Baked Kale Chips

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OK , part of the New Year Resolution is weight loss!! I’m on the bandwagon…..I am really enjoying this superfood snack! Try it, I was surprised how much we enjoy this superfood! So far I have lost 7lbs! Just needed to brag a little.

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 20 Minutes
Servings: 6
INGREDIENTS:
1 bunch kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F  
2. With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
3. Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.

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Tangy Crudite Salad

Many people have New Years Resolutions, I am one of them, mine is the – standard – weight loss! So experimenting with salads is key for me. Salad ruts seem to hinder weight loss. Here is the latest salad experiment, so far so good! Enjoy!

Ingredients
1 cup of chopped broccoli
1 cup chopped cauliflower
1 cup of chopped carrots
1/2 cup cranberries
1/2 cup of diced dried apricots
1/2 cup of cashews

1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1 tablespoons white vinegar
1/8 cup sugar Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Cut the broccoli, cauliflower and carrots into bite-size pieces.
Place in a large bowl. Add the cranberries, apricots and cashews.
In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, stirring well.
Add to crudite mixture and toss gently.

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4 Ingredient Banana Breakfast Cookies

Faith

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Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase – Martin Luther King Jr.

Red Velvet Pancakes

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons red liquid food coloring
Sweet Cream-Cheese Butter (recipe below)

Directions

Sift together first 6 ingredients into a large bowl.
Whisk together buttermilk and next 3 ingredients in another bowl.
Gradually stir buttermilk mixture into flour mixture just until dry ingredients are moistened.
Pour about 1/4 cup batter for each pancake onto a hot buttered griddle.
Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look dry and cooked.
Turn and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until done.
Serve with Sweet Cream-Cheese Butter.

Sweet Cream Cheese Butter

Ingredients

1 (8-oz.) cream cheese
1 cup butter
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.
Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended after each addition.
Add vanilla, beating until blended.

Dragon’s Loyalty Award

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DRAGON’S LOYALTY AWARD

I’ve been nominated for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award! It’s exciting and validating. Thank you Julie,
From the Kitchen of Julie, your page is creative which I love and best of all full of unique tasty recipes!

Please visit her site http://fromthekitchenofjulie.wordpress.com

Here are the rules:
1. You must link the person who has nominated you.
2. You must share 7 things other bloggers may not know about you.
3. Nominate up to 15 people.
4. You must go to their blogs and notify your nominees.

Here are my seven facts about me:

Followed the recommended path -graduated from Mcgill University

I took a chance and invested in a retail store called ATHENA

Sold my business to raise our children – no regrets

Love my morning coffee

Creative, Sarcastic and Loyal

I love learning and debating but I also enjoy passively listening and watching all that life has to offer

I am loving this whole experience of exploring your blogs and creating my blogs – I thank you all

My nominations:

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http://ieatthereforeiblog.wordpress.com

Thanks again to Julie and congrats to the nominees!! Keep paying it forward and spreading the love!!

Shrimp with Pomegranate, Quinoa, and Butternut Squash

Just wanted to share this creative and yummy recipe!

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Shrimp with Pomegranate, Quinoa, and Butternut Squash
For a Near Eastern Friday Night in SE Pennsylvania (serves 2)

Glyn cooks mainly (ok, entirely) from instinct and availability. Tonight we have a pomegranate and a butternut squash sitting on the counter….oh, and shrimp, so…

As last night’s Tuscan dinner sinks slowly in the west, we journey eastward for this fusion dinner worthy of the Magi. Shrimp from the sea, quinoa and squash from the earth, and pomegranate from the spirit, make this a meal of Biblical proportion. Outside, the ice has melted, it’s raining, the weather is heating up and the forecast is threatening thunderstorms, which we receive as the energy of nature affirming the power of this dish. The wine? Pro-mis-Qous Red from Napa, because, well, we prefer Reds.

WARNING: This may well be the most flavorful dish you have ever eaten in your life. And Will thinks it…

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