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Grilled Zucchini Pizza Bites

If you know me personally you know that I’m a pizza fanatic. I could have pizza everyday if my waist line would allow. Well, unfortunately¬†pizza is calorie, fat, and carb loaded. We came across some giant zucchinis at our local farmers market and decided to make a heathy alternative! I gotta start eating healthy if I want to still fit in that bikini I bought…woof…

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Zucchini Pizza Bites

Ingredients:

Zucchini cut in ~1/4-1/2 inch thick rounds

~1 cup of Pizza Sauce

1-2 Cup of Shredded Part-Skim Mozzarella

Topping to your liking! (Pepperoni, Ground lean beef, vegetables!)

Italian seasoning to taste

2-3 TBSP of extra virgin olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Lightly brush both sides of each zucchini rounds with olive oil. Season each side of zucchini with salt and pepper to taste. Preheat grill to 350 degrees. Place zucchini directly on grill and grill 2-3 min until slightly tender. Remove zucchini from grill and place 1-2 TBSP of pizza sauce, toppings, and 3-4 TBSP of mozzarella on grilled side of zucchini. Sprinkle italian seasoning on each bite to taste.

Place non-grilled zucchini down on grill and grill for 3-4 minutes until zucchini is tender and cheese is melted!

VOILA! Thats it!

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Fish Tacos with Mango-Avocado Salsa

Ay yi yi! Grab a marg and enjoy these fish tacos! My husband and I honeymooned on the beautiful Caribbean island of Anguilla. While there we had a phenomenal fish sandwich at a beach bar called Gwen’s Reggae bar. The fish had a spicy but sweet flavor that until now I couldn’t put my finger on it! I had my ah-ha moment and realized it was a cumin and cinnamon mixture! I incorporated these flavors for a light summer dish of fish tacos. Enjoy ya’ll!!

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3 Mahi Mahi fish fillets
salt et pepper to taste
1/2 tsp of garlic powder
1/2 tsp of onion powder
1 tsp of Cumin
1/2 tsp of cinnamon
Bag of tricolor shredded cabbage
Shredded sharp cheddar to taste
Flour tortillas
Sour cream (optional)
Preheat Oven to 400 degrees. Spray pan with non-stick spray. If skin on fish present place skin pan side down. Add spices to fish et rub into meat. Bake 15-20 minutes until fish is white and flaky.
Once fish is done remove skin and use fork to break apart fish into smaller pieces.
To make tacos, lay tortilla down and layer cheese, fish, and cabbage. Top with Avocado-Mango salsa and sour cream if you wish!
Avocado-mango salsa
2 ripe avocadoes-chopped
1 mango-chopped
1/2 red onion diced
1 TBSP of lime juice
1 TBSP of cilantro
salt et pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients and serve chilled!

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Cobbler

Did I mention I like cream cheese? Man, two cream cheese related posts in one day. I want to end this fabulous first Father’s Day with strawberry cream cheese cobbler! Check out your local strawberry farms for cheap strawberries by the quart! Don’t forget to top this dessert with vanilla bean ice cream to send you to pure cream cheese bliss.

1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup of milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 quarts of strawberries
4 oz of cream cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Melt butter and pour into a 9X13 inch pyrex dish.
In a small bowl mix together first 7 ingredients. Pour directly over butter but DO NOT stir
Add strawberries arranging in a single layer. Spring cream cheese over strawberries
Bake 45 minutes or until top is golden brown and edges are bubbling
Top with ice cream and welcome to heaven my friends

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Sausage brownies

Happy Father’s Day to all those awesome daddies out there! Nothing says I love you like bulk sausage. These “brownies” are a favorite of my husbands and he requested them for his first Father’s Day breakfast. Who can say no to a layer of cheesy, creamy sausage mixture sandwiched between a golden crescent roll crust. My rule of thumb with cooking is that if the recipe include cream cheese its a keeper. These little buggers are to die for and to top it off are SUPER easy to make. There are only FOUR ingredients and you’ll be in hog heaven in less than an hour. Now the recipe says that it can serve 32 and I seriously just laughed out loud. I could probably eat a pan myself those silly fools.

Now these sausage squares are not necessarily a healthy food item but it’s Father’s Day so make a batch and watch your favorite dad gobble them down!

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Sausage “Brownies”

2 cans of crescent seamless dough sheets

1 lb of spicy or mild bulk pork sausage

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese

1 to 2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese ( I dont use quite the whole 2 cups)

Step 1: Heat oven to 375 degrees

Step 2: Unroll 1 can of dough and place in ungreased 13X9-inch pyrex dish; press over bottom and 1/2 inch up sides to form crust.

Step 3: Cook sausage over medium heat in skillet until no longer pink. Discard drippings and add cream cheese to skillet. Cook over low heat until melted. Spoon evenly over crust in baking dish and sprinkle with cheese.

Step 4:Unroll second can of dough on top of casserole

Step 5: Bake 21 to 26 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 10-15 minutes and nom on daddio!

 

 

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10 THINGS YOUR MOMMY FRIENDS FORGOT TO TELL YOU ABOUT POSTPARTUM LIFE

imageYou’ve been waiting for this moment for nine months! You are so excited to hold and kiss your sweet little cherub. You envision the picture perfect moment of snuggling with your little one and being engulfed by the serenity of the little miracle you just created. Then reality sets in and you realize that all your mommy friends forgot to tell you that postpartum life is all but glamorous.

1) You never thought you’d wear mesh panties—and love it
Thats right. Mesh panties. After you deliver your body will begin the process of pushing out all the excess blood and tissue your body needed to nourish your little one during pregnancy. The flow is HEAVY at first and blood clots may also be present. Those sexy mesh panties work perfectly with a large maxi pad since you will not be able to use a tampon. Since your belly will still be swollen and maybe sore, the elasticity of the mesh panties is not only comfortable but they are disposable! My nurse told me that clots up to the size of credit card are normal. This was a bit shocking when she told me this to say this least. To top it all off, you may also experience abdominal cramping as your uterus begins it journey from the size of whatever fruit What to Expect told you down to about the size of your fist. I especially noticed sharp cramping when I was breastfeeding due to those good ol’ hormones telling your uterus to shape up.

2) Am I breastfeeding a vampire?
I’m not sure I would have made it through without Lanolin and soothie pads. Lanolin is a natural protectant that you can apply to your poor painful cracked nipples to help with healing after your little one has veraciously attacked your boobs like a hyena. I would highly recommend looking over a breastfeeding book before your little one comes and during as needed. I read that painful nursing is usually due to a poor latch. You can detach your little one from your nipple by slipping a finger in his mouth and gently slide finger out to the corner of their mouth to break his seal. Those soothie pads are wonderful with a capital W. However they are pricey and are only good for 72 hours. Also, my lab Bailey really liked to eat those expensive buggers. Don’t worry we found them later in the backyard. Don’t worry…no animals were harmed during the breastfeeding process.
3) Coochie Coolers!
Amen to Tucks pads or coochie coolers! I delivered my little one via C-section however I pushed for several hours up until the point we found that it was fruitless. Tuck’s pads are given to you by the hospital and are basically maxi pads that have cooling beads in them. They are the next best thing to sticking your hind end into a freezer. I have seen pins on Pinterest of homemade coolers but have not heard many reviews.

4) Nap time nightmares
I never babysat. I really never had to care for young children until Mason! I was under the impression that babies just go to sleep when they are tired. Well…some babies might do that but my little stink had other plans. Some babies need to be put down for naps! Mason continues to this day to fight naps however he is a much happier baby when he gets those naps in. Late to bed does not necessarily mean late to rise. An overly tired baby is a TERROR. We found that we would watch him like a hawk and look for tired signs such as yawns, rubbing eyes, moving legs and arms with less coordination/spastic, and he likes to rub his head on our chest.

5) Hungry Hungry Hippo
When I was breastfeeding, I could not eat enough! Don’t be surprised if you have an increased appetite when you are breastfeeding. I have read that you burn about 20 calories per ounce of breast milk you express! If your little one eats 3 oz every 2-3 hours you have already burned at least 720 calories by just being an awesome mommy!

6) Home cooked Delivered meals are a godsend
We were so thankful for the outpouring of love and gifts from all of our friends and family showed us especially home cooked delivered meals. I am pretty sure that my husband would have starved if we didn’t have some of those delicious meals. Those first couple of weeks I barely had enough energy to shower. I literally was in a nursing bra and robe for weeks. Cooking dinner those first couple of weeks was the last thing on my mind. I think next go round I am going to get my pregnant butt in gear and make frozen meals ahead of time so I don’t have to worry about my husband starving to death.

7) Why do I still look pregnant
After delivery you lose around 10-15 pounds right off the bat! Hell yea! But wait a darn minute what is this sad squishy pouch where my stomach used to be?! *sigh* Yes, you will sadly still look pregnant after birth of your little one. Don’t worry those first 6 weeks you wont really feel like working out anyways and if you do…I hate you.

8) That first BM is scary
Yes i’m talking poop here. After hours of pushing you are not sure what the hell is going on down there. Just make sure that you are taking stool softeners as directed by physician especially if you are still taking prenatal vitamins. You’ll get through it just breathe. I think we have covered that topic. Check.

9) You wont get much sleep at the hospital
At our hospital all babies roomed in with the new parents. There was always an array of doctors, nurses, aides, housekeepers, lactation specialists, and even a photographer?! coming in and out all day and night. Every change of shift 7-3, 3-7, 7-11 expect someone to come in and check on you and baby. We were pleased with all the attention but definitely were ready to go home to some “relative” peace and quiet after discharge with our baby boy.

10) Life after baby
Getting out the door to just go to the grocery is a major event. When did the baby eat last? When was his last nap? Does he need to be changed first? Where’s the damn binkie? Have the dogs eaten today? Simple errands now require the planning of a four star general. Don’t forget to continue to date your spouse and find some time to have fun and relax. And always remember that bottles just aren’t for babies. Pour yourself a glass of wine and relax mom you deserve it…