👩🏻‍🍳 COOKING FOR SANDY

3 days a week, I cook meals for a neighbor who had a stroke and has limited mobility.

We are going to wait until next week to get together, so I decided to start some batch cooking this week and put her together easy lunches, some freezer meals, some muffins and a big salad she can have as she likes.

Butter Chicken w/ Black Rice ✅
Turkey Shepherds Pie ✅
Chicken & Potato “Dumplings” ✅
Korean BBQ Beef w/ Rice ✅
Rendang Curry Chicken ✅

Shepherds Pie | Butter Chicken
Chicken & Dumplings | Korean BBQ Beef

Teriyaki Pineapple Meatball Stirfry ✅
Baked Penne ✅
Egg / Tuna Salad Pinwheels ✅
Superfood Salad ✅

🍃🍃🍃🦊🍃🍃🍃

🍲 TERIYAKI PINEAPPLE MEATBALL STIRFRY
▪️ Teriyaki Pineapple Chicken Meatballs
▪️ Stirfry Vegetables
▪️ Japanese Teriyaki Sauce Kit

🍃🍃🍃🦊🍃🍃🍃

🥘 BAKED PENNE
▪️ Penne Pasta
▪️ Whipped Cottage Cheese
▪️ Chicken Eggs
▪️ Tomato Pasta Sauce
▪️ Mexican Shredded Cheese

Very similar to this recipe:
https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/ziti-bake

🍃🍃🍃🦊🍃🍃🍃

🌯 EGG / TUNA PINWHEELS
▪️ Roasted Red Pepper Mini Lavash

▪️ Chicken Eggs
▪️ Green Onions
▪️ Mayo
▪️ Dijon Mustard
▪️ Kinders Salt, Pepper & Garlic Blend

https://kristineskitchenblog.com/egg-salad

▪️ Tuna
▪️ Dill Relish
▪️ Mayo
▪️ Lemon Juice
▪️ Kinders Salt, Pepper & Garlic Blend

https://www.spendwithpennies.com/classic-tuna-salad/#wprm-recipe-container-147739

🍃🍃🍃🦊🍃🍃🍃

🥗 SUPERFOOD SALAD
▪️ 50/50 Spring Mix
▪️ Grape Tomatoes
▪️ Mini Peppers
▪️ Carrots
▪️ Strawberries
▪️ Grapes
▪️ Pomegranate Arils
▪️ Bacon Crumbles

🐔 CHICKEN SALAD | 🍲 CHICKEN & POTATO “DUMPLINGS”

🎯 DAILY CALORIE TARGET – 1343
🧮 CALORIES CONSUMED –  691 ❌

🎯 MACRO TARGETS HIT – ❌
Protein ⬇️
Carbs ✅
Fat ✅

👟 ACTIVITY ACHIEVED  – ❌

I did too much yesterday and had to reel it in today…

🐔 CHICKEN SALAD
▪️ Chicken Breast
▪️ Green Seedless Grapes
▪️ Pomegranate Arils
▪️ Sliced Almonds
▪️ Green Onion
▪️ Greek Yogurt
▪️ Lemon Juice
▪️ Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
▪️ Little Gem Romaine Hearts
▪️ Multigrain Bread

🧮 CALORIES – 369
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

👩🏻‍🍳 COOKING FOR SANDY DAY
3 days a week, I cook meals for a neighbor who had a stroke last year and has limited mobility.

We are going to wait until next week to get together, so I decided to start some batch cooking this week and put her together easy lunches, some freezer meals, some muffins and a big salad she can have as she likes.

Butter Chicken w/ Black Rice ✅
Turkey Shepherds Pie ✅
Chicken & Potato “Dumplings” ✅
Korean BBQ Beef w/ Rice ✅
Rendang Curry Chicken ✅
Teriyaki Pineapple Chicken Meatballs
Egg / Tuna Salad Pinwheels
Superfood Salad
Carrot Cake Muffins

🍲 INSTANT POT CHICKEN & “DUMPLINGS”
▪️ Chicken Breast
▪️ Chicken Stock
▪️ Mixed Vegetables
▪️ Chicken & Dumplings Seasoning Mix

▪️ Potato Gnocchi
▪️ Cornstarch

▪️ Half n Half

Several variations you might like:

https://littlesunnykitchen.com/chicken-gnocchi-soup-olive-garden-copycat/#wprm-recipe-container-27563
https://www.thechunkychef.com/instant-pot-chicken-and-dumplings/#wprm-recipe-container-19549
https://kristineskitchenblog.com/instant-pot-chicken-and-dumplings

🌀 COOKED IN
@mychefiq 6Q Smart Pressure Cooker
Stage 1 – First 4 ingredients
Cook 8min on High Pressure + Natural Release
Stage 2 – Add Gnocchi and cornstarch slurry
Cook 2min on High Pressure + Quick Release
Let cool some before adding Half n Half

🧮 CALORIES – 323
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Seriously THE BEST Chicken & Dumplings I have made – the Gnocchi was a perfect substitute, tender but not mushy, the flavor is absolutely spot on and it ended up making 6 generous servings!

🍃🍃🍃🦊🍃🍃🍃

🥘 KOREAN BBQ BEEF
▪️ Korean BBQ Beef Kit (incl Rice)
▪️ Top Round
▪️ Mini Bell Peppers
▪️ Green Onions
▪️ Sesame Seeds

https://tasty.co/recipe/korean-style-bbq-beef-helper

Many thanks to @krogerco and @misfitsmarket for providing all my gorgeous produce.

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

🥘 TURKEY COTTAGE PIE | 🥘 RENDANG CURRY RICE CAKE BOWL

🎯 DAILY CALORIE TARGET – 1343
🧮 CALORIES CONSUMED –  1341 ✅

🎯 MACRO TARGETS HIT – ❌
Protein ⬇️
Carbs ⬆️
Fat ✅

👟 ACTIVITY ACHIEVED  – ✅
Mailbox Walk
Boogie Break
Boogie Break
Arm Exercises
2500+ Steps

📸 DAILY PHOTO – ✅
Twin deer babies visiting (in video as well)

🎨 PAINTING – ✅
Stage 2 – base color and Inks only

👩🏻‍🍳 COOKING FOR SANDY DAY
3 days a week, I cook meals for a neighbor who had a stroke last year and 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 normal days but we are going to wait until next week to get together. I decided to start some batch cooking this week and put her together some freezer meals.

Today I did some Butter Chicken & Rice and a variation on a Shepherds Pie… I forgot to take photos before I put them up but I’ll add photos/video tomorrow.


🥘 TURKEY COTTAGE PIE
▪️ 93% Lean Ground Turkey
▪️ Mixed Vegetables
▪️ Four Cheese Pasta Sauce
▪️ Brown Gravy Mix
▪️ Yukon Gold Potatoes
▪️ Half n Half
▪️ Lemon Herb Butter
▪️ Extra Sharp White Cheddar

♨️ COOKED IN
@ninjakitchen Foodi Smart XL Air Fryer Oven
Preheated – Middle Rack
BAKE 400° for 20min
Add CHEESE then BROIL 3min

Great traditional Shepherds Pie recipe:
https://www.thewholesomedish.com/the-best-classic-shepherds-pie


🧮 CALORIES – 484
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

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🥘 RENDANG CURRY RICE CAKE BOWL
▪️ Rice Cake Sticks 🆕
▪️ Indonesian Rendang Curry Spice 🆕
▪️ Green Onion
▪️ Avocado
▪️ Lime Juice
▪️ Rainbow Peppercorns
▪️ Himalayan Pink Salt

(Full review in video – Yum!)

🧮 CALORIES – 719
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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👅 RANDOM EXTRAS
▪️ Mandarins

🧮 CALORIES – 138
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Many thanks to @krogerco and @misfitsmarket for providing all my gorgeous produce.

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

🐔 BUTTER CHICKEN & PAPAD | 🍓 FRUIT & YOGURT BOWL

🎯 DAILY CALORIE TARGET – 1200
🧮 ACTUAL CALORIES CONSUMED –  890 ❌

🎯 MACRO TARGETS HIT – ❌

👟 ACTIVITY ACHIEVED – ✅
LEVEL UP – Increased Target Goals

▪️ Mailbox Walk + Feed Store
▪️ 250 Arm Exercises
▪️ 250 Air Boxes
▪️ Boogie Break
⭐ 2500 Steps Total

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🍊 FRUIT
▪️ Plum

🧮 CALORIES – 30
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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👩🏻‍🍳 COOKING FOR SANDY DAY
A few days a week, I cook meals for a neighbor who had a stroke last year and 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. I haven’t cooked for her in several months because I was sick and didn’t want to get her sick. Butter Chicken is one of her favorites so I made it for her today…

🐔 BUTTER CHICKEN, PAPAD & FAVA BEANS
▪️ Chicken Breast
▪️ Butter Chicken Paste
▪️ Tomato Paste
▪️ Half & Half
▪️ Black Rice
▪️ Cumin Papad
▪️ Fava Beans

🧮 CALORIES – 579
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

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🍓 FRUIT & YOGURT BOWL
▪️ Honey Greek Yogurt
▪️ Homemade Mixed Berry Compote
▪️ Banana

🧮 CALORIES – 281
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Many thanks to @krogerco and @misfitsmarket for providing all my gorgeous produce.

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

🐷 ORANGE PORK & RICE BUNDLES | 🥚 COOKING FOR SANDY

DAILY MEAL HIGHLIGHTS
🌞 Good morning 🌞 gentle friends!
Let’s get this day started…

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👩🏻‍🍳 COOKING FOR SANDY DAY
3 days a week, I cook meals for a neighbor who had a stroke last year and 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.

I needed to take her down the Pot Roast I made for her and since the very nice farmer I buy my duck eggs from gave me a free dozen chicken eggs when I picked up my order (and I had bought eggs a couple of weeks before) I had way too many.

I asked Sandy if she wanted me to do some eggs for her and she wanted egg salad and deviled eggs. So I cranked up the Instant Pot and made her some of each.

🥚 Egg Salad
🥚 Deviled Eggs

Never done them in the IP? I cooked 15 at once, no boiling water on the stove, no needing to watch them, super easy to peel..
https://amindfullmom.com/instant-pot-hard-boiled-eggs

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

5-5-5 (5min Pressure / 5min Natural Release / 5min Water Bath)

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Feeling a bit rough today so only one meal…

🐷 ORANGE PORK, RICE BUNDLE & VEG
▪️ Bone-in Center Cut Pork Chop
▪️ San*J Asian Orange Sauce ⚡
▪️ Chef Hon Pork & Green Bean Rice Bundles ⚡
▪️ Stir Fry Vegetables
▪️ Garlic, Parmesan & Basil Butter

⚡ Orange Sauce – New product from Vitacost order – very very good!

⚡ Chef Hon Rice Bundles – from Oasis World Market in Blacksburg, VA – very sticky as usual (gluttonous rice) but not very tasty. I ate one and shared the other with the doggos.

RICE BUNDLES
🌀 COOKED IN
@mychefiq 6Q Smart Pressure Cooker
Cook 40min on High Pressure + Natural Release

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

🥣🥣🥣🥣 4/5
🧮 CALORIES – 822 (of daily 1585)
🥐 CARBS – 54g (of daily 119g)
🔵 WW PersonalPoints – 26
(earned +1 veggie pt)

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👅 RANDOM EXTRAS
▪️ Sml Banana
▪️ 3tbsp Sandy’s Egg Salad while seasoning

🥣🥣🥣🥣 4/5
🧮 CALORIES – 132 (of daily 1585)
🥐 CARBS – 24g (of daily 119g)
🔵 WW PersonalPoints – 3
(earned +0 veggie pt)

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🗓️ DAILY TOTALS
🧮 CALORIES – 954 of 1585
🥐 CARBS – 78g of 119g
🔵 WW PersonalPoints – 29 of 19
(earned +1 veggie pts)

🎯 2022 HEALTH GOALS
🍎 WHOLE FOOD REFOCUS
🧟‍♀️ NO FUNKY FOOD FRANKENCHEMICALS
🌏 6 MONTH NEW ZEALAND TRIP – MAY 2023

📊 Calorie Command with the Healthi app
🧮 Calorie Target: 1585
🥐 Carbohydrate Target: 119g
(30% – Total, not Net Carbs)
[Monitoring carbs for Insulin Resistance]

🔵 I am also tracking on WW PersonalPoints just to show you the difference – I get 19pts/day + 28 Weeklies but since I don’t eat sugar free or most fat free products (food additive intolerances), points based plans don’t usually work well for me. This will be an interesting experiment.

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Many thanks to @krogerco and @misfitsmarket for providing all my gorgeous produce.

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

🐠 AIR FRYER AHI TUNA | 🍖 INSTANT POT POT ROAST

DAILY MEAL HIGHLIGHTS
🌞 Good morning 🌞 gentle friends!
Let’s get this day started…

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👩🏻‍🍳 COOKING FOR SANDY DAY
3 days a week, I cook meals for a neighbor who had a stroke last year and 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 😁

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

I made a beautiful Pot Roast for dinner and she said she really likes pot roast so I made 4 portions for her (freeze 3, 1 for dinner)

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🐠 AIR FRYER AHI TUNA w JODHPUR DAL & VEGGIES
▪️ Ahi Tuna
▪️ Homemade Everything Bagel Seasoning
▪️ Homemade Greek Tzatziki
▪️ Stir Fry Veggie Mix
▪️ @chefshamy Garlic, Parmesan & Basil Butter
▪️ @tastybite Jodhpur Dal (lentils)

Adapted from and inspired by:
https://airfryerrecipes.net/recipe/keto-air-fryer-sesame-crusted-tuna-steak

Paula Dean has a great recipe here:
https://www.pauladeen.com/recipe/air-fryer-sesame-seed-crusted-tuna-steaks

AHI TUNA
Coated in Homemade Everything Bagel Seasoning ♨️ COOKED IN
@ninjakitchen Foodi Smart XL Air Fryer Oven
Preheated – Middle Rack
400° for 9min (times will vary by how done you like it and size of filet – recommended internal temperature is 145°)

🥣🥣🥣🥣 4/5
🧮 CALORIES – 489 (of daily 1585)
🥐 CARBS – 41g (of daily 119g)
🔵 WW PersonalPoints – 4
(earned +2 veggie pt)

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🍖 IP POT ROAST w VEGETABLES & SWEET KALE SUPER SALAD
▪️ Beef Shoulder Chuck Roast
▪️ Yukon Gold Potatoes
▪️ Rainbow Carrots
▪️ English Peas
▪️ Yellow Onion
▪️ @pacificfoods Organic Beef Broth
▪️ Garlic Powder / Onion Powder / Umami Seasoning / Italian Seasoning
▪️ @simpletruth4u Worchestershire Sauce
▪️ Balsamic Vinegar
▪️ Tomato Paste
▪️ Cornstarch

Adapted from and inspired by:
https://www.lecremedelacrumb.com/instant-pot-pot-roast-potatoes/#wprm-recipe-container-19052

https://www.thereciperebel.com/instant-pot-pot-roast-recipe-pressure-cooker-pot-roast-video

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

ROUGH COOKING GUIDE
20min per lb – thawed
30-35min per lb – frozen

I took out the vegetables when it finished but decided to cook the meat a bit longer while thickening the broth – results will vary on the cut and your actual pot…

🥗 SWEET KALE SUPER SALAD
▪️Sweet Kale Chopped Salad Kit
▪️Shredded Carrot
▪️Grape Tomatoes
▪️English Cucumber
▪️Baby Pickled Beets
▪️Avocado
▪️Baby Corn
▪️Blackberries
▪️Artichoke Hearts

🥣🥣🥣🥣 4/5
🧮 CALORIES – 739 (of daily 1585)
🥐 CARBS – 66g (of daily 119g)
🔵 WW PersonalPoints – 26
(earned +1 veggie pt)

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👅 RANDOM EXTRAS
▪️ Cracked Pepper & Herb Paté
▪️ English Cucumber
▪️ Tamarind Sour Soup

Adapted from and inspired by:
https://ketodietapp.com/Blog/lchf/french-chicken-liver-pate

https://www.seriouseats.com/chicken-liver-pate-bourbon-cranberry-recipe

🥣🥣🥣🥣🥣 5/5 🌟
🧮 CALORIES – 205 (of daily 1585)
🥐 CARBS – 6g (of daily 119g)
🔵 WW PersonalPoints – 9
(earned +0 veggie pt)

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🗓️ DAILY TOTALS
🧮 CALORIES – 1419 of 1585
🥐 CARBS – 114g of 119g
🔵 WW PersonalPoints – 39 of 19
(earned +3 veggie pts)


🎯 2022 HEALTH GOALS
🍎 WHOLE FOOD REFOCUS
🧟‍♀️ NO FUNKY FOOD FRANKENCHEMICALS
🌏 6 MONTH NEW ZEALAND TRIP – MAY 2023

📊 Calorie Command with the Healthi app
🧮 Calorie Target: 1585
🥐 Carbohydrate Target: 119g
(30% – Total, not Net Carbs)
[Monitoring carbs for Insulin Resistance]

🔵 I am also tracking on WW PersonalPoints just to show you the difference – I get 19pts/day + 28 Weeklies but since I don’t eat sugar free or most fat free products (food additive intolerances), points based plans don’t usually work well for me. This will be an interesting experiment.

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Many thanks to @krogerco and @misfitsmarket for providing all my gorgeous produce.

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

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🍜 PEANUT SESAME NOODLE BOWL w BAO | 👩🏻‍🍳 COOKING FOR SANDY

DAILY MEAL HIGHLIGHTS
🌞 Good morning 🌞 gentle friends!
Let’s get this day started…

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👩🏻‍🍳 COOKING FOR SANDY DAY
3 days a week, I cook meals for a neighbor who had a stroke last year and 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.

I took her:
▪️Mackerel Potato Cakes w Tzatziki
▪️Broccoli, Carrot, Sugar Snap, Baby Corn, Grape Tomato, Purple Cabbage mix
▪️Pork Steamed Bun

I took down some of the Paté I had made but she was not a fan… She liked lunch but doesn’t like liver. I was happy she tried it though. Now just more for me… 🤣

I ate it when I got home…

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🍜 PEANUT SESAME RICE NOODLE BOWL
▪️ Rice Noodles
▪️ Peanut Butter
▪️ Garlic Tahini
▪️ Toasted Sesame Oil
▪️ Low Sodium Soy Sauce
▪️ Pistachios
▪️ Kimchi Seaweed Snack
▪️ Pickled Bamboo Shoots
▪️ Smoked Salmon
▪️ @chefhon Steamed Pork & Cabbage Buns

PORK BUNS
🌀 COOKED IN
@mychefiq 6Q Smart Pressure Cooker
STEAM Setting – 15min from frozen
Steamer Basket on trivet stand – 2c water in liner
(Perfect)

🥣🥣🥣🥣 4/5
🧮 CALORIES – 875
🥐 CARBS – 102g
🔵 WW PersonalPoints – 25
(earned +0 veggie pt)

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🌙 Ended my day here – not feeling great
(storm coming through)

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👅 RANDOM EXTRAS
▪️ Cracked Pepper & Herb Paté

Adapted from and inspired by:
https://ketodietapp.com/Blog/lchf/french-chicken-liver-pate

https://www.seriouseats.com/chicken-liver-pate-bourbon-cranberry-recipe

🥣🥣🥣🥣🥣 5/5 🌟
🧮 CALORIES – 184
🥐 CARBS – 1g
🔵 WW PersonalPoints – 9
(earned +0 veggie pt)

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🗓️ DAILY TOTALS
🧮 CALORIES – 1059 of 1567
🥐 CARBS – 103g of 119g
🔵 WW PersonalPoints – 34 of 19
(earned +0 veggie pts)

🎯 2022 HEALTH GOALS
🍎 WHOLE FOOD REFOCUS
🧟‍♀️ NO FUNKY FOOD FRANKENCHEMICALS
🌏 6 MONTH NEW ZEALAND TRIP – MAY 2023

📊 Calorie Command with the Healthi app
🧮 Calorie Target: 1567
🥐 Carbohydrate Target: 119g
(30% – Total, not Net Carbs)
[Monitoring carbs for Insulin Resistance]

🔵 I am also tracking on WW PersonalPoints just to show you the difference – I get 19pts/day + 28 Weeklies but since I don’t eat sugar free or most fat free products (food additive intolerances), points based plans don’t usually work well for me. This will be an interesting experiment.

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Many thanks to @krogerco and @misfitsmarket for providing all my gorgeous produce.

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

🍝 MINI MEATBALL FETTUCCINE | 🦐 LEMON SHRIMP ALFREDO

DAILY MEAL HIGHLIGHTS
🌞 Good morning 🌞 gentle friends!
Let’s get this day started…

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👩🏻‍🍳 COOKING FOR SANDY DAY
3 days a week, I cook meals for a neighbor who had a stroke last year and 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.

She hasn’t been feeling the best so she asked for something relatively bland. She asked if I had any salmon so I made her some smoked salmon, snow peas with a bit of garlic butter and she asked for potato salad. No problem!

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Over the last few days I slowly made a batch of Cracked Pepper & Herb Paté… I used a combination of these 2 recipes:

https://ketodietapp.com/Blog/lchf/french-chicken-liver-pate

https://www.seriouseats.com/chicken-liver-pate-bourbon-cranberry-recipe

Super simple – cook the liver, onions and aromatics – let cool – blend into a paste – chill – then optionally top with either a fruity gelatin layer or ghee.

This just stops the oxidation process if you aren’t going to eat it all straight away. I wasn’t sure how much it would make but as I did it below, it made 4 ramekins of about ½c each.

I tried it once before with a pomegranate gelatin top but I just don’t like the texture of gelatin and just used it to seal it. This time I adjusted some of the seasoning amounts and used some ghee to seal. It needs to chill overnight and I will try it tomorrow!

The storms have kicked up my autoimmune issues and I haven’t felt like doing a whole lot of my usual creative cooking… I haven’t been doing or eating much so this is the last few days… Pretty straight forward meals… My BP is giving me trouble and I have Darth Vader breathing going on…

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🍝 MINI MEATBALL SPAGHETTI
▪️ 93% Lean Ground Beef
▪️ Garlic Powder
▪️ Onion Powder
▪️ Nutritional Yeast
▪️ 5 Cheese Italian Blend
▪️ Italian Seasoning
▪️ Soy Sauce
▪️ Duck Egg
▪️ Panko Breadcrumbs
▪️ Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce
▪️ Tomato Roasted Red Pepper Soup
▪️ Cane Sugar
▪️ Black Bean Fettuccine
▪️ Greek Yogurt
▪️ Asiago Cheese
▪️ Spring Onion

🥣🥣🥣🥣 4/5
🧮 CALORIES – 747
🥐 CARBS – 60g
🔵 WW PersonalPoints – 15
(earned +0 veggie pt)

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🦐 LEMON SHRIMP ALFREDO
▪️ Jumbo Tiger Shrimp
▪️ @barilla Chickpea Casarecce Pasta
▪️ @newmansown Alfredo Sauce
▪️ The Blend Seasoning (Salt, Pepper, Garlic)
▪️ Dried Dill / Basil
▪️ Lemon Juice
▪️ Asparagus
▪️ @chefshamy Garlic, Parmesan & Basil Butter

🥣🥣🥣🥣 4/5
🧮 CALORIES – 478
🥐 CARBS – 53g
🔵 WW PersonalPoints – 14
(earned +1 veggie pt)

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Many thanks to @krogerco and @misfitsmarket for providing all my gorgeous produce.

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

🍝 HEART OF PALM LASAGNA | 🍜 TOMATO LUO SI NOODLE BOWL | 🦐 AIR FRYER SHRIMP

DAILY MEAL HIGHLIGHTS
🌞 Good morning 🌞 gentle friends!
Let’s get this day started…

🎯 2022 HEALTH GOALS
🍎 WHOLE FOOD REFOCUS
🧟‍♀️ NO FUNKY FOOD FRANKENCHEMICALS
🌏 6 MONTH NEW ZEALAND TRIP – MAY 2023

📊 Calorie Command with the Healthi app
🧮 Calorie Target: 1447
🥐 Carbohydrate Target: 89g (25%)
[Monitoring carbs for Insulin Resistance]

🔵 I am also tracking on WW PersonalPoints just to show you the difference – I would get 19pts/day + 28 Weeklies but since I don’t eat sugar free or most fat free products (food additive intolerances), points based plans don’t usually work well for me. This will be an interesting experiment.

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👩🏻‍🍳 COOKING FOR SANDY DAY
3 days a week, I cook meals for a neighbor who had a stroke last year and 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.

I made 4 individual servings of the Heart of Palm Lasagna (2 for me, 2 for her)

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🍝 HEART OF PALM LASAGNA
▪️ Heart of Palm Lasagna Sheets
▪️ 93% Lean Ground Beef
▪️ Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce
▪️ @goodculture 2% Cottage Cheese
▪️ Pepper Jack Cheese
▪️ Grated Italian 5 Cheese Blend

♨️ COOKED IN
@ninjakitchen Foodi Smart XL Air Fryer Oven
Preheated – Middle Rack
375° for 30min

Inspired by:
https://thesavvyspoon.com/2020/01/29/palmini-pasta-hearts-of-palm-lasagna

🥗 SUPERFOOD SIDE SALAD
▪️50/50 Lettuce Blend
▪️Carrot
▪️Sugar Snap Peas
▪️Watermelon Radish
▪️English Cucumber
▪️Baby Pickled Beets
▪️Pistachios
▪️Capers
▪️Low Sodium Soy Sauce
▪️Lemon Juice
▪️Greek Yogurt

🥣🥣🥣🥣 4/5
🧮 CALORIES – 443
🥐 CARBS – 39g
🔵 WW PersonalPoints – 12
(earned +3 veggie pt)

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🍜 TOMATO LUO SI NOODLE BOWL
▪️ Tomato Luo SI Noodle Kit
▪️ Dried Shrimp
▪️ Dried Beancurd
▪️ Spring Onion
▪️ Duck Egg (yolk only)

🥣🥣🥣🥣 4/5
🧮 CALORIES – 528
🥐 CARBS – 47g
🔵 WW PersonalPoints – 16

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🦐 AIR FRYER SHRIMP
▪️ Xlrg Shrimp

MARINADE
▪️ Grapeseed Oil
▪️ Low Sodium Soy Sauce
▪️ Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
▪️ Lemon Juice
▪️ Italian Seasoning
▪️ Balsamic Vinegar
▪️ Umami Mushroom Seasoning

♨️ COOKED IN
@ninjakitchen Foodi Smart XL Air Fryer Oven
Preheated – Middle Rack
400° for 8min

Inspired by:
https://therecipecritic.com/air-fryer-shrimp

🥣🥣🥣🥣 4/5
🧮 CALORIES – 201
🥐 CARBS – 2g
🔵 WW PersonalPoints – 1

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🗓️ DAILY TOTALS
🧮 CALORIES – 1172 of 1447
🥐 CARBS – 88g of 89g
🔵 WW PersonalPoints – 29 of 19
(earned +3 veggie pts)

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Many thanks to @krogerco and @misfitsmarket for providing all my gorgeous produce.

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

🥦 VEGGIE PLATE | 👩🏻‍🍳 COOKING FOR SANDY | 🐹 NIBBLE PLATE | 🐷 MUSTARD PORK & SALAD

DAILY MEAL HIGHLIGHTS
🌞 Good morning 🌞 gentle friends!
Let’s get this day started…

🎯 2022 HEALTH GOALS
🍎 WHOLE FOOD REFOCUS
🧟‍♀️ NO FUNKY FOOD FRANKENCHEMICALS
🌏 6 MONTH NEW ZEALAND TRIP – MAY 2023

📊 Calorie Command with the Healthi app
🧮 Calorie Target: 1447
🥐 Carbohydrate Target: 89g (25%)
[Monitoring carbs for Insulin Resistance]

🔵 I am also tracking on WW PersonalPoints just to show you the difference – I would get 19pts/day + 28 Weeklies but since I don’t eat sugar free or most fat free products (food additive intolerances), points based plans don’t usually work well for me. This will be an interesting experiment.

———————

👩🏻‍🍳 COOKING FOR SANDY DAY
3 days a week, I cook meals for a neighbor who had a stroke last year and 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.

Last night I cooked some chicken leg quarters in the Instant Pot and today I made her 3 chicken dishes for the week…

▪️ Coconut Curry Chicken (like Butter Chicken)
▪️ Chicken Alfredo
▪️ Pad Thai Chicken (used the sauce from the Stir Fry Veggie kits that I only use the veggies from)

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🥦 ARTICHOKE, ASPARAGUS & PEA PLATE
▪️ Artichoke
▪️ @chefshamy Garlic, Parmesan & Basil Butter
▪️ Lemon
▪️ Snow Peas
▪️ Asparagus
▪️ Enoki Mushrooms
▪️ @tillamook Cream Cheese
▪️ Del Duca Prosciutto

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 15min on High Pressure + Natural Release

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

ASPARAGUS MUSHROOM BUNDLES
♨️ COOKED IN
@ninjakitchen Foodi Smart XL Air Fryer Oven
Preheated – Middle Rack
390° for 7min

🥣🥣🥣🥣 4/5
🧮 CALORIES – 313
🥐 CARBS – 22g
🔵 WW PersonalPoints – 12
(earned +3 veggie pt)

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🐷 MUSTARD PORK, MOROCCAN COUSCOUS & SALAD
▪️ Pork Loin Chops
▪️ Whole Grain Mustard
▪️ @trevijano Moroccan Couscous
▪️ Homemade Chicken Bone Broth

🌀 INSTANT POT COUSCOUS
Cooked in @mychefiq 6Q Smart Cooker
Pot-in-Pot method
~ Rinse Couscous
1:1.25 ratio – 1 cup couscous + 1¼cups liquid.
I like to use a stock but you can just use water.
Cook 6min on High Pressure + Pulse Release

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

🥗 SUPERFOOD SIDE SALAD
▪️50/50 Lettuce Blend
▪️Carrot
▪️Sugar Snap Peas
▪️Watermelon Radish
▪️English Cucumber
▪️Baby Pickled Beets
▪️Pistachios
▪️Sunflower Kernels
▪️Low Sodium Soy Sauce
▪️Lemon Juice

🥣🥣🥣🥣 4/5
🧮 CALORIES – 710
🥐 CARBS – 52g
🔵 WW PersonalPoints – 18
(earned +2 veggie pt)

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🐹 NIBBLE PLATE
▪️ Red Grapes
▪️ Pepper Jack Cheese
▪️ @missionmeats Turkey & Pepper Pork Sticks

🥣🥣🥣🥣 4/5
🧮 CALORIES – 331
🥐 CARBS – 12g
🔵 WW PersonalPoints – 12

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🗓️ DAILY TOTALS
🧮 CALORIES – 1354 of 1447
🥐 CARBS – 86g of 89g
🔵 WW PersonalPoints – 41 of 19
(earned +5 veggie pts)
Within about 100 calories of target, within carb target but more than double on WW points.

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Many thanks to @krogerco and @misfitsmarket for providing all my gorgeous produce.

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

👩🏻‍🍳 COOKING FOR SANDY DAY

3 days a week, I cook meals for a neighbor who had a stroke last year and 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 😁 I’m enjoying having someone to cook for again.

This week I am only going down once, but I’m still cooking for all 3 days – we will just store her extra meals. She also says she still has plenty of frozen meals I made her last month as well.

She decided today was the best day for her so I after talking with her I made:
▪️ Coconut Curry Chicken x2
▪️ Teriyaki Chicken

SIDE DISH PREP
Almost everything can be prepped in my Smart Cooker / Instant Pot though you could certainly do it all on the stove/oven…

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Side Jasmine Rice
1:1 rice to liquid ratio
(1c rice / 1c water or stock)
https://therealfooddietitians.com/instant-pot-jasmine-rice

🌀 COOKED IN
@mychefiq 6Q Smart Pressure Cooker
Cook 10min on High Pressure + Quick Release

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

Israeli Couscous / Jasmine Rice

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Side Israeli Couscous
1:1½ couscous to liquid ratio
(1c couscous / 1½c water or stock)
https://foreignfork.com/cous-cous-recipe

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

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

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Corn & Avocado Salad
https://natashaskitchen.com/avocado-corn-salad

Corn & Avocado Salad

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Cinnamon Honey Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes
https://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/instant-pot-sweet-potatoes-for-meal-prep

https://thestayathomechef.com/mashed-sweet-potatoes

🌀 COOKED IN
@mychefiq 6Q Smart Pressure Cooker
Cook 15min on High Pressure + Natural Release

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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Morrocan Beet & Orange Salad
https://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/how-cook-beets-in-the-instant-pot

https://themodernproper.com/moroccan-beet-salad

🌀 COOKED IN
@mychefiq 6Q Smart Pressure Cooker
Cook 15min (since they were very small) on High Pressure + Natural Release

Moroccan Beet Salad

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I did almost all the side dishes yesterday and cooked her chicken dishes today just before going to her…

Coconut Curry Chicken / Teriyaki Ginger Chicken

🍖 SUNDAY ROAST | 🍓 FRUIT

DAILY MEAL HIGHLIGHTS
🌞 Good morning 🌞 gentle friends!
Let’s get this day started…

I host a Weekly Wellness Meeting on Sundays and I don’t eat before just in case something triggers a reaction… So Sundays are generally a one meal day.

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🍖 SUNDAY ROAST
▪️ Beef Shoulder Roast
▪️ Onion Powder / Garlic Powder / Italian Seasoning / Umami Powder
▪️ Baby Rainbow Carrots
▪️ Yukon Gold Potatoes
▪️ English Peas
▪️ Beef Bone Broth
▪️ Cornstarch

[Instant Pot Version]
https://www.lecremedelacrumb.com/instant-pot-pot-roast-potatoes/#wprm-recipe-container-19052

[Slow Cooker Version]
https://www.cookingclassy.com/slow-cooker-pot-roast/#jump-to-recipe

[Stovetop / Oven Version]
https://thestayathomechef.com/pot-roast/#jump-to-recipe

Made 2 servings – one for me and one to take to Sandy…

🥗 SUPERFOOD SALAD
▪️Bib Lettuce
▪️Kale/Carrot/Purple Cabbage/Broccoli Mix
▪️Baby Corn
▪️Baby Pickled Beets
▪️Clover & Broccoli Sprouts
▪️Homemade Salad Topper Mix
▪️Greek Yogurt
▪️Tamari Soy Sauce
▪️Lemon Juice

💛💛💛💛🤍 4/5
🍎 CALORIES – 876

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🍓 RANDOM EXTRAS
▪️ Small Banana
▪️ Mandarins (in 100% Juice)
▪️ Strawberries
▪️ 3 Rolo Candies

💛💛💛💛🤍 4/5
🍎 CALORIES – 248

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Many thanks to @krogerco and @misfitsmarket for providing all my gorgeous produce.

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

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🎯 2022 HEALTH GOAL
🍎 WHOLE FOOD REFOCUS
🧟‍♀️ NO FUNKY FOOD FRANKENCHEMICALS
[Calorie Command with the Healthi app]
https://www.healthiapp.com

🍒 FRUIT YOGURT BOWL / 🍞 TOMATO TOAST / 🐔 BUTTER CHICKEN

DAILY MEAL HIGHLIGHTS
🌞 Good morning 🌞 gentle friends!
Let’s get this day started…

🎯 2022 HEALTH GOAL
🍎 WHOLE FOOD REFOCUS
🧟‍♀️ NO FUNKY FOOD FRANKENCHEMICALS

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👩🏻‍🍳 COOKING FOR SANDY DAY
3 days a week, I cook meals for a neighbor who had a stroke last year and 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.

I hadn’t been able to get down to Sandy until today but I was still cooking for her and putting things together… She is very well stocked now!

🧊 FREEZER MEALS 🧊
2x Beef Red Wine Stew
2x Chicken Parmesan Bake
2x Southwest Chili
2x White Chicken Chili
2x Broccoli Cheese Soup
2x Cheese Tortellini Soup
2x Pesto Stuffed Shells
2x Shepherds Pie
1x Italian Wedding Soup

I reorganized her freezer and labeled these left from my last freezer round – a bit of freezer Tetris later and she is all set for months.

2x Chicken & Dumplings
2x Butternut Squash Soup
2x Potato Leek Soup
1x Pork Stroganoff

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🍞 ENGLISH MUFFIN BREAD LOAF
All the crispy, crunchy goodness of a well done English Muffin, full of butter hugging nooks and crannies – but in loaf form – what Magick is that??

I saw this recipe from Restless Chipotle come across my Facebook and I thought – hmmmm, even I, the non baker, should be able to do that. Let’s give it a try shall we? #experimentsineating

Here is the recipe

https://www.restlesschipotle.com/english-muffin-bread



Here is my #experimentsineating video

I thought for sure I had royally screwed it up somewhere – I have made 1 other bread in my life – I don’t bake cakes or cookies – I’m just not a baker…

But this was so good – like dangerously good. I had 2 pieces for lunch and another 2 with dinner. I’m going to have 2 with my Pub Style Split Pea Soup tomorrow. It’s just that good! Even if I did mess it up…

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🥝 FRUIT & YOGURT BOWL
▪️ Banana
▪️ Kiwifruit
▪️ Pomegranate
▪️@noosayogurt Tart Cherry Yogurt

💛💛💛💛🤍 4/5
🍎 CALORIES – 419

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🍞 TOMATO ON TOAST
▪️ Homemade English Muffin Bread
▪️@goodculture 2% Cottage Cheese
▪️@chefshamy Garlic, Parmesan & Basil Butter
▪️ Roma Tomato
▪️ Homemade Everything Bagel Seasoning

💛💛💛💛💛 5/5
🍎 CALORIES – 246

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🐔 BUTTER CHICKEN on BLACK RICE
▪️ Chicken Breast
▪️@asianhomegourmet Butter Chicken Paste
▪️ Homemade Instant Pot Marinara
▪️ Greek Yogurt
▪️@lundberg Black Rice
▪️ Homemade English Muffin Bread Loaf
▪️@chefshamy Garlic, Parmesan & Basil Butter

🥗 SIDE SALAD
▪️Buttercrunch Lettuce
▪️English Cucumber
▪️Grape Tomatoes
▪️Pickled Red Onion
▪️Mini Bell Pepper
▪️Purple Daikon Radish
▪️Chickpeas
▪️Pea Shoots
▪️Lemon Juice

💛💛💛💛🤍 4/5
🍎 CALORIES – 795

———————

Many thanks to @krogerco and @misfitsmarket for providing all my gorgeous produce.

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

——————–

🥬 You’ll hear me mention Misfits Market all the time – they are an organic produce subscription service I have used for 3yrs now, especially during the cooler months.

🔹Fruit, veg, meat, dairy, dry pantry goods…
🔹Choose everything in your box – no more randomly sent produce
🔹No surprise shipments / No minimum frequency – only order when you want
🔹$30 minimum order

Get $15 off your first order here:
https://www.misfitsmarket.com/?promo=cookwme-fn8xpr

———————

💉 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/2p87yuw8

🍜 SHRIMP SATAY(ish) UDON BOWL / 🥘 BISON SHEPHERD’S PIE

DAILY MEAL HIGHLIGHTS
🌞 Good morning 🌞 gentle friends!
Let’s get this day started…

🎯 2022 HEALTH GOAL
🍎 WHOLE FOOD REFOCUS
🧟‍♀️ NO FUNKY FOOD FRANKENCHEMICALS
[ items with a ( *) indicate a packaged product – full ingredient information attached ]

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🥞 SHRIMP SATAY(ish) UDON NOODLE BOWL
▪️Kame Udon Noodles*
▪️Peanut Sesame Paste*
▪️Tamari Soy Sauce*
▪️Lime Juice
▪️Homemade Menma
▪️Baby Bok Choy
▪️Pea Shoots
▪️Carrots
▪️Purple Cabbage
▪️Purple Daikon Radish
▪️Chickpeas
▪️Duck Egg (yolk only)
▪️Shrimp

Want to make your own version – here is a traditional Satay Sauce:
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/satay-sauce

🥚 PERFECT SOFT BOILED EGGS
In small saucepan, bring enough water to completely cover the eggs to a rolling boil. Reduce temperature to med and when the water is at a low simmer, gently add eggs. Avoid dropping them in the pot as they may crack.

Cook chicken eggs for 6 min (or duck eggs for 7 min) uncovered. I like to stir them every few minutes to prevent the yolk cooking more on one side.

If you prefer hard boiled (but not chalky super done yolks), increase time to 9min for chicken eggs and 11min for duck eggs.

Once cooked, drain out the boiling water and fill the pot with cold water. I personally don’t do an ice bath because I don’t want my eggs cold to eat.

Crack the eggs gently all the way around and put in the pot of cold water to allow water to get under the membrane. Leave eggs for 5 min, peel gently under running water and enjoy.

🌀INSTANT POT VERSION
https://ifoodreal.com/instant-pot-eggs
https://greenhealthycooking.com/instant-pot-eggs

Soft Boiled – 2min – Low Pressure + Quick Release
Hard Boiled – 5min – High Pressure + Quick Release

ChefIQ Smart Cooker
Soft Boiled – Steam – 11min
Med Boiled – Steam – 13min
Hard Boiled – Steam – 18min

💛💛💛💛🤍 4/5
🍎 CALORIES – 773

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🥘 BISON SHEPHERD’S PIE
I didn’t have any ground beef but I did get a package of ground bison on sale at Kroger and thought – that will work.

▪️Ground Bison
▪️Pacific Foods Beef Broth*
▪️Simple Truth Steak Sauce*
▪️Cornstarch
▪️Peas
▪️Carrots
▪️Corn
▪️Potatoes
▪️2% Milk
▪️Half n Half*
▪️Salted Butter
▪️Light Cream Cheese*
▪️Parsley Flakes
▪️Salt / Pepper / Garlic Powder

I cooked the potatoes in the Chef IQ Smart Cooker. I just quartered them and put them in the steamer basket. Super easy and you don’t even need to peel them first. The skin just slides right off afterwards. Mashed and added the milk, half n half, butter, cream cheese, garlic powder, parsley and salt/pepper.

Meanwhile cook the bison and veggies in the stock/cornstarch/steak sauce mix
Meat Layer
Potato Layer
375° for 30min

I had 1½ servings for dinner, put up 2 servings to freeze and am taking Sandy 2 servings. I originally made the salad to go with it but didn’t eat it… It will be tomorrow lunch…

I didnt use a particular recipe for this but here are a few you could try:
https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/easy_shepherds_pie
https://www.thewholesomedish.com/the-best-classic-shepherds-pie

💛💛💛💛🤍 4/5
🍎 CALORIES – 502 (1½ servings)

🍒 SNACKS
▪️ Red Anjou Pear
▪️ Navel Orange

💛💛💛💛🤍 4/5
🍎 CALORIES – 127

———————

Many thanks to @krogerco and @misfitsmarket for providing all my gorgeous produce.

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

———————

🥬 You’ll hear me mention Misfits Market all the time – they are an organic produce subscription service I have used for 3yrs now, especially during the cooler months.

🔹Fruit, veg, meat, dairy, dry pantry goods…
🔹Choose everything in your box – no more randomly sent produce
🔹No surprise shipments / No minimum frequency – only order when you want
🔹$30 minimum order

Get $15 off your first order here:
https://www.misfitsmarket.com/?promo=cookwme-fn8xpr

———————

💉 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/2p87yuw8

🥞 BERRY WAFFLES / 🐟 MACKEREL CAKES /🍝 STUFFED SHELLS

DAILY MEAL HIGHLIGHTS
🌞 Good morning 🌞 gentle friends!
Let’s get this day started…

🎯 2022 HEALTH GOAL
🍎 WHOLE FOOD REFOCUS
🧟‍♀️ NO FUNKY FOOD FRANKENCHEMICALS
[ items with a ( *) indicate a packaged product – full ingredient information attached ]

———————

👩🏻‍🍳 MINI PREP 👩🏻‍🍳
🐔 CHICKEN BOUILLON POWDER v2
Much Better!
https://tinyurl.com/599mxyc5

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👩🏻‍🍳 MINI PREP 👩🏻‍🍳
🥢 MENMA (PICKLED BAMBOO) + SPROUTS
Yes! Very good!
https://tinyurl.com/2p8322bs

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🥞 BIRCH BENDERS RASPBERRY WAFFLES
▪️Birch Benders Organic Classic Pancake Mix*
▪️Banana
▪️Raspberries
▪️Pomegranate Arils
▪️Blackberries
▪️Light Brown Sugar

💛💛💛💛🤍 4/5
🍎 CALORIES – 260

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🐟 MACKEREL QUINOA CAKES w MEDITERRANEAN KALE SALAD
▪️Mackerel (canned)*
▪️Quinoa with Shiitake and Hazelnuts*
▪️Duck Egg Yolk
▪️Bib Lettuce
▪️Homemade Tzatziki
https://www.liveeatlearn.com/tzatziki

I cooked the quinoa, combined with the mackerel and egg yolk, shaped into patties and cooked in the air fryer oven.

♨️ Cooked in
@hauswirtkitchen 42Q Air Fryer Countertop Oven
Preheated – Middle Rack
400° for 15min

▪️Kale
▪️Grape Tomatoes
▪️Pickled Red Onion
▪️English Cucumber
▪️Chickpeas
▪️Mixed Olives
▪️Bulgarian Sheep Milk Feta*
▪️Lemon Juice

💛💛💛💛🤍 4/5
🍎 CALORIES – 777

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🍝 PESTO CHEESE STUFFED SHELLS
Very loosely based on this:
https://www.momontimeout.com/easy-stuffed-shells

▪️Jumbo Pasta Shells
▪️Whipped Cottage Cheese*
▪️Italian Basil Pesto*
▪️Grape Tomatoes
▪️Marinara Sauce*
▪️4 Cheese Blend*

I had ½ of my Kale Salad left from lunch as well. I had 4 shells and boxed up the other two sets to take down to Sandy.

💛💛💛💛🤍 4/5
🍎 CALORIES – 476 (4 shells)

———————

Many thanks to @krogerco and @misfitsmarket for providing all my gorgeous produce.

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

———————

🥬 You’ll hear me mention Misfits Market all the time – they are an organic produce subscription service I have used for 3yrs now, especially during the cooler months.

🔹Fruit, veg, meat, dairy, dry pantry goods…
🔹Choose everything in your box – no more randomly sent produce
🔹No surprise shipments / No minimum frequency – only order when you want
🔹$30 minimum order

Get $15 off your first order here:
https://www.misfitsmarket.com/?promo=cookwme-fn8xpr

———————

💉 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/2p87yuw8

🌀 INSTANT POT BROCCOLI CHEESE SOUP

🧊 FREEZER MEAL PREP 🧊 – 8 servings
Based on and adapted from:
https://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/instant-pot-broccoli-cheese-soup

This, as per my usual, is a bit of a mashup of ideas I found in various recipes… Some recipes may only mention 1 additional ingredient (like mustard or wine) and I’m like – heck yeah – let’s add that. 😂

I used:
▪️Homemade Chicken Bouillon
▪️White Wine (or Light Beer – completely optional)
▪️Celery – many recipes add Carrot/Onion as well
▪️Broccoli – great way to use up extras
▪️Potato – any kind – I like Yukon Gold for soups or I even saw people using frozen hashbrown potato – you could replace this with cauliflower or even turnip if you are wanting a lighter option
▪️Garlic – fresh, minced, dried powder – all okay
▪️Dijon Mustard – can use any type or just omit
▪️Salt/Pepper

🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪🔪

▪️Milk – I used 2% but you can use any % – dairy alternative milks should work just as well – you could also use half n half or heavy cream here
▪️Cornstarch (optional if needed to thicken)
▪️Pepper Jack Cheese + Sharp Cheddar Cheese NOTE: Use any cheese you like. This is what I had on hand. I prefer the block cheeses as the shredded is usually treated with an anti caking agent and doesn’t melt the same. Use full fat, fat free, any flavor you like though the sharper cheeses work better than say a Mozzarella. A rotary grater is a lifesaver here.

Chop veggies and put everything except milk, cornstarch, cheese in the pot. You don’t have to peel the potatoes unless you want to.

High Pressure 5min + Natural Release

Once release is finished, add milk (+ cornstarch if using – I almost always do in soups I want to be thick – just mix it right in the milk) – then use an immersion/stick blender to puree as you want. Add the cheese, rest the lid on it for about 5 minutes for it to get all melty – then just stir and serve!

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS
[ Make it your own – what do you like? ]
🔹Steamed Broccoli
🔹Green / Spring Onion
🔹Bacon (real, turkey, vegan)
🔹Croutons – here are recipes for making your own
BAKED https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/how-to-make-homemade-croutons
AIR FRYER
https://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/air-fryer-croutons
🔹Oyster Crackers
🔹Goldfish Crackers
🔹Roasted Chickpeas
🔹Parmesan Crisps
🔹Yogurt
🔹Sour Cream

❓ Want it chunky ?
Only blend ½ and then recombine
❓ Want it super smooth?
Blend longer until it is as smooth as you like
❓ Don’t have a stick blender?
Use a normal blender but you need to let it cool considerably then reheat to add the cheese

I just bought a Chefman set that uses the same handle for an immersion blender, spiralizer, whisk and mini chopper – very handy!
https://amzn.to/3351eEF

[Instant Pot Version]
https://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/instant-pot-broccoli-cheese-soup

[Slow Cooker Version]
https://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/slow-cooker-broccoli-cheddar-soup

[Stovetop Version]
https://www.skinnytaste.com/broccoli-cheese-and-potato-soup
https://www.foodiecrush.com/broccoli-cheese-potato-soup

6 servings for me to freeze and 2 for Sandy

💛💛💛💛🤍 4/5
🍎 CALORIES: 362

🥣 BEEF BURGANDY STEW

🧊 Freezer Meal Prep 🧊 – 8 servings
Last month I made a Beef Stew I really enjoyed – the horseradish and wine made all the difference.

🍖 BEEF STEW
https://amindfullmom.com/instant-pot-beef-stew

Image from A Mindful Mom

As I was looking for similar recipes to make this month, I found several that I really liked and created a Mashup recipe of all three… 🤣 Any of them could be delicious on their own!

🍖 BEEF BOURGUIGNON
https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/the-best-instant-pot-beef-bourguignon

🍖 RED WINE BEEF ROAST
https://sweetandsavorymeals.com/instant-pot-red-wine-beef-roast

🍖 BEEF BURGUNDY
https://www.jocooks.com/ingredient/beef/instant-pot-beef-burgundy

Chuck Roast
Carrot / Peas / Mushrooms / Mixed Potatoes /
Yellow Onion / Garlic
Homemade Beef Bone Broth
https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/269284/instant-pot-beef-bone-broth
Red Wine
Tomato Paste
Garlic Powder / Onion Powder / Rosemary / Dried Chives / Salt / Pepper
Fresh Sage / Bay Leaves

Super easy – cut all veggies and the roast to the size you want. Many recipes call for you to sear the meat and precook the onion, carrot, garlic etc but I don’t. To me it doesn’t taste any different in the end.

I just put everything in the pot…

Gave it a good mix…

Set it for 25min + Natural Release and walked away…

When it was finished I added a cornstarch slurry to thicken it up, let it cool and divided into 8 servings – 6 for me and 2 for Sandy!

You can easily do this in other ways:
[Slow Cooker Version]
https://therecipecritic.com/slow-cooker-beef-bourguignon

[Stovetop Version]
https://cafedelites.com/beef-bourguignon

I am freezing it as is. I like to add a few tablespoons of yogurt or sour cream when serving and top with some fresh green onion.

💛💛💛💛🤍 4/5
🍎 CALORIES – 314

🐔 CHICKEN PARMESAN BAKE

🧊 Freezer Meal Prep 🧊 – 6 servings
https://thrivinghomeblog.com/chicken-parmesan-casserole-recipe-an-easy-freezer-meal

This was a super easy meal to put together. Sandy wants some so I cooked the large tray for me – divided into 4 servings and the round pan for her.

Chicken Breast
Bella Mushrooms (optional)
Olive Oil / Italian Seasoning / Dried Basil

Marinara Sauce – I used Kroger jarred sauce this time but here are some recipes to make your own

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/263334/basic-marinara-for-the-instant-pot

https://amindfullmom.com/instant-pot-spaghetti-sauce

@belgioioso Fresh Mozzarella
@kikkomanusa Panko Japanese Breadcrumbs
@pvt_selection Asiago Cheese
Fresh Basil

Layer chicken/mushroom mix, sauce, mozzarella, seasoned breadcrumbs and bake or air fry at 375° for 35min.

When that was cooled, I divided and put into a tray and then vacuum sealed (Food Saver) and labeled.

💛💛💛💛🤍 4/5
🍎 CALORIES – 343

🍕 SPINACH/MUSHROOM PIZZA | 🦞 COOKING FOR SANDY | 🧊 CHEESY CHILI MAC

DAILY MEAL HIGHLIGHTS
🌞 Good morning 🌞 gentle friends!
Let’s get this day started…

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👩🏻‍🍳 COOKING FOR SANDY DAY
3 days a week, I cook meals for a neighbor who had a stroke last year and 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.

🦞 STEAMED LOBSTER TAILS (Kroger had a special so we got some as a treat)
🥦 STEAMED BROCCOLI

I took my baby Instant Pot down to her place and cooked them there so they didn’t get cold… Seafood does not reheat well. I was going to do mine today but didn’t feel up to it so I will have them tomorrow.

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🍕 FRESCHETTA BRICK OVEN SPINACH & MUSHROOM PIZZA
@freschetta Spinach & Portabella Mushroom Pizza (½)
I made the salad (shown) but didn’t eat it until dinner…

✳️ CALORIES: 650
💛💛💛💛🤍 4/5
💊 1x GOLO Release
1x Quercetin
1x Digestive Enzyme

———————

Last minute change of dinner plans – I ended up just having a Cheeseburger Chili Mac frozen meal I had made a few weeks ago and my salad from lunch.

🧊 FREEZER MEAL – CHILI MAC
@homemade Instant Pot Cheeseburger Chili Mac

🥬 DINNER SALAD
@krogerco Romaine Lettuce
@wild_about_sprouts Clover & Broccoli Sprouts
@mwpolar Baby Corn
@auntnellies Baby Pickled Beets
@loreto Spanish Stuffed Olives
@misfitsmarket Organic Purple Cabbage, Carrots, Grape Tomatoes
@seapointfarms Dry Roasted Wasabi Edamame
@kensdressings Asian Sesame Dressing

✳️ CALORIES: 834
💛💛💛💛🤍 4/5
💊 1x GOLO Release
1x Digestive Enzyme
1x Blood Pressure Support
1x Uric Acid Support

———————

🍒 SNACKS
@floridasnatural Orange Juice

✳️ CALORIES: 55
💛💛💛💛🤍 4/5

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DAILY TOTALS
📚 TRACKING
Calorie Command in 🦋 Healthi 🦋
(previously iTrackBites)

🧮 CALORIES: 1539
🎯 Daily Calorie Target: 1500
📉 Next Weigh In: 01.01.22

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

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Video Intro Song: “Good Morning” by @itslennnie

🎬 All the details of the days ingredients, tips, tricks, how tos and the occasional cute doggie are in my daily video…

———————

🥬 You’ll hear me mention Misfits Market all the time – they are an organic produce subscription service I have used for 3yrs now, especially during the cooler months.

Get $10 off your first order here:
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🥢 Weee! Asian & Hispanic Online Grocery
Get $20 off your first order:
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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://fromdumpytodiva2020.wordpress.com/%f0%9f%93%9a-resources-%f0%9f%93%9a

🍜 LUOSI RICE NOODLE BOWL | 🐄 STEAK w MAC & CHEESE

DAILY MEAL HIGHLIGHTS
🌞 Good morning 🌞 gentle friends!
Let’s get this day started…

———————

🍜 LUOSI RICE NOODLE KIT
@sayweee_official Luosi Rice Noodle Kit
@krogerco Peas & Carrots
@mwpolar Bean Sprouts, Baby Corn
@simpletruth4u White Mushrooms
@farmfresh (local farm) Duck Egg (yolk only)

I definitely won’t buy that kit again. It was exceedingly spicy, like burn your face off spicy, without the chili oil pack. I tried draining the soup out, adding lime juice, adding yogurt…

But I just couldn’t eat it – OMG it was 🔥🔥🔥!

I ate about 5 bites of noodles before I gave up so I’m going to count it as a ½ portion.

I had some @aidellssausage Chicken Meatballs leftover and I ate 4 of those and then will just wait for dinner…

Calories below are for what I ate (incl the Meatballs) as opposed to what is shown.

✳️ CALORIES: 609
💛💛🤍🤍🤍 2/5
💊 1x GOLO Release
1x Quercetin
1x Digestive Enzyme

———————

👩🏻‍🍳 COOKING FOR SANDY DAY
3 days a week, I cook meals for a neighbor who had a stroke last year and 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.

We are going super simple today…
PURPLE POTATO SOUP (Made yesterday)
SPINACH & CHEESE PUPUSAS

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🐄 STEAK, MAC & CHEESE & VEG
@krogerco Bottom Round Steak
@simpletruth4u Steak Sauce
@krogerco Peas & Carrots
@chefshamy Garlic, Parmesan & Basil Butter

🌀 INSTANT POT MAC & CHEESE
@foodclub Elbow Macaroni
@hoosierhill_farm White Cheddar Powder
@morningfreshfarm Shredded Mozzarella
@morningfreshfarm Half n Half
@freshfinds Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
@palermo Pink Salt / Peppercorns

4min High Pressure + Quick Release
Adapted from https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/instant-pot-mac-and-cheese-recipe/#tasty-recipes-69305

STEAK (Medium)
♨️ Cooked in
@hauswirtusa 42Q Air Fryer Countertop Oven
Preheated – Middle Rack
425° for 12min

✳️ CALORIES: 756
💛💛💛💛🤍 4/5
💊 1x GOLO Release
1x Digestive Enzyme
1x Blood Pressure Support
1x Uric Acid Support

———————

🍒 SNACKS
@floridasnatural Orange Juice
@homemade Mixed Fruit Salad

✳️ CALORIES: 135
💛💛💛💛💛 5/5

———————

DAILY TOTALS
📚 TRACKING
Calorie Command in 🦋 Healthi 🦋
(previously iTrackBites)

🧮 CALORIES: 1500
🎯 Daily Calorie Target: 1500
📉 Next Weigh In: 01.01.22

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

———————

Video Intro Song: “Good Morning” by @itslennnie

🎬 All the details of the days ingredients, tips, tricks, how tos and the occasional cute doggie are in my daily video…

———————

🥬 You’ll hear me mention Misfits Market all the time – they are an organic produce subscription service I have used for 3yrs now, especially during the cooler months.

Get $10 off your first order here:
https://www.misfitsmarket.com/?promo=cookwme-fn8xpr

———————

Weee! Asian & Hispanic Online Grocery
Get $20 off your first order
https://www.sayweee.com/invite_friends/landing?referral_id=7837748&t=1&lang=en

———————

💉 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://fromdumpytodiva2020.wordpress.com/%f0%9f%93%9a-resources-%f0%9f%93%9a