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By: Nel VanAmen

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Mexican Zucchini Succotash
February 28, 2019

Mexican Zucchini Succotash,  Here is  a recipe that will spice up your vegetables on Taco Tuesday.  The original recipe calls for a little corn.  But is it really is not needed.  But, if you use I would buy organic fresh or frozen.  This is little spicy delightful bite.  Just cook until vegetables are slightly tender.  You get a little snap and a little heat in each bite.  Yummm!

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Korean beef stir fry
Korean Beef Stir Fry
February 28, 2019

Are you craving a little of your favorite food from a Korean BBQ spot?  Then try this dish it is super simple and really flavorful.  It is best if you marinade overnight but at the very least marinate meat for an hour.  The original recipe calls for two teaspoons of brown sugar in the marinade.  I omitted but you can add if you like or use monk fruit sugar, brown sugar helps caramelize the meat. But it tastes just as good without it.    I also added broccoli to complete the meal and add a little more nutrients and fiber.  I also used grass fed NY strip but any tender cut will do.  Add some red peeper flakes for those of you that like to spice it up like me. 

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turkey meatballs
Turkey Meatballs with Tomato Basil Sauce
January 29, 2019

Here is a recipe you can use for meal prep. I get so many requests for the recipe and thought I would share.   The meatballs are baked and remain moist, tender and really delicious.  You can use them for meal prep but make sure you measure the sauce separate from the meatballs.   If you are used to having pasta and gravy (sauce) on Sundays try using  zoodles or spaghetti squash for your pasta on  your next Sunday’s meal.  You will not miss the pasta but you can also use GF pasta if you have the carbohydrates available.  The sauce is simple and if you use good quality tomatoes it is really delicious.  You will keep your family happy because you and your family can enjoy a Sunday pasta dinner and not have to worry about it being to heavy!

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salmon meatballs
Baked Salmon Meatballs With Creamy Avocado Sauce
January 29, 2019

Here is  a recipe that I used for a client recently for lunch but this would also be great as a snack or an appetizer.  I was a little skeptical but  pleasantly surprised!  You can make them bite size for a party or a little larger if you are using for a meal.   Really yummy and the avocado cream with the chipotle seasoning adds a little smokey flavor with depth.  For bite size you do not even need a dollop of the sauce.  All you really need is a teaspoon of the sauce.  Try this!  You will be delighted you did.  Serve them at your Super Bowl party for a healthy snack!!

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flat bread with hummus
Guiltless Flatbread With Roasted Eggplant
January 29, 2019

Here is a great recipe that is gluten free, nutritious and really delicious.  It would be a perfect snack  for your Super Bowl party and will  help you stay on track.  No one will know it is gluten free.  You can serve this with anything where you would use pita bread.  You can even add a little protein powder for some extra energy.  Just make sure you adjust the other flours to accommodate the protein and add a little lemon zest if you use vanilla.  Lemon goes well with rosemary and will help keep it on the savory side.  Make it in a cast iron skillet for best results.  It will go so fast you made need two of them!!!

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broccoli in garlic suace
Garlic Lemon Broccoli
January 1, 2019

This Garlic Lemon Broccoli dish is not any ordinary broccoli dish. It’s simplicity may be deceiving.   But try this and I promise the broccoli will disappear in minutes maybe even before it makes it to the table. Adds a delicious twist to one of our favorite vegetables and goes so well with any protein.  You can even add a little red pepper flakes if you like a little heat.  

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Steak Diane
December 31, 2018

Steak Diane will taste like you have been cooking all day but it is so easy to make and will leave your guest’s mouth watering for more.  This would be good on any beef steak, bison steak, venison or elk steaks.  You can even put it on burgers to elevate them.  Yummy!

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kale
Hearty Kale Salad
December 31, 2018

This hearty kale salad with a mixture of textures and colors will brighten up any table and start your year off deliciously happy.  It is packed with anti-oxidants to start your New Year off with a pep in your step. The dressing is light and the lemon brightens it up and also helps tenderize the kale and brussels sprouts.  Add a protein and you have a complete meal!

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pumpkin pancakes
Pumpkin Protein Pancakes
November 27, 2018

This recipe is gluten free and dairy free.  They give you a little taste of the holidays and fall.  They have about 90 calories per pancake and 8 grams of protein.  Add it to your breakfast instead of gluten free toast.  It also be can be a great mid-morning snack.

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thai red curry
Classic Thai Red Curry
November 27, 2018

This is the easiest recipe and so delicious.  I think it is better than the yellow curry Thai dish.  You can add a little heat by adding a Thai chili or a sliced Serrano chili.  If you cannot find kaffir leaf (lime leaf) squeeze some lime juice into the dish.  Asian markets generally have but I have run into problems locating it in an Asian market.  Also Thai basil is best but you can use regular basil in a pinch if you cannot find it in an Asian market.  

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