Post Vacay Clean Eats

I absolutely love to travel, experiencing the many fun and unique things you can do in other places from culture to food.  But, what I do not like about travel is how I often feel upon returning home; swelling from long plane flights, belly bloat and just plain feeling fat … it is miserable!

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Audley, Bradley and I returned from San Diego late Sunday night. While I still battle my weight (I always will), I have settled into a pattern of maintenance that keeps me feeling healthy, energetic, and happy for the most part.

An occasional “cheat” type meal fits into my lifestyle just fine, but after an entire week of spicy Mexican food, rich desserts, home cooked full breakfast each morning and a stop at In and Out Burger my body was not at all happy with me.  I have spent the last three days doing a little intermittent fasting (do a little research as it is good for you to add to your health and wellness routines from time to time), trying to detox and make my gut happy with me again.

Another way I detox is to eat really clean whole foods with ingredients that I can pronounce.  That means I prepare and cook everything that goes into my body and on our table using fresh and organic ingredients.

The easiest of all recipes is egg whites and oatmeal.  I carb-cycle (three low carb days followed by a day with two meals of heavy carb), so this delicious one-pan meal, that is so filling and satisfying, is a favorite of mine.

It’s also super easy to make and can be so versatile.**

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Ingredients are very simple: 4 egg whites (separate these yourself, do not use the ones in a carton), 1/2 cup McCann’s Oatmeal, 2 Tablespoons Navatis Cacao powder (I found this at the Vitamin Shoppe), 1/2 cup water and a little stevia if you like it sweet.

Whisk all the ingredients together in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the oatmeal and egg whites reach a custardy state, stirring continuously while it cooks.

{This will stick if you aren’t paying attention.}

Top with strawberries and serve up pretty.  It’s almost like a dessert, so you never know that it’s good for you!

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**I did mention that this recipe is versatile, so here is another option:  Leave out the cacao powder and instead toss fresh diced fruit of another variety in your oatmeal.  Peaches are so good, as are any type of berry!

Your body will thank you for eating so clean and your tummy will thank you.

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I have learned from experience food can either destroy you or heal you.  It’s all how you eat and use it!

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Saturday Brunch for Two

Saturday mornings have become quite precious to Audley and me.  He travels so much during the week for work that we have truly come to value a quiet morning together on the weekend.

 We also know these are limited as four kids have kept us hopping for years with anything from color guard competitions to swim or wrestling tournaments.

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Spending quality time together is something every husband and wife should make an effort to do to keep the lines of communication open and reconnect after the chaos of life has weighed us down.  These moments are also valuable as we go through different seasons together.  We want to be on the same path, not running opposite directions!  Our marriage has always come before our children and I am ever so glad as a new season of life is fast approaching in the form of the empty nest!

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Bradley’s wrestling season begins at the end of October, so Audley and I are savoring each Saturday we have available before the chaos of Senior year wrestling season begins.

 What’s a better way to enjoy a morning together and set the mood for conversation, than a pretty table and brunch for two?

Setting the table also creates a romantic atmosphere, and couldn’t we all use a little more romance in our lives?!

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Contrary to popular belief, brunch does not have to consist of six or eight courses of fattening pastries, heavy breads, and complicated dishes.

Believe me, you can fill up just fine on bacon, eggs, and fruit.

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Just dress it up a little!

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This Herbed Baked Egg dish I served up for our brunch is perfect.  It looks so elegant, yet is so simple and delicious!

It’s also very filling, which we know is most important for our guys.

Assembling the dish takes a few steps, but it still comes together rather quickly (I know you don’t want to spend all morning in the kitchen), and allows for you to multitask if you’ve planned ahead.

Keep it simple and gather your ingredients for the entire brunch first.  This includes any sides that you have chosen.  I prepared bacon and fresh berries for our brunch.

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The full recipe for printing is just below my steps here.

For the herb baked egg dish, I used four eggs, heavy whipping cream, real butter, freshly grated parmesan cheese, fresh herbs (dried will work), & garlic.

 

First, I put the bacon on, then completed the first steps of the recipe by combining the herbs and parmesan cheese and melting butter and cream in an individual cocette.

{The beauty of this recipe is that you can change up the herbs to suit your taste.}

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As I flipped the bacon, I added the eggs and the herb mixture to the cocette.

Finally, I removed the bacon from the pan to drain on a paper towel, then removed the eggs from the oven.

{Click here — Herbed Baked Eggs for the full printable recipe.}

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All that is left is plating your food, which is simple enough.

 

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The romantic in me planned ahead for our brunch together and set a pretty table, but you can serve up brunch on paper plates if it works better for you.

 The idea is to spend a little quality time together without too much fuss.

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You’ll enjoy the time and I know your spouse will as well.

What are some ways you and your spouse like to connect with one another?

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Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash

Its fall y’all!

My favorite time of year for so many reasons, but I just love fall flavors!  While pumpkin is scrumptious, it is not my favorite but I do love autumnal fruits and veggies, even combining them for unique flavors.

Seriously, who ever thought mixing protein, with a vegetable and multiple fruits would be so delicious and absolutely satisfying.

Take for instance this Turkey stuffed acorn squash.

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With fresh apple, tart cranberries, lean turkey and oh-so-delicious bacon this scrumptious supper was so filling and satisfying.  You almost wouldn’t know it was good for you!

This recipe requires time and multi-tasking to prepare, but it is fairly simple and totally worth it.  Save it for a night when you’ll be in from work early with no where to be, or prepare it for a fabulous weekend dinner with the family.

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And whatever you do, don’t be afraid of the acorn squash.

So many people are afraid to cook with them because they think it is difficult!

It’s really not!

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This delicious recipe requires you to use fresh ingredients, otherwise the flavor just isn’t going to be there.  The dried cranberries I used are no sugar added and are Paleo approved.  I also used nitrate-free bacon because; one, excessive nitrates give me headaches, two, it’s one less unnatural preservative our body doesn’t need, and three, it just tastes better!

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The presentation of this is so pretty, it would make a great company dinner dish as well.  Serve it up with garlic roasted green beans, and maybe a crisp green salad, utilizing some of the dried cranberries and add a few pecans with a French vinaigrette.

Click Turkey Stuffed Acorn Squash for the full printable recipe! Turkey-Stuffed-Acorn-Squash | Fiddle Dee Dee

Carrying on the theme of dinner, apple dumplings would make a fabulous dessert to accompany this meal!

What are some of your favorite fall flavors?

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College Game Day Irish Nachos

We love our Saturday football here in the Jones home.

Really love it.

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In fact last weekend we somehow managed to watched three football games and a NASCAR race simultaneously because all of our teams were playing at the same time!

{And NASCAR really needs to stick to Sunday racing.}

This has been our Saturdays (with the exception of wrestling tourney weekends) for 22 years now, and we are quite content watching our Georgia Bulldogs, Navy Midshipmen, Auburn Tigers (Bradley’s team) or the Carolina Gamecocks (MacKenzie is a Gamecock student) each weekend hoping for a win. Although, if you truly follow football, you can very much tell we are a serious house divided from time to time.

During football season food choices always seem to be a little different. Instead of a huge meal and a couple of smaller meals or a really late breakfast followed much later by supper, we snack.

All day long.

I try to keep healthy options available, but every once in awhile I go off the deep end and fix something not so healthy.

Take for instance these game day Irish Nachos.

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These were perfect as we watched our Bulldogs squeak by the Notre Dame Irish last weekend for what was celebrated as a huge win!

The ingredients for this dish are so simple: deli corned beef and pastrami, sauerkraut, waffle fries, lots of cheese, and 1000 Island dressing.

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You layer up all the goodness and bake until nice and bubbly, leaving a flavorful dish that you will want to eat in one sitting!

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FYI, you have to eat this dish HOT, and it’s not the best reheated, so don’t make more than you’ll eat in one sitting!

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Click here for the full printable recipe for Irish Nachos.

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Have a fabulous weekend, Enjoy and Go Dawgs!!

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