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Asian Chicken Salad

Welcome to our June Blog Hop!

This month we are focusing on Summertime and Family Fun activities. Get ready for some great ideas, inspiration and how to as you move along through the blog hop.

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For many people summertime means family, fun, bbqs and get-togethers.  My favorite summer salad to bring to these fun times is my Asian Chicken Salad.  Although this isn’t the name everyone in my family calls it!  The first year I brought it to a family get-together, it was a big hit!  Let me tell you, my family is pretty awesome….and they are a bunch of jokers!  There is so much laughter when we are all together.  It always makes for some great memories.

THE BEST Asian Chicken Salad! This is a delicious cold salad sure to please almost everyone! Easy to make for that cookout party you will be going to! Just be prepared to bring it to every party thereafter! www.ScrutinizingLife.com

 

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Here Lies My Youth

Having turned 50 {gulp} this past year, I’ve had many conversations with friends about how they felt when they celebrated the big Five-O.   Surprisingly, many have said they had a harder time with turning 40 then with turning 50.  I’m not sure why that is.  At 40, you aren’t suddenly receiving snail mail from AARP, or having friends joke about being able to ask for a senior citizen discount (that’s not til 60 in my book!!). As you can probably surmise, I wasn’t too keen on this past birthday.  They say age is only a number, and they are right.  It’s a number that is 1/2 way to 100!!

Why is this birthday such an issue for me?  I had no problem with 30 or 40. After pondering this for, ohhhh 5 minutes or so, I figured out.  I DON’T FEEL 50!  That’s it!!  I don’t FEEL like I should be 50.  I think about the age 50 and I remember my Nana and Grammy at this age.  I remember how grandmotherly they were.  How they would cook great meals.  How they taught me knitting and crocheting and ceramics.  I don’t do any of that!  Even though I am a  {gulp…again} grandmother, I am nothing like my grandmothers were.  I enjoy riding my bike (motorcycle not pedal bike), going “jeepin” through the mud, trying to figure out what my next tattoo will be, hanging out and having a drink on the deck in the afternoon.  I can’t picture my grandmothers ever doing any of that!

Granted, I can cook great meals if I want to (Dakgalbi anyone?). Heck, I can even crochet and knit, although I seem to have forgotten more than I learned!   As for ceramics, you will most definitely see a post or two about crafts I have painted.  I guess the age of 50 for me is all about the struggle in my head.   My memories of my grandmothers and all the “grandmotherly” things they always did are clashing with my current state of mind and my lack of “grandmotherly ness” (is that even a word?!).  I guess my grandchildren will have to wait a few more years before they get that type of Nana.  Until then, maybe their mothers will let me take them on the back of my bike!!

To celebrate a recent 50th birthday, I made a nifty little cake that was in the Wilton 1993 Yearbook (the main picture above is from the yearbook).  It had a candle that read “Here Lies My Youth”.  Unfortunately,  I couldn’t find that candle so I made it work with the big Five-O candle.  Here’s what you will need:  Banana Cake, Buttercream Icing, 10.5′ ring mold pan, Icing tips # 1A, 2, 10, 225 and 233

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Shrimp and Pasta ~ Quick and Easy! Dinner on the table in 30 minutes. ScrutinizingLife.com

Shrimp and Pasta ~ Quick and Easy

Shrimp and Pasta.  Does it get any better than that?!  There are too many nights when I wonder what I will be making for dinner… at 5:30pm.  In my humble opinion, 5:30pm is too late to try to figure out what to make for a meal!  If I haven’t figured it out by that time, it’s cereal for everyone!  Not really (sorta). However, if you have the few ingredients needed for this dish, you can have it on the table in a half hour!

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Peanut Chicken & Rice Noodles

 

I just love the meal I made last night. I needed something quick (because I spent all afternoon lost on Pinterest!) but yummy, and if it seemed as if I spent hours on the meal…all the better!!  I looked through my clean eating recipes and came across this one.

I am on a spicy “wake up taste buds!’ food kick.  I have always liked spicy foods, but my introduction to Dakgalbi has solidified it.  I especially like it if the meal is clean eating which makes it healthy, though that it isn’t a prerequisite for me.  This stir-fry is so easy to make but it gives the impression that you spent the afternoon creating it!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 tbsp coconut milk (use light for a healthier meal)
  • 7 tsp natural peanut butter, room temperature  (use unsalted for lower sodium)
  • 8 tsp tamari (or soy sauce if you don’t have tamari), divided (use reduced-sodium tamari for lower sodium level)
  • 5 tsp rice vinegar, divided
  • Hot sauce, to taste (I used appx 3 tbsp of Sriracha)
  • Olive oil cooking spray

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Clean Eating Pizza. 8 Wicked Good Recipes!

A friend of mine recently asked if I knew of a good cauliflower pizza crust recipe.  That got me to thinking about all the delicious recipes I have come across which fall under the category of “Clean Eating”.  My daughter introduced me to healthier eating when she changed up her diet and lost 60 pounds of pregnancy weight (see her story at BattlingTheHomeFront.com).  Clean eating is like a party in your mouth! The use of spices and good clean (no additives, preservatives, all natural) food  enables the flavors to jump out and say “YUM”!  I have found all these recipes and photos (except for the Raw Fruit Pizza) through Clean Eating Magazine (which I love!). Without further ado…. I present to you…  clean eating PIZZA!

First we will start with 2 different clean eating pizza crusts.

Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough has the more traditional feel of pizza crust after baking.  I used the recipe from Clean Eating Magazine.  The April/May issue has so many amazing recipes that I finally downloaded the digital copy of it because my paper copy is so beat up!

Cauliflower Pizza Dough is one of the healthiest ways to eat pizza!  I have an entirely separate post for that recipe!

And now some very yummy pizza recipes…….

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Cauliflower Pizza “Dough”

Makes 1 12-inch crust (8 servings)   Hands-On-Time: 15 minutes   Total Time:  55 minutes

Recipe by Clean Eating Magazine

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 large head cauliflower, stems included.  Broken into large florets (about 8 cups)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp brown rice, whole-wheat or gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp dried italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 tbsp finely ground cornmeal

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