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Sweet-and-Sour Muffin Meat Loaves Recipe | MyRecipes.com

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-and-sour-muffin-meat-loaves-10000001875452/
This may not be the healthiest recipe out there, but it’s not terribly unhealthy either. What it is, is incredibly tasty! Everyone deserves a meatloaf night now and again, and these meatloaf muffins are perfect! With only a 20 minute cook time, you can make these any night of the week and even in hot summer months (who really wants their oven on for an hour plus in the summer?). I served mine alongside mashed red potatoes that I added shredded mild cheddar to and broccoli. It was an excellent combination and we were all very satisfied customers (my husband was a tad worried when I told him we were having Sweet & Sour Muffin Meat Loaves. “Um, that sounds interesting…” His facial expressions are priceless at these moments!).
Here is a screenshot of the nutrition facts from my recipe. My facts do not match up to the ones on website and I’m not sure why. The only changes I made was using Italian style bread crumbs and omitting the salt and pepper. I have definitely learned to only use a site’s facts a guideline, but ultimately to calculate the facts myself before adding it to my tracker. Another reason I love Lose It! I input ingredients, it gives me the numbers.
🙂

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Sweet & Sour Muffin Meat Loaves

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Today’s Gluten Free Finds from My Favorite Place to Shop

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I actually found these items a couple of days ago, but thought I should wait to post a blog until I’d actually tried them.

Let’s start with the marshmallow treats. While edible, these were not all that great. That being said, I believe it was the flavor; peanut butter caramel. Had they they stuck to one or the other, peanut butter OR caramel, these probably would have tasted better. As you can imagine, they are not as sticky and mashmallowy (yeah, I just made that up) as your typical marshmallow treat, either. Neither of my kids were too fond of them, although my son’s friend thought they were tasty.
Consensus: Likely to not purchase again. (Luckily I found them at the discount store for cheap.)
Now on to the crackers. I actually really like these crackers. They have a very different, distinct taste that I just love. They are super crunchy, which is extremely important and the serving is 40 crackers! At 120 calories I’m pretty happy with this product. My daughter, on the other hand, does not like the flavor. I believe “weird” was her word of choice in describing them.
No one else has tried them.

I have to tell you, I LOVE having a discount store nearby! It has been a great help to our food budget and introduced us to many different things that we wouldn’t have otherwise tried because it’s just so expensive in the grocery stores. There’s also a bonus that comes with ours, they carry fresh produce, eggs and other locally produced goodies like honey, jams & jellies and salsas!
They just celebrated their 1 year anniversary last month and I hope they get to celebrate many more! DWP’s Facebook page keeps us updated on new arrivals, produce days and specials. Go check them out!
I encourage you all to find some place similar where you live.
Support small business, buy local!

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Back-to-School Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Bars

Why buy prepackaged bars when you can make these?! This is a super easy, super fun, and super tasty recipe.
My daughter starts high school this year and I’ve been looking for ideas to help ensure she gets some nutrition in the morning. I understand how hard it can be to eat so early. I wanted something she could grab on her way out the door and eat when she was ready (probably on the bus).
After browsing lots of recipe sites, and coming across Udi’s Granola at the local discount foods store, I put this recipe together to test out before school starts next month.
This one is definitely a winner! May I present you with:

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Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Bars

Ingredients:
1 package Udi’s Natural Artisan Granola (I used Hawaiian)**
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
1 tsp honey (optional)
pinch of cinnamon (optional)

Set oven to 350*F.
Remove nuts and fruit from granola mix and crush/ chop, return to granola.
Mix peanut butter and mashed bananas until well blended and paste-like.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Spray muffin tin (12) with non stick cooking spray. Fill each cup with mixture.
Bake for 18 minutes.
Cool completely, then wrap individually in plastic wrap. Keeps in refrigerator for about a week.

** You can create your own mixture with oats, dried fruits, and crushed nuts. Just make the mixture amount to 3 cups. I’d use at least one cup of oats, but I’d prefer more oats to fruit/nuts.

If you make these let me know with a comment! I’d love to hear others’ additions and substitutions!

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Corn Tortilla Pizza, Hold the Cheese

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Corn Tortilla Pizza, Hold The Cheese (pre-cooked)

I never made it out to buy rice cakes to substitute the English muffins for our mini pizzas. Now I had to improvise. On hand, of course, was corn tortillas and here they are!! Ingredients: 2 corn tortillas Minced garlic About 2-3 tbs pizza sauce 2 tbs diced fresh tomato 1 tbs diced vidalia onion 2-3 tbs diced green bell pepper Sprinkle with oregano. Bake at 375* until desired crispness, approximately 15 minutes.

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Finished Product


And let me tell you, if you like the taste of freshly chopped veggies and oregano you will enjoy these. They have a delicious crispy outer ring and a perfectly soggy center. Now I’m happy I didn’t make it to the store for rice cakes. These are perfect. 🙂

Just call meet Slacker Blogger plus Dinner is Cooking- Slow Cooker Chicken & Veggies

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Slow Cooker Chicken & Vegetables (Part 1)

I choose to not look back and see how long it has been since I last posted. I already know it has been too long. Life is busy, kids are on summer vacation, I’m on a health and fitness mission, we’re remodeling this house… If I wanted to get in depth, the list could probably go on forever. I’ll spare you the ramblings of our life. You’re welcome!
I’m posting today to share my creation for dinner tonight. Hopefully it turns out delicious and I receive no complaints from the peanut gallery. I am not following a recipe here, just a few tips I’ve grabbed from around the web. I know there are a lot of you who may think this is no big accomplishment; whipping up something simple in the slow cooker is easy peasy. For people like me though, cooking without instructions is a HUGE deal. 😛 So here it is. I had just over a pound and a half of bl/sl chicken breasts that really seemed to want to be part of a slow cooker dinner. That’s where it started. Next was a quick scan of the fridge, particularly the veggie drawer, where I find that I have several yummy add-ins. I choose not to use broth in my soups and stews to keep our sodium intake under control. My beautiful big sister taught me that you don’t need broth to make soup, just water, seasoning and creativity. 🙂 Browsing the web for ideas, I found a suggestion to brown the chicken before adding it to the cooker. I love this idea because my husband cannot stand to eat an onion so this allows me to lock in some onion powder flavor. A little garlic powder and Italian seasoning to really make it complete. I also cut a little green bell pepper to saute with the chicken. (Nothing beats the flavor of sauteed bell peppers.) I cut up some carrots and celery, placed them in the slow cooker. Added the chicken and peppers. Next I added 4 cups of water. The following step is either going to make this amazing, or weird. I squeezed half of a lemon (partially) and half of a lime into the water. Now this is set to low to cook all day. Later I will be adding sliced zucchini and sliced yellow squash. I will also be making brown rice for the first time to serve with it. I’m still deciding if I’m going to attempt to add it to the slow cooker or just cook it on the stove. I think that will depend upon the consistency the chicken and veggies have in a few hours.
**Fitness Time** I have completed 2 weeks of BodyRock.tv’s February Challenge. Today I re-take the fit test to see if I’ve improved. Wish me luck! *Question Center* Add the brown rice or cook it separately… What’s your opinion?

*UPDATE*
I decided to cook the rice on the stove, then mix it in with the chicken and veggies before serving. It turned out delicious!

Nothing but Raw, Fresh (fruits and veggies)

I decided I was only going to consume raw, fresh fruits and veggies today. Yes, that’s right, only raw fruits and veggies.  Other than my two cups of coffee with almond milk and stevia, my one cup of Badia Natural Herbs tea with 1tsp honey and my 4oz of water every half hour, that’s exactly what I’ve done.
For breakfast, along with the coffee, I ate a red grapefruit. That’s it. I don’t have a big appetite in the morning.
I was thinking of having a smoothie for lunch. Except this would have to differ from my usual standard recipes, meaning no soy/almond milk and no Greek yogurt. I thought about it and chose OJ as my substitute. Add in banana, strawberry and peach and it sounded pretty darn good! And guess what? It was!

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Perfect!

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My son liked the smoothie drip and snapped this photo.

Recipe:
1 cup OJ
1cup sliced banana, partially frozen
1 cup sliced strawberries, frozen
1 peach with skin, cut into small pieces

Place oj and banana in blender, blend.
Add strawberries, blend.
Add peach pieces, blend.
Viola!

So that was lunch…
Here’s dinner. I like to call these Salad Wraps (my husband says Salad Rolls). Eating raw and fresh means no dressing on my salad, which meant it sounded extremely boring. I needed to get creative. This is what I came up with:

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Dawn's Salad Wraps, pre-wrapped

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Let’s wrap up all the salad ingredients into a large romaine leaf! Fun!

Recipe:
2 romaine leaves, rinsed thoroughly and patted dry
1/3 cup sliced/ chopped carrots (1 medium carrot)
1/4 chopped cucumber
5 slices zucchini, chopped
2 tbs diced tomatoes
2 tbs diced bell pepper (I had green)

Wrap all veggies in romaine leaves.

A fun new way to have salad!

Snacks have consisted of bananas, cantaloupe, and pineapple. I’m feeling pretty good. I’ve resisted every temptation today! I might even do it again tomorrow! Well, until dinner. I might eat dinner. We’re having One Dish Chicken and Rice. It’s a new recipe and I want to try it. 🙂

On a short little fitness note, my husband surprised me last night with a weighted hula hoop. Yay! I’ve been wanting one ever since I first heard of them. I always loved hula hooping, now I get to hoop, tone muscles, and burn extra calories! Win win win!

Stay Hydrated To Stay Healthy, my new mantra this week.

I don’t know about you, but I have an incredibly hard time consuming even the recommended 64 ounces of water per day, let alone the extra I should be drinking. I have a big 34 ounce cup that I fill with ice water everyday and sometimes I don’t even get that down. For me, not only have I needed to learn to drink water instead of sweet tea all day, I also have to learn to drink enough water. I’ve never been one to consume lots of liquids. So it has been a challenge; drink more water AND drink more period.

Today I’m claiming this week to be:

“Stay Hydrated To Stay Healthy Week”

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We all know how important water is to our bodies. It’s beneficial to our skin, hair, internal organs, digestion, and weight loss. Want to learn more? Do a simple internet search using keywords such as “benefits of drinking water”. You’ll most likely be surprised, there’s a lot more to it than you might realize.

I would like to encourage everyone to write down this week’s mantra and stick it to the fridge! Think before you drink! Opt for water instead of sweetened, unhealthy beverages. It might be hard at first, but you will get used to it and come to enjoy the the refreshing taste of water more than that soda, juice or tea.
I’d also like to encourage everyone to spread the word to drink more water this week. Post to your Facebook, blog, tell a friend, share on Twitter! We can all benefit from this message.

*Tips:
Search online for a tool that let’s you input some information and gives you a good idea of the amount of water you should consume daily.
Download a water tracking app to your iphone, Droid, tablet or iPad to help you keep track and to help you see if you’re really consuming as much as you thought. I know sometimes we think we are doing enough of something until we break it down and record it.
**Question:
What tips do you have for me, or others like me, who have a hard time drinking as much water as we should? Please, share your answers with us in the comments so we can all learn a thing or two!

P.S.
A Lose It! friend shared this link with me. It’s a short quiz to help you determine how much water you need each day.
http://nutrition.about.com/library/blwatercalculator.htm