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Smoked Salmon Vodka Cream Sauce Pasta


Had something like this at Mi Piace in Pasadena!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced smoked salmon
  • 2 fluid ounces vodka
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tablespoon cayenne pepper

    Bowtie  or Penne pasta *

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan saute butter and onion with smoked salmon. Once the pan begins to lightly smoke, pull saucepan away from heat source and add the Vodka.
  2. When the Vodka has burned off, return the sauce to heat source and mix in the tomatoes, tomato sauce and heavy cream.
  3. Season sauce with salt, pepper, nutmeg, and chile pepper. Reduce sauce to desired consistency; mix and serve with Bowtie/Penne  pasta.

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There Is Such A Thing As A Beer Belly


Any alcoholic drink can add to the size of your stomach for one very simple reason: Alcohol is dense in calories. Every gram of alcohol contains the same amount of calories as a gram of butter – seven which almost twice as many as a gram of most other carbohydrates or protein. Like other calorie-packed foods. It promotes weight gain.
But there’s also evidence that beer, more than other kinds of alcohol, may cause more fat to settle on your belly. Research at the University of North Carolina at Chap I Hill found that among those who had more than six drinks a week, beer drinkers had the highest waist-to-hip-ratio followed by those who who opted for liquor. Wine drinkers had the slimmest waistlines.

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10 Ways to Cut Back on Sugar


Americans are consuming way more sugar than they should — 22 teaspoons a day. It’s clear we need to cut back, but it’s hard to break old habits. The American Heart Association (AHA) is urging people to aim for no more than 100 calories of sugar a day (six teaspoons). Here are some easy things you can do to lighten up on the white stuff.

1. Cut back slowly. A gradual switch is ideal to avoid the chances of regressing back to sweets.

2. Try to ween yourself off of the sugar you add to foods. Stir less sugar into your cup of joe and sprinkle less sugar on your cereal or oatmeal.

3. Choose your sugar vice for the day. Limit your daily sugar intake. Keep in mind that one soft drink, a small candy bar, a few plain cookies, or a small portion of light ice cream or frozen yogurt is equal to 100 to 150 calories of added sugar.

4. Don’t be fooled by natural sugars. Brown sugar, molasses, Sucanat, and turbinado sugar are still sugar. 5. Avoid liquid sugars. A 12-ounce can of coke contains 40 grams of sugar, and a 20-ounce bottle of Vitamin Water contains 32 grams.

6. Buy plain yogurt instead of flavored yogurt. Either sweeten it with fresh or frozen fruit, or mix half plain yogurt with half fruit yogurt.

7. Don’t be fooled by healthier versions of treats. An oatmeal raisin cookie and strawberry ice cream are still made with sugar. So are many energy bars.

8. Get fruity. To satisfy your sweet tooth, choose naturally sweet foods like fruit, dried fruit such as dates or apricots, fruit smoothies, carrots, sweet potatoes, and homemade popsicles.

9. Check labels on fruit products. Fruit is naturally sweet enough, but some companies choose to make it sweeter by adding sugar. Choose jams and juices that are sweetened with nothing but fruit.

10. Check labels on other foods and look for hidden sugars. If a label says sucrose, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, cane juice crystals, evaporated cane juice, dextrose, molasses, or malted barley extract, it contains sugar.

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Healthy Sour Cream Substitute


Low Calorie Fruit Desserts


Green Eggs and Ham


Want that Dr. Suess breakfast? Try this recipe of green eggs and ham!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp prepared pesto
  • 2 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 4 whole-wheat English muffins, split
  • 4-8 slices ham, prosciutto, or cooked Canadian bacon
  • 1/4 cup sliced jarred roasted red peppers
  • Salt and pepper to taste

MINUTES 1-13

  1. Poach the eggs
  2. Bring 3 inches of water to a boil in a large skillet or saucepan. Reduce to a bare simmer and add vinegar.
  3. Working in two batches, poach the eggs (see “Poaching Laws”) until the whites are just firm, 3 to 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the eggs to a plate.

MINUTES 14-18

  1. Prep the accents
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the pesto and yogurt until they’re smooth and combined. Toast the split English muffins until golden.

MINUTES 19-22

  1. Assemble the sandwiches
  2. Dividing evenly, top 4 of the muffin halves with the ham, red peppers, and eggs. Season with salt and pepper and add the pesto mixture. Top the eggs with the remaining muffin halves.

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Grilled Chicken Greek Salad


Simple to cook and prepare, this salad offers an explosion of Greek flavor in every bite.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, divided
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic, divided
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin, divided
  • 2 boned, skinned chicken breast halves (1 lb. total)
  • 2 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste)
  • 2 cans (15 oz. each) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 sliced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley
  • 6 ounces crumbled goat’s-milk feta cheese

Directions:

  1. Heat grill to high (450° to 550°). Mix 1 tbsp. each lemon juice and oil, 1 tsp. garlic, and 1/2 tsp. each salt, pepper, and cumin in a medium bowl. Add chicken and turn to coat.
  2. Grill chicken, turning once, until cooked through and browned, about 10 minutes. Let rest, covered, 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk together remaining 2 tbsp. each lemon juice and oil, 2 tsp. garlic, 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper, and 1 tsp. cumin with the tahini in a large bowl. Add chickpeas, tomatoes, onion, and bell pepper and toss to coat. Divide among 4 plates. Slice chicken and set on top. Sprinkle salads with parsley and cheese.
  4. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

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