All about Zucchini

I love zucchini and during the summer there is an abundance this fresh vegetable. You can find them in different sizes.  I like mine in a medium size and a darker green yet firm.  I have noticed the smaller zucchini are sweeter in flavor and the super large ones do tend to taste bitter.

Zucchini can be consumed raw or cooked and there are so many ways to enjoy and I will share my recipes with you for anytime!

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Are you talking cabbage about me?

Let’s talk about cabbage.

It’s not really the hot topic of Friday night get-togethers these days but I bet you didn't know all the interesting things about it and fun and yummy ways you can use it in the kitchen. The often underappreciated cousin of Brussels sprouts, Broccoli and Cauliflower, cabbage can be either smoothed or crinkle leafed. It also comes in green, purple and white, which makes it a fun and easy way to add some colorful garnish to your finished meal.

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Be a Paleo Party Girl

During the week we all strive to reach our fitness goals and stay on top of our diet- until the weekend comes. As Paleo diet participants, we often find it hard to choose between staying in and doing squats while snacking on kale chips, or going out and drowning our hard work in beer and chicken wings. With dieting, the number one killer that always drags us down is our social lives but with these tips you’ll never have to pass up a ladies night out ever again!

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Caramelized Onions

Caramelized onions add flavor and texture to soups, sauces, pizzas, and stews.

Here’s my tip: brown the onions for about an hour. This will bring out the delicious flavor. I like to brown the onions on a low temperature for at least an hour when preparing them for my French Onion Soup or my Shallots and Onion . It really elevates the flavor! Or top off your pizza, make your own onion dip or add to meat for a flavorful meatloaf

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Cindy on Better CT - Chicken and Mushrooms in a Creamy Sauce

Cindy was on Better CT Monday, January 12, 2014 with hosts Scot Haney and Kara Sundlun sharing her Chicken and Mushroom with a Creamy Sauce Recipe with viewers! 

Thank you Shop Rite, E. Hartford and Manchester, CT, Simply Organic and The Salt Pig!

Click here to watch the cooking segment!

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Healthy Holiday Eating

There is nothing I love more about the holidays than enjoying the fabulous foods that flow out of the kitchen and onto my dinner plate. Unfortunately, most of the delicious foods my family makes for the holidays are not very healthy. Almost every holiday I struggle to resist my grandmother’s cheese and ham filled rice balls, her warm meat pie smothered with gravy, and most of all her soft, fresh baked seven layer cookies.

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Healthy Solutions Spice Blends® Review

I recently just discovered this hidden treasure, Healthy Solutions Spice Blends®. These spice blends are all natural, high quality, and recipe ready. This is such a easy way to spruce up your dinner in seconds.  I also enjoy that I don’t have to worry about artificial ingredients, fillers, no MSG, and no salt. It great finding a seasoning which contain none of those factors.

I use these spice blends on fish, beef, pork and poultry. Each package comes with a specific use ex “shrimp scampi”, this contains all the spices you need all in one bag to make a delicious and easy meal. Another great thing I enjoy about the packages they come in is that it includes a simple recipe on that back, for that specific spice blend.  The feature that I enjoy most about the packages they come is that they are small resealable bags.  These bags are small enough to store in my spice cabinet and don’t take up too much space.

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How to Hide Healthy Stuff in Smoothies

Spring is the time to be out and about. After being cooped up all winter all you want to do is soak up that sunshine while running around preparing for the Spring season. The best running around snack these days is a smoothie.

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Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping Tips

I was a single mother for almost 15 years. Yes that was a long time but I do miss the days when my kids were home.  We had a “family meeting” every Sunday where we would go through all of the grocery store flyers and we would all come up with ideas for breakfast, school lunches, after school snacks and dinners.  After a long day of work and a busy schedule with the kids cooking on Sunday’s made the rest of our week more organized and everyone happy! 

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