Monthly Archives: August 2013

Best Ranch dressing EVER

I’m not kidding.  This is the best ranch dressing I’ve ever had. You will find yourself thinking of foods you can dip in this stuff all day long.

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 tsp paprika

1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced

1 Tbsp dried chives

1/2 cup Olive oil mayo (see recipe in previous post)

1 tsp lemon juice

salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.  If it’s too thick, add either lemon juice or water, 1/4 tsp at a time, until it’s the right consistency.

 

No fuss Salmon cakes

Remember the no-fuss salmon cakes I referred to a couple of posts ago?  How I said they were NOT fuss free.  Well, I found a way to make them fuss free!  So I wanted to share the recipe because they are so delish.  I got this recipe from It Starts With Food.

It calls for one can (14.75 oz) wild-caught pink or red salmon.  But this is what you have to pluck all those bones from.  Just buy the equivalent in the foil packs.  NO BONES!  Who knew?

1 cup canned sweet potatoes (the only place I could find sugar-free, just plain ole potatoes was at Whole Foods)

1 egg

1/2 cup almond flour

2 Tbsp minced fresh parsley (or 2 tsp dried)

2 scallions, white and green, thinly sliced

2 Tbsp minced fresh dill (or 2 tsp dried) ~ I’m not a fan of dill, so I omitted it

1 tsp hot pepper sauce (I used the cock sauce)

1/2 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

2 Tbsp clarified butter or coconut oil, melted

Preheat oven to 425.

Add all ingredients except the butter to a large bowl and mix well.  Put in the fridge for 5-10 minutes.

Brush your pan with some of the melted butter.

Use a 1/3 cup measuring cup to scoop out salmon mixture and make into “cakes” and put onto pan.

Bake for 20 minutes, flip and bake for 10 more minutes.

I served mine with some homemade mayo and relish for quick and easy tartar sauce.

I finally found it

So, today I came to a realization that has been a long time coming.  As many of you know, I’ve really struggled with finding a group of like-minded people to push me physically since I moved back to SC.  I had that in New Jersey and have REALLY missed it.  I think I missed it more than I wanted to admit and packed on a few pounds with emotional eating.  Yesterday I was driving down a less than beautiful street with run down houses and yards and I looked over and saw a very ugly tree (all its branches had been cut off and it was virtually a very tall stick), but it had the most beautiful circle of huge red flowers around it.  I mean, I had to do a double take.  They were so beautiful.  And in that moment (while rushing to one of my many many meetings) I realized you can find beauty anywhere.  And usually when you least expect it.  You just have to be open to it.  So, with my new state of mind, something hit me like a ton of bricks today.  I finally found my people!!!  I found it somewhere I least expected. It’s not a running group, or a mom’s group.  It’s a gym.  It’s unconventional.  There are no treadmills, ellipticals, or machines.  What is there, is a great group of people who show up at 5 am, ready to bring it, awesome trainers ready to push you, and a whole lotta sweat slinging going on.  I’m so glad I finally found it.  It’s somewhere I least expected and it’s beautiful.

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