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4 Must Have Kitchen Appliances l Food Fitness Dogs

I love to cook. I love to cook for friends, events, and of course meals for myself. The size of my meals could feed a small army, but that’s ok because what I prepare is really good. Something else I love equally, my kitchen tools. I don’t really call them gadgets because they have been kitchen staples for such a long-time. The kitchen tools you own can help you out of a jam or get you into one. Here are my favorite kitchen tools.

Vitamix

Vitamix

Vitamix

 

I honestly can not say enough about this little powerhouse of a multipurpose machine. Some of my favorite things to do is prepare my own salad dressings, condiments, marinara sauce, soups, ice cream, nut butters, and smoothies. Perfect for juicing.  I also love to chop and puree things up like vegetables, cauliflower for mashed potatoes, and make ground meat from flank steak.

A few more things the Vitamix can do that I have not tried… mixed drinks, salsa, cocktails, and dessert.

I purchased mine from QVC and as a bonus it came with a very thick, worthwhile cookbook along with some other accessories.  The cookbook has a section for Appetizers, Soups, Main Dishes, Sides, Desserts, Drinks, and much more.  Definitely worth the value.  Now you can also purchase this at Vitamix or do your own search for this multipurpose kitchen tool to find the best deal for you.

Yes, a high ticket price. It does come with a lifetime guarantee.  While I have had mine for 3 years or so, I have no complaints.

Whatever you choose to prepare… it’s just minutes from raw ingredients to something presentable. A true kitchen time saver.
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Fresh Marinara Sauce

Marinara Sauce is best when you make it fresh instead of from a can.  Actually, making fresh anything is always best.  I was not sure if I was up for the task but I jump right in and it was well worth it.  My recipe for a quick marinara sauce usually came from a couple cans of tomato sauce and a can of tomato paste.  I would sprinkle in my seasonings, basil, garlic, oregano, and so on to the tomato sauce.  It was quick and it was easy enough.

 

I took to the web to find my inspiration because I have never attempted to make fresh marinara sauce.  I found my inspiration from Life as a Plate.

Fresh Marinara Sauce

Fresh Marinara Sauce

This is my picture of roasted Roma tomatoes for the fresh marinara sauce. My place smelled like an Italian restaurant for days! It was great.

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Healthy Meatloaf with Spinach and Cauliflower Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Healthy Meatloaf

Healthy Meatloaf

Meatloaf is comfort food when it’s cold outside, not to mention that it is pretty damn easy to put together.  It is great for lunch and dinner.  You can pair meatloaf with something as simple as a salad. Pair your meatloaf with what you like.

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Salmon Cakes and Coconut Cream Sauce

Salmon Cake in a Coconut Cream Sauce

Salmon Cake in a Coconut Cream Sauce

I am always a week ahead of the game in terms of figuring out what to eat. First, I head to the freezer to see what I have to work with and Salmon is on the menu. Not to mention that I also have about 6 cans of coconut milk. The thought of putting a Basil Coconut Cream sauce on top is very exciting and mouth watering. I had a basic idea of how to make a salmon cake, but I wanted to see if I could add something to it so that it’s interesting. I came across this Cajun Salmon recipe that I used and it was extremely tasty. I served the salmon cake over a bed of steamed broccoli and spaghetti zucchini. This is one healthy, satisfying meal!
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Eggs and Ham For Breakfast

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This week I was gifted a few pounds of Honey Baked Ham. I decided to use it for a breakfast meal since I am good on lunch and dinner meals. So I thought ham and fried egg, but I do not want to prepare the fried egg for breakfast in the morning. I am usually late for work when I decide, at the last minute, to prepare something for breakfast. A breakfast egg bake or quiche came to mind. It’s quick, simple and  healthy. Here it is.

Eggs and Ham

Eggs and Ham

Egg, Ham, Spinach, Red Pepper Bake

  • 8 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 pounds of cooked ham, torn up into small pieces or cubed
  • 2 Red Peppers, diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 2 bags of Spinach
  • 1/2 tbsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 4 Green Onions, thinly sliced
  • 13 x 9 baking dish
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese, optional
  • Coconut Oil to grease the baking dish

Set oven to 350 degrees. To prepare this dish you can start by steaming the spinach in a little bit of water and stem until wilted. Once complete, set to the side. Saute the red pepper, onion, and garlic in a teaspoon of coconut oil for about 10 minutes and remove,  set to the side.

In a bowl, mix the eggs, oregano, and onion powder. Add the remaining ingredients into the egg mixture. Use some coconut oil to grease the baking dish. Pour the ingredients into the baking dish, all the ingredients. Use a fork to slightly toss the ingredients around to make sure everything is  distributed evenly. At this point, if you would like to add cheese now would be the time and mix it in as well. Once complete, place the dish in the oven and bake until the eggs are set in the center.

Note: You will need to use your judgment on this one. Add more or less eggs depending on the consistency of the ingredients mixed. You do not want the mixture to have too many eggs or too little eggs. The dish should look like all the ingredients are just covered with the eggs before the dish goes into the oven.

Enjoy!

Cauliflower Flax Bread and Pizza Crust

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Hello! I am back from the dead. If you have been following my posts, the LuRong Paleo Challenge ended about a month ago. I am still dealing with the shoulder/neck issue. I had decided to take the rest of November off from the box to see if the issue would heal on its own, but it did not. I have an appointment with a specialist on Monday to hopefully get some resolution. The only thing I have been able to work on are my legs and core.

Now on to some good stuff, Cauliflower. I recall sometime ago, a long time ago reading an article that said eat vegetables with color because they contain more nutritional value. Hence, I have always stayed away from cauliflower and I figured the taste would be bland. Well that was completely incorrect. If you are not aware of the benefits eating Cauliflower has on the body check out The World’s Healthiest Foods. What I have come to love about Cauliflower is that it is filling with minimal calories! Read the rest of this entry »

Week 8 Food Diary – LuRong Paleo Challenge

This might seem pretty strange, but I made various types of seasoned chicken wings.  I had an idea that I would have a wings party so I took to my spice cabinet and the web in search or something different.  All of the wings were cooked under the broiler and were marinated for two days.  For my lunch and dinner, I paired it with a small salad.  The ingredients for all wings have been paired back to accommodate for 4 to 5 wings.  Provided below are the ingredients for 2 pounds of chicken wings.

Lemon Herb Chicken

Lemon Herb Chicken

Lemon Herb Chicken Wings

Slice the lemons in half and squeeze the juice and scrap the pulp into a Ziploc bag.  Add all the other ingredients into the bag.  Then add the chicken to the bag, zip it up and shake to coat all the wings.  Let it marinate for at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours.

 

Place the chicken on a rack and put under the broiler.  Check every 5 minutes until the skin starts to brown and flip.  That’s it.

 

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Week 7 Food Diary – LuRong Paleo Challenge

My weekly food diary was once again quick and simple meals.

For breakfast, I had a fried egg, a piece of bacon, a 1/4 slice of avocado and a 1/2 an apple.

Lunch
I decided to expand on the healthy wraps of last week to try the roast beef wrap from Paleo Lunches On The Go.  This really is a great book to find new ways to prepare Paleo lunches.

Roast Beef Wrap

Roast Beef Wrap

Dinner

I am still enjoying the Asian flavor, so I prepared a healthy Chicken Asian lettuce wraps.  This recipe is from Paleo Effect .

Asian Chicken Wrap

Asian Chicken Wrap

Cooking Paleo is so much fun.  I do not feel as though I am missing anything from my former eating style.

 

Enjoy!

Week 6 Food Diary – LuRong Paleo Challenge 2013

Ok, so I have been a little light with trying new dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner the last couple of weeks. I went all out this week.

Breakfast
Sweet Potato Hash

Sweet Potato Hash

Sweet Potato Hash

Well this was interesting. I am not sure that I liked mixing fire roasted tomatoes with sweet potatoes. All in all it was a different taste for me. It wasn’t bad and it wasn’t great. I made a small modification, which was to use a fried egg instead of nesting in the hash.  The recipe I tried came from Paleo Prize. Read the rest of this entry »

Week 5 Food Diary – LuRong Paleo Challenge 2013

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My food selection for this week of the LuRong Paleo Challenge was the Pumpkin Granola that is quick to put together with 4oz. of coconut milk and a 1/2 an apple.

For lunch I went back to another favorite, the Cobb Salad with one modification.  I did not add the fish.  I did make the same fresh salad dressing.

Fresh Thai Chili sauce and Asian Meatballs is what I prepared for dinner.  It was absolutely amazing.  You are really missing out if you do not make your own fresh sauce.  The aroma is amazing.  All ingredients were organic whenever possible.

Thai Chili Sauce

Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

Thai Sweet Chili Sauce

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