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Posts from August 2014

Football Season Food = Healthful AND Good!
It's the time of year many of us look forward to.  The changing leaves, the sweater weather and FOOTBALL!  Curling up on the couch enjoying a great game and your favorite comfort food.  Comfort food for me is a big bowl of chili.  Over the years I've tried different ways to make it so there's a little less fat and calories in it.  I use turkey instead of ground beef and I cut out the cheese and sour cream.  If you add a little extra hot sauce it triggers your brain so you don't crave all the "extras" that we all tend to pile on to our chili. 

I just found the perfect recipe that provides all the bold flavor of a great bowl of chili without adding a lot of all that other stuff we don't want.  So, go ahead.....plug in the crock pot and grab the big spoon and enjoy your Sunday afternoon of football watching and chili eating all thanks to your local Copps and Pick N Save!  Here's the recipe....and Go Pack!  (Or, in my case.....Go Colts!)

Mediterranean Chili

1/2 lb turkey sausage
3/4 cup chopped yellow onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
1-1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp hot red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp fennel seeds
1 cup peeled and diced eggplant
1/2 cup diced yellow squash
1/2 cup diced zucchini
1 14oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1tbsp dry red wine
2 tsp beef bouillon granules
1 quart water
1  15 oz. can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese


Coat dutch oven with low cal cooking spray and heat over medium high for 1 minute

Add sausage and brown

Add onion, pepper, garlic, chili powder, oregano, red pepper flakes and fennel.  Cook for 4 minutes until onion is translucent.

Add eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, tomoatoes, parsley, wine, bouillon granules, and water

Bring to boil, reduce heat, simmer uncovered for 1 hour

Add beans and cook for 5 more minutes

Remove from heat, stir in oil and let stand 15 minutes before serving.  Top with cheese when ready to serve 

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Oatmeal Is Calling My Name
One of the things I love about my local Copps and Pick N Save stores is that they really want me to succeed in eating healthy.  Not only do they provide fresh locally grown produce they also give me hundreds of healthy recipe ideas on their website.   But what I love most is that they give me all kinds of healthy eating tips and ways to mix up the foods I eat so I don’t get bored with them.   Like this article about enjoying oatmeal again. 

It’s the little things that count.  Copps and Pick N Save certainly go the extra mile to provide me with all those little things that matter.  What other grocery store does that?  I’m sure there are some but my local Copps store just makes my overall experience with them feel like home.  Guess what I’m going to have for breakfast tomorrow?  Oatmeal!  

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Sunday Driver
One of my favorite things to do is take a Sunday drive to someplace I've never been.  I just pick a direction and go.  When I start getting close to country back roads, I veer off and take them to see where they lead me.  I have a pretty good sense of direction so I really never worry about getting lost.  A full tank of gas and a Wisconsin map are all I need.  If I see a cute antique store or roadside restaurant I'll stop.  If I see a wildlife viewing area sign I definitely will stop.  I keep a pair of binoculars in the car. 

Slowly over the years my relaxing Sunday drives have dwindled.  I began to think I was too tired or too busy to do something I really enjoy.  Time to get back on the road and see what other Wisconsin treasures I can find.  I plan on throwing a dart at a map this Sunday and buckling up.  Sunday drives are back in style!
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Healthy Eating Tips
I will be honest with you.  My whole life I have never had a problem with my weight.  I was that girl who could eat a cheese burger everyday and never paid the price for it.  Sure, I worked out and ate right but I was never on a mission to lose weight.  I took for granted my ability to stay slim and healthy.  All of that changed when I hit 40. 

And I will be honest with you again when I say that I have gained what I perceive to be an excessive amount of weight over the past few years.  Weight that I makes me feel tired and sluggish.  Weight that makes me worry about my health.  Weight that just doesn’t make me feel good about how I look and who I want to be. 

Well, I’m not going to just sit idly and let the pounds pile on.  I’m going to do everything I can to lose what I’ve gained over the past four years or so.  That includes bumping up my exercise but please know that all the exercise in the world won’t help you lose weight if you don’t have the right healthful eating habits to support it.  That’s why I love the Copps and Pick N Save websites.  They are on my side!  And they are on yours too, if you’re trying as desperately as I am to lose 10, 20, 30, 40 pounds.  So, they provide great little tips and encouragement on their recipe page.  Along with healthful recipes you can try they give you great reminders like this.  Let’s do this together!  One step at a time!  And we can all get a little help from Copps and Pick N Save.  
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Chef Secrets
In my quest to be a better cook I am learning what flavors can marry each other and have a beautiful relationship.  Who would have thought that mushrooms and pineapple go together but they do….very well.  Along with apples and lettuce and white wine vinegar all to make this salad that I will be proud to serve at my next summer Sunday brunch or Saturday afternoon picnic. 
I also learned that you don’t need a bunch of fancy gourmet cookbooks or to log onto all the “foodie” websites to find spectacular recipes.  There are literally hundreds I want to try from my favorite grocery stores.  Copps and Pick N Save.  Click here to link to their recipe page and start cooking something spectacular yourself.  If you come across one that you love and want me to try as well just email me here. 
Greens with Basil Vinaigrette
4 cups torn salad greens
1 whole apple, cored, quartered and sliced
½ cup sliced fresh mushrooms
¼ cup unsweetened pineapple juice
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp salad oil
½ tsp snipped fresh basil
Dash of salt and pepper to taste
For salad, place salad greens in a large salad bowl. Top with apple and mushroom slices. For vinaigrette, in a screw-top jar combine pineapple juice, vinegar, salad oil, basil, salt, and pepper. Cover and shake well. Drizzle vinaigrette over salad. Toss to mix.
Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 mins.
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