The Diet

Sometimes after an especially stressful and hard day at work, I wonder to myself why I hadn’t thought of or invented one of the many ingenious things that are out there that other people have made millions or even billions from. I could’ve invented the back-up camera or come up with Amazon or Google or even better, I could’ve come up with a diet that promises instant weight loss. Yes, the diet, all the many different types of diets out there are making quite a number of people very rich indeed.

We have all at some point in our lives been on some diet or another. Years ago I went on a diet to gain weight and drank ensure three times a day because I was told it would help me gain weight. Years later, I went on a protein only diet to lose weight and at some point or the other I went on a liquid diet also to lose weight. Neither one of them were successful. If you want to be on a diet, you have a wide variety to choose from, no-protein, only- protein, carb- free, only carbs, liquid, fasting, cayenne pepper and honey, lemon water, Ketogenic, Atkins, weight loss pills, South Beach…the list is endless. Seriously, I need to think of one, I’m tired of going to work everyday.

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Almond Crusted Baked Salmon

I am trying very hard to incorporate more fish into my diet. It’s one of the best sources of protein and very healthy and good for you. I have a few types of fish that I can tolerate and Salmon is one of them. Salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3s, B-Vitamins, Potassium and of course protein. If possible try to get Wild Caught Salmon and all fish for that matter, it is so much better for you than the farm raised variety. Yes wild caught fish may cost a bit more but it is worth it when it comes to putting healthy food into our bodies and as always please please stay away from Tilapia.

The recipe I will be sharing with you is one of my favorites, I coat the salmon with Raw Almonds, which is one of my favorite nuts and also has plenty of health benefits, they are a good source of Vitamin E and high in protein. You can’t really go wrong with this recipe. It is healthy and delicious and takes only a few minutes to prepare. You’re welcome 🙂

Almond Crusted Baked Salmon Recipe

Ingredients:

2 Wild Caught Salmon Fillets

1 Cup Raw Almonds: use a food processor and pulse a few times to break the almonds up into bread crumb consistency

2 Teaspoons Paprika

2 Teaspoons Chili Powder

2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder

2 Teaspoons Dried Oregano

2 Teaspoons Dried Thyme

Salt and Black Pepper to Taste

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  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
  2. Add all the seasonings to the Almond Crumbs and mix well to combine
  3. Dip the Salmon fillets directly into the Almond Mixture making sure to coat both sides
  4. Place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes
  5. Serve with your favorite vegetables

Enjoy!

The Naked Truth

I have always admired people who are completely comfortable with their bodies, they love the way they look and walk around with complete confidence. In fact, if it was socially acceptable, they would probably love to walk around completely naked, showing off their beautiful bodies confident in the knowledge that they look freaking awesome. I am however part of the other group of people, the ones that are not completely comfortable with their bodies and would rather walk on a bed of nails with a concrete slab on their head than be seen anywhere but inside the comfort of their homes with no clothes on.

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Turkey Burgers on Portobello Mushroom Buns

I was in the mood for a turkey burger today but wanted to do without the carbs from the bun. I had heard of using Portobello Mushrooms in lieu of bread buns before but had never tried it, so what better time that now to see if this mushroom could be an imposter for bread much like the Cauliflower that passes itself off as pizza crust…I mean what is the world coming to?!

I love healthy substitutions though. It’s always awesome when you can still enjoy your favorite food but a healthy version of it. No one likes to feel deprived and I for one would have a fit if I couldn’t have pizza or bread whenever I wanted anymore! In any event, I excitedly drove to the grocery store and purchased a nice, meaty, two-pack of Portobello Mushrooms and a 1 lb pack of Organic Ground Turkey and with great anticipation went home to prepare this meal.

I was very pleasantly surprised at how delicious the mushroom was. It tastes nothing like bread of course but it was a great stand-in for it. I wasn’t able to hold the burger and bite into it like I would a regular burger because my turkey patties were huge in proportion to the mushroom but maybe if the patties were smaller that would’ve been possible. I will give that a try next time, because yes there will be a next time. I baked the mushrooms in the oven but another option is to grill them on a grill or grill pan. They turned out nice and meaty and very flavorful. I think I will  cook them for less time in the oven next time, about 15 minutes at 375 degrees, because they were a tad softer than I wanted them to be. I made one for my hubby and he loved it as well!

Well, enough with the talking, let me share this delicious recipe with you pronto!

Turkey Burgers on Portobello Mushroom Bun Recipe

Ingredients:

For the Mushrooms:

2 Large Organic Portobello Mushrooms (remove the stems and rub the mushrooms with a damp paper towel to remove any dirt)
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
2 Minced Garlic Cloves
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Teaspoons Dried Oregano
2 Teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes
2 Teaspoons Dried Basil
2 Teaspoons Dried Thyme
Sea Salt and Black Pepper to Taste

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  1. Put the Portobello caps round-side-up in a shallow dish.
  2. In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the vinegar, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, and seasonings.
  3. Pour this mixture over the caps, then flip them to coat the other side.
  4. Marinate at room-temperature for 15 minutes.
  5. Place the mushrooms in the oven and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.

For the Turkey Burgers:

1 lb Ground Turkey
2 Slices Chavrie Goat Cheese (Buy the small tube from the grocery store)
1/4 Cup Steel Cut Oats
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
2 Teaspoons Dried Thyme
2 Teaspoons Oregano
1/2 Cup Baby Spinach, chopped
2 Teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes
2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
Sea Salt and Black Pepper to Taste

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  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Add all the ingredients except for the Goat Cheese to the ground turkey.
    Mix to combine but don’t over-mix.
  3. Form the mixture into patties, make a shallow opening in the middle of the patties and place the goat cheese in the opening.
  4. Close the opening over the goat cheese and place the patties in a shallow backing dish.
  5. Bake in the oven a 375 degrees for 30 minutes.

Place the burger on top of the mushroom bun and add your favorite condiments.

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Enjoy!

Steel-Cut Oats Crusted Baked Grouper

I am just going to come out and honestly say that fish is my least favorite protein. I have to actually make a conscious effort to remember to cook some and even then I can only tolerate a few types of fish. My husband on the other hand could live on fish. Once when he wanted to lose some weight, he asked me to make him fish and vegetables every day for about a month. No kidding.

When I do prepare a fish dish I try to make it taste as little like fish as possible so I still feel like I’m eating chicken. You know how it seems that everything tastes like chicken, you ask someone what alligator or rabbit tastes like and they tell you..like chicken, as if that would make you want to try it.

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