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Easy, Healthy, Lo-Carb and Seriously Delicious are what these Cucumber Cups with Creamy Chicken Whip are all about! Cream cheese, chicken and spices whipped to a light mousse pipped into a cucumber cup. Um HELLO! YOU CAN EAT THE BOWL!
*WARNING – this post is deep and emotional* Wow, the end of January already. I’ll be glad when this month is over because this month has sucked for me royally. The only thing that has been keeping me going is all of the healthy and delicious foods I’ve been whipping up. With my sister’s recent passing I did something for the first time in my life – I went to food for comfort. Food for comfort, not comfort food. Big difference. To me comfort foods make you feel all snuggly and hugged from the inside. They remind you of a memory, something that made you feel safe, loved, secure.
Yeah, no, food was nothing like that. I was (am still) so devastated that I literally was empty; numb. It’s like you are so sad that you can’t even cry if that makes sense. Mr. Fantabulous did everything perfect (and still does) to help me through the initial days after she passed to even now however I still felt … empty. I would just wander around the house, tissues in hand not really looking or focusing on one thing. Even though not once did he ask for anything I would go out to the kitchen, cook/bake but it was like *I* was just going through the motions. I had no appetite yet somehow all I did was eat.. non-stop. So desperate to “feel” something other than sadness and pain.
…and that’s where food came into play. Food tastes good. It provides a type of satisfaction that is almost euphoric at times; it made me feel something other than pain. If it wasn’t nailed down or frozen solid I ate it. I did this for honestly about a day and that night I was sick as a dog. My body isn’t used to that. That night I didn’t sleep much (from being so sad and from being so sick – god my poor stomach) and started to think about what I had done.
So the next morning as I was making him his breakfast I started to reach for the jar of peanut butter and wheat bread (even though I literally ate a yogurt and protein shake like 10 minutes prior). I wasn’t hungry but it was like something my head triggered a “food = no more sadness” thought however this time I caught myself. So I figured if I was going to eat (because honestly I cared but not really) I’d at least make healthy stuff that wouldn’t make me gain 50 pounds overnight or make me sick as a dog. Plus you know me, I firmly believe that eating healthy does not mean you have to sacrifice flavor.
Eating healthy doesn’t mean you sacrifice flavor
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Growing up in Pittsburgh there were a few things that you were born into. You were born with the notion that all salads come with fries on them. You were born into a language of it’s own – Pittsburghese. And you were born into Pittsburgh Football nation. You were a die-hard black ‘n gold football fan. And lastly, you were born into serving killer food during those football games. Being that house that hosted the games was a right of passage. Some folks waited decades to become the house where we gathered. Some just impressed right out of the gate and they took over the hosting.
Up until we started the remodel on the house, mine was that house that hosted the games. I’d put out a spread that would rival any Vegas buffet. Now to know me you know I never do simple. While I love simple chips and Pace® Salsas, I need to take them to another level. That’s why I’m super stoked share with you 2 seriously delicious game time recipes featuring Pace® salsa and picante sauces. We’re making game time saucy! Today I’m sharing with you 2, yes TWO, recipes. One is for my Creamy Chicken & Salsa Pinwheels and the other is for my famous Double Bean Cheeeeesy Bean Dip.
Today I’m serving you up 2 killer recipes that will go perfectly with the big game!
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Hey TKW Family! I have a great no cook/no bake ridiculously easy recipe that honestly could not have been possible without the amazing filters from my friends at Daisey Fresh! How so do you ask? Lemme tell you! So I’ve been using these filters in my fruit and veggie drawers in my fridge for about 2 months now. First off, they are super adorable and you can’t miss seeing them in the drawers. They are neon green and so soft/flexible which is great as I don’t to worry about breaking if it I throw my head of broccoli in the drawer. And more importantly is the filter packets are 100% natural and safe! So if I rip it open by accident I don’t have to freak out or throw away my foods!
So for the longest time I was buying this big bag of baby bell peppers only the thing was we weren’t eating them fast enough. Which meant I was breaking one of my golden rules – I was wasting food as I always ended up throwing about half of them away. Sin, I know! See bell peppers (not the green ones though as I don’t like them), is a new love for me. For years I wouldn’t eat them until I discovered roasted red peppers. WHA??? Where had these things been my whole life??? And since that I was a total bell pepper convert!
Growing up I used to think all bagels were the same. I mean what did I know? I was a small town girl living in the outskirts of Pittsburgh. Bagels weren’t a ‘burgh thing. We were pierogies, sandwiches with fries on them, chipped ham, stuffed cabbages, jumbo (that’s bologna for you non-burgh folks), Pittsburgh salads and Devonshire sandwiches (God I love those!). But Bagels? No, bagels were meant for New York. It was one of those things that I just knew ‘how it was’ meaning only the best bagels come from New York even though I had never tried one… that is until I got a job that required me travel extensively to Manhattan.
I can still remember my first meal when I arrived there. It was about 7:30am as my plane was super early and I didn’t have to be in the office until 9. Starving and wonder-eyed – I mean it was the Big Apple here people after all I found my way to this little coffee shop about 2 blocks from the office. I sat down at the counter, laptop bag around my knees and looked at the menu. Eggs, toast, bagels, fruit, yogurt and milk/juice. Honestly it was pretty much that bleak. Kinda reminded me of that scene from ‘My Cousin Vinny’ where they sit down at the local restaurant and ask for a menu. They open it up and see 3 things – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. That’s pretty much how this place was. So I ordered a bagel with schmear (cream cheese – I asked for cream cheese and the waitress said “okay schmear!”) and a juice. $27 later – yes twenty seven dollars for a bagel with cream cheese and a glass of juice, I was biting into one of the best, no wait.. THE BEST bagels I have ever had in my life.
So tomatillos are not something I grew up with. We didn’t grow them, Mom never cooked with them and honestly I don’t even know if they knew what they were. It just wasn’t a vegetable that was part of our intake. I honestly didn’t “discover” these things until I was living on my own in my first house. It had to honestly be one of the first ‘adult’ grocery store runs I went on where not only did I make the list of what I needed, I cut the coupons and most importantly I had to pay for it. *gasp!* Being an adult is scary – I mean responsibilities! LOL
I can still remember my pushing my buggy through the produce aisles and there sat these funky little green things with these weird ‘shells’ on them. At first I thought they were nuts or some kind of pod. When I asked the kid working there what a “Tow-mah-teel-low” was he said “Dunno, some type of green tomato”. Thanks kid.. really helpful. NOT! Now growing up green tomatoes equaled not ripe. So needless to say I didn’t get any.
Stupid… had I known then what I know now I would have certainly bought them! These things are AWESOME!