Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant ParmesanEggplant Parmesan is a favorite in our kitchen, both for a meal and for a snack later. While we always produce more than we need, we are sharing a single meal menu for you here. If you are like us and really enjoy it, you can double the recipe. We also use eggplant to make salads, dips, and snacks with and will be sharing some of those recipes at Menu Planning Central for those that want more eggplant recipes.

In this recipe, we bake the eggplant by its self instead of cooking it in a skillet before we assemble the dish and bake everything together. We took this step because when you cook it on the top of the stove, it drinks up the oil and we want to avoid all that extra oil in the finished recipe. Continue reading

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Sweet Potatoes

Sweet PotatoesToday we are going to talk a little about Sweet Potatoes. Over the past two months, as I have been writing recipes for Menu Planning Central, I have had the opportunity to taste test a few great sweet potato recipes. I never found one that I did not enjoy.

You can make a meal out of them and not worry about gaining a pound –as long as you control what you put on or in it. Each sweet potato has about 103 calories. Their creamy orange flesh is one of the best sources of vitamin A you can consume. Plus 1, B2, B6, and C as well as potassium and other minerals.

You can bake, steam or microwave them. Or add them to casseroles, soups and many other dishes. Flavor with lemon juice or just a little sea salt and freshly ground pepper instead of butter. I think that we added at least 5 different ways to enjoy them at Menu Planning Central and we will no doubt be adding more in the future.

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Sweet Potatoes
Cuisine: International
Recipe type: side dish
Serves: 2 - 4
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1x3-inch wedges
  • 3 T. coconut oil
  • ½ t.sea salt
  • ½ t, freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ t. garlic powder
  • ¼ t. paprika
  1. Position rack in upper third of oven and preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Place sweet potatoes and coconut oil in large bowl, toss lightly. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, paprika and garlic powder.
  3. Arrange potatoes in a single layer on prepared baking sheet, being sure not to overcrowd them.
  4. Bake until tender and golden brown, turning occasionally. Cooking time is 20 to 25 minutes depending on the thickness of the cut. Cool 5 minutes before serving.

Right now you can get a free week worth of recipes Here just for stopping by and seeing all the different plans available. I will share more information in the coming weeks.

I hope that sweet potatoes are part of your clean eating plan. Give this recipe a test because they are not just for Thanksgiving dinner and should be on your kitchen table often.

Eat Healthy, Laugh often, Enjoy Life

bon provecho

Maria and Bill

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Chicken Kabobs On The Grill

Chicken KabobsChillin’ and Grillin’ Chicken Kabobs on the grill, yes my friends it is that time of the year in many areas of the world and chicken is a great grilling item.

One of the best things about making kabobs is that the combination of ingredients is endless. You can add as much or as little of anything you like to eat, until you get to the end of the skewer that is. Continue reading

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Tuna Patties With Lemon Dill Sauce

Tuna Patties With Lemon Dill SauceTuna Patties With Lemon Dill Sauce, one of the ways we enjoy Tuna when we can’t get the tuna steaks that we get so often. While tuna is still considered a “safe fish” to eat, there are reports that the mercury content in tuna is increasing and it won’t be long before it is removed from the clean eating fish. We are enjoying it while we can, because once it makes that list, we won’t be eating it any longer.That’s a shame because one of our nephews is a deep sea fisherman so we have been getting a nice supply at no charge, but it appears those days are about over. Continue reading

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A Trip Up North

A Trip Up North I just got back from A Trip Up North to Wisconsin. I picked the worst week to travel. Leaving here Last Sunday where the days are in the low 80’s I arrived in Wisconsin where it was about 30 degrees on Sunday and the next 24 hours we got 8 inches of snow, followed by four more inches the following day.

The main reason for the trip was to see my accountant and have our taxes done. Giese Tax Service has been doing them for years and because I have a small business I want to keep it that way even if I do need to make A Trip Up North every year.

I did manage to get have a bowl of oatmeal made just the way we like it. My wife got me started on this one and it is a must when we are up north. We make steel cut oats here but do not dress them up like this. Those large A Trip Up Northstrawberries are hard to find here in Mexico.

I also treated myself to a porterhouse steak and baked sweet potato one night for dinner. I don’t find steaks like that back where I live so it is always a treat if you can find one from cattle raised on the open range. The beef is available but one needs to look for it. Well worth the effort if you enjoy the A Trip Up Northwhole food way of life, which brings me to my other reason for A Trip Up North.

I have 40 years of recipes, notes, and information accumulated while spending my career in a kitchen cooking and teaching other to cook. I wanted to bring some of that information back with me to my home. I have partnered with Trish Lindemood the owner of Menu Planning and she is using some of my recipes in her clean eating plan. We are offering the best of my 40 years in the kitchen combined with her recipes to bring you very wholesome and delicious recipes for your clean eating lifestyle. She has a sample week available, which I believe she will be offering next week. I encourage you all to take a look at some of the recipes.  I will send out an email to everyone on my list as soon as she posts where you can get the sample. I have seen it and there are some nice recipes.

Eat Healthy, Laugh often, Enjoy Life

bon provecho

Maria and Bill

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Almost Mashed Potatoes

Almost Mashed PotatoesHere is a quick recipe for Almost Mashed Potatoes, It is low carb and a nice way to add “mashed Potatoes” to the dinner while eating more of the vegetables we need.

This fast and simple recipe can cut the kitchen time and add a nice side dish to serve with chicken or pork chops.  Continue reading

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Cooking With Salt

Cooking With SaltOf all the seasonings available to you, the most important is Salt. Cooking with salt is also the most misunderstood, over and under used of any of the seasonings. Learning how to salt foods properly is a learned science and does not happen by accident. You must teach yourself. Continue reading

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I Forgot Our Anniversary

Our AnniversaryOh No, My wife never said anything when I Forgot Our Anniversary.  It was our first “Mexican” Anniversary and I completely forgot.  February 8th, I should be able to remember that, it is the birthday of one of our boys. So how did I remember last night only 10 days late?

A Neice of my wife and her husband opened a small restaurant a couple of weeks ago. It is only about 5 miles from our house so last night we decided to have dinner there and visit family at the same time. As soon as we were seated, her niece brought a bottle of champagne to the table and said “Happy Anniversary” My wife, being the loving person that she is only said “Ya, Happy Anniversary, where’s my gift?” So on Monday, I am going to buy her a nice new pair of rubber boots that she can wear when she is in the chicken coop.

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Making you own Homemade corned beef

Homemade Corned Beef

raw corned beef brisket

Making your own Homemade corned beef can be the beginning of an adventure in curing and smoking meats that could completely change the way you enjoy food. The taste is very exciting and the hobby is open to almost everything you eat. Give it a try if you are brave. Continue reading

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Eating Healthy On My Birthday

Eating Healthy On My BirthdayEating Healthy On My Birthday was not that hard to do. We have a great hamburger “joint” right here in Puerto Vallarta that offers 14 different “burgers” which come on a burger bun or wrapped in lettuce if you prefer. Just order Low-carb and they are made without bread.

My wife and I each enjoyed their Portobello Vegetarian, my wife’s came on a bun but I ordered mine lettuce wrapped. They grill vegetables right along with the mushroom on a rotating grill. Interesting concept, the cook does not need to reach over any flame to turn the vegetables or meats. Continue reading

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