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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Fri. June 29th

Buffalo Salmon Salad for Dinner!


Daily Tidbit:  Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) makes for a great "Good Fat" alternative to using butter when you are enjoying some bread.  Just a little goes a long way when you pour it onto a flat plate and top with a spice blend for an extra zing of flavor!  My pic from dinner is below.

MUFAs (monounsaturated fats - the good fats found in olive oil!) are loaded with health benefits and it turns out they play a key role in keeping a flat belly!  http://www.prevention.com/weight-loss/flat-belly-diet/meet-mufas-flat-belly-diet

Going back through to review my eating today, I realize that I unknowingly incorporated 8 MUFA foods into my day:  EVOO, Avocado, Almonds, Walnuts, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame, Salmon and Dark Chocolate!  Common link:  all yummy and all satisfying!  MUFAs are good for the eyes, brain, skin & hair too - look below for ways to incorporate them into your day!


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Oatmeal with Walnuts & Cinnamon for Breakfast!

Breakfast:  Oatmeal with Walnuts
1/2 cup plain Oatmeal (this is a pre-cook measurement)
microwaved in Fat Free Milk
2 tbsp Walnuts
2 shakes of Plain Cinnamon
5 oz. OJ
Regular Coffee, black



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Snack: 1/4 cup dry roasted, unsalted Almonds & 2 Cherries 
Regular Coffee, black



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Sesame Soy Ginger Veggie Blast with Eggs for Lunch!

Lunch:  Sesame Soy Ginger Veggie Blast with Eggs!
12 oz. frozen bag of mixed Veggies:  Asparagus, Green Beans, Cauliflower, Carrots, Onions & Mushrooms
Cooked in covered pan with 1 tbsp EVOO until heated through and browned
2 eggs cracked on top and scrambled, until cooked through
1 tbsp of Sesame Soy Ginger Dressing mixed in
Took off heat, plated & topped with 1/2 Avocado & 1 tbsp of Sunflower Seeds

Tip:  You can make the above dish with just about any salad dressing or sauce that you like!




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Dinner:  Dinner Party with Friends


Cornichons

Appetizers:  
-Roasted Red Pepper Hummus with Baby Carrots
-Cornichons (small pickled Cucumbers)







Dinner: Buffalo Salmon Salad (Recipe Below)
2 slices of Baguette dipped in Extra Virgin Olive Oil with spices


EVOO & Spices makes a great dip for bread!




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Decadent Dessert Sampler!



Dessert:  Decadent Mini Desserts Sampler
-Tiramisu
-Chocolate Mouse Cake
-Tuxedo Cake
-Fruit Tart

This was shared between 4 people, so I had 1/4 of each dessert - they were amazing and absolutely worth every single calorie!!


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Amy's Buffalo Salmon Salad Recipe:

Wild Alaskan Salmon Fillet - brushed with a mixture of jarred Jalapeno Pepper Hot Sauce & Honey - and baked at 350 for 15 minutes - and then cooled in fridge.  Once cool, add the juice of 1/2 Lime to the Salmon.

Turkey Bacon cooked in microwave between paper towels, and then cooled in fridge. 

Fresh Corn on the Cob, boiled, and then cooled in the fridge.

The following items are chopped and tossed in a large bowl:
-Scallions
-Carrots
-Cucumbers
-Red Onion
-Cilantro
-White Beans
-Radishes
-Avocado
-Juice from 1/2 Lemon
-Red Leaf Lettuce 
-Balsamic Vinaigrette

Once the Corn is cool, it can be cut off the cob and added to the salad bowl.  Toss everything together.  Top with cooled Salmon & Bacon.

This is a cool summer salad, best on hot nights!  The trick is to cook the Salmon, Bacon & Corn ahead (the night before is the best time so you aren't heating up your kitchen on a hot day), so they have plenty of time to cool down in the fridge to make for a light crisp and cool salad!


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