Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Caribbean White Fish with Mango Orange Relish - Phase 1 lunch

Light and fruity- perfect lunch for a sunny day on the patio!

Caribbean White Fish with Mango Orange Relish
Phase 1 lunch
Serves 2

1 mango, peeled and chopped
2 medium oranges, peeled and sectioned
1/2 cup chopped roasted red sweet pepper
2 T vinegar
1 T chopped fresh cilantro

12 oz fresh or frozen white fish fillets
1 lemon
¼ tsp salt
Pinch of black pepper
½ tsp fresh thyme leaves, minced
2 tsp ground cardamom
Chopped fresh chives

For Mango-Orange Relish: In a medium bowl, combine the mango, oranges, roasted red sweet pepper, vinegar and cilantro. 
Chill, covered, for 2 to 4 hours before serving.

Meanwhile, thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse; pat dry. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a shallow dish, combine salt, pepper, thyme cardamom.  Squeeze the lemon over the fish, them coat both sides of each fillet with the mixture.
Place the fish on a rack placed on a baking sheet, and bake for 10-15 minutes, until fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve fish topped with Mango-Orange Relish and chives and lots of grilled veggies. 

Monday, May 20, 2019

New Cookbook- Volume 10: Freezer Meals

Since prepping is key to eating healthy, I decided to put together a collection of tasty freezer meals that you can prep and have something at the ready for dinner. 

Some of these recipes are prep and freeze then cook later. Others are cook ahead then freeze to reheat and eat. Either way, they are delicious options. Find some time to prep some of these meals and pull out the crock pot (especially in the summer months when NO ONE wants to turn on an oven!) and you can have easy dinners all summer long!

Of course, these meals do not have to be frozen. Feel free to cook them fresh as you need.

Click the store link to buy! Only 7.00 and it is an instant download. Be sure to save to your device and you can always print if you want. These recipes are in my personal TCS binder, where I keep all my favorite recipes.

Be sure to share pictures on TCS Facebook page when you make these delicious meals!

Here is what is included in Volume 10:

2 Blueberry French Toast Casserole
2 Freezer Oatmeal
3 Smoky Sweet Chili
3 Summer Minestrone
4 Butternut Bisque
4 Roasted Tomato and Eggplant Soup
5 Bavarian Pot Roast
5 Shredded Beef Fajitas
5 Asian Chicken Thighs
6 Beef and Broccoli Teriyaki
6 Vegetarian Meatballs
7 Chicken Strips
7 Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
8 Beef and Jalapeno Taco Filling
8 Turkey Mushroom Burgers
9 Mini Meatballs
9 Basil Pesto
10 Healthy Lentil Soup
10 Sweet Potato Stew
11 Beef Stew
11 Tandoori Coconut Chicken

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Make Time For YOU!

Recently, I was evaluating my frustration over not being able to follow FMD to a tee, like I promised myself. I was rarely able to get breakfast eaten within 30 minutes of getting up. I miss my snacks frequently. And water? It seems I only get water when I am to the point of a very dry mouth. 

I have always had the mindset that the woman takes care of everything in the house- and everyone. We are caretakers, nurses, cooks, teachers- all of it. And the things we take care of take priority. But we forget to take care of ourselves.

Once I stepped back, I realized that I was busy taking care of everyone, everything else BEFORE I was taking care of me. While this sounds noble and generous and required- it really isn't. 

If you have ever flown with a child, they always tell you that in case of an emergency, to put YOUR oxygen mask on BEFORE your child's. You need to be able to help your children so you need it first. The same applies with healthy eating. 

This morning, I got up and knew I wanted to drink a warm cup of I Burn tea and a cup of hot Dandy Blend (my coffee) and make my breakfast, but the dishes needed loaded into the dishwasher, laundry needed to be folded (we are still behind from vacation and have NO clean towels) and the smoker needed to be started because we had meat ready to go and to start the smoker, I needed to clean the drip pan, empty ashes, season the meat, start the chimney with charcoals...
Normally, I do for others- the dishes, the coffee, the laundry- THEN my breakfast and drinks. Today, I did me first. You know why? Because I am important and the things I need to do for me are more important than the laundry and coffee and smoker and the other 100 things I feel I need to do every day. And you are too- your health is important. It comes before anything else. 

If you are struggling, take some time to evaluate your priorities and maybe make a shift. Put YOU first, your HEALTH first. When you make YOUR health a priority, it gets more attention. It gets the attention and time to prep your meals, or chop your veggies, or shop for the healthy foods you need. YOU are important and your HEALTH is important.