Tailgate with Hearty Burger Bites

Try these delicious burger bites at your next tailgate party. You actually don’t have to make them ”bites” but if you have two bites its a half of burger. They are filling; half will leave you room for all of the beer and other good stuff.

These burgers are Free Graze, frozen Kobe beef burgers. They take 4 minutes on each side at 400 – 450. The good stuff includes a wheat bun with chipotle mayo, grilled sweet potato slices (10 minutes on grill), havarti cheese and a friend egg. Put a cast iron griddle on the grill top and fry away. Slice sandwich into quarters and you will have a hearty, flavorful burger bite that will keep them coming back for more.

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What Do You Know about the Food You Eat

Something to Consider…

Do you have a meal prep plan or just wing it? I pretty much just winged it for my entire life. And was never thrilled with my weight. The South Beach Diet came and went. So did Atkins. However, things changed drastically once I began a meal prep plan; NOT A DIET.

I began with education. Watch some documentaries on Netflix regarding our food supply and eating trends. Reevaluate overall grocery purchases and take extra time to research recipes; not diet plans. Once I did this, changes started to happen.

I purchased bento boxes and stocked up on mason jars. Bento boxes helped with portion control and mason jars made healthy snacks easily accessible and were the grab-n-go snacks instead of chips, crackers or granola bars.

My research has led me to eat mostly plant based meals. Yes, the cookies and sweets are still a part of my life. I have a serious sweet tooth. However, the daily cravings have disappeared. Over a month I have lost inches and feel better overall.

Gone are all of those foods that are sold as “heart healthy”, “low fat” and “reduced sugar”. No more granola bars, chips, low-fat yogurts or cereals boasting how healthy they are. Enter, fruits, veggies, almond milk, Greek yogurts and fresh baked goods. Meats have been cut back to only grass fed, beef or chicken. No processed cold cuts with preservatives.

The question I must ask is, why have we or I let the food industry mislead and brain wash us to think all of their crap is healthy? The big business of food addiction is more prevalent today than ever.

Take a slow walk down the cereal aisle. What do you see? I see dyes, sugars and empty calories for our kids and mis leading “heart healthy” cereals for adults. For my entire life, I was led to believe eating all of these processed foods was ok. The norm. I even fed my children the horrible foods from grocery shelves not knowing how harmful they really are. Yes, harmful.

Diabetes, obesity and heart disease are more prevalent than ever; as well as a list of other ailments. I have seen with my own eyes the positive changes people have experienced by eating local. Cutting out the processed foods and meats laden with toxins is a good starting point. Next, just keep driving by McDonalds or fast food establishments. I used to eat fast foods even Panera Bread 3 to 4 Times weekly. I haven’t been to either one in months and feel better than ever.

I don’t mean to preach. I am solely relaying personal experiences. Not everyone is susceptible to change. Food is a sensitive subject but, if you look close enough at the foods being sold to us you will see how misleading and unhealthy they are. Do the research on your own and make a personal decision that is right for you and your family.


Mouthwatering Sweet and Salty Cookies

These no bake cookies are so much fun to make. Transform them into any theme for any occasion depending on toppings! The Barney Butter almond butter is super creamy and delicious. For added sweetness add a layer of marshmallow fluff!

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Barney Butter Sweet and Salty Cookies

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Brunch for 10 Under Sixty Dollars

When you have a budget but like to entertain, try this menu for your Sunday Brunch or mid-week soiree for Ladies of leisure. This was actually served for a group called Ladies of Leisure, thus the name. I shopped at Publix for all of the ingredients which came to $59.60 Recipes on our food pages

Ladies of leisure Brunch

Avocado Egg Bake

Copped Veggie Salad Recipe

Berries with Creme Fraishe

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Simply Amazing Vegetable Lasagna

With no idea what to make for dinner this veggie lasagna came to be by just throwing it together. No formal recipe; just a lot of fun and creativity. And what do you know, it couldn’t have come out better.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head broccoli, finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, finely chopped
  • 16 oz Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Large Yellow Zucchini, sliced
  • 1 jar of your favorite pasta sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 15 oz Whole Ricotta
  • 16 oz Mozzarella
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • Mueller’s Oven Ready Lasagna Noodles
  • Parmesan cheese for serving

Makes a Square 9 x 9 pan lasagna. Serves 6.

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 F. Stir together diced tomatoes and pasta sauce; set aside. Stir egg into ricotta cheese; throw in the parsley, garlic and a pinch of pepper and mix together.

Spread a few spoonfuls of sauce onto bottom of pan. Lay 4 noodles across. You have to break off an inch of each noodle. Drop a spoonful of ricotta on each noodle and spread. Add a thin layer of broccoli then carrots. Lay out single zucchini slices in a row on each noodle. Spread some sauce, sprinkle out mozzarella. Place 4 more noodles and repeat. End with sauce on noodles, then slices of zucchini sprinkled with lots of cheese. Bake covered for 30 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with shaved parmesan for serving.

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