Fish Oil (300 mg) 1 galcap, once daily
Calcium (600 mg) 1 tablet, once daily
Vitafusion Multivites (Has A, D-12 and Immune Support)
Omega 3's (fatty acids)

Take these vitamins every day. It may take up to 2 weeks to a month before you see results. Depends on the individual. I know it's a lot to take, but I found this more effective than trying just multivitamins alone. But whatever you prefer to do.

Foods to add into your diet (organically grown):
Fresh Green Beans
Green Leafy Lettuce or Red Leafy Lettuce
Brussels Sprouts
Bell Peppers
Ground Flaxseed
Olive or Canola Oil
Unsalted Nuts (peanut, almonds, cashews, pistachio, walnuts, pecans, macadamia, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds)
Fish (pink and coho salmon, rainbow trout, albacore tuna, halibut)
Dark Chocolate
Brown Rice
Whole Grain Pasta
Homemade Soups and Stews
Beans (pinto, kidney, garbanzo, chickpeas, black, lentils)

Foods to avoid:
Alfalfa Sprouts and Seeds
Red Meat
High Fat Dairy (whole milk, half and half or fatty butters & cheeses)
Creamed Soups or Sauces (canned)
Animal Fats
Processed Foods
Saturated Fats

Healthy Beverages to Drink:
Electrolyte Water
Bottled Water
Sparkling Water
Vitamin Water
Coconut Water
Almond Milk, Skim Milk or 2% Milk

Beverages to Avoid:
Soft Drinks (any kind of soda, once in awhile doesn't hurt but if you can avoid it, the better it'll be in the long run)
Caffeinated Coffee
Juice with High Sugar Content

I am pretty sure I have covered everything that consists in my daily diet. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

© 2015 - Healthy Choices For Life

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Heart Cabbage Soup recipe

Hearty Cabbage Soup
(Requested Recipe)

2 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
2 cups cabbage, shredded
3 potatoes, peeled and thickly sliced
6 cups chicken stock, divided
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
2 tablespoons flour
1⁄2 cup sour cream
salt and pepper, to taste

Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat.
Add onion, celery, cabbage, salt, and pepper.
Partly cover and cook for 10 minutes over a low heat.
Add potatoes, chicken stock, and dill.
Bring to a boil while stirring periodically.
Boil, partly covered, for 20 minutes.
Mix the flour with the sour cream in a bowl.
Add 1/2 cup of the hot soup stock to bowl, mix well, and pour into soup.
Mix well and serve.

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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

12 cabbage leaves
1 lb ground beef
1 cup cooked rice
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce, divided
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
1⁄2 cup chopped onion
1⁄4 cup chopped green pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water

Cover cabbage leaves with boiling water.
Let stand until leaves are limp.
Mix beef, rice, 1/2 CUP tomato sauce, garlic salt, pepper, onions and green pepper.
Put 1/3 cup in each leaf; roll, tucking in the sides.
Place, seam side down in baking dish.
Mix remaining tomato sauce with the sugar, pour over rolls.
Cover and bake at 350* for 45 minutes.
Remove from pan, pour juice in saucepan.
Mix cornstarch and water; stir into saucepan.
Cook and stir until mixture boils; cook 1 minute.
Serve with cabbage rolls.

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Low Carb Pizza

Low Carb Pizza 

4 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 eggs
1⁄3 cup heavy cream
1⁄4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon chives
1⁄2 teaspoon italian seasoning or 1⁄2 teaspoon pizza seasoning
1⁄2 teaspoon wet garlic or 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups mozzarella cheese

1⁄2 cup pizza sauce (the lowest carb you can find) or 1⁄2 cup tomato sauce (the lowest carb you can find)
1 cup mozzarella cheese
pizza toppings, of choice

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Beat together cream cheese and eggs until smooth.
Add cream, parmesan, chives, Italian seasoning and garlic.
Spray 9X13 pan with cooking spray or oil.
Place 2 cups mozzarella cheese in bottom of pan.
Pour egg mixture over cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and spread sauce over baked mixture.
Add toppings of choice.
Cover with remaining mozzerella cheese.
Bake until bubbly and brown.
Let stand for 5 minutes.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Great for you low-carb lovers!

Great for people who follow Atkins or other low-carb eating plans!

Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin
6 Servings

Tastes like a Potato Casserole without all the carbs!!!!

1 medium spaghetti squash...
3 tablespoons butter
1 small yellow onion, very thinly sliced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
Salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Cut the spaghetti squash in half and remove the seeds. Place in a covered dish with a ¼ inch of water and microwave for 10 -12 minutes. In a medium sized skillet over medium heat, add the butter, onions, red pepper, garlic salt, salt and pepper and cook until the onions are brown in color.

Using a fork, scrape the insides of the squash and transfer to a small bowl.Mix the squash, onions, sour cream and half the cheese together and mix well. Transfer the mixture to a buttered baking dish and top with remaining cheese.

Place into a 375ยบ for 20-25 minutes. Put on broil in the last minute until golden brown on top.

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Requested Recipe #1

Cabbage Beef Casserole

1 head cabbage
1 lb ground beef
1⁄2 cup onion (cut up)
1 green pepper (chopped)
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons uncooked rice
1 (10 1/2 ounce) can condensed tomato soup
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
3⁄4 cup water

Brown ground beef in oil; add onion,green pepper, salt and rice.
Slice cabbage in bottom of casserole dish; spread beef mixture over cabbage.
Mix tomato soup and water; add tomato sauce.
Pour over cabbage and meat.
Cover and bake at 350° for 1 1/2 hours

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