MEMORIES7's SparkPeople Blog MEMORIES7's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Double-Apple Walnut Bread Hello Sparkfamily, I am baking bread today! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 c sweetened or unsweetened applesauce <BR> 1/2 c plus 1 Tbsp sugar <BR> 1/2 c packed light-brown sugar <BR> 2 large eggs <BR> 1/4 c vegetable oil <BR> 1/4 c plain or vanilla yogurt <BR> 1 tsp vanilla extract <BR> 2 cups all-purpose flour <BR> 1 tsp baking powder <BR> 1/2 tsp baking soda <BR> 3... Mon, 26 Sep 2016 23:16:32 EST Beef Vegetable Casserole Hello Sparkfamily, Are you wondering what's for dinner? Well wonder no more! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 medium carrots, shredded <BR> 2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced <BR> 2 medium summer squashes, thinly sliced <BR> 1 large onion, chopped <BR> 1 clove garlic, minced <BR> 1 pound lean ground beef, browned and drained <BR> 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of ... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:03:57 EST Beef And Eggplant Stew Hello Sparkfamily, Get out the Dutch oven, gather the ingredients and...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 Tbsps oil <BR> 2 pounds stew beef cubed <BR> 4 onions, peeled and chopped <BR> 2 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 6 ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped <BR> 1/2 c dry white wine <BR> 4 cups chicken stock <BR> 2 sprigs parsley <BR> 3 eggplants, peeled and chopped <BR> 2 swee... Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:09:01 EST Smokey Chipotle Gumbo Stew Hello Sparkfamily, The stew is on and dinner is still at 6pm sharp! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 Tbsp canola oil <BR> 4 skinless, boneless, chicken breasts cut into 1-inch chunks <BR> 2 medium onions, diced <BR> 1 pound fresh or frozen okra, stems and ends removed, cut into 1/2-inch pieces <BR> 2 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 1 Tbsp sugar <BR> 1 Tbsp chicken bouillon ... Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:38:19 EST Cheesy Shrimp Melts Hello Sparkfamily, We are having shrimp for dinner! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 cups water <BR> 1 pound medium fresh shrimp, unpeeled <BR> 1 c (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese <BR> 1/4 c chopped celery <BR> 2 Tbsps thinly sliced scallion <BR> 1/4 c mayonnaise <BR> Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste <BR> inch of ground cayenne pepp... Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:48:34 EST Turkey Burritos Hello Sparkfamily, How 'bout a healthy burrito for lunch or dinner? Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted <BR> juice of 1 lime <BR> hot sauce, to taste <BR> 1-1/2 cups peeled, seeded, diced tomatoes <BR> 1/2 c chopped sweet onions <BR> salt and pepper, to taste <BR> 4 to 6 flour tortillas <BR> 1/2 c canned kidney beans, rinsed, or 1/2 c canne... Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:20:13 EST Tuscan Salmon Pasta Hello Sparkfamily, Oh how we love pasta, let me count the ways! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 8 oz. bow tie pasta <BR> 1 c broccoli florets, chopped into bite-sized pieces <BR> 2 oz. (3 to 4 tbsp.) cream cheese, roughly cubed <BR> 3 oz. smoked salmon, roughly chopped <BR> 4 artichoke hearts, chopped into bite-sized pieces <BR> 1 tbsp. lemon juice <BR> Salt and pepper ... Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:51:12 EST Granola Hello Sparkfamily, I was just ready to post this and lost it so here we go again! If you are looking for a healthy snack or a topping for your favorite cereal Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 part raw peanuts <BR> 1 part chopped almonds <BR> 1 part cashew pieces <BR> 2 parts rolled oats (oatmeal) <BR> 1 part wheat flakes <BR> 1 part rye flakes <BR> 1 part sunflower see... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:37:12 EST Kumquat Chicken Hello Sparkfamily, It seems forever that I have posted my recipe and thought of the day and sorry that I have not been here to do just that but between the internet, phone and AT&T giving me fits, I would think that you get the picture!!!! So I am here now and without further interruptions,(I hope) I present to you this...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cups kumquats... Sun, 11 Sep 2016 10:31:05 EST Scrambled Eggs With Mushrooms Hello Sparkfamily, Get your day started off with this! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 pound mushrooms <BR> 1/4 c milk <BR> 3 Tbsps butter <BR> 3 scallions, chopped <BR> 1/2 dozen eggs, beaten <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Carefully clean mushrooms with a damp paper towel and cut them in half, lengthwise. In a large skillet, melt th... Sun, 4 Sep 2016 09:22:14 EST Fiddlehead Soup Hello Sparkfamily, Sorry for the delay of my recipe and thought of the day. I have been having a whooper of a time with my email program! When I try to click on a piece of mail, it takes me nowhere! I mean nowhere!! So I thought that I would try one more time and guess what? Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 c fiddleheads <BR> 1 c sliced fresh mushrooms <BR> 3/4 c s... Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:29:24 EST Garlic Bread Tuna Melt Hello Sparkfamily, Get out the tuna! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 13 oz box frozen Texas toast with cheese <BR> 5 oz white albacore tuna, drained <BR> 3 roma tomatoes, sliced <BR> 1/4 c fresh basil, chopped <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Place frozen garlic bread slices on a lined cookie sheet. <BR> Top frozen slices evenly with chunk... Mon, 29 Aug 2016 10:01:56 EST Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Hello Sparkfamily, Are you looking for a healthy snack on this beautiful day? Well your just going to have to...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 1 15-ounce can of chick peas or garbanzo beans, drained <BR> 1/3 c tahini (Tahini is a middle eastern paste or sauce made from ground sesame seeds.) <BR> Juice from half a lemon <BR> 1/2 c roasted r... Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:55:55 EST Vegetable Kebabs Hello Sparkfamily, It is the weekend and you must get the grill out for this...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 16 cherry tomatoes <BR> 16 small mushrooms <BR> 1 medium zucchini, sliced into 16 pieces <BR> 2 red onions, diced into 8 sections <BR> 2 green bell pepper, seeded and cut into 8 pieces <BR> 2 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 8 pieces <BR> 8 metal skewers <B... Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:31:23 EST Tropical Salad Hello Sparkfamily, Let's get tropical here! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 20-oz. can pineapple chunks in juice <BR> 3 oranges, peeled and sectioned <BR> 2 apples, cored and chopped <BR> 1 papaya, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks <BR> 1 tsp cornstarch <BR> 1/4 c vegetable oil <BR> 2 Tbsps sugar <BR> 2 Tbsps white vinegar <BR> 1 Tbsp poppy seeds <BR> 1 tsp grated or... Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:02:31 EST Warm Pear Crisp Hello Sparkfamily, Have you ever had apple crisp? Did you like it? Well then come on in and try this on for size. You are going to love it! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 c rolled oats <BR> 1/2 c whole wheat flour <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 1/4 c vegetable oil or melted, unsalted butter <BR> 1/4 c pure maple syrup <BR> 1/3 c finely chopped pecans <BR> 2 Tbsps water... Wed, 24 Aug 2016 11:35:28 EST Caprese Salad Hello Sparkfamily, On the menu for lunch...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 large tomatoes <BR> extra-virgin olive oil <BR> 1 large fresh mozzarella (4-5 oz.) <BR> 12 leaves fresh basil <BR> Splash of balsamic vinegar <BR> Salt and fresh cracked black pepper <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Cut the tomatoes into flat, 1/4" thick slices an... Tue, 23 Aug 2016 09:03:30 EST Peanut Butter Muffins Hello Sparkfamily, A great way to get your protein besides being yummy! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour <BR> 2 1/2 tsps baking powder <BR> 2 Tbsps sugar <BR> 3/4 tsps salt <BR> 2 Tbsps wheat germ <BR> 1/4 c shortening <BR> 1/4 c peanut butter <BR> 1 egg, well beaten <BR> 3/4 c milk <BR> apricot or other preserves <BR> Chocolate chips ... Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:02:35 EST Maple Apple Chicken Hello Sparkfamily, As you may have guessed, I have been without internet again and you are correct! Now I have a new internet provider and we are in business so without further ado, I have this to present to you! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 chicken breasts <BR> 1 apple, peeled, cored, chopped <BR> 1 c apple juice <BR> 1/2 c maple syrup <BR> 1 tsp thyme <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:03:33 EST Arugula Potato Salad Hello Sparkfamily, It is a great day for a family picnic but not without this! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 1/2 pounds red potatoes, cubed <BR> 3 Tbsps white vinegar <BR> 2 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 1/4 tsp black pepper <BR> 1/4 c olive oil <BR> 1 bunch arugula, shredded <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Bring a lar... Wed, 17 Aug 2016 09:02:34 EST Tomato-Melon Gazpacho Hello Sparkfamily, We all love tomatoes and melons but what about this way! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 tomatoes, peeled and seeded. Reserve 1 cup <BR> One 3-pound cantaloupe, diced. Reserve 1 cup. <BR> 5 Tbsps olive oil <BR> 1 1/2 cups plain or vanilla yogurt <BR> 10 basil leaves <BR> Salt and freshly ground black pepper <BR> Juice of a lemon <BR> <... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:12:30 EST Sourdough, Swiss, And Mango Chutney Grilled Cheese Hello Sparkfamily, A good ol fashioned...take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 8 slices sourdough bread <BR> 2-3 Tbsps butter, softened <BR> 8 slices Swiss cheese <BR> 1/2 c mango chutney (more or less, depending on taste) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Butter both sides of bread, placing 2 slices of cheese and spreading a layer of mango chut... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 09:00:27 EST Salmon Loaf Hello Sparkfamily, If you like meatloaf, you are going to LOVE this! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 (16-oz.) can salmon <BR> 2/3 c evaporated milk <BR> 2 cups soft bread crumbs <BR> 1 egg, well beaten <BR> 3 Tbsps. minced parsley <BR> 2 Tbsps. minced onion <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 1/4 tsp Tabasco sauce <BR> 1 tsp chili powder <BR> 1 can cream of celery soup <BR> 1/3 c... Sun, 14 Aug 2016 10:09:03 EST Sauteed Greens Hello Sparkfamily, Out to the garden we go for this! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> Several bags of baby spinach or a mild green of your choice. <BR> You can also just use baby bok choy or any mild green you like. Sometimes you can find a bag of mixed chopped greens consisting of baby spinach, baby bok choy, red and green swiss chard or similar ingredients. <BR> 2 Tbs... Sat, 13 Aug 2016 09:02:46 EST Whole Wheat Veggie Mac & Cheese Hello Sparkfamily, Who does NOT like mac & cheese? MODERATION is the key here! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 pound whole wheat macaroni <BR> 3 1/4 cups milk <BR> 1/4 c butter <BR> 12 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded <BR> 4 tbls cornstarch <BR> 2 cans stewed tomatoes <BR> 2 cups broccoli <BR> 2 cups kale or spinach, fresh or frozen <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 1/2 tsp bla... Fri, 12 Aug 2016 09:25:36 EST Flax And Sunflower Seed Bread Hello Sparkfamily, A BLT on flax and sunflower seed bread is awesome so I had better get out to the garden, grab up some sunflower seeds, and get to bake'in bread! (I am using my bread machine this time) To hot for the oven! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 1/3 cups water <BR> 2 Tbsps butter, softened <BR> 3 Tbsps honey <BR> 1 1/2 cups bread flour <BR> 1 1/3 cups whol... Thu, 11 Aug 2016 00:33:11 EST Very Berry Salad Hello Sparkfamily, Sorry I was not here for a couple of days as I thought that my internet went out again! I was on my phone this morning and happen to click on a piece of sparkmail and low and behold, we are in business! So without further ado and not to jinks this, Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 c fresh blueberries <BR> 1 c fresh raspberries <BR> 1/2 c fresh straw... Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:50:12 EST Garlic Pasta Hello Sparkfamily, Let's face it, we all like pasta right? I thought so. Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> Tri-Color Orzo or Israeli Couscous (Israeli Couscous is larger pearled couscous which is toasted pasta) <BR> 1/8 c of extra virgin olive oil <BR> 1 Tbsp minced garlic <BR> 1 Tbsp butter (optional) <BR> 2 Tbsps fresh chopped basil (optional) <BR> Grated Italian chees... Mon, 8 Aug 2016 00:46:03 EST Avocado Cilantro Bagel Spread Hello Sparkfamily, Looking for a healthy and yummy spread for your bagel? I got it! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 ripe fresh avocado <BR> 1 oz. goat cheese <BR> 1/4 tsp. onion powder <BR> 11/2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro <BR> 1/8 tsp. black pepper <BR> dash of cayenne pepper <BR> 1/8 tsp. salt <BR> 1 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lime juice <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <B... Sun, 7 Aug 2016 09:26:06 EST Balsamic Glazed Blackened Salmon Hello Sparkfamily, Salmon for dinner and I need to know how many place settings?! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 lb. salmon fillet <BR> Chef Paul Prudhomme Blackened Redfish Magic (Walmart sells this) <BR> 2 Tbsps extra virgin olive oil <BR> 1 clove of garlic, minced <BR> Balsamic glaze (See note) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Cut s... Sat, 6 Aug 2016 01:19:07 EST Tilapia Oreganato Hello Sparkfamily, Have you got your omega 3's today? Well then here they are! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 tilapia fillets <BR> 1/4 c extra virgin olive oil <BR> 1/8 c lemon juice <BR> 1/4 c white wine <BR> 3 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 1 Tbsps oregano <BR> Salt and Pepper to taste <BR> 2 or more Tbsps panko breadcrumbs <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dir... Fri, 5 Aug 2016 09:44:05 EST Papaya Salad Hello Sparkfamily, Go on out the back door and on that tree over there you will find one of these to make some of this! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> ngredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 cloves garlic, peeled <BR> 3 fresh green chili peppers <BR> 6 green beans, cut into 1/2" pieces <BR> 1 large unripe papaya, peeled and cut into thin strips <BR> 1 tomato, halved and seeded <BR> 2 Tbsps fish sauce <BR> ... Thu, 4 Aug 2016 09:05:15 EST Spiced Tea Hello Sparkfamily, Time for a TALL glass of this! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cups brewed tea <BR> 1 orange, peeled, quartered and seeds removed <BR> 1 small apple, peeled and cored <BR> 1/8 tsp cinnamon powder <BR> Honey or sugar, to taste <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Blend ingredients on low. Increase blender speed slowly to h... Wed, 3 Aug 2016 09:15:30 EST Blueberry Watermelon Limeade Ice Pops Hello Sparkfamily, Guess what? I am going to cool you down! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 cups watermelon <BR> 1/2 c blueberries, fresh or frozen <BR> 1/8 c lime juice <BR> 1/4 tsp stevia powder or 1 tablespoon raw honey <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Add fresh watermelon and remaining ingredients to a blender. Cover and mix until w... Tue, 2 Aug 2016 01:56:32 EST Goat Cheese Hello Sparkfamily, Are you out of cheese? Well then let's make some! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 quart whole goat milk <BR> 1/4 c freshly squeezed lemon juice <BR> 1/2 clove freshly grated garlic <BR> A few pinches coarse salt <BR> <BR> Optional~ Rosemary, chives, parsley, herbs de Provence, fennel fronds, dill, or dried apricots. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Mon, 1 Aug 2016 13:23:28 EST Cucumber Soup Hello Sparkfamily, Head on out to your garden for this yummy and not to mention HEALTHY recipe! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 medium cucumbers <BR> 1 can celery soup concentrate <BR> 1 1/4 cups plain yogurt <BR> 1 tsp curry powder <BR> Dill <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Peel cucumbers and remove the seeds. Cut into 1/2" cubes and b... Sun, 31 Jul 2016 09:27:01 EST Low Calorie Coleslaw Hello Sparkfamily, Oh, your going on a picnic you say? Well then do not forget this! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2/3 c fat free mayo <BR> 3 tbsp. cider vinegar <BR> 1 tsp. dried dill weed or (1 tbsp fresh) <BR> Salt and pepper to taste <BR> 1 bag of shredded coleslaw cabbage <BR> 1 small/medium onion diced <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> ... Sat, 30 Jul 2016 08:34:12 EST Goat Cheese Penne With Arugula Hello Sparkfamily, I just love goat cheese or any cheese for that matter and penne, YUM! With arugula? That's even better yet! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 5 1/2-oz. goat cheese <BR> 2 cups arugula, coarsely chopped <BR> 1 c cherry tomatoes, quartered <BR> 1/4 c olive oil <BR> 2 tsps garlic, minced <BR> 1/2 tsp ground black pepper <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 8-oz. whole ... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 09:48:51 EST Cactus Pear Salad Hello Sparkfamily, A simple lunch idea for a hot and humid day as today! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 cactus pear <BR> 1 avocado <BR> 1 bell pepper <BR> 1 tomato <BR> 1/4 c olive oil <BR> Juice from half a lemon <BR> Salt and pepper to taste <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Peel the cactus pear and slice it into 1/4" cubes. Halve the... Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:48:34 EST Grilled Shrimp With Roasted Pineapple And Habanero Sauce Hello Sparkfamily, Are you hungry yet? Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> Large or extra-large shrimp, cleaned & deveined. Allow for approximately 3-4 shrimp per person <BR> 1/4 c olive oil or a bit more if there is a large quantity of shrimp <BR> 1 clove garlic, minced <BR> Roasted Pineapple & Habanero Sauce or a sweet/spicy sauce to your liking <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Wed, 27 Jul 2016 09:46:58 EST Corn Relish Hello Sparkfamily, Take your cook'in to the great outdoors and do not forget this! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cups fresh or frozen corn <BR> 2 cups chopped onions <BR> 2 cups chopped tomatoes <BR> 2 cups chopped seeded cucumber <BR> 1 large green pepper, chopped <BR> 1 c sugar <BR> 1 c cider vinegar <BR> 1 1/2 tsps celery seed <BR> 1 1/2 tsps mustard seed <BR> 1... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 09:01:45 EST Sugar-Free Ketchup With Lemon Zest And Chili Paste Hello Sparkfamily, Are you grill'in and out of ketchup? Well then, make your own! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 6-oz. can of tomato paste <BR> 1/3 c water <BR> 2 tbsp. of your preferred sugar substitute (optional) <BR> 2 tbsp. onions <BR> 2 cloves garlic <BR> 1 tsp. salt <BR> 1/8 tsp. ground allspice <BR> 1/8 tsp. ground cloves <BR> 1/8 tsp. pepper <BR> 1 tsp. lemo... Mon, 25 Jul 2016 18:07:20 EST Chard Salad Hello Sparkfamily, I will meet you in the garden! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 lb. chard stems <BR> 1 qt. water <BR> 1 clove garlic <BR> 1 tsp. salt <BR> 1/3 c. oil <BR> 1/2 c. lemon juice <BR> 1 tsp. dried crushed mint <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Cut chard stems into 1-inch pieces and boil them in water with salt for 15 minutes. Squeeze out excess water. Ma... Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:57:35 EST Oatmeal Muffins Hello Sparkfamily, Have you had your oat;s today? Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 c of quick cooking oatmeal <BR> 3/4 c of milk (whole, 1 or 2% or skim) <BR> 1/2 c of vegetable oil <BR> 1/3 c packed brown sugar <BR> 1 egg <BR> 1 c of flour <BR> 3 tsps baking powder <BR> Dash of salt <BR> 1/2 tsp cinnamon <BR> 1/4 tsp nutmeg <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Di... Sat, 23 Jul 2016 08:39:18 EST Tangy Thai-style Melon And Chicken Salad Hello Sparkfamily, Have a healthy lunch on me! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 12 ounces cooked, shredded chicken <BR> 1/4 tsp kosher salt <BR> 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper <BR> 1/4 c lime juice <BR> 3 Tbsps fish sauce <BR> 2 tsp sugar <BR> 1 clove garlic, grated or minced <BR> 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (more to taste) <BR> 1 medium-to-large firm ripe melon, sliced i... Fri, 22 Jul 2016 08:40:37 EST Oven Baked Chips Hello Sparkfamily, Do you have the munchies but do not want all the fat? Well grab a good movie and...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 Russet (baking) potatoes, peeled and sliced about 1/8-inch think <BR> 1/2 stick butter, melted <BR> Coarse salt to taste <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 500 F. Gently dry potatoes with paper to... Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:08:29 EST Shrimp Avocado Tacos Hello Sparkfamily, HEALTHY taco's for dinner! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3/4 pound medium shrimp, peeled, deveined, and cooked <BR> 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained <BR> 1/4 c sliced scallions <BR> 1 avocado, diced and peeled <BR> 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper <BR> 1/2 c bottled salsa verde <BR> 1/4 c chopped fresh cilantro <BR> 2 Tbsps fresh... Wed, 20 Jul 2016 09:03:44 EST Spicy Vegan Sloppy Joes Hello Sparkfamily, Our internet has been on the blink AGAIN but not to fret, it is back up and so I present to you...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 pound cremini mushrooms, halved <BR> 1 Tbsps extra-virgin olive oil <BR> 1 large sweet onion, diced <BR> 1 3/4 cups light beer <BR> Kosher salt <BR> 1/3 c finely chopped walnuts <BR> 1 small green bell pepper, seeded and... Tue, 19 Jul 2016 09:04:05 EST Tilapia Fillets With Olive-Caper Butter Hello Sparkfamily, I hope that y'all have had a safe and healthy 4th! I have been swamped but now I am here to present to you this...Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/4 c unsalted better, at room temperature. <BR> 2 tbsp green olives, finely chopped (do not <BR> use pimiento-stuffed variety) <BR> 1 tbsp. capers, finely chopped <BR> garlic powder <BR> salt and fre... Wed, 6 Jul 2016 23:35:59 EST Marinated Vegetable Salad And Salmon Hello Sparkfamily, Did you forget to add salmon to your grocery list this week? Well let me jog your memory! Take a peek! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 stalks celery <BR> 3 large carrots <BR> 2 large zucchini <BR> 2 cups broccoli florets <BR> 1 clove garlic, pressed <BR> 1/2 c vegetable oil <BR> 1/4 c minced onion <BR> 2 Tbsps red wine vinegar <BR> 2 Tbsps lemon juice <BR> 1 Tb... Sat, 2 Jul 2016 00:45:14 EST