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Sun-dried Tomato Basil Pasta

As with most pasta dishes, they are a little higher in carbohydrates than some other dishes.  The key is to really watch your portions of the pasta!  This recipe is a great one to make and then portion into containers to freeze to eat for later.  You can also try some of the higher protein pasta options. Serves: 8 Total cooking time: About 30 minutes 1 Tbsp Olive Oil 2 Chicken Breasts, diced ½ tsp Salt ¼ tsp Ground Black Pepper Note: You can substitute chicken sausage for chicken breast…

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Chicken and Veggie Fried Rice

I love a good fried rice, but they can be so loaded with fats and sugars!  This recipe that tastes great, but is also pretty healthy.  It is a new twist on an old ethnic favorite which has more veggie than usual! Cooking and Prep time, about 40 minutes Makes 6 (pretty large) servings Ingredients: 3 whole carrots, peeled and chopped ½ onion finely diced 1 cup chopped green beans 1 yellow squash, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup corn kernels 2 cups chicken breast, cooked and diced 3…

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Preventing Cancer: Highlights from LLS Seminar

I had the honor last night to speak for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Cancer Survivorship Seminar.  We had some other amazing speakers last night also including Dr. Arana Yi, Anastasia Estocin, and Kathryn Fearnside.  It was a wonderful evening of good food and fellowship with fellow survivors.  A special thank you to the LLS for organizing this wonderful event!  http://www.lls.org/who-we-are/about Healthy Lifestyle My portion of the seminar was of course on good nutrition both during chemotherapy and also after chemotherapy in the context of improving quality of life and length…

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Sweet Potato Fry Bowl

Have you heard of SUPERFOODS?  This recipe is loaded with 8 SUPERFOODS!  But more importantly, I think, is that it tastes amazing! What are they?  They are foods that are packed with tons of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.  Antioxidants are these wonderful compounds that protect your body against all kinds of toxins and can prevent or slow down aging, chronic diseases, and cancers!  Who knew food this good for you could taste so amazing??? The superfoods in this recipe are in bold. 6 Servings Ingredients: 3 Medium…

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Healthy Snack Ideas

It is so easy to grab a granola bar or some crackers for a snack when you feel like you need a boost, but is that really the healthiest option?  Many of our go-to snacks tend to be heavily processed and are less than ideal for good nutrition.  So how can we change our habits and our snacks to help us succeed in our health goals.  Here are some easy tips and some ideas to get you started. Tips: #1 Make sure to include a good source of protein. #2…

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How did we get so far from normal?

“Comparison is either wallowing or boasting, neither of which is helpful.”  –John Piper What would it be like if you never compared yourself to anyone else? Ever. Again. What if you ate to nourish your body for energy, health, and well-being? What if you stopped worrying about your weight and focused on eating healthy? I think the world would be a much different place. It seems we are never happy where we are, and we are always trying to look better. The images of what beautiful is go through our…

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Cinnamon Oatmeal Pancakes

The whole family will love these made from scratch pancakes.  They are easy and taste delicious! Makes 10 pancakes (about 4” diameter) 1 cup Dry Whole Oats 1.5 cups Boiling Water 1 cup All Purpose Flour 2 Tbsp Sugar 2 tsp Baking Powder 1 tsp Cinnamon 2 Eggs 1 tsp Vanilla Extract ¼ cup + 1 Tbsp Milk 2 Tbsp Canola Oil In a large mixing bowl mix the oats with boiling water and let stand for 3-4 minutes.  In a separate small bowl, blend flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon. …

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Easy Home Made Fajitas

Currently I would call myself a purist when talking about food.  I am trying to eat less processed and more natural foods, and cooking from scratch a little more.  I love my food to have a lot of flavor, but most pre-made seasonings have a lot of fillers and preservatives in them to give them a longer shelf life.  So I thought I should try to make my own, and it is pretty delicious!  This recipe makes about 3 recipes at a time so I don’t have to make it…

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Spinach Salad with Garlic Bacon Vinaigrette

This salad is so delicious, you will actually crave it!  The spinach gives an excellent dose of all of the B vitamins including folic acid, and is a good source of iron.  It is a great addition to any meal plan to help fight off the cold and flu this season! Ingredients: 3 slices of bacon, nitrate free is preferable 4 cloves of garlic, minced ½ cup rice vinegar ½ cup olive oil Salt and pepper to taste (start with about ¼ tsp each) 1 Bulb of garlic 1 Tbsp…

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Cinnamon Honey Roasted Almonds

  Update: I first posted this recipe about 4 years ago when we had just moved to Ireland!  We are back in the United States now and I still make this recipe quite often as my whole family just loves them.  I hope you enjoy them also! I have been trying to find a suitable snack for our family when we go out for our Irish outings.  Since Adam is deathly allergic to peanuts, and Joshua is allergic to most of the other nuts, almonds are the only nut our…

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