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Events and Brussel Sprout Gratin Live

Today is a little different post. I was on fox4 kc this morning.  I made the Brussel Sprout Gratin on live tv. You can watch the segment here at FOX 4.  This is a recipe in my new cookbook Food For the Family Soul/ Call Your Mother In Law.  The cookbook was officially launched yesterday.   The book is available at many retailers, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple iBooks, Kobo and many more.  You can click on links below to get your book.
I was so nervous getting ready for today.  I had friends calling to offer words of support early as I was headed to the station.  It was amazing I was interviewed by Abby Eden at Fox 4.  She was so sweet and made me feel relaxed.  I could not have made it through my first cooking segment without my wonderful friend Karen.  She helped me set everything up and made my Brussel Sprout Gratin Photo ready.

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Zesty Summer Salad

I love this salad! It is super easy to make, with bright summer flavors, you will find yourself wanting more.  Sometimes I feel no one wants a recipe so simple.  However, someone asked me the other day about my recipes.  They wanted to know if my cooking was approchable.  She was worried that because of my photos she would not be able to make myfood.  I reassured her that I try to make food that anyone can cook.  I want your kids to cooking in the kitchen with you.  I write recipes for people who are new cooks not just seasoned kitchen aficionados.

Makes 2 servings
Carbs 10.7g   Protein  2.9g

Salad Base
1 head Romain lettuce rinsed and chopped
1 avocado
4 halves sundried tomatoes
2 tbsp plain greek yogurt
Juice of 1/2 lime
Lime zest from half lime
1/2 tsp fresh cilantro
1/4 tsp sriracha or to taste
salt to taste

Place lettuce in a bowl.  Peel avocado, deseed, peel, and chop.
Chop sun-dried tomatoes.  Place avocado and tomatoes in a bowl.  In a separate bowl mix dressing ingr…

Matcha Chia Pudding

I love chia pudding for breakfast in the morning.  I make it the night before so it is ready and waiting for me when I wake up.  Over the years I have made a variety of flavors.  I love the bold green of the matcha to get the day started.

 Makes 2 Servings
 17.3g  Carbs     7.5g  Protein

1 1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 tsp honey
1 1/2 tsp matcha
1/2 tsp vanilla

Using a mason jar with a lid.  Place all ingredients in a mason jar.  Place lid on tight. Shake vigorously.  Put in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.  Remove and shake again. Replace in the refrigerator and let sit in the refrigerator for 2 hours or overnight.  Top with your favorite fruit.  The fruit was not counted in the carb or protein counts.

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Caesar Brussel Sprouts

This is a Salad that is so popular in my family that I never get to have any of the leftovers. If my aunt is around, she will take all the leftovers of this salad with her.  I am actually making this tomorrow, with teenagers home and everyone in and out of the house, I love having this as a go-to snack.  Watch out its addictive.  #junkfoodkids on Instagram when you make a junkfoodkids recipe and get featured in the weekly recipe roundup.

Makes 6 servings
Carbs  11.3g   Protein  8.3g

1 lb. fresh Brussel sprouts shaved

1 garlic clove grated
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup grated parmesan and asiago blend cheese
2 tbsp white champagne vinegar
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1tsp lemon juice
1 tsp coconut sugar
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper

1 cup pecans
1 tbsp Irish butter
1/2 cayenne pepper

Place brussel sprouts in a bowl.  Put all the dressing ingredients into a blender.  Blend o…

Chocolate Almond Butter

I have an Instagram friend that is completely obsessed with low carb nut butter.  She has so many flavors she posts about.  She will find one she likes and order all the flavors. I watch her show all these different kinds of nut butters and I was thinking I could make some flavors.  I make regular almond butter that is in the cookbook Food For The Family Soul. I have made a Coconut Almond that I love. Now it's time to try some with chocolate.

Makes 48 Servings (1 tbsp)   Carbs 2g   Protein 1.9g

1 tbsp coconut oil 3 cups roasted almonds 1 tbsp cocoa powder 1 tsp vanilla 1/4 tsp stevia
Directions  Place ingredients into a highspeed blender or food processor and blend until you get the desired consistency.  Keep in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.  

Grilled Spicy Gazpacho

I am not a huge fan of chilled soups, over the years I have come across some gazpachos that have wowed me.  One thing I love is a roasted salsa, and so I really thought a grilled gazpacho would have the same smoky effect.  I love this it's really spicy maybe because my tomato juice had siracha.  I Like to serve these as shooters, garnished with some micro greens a veggie that is on hand and I love a blackened shrimp.

Makes 7 cups (per cup)
Carbs  18.7g     Protein  2.3g


2 red peppers cored and deseeded
1 yellow pepper cored and deseeded
1 orange pepper cored and deseeded
1 large yellow onion
4 large garlic cloves
2 zucchini
3 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 1/2 cups spicy tomato juice
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp tomato paste
salt and pepper to taste

nonstick spray

Set your peppers so the side.  Peel, trim and quarter onion. Place with peppers.  Leave the garlic in the natural wrapping to protect from burning. Trim zucchini and slic…

Coffee Cake

A giant CHEAT recipe!
Carbs 49.5g  Protein 3.8g
9 servings

You can be a star without making everything from scratch.  You guys loved the coffee cake yesterday so here it is.  Please don't laugh. I know this is so crazy easy.  It's the Half and Half that makes everyone love my coffee cake so much.  Sometimes I make a coffee cake from scratch, but really I can have this in the oven in five minutes without pulling out 10 ingredients and more clean up than I want in the morning.
My carb and protein counts are based on the brand of coffee cake mix I buy.  I tagged the brand on my Instagram.

Cinnamon Crumb topping coffee cake mix as natural as possible
Half and Half
Irish butter

Preheat oven to 350
I bake mine using convection so the crumb topping is more crunchy.
Follow directions for your coffee cake mix.  Instead of water use half and half.  Use Irish butter in your crumb topping, it has a richer flavor. Use the number of eggs called for by your mix.  I…