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Better and cheaper made a home. 

Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Whisk together 1 minced garlic clove, a pinch of salt and pepper, 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard and 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar  (you can use white Balsamic vinegar which I prefer) then slowly whisk in 1/2 cup of olive oil.

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Avocado and Chicken salad – Great For The Weekend

This would make an easy light meal for Easter after eating all those chocolate Easter eggs

Avocado Chicken Salad

Avocado Chicken Salad:
2 or 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 avocado
1/4 chopped onion
juice of 1/2 a lime
2 Tbsp cilantro
salt and pepper to taste.
Cook chicken breast until done, let cool, and then shred. Mix with all other ingredients. Enjoy!

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Gluten Free Pasta Salad

I have been inclined towards eating Gluten Free Food lately . I am not fanatical about it I just seem to feel better after eating gluten free bread than wheat bread. So I eat gluten free when I find the palatable stuff. Some of it, I deem not fit to eat by any means. I believe all food should be enjoyable even if some of it is not healthy. Everything in moderation is my moto.
Enjoy!

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GF Ginger Pasta Salad
Serves 4

1 lb. gluten-free pasta
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 Tbsp pine nuts, toasted
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp fresh ginger
1 Tbsp fresh orange zest
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground white pepper

COOK pasta according to package instructions. Remove from heat, drain in a colander and transfer to a large bowl.

ADD remaining ingredients to pasta; gently toss to combine.

SERVE warm.

Source: Amie Valpone, TheHealthyApple.com

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Did You Know – These 10 Ways To Use Lettuce ?

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As you can probably guess I love my food and most of all I love healthy food and am always looking for new ways to serve it. Well here is some ways to make lettuce more interesting, tasty and great ways to serve.

1. Iceberg Wedge – Top an iceberg lettuce wedge with a dressing made from reduced fat mayo, lemon juice and finely chipped fresh herbs such as parsley, dill or chives. Sprinkle with a little feta cheese and walnuts,

2. Lettuce coleslaw – substitute shredded lettuce for cabbage in coleslaw or make it half cabbage and half lettuce

3. Spring Soup – bring 2 cups liquid no added salt stock and 1 cup of water to the boil. Add 1 chopped leek (white part only), half a bunch chopped celery, half cup peas and a pinch of sugar, Simmer for 20 minutes adding a small head of chopped lettuce in the last 5 minutes of cooking.Top with croutons and parmesan cheese.

4. Egg cups – Combine 2 chopped hard-boiled eggs with a wee dollop of reduced fat mayo and a pinch of curry powder or more if you like a bit more spice. Spoon into 2 lettuce cups to serve.

5. Fast and easy salad – Place 1 whole shredded lettuce in a bowl. Add shredded dill toasted pine nuts and finely sliced spring onion. Dress with an olive oil and white wine vinegar dressing toss before serving.

6. San Choy Bow – Stir fry cloves minced garlic, grated 3cm piece of fresh ginger, 150g sliced mushrooms and 500g lean pork mince until mince browns, Add 2 teaspoons sesame oil, 2 table salt reduced soy sauce and 2 tablespoons oyster sauce. Toss to combine. Remove from heat and fill lettuce cups with mixture. Top with bean sprouts, shredded snow peas, thinly sliced capsicum, fresh coriander and toasted sesame seeds.

7. Pea and lettuce stir fry – In a large frying pan stir fry 1 chopped onion, 1 teaspoon minced garlic and 4 stalks chopped celery until softened. Add half cup liquid no added salt stock, 2 cups frozen peas and a pinch of dried thyme. Simmer for 5 minutes then stir through 1 and half cups of shredded lettuce until wilted.

8. Vietnamese tofu lettuce wraps – thinly slice 1 packet of marinated tofu in strips. Heat in a small frying pan until warmed through. Wash 4-5 large iceberg lettuce leaves. Top each leaf with tofu strips, shredded coriander, roasted peanuts, torn fresh mint, grated carrot and shredded basil. Drizzle lightly with sesame oil and wrap leaf around filling.

9. Tacos with a lettuce shell – Use large iceberg lettuce leaves as a taco shell and fill with Mexican-spiced lean mince or beans, salsa chopped tomatoes, reduced-fat cheese and chopped red onion

10. Healthy ploughman’s platter – On a platter or plate ,assemble chopped lettuce, slices of reduced – fat cheese, pickles or cornichons, smoked salmon and 2-3 slices of rye bread

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How To Build A Perfect Salad

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September 12, 2013 · 5:10 PM

Food To Improve Your Mood

Food to Improve Your Mood- Steamed Salmon Salad with Grapefruit-Ginger Dressing Source- http-::www.healthcentral.com:anxiety:c:458275:160909:improve-grapefruit-dressing

Food to Improve Your Mood: Steamed Salmon Salad with Grapefruit-Ginger Dressing
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Ginger and its Health Benefits

I know Ginger is very good for you. I have it often fresh sprinkled lightly on my salad.
Please note that the heading says “Benefits” it is not a cure.

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One Week To A Healthier You!

We have spent many years, months, days, minutes abusing our bodies in many different ways. Getting healthy is not going to happen overnight or in a week but its a start.
If you try to change your lifestyle a week at a time, well who knows miracles do happen, you could get to like it, mainly because you are going to actually feel better.
I don’t believe you have to give up all the good things you enjoy, but if you start out with these few things each day, for a week , you may like the results.


Sunday – Go buy a pedometer. they are not expensive and any sports store will have them – If you are able to walk at least 3000 steps a day you are on your way to better fitness according to the American Heart association


Monday – Take the stairs. This is an amazing way to improve your fitness, especially if you find you are out of breath just climbing one set of stairs. Find as many stairs as you can, allow yourself a few extra minutes to get to work so that you are able to take your time and not be late for work.


Tuesday – At the desk all day? – Do a little stretching when you can. Raise your hands above your head, squeeze that buttocks and pull that tummy in, move your head from side to side. With your feet on the ground raise your heels, feel the calves tighten, point your toes and move your feet in a circle one way then the other. Helps keep the body toned and helps the circulation  in your legs


Wednesday – Park the car further away from your work place. Walk just that little extra, every little bit helps.


Thursday – Just because you are doing this extra exercise don’t even begin to think you can eat more. No No! Be very conscious of what you are eating. Great suggestion is –  Stay to the perimeter of the grocery store. All the fresh stuff is usually around the outside of the store, such as meat and vegetables. All the tempting ‘not so good for you’ food is in the middle. Eat natural when you can.


Friday – Ok its the end of the week and you should be feeling good about yourself and you may be going for dinner or a few drinks with your friends or partner. Relax, and do what you enjoy but just don’t overdo it. Maybe only have one glass of wine instead of two and don’t order any bread, maybe stick to a salad (be careful of the dressing you have) and steak and enjoy each bite and good conversation.


Saturday – Take the dog for a longer walk, he is going to love you for it. Maybe you could get that bicycle out of the garage and give it a dust off and go for a ride.

All of these suggestions are really easy to do and you will be amazed that you may have lost a little weight or you are just feeling that little bit better than normal. What ever the case may be, none of these things can hurt you.
Not only will you save on medical bills because of better health you will save on grocery bills, maybe parking bills and your dog will be healthier.

“If you don’t do different nothing will change”

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Chicken And Mango Salad


CHICKEN AND MANGO SALAD

Ingredients

Serves: 4 Prep: 25min|Cook: 15min |Total: 40min

2 tbsp olive oil
3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, trimmed
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
4 C shredded romaine lettuce
1 sm bunch watercress, lg stems discarded
1/2 C finely shredded red cabbage
1 firm ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/2″ pieces
Directions

1.Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Season chicken with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper. Cook, turning, until golden brown and cooked through, about 6 minutes on each side. Transfer to cutting board.
2.Add shallots and 1 tablespoon of the vinegar to skillet and cook, stirring, until shallots are softened and liquid is almost evaporated, about 3 minutes. Transfer shallots to small bowl. Whisk remaining 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper into shallot mixture.
3.Place romaine, watercress, cabbage, and mango in serving bowl. Cut chicken diagonally into long, thin strips. Add to romaine mixture, toss with dressing, and serve.

Nutritional Facts per serving

CALORIES 222.5 CAL

FAT 8.4 G

SATURATED FAT 1.3 G

CHOLESTEROL 51.3 MG

SODIUM 362.1 MG

CARBOHYDRATES 15 G

TOTAL SUGARS 10.2 G

DIETARY FIBER 2.4 G

PROTEIN 22.2 G

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