Monday Menu Makeover: Maple-Glazed Salmon with Almonds and Pecans

Greeting Wonderful People!

We often hear that eating salmon at least once a week can provide many great health benefits. Salmon is a good source of protein and rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. A 3.5 ounce serving of salmon is loaded with essential vitamins, like potassium, selenium and many in the B family.

But how do we prepare salmon in a way that it is tasty and fun to eat. My experience with salmon has been boring and not that great to eat. You can put it in the oven and bake it; but I have found that it dries out. You can put in a skillet on the stovetop, but that can make it too rubbery. In both cases, the salmon may be healthy, but it was not an enjoyable meal.

Maple-glazed salmon with almonds and pecans

I discovered a method to prepare salmon in only ten minutes that is tasty and is sure to please the entire family. I call it Maple-Glazed Salmon with Almonds and Pecans. Here is the quick and easy recipe that you can prepare for dinner tonight.

  1. In a 9-inch skillet, add about two tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, a teaspoon of minced garlic and two salmon fillets. I use the frozen fillets, but fresh ones would work just as well. But keep in mind the cook time will be much faster.
  2. Add seasoning salt, black pepper and herb provence to both sides of the salmon fillets.
  3. Sauté on medium heat for two minutes.
  4. Turn over the salmon fillets. Add small amount of water to the skillet and put on the lid. The salmon will cook very quickly so keep an eye on it.
  5.  Add the maple syrup to the top of the salmon fillets and around the edge of the skillet and reduce the heat to low.
  6. Turn the salmon fillets again to allow the maple syrup to fully coat both sides of the fillets.
  7. Allow the salmon fillets to simmer in the maple syrup for about a minute.
  8. Add the sliced almonds and pecans to the skillet and continue to simmer for another minute.
  9. Remove the salmon fillets from the skillet and place on serving plate.
  10. Allow the almonds and pecans to continue to cook in the maple syrup until the maple syrup had reduced down.
  11. Pour the almonds, pecans and maple syrup over the top of the salmon.
  12. Pair the salmon fillets with your favorite vegetable and potato. We like sautéed brussel sprouts and roasted potatoes.

The maple syrup cooking down with the almonds and pecans.

The Maple-Glazed Salmon with Almonds and Pecans is one of our favorite choices for dinner. The sweetness of the maple syrup mixes well with the seasoning salt and garlic for an amazing flavor. The almond and pecans add a crunch to the flakiness of the salmon. The presentation looks like you spent hours preparing it; but it is ready in only ten minutes. The whole experience will leave your mouth wanting more.

I hope that the quick and easy recipe for salmon will be a favorite for you and your family. If you give it a try, let me know how it turns out. I would enjoy hearing from you.

Start Your Day With belVita Breakfast Biscuits

Hello Wonderful People! Happy New Year!!
It is the only the second day, but I hope your 2017 is off to a wonderful start.
It is that time of year when most people talk about new resolutions to incorporate in their life. I, myself, I do not make any New Year’s resolutions. I am constantly in the habit of evaluating my life and look at ways to improve myself. I do this year round, and so I don’t have to wait until the first of the year to make a change.

But if you are looking to incorporate some changes in the new year, it is my hope that you get your desired results. I recommend to achieve your goal is to start small and work your way up. If you desire to loose weight in 2017, set your ultimate goal and the date by which you want to accomplish this goal. Then, to get started, set smaller goals that are easier and quicker to achieve. If, by the end of 2017, you want to lose 50 pounds, I suggest that your first goal is to loose five pounds in January. Then, when you have accomplished that goal, work up to ten pounds by the end of February. It is easier to convince your mind that you can reach the five pound goal than it is to reach fifty pounds.

Add belVita Breakfast Biscuits to your breakfast menu

If loosing weight is your goal for the new year, diet and exercise will work well together to achieve it. However, if exercise is not an option for you at this time, then turn your focus to your diet. It is important to evaluate what you are eating and make healthier choices that will aid in loosing the desired weight. Maybe it is time to eliminate those sugary, high-calorie danishes at breakfast and replace them with belVita Breakfast Biscuits. Our family has been eating belVita Breakfast Biscuits for more than two years and enjoy the many flavors and varieties. Our favorites are the Cinnamon Brown Sugar and Blueberry biscuits. There are also belVita Soft Baked Biscuits and belVita Bites. There is sure to one option that you will enjoy. When combined with your breakfast that includes a serving of fruit and milk, the belVita Breakfast Biscuits will give you four hours of steady nutritious energy to keep you going all morning long. The belVita Breakfast Biscuits also make for a great Grab-N-Go breakfast if you need to eat on the run.

If you are not convinced that belVita Breakfast Biscuits are right for you and your family, I suggest that you head out to your local Walmart on January 7th or 8th (2017) and check out the special belVita Breakfast in-store event. Each participating location will offer belVita Breakfast samples, exclusive savings, smoothies, giveaways and more. Events will take place at select Walmart locations between 12:30 pm – 6:30pm. To find a Walmart near you, click here. There will also be a special offer available from Ibotta beginning on January 4th. More details to follow soon.

Picking up more belVita Breakfast Biscuits at Walmart.

I just purchased another box of belVita Breakfast Biscuits at Walmart. We are looking forward to trying the Golden Oat flavor. I know it will be great addition to our breakfast menu. With so many flavors and varieties to choose from, I know that the belVita Breakfast Biscuits will be a winner for you.

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JT’s Recipe: Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

Greetings Wonderful People!!

The holiday season is full swing. Hanukkah begins Saturday, Christmas Day is Sunday, and Kwanzaa starts next Monday. Purchasing gifts for your loved ones. Decorating your house with holiday cheer. When I think about the winter holidays, the first thing that comes to mind is homemade cookies. There is something about Christmas and cookies that brings a smile to my face. From icebox cookies to sugar cookies, from snickerdoodles to chocolate chip cookies; I haven’t met too many cookies that I don’t like. But who makes homemade cookies anymore? With all the other things that are going, who has the time? Well if there was a simple, but delicious cookie to make; would you make it?
Let me suggest the Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies.

The Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

The Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies have been one of my wife’s favorite cookies since she was a itty bitty little girl. Her mother found the recipe in a cookbook that their church, St.Jacobi Lutheran Church, published more than thirty years ago. A God fearing church lady named, Marjorie Wetzel submitted the recipe. Wondering about Mrs. Wetzel, I searched and quickly found her obituary. I learned that this amazing woman of faith who was very active passed away just last year at the age of 94. Her husband passed away this year in February at the age of of 97. When I showed my wife their photos from the obituaries, she recognized them and remembered them from the church. I feel a connection with this couple because we share a love for this peanut butter cookies and our faith in God. Here is her recipe.

Original Recipe from Mrs. Wetzel
1 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Mix together and drop by 1/2 teaspoons on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven.

The recipe did not include how long to bake the cookies. For the first batch, we tested twelve minutes. That was too long because the bottom was too brown for our liking. For the next batch, we tried eight minutes and it was perfect. We didn’t have any vanilla in our cabinet, so we substituted honey and it worked wonderfully. We used brown eggs from a farmer that my mother buys from. Since we tweaked the recipe a bit, here are our modifications.

Updated Recipe from JT
1 cup peanut butter
1 large brown egg
1 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon honey
maple sugar to sprinkle on top of the cookies before putting in the oven
Mix all of the ingredients together. Roll about 1/2 teaspoon of the mixture into ball and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten the cookie with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern in the cookie. Place a pinch of maple sugar on the top of cookie. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 8 to 9 minutes. Allow to cool about for ten minutes before removing from the pan. Yields about two dozen cookies and ingredients can be doubled if more cookies are needed. We recommend that you use the old-fashioned peanut butter and not the natural kind that separates. Since it has a different texture, we don’t think the finished cookie would be to our liking.

Fresh from the Oven

The cookies are called Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies. And these cookies will definitely surprise you, for a couple of reasons. One, the recipe cannot be any simpler. There are only four ingredients. They mix together quickly and are easy to put together. You should have all of the ingredients in your pantry. Two, the cookies take only eight minutes to bake in the oven. You can easily make four dozen in about one hour or less. Three, the cookies taste amazing. They are soft and creamy; and are packed with a peanut butter flavor that will explode in your mouth. Your taste buds will thank you.

Whether it is for a family gathering, or a cookie exchange at work; these Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies will be the hit of the party. Give them a try and I know it will be hard for you to stop eating them. If you make them, let us know what you think.

Cooking for Jeffrey Giveaway!

Hello Beautiful People,

Do you like to cook? Well, my husband and I enjoy it. One of our favorite TV Food Culinary, aficionados, Ina Garten, the one and only Barefoot Contessa is coming to my town in January for her new “Cooking with Peter,” book tour.  And thanks to a friend on Facebook we were able to get pretty good seats.

“I like to greet my friends with a delicious drink, a big hug, and great music in the background, because that’s what gets a dinner party off to the right start.”
Ina Garten

If you don’t know who Ina Garten is, well where have you been?  It’s okay. She is an author and has had a television show called, The Barefoot Contessa,” on the Food Network for many years.  Her husband of 48 years, Peter often appears on the show. One thing I found quite intriguing that she was a former member of the White House Office of Management and Budget.

This month’s giveaway is sponsored by Katherines Corner and Katherines Corner Shop and Hosted by some of Katherines sweet bloggy friends.

One winner will receive a signed copy of Ina Garten’s new cookbook, ” Cooking for Jeffery”, provided by Katherine

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Revealed: Top Tips That Will Help You Finally Stick To Healthy Eating

I know, I know. You’ve tried and failed a million times before, so why should this time be any different?

Seriously, the importance of eating a healthy balanced diet cannot be emphasized enough. If you’re going to make a change for the better, the most important thing is that you ensure that those habits stick. Otherwise, it’ll just be another waste of time and effort. Follow these simple yet effective tricks, and you’ll have far greater hopes of staying on track.

Make Cooking Easy
The easiest way to employ a healthy eating plan is to start cooking yourself. This will instantly make it easier to monitor what you’re consuming. Moreover, you can be sure that you’re staying clear of harmful additives. We haven’t all got hours to waste in the kitchen. Likewise, not all of us have the skills of a restaurant chef. Finding simple recipes like my chili will ensure that you give your taste buds a healthy treat without wasting your entire day to do so. Of course, Crockpots and other kitchen accessories can go a long way to removing some of the stress too. Ahh, perfect.

Reduce The Costs
Alongside the time, you’ll also have a keen eye on the costs. There’s a common misconception that healthy eating has to be expensive. It can be. But only if you let it. The first step is to reduce your grocery bill with smarter decisions. Healthier sunflower oil for cooking is cost-effective while ensuring that your waistline won’t expand. Meanwhile, using coupons and special deals can make a telling difference too.We all enter the new diet with positive intentions. But you won’t keep it up if those new choices start burning a hole in your pocket. Keep it cheap, and you will be more likely to maintain it.

Stop Eating Out
Eating out on a regular basis can get expensive. Moreover, you’re more likely to ditch your healthy living when you’re out. So why not stop eating out? After all, you can have just as much fun at home. Organizing a summer BBQ for your family and friends is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening together. You’ll get all the benefits of eating out, only in a far more enjoyable environment. Furthermore, you can maintain your healthy eating while still allowing guests to eat whatever they want. Besides, any excuse to get out in the backyard is a bonus.

Eating out should be for special occasions, like a birthday or anniversary

Eating out should be for special occasions, like a birthday or anniversary

Don’t Be Too Strict
Even if you don’t enjoy your eating habits,  sticking to them for a few weeks isn’t overly difficult. But nobody should stop enjoying their life. Cutting out the things you enjoy entirely is not a long-term solution. The key is to enjoy things in moderation. If you love pizza, for example, you can make it healthier by making a stone baked version from scratch. It will leave you feeling less guilty while still giving you something to look forward to. This piece of motivation can become your secret weapon. So embrace it.

Homemade cookies are a great treat, but must be eaten in moderation.

Homemade cookies are a great treat, but must be eaten in moderation.

Ultimately, healthy eating is designed to enhance your life. It won’t do if it feels like a constant struggle. And if you do slip up with a few bad days, dust yourself off and carry on.

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Tips On How To Eat A Healthier Diet Every Day

Losing weight is easier said than done. We try many fad diets, but can struggle to shift the pounds. But just by eating healthier foods and cutting out certain bad foods you can easily start to lose some pounds and live a healthier lifestyle. Here is how you can eat a healthier diet every day.

Cut out snacking
One of the top ways you can start eating healthier every day and lose pounds is by cutting out snacking. It’s so easy to pick up and consume a snack such as a chocolate bar when you are hungry while you are at work or home. But it can mean you will put on weight that will be hard to shift. To ensure you eat a healthier diet every day, you need to start having more filling meals at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It will mean you will not be hungry at other times of the day as you will still be full. If you do want a snack during the day, stick to fruit and nuts which will help you to maintain a healthy weight. If you still are struggling to stay full during the day, you could start eating five or six smaller meals during the day. It will help you to stop snacking on fattening treats.

Warm roasted peanuts

Peanuts are a great snack to curb your appetite

Follow recipes
Another way you can ensure you are eating a healthier diet every day is by following recipes. If you go by what you think when you are cooking, you will end up cooking way too much which will see you put on weight. Looking for recipes also means you will get a lot more healthy food ideas. A lot of people always make the same things which are unhealthy as they are stuck for ideas on healthy food. By finding recipes, there are some excellent ideas that you will want to try and cook that are not as boring as a plain salad! There are so many recipes online on Youtube that you can follow from different brands. Hampton Creek YouTube Videos will give you a lot of inspiration for healthy recipes including salads and noodles which you can make. You can also buy a chef’s book for some more idea on recipes to try.

Take fruit out with you
To eat a healthier diet every day, you should take fruit out with you to your workplace or even to the shops. Therefore, when you get peckish, you are more likely to consume the fruit, rather than finding a shop for a tasty chocolate bar or a pack of potato chips. It’s often hard to find time to eat the recommended five a day of fruit that you need in your daily diet. Therefore, by taking them with you, you are more likely to eat more in the day.

JT enjoying the shake

A fruit smoothie is perfect for breakfast or for on the go.

Don’t make too much food
Another tip for how to eat a healthier diet every day is to ensure you are not cooking too much. It’s so easy to make too much food and then after eating a normal portion, go and fill your plate up with the leftovers. But it’s so important not to do this. Otherwise, you will end up packing on the pounds. Measure everything out correctly so you know how much to cook when you are making meals. That way, you will only make enough for one meal. It’s fine to make more, as long as you freeze it after and use it another day. If you are finding yourself still hungry, you should be making side dishes to go with your main dinner. Eat some salad with the dish if you are still hungry. Or you can have a yogurt or some fruit after dinner if you’re still hungry.

Try going vegetarian
You will be surprised to know how many people are now vegetarian. As this article reveals, over 7 million people are now vegetarian in the US. It’s become a lot more popular recently because the diet can be a lot more healthy and good for you. When you eat vegetarian dishes, they are normally full of grains which are really healthy for you. You are also eating a lot more vegetables which are essential for a healthy lifestyle. As we discussed previously, by switching to a veggie diet, you can end up losing at least a pound a week. There are so many great recipes you can enjoy if you are a veggie. If you fancy trying the diet but are unsure about whether to do it permanently, you should try it for a week or two to see if you could stick to it. Just make sure you are still getting your essential protein which you would normally get from meat. Or why not consider having a veggie choice when you are out now and again to eat more healthy.

Eat white meat
Another way you can eat a healthier diet every day is by having more lean white meat, rather than red when you are consuming meat. We know how easy it is to stick beef or lamb in the oven as it tastes so delicious. But try and stick to chicken and turkey when you are making a burger or a curry if you want to consume a healthier diet. There has been a lot of research which says you are more prone to cancers and bad heart health if you consume red meat regularly. Therefore, go for white meat which will keep your heart healthy and help you maintain a healthy weight.  If you are not keen on chicken or turkey, you can try eating more fish, which is full of protein. You could also occasionally consume tofu or egg if you want to give yourself a break from red meat.

Consume more eggs
A lot of dieticians are recommending that to have a healthy diet, you should be consuming at least a couple of eggs a day. They are a superfood because they raise the good cholesterol in your body and are full of delicious antioxidants. They are also full of high-quality proteins, vitamins, and good fats. Therefore, you should consume a couple of eggs to have a healthy diet every day. Try and eat one in the morning; you could either have a boiled egg, a fried egg, or an omelet. A tip for consuming more eggs is to use at least three when you are making an omelet. It will make it more fluffy and delicious and will help you to get your recommended intake of eggs.

Limit your bread intake
If you want to eat a healthier diet, you should consider limiting your bread intake every day. Bread is full of so many carbs that it can become quite unhealthy if you eat it more than once a day. Try and think of other healthier foods to enjoy at lunch time rather than a sandwich. Have a delicious salad full of chicken and grains to maintain a healthy weight. Here are some other tasty lunch ideas you can try and make to be healthier. If you want to eat bread still, try and have it only once a day. And you could try other healthy breads such as soya or rye bread.

Eat a healthy breakfast
Another tip for eating a healthier diet every day is to consume a delicious breakfast every morning. We know in the modern world it can be difficult to fit breakfast into your busy schedule. But it’s so important if you want to start the morning in a healthy way. It will ensure you don’t decide to snack part way through the morning on a pack of potato chips. You should cook something filling as well, rather than a small bowl of cereal. Have a delicious omelet or a porridge if you want to stay full for hours.

Always have salad at meal times
If you want to eat a healthier diet every day, you should always serve salad at meal times. It will mean you will be able to have some vital nutrients so you can help to maintain your weight. It will also stop you from getting up and going to get some leftover dinner as you can fill yourself up with salad. Remember to make the salad more appealing by adding a great sauce. Here are some other ways to make the salad more delicious.

Drink more water
You need to ensure you are drinking more water every day if you want to stay healthier. It can help you to maintain a healthy weight. It can also mean you won’t get hungry throughout the day if you are filling up with water. It can help other parts of your body such as your skin if you drink more water.

If you want to eat a healthier diet every day, you should remember to allow yourself to treat yourself now and again. If you don’t, you will end up craving unhealthy food and could end up eating too many fattening foods in one go.

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