🥣 SOUP & SALAD | 🐠 TUNA SALAD & VEG | 🎨 PAINTING ZOMBIES

DAILY RECAP – 10/24

🎨 PAINTING – Stilt Town Zombies Box Set
STAGE 1 – Color blocking in the base colors for the 3 types of Zombies

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Another big salad day…

🥗 SUPERFOOD SALAD
▪️ Salad Blend
▪️ Cucumber
▪️ Blackberries
▪️ Raspberries
▪️ Wasabi Peas
▪️ Roasted Corn Nuts
▪️ Roasted Pepitas
▪️ Ken’s Asian Sesame Dressing (very tasty 👅)

▪️ Creamy Chicken Gizzard Soup (leftovers)

🧮 CALORIES – 831
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The weather changed from the low 70s to 40s and made me feel a bit rough – changed dinner plans to something needing no cooking. That was fine, though it did mean I went a little over my Carbs since both potatoes and edamame counted here.

🐠 TUNA SALAD, POTATOES & EDAMAME
▪️ Jalapeño Tuna Pouch
▪️ Thai Chili Tuna Pouch
▪️ Celery
▪️ Mini Bell Pepper
▪️ Lemonaise Light Mayo
▪️ White Cheddar Instant Potatoes
▪️ Edamame
▪️ Kinders Salt, Pepper & Garlic Blend

🧮 CALORIES – 513
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👅 RANDOM EXTRAS
▪️ Cranberry Juice (meds)
▪️ Raspberries

🧮 CALORIES – 79
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🥗 SUPERFOOD SALAD & BAO BUNS w EDAMAME |🦐 SURF & TURF w ARTICHOKE

DAILY RECAP – 10/22

🎨 PAINTING – Stilt Town Zombies Box Set
Cartoon models for the Super Dungeon Explore game

Started color tests for zombie skin tones – I’ll see if I still like them when they are fully dry in the morning but I think I have what I want…

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🥗 SUPERFOOD SALAD
▪️ Salad Blend
▪️ Cucumber
▪️ Grape Tomatoes
▪️ Mini Bell Pepper
▪️ Stuffed Olives
▪️ Baby Pickled Beet
▪️ Blackberries
▪️ Blueberries
▪️ Raspberries
▪️ Ken’s Asian Sesame Dressing (very tasty 👅)

▪️ Steamed Edamame
▪️ Kinders Salt, Pepper & Garlic Blend
▪️ Pickled Vegetable Bao Bun 🆕 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

* One of the nicest frozen Bao buns I’ve had… ⭐

🌀 COOKED IN
@mychefiq 6Q Smart Pressure Cooker
Cook 8min on STEAM
1c water + trivet
Steamer Basket + parchment steamer sheet

🧮 CALORIES – 594
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🦐 SURF & TURF – BLUE TIGER SHRIMP & STEAK
▪️ Blue Tiger Shrimp
▪️ Lemon Pepper Seasoning
▪️ Top Round Steak
▪️ Tajin Chili Lime Seasoning
▪️ Worchestershire Sauce
▪️ Artichoke
▪️ Garlic, Parmesan & Basil Butter

♨️ COOKED IN
@ninjakitchen Foodi Air Fryer Oven
Preheated – Middle Rack
400° for 5min – flip – add 5min

🌀 INSTANT POT ARTICHOKE
Cooked in @mychefiq 6Q Smart Cooker
Trim artichoke stem (and petal tips if needed). Cut off the top inch or so of the artichoke and rinse to remove any dirt between the petals.

Place Artichoke on trivet or in steamer basket face up, squeeze juice of 1 lemon into the crevices (*optional), add lemon halves to pot with 1 cup water.

Cook 20min on High Pressure + Natural Release

Stovetop Version:
https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/how-to-cook-and-eat-an-artichoke

🧮 CALORIES – 552
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👅 RANDOM EXTRAS
▪️ Honeycrisp Apple
▪️ Aged Cheddar Cheese
▪️ Stuffed Olives

🧮 CALORIES – 263
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🍜 PEANUT CHICKEN NOODLE BOWL |🥚 TUNA OMELETTE

DAILY RECAP – 10/21

🎨 PAINTING – Starting a new box set (15 models)
Got them all undercoated (the primer layer that goes down first to get the paint to stick to the plastic) and started color blocking which is getting the base colors in the right spots

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🐔 CHICKEN PAD THAI (Sorta) w SALAD
▪️ Peanut Sesame Noodle Kit
▪️ Bean Sprouts
▪️ Grilled Chicken Strips (leftover from another ramen kit that I didn’t like)
▪️ Low Sodium Soy Sauce
▪️ Lime Juice

▪️ Salad Blend
▪️ Cucumber
▪️ Grape Tomatoes
▪️ Stuffed Olives
▪️ Baby Pickled Beet
▪️ Avocado
▪️ Corn Nuts
▪️ Skinny Latina Dressing

* It was okay – not great but as a quick meal goes, it was filling and easy – though if you want a real Pad Thai – try one of these…

Actual proper Pad Thai recipes 😁
https://www.aspicyperspective.com/easy-chicken-pad-thai
https://www.lecremedelacrumb.com/chicken-pad-thai/#wprm-recipe-container-22984

🧮 CALORIES – 1014
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🥚 TUNA OMELETTE w AVOCADO
▪️ Bantam Chicken Eggs (local farm)
▪️ Mini Bell Peppers
▪️ Power Greens Salad Mix
▪️ Cream Cheese
▪️ Tuna Pouch
▪️ Kinders Salt, Pepper & Garlic Blend
▪️ Avocado
▪️ Tamarind Powder

Inspired by
https://www.theworktop.com/breakfast-brunch-recipes/tuna-omelette-low-carb-keto-breakfast

🧮 CALORIES – 406
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👅 RANDOM EXTRAS

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🐔 PESTO CHICKEN | 🐄 EYE OF ROUND

DAILY RECAP – 10/20

🎨 PAINTING – Finished 3 models
Arcadia Quest (board game)

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🐔 PESTO CHICKEN & VEGGIES
▪️ Chicken Breast
▪️ Basil Pesto
▪️ Spaghetti Squash
▪️ Broccoli
▪️ Carrot
▪️ Garlic, Parmesan & Basil Butter
▪️ Kinders Salt, Pepper & Garlic Blend

🧮 CALORIES – 809
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🐄 EYE STEAK & VEGETABLES
▪️ Eye of Round
▪️ Kinders Salt, Pepper & Garlic Blend
▪️ Mushroom Blend
▪️ Simple Truth Brown Gravy 🆕 👎🏼👎🏼
▪️ Low Sodium Soy Sauce
▪️ White Cheddar Instant Potatoes
▪️ Asparagus
▪️ Garlic, Parmesan & Basil Butter
▪️ Tamarind Powder

♨️ Steak COOKED IN
@ninjakitchen Foodi Air Fryer Oven
Preheated – Middle Rack
400° for 12min (oops – too done)

🍄 ASPARAGUS + MUSHROOMS
💨 Steamed in @goodcookcom Microwave Steamer
4min on High

🧮 CALORIES – 553
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👅 RANDOM EXTRAS
▪️ Snickers Mini x2

🧮 CALORIES – 85
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🐠 SMOKED SALMON BRUNCH | 🦪 CREAMY WINE MUSSELS

DAILY RECAP – 10/19

🎨 PAINTING – Started 3 new models
Arcadia Quest (board game)

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🐠 SMOKED SALMON BRUNCH
▪️ Smoked Salmon
▪️ Light Rye Crispbreads
▪️ Cream Cheese
▪️ Guacamole
▪️ Fresh Dill
▪️ 2% Cottage Cheese
▪️ Asparagus
▪️ Hollandaise Sauce
▪️ Lemon Pepper Seasoning

ASPARAGUS
💨 Steamed in @goodcookcom Microwave Steamer
3min on High

🧮 CALORIES – 389
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🦪 CREAMY WINE MUSSELS
▪️ Fresh Mussels
▪️ Scallion & Garlic Cooking Wine
▪️ Homemade Ramen Chicken Broth
▪️ Half n Half
▪️ Garlic, Parmesan & Basil Butter
▪️ Spaghetti Squash
▪️ Broccoli Florets

Inspired by
https://bakerbynature.com/mussels-with-white-wine-garlic-sauce/#wprm-recipe-container-60776
https://tastyoven.com/instant-pot-mussels
https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/classic-french-mussels-recipe-1946570

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🌀 INSTANT POT WHOLE SQUASH
Cooked in @mychefiq 6Q Smart Pressure Cooker

1c water in inner pot + trivet
Puncture squash all around
High Pressure + Natural Release
(I like it to still be firm so I use the lesser times)
1lb = 8-10min
2lb = 15-20min
3lb = 22-25min
4lb = 28-32min

It will be 🔥 SUPER HOT 🔥 when it comes out… Use a towel or mitts and cut open to cool. Once cool enough to handle, scoop out the seeds with a spoon and enjoy.

* Delicata, Honeynut, Red Kuri and Sweet Dumpling Squash can be enjoyed skin on.

* Small / young Butternut or Kabocha Squash skin can be eaten but may be tougher.

* Large Squash especially including thick skin varieties like Acorn and Spaghetti Squash are not intended to eat the skins.

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🌀 INSTANT POT MUSSELS
Cooked in @mychefiq 6Q Smart Pressure Cooker

1c liquid (water or stock) in inner pot + trivet
Rinse and clean mussels
Place in steamer basket then on trivet

FRESH
3 min High Pressure + Quick Release

FROZEN
5 min High Pressure + Quick Release

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BROCCOLI
💨 Steamed in @goodcookcom Microwave Steamer
4min on High

🧮 CALORIES – 585
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👅 RANDOM EXTRAS

🧮 CALORIES –
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🐠 AHI AVOCADO STACK | 🥣 CHKN GNOCCHI SOUP | 🐔 CHICKEN BAKE w SALAD

DAILY RECAP – 10/18

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🐠 AHI AVOCADO STACK
▪️ Ahi Tuna
▪️ Minced Garlic, Lemon & Basil
▪️ Lime Juice
▪️ Kinders Salt, Pepper & Garlic Blend
▪️ Green Onion
▪️ Avocado
▪️ Duck Egg
▪️ Homemade Everything Seasoning

Inspired by
https://thefeedfeed.com/freshchefnikki/avocado-and-ahi-tuna-eggs-benedict

🔘 Egg beautifully poached in
ExcelSteel 2 Egg Poaching Pot
Bring water to simmer (not rolling boil)
Spray egg cups with cooking spray or oil
Crack 1 egg per cup – duck eggs / jumbos just fit
Cook over MED heat for 4min
Remove immediately
(pan, cups and lid will be hot 🔥)

🧮 CALORIES – 355
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🍲  CHICKEN & GNOCCHI SOUP
▪️ Chicken Gnocchi Soup ( 🧊 Freezer Meal)
▪️ Multigrain Seedy Bread
▪️ Garlic, Parmesan & Basil Butter

🧮 CALORIES – 422
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🐔 CHICKEN BAKE w SALAD
▪️ Chicken Breast
▪️ Shake n Bake Seasoning
▪️ Konjac Fettuccine
▪️ Parmesan & Romano Pasta Sauce
▪️ Asiago Cheese

▪️ Greens Mix
▪️ Grape Tomatoes
▪️ Cucumber
▪️ Baby Pickled Beets
▪️ Stuffed Olives
▪️ Wasabi Peas
▪️ Skinny Latina Dressing

🧮 CALORIES – 622
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👅 RANDOM EXTRAS
▪️ Honeycrisp Apple

🧮 CALORIES – 75
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🐄 EYE OF ROUND + VEGGIES – Then the day went sideways ðŸ™ƒ

DAILY RECAP – 10/16

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🐄 EYE STEAK w VEGGIES
▪️ Asparagus
▪️ Corn Kernels
▪️ Rainbow Carrot
▪️ Garlic, Parmesan & Basil Butter
▪️ Eye of Round
▪️ Kinders Salt, Pepper & Garlic Blend
▪️ Worchestershire Sauce

🧮 CALORIES – 330
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👅 RANDOM EXTRAS
▪️ Crunch & Munch Toffee Popcorn
▪️ Xtra Cheddar Goldfish
▪️ Almond Agave Granola

🧮 CALORIES – 800
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🐠 SMOKED SALMON BRUNCH | 🍜 MISO RAMEN NOODLE KIT | 🥣 FRUIT & YOGURT BOWL

DAILY RECAP – 10/15

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🐠 SMOKED SALMON BRUNCH
▪️ Smoked Salmon
▪️ Asparagus
▪️ Duck Egg
▪️ Homemade Everything Seasoning
▪️ Hollandaise Sauce

🧮 CALORIES – 268
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🍜 CHICKEN TONKOTSU MISO RAMEN BOWL
Sam’s Club #experimentsineating
▪️ Noodle Kit 🆕 👎🏼
▪️ Baby Bok Choy
▪️ Shimeji Mushrooms
▪️ Dried Wakame Seaweed
▪️ Corn Kernels
▪️ Homemade Chinese Tea Egg 🆕👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Full review in video

🧮 CALORIES – 663
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🥣 FRUIT & YOGURT BOWL
▪️ Honey Greek Yogurt
▪️ Blueberries
▪️ Mission Fig
▪️ Pomegranate Arils
▪️ Toasted Coconut
▪️ Cake Gel Dye Color

🧮 CALORIES – 282
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👅 RANDOM EXTRAS
▪️ Crunch & Munch Toffee Popcorn

🧮 CALORIES – 150
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🍞 LOW CARB BREAD👎🏼| 🍳 BREAKFAST STACKERS | 🐷 PORK CHOP & VEG

🐠 SMOKED SALMON & BACON AVO STACKS
▪️ 90sec Microwave Low Carb Bread* 👎🏼
▪️ Smoked Salmon
▪️ Cream Cheese
▪️ Fresh Dill
▪️ Duck Egg (yolk only)
▪️ Avocado
▪️ Turkey Bacon

*Based on
https://gimmedelicious.com/90-second-keto-bread/#recipe

So the “bread” is lower in carbs for sure (4 carbs vs 22 carbs) however it is almost three times as many calories for the same weight serving of the bread I normally eat. (108cal vs 275cal) Texturally I was not a fan and I wouldn’t make it again but it was a fun experiment. [Full review in video]

🧮 CALORIES – 663
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🐷 PORK CHOP w VEGGIES
▪️ Bone In Pork Chop
▪️ Cream of Mushroom Soup
▪️ Dried Parsley
▪️ Purple Potato
▪️ Greek Yogurt
▪️ Artichoke
▪️ Garlic, Parmesan & Basil Butter

♨️ Pork COOKED IN
@ninjakitchen Foodi Air Fryer Oven
Preheated – Middle Rack
400° for 15min

🌀 INSTANT POT ARTICHOKE
Cooked in @mychefiq 6Q Smart Cooker
Trim artichoke stem (and petal tips if needed). Cut off the top inch or so of the artichoke and rinse to remove any dirt between the petals.

Place Artichoke on trivet or in steamer basket face up, squeeze juice of 1 lemon into the crevices (*optional), add lemon halves to pot with 1 cup water.

Cook 20min on High Pressure + Natural Release

🧮 CALORIES – 643
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👅 RANDOM EXTRAS
▪️ Peanut Snack

🧮 CALORIES – 140
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🍲 ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP | 🥫 LASAGNA & LASAGNA SOUP | 👩🏻‍🍳 COOKING FOR THE CUZZIES

BATCH COOKING FOR FREEZER & MY COUSINS
Today I have a few more dishes to add to what I am taking to my cousins on Friday. The first is an Italian Wedding Soup ( I am taking some to them and keeping some for me ) and then they had asked me to make a Lasagna and a Chicken Alfredo.

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🍲 INSTANT POT ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP
▪️ Chicken Stock
▪️ Chicken Consummé
▪️ Rainbow Carrot
▪️ Celery
▪️ Onion
▪️ Cilantro
▪️ Turkey Smoked Sausage
▪️ Chicken Meatballs
▪️ Minced Onion
▪️ Granulated Garlic
▪️ Italian Seasoning
▪️ Lemon Pepper Seasoning
▪️ Baby Spinach
▪️ Lemon Juice

🌀 COOKED IN
@mychefiq 6Q Smart Pressure Cooker
Cook 8min on High Pressure + Quick Release

Add when serving
▪️ Ditalini Pasta
▪️ Grated Parmesan Cheese

I divided this into 8 servings.

🧮 CALORIES – 232
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Here are several awesome recipes I have referenced before – they are all different so you can choose your favorite or combine… and I’ve included ones with multiple different cooking methods but there’s nothing saying that you can’t take the ingredients from one and cook it in a different way.

https://therecipepot.com/instant-pot-italian-wedding-soup
https://sweetandsavorymeals.com/slow-cooker-italian-wedding-soup
https://eatinginstantly.com/instant-pot-italian-wedding-soup
https://www.onceuponachef.com/recipes/italian-wedding-soup.html

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I made the Lasagna for them but silly girl that I am I dropped the box of noodles and they broke… It doesn’t really matter for the dish but as I was cleaning up, I realized I had some broken noodle pieces, some leftover sauce and cottage cheese and figured I would make a super stripped down version of Lasagna Soup for my lunch…

♨️ Lasagna COOKED IN
@ninjakitchen Foodi Air Fryer Oven
Preheated – Middle Rack
375° for 35min

Based on
https://www.skinnytaste.com/lasagna-soup/#recipe

Mine was only
▪️ Lasagna Noodle Pieces
▪️ Parmesan & Romano Pasta Sauce
▪️ 2% Cottage Cheese
▪️ Mexican Shredded Cheese Blend
▪️ Dark Rye Bread
▪️ Garlic, Parmesan & Basil Butter

🧮 CALORIES – 704
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👅 RANDOM EXTRAS
Bits eaten while cooking for the girls
▪️ Turkey Smoked Sausage
▪️ Hot Pork Sausage

🧮 CALORIES – 512
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🐷 PORK CHOP w VEGGIES |🍝 CHICKEN MEATBALLS & KONJAC NOODLES w SALAD

DAILY RECAP – 10/11

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🐷 PORK CHOP, ARTICHOKE & COUSCOUS SALAD
▪️ Bone In Pork Chop
▪️ Pork Shake n Bake Seasoning
▪️ Artichoke
▪️ Garlic, Parmesan & Basil Butter

🍲  Couscous Salad
▪️ Israeli Couscous
▪️ Chicken Stock
▪️ Asparagus
▪️ Grape Tomatoes
▪️ Red Onion
▪️ Mini Pepper
▪️ Skinny Latina Dressing

Based on
https://www.skinnytaste.com/lemon-asparagus-couscous-salad-with/#recipe

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🌀 INSTANT POT COUSCOUS
Cooked in @mychefiq 6Q Smart Cooker
Pot-in-Pot method

1:1.25 ratio – 1 cup couscous + 1¼cups liquid.
1:1.5 ratio if using Israeli Couscous
[I like to use a stock but you can just use water]

Cook 5min on High Pressure + Quick Release

https://bluesbestlife.com/instant-pot-pearl-couscous
POT-IN-POT 101
https://apressurecookerkitchen.com/instant-pot-pot-in-pot-cooking

VEGGIES
💨 Steamed in @goodcookcom Microwave Steamer
3min on High

Good Cooks Microwave Steamer
https://amzn.to/3qcHXHf

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🌀 INSTANT POT ARTICHOKE
Cooked in @mychefiq 6Q Smart Cooker
Trim artichoke stem (and petal tips if needed). Cut off the top inch or so of the artichoke and rinse to remove any dirt between the petals.

Place Artichoke on trivet or in steamer basket face up, squeeze juice of 1 lemon into the crevices (*optional), add lemon halves to pot with 1 cup water.

Cook 20min on High Pressure + Natural Release

Stovetop Version:
https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/how-to-cook-and-eat-an-artichoke

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♨️ Pork COOKED IN
@ninjakitchen Foodi Smart XL Air Fryer Oven
Preheated – Middle Rack
400° for 10min

🧮 CALORIES – 584
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🧆 KONJAC SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS w SALAD
▪️ Konjac Oat Fettuccine
▪️ Chicken Meatballs
▪️ Parmesan & Romano Pasta Sauce
▪️ Greek Yogurt
▪️ Dried Parsley

▪️ Asiago Kale Salad Kit
▪️ Baby Cucumbers
▪️ Radicchio
▪️ Blackberries
▪️ Blueberries
▪️ Celery
▪️ Pomegranate Arils
▪️ Honey Citrus Poppyseed Dressing

🧮 CALORIES – 707
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿

👅 RANDOM EXTRAS
▪️ Omega 3 Trail Mix Boost Blend

🧮 CALORIES – 108
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

* WHAT I’M WATCHING *

🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿

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Until tomorrow…
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🥚 PROTEIN EGGS & VEG | 🥚 COPYCAT EGG BITES | 🥣 CHICKEN GNOCCHI SOUP & AVO TOAST

🥚 PROTEIN EGGS & VEG
▪️ Duck Eggs
▪️ 2% Cottage Cheese
▪️ Diced Ham
▪️ Dried Thyme
▪️ Fresh Dill
▪️ Kale
▪️ Roma Tomato
▪️ Lemon Pepper Seasoning
▪️ Homemade Everything Seasoning

Adapted from:
https://www.skinnytaste.com/high-protein-scrambled-eggs-with-cottage-cheese

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🥯 HOMEMADE EVERYTHING BAGEL SEASONING
You can adjust as you like to suit your tastes. If you want a sodium free version, leave out the salt. I buy the ingredients from my international market or bulk bins and can make 2 huge containers for far less than one bottle of Trader Joe’s or similar.
▪️ Black Sesame Seeds
▪️ White Sesame Seeds
▪️ Poppyseed
▪️ Minced Dried Garlic
▪️ Minced Dried Onion
▪️ Kosher, Pink Himalayan or Coarse Sea Salt

Original quantities can be found here:
https://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/everything-bagel-seasoning

I often will add things like Caraway or Cumin Seeds or if I am down to a little seasoning in the bottom of a bottle – I’ll add that in.

🧮 CALORIES – 328
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿

🥚 INSTANT POT EGG BITES
#experimentsineating
Tried out making these Copycat Egg Bites for Sandy and the girls (my cousins)

Created as something similar to this:
https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_pressure_cooker_egg_bites

🌀 COOKED IN
@mychefiq 6Q Smart Pressure Cooker
Cook 8min on Low Pressure + 5min Natural Release

🧮 CALORIES – 82
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿

🥣 CHICKEN & GNOCCHI SOUP w AVOCADO TOAST
▪️ Chicken Gnocchi Soup
▪️ Multigrain Seedy Bread
▪️ Laughing Cow Light Cheese
▪️ Avocado
▪️ Homemade Everything Seasoning

🧮 CALORIES – 577
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿

👅 RANDOM EXTRAS
▪️ Mandarins

🧮 CALORIES – 180
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿

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Until tomorrow…
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🥃 RAMEN BROTHS |🥚 RAMEN TEA EGGS | 🥣 2 EPIC FOOD FAILS

DAILY RECAP – 10/02
I started the day with the intention of doing lots of #experimentsineating – you know I love my Noodle Bowls but often the seasoning packs are either too spicy 🔥 or not a flavor I was looking for. So I decided to try making my own broths to use in Noodle bowls.

I also found a Tea Egg spice pack I had ordered at some point and decided to try making Ramen Tea Eggs…

🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿

🥃 CHICKEN & GARLIC SCAPE RAMEN BROTH
[Full step by step in the video]
▪️ Chicken Consummé
▪️ Chicken Broth
▪️ Scallion and Ginger Cooking Wine
▪️ Garlic Scapes

🌀 COOKED IN
@mychefiq 6Q Smart Pressure Cooker
Cook 20min on Low Pressure + Natural Release

🧮 CALORIES – 35/cup
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

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🥃 MISO, TAMARIND & SHIITAKE RAMEN BROTH 
[Full step by step in the video]
▪️ White Miso
▪️ Tamarind Soup Powder
▪️ Green Onion Tops
▪️ Shiitake Mushrooms
▪️ Umami Powder
▪️ Cracked Peppercorns

Created as something similar to this:

https://www.foxyfolksy.com/miso-soup-recipe-with-tamarind

🌀 COOKED IN
@mychefiq 6Q Smart Pressure Cooker
Cook 60min on Low Pressure + Natural Release

🧮 CALORIES – 29/cup
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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🥚 RAMEN TEA EGGS
[Full step by step in the video]
▪️ Duck Eggs
▪️ Tea Egg Spice

🌀 INSTANT POT EGGS
Soft – 2min – Low Pressure + Quick Release

https://greenhealthycooking.com/instant-pot-eggs
https://ifoodreal.com/instant-pot-eggs

🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿

Adapted from a combination of these:

https://omnivorescookbook.com/chinese-tea-eggs
https://www.pressurecookrecipes.com/instant-pot-chinese-tea-eggs

🧮 CALORIES – 82/chicken egg – 136/duck egg
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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💥 EPIC FAILS 💥
HERICIUM BEAUTY ISINGLASS SOUP
I bought this “soup” – which was a mix of dried ingredients, that for many of them, I had no clue what they were.

Yeah… Hard NO! Oh, so much no… Full details in the video but suffice to say it may have been the single most revolting experiment I’ve ever tried. 🤮

I messaged my cousin to see if she wanted me to keep it for her 😂

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PURPLE RICE PUDDING BOWL
Blow by blow in the video but the short version is this. I was cooking, cooking, cooking – having a fun #experimentsineating day. Got one of the Ramen Broths started and decided to have breakfast.

Used a new food colorant (Ube / Purple Sweet Potato) – 3 drops in the rice pudding… Pretty pretty!

Ate 2 tbsps…

💣 Had an immediate and very big reaction – my eyes swelled, my tongue went numb, I lost feeling in my fingers, burning in my feet… It was very fast and lasted about 6 hours.

I laid down for several hours and then finished up the second broth but definitely did not feel like eating.

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🧮 TOTAL CALORIES CONSUMED – 143

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Until tomorrow…
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👩🏻‍🍳 COOKING FOR SANDY / FREEZER PREP | 🍚 RICE PUDDING | 🥣 CHICKEN GNOCCHI SOUP | 🫘 15 BEAN SOUP

DAILY RECAP – 10/01
(Full details are in the Daily Video if you want to see everything)

👩🏻‍🍳 COOKING FOR SANDY
Several days a week, I cook meals for a neighbor who has limited mobility.

We often share a meal kit or something similar and spend some time together since neither of us go out too much 😁

Today is one of her days. I’m enjoying having someone to cook for again.

This week I am also cooking additional servings for my favorite cousins ❤️

🍃🍃🍃🦊🍃🍃🍃

CREAMY RICE PUDDING
[Full step by step in the video]
▪️ Medium Grain White Rice
▪️ Whole Milk
▪️ Sweetened Condensed Milk
▪️ Vanilla Extract

(You can make this more calorie friendly by changing the milk and either reducing or eliminating the sweetened condensed milk and replacing it with a sweetener of your choice…)

Adapted from and based on a combination of:

https://sweetandsavorymeals.com/instant-pot-rice-pudding/#recipe-6938
https://www.pressurecookingtoday.com/the-best-pressure-cooker-rice-pudding

🌀 COOKED IN
@mychefiq 6Q Smart Pressure Cooker
Cook 8min on High Pressure + Quick Release
Pot-in-Pot Method
Amazon Affiliate Link: https://amzn.to/3UWrya2

POT-IN-POT 101
https://www.pressurecookrecipes.com/pot-in-pot-instant-pot


🧮 CALORIES – 379/serving
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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🥣 CHICKEN & GNOCCHI SOUP COPYCAT
[Full step by step in the video]
▪️ Chicken Breast
▪️ Chicken Stock
▪️ Peas & Corn (frozen)
▪️ Potato Gnocchi
▪️ Baby Spinach
▪️ Half n Half
▪️ Cornstarch
▪️ Chicken & Dumpling Seasoning Mix
▪️ Dried Thyme
▪️ Dried Rosemary

Adapted from and based on a combination of:

https://littlesunnykitchen.com/chicken-gnocchi-soup-olive-garden-copycat/#wprm-recipe-container-27563
https://www.wellplated.com/chicken-gnocchi-soup

🌀 COOKED IN
@mychefiq 6Q Smart Pressure Cooker
Cook 7min on High Pressure + Quick Release

Dual Platform Kitchen Scale
Amazon Affiliate Link: https://amzn.to/3qeMgCc

🧮 CALORIES – 313/serving
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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🫘 15 BEAN SOUP w HAM HOCK & CORNBREAD
[Full step by step in the video]
▪️ 15 Bean Soup Dry Beans
▪️ Low Sodium Beef Broth
▪️ Smoked Ham Hock
▪️ Low Sodium Soy Sauce
▪️ Apple Cider Vinegar
▪️ Lemon Juice
▪️ Chili Powder
▪️ Bay Leaves

(Presoaked beans for 60min)

🌀 COOKED IN
@mychefiq 6Q Smart Pressure Cooker
Cook 1hr on High Pressure + Natural Release


Adapted from and based on a combination of:

https://www.simplyhappyfoodie.com/instant-pot-15-bean-soup/#wprm-recipe-container-16047
Stovetop Recipe from the bag itself:
https://hurstbeans.com/recipes/traditional-15-bean-soup

CORNBREAD
▪️ Martha White Buttermilk Cornbread Mix

♨️ COOKED IN
@ninjakitchen Foodi Smart XL Air Fryer Oven
Preheated – Middle Rack
425° for 15min

🧮 CALORIES – 262/serving (beans) + 108/muffin
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

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👅 RANDOM EXTRAS
▪️ Orange Juice (with meds)

🧮 CALORIES – 41
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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🧮 TOTAL CALORIES CONSUMED – 484

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Until tomorrow…
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📉 MONTHLY WEIGH IN RESULTS

MONTHLY WEIGH IN RESULTS
🐸 Starting Weight: 298.8lbs
🦋 Current Weight: 252.6lbs
SEPTEMBER 1 – OCTOBER 1 [+5.4lbs]

This was completely expected. There are quite a few things going on – but first and foremost is that I had a month of eating out much more often than I normally do.

Generally I eat out maybe twice a month but in the last 2½ weeks, I ate out 9 times so between the extra sodium (even though I stayed within my calories) and the fact that we have had a big storm come through and that has created some inflammation, I knew that I was going to see a gain on the scale today.

A lot of this will go away in the next week once the inflammation and sodium have run their course so I’m not at all concerned.

I also did a little bit of number crunching over the last few days to see what was likely to happen about New Zealand. There are 19 months from today until the 1st of May 2024.

If I were to lose 5lbs a month every month between now and then I could be down another 95lbs putting me at 157.6lbs.

This should put me in a very good place for being healthier and more able to do the things that I want to do when I’m there.

Can I lose 5 lbs a month? My history over the last 2 years has said -not consistently- but I think we have finally gotten my meds to a point that if I pull my head in and do what I’m supposed to do, then hopefully I can.

That would mean that at the end of the year I should have lost 15lbs putting me at 237.6lbs. Being 239 or less is my next goal anyway – so I am wanting to be there or under by Jan 1st!

I have started walking at the mall at least a couple times a week and I’m hoping that between sharpening up on my eating and doing this walking I will be able to hit this goal.

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↙️ ONWARDS & DOWNWARDS ↘️

JANUARY 1 – 251.2
FEBRUARY 1 – 247.4
MARCH 1 – 245.2
APRIL 1 – 267.0 (Major Autoimmune Flare)
MAY 1 – 258.6
JUNE 1 – 252.4
JULY 1 – 248.0
AUGUST 1 – 243.8
AUGUST 15 – 261.6 (Major Autoimmune Flare)
SEPTEMBER 1 – 247.2
OCTOBER 1 – 252.6

🏆 LEVEL UP MINI GOAL: 239.8 [out of 240s]
🏆 LEVEL UP MINI GOAL: 229.8 [out of 230s]
🎯 NEXT MILESTONE GOALS: 223.8lbs [-75lbs]

✈️ LONG TERM MILESTONE 1:
198.8 – Onderland by August 2023

🌏 NON SCALE GOALS
▪️ Travel back to NZ for 6 months / May – Oct 2024
▪️ Fit in the Hoodie I bought for New Zealand
▪️ Improve my general health as much as possible
▪️ Increase movement as much as possible

🎯 MILE MARKERS
Goal 1: 273.8lbs (-25lbs) 🏆
Goal 2: 248.8lbs (-50lbs) 🏆
Goal 3: 223.8lbs (-75lbs)
Goal 4: 198.8lbs (-100lbs + Onderland!)
Goal 5: 173.8lbs (-125lbs )
Goal 6: 148.8lbs (-150lbs)

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If you aren’t familiar with my situation, basically I live with several autoimmune issues… an “inflammatory overstimulation response” brought on by my basic blood cells thinking they are Spartan Warriors and attacking everything in sight.

More information about what is wrong as well as the resources I’m using are here:
https://tinyurl.com/yctpfwxl

[Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or MCAS is my main issue but also fun things like Fibromyalgia, POTS, Histamine Intolerance, Insulin Resistance, Oxalate Sensitivity and on and on… ]

WILD WEIGHT SWINGS
My weight fluctuations are not water weight, not sodium retention and the gains do not go away until the cells calm down and the actual muscle inflammation decreases.

When a flare happens, everything swells – my eyes, my hands/feet, my actual muscle tissue and organs … I can, and have, put on up to 20lbs in a bad flare and this can take 3-4 weeks to lose again.

Foods, chemicals, weather changes, environmental elements… literally, sometimes just existing, fires them up. Some things I can control and otherwise it is a #justkeepswimming kinda life.

🥚 PROTEIN EGGS | 🥣 CHILI & SALAD

🥚 PROTEIN EGGS & VEG
▪️ Duck Eggs (local farm)
▪️ 2% Cottage Cheese
▪️ Fresh Dill
▪️ Asiago Cheese
▪️ Avocado
▪️ Roma Tomatoes
▪️ Rainbow Carrot
▪️ Kinders Salt, Pepper & Garlic Blend

🧮 CALORIES – 442
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

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🥣 CHILI & SALAD
▪️ Chili w Beans
▪️ Fritos Original
▪️ Greek Yogurt
▪️ Asiago Kale Salad
▪️ Grape Tomatoes
▪️ Baby Cucumbers
▪️ Diced Ham
▪️ Skinny Latina Dressing

🧮 CALORIES – 753
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

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🍊 SNACK
▪️ Mandarin

🧮 CALORIES – 26
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

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🧮 TOTAL CALORIES CONSUMED – 1222

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Thank you for joining me today.
Until tomorrow…
In Love ♥ and Light 💫

🐔 TAMARIND CHICKEN | 🍮 PATÉ | 🍜 BEEF RICE NOODLE BOWL

🐔 TAMARIND CHICKEN & VEGGIES
▪️ Chicken Breast
▪️ Tamarind Powder
▪️ Purple Carrot
▪️ Broccoli
▪️ Lemon Herb Butter
▪️ Cucumber
▪️ Grape Tomatoes
▪️ Garlic Stuffed Olives
▪️ Skinny Latina Dressing

♨️ CHICKEN COOKED IN
@ninjakitchen Foodi Smart XL Air Fryer Oven
Preheated – Middle Rack
400° for 20min 

BROCCOLI & CARROTS
💨 Steamed in @goodcookcom Microwave Steamer
4min on High

Good Cooks Microwave Steamer
https://amzn.to/3qcHXHf

🧮 CALORIES – 549
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

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🍜 BEEF RICE NOODLE BOWL
▪️ Beef Rice Noodle Bowl Kit 🆕 👎🏼
▪️ Bean Sprouts
▪️ Baby Corn
▪️ Dried Wakame Seaweed
▪️ Lime Juice

🧮 CALORIES – 560
⭐⭐⭐☆☆

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🍮 BOURBON CHICKEN PATÉ
▪️ Homemade Paté
▪️ Triscuit Thin Crisps

🧮 CALORIES – 420
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ 

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🧮 TOTAL CALORIES CONSUMED – 1528

Super hot today (87°) – so I hid in the AC but it is cooling back off to the 60s thank goodness…

Thank you for joining me today.
Until tomorrow…
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🐷 PORK CHOP w VEGGIES | 🍮 PATÉ | 🥩 STEAK & VEGETABLES

🐷 PORK CHOP & VEGGIES
▪️ Bone-In Pork Chop
▪️ Carrot
▪️ Creamed Corn
▪️ German Pickled Red Slaw
▪️ Artichoke
▪️ Lemon Herb Butter
▪️ Tajin Chili Lime Seasoning

♨️ PORK COOKED IN
@ninjakitchen Foodi Smart XL Air Fryer Oven
Preheated – Middle Rack
400° for 11min 

🌀 INSTANT POT ARTICHOKE
Cooked in @mychefiq 6Q Smart Cooker
https://amzn.to/3SmyCe4
Trim artichoke stem (and petal tips if needed). Cut off the top inch or so of the artichoke and rinse to remove any dirt between the petals.

Place Artichoke on trivet or in steamer basket face up, squeeze juice of 1 lemon into the crevices (*optional), add lemon halves to pot with 1 cup water.

Cook 20min on High Pressure + Natural Release

🧮 CALORIES – 306
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

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🥩 STEAK & VEGETABLES
▪️ Top Round Beef
▪️ Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
▪️ Broccoli
▪️ Lemon Herb Butter
▪️ Worchestershire Sauce

BROCCOLI
💨 Steamed in @goodcookcom Microwave Steamer
4min on High

Good Cooks Microwave Steamer
https://amzn.to/3qcHXHf

🧮 CALORIES – 609
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

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🍮 BOURBON CHICKEN PATÉ
▪️ Homemade Paté
▪️ Light Rye Wasa Crispbreads

🧮 CALORIES – 344
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

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🍓 FRUIT & YOGURT BOWL
▪️ Tart Cherry Yogurt [Noosa]
▪️ Raspberries

🧮 CALORIES – 268
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

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🧮 TOTAL CALORIES CONSUMED – 1528

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Thank you for joining me today.
Until tomorrow…
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🍜 PEANUT SESAME NOODLE BOWL | 🍋 FRUIT & YOGURT BOWL | 🐷 PORK LOIN & VEGGIES

🍜 PEANUT SESAME RICE NOODLE BOWL
▪️ Peanut Sesame Noodle Kit
▪️ Seasoned Bamboo Shoots
▪️ Baby Bok Choy
▪️ Baby Corn
▪️ Bean Sprouts
▪️ Lime Juice
▪️ ZRoll Shrimp Snack Roll

🧮 CALORIES – 784
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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🍓 FRUIT & YOGURT BOWL
▪️ Lemon Yogurt [Noosa] 🆕 👍🏻
▪️ Raspberries

🧮 CALORIES – 322
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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🐷 PORK LOIN & VEGGIES
▪️ Pork Loin
▪️ Purple Potato
▪️ Artichoke
▪️ Lemon Herb Butter
▪️ Greek Yogurt
▪️ Worchestershire Sauce

♨️ PORK COOKED IN
@ninjakitchen Foodi Smart XL Air Fryer Oven
Preheated – Middle Rack
400° for 15min

🌀 INSTANT POT ARTICHOKE
Cooked in @mychefiq 6Q Smart Cooker
Trim artichoke stem (and petal tips if needed). Cut off the top inch or so of the artichoke and rinse to remove any dirt between the petals.

Place Artichoke on trivet or in steamer basket face up, squeeze juice of 1 lemon into the crevices (*optional), add lemon halves to pot with 1 cup water.

Cook 20min on High Pressure + Natural Release

https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/how-to-cook-and-eat-an-artichoke

🧮 CALORIES – 508
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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🧮 TOTAL CALORIES CONSUMED – 1616

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Until tomorrow…
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🍔 CHICKEN BURGER & TOTS | 🍓FRUIT | 🦀 CRAB & ARTICHOKE

🍔 SPICY CHICKEN BURGER & TOTS
▪️ Onion Poppyseed Bun 🆕 👍🏻
▪️ Spicy Chicken Patty 🆕 👍🏻
▪️ Guacamole
▪️ Lemonaise Light Mayo
▪️ Mixed Greens
▪️ Tomato
▪️ Cracked Peppercorns
▪️ Tater Tots
▪️ Tajin Hot Sauce

♨️ CHICKEN / TOTS COOKED IN
@ninjakitchen Foodi Smart XL Air Fryer Oven
Preheated – Middle Rack
400° for 15min

🧮 CALORIES – 669
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

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🍓 FRUIT PLATE
▪️ Red Grapes
▪️ Strawberries
▪️ Balsamic Glaze

🧮 CALORIES – 115
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

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🦃 TURKEY ROLLUPS
▪️ Oven Roasted White Turkey 🆕 👎🏼
▪️ Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedge
▪️ Garlic Stuffed Olives

🧮 CALORIES – 123
⭐⭐⭐☆☆

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🦀 STEAMED CRAB LEGS & ARTICHOKE
▪️ Snow Crab Legs
▪️ Artichoke
▪️ Lemon Herb Butter
▪️ Lemon Juice

🌀 INSTANT POT ARTICHOKE
Cooked in @mychefiq 6Q Smart Cooker
Trim artichoke stem (and petal tips if needed). Cut off the top inch or so of the artichoke and rinse to remove any dirt between the petals.

Place Artichoke on trivet or in steamer basket face up, squeeze juice of 1 lemon into the crevices (*optional), add lemon halves to pot with 1 cup water.

Cook 20min on High Pressure + Natural Release

https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/how-to-cook-and-eat-an-artichoke

🍃🍃🍃🦊🍃🍃🍃

🌀 INSTANT POT PRECOOKED SEAFOOD – CRAWFISH / CRAB LEGS / SHRIMP
Cooked in @mychefiq 6Q Smart Cooker
1c water + lemon juice (add lemons to the pot too)

🦀 Thawed:
Crawfish/Shrimp – 0min + Quick Release
Crab Legs – 1min + Quick Release

🧊 Frozen:
Crawfish/Shrimp – 1min + Quick Release
Crab Legs – 2min + Quick Release

🔹 Crab Legs are best done stacked directly on the trivet (not in the water)
🔹 Crawfish/Shrimp are best done in a steamer basket set on the trivet.

🧮 CALORIES – 353
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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🧮 TOTAL CALORIES CONSUMED – 1261

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Thank you for joining me today.
Until tomorrow…
In Love ♥ and Light 💫