Italian Salad

No Dressing needed salad




Italian Salad

Once in a blue moon, when I decide to torture myself, by cutting carbs out of my diet for a week or two this salad is a life saver. It gives me all the flavors I enjoy in a big meaty hoagie without all the carbs. I know the cheese and salami are fattening but I somehow justify it to myself since I am not layering it all in a carb infested hoagie roll. Also, the fact that this Italian Salad is seasoned to perfection so there really is no need for a fatty dressing is another one of my justifications. Of course, if you feel the need for dressing, a little oil works well. If I were left at home alone with this salad I am confident it would not see the dawn of a new day. But don’t think you have to be on a diet to make this salad. My husband enjoys this salad just as mush as I do and he has never dieted a day in his life! Every time I make this salad I have to leave a fork on the counter. If I didn’t I would have a sink full of forks from me returning to the fridge every 20 minutes to steal a bite. This recipe is also a great way to use up some of those garden tomatoes. I do not care for tomatoes but my husband loves them so I add them anyway. I was raised in a home where if you didn’t like something you picked it out. =p

If you decide to make this Italian Salad I would love to hear back from ya!

40 Strawberry Recipes




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40 Strawberry Recipes to try this Summer!

 Here are 40 fun Strawberry Recipes to get you through this summer!

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1. Strawberry Sundae Yogurt Pops – Two Healthy Kitchens

2. Stuffed French Toast Breakfast Casserole w/ Strawberries & Cream topping – Two Healthy Kitchens

3. Strawberry Pound Cake – Couponing for 4

4. Strawberry Shortcake Pie – Beauty through Imperfection

5. Strawberries and Cream Shake – Simplee Thrifty

Strawberry Final 2

6. Vanilla Cupcakes with Strawberry Mascarpone Frosting – Living Sweet Moments

7. Strawberries and Cream Overnight Oats – Living Sweet Moments

8. Southern Strawberry Sweet Iced Tea – Cincy Shopper

9. Strawberry Sauce – Cincy Shopper

10. Strawberry Shortcake pops – Life is Poppin’

Strawberry Final 3

11. Fresh Strawberries and Creme Crepes – The Good Hearted Woman

12. Strawberry Shortcake Macaroons – A Few Short Cuts

13. Strawberry Shortcake Cookies – A Few Short Cuts

14. Strawberry Pancakes w/ Cream Cheese Glaze – Thrifty Jinxy

15. Strawberry Lemonade Pie – The Harris Teeter Deals

Strawberry Final 4

16. Frozen Mint Strawberry Pies – Creative Southern Home

17. Strawberry Roll – Creative Southern Home

18. Strawberry Apple Smoothie – Ann’s Entitled Life

19. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Overnight Oats – Organize Yourself Skinny

20. Strawberry Orange Ginger Fizz – The Calculated Whisk

Strawberry Final 5

21. Mocha Ricotta Pie w/ Strawberries – The Calculated Whisk

22. Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam – Real Life at Home

23. No Bake Strawberry Cheese Cake – Real Life at Home

24. Strawberry Nutella French Toast – Kitchen Sanctuary

25. Strawberry Oatmeal Bars – Saving Dollars & Sense

Strawberry Final 6

26. Strawberry Salsa w/ Hatch Chiles – Farm Fresh Feasts

27. Strawberry Brown Sugar & Sour Cream Whole Grain Muffins – Farm Fresh Feasts

28. Strawberries and Cream Smoothie – “Cents” able Momma

29. Simple Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie – Eat. Thrive. Glow.

30. Oatmeal Cream Pie Kabobs – This Momma Loves

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31. Strawberry Fluff Salad – Daily Leisure

32. Strawberry Mint & Lemon Sparkling Water – Budget Savy Diva

33. 4 Ingredient Chilled Strawberry Soup – Thrifty T’s Treasures

34. Strawberry Bread – Chaos is Bliss

35. Strawberry Lemonade Recipe – Thrifty NW Mom

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36. Strawberry Blueberry Crumb Muffins – The Shady Lane

37. Strawberry Mocha Granola – Strength & Sunshine

38. Strawberry Poke Cake – The Baking Beauty

39. Amazing Strawberry Sorbet recipe – Andrea’s Notes

40. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Muffins – Andrea’s Notes



Healthy Banana Cookies

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These cookies are light and fluffy, they almost remind me of a muffin in texture. This recipe is a result of having 2 old banana’s and being too lazy to find a recipe. =P

 

* In this recipe you can use peanut butter or almond butter / flour or wheat flour

Healthy Banana Cookies 

Ingredients:

2 – ripe banana’s

1/4 – Cup almond butter OR peanut butter

1/2 – Tsp. Vanilla

1 – Egg

1 – Cup whole wheat flour OR  A.P Flour

1/2 – Tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 – Tbsp. sugar substitute ( splenda, truvia, is what I normally use)

2 – Tbsp. Dark Chocolate Chips

 

Directions: 

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees

Place all ingredients in a medium size mixing bowl except dark chocolate chips. Mix well, then mix in dark chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoons full onto a cookie sheet that has been either greased or lined with parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

 

 

Let me show you the difference between using a.p. flour & whole wheat flour

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And here is what the the finished cookie looks like when using whole wheat flour … YUMMY!

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16 Awesomely Delicious Low – Carb Recipe’s!

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Now that the holidays are over and there are not cookies everywhere I look, it’s time to get into shape. I have found that I get the best results when I go low to no carb. So that being said, I have created a round up post of low carb recipes for you all, thanks to some amazing bloggers who have allowed me to share their recipes on my blog. I can’t wait to give these a try! =)

 

1.) Mini Sweet Pepper Tacos (click this link for recipe)

* From: Make the best of everything (click this link to visit blogs home page)

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2.) Gluten free, Low – Carb Brownies   (Click this link for recipe)

     * From: Grocery shop for free ( Click this link to visit blogs homepage)

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3.) Low – Carb & Gluten free sweet potato bites ( Click link for recipe)

     * From: Peaceloveandlowcarb.com (Click this link to visit blogs homepage)

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4.) Ham and Eggs in a muffin tin (click link for recipe)

     * From: Simply Stacie (to visit blogs home page click here)

round up (low Carb) ham and eggs

5.) Oven Roasted Parmesan Green Beans (click link for recipe)

     * From: Ann’s Entitled Life ( to visit blogs homepage click here)

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 6.) Grandmas easy basil pesto (click link for recipe)

* From: Frugal Living Mom (to visit blogs homepage click here)

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7.) Grilled Butternut Squash & Peppers – A side, main dish, or meal! ( Click link for recipe )

     * From-  Farm Fresh Feasts ( Click link to visit blogs home page)

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8.) French Farmhouse Soup – (click link for recipe)

* From- Lavende and Lemonade – ( to visit blogs homepage click link)

low carb round up soup

9.) California Chopped Salad ( Click link for recipe)

* From – Brittany’s Pantry ( to visit blogs home page click link)

recipe round up _ chopped salad

10.) Zucchini noodles in pesto ( Click here for recipe)

* From: Vegetarian Gourmet  ( to visit blogs homepage click link)

recipe round up pesto and zucini

11.) No Oil Greek Salad ( Click link for recipe)

     * From: Frugal Living Mom (to visit blogs homepage click link)

no oil greek salad, recipe round up

12.) Meatballs without breadcrumbs gluten Free and Paleo (Click link for recipe)

     * From: Confessions of an overworked MOM ( to visit blogs homepage click here)

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13.) Parmesan Spaghetti Squash with Italian Sausage ( Click link for recipe)

* From: Two Healthy Kitchens ( to visit blogs home page click here)

spagehtti squash - two healthy kitchens ( RR)

 

14.) Enchilada Chicken in the crock pot ( Click link for Recipe)

* From: Pepper Scraps ( To visit blogs homepage click link)

Enchalada recipe round up

15.) Parmesan Cauliflower “bread” sticks ( Click here for Recipe )

     * From: Saving Every Day ( to visit blogs homepage click here )

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16.) Garlic, Lemon & Parmesan Roasted Brussels Sprouts ( Click here for recipe)

     * From: Thrifty DIY Diva ( To visit blogs home page click link)

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Butternut Squash Cookies

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I am always trying to come up with ways to sneak healthy foods into my sons diet. These butternut squash cookies were a success, he loved them and got to enjoy a sweet while still getting some benefits from the butternut squash. =)

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Garlic Chicken Burgers

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    Weighing in just under 400 calories I give you the Garlic Chicken burger! Makes 3 larger patties (if you are using something like Kaiser rolls) or 4 smaller patties (if you are using normal hamburger bun)

Ingredients:

1 pound ground chicken

1 Tbsp. mayo

1 Tbsp. fresh parsley

1/2 clove garlic clove minced

1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup cheddar cheese

Olive oil to drizzle in frying pan

Lettuce & tomato for topping

 

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together except for the olive oil,lettuce, and tomato. Form into 4 patties, or 3 patties if using larger rolls. Next drizzle a frying pan with a little bit of olive oil,just about a table spoon. Turn stove onto a medium high heat wait a few minutes until pan is hot. Next cook burgers until cooked through. Cook about 15-20 minutes depending on your stove. It is very important to make sure they are cooked the whole way through… I usually cut one in half for a test to make sure it is cooked properly.

Next for the bread… I used a whole wheat roll and I put a mayo mixture on both sides drizzled my frying pan with a little more olive oil. and toasted them up.

Mayo mixture:

1/4 Cup mayo

1 tsp. fresh parsley

1/2 garlic clove minced pinch of pepper and salt

** If you like more mayo, double the recipe for the mayo mixture but this will affect calorie count.

Super Hero Pasta

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If you are looking for a fun pasta to  take on a picnic you will have to try my tangy super hero pasta!

 

I have decided to name this super hero pasta in honor of my son. He is 2 years old and has been asking for a super hero outfit, so… I thought since this pasta is green and made from spinach the name is fitting. 🙂

 

8 Cups raw spinach

1 cup Italian dressing

1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

5 slices of bacon (cooked & cut into small pieces)

1-2  boneless skinless chicken breasts ( fully cooked and sliced into small bite size pieces)

1 cup of cherry tomatoes

1 cup pearl mozzarella cheese

1 – 12 oz. box penne noodles cooked & cooled (cook according to al dente directions)

 

* Adding the chicken is option but makes it into more of a meal rather than a side. If I am making this as a side I leave the chicken out. =)

 

Using a food processor, add 4 cups of raw spinach, 1 cup of Italian dressing, & 1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese. Process until a sauce is formed. Add the other 4 cups of raw spinach and process until blended into the sauce. If you have a food processor that is big enough you can just add everything at one time ( mine only holds 4 cups of raw spinach so I have to do it this way). In a large mixing bowl add cooked pasta. Next add 1/2 of the green spinach sauce to the noodles along with bacon slices, chicken pieces, cherry tomatoes & pearl mozzarella cheese. Cover and refrigerate both the pasta and the green spinach sauce. Pour the rest of the sauce over the pasta about 30 minutes before serving.

 

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Green spinach sauce

 

Versatile Chocolate PB Mousse (low-carb)

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This is my new go-to recipe. It is so simple to make and can satisfy just about any craving. If I am hungry for ice cream,  I simply put the mousse into a small ice cream cone topped with a little whipped cream, 1 almond smashed, and of course a cherry. If I am hungry for a pie , I make a crust by putting one cup of almonds in a food processor and then adding 1-2 Tbsp. of melted butter to the crushes almonds, push the mixture into a greased pie pan and bake at 400 for about 5 minutes or until I smell the almonds, then I fill it up with my mousse. And sometimes I like just like to eat a big bowl of mousse with some whipped cream.

 

Ingredients:

2 C. heavy cream

1/2 a  8oz. tub of Mascarpone cheese

2 Tbsp. peanut butter

1 cap full of Madagascar vanilla (pure vanilla extract will do)

1 Tbsp. Hershey dark cocoa

2 tsp. truvia (or any sugar substitute)

 

In a medium/large mixing bowl add all ingredients. With an electric mixer start on low , once everything is mixed well turn it to high. Mix until mixture is stiff and forms a mousse. Enjoy!

Low-Carb Dark Chocolate Air Cookies

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Ingredients:

6 egg whites

2 Tbsp DaVinci Gourmet zero calorie french vanilla syrup(Found in stores w/ dry coffee creamers)

2 Tbsp Hershey’s Dark Cocoa

2 Tsp. Madagascar vanilla extract

2 tsp. truvia

4 Tbsp dark chocolate chips

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Directions:

In a medium size mixing bowl add egg whites, vanilla, French vanilla syrup, and truvia. Using a hand mixer, mix on high speed until egg whites become fluffy. They should look like this:

 

DSC00505Next add the cocoa, mix again until everything is blended well. Next add 4 Tbsp of chocolate chips and fold them into the mixture using a wooden spoon. Drop by Tbsp. full onto a cookie sheet that has been covered with wax paper.

DSC00506Bake at 250 degrees for about 45-50 minutes. Let cool 5-10 minutes before trying to take them off the wax paper. To do this you have to gentle peel them off putting one hand under the wax paper and the other hand to peel the cookie off . Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

low-carb Mozzarella sticks

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Looking for a low-carb side? Give these Mozzarella sticks a try! 🙂

 

Ingredients:

1 pack of Mozzarella cheese strings

1 jar of garlic basil pesto

1/4 Cup of bread crumbs

 

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

First unwrap all the cheese strings and set aside. Next put about 3-4 heaping spoonfuls of pesto onto a paper plate. Using a second paper plate place 1/4 Cup of bread crumbs on it. Now take cheese string one at a time and roll into pesto and then into bread crumbs. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 5 minutes. It is very important to watch these carefully as they cook otherwise you will have a big blob of melted cheese.

 

NOTE: The nest time I make these I will try to fry in a frying pan with some olive oil. 🙂

 

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