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Mini Shrimp Cocktail with My Mini Me!

photo 1 Me and My Mini were at Whole Foods getting our Coho Salmon. The little wild caught bay shrimp looked good!   So a pound later, mini shrimp cocktail.. I make my cocktail sauce from no added sugar tomato puree, horseradish and garlic. If you want the recipe let me know! Divided the wild caught bay shrimp into five small ramekins. Spooned on cocktail sauce and added a lemon wedge. Appetizers done! photo 2
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PaleAvocado (pu LAH vO Ca doe) Dressing

image Giving up the processed salad dressing was hard, Hidden Valley Ranch users, big time. When our family did The Whole 30, I learned and loved making my own. This recipe is our favorite. "PaleAvocado Dressing" 1 Ripe Avocado 4 Tablespoons Water 2 Tablespoons Olive Oli 1/2 Lemon 1 Teaspoon All Purpose Seasoning Salt I use my Bullet Blender for this. You can use a hand blender, food processor or bowl and a fork. I have done them all. Add all ingredients. Squeeze lemon and blend until whipped, 1 to 2 minutes. photo One Minute............ image Two Minutes.............. image Done! Thick and creamy ready to use! image  
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One brick at a time and pretty soon you will have your path...

Everyone is on their own journey. It is the small choices you make everyday that create bigger differences. Every time you make a conscious effort to better yourself or your loved ones it creates a sense of joy! That joy will keep you on the path! image    
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Lemon Rosemary Chicken with Garlic

image Its almost Friday and it has been a long week. I want dinner to be simple and healthy! I use chicken at least twice a week. It has such a mild flavor, it is perfectly happy sharing the stage with lemon and rosemary. I love the sweet and spice flavor rosemary gives to chicken. "Lemon Rosemary Chicken with Garlic" 4 Chicken Breasts 4 Lemons 3 Tablespoons Rosemary 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic 8 Thyme Stems 3 Scallions 2 Teaspoons 21 Seasoning Salute (T. J.) Pepper Salt 1/3 Cup Melted Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Chop rosemary. image Dice your lemons into cubes. I cut mine in slices and then dice,  well you get the idea. photo For this recipe I spend the time and use fresh garlic. It's worth the flavor! I chop it rough, little bits make an appearance here and there with each bite. image Separate your thyme, using  8 stems. Chop scallions. photo I put everything into a bowl when I wake up in the morning except the coconut oil. Salt and pepper as desired. image Marinate all day. Bake for 40 mins in a glass baking dish uncovered (13' x 9' is what I use).  Drizzle with the melted coconut oil right before placing in the oven. Cook times vary just like ovens. The lemons will cook down, the meat will brown. then you will have your home filled with the sweet smell of rosemary! Yum      
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Farmers Markets

image I look forward to the weekends.  My family and I wander around our local Farmers Markets.  I found these lovely bags of greens with edible flowers and squash blossoms. The baby spinach was the darkest most beautiful green! image Before I decided to rid our lives from processed foods, I never utilized the fresh organic goods at Farmers Markets, but today I do!  They are easy to find and offer a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and goods like soaps or fun spices. Farmers Markets keep the local growers and entrepreneurs in business and I love that! Things are less expensive than at commercial markets plus fresher. The social interaction of meeting these people and hearing their stories are amazing.  I see smiling faces happy to sell you good wholesome food. Go out and explore your local Farmers Market and make some changes to your lifestyle today! I bet once you go, you can't stop. The picture below is what my fridge now looks like every Sunday afternoon. image
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