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I ended up making a Vegetable Soup Stock because that’s what this evenings Gazpacho Soup called for. So dinner got pushed back 45 minutes, while the Stock cooked up.

Vegetable Soup Stock:

Ingredients:

8-10 Cups Distilled Water

2 Onions, Cubed

3 Cloves of Garlic

2 Carrots

4 Celery Stalk

2 Potatoes with Skin

2 Cups Cauliflower Pieces

2Cups Broccoli Pieces

1/2Cup Parsley

1Bay Leaf

1Tsp Thyme

1Tsp Basil/Mint

Directions: Chop all vegetables into 1-inch pieces. Place in stock pot and add seasonings. Steam saute until slightly tender. Cover with distilled water , bring to boil and reduce heat and simmer over low heat for 45 minutes to an hour. Cool and strain twice. Stock will keep in refrigerator for a week and can be frozen too to be used in soups and stews.

Gazpacho Soup

Gazpacho Soup

Then I was free to complete the Gazpacho Soup:

Ingredients:

 3Cups Tomatoes

2Cups Cucumber, Peeled

2 Stalks Celery, Diced

1/2Green Bell Pepper, Seeded and Diced

1Red Bell Pepper, Seeded and Diced

3Green Onions or 2Tbsp Dried Onion Flakes

2Tbs Olive Oil

2Tbs Lemon Juice

1/2Tsp Celtic Salt

1tsp dried onion flakes

1tsp parsley

1tsp oregano

1 tsp paprika

1tsp thyme

Directions: Place half of tomatoes and 1/4cup soup stock into blender and puree. Pour into a container and add other vegetables and olive oil, lemon juice and seasonings. Cover and refrigerate before serving… served cold.

While I was waiting on the Vegetable Soup Stock and the Gazpacho Soup to be made, I worked on the Hallelujah Acres Vegetable Salad:

Hallelujah Acres Vegetable Salad

Hallelujah Acres Vegetable Salad

Ingredients:

Small Broccoli Florets

Small Cauliflower Florets

Finely Diced Celery

Finely Chopped Sweet Onion or Scallions

Finely Diced  Red or Yellow Bell Peppers

Peel and Chop Avocado

Top with Grated Carrots

Squeezed Lemon Juice

Seasonings

Directions: Wash Green Leaf Lettuce and Spinach Lettuce and add Vegetable Ingredients along with dressing and serve.

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I woke up and went for a brisk walk around the neighborhood. It usually takes me about an hour or 45 minutes… depending on how fast I go. And I think length wise it’s about a 2 mile walk.

THEN…. Mike and I were set to go to the Farmers Market down in Flagler Beach. It’s about a 15 minute drive from the house to the Beach Market… and on our way down I decided to detour over to the Starbucks.

I know! I know!.. I had a craving that came over me and I indulged it. I had a Tall Iced Mocha with Soy Milk… boy did it taste good.!

Farmers Market Veggies

Farmers Market Veggies

Then we headed over to the beach and picked up some vegetables. I love coming home after the farmers market, because I fill up the basket in front of the kitchen sink on the counter with all the goodies and there are so many rich, bright colors to look at. I love that!!!!

This afternoon, Mike prepared a mid day feast for us. He made his famous Grilled Potatoes & Onions dish and then he tried a new recipe he got from his friend in California.

Saturday Lunch on LakeIt’s a Tomato, Cucumber & Onion Salad. And then we set the table on the patio and sat outside with a beautiful view of the lake behind the house. I sat across from Mike facing the ocean and saw a light blue calm ocean through the houses on beachside.  

 

Tomato, Cucumber & Onion Salad:

Tomato, Cucumber & Onion

Tomato, Cucumber & Onion

Ingredients:

2 Tomatoes

8 Little Cucumbers

1/2Red Onion

4 Mint Leaves

2Tbls. Olive Oil

1 Lime Juiced

1/2 Lemon Juiced

Directions:  Wash and chop Tomatoes and Cucumbers and mix into bowl. Add the Olive Oil and chopped Mint Leaves and squeeze lemon and lime juices into salad and mix well.

Grilled Potatoes & Onions

Grilled Potatoes & Onions

Grilled Potatoes & Onions:

Ingredients:

4 Potatoes

2 Sweet Potatoes

1 Onion

Olive Oil

Paprika

Directions: Peel and cut potatoes and onions. Mix into pan and add Olive Oil and Paprika and girll on high heat for 20 minutes or until onions are translucent and potatoes are soft.

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Almond Covered M&M's

Almond Covered M&M's

Saturday night, we went to go see the movie “She’s Out Of My League”… Mike’s son wanted to get something at the concession stand.

And so I graciously obliged and got a little something for myself too… Almond covered M&M’s.

The M&M’s with maximum blocking power… I was bloated the minute Mike and I finished the bag off until tonight (Sunday).

But that didn’t stop me from getting up this morning to take my early morning brisk walk!!! I felt really really really bloated doing it, but I knew it had to be done if I wanted any kind of relief.

So… we ended up going down to Orlando for lunch at Bahama Breeze Restaurant again.

Coconut Onion Rings

Coconut Onion Rings

Breeze Salad and Cheese Less Quesadillas

Breeze Salad and Cheese Less Quesadillas

Chicken Kabobs

Chicken Kabobs

It’s turning into our Sunday afternoon thing of  St. Thomas Crab Claws, Breeze Salad with Cheese less Quesadillas and Chicken Kabobs. This time, we added Coconut Onion Rings to the mix (I was overwhelmed with the desire for them). Luckily, Mike’s son was there to help eat the Onion Rings. I managed to eat only 3 of them… yeah!

Again, we ran into rain while we were down there, so it put a little damper on our shopping trip to the outlets. But I did manage to pick up some good buys and some red-hot ticket items. Because of the rain, it seemed like we were on the road forever… and combined with all that shopping made for some hungry bellies on the way home.

Handfull of Trailmix

Handfull of Trailmix

So we stopped off at a gas station along the interstate and I got some Trail Mix filled with some goodies: raisins, almonds, sunflower seeds and some other goodies.

When we got home, Mike’s son wanted his fathers world famous

Turkey Cutlets

Turkey Cutlets

 Turkey Cutlets :

Ingredients:

1 Pkg Ground Turkey

3 Potatoes

1 Egg

1 Onion

Tumeric

Pepper

Salt

Directions: Boil potatoes to a soft touch, drain and  peel then add into bowl with Chopped Onion, Ground Turkey and seasoning. Mix the ingredients together and mold into patties and cover in flour. Then place patty cutlets into Coleman Grill with Olive Oil until nice and brown.

Turkey Cutletsfor dinner and I just put out my Fresh Chopped Vegetables I made Saturday and put the left overs from lunch on the table to munch on.

Quesadillas & Fresh Cut Vegetables

Quesadillas & Fresh Cut Vegetables

Fresh Chopped Vegetables:

Ingredients:

Broccoli

Mushrooms

Green Onions

Red Bell Peppers

Carrots

Celery

Directions:  Chop up all the vegetables in order listed… and mix into a bowl. Leave the vegetables clean with out any dressing. Add your own at the table, I used Oil & Vinegar with some Paprika, Dried Onion, Dried Parsley seasoning.

It’s amazing how much junk you think you can get away with kids and company around.. and it’s not something I enjoy admitting to either. Because just at dinner, Mike’s son was so proud of his efforts to help his dad with the cutlets he gave me one to try. So I had to try it, even though I didn’t want to. And the M&M’s… that was just me thinking like a kid.! Every time there’s someone around I do bad, as if I needed an excuse, because I can make bad decisions all by myself.

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 I was feeling a little inventive Tuesday afternoon. I took the day to watch old movies on TCM… it’s a hobby I don’t get to do very often. After having a late lunch of Green Salad with Oil&Vinegar Dressing, I decided to make a soup to use up some of the vegetables we had in the refrigerator. We’re going to be going back up to Washington D.C. area again this week.

So I consulted with my cookbook “Recipes for Life” and decided to make a Minestrone Soup with some extra veggies (cauliflower). So I literally threw this soup together and warmed up a loaf of Whole Wheat Bread and we were ready to sit down for dinner.

 

My Minestrone Soup

My Minestrone Soup W/Spinach Noodles

My Minestrone Soup:

Ingredients:

8Cups Distilled Water

1Cup White Beans

1/2 Spinach Pasta

2Tbls Olive Oil

1Onion, Chopped

2Cloves Garlic, Chopped

2Medium Carrots, Chopped

2Stalks Celery, Chopped

2Potatoes, Peeled & Cubed

4Tomatoes, Cubed

1Small Zucchini, Cubed

1/2Green Beans, Sliced

1Cup Cauliflower

1Tbls Dried Basil

1Clove Garlic, Whole

1Tbls Oregano

1Tbls Thyme

Directions:

Rinse and soak White Beans according to the package instructions. Discard water and add fresh water. Cook according to package instructions, omitting salt and set aside.

Cook pasta according to package instructions, omitting salt, drain and set aside.

Heat Olive Oil in a large, heavy pan over medium-high heat. Add Onion, Garlic, Carrots and Celery. Sauté until Onion is translucent. Add Potatoes, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Green Beans, Cauliflower, and water. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes. Add White Beans and Pasta. Add more water if soup is too thick. 

In a blender process Basil, one whole clove of Garlic and 1Cup of Soup from the pot until smooth. Return this mixture to the soup. Mix well and serve hot.  

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I went to my Pilates Class this morning at 8am and was a little disappointed in the class itself. I was expecting to get my cardio going and work my body… but what we did was deep stretching.

The class this morning started at 7am and ran until 9am. It started with a warm up and a run for 45 minutes and back to the studio.  I elected not to do the run and got to the class at 8am hoping for a workout.  Well, I should have gone on the run to get my cardio. I found out some of the other women walked for 45 minutes, which I could have done too!!!

Regardless, it was good to stretch out some of my achy zones anyway.

I really didn’t feel like doing anything spectacular for lunch… so I just had the left over Garden Salad I made earlier this week and some Pizza from Yesterday.

I had some last minute groceries to grab for some company coming into to town tonight. A girlfriend and her daughter are coming for a visit this weekend and I’m pre making some dishes. This particular friend of mine got me started on the Raw Foods Diet, so I’m prying open my cookbook to make some meals.

On the menu….

Almond Butter

Better Than Tuna

Avocado Slices

Strawberry Pie

Date-Pecan Wedges

Very excited to create all of these items while they are here.

Mike chimed in as well, and made a Roasted Eggplant with Potatoes (a dish my girlfriend loves.) I went ahead and had that for dinner tonight!

Roasted Eggplent

Roasted Eggplant with Noodles

Roasted Eggplant:

Ingredients:

2 Eggplants

6Small Yellow Potatoes

1/2Cup Olive Oil

Directions:

Peel and Slice Eggplants and Potatoes. Add Olive Oil into Grill Pan and individually add Eggplant and Potatoes to roast separately then combine into pan and serve with Whole Wheat Bread or Whole Wheat Noodles. Add Red Sauce to make Eggplant Parmesan. 

 

Last night, Mike wanted some Sweet Potato and Regular Potato Fries. So for dinner last night, I chopped up Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, and Onions to put out on the Grill with Olive Oil. I had some of that along with my Garden Salad.

Sweet Potato & Potato Fries

Sweet Potato & Potato Fries

Sweet Potato & Regular Potato Fries:

4 Sweet Potatoes

3 Potatoes

1 Onion

1/2Cup Olive Oil

2Tbls. Parsley

1Tbls. Cumin

1Tbls. Crushed Red Peppers

Sea Salt

Directions:

Peel and Chop up all the Potatoes and Onions. Add Olive Oil to Grill Pan along with Potatoes and Seasonings and Grill for 15 minutes.

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I broke from the norm of eating ONLY RAW FOODS today. Mike made Turkey Cutlets with Potatoes & Onions for lunch. I hadn’t eaten cutlets since before I made my change to Eating Raw Foods and it was good to eat this fresh, healthy meal. The meal I thought wasw healthy, because of the vegetables in the Cutlets and the Salad, and the turkey meat is high in Protein and a much better meat for me.

Turkey Cutlets

Turkey Cutlets w/Garlic

Ingredients:

4Onions

6Potatoes

1Pkg Ground Turkey

4Tbls Olive Oil

Tumeric

Paprika

Sea Salt

Pepper

Directions:

Boil Potatoes in water and peel skin. While Potatoes are boiling, peel & chop Onions and then combine package of ground Turkey Meat with Potatoes and Onions. Begin hand mixing the ingredients and add seasonings. Mold the ingredients in to flat, round patties and place into grill with Olive Oil and add Garlic Cloves and grill for 15 minutes or until meat is cooked.

I actually got the opportunity to participate in this lunch creation by molding the ingredients in to patties.  It’s a good thing I got my Pilates workout this morning (Wednesday).

Olive Oil

Olive Oil I Use

Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic Vinegar I Use

While the Turkey Cutlets were grilling, I decided to make a Garden Salad  with an Oil & Vinegar Dressing to go along with the Cutlets. This Golden Balsamic Vinegar I’m using tastes so good paired with the Olive Oil, I don’t need any kind of seasoning in the Dressing. And I had a bag of Baby Green Lettuce that needed to be used… so there you go!

Ingredients:

1Bag of Baby Greens

Garden Green Salad

Wednesday Green Salad

1Red Bell Pepper

1 Yellow Bell Pepper

1 Avocado

1Small Bunch of Broccoli

3Green Onions

1/2Can of Chick Peas

4Mushrooms

Directions:

Clean and Chop up all the Vegetables and add to washed lettuce and serve. Add Oil & Vinegar to taste.

Yesterday and today (Wednesday), I did pretty well with not eating sweets or junk… and it really feels good to eat fresh and raw. But I can’t say that was true for dinner time.

Onion, Peppers, Zucchini

Onion, Peppers, Zucchini

I got my Garden Green Salad out for dinner and warmed up the Grilled Onions, Peppers & Zucchini  I made Sunday and ate that for dinner. I added the Chick Peas to the Salad, because I realized I had the open can in the refrigerator. A great meal, filling and I didn’t crave anything for a while. It may have been because I had some Hummus and Sangek Bread afterwards.

But as the night progressed… while we were watching Wednesday Night Comedy on ABC, I wanted a Chocolate Dove Bar. That’s 260 calories of useless sugar and chemicals! I don’t know why I can’t keep my hands off this stuff? It’s not helpfull that Mike goes out and buys it either.!

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Freezing cold and windy, that’s my forecast for the day. I woke up with just about every inch of my body aching from my Pilates workout. I didn’t mind, infact, it took my mind off my back pain and made me feel like I’m putting a dent into this body of mine.!

Got out of bed fairly late, later than usually and so we got ready for the day and hung out in the living room. Mike had already made two different types of soups and I ate the Vegetable Rice Soup he made with all the left over Veggies and Rice in the refrigerator. I sprinkled in some Whole Wheat Bread and chowed down. It was very delicious… makes me very jealous that Mike’s able to make food at a drop of a hat like this.:(

Vegetable Rice Soup:

5 Celery

4 Yellow Onions

3 Potatoes

3 Parsnips

2 Cans Diced Tomatoes

1/2 Bag Spinach

1Cup Rice

1Can Kidney Beans Canned (drained)

Vegetable Rice Soup

Sunday Vegetable Rice Soup

Directions:

Put water chopped up vegetables, spinach, beans, diced tomatoes, and rice all into pot and place in crock pot for 1 hour.

 Even thought it was 24 degrees and windy outside, Mike decided to take us ice-skating. I said, lets go! So we took a drive to Reston Town Center and parked near the skating rink set up in the open area of the mall. We went into the information area where they were selling tickets and skates, and sure enough, I took my boots off and told the girl size 9. I was sad Mike didn’t buy a ticket, but that’s to be expected. He’s not much of a sportsy guy. But that’s O.K. his son and I took to the ice until I got my ice skating legs… and by that time, we were icicles from the blasting wind and very chilly temperatures. So, we got off the rink and headed over to Panera Bread for a nice Hot Chocolate.

 

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