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    Hello all!  Sorry it’s been so long since my last post but this last weekend was pretty busy filled with good food and family!  I have a broccoli salad to share with you and the latest edition to my kitchen…. 
 
    
 
 
    You might remember my reflection on my first month as a food blogger where I mentioned my need for a larger food processor, well…. my prayers were answered!  This beauty is a birthday present and even though I’ve only made hashbrowns with it, my cooking life has changed as I know it.  I’m such a dork that I not only watched, but thoroughly enjoyed the entire 45 minute get-to-know-your-food-processor DVD.  I can’t wait to start churning out some delicious things to share with you!
 
   Now for the food!  This weekend was Easter and I needed to take a vegetable dish  to my grandmothers house.  I found this broccoli salad on So Good and Tasty and changed it a little since I didn’t have all the dressing ingredients on hand.  I subbed in a bottle of Marzetti’s Light Slaw and added sunflower seeds for some added crunch 

 

   Broccoli Salad — serves 4-6

  • 1 large head broccoli, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup roughly chopped red cabbage
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sunower seeds
  • 6-8 oz of Marzetti’s Light Original Slaw dressing
Place the broccoli, cabbage, sunflower seends and dried cranberries in a large bowl.  Pour dressing over the top and toss until evenly distributed.  You can add more dressing depending on your taste.
 
  Hope everyone is having  a great Tuesday!!!!

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     I have a confession to make.  French fries are one of my favorite foods of all time.  I love their greasy carb laden deliciousness and if it came down to my last meal, curly fries dipped in buttermilk ranch would be the star : )  So you can see my dilemma as I am an advocate for healthy eating but also a deep fried fanatic.  These sweet potato fries from goveg.com satisfy my love for french fries without sticking me with the greasy guilt afterward. 

     Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A and C and they’re great because they retain a large amount of it even through the cooking process.  Quick hint:  The better a vegetable or fruit keeps its color after cooking the more vitamins and minerals it retains.  So the bright orange color you see in the fries above are just about the same color they were before cooking.  Some other vegetables that keep their color well after cooking are brocolli, carrots, green beans, corn, and peas.  Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin so to be absorbed you will need to eat some form of fat with it.  The same goes for vitamins D, E & K. 

    This recipe is really easy and  if you don’t have all the spices on hand you could also make it with a few shakes of your favorite seasoning salt.  I also made a batch using Fiesta Party Dip Mix and they were just as delicious!

Ingredients:     

  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cayenne pepper
  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 1  Tbsp. olive oil

    Preheat the oven to 375°F.  In a small bowl, combine the cumin, salt, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.  Peel the sweet potatoes and julienne them using a very sharp knife.  Then in a large bowl, combine with the olive oil and the spice mixture. Toss until evenly coated. 
    Place wedges in a single layer on a baking sheet and place on the middle shelf of the oven. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until cooked through and edges are crisp.
Makes 6 servings

  

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     Yesterday marked the beginning of grilling season here at WF&W and I couldn’t be happier that it’s finally here!!  There isn’t any visible snow on the lawn so we decided it was time to bust out the charcoal.  I love grilling…well, I love eating grilled food, but my participation in the actual act is limited to plating and chewing.  Grilling is a great way to add flavor to meat, vegetables, pizza or anything else you can think to throw on there!  We went with the classic chicken and steak but also added some peppers, mushrooms and onion.  General rule of thumb:  the more color you can add to a meal the larger the variety of vitamins and minerals you’ll get from it so pile on the veggies!

We have a little grill, but it gets the job done!

     Now I don’t eat a whole lot of meat, but this steak was absolutely amazing!  They were marinated in worcestershire sauce overnight and sprinkled with Tastefully Simple Everyday Grilling seasoning.  We also used the same seasoning on the chicken and they were just as delicious!

    

       Another bonus for grilling  are the leftovers!  I used the leftover chicken today to make a chicken fajita and feta salad over baby greens.  I paired it with some edamame for a nice little dinner  : )  In case you haven’t tried it, edamame are steamed green soy beans and they are fantastic as side dish or snack!  There are only 120 calories in a half cup of shelled beans, 1.5 g fat, 11g of protein and 9 g of fiber!  So if you’re not a big meat eater they are a delicious way to get your protein in for the day!  Enjoy!

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