Happy New Year, Happy Eating!!!

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After taking a little blogging break, I had to post this delicious and beautiful dish to wish you all a VERY HEALTHY and happy New Year (recipe to follow, below)!!  I had actually started to write a “Bragging About My Holiday Blues” blog, but decided that it might be annoying if in fact, you’re suffering with the holiday blues!  If you’re like me, when you’re in a funk, getting a “CHEER UP” message makes you want to punch someone.  😯  So in a nutshell, just so I can sorta get my message out there since it’s one of my many blogs unwritten, the jist is this:  The holiday season is supposed to be AMAZING, right?  A happy time! Continue reading Happy New Year, Happy Eating!!!

Cilantro-Lime Sauce AND a Vegan Alfredo Sauce! Yummmmmm…..

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LOOOOOVE my sauces, as many of you know from a previous BLOG.  And some of you who follow me on Instagram under the name avrilj1 (the J stands for Jo.  Shhhhh!  Don’t tell!) actually CAME here to find my recipes. SO, as promised here are my two favorite stand out sauces of late!  I cannot get enough of them and they’re completely different from one another, BUT both are so tangy! I just can’t STAND it, they’re so delish!  :mrgreen:  And one more note, I PROMISE you they are VERY EASY to make cuz I just don’t DO complicated!!!

Continue reading Cilantro-Lime Sauce AND a Vegan Alfredo Sauce! Yummmmmm…..

OOOOPS. I goofed

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Sorry for the BLOG that was just sent to you.  It had recipes for these two AMAZING sauces (Cilantro-Lime Sauce and Vegan Alfredo) but I didn’t plan on posting that blog for a few days still.  Just in case anyone out there is actually reading my blogs, 🙄 I want to post every few days (or spread out for even MORE days), not EVERY day – cuz that’s just too much, ya know?!  Anyway, go visit me on INSTAGRAM – my user name is avrilj1 and you’ll see TONS of my meals, sauces, etc – because I’m a TOTAL FOODIE!!!  Have a wonderful weekend peeps!

Pick Your PIG OUTS While On Vaca!

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I have a client who’s been doing so great, eating really clean and healthy for about three weeks now.  She’s going on a tropical, family vacation and doesn’t want to undo her past three weeks of amazing progress!  Since I’m giving her a list of ‘do’s and don’ts’ for her vaca, I thought I’d share my two cents with all of you, just in case YOU will be suffering the horribleness of a fun in the sun Caribbean vacation.  Lucky me, I’ll be enjoying the beautiful, snow (not) here at home. Continue reading Pick Your PIG OUTS While On Vaca!

Arsenic In My Rice Is Okay? Uh, THAT’S Weird!

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Yup!  You read it right.  The FDA knows that there is arsenic in rice products and they’re actually trying to determine thru studies, what amount is the RIGHT amount.   When it comes to arsenic, to hear that there IS a right amount, is quite alarming.  So here’s the jist for those of us who only know of arsenic as something to be used as rat poisoning (or on those pesky spouses). 😆  Continue reading Arsenic In My Rice Is Okay? Uh, THAT’S Weird!

Olive Oil…The More It Makes You Cough, The Better It Is For You!

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Has olive oil ever tasted so peppery to you that it actually made you cough?  Maybe you’ve even done tastings at those cool stores (The Olive Tap in Medina, OH or The Olive Scene in Chagrin Falls, OH) where some olive oils tasted buttery and others had a strong bite.   Ever wonder what that’s all about?  Well, even if you HAVEN’T given it a second thought, you should! Continue reading Olive Oil…The More It Makes You Cough, The Better It Is For You!

Delicious Lentil Canoes! Ridiculously easy, nutritious & Yummy!

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If you are anything like me and don’t like making long, complicated dishes with ingredient lists a mile long, then YOU WILL LOVE THIS!!!!  These make great appetizers/ hors d’oeuvres (I had to google how to spell that 😉 ) and are even kinda pretty!  These can also be served as a side dish or even as a meal!  Did I mention that they’re packed with great nutrition?  I’ll get to the nutrient density in a minute, but first….. Continue reading Delicious Lentil Canoes! Ridiculously easy, nutritious & Yummy!

SO, These Two Smokin’ Hot Guys Walk Into a Bar …

 

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They ask the bartender for a red wine and a vodka with cranberry juice (unlike the guys in this picture who are holding beers, but never mind that!). What happens next is sort of a mystery, but can you guess which one of these smoke stacks is gonna burn off their drink the fastest?  Think you know?  …….It’s the dude with the red wine!  ‘Why?’, you ask?  Well READ ON – cuz this is the stuff ya gotta know before your NEXT raging pub crawl! 😎  Continue reading SO, These Two Smokin’ Hot Guys Walk Into a Bar …

Sauces Can Help You Eat Everything From Raw Veggies… To Poop!

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As promised, here are a few of my favorite sauces/dressings that I use for many different purposes.  The bottom line is that there are certain vegetables that I just do NOT appreciate raw (ie. Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, bell peppers, onions…).  However, so many of these veggies have certain phytonutrients that are only available in their raw state (and different nutrients available when cooked!  **SEE MY LAST BLOG.)  But I want to delight in ALL of these health benefits, so I figured out ways to do that – and now I devour these babies R-A-W!  And you should too!  Here you go   …. I gotcha covered!

Sauces!  I’m a TOTAL sauce-a-holic!  Give me a great sauce or dressing and I swear I’d eat just about anything, EVEN POOP!  (Kay, MAYBE not poop – but you get the jist.  Actually, with the right sauce maybe I would eat poop 😯 ….EW!  But anyway)  I WANT ALL OF THESE NUTRIENTS!  Disguised under liquid yumminess – is how I do it!  So here they are…. Continue reading Sauces Can Help You Eat Everything From Raw Veggies… To Poop!

Eat Raw or Cook? Here’s What Ya Need To Know!

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So here’s my challenge, and maybe you can relate!  I know that some veggies offer more health benefits when eaten raw (broccoli, peppers, beets, ONIONS – OY!) and some vegetables’ nutrients are better absorbed when COOKED (mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes).

THEN, there are those vegetables that offer specific advantages when cooked, but DIFFERENT health benefits when eaten raw!  Take cruciferous vegetables for example.  When eaten RAW, Continue reading Eat Raw or Cook? Here’s What Ya Need To Know!