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And the Winner is…


First off, I want to thank everyone who participated in my giveaway sponsored by SlimKicker! You have all inspired me with great health and fitness ideas and I plan on incorporating many of them in the next few weeks!
SlimKicker has chosen franchesca2008 as the winner!

franchesca2008 said:

“No complaining for 30 days challenge :)  It’s hard but do not mentally complain about anything, and always look on the bright side of life.”

Franchesca I will be emailing you with info on how to get your prize sent to you!

Now let’s move on to not only one of my new favorite dressings that is not only delicious but also low cal!
So one of my BFFs, had been carrying on about the salad dressings over at Skinny Taste. We both enjoy her recipes and are making them quite frequently. I’m not sure why, but I guess I had put off trying her dressing because I typically don’t plan salads ahead and use whatever I have on hand for dressing. I’ve decided today this dressing will now be a staple in our house!

Zesty Avocado Cilantro Buttermilk Dressing
The great news is that this is a simple dressing to make!

Here is what you’ll need:

1 clove of garlic
3/4 to 1 cup of low fat buttermilk (original recipe called for 3/4 but I thought it was pretty thick for dressing, if you want a dip, the 3/4 cup is perfect, if you want it thinner, add more buttermilk.)
1 small Jalepeño (seeded) apparently everyone wanted Jalepeño the day I went to get one, I had to settle for a small can of diced. I added a little extra because I like the kick!
1/4 cup cilantro
1 avocado, pit and skin removed
2 tbsp chives
juice of a lime
1/8 tsp cumin
Salt and pepper to taste.

1. Throw all of your ingredients into a food processor and blend.
This is so good! We were dipping everything into it! Next time (tonight) I will be making it with a Southwest salad! Ohhh it would be great with Southwest egg rolls too!!

Recipe adapted from SkinnyTaste.


Have it Your Way!


Cottage Cheese v. Ricotta
I think these are two products that either people prefer one or the other. Growing up, I think both my husband’s and my own family were more the cottage cheese type. I can still remember the very first time I had ricotta. It was back in the day when airlines still served meals to everyone on the plane. Just so happens they were serving lasagna. I was excited up until when I bit into it and felt like the ricotta was more comparable to kitty litter and Elmer’s glue combined. Ok maybe not exactly, but you get the idea. Also remember, it was airplane food so it already had one strike against it!
I can safely say now that I do like ricotta, but it took so taste bud therapy to recover.
My husband is not a fan of ricotta. So when I made these stuffed shells, I went back to my youth and broke out the cottage cheese!

Read On for Recipe and Giveaway

Ready to Go!


Ever since we got home from vacation, I have been making a serious commute for a special work project. Although I enjoyed the project immensely, I’m glad today was the last day of that chaos!!
Since I’m so over fast food, I wanted to make sure we had something substantial that could be reheated when I finally made it home at night.


Green Chicken Stew!! This dish was so worth the wait! Continue to Recipe!

A Keeper


I’m proud to announce that tomorrow I’m hosting my first ever giveaway! Please check in for your chance to win! If you have a friend who either enjoys cooking, or is interest in weight loss, or they just like to try to win things, tell them to stop by! 🙂
For today however, let’s talk about this yummy dish!!

Cheesy Pepper Jack Polenta, Bacon and Egg! Continue for recipe!