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Archives for September 2012

Saturday September 29th with TFD

sept 29 tfd

Coming up upon the beginning of a brand new week and next week I am excited as The Fresh Diet will be introducing new food from their new chef! New Season new foods!


Carrot & Munster Cheese Quiche with Fresh Pineapple


Steak Taco with Bell Peppers, Onions and Avocado-Tomato Salsa

White Chocolate Chip Cookie



Spinach Cheese Stuffed Portobello mushroom with marinara Sauce with Creamy Herbed Quinoa and Lemon Roasted Green Asparagus

Maple Cheesecake

Friday September 28th with TFD

sept 28 with THE fesh diet

Happy Friday, almost one full work week with THE fresh diet, now onto my first weekend…


Italian Style Scrambled Eggs with Fresh Herbs, Diced Tomato, Mozzarella Cheese & Seven Grain Toast

Love the herb flavor in my scrambled eggs this morning, it really added to the taste!


Antipasto Salad with Prosciutto Ham, Baby Arugula, Roasted Bell Pepper, Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato & Balsamic Vinaigrette

I have come to adore prosciutto and mozzarella!


Fillet of Salmon with Spiced Pomegranate Sauce with Cider Baked Sweet Potato with Red Currants and Exotic Mushroom Ragout

This meal was just a tad to “orange” lol I actually had to steam a few green beans to add.. 


Fillo Cup Stuffed with Guacamole, Black Beans and Corn

Not sure why the guacamole wasn’t “in” the fillo cups but I used them to “dip” and it was tasty either way.


Raspberry Cheesecake

No commentation needed lol…

Thursday September 27th with TFD

September 27th with THE fresh diet

Yesterday was a paperwork and bills kind of day… You know the kind of day I would usually be running to “pick” on things in my kitchen since working on bills and health claims make me a little uneasy these days… But I’m happy to say I did it! I stayed out of the kitchen except for when it was time to eat… a little difficult… but I did it! Woot woot!


Corn & Tomato Egg Bake with Monterey Cheese and Cantaloupe

Loved the eggs and fruit it was a great pick me up for the morning!


Sloppy Joe Sub on Whole Wheat Bun with Crunchy Asparagus & Fresh Marinara Sauce

This was always one of my favorite lunches and today was no exception.


Chicken Apple Sausage with Horseradish Dip & Cucumber Spears

 A great savory treat right when I needed it!


Pineapple Chicken Teriyaki with Black Bean Orzo and Green Beans with Walnuts & Garlic

Teriyaki chicken another meal you can’t go wrong with! However somehow my green beans were missing the walnuts & garlic-I just didn’t taste it, sorry fresh diet, maybe mine landed up in someone else’s dinner.


Cherry Vanilla Cheesecake

Yup, it’s a fav!

Wednesday September 26th with TFD

September 26 with The Fresh Diet

Yesterday was a great day as my daughter Sarah was here with her boyfriend Bryan and their pup Bernie but that made eating a little crazy as we were out running around in the middle of the day. Note to self, “don’t run around without eating lunch you will get a headache.”


Toasted Granola with Pineapple & Honey Almond Ricotta Cheese

I love the sweet and crunch of the granola with honey!! The pineapple adds a nice bit of sweetness too!


Asian Flank Steak on Whole Wheat Roll with Szechuan Style Slaw and Peanut Sauce

This is one of my favorite lunches, the meat is very tasty! It is very filling and I love the peanut sauce…


Mini Veggie Egg Rolls with Peanut Sauce

Not to much to say about these little lovies except YUM!


Fillet of Cod with Orange Tea Leaf Sauce with Roasted Butternut Squash and Steamed Asparagus

This was a good dinner for me this evening as my head was hurting and I didn’t want a heavy meal. The cod had a fresh taste and the tea leaf sauce added to the flavor. For my sweetness the butternut squash was great.


Key Lime Cheesecake

Key lime is one of my favorite flavors of TFD’s Cheesecake. However I wish that when packing my food up they wouldn’t put the freezer bags on top of this little box as it always seems to crack it somewhere.

Tuesday September 25th with TFD

September 25 on THE fresh diet

Day two back with THE fresh diet proved to be a very satisfying and tasty day, it brought back some of my favorites…


Asparagus & Cheddar Cheese Quiche with Fresh Pineapple

 I loved the sweet and savory meal! Loved the creamy quiche and the pineapple was sooo sweet!


Grilled Wild Mahi Mahi on Whole Wheat Ciabatta Bread with Lettuce, Tomato & Thousand Island Dressing

This is by far one of my favorite lunches from TFD! It is a good size and therefore very satisfying, I will admit I do add a few more veggies to it to really give it some zip I add red onions and for a bit more crunch a few cucumber.


New York Strip Steak with Mango BBQ Sauce with Spanish Style Brown Rice and Sauteed Mushroom Medley

I am a meat kinda gal so I always looked forward to my evenings with New York Strip. The piece was very satisfying although it does look small, again we are sooo used to looking through our “American eyes” which means our eyes are much bigger then our stomachs. The Spanish Brown rice had a little bit of zest and well we all know I love mushrooms. I must request the recipe for the Mango BBQ sauce to share with you because it has just the right bit of sweetness and yet has a good kick!


Mini Sweet Potato & Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

I have to admit today I wasn’t really looking for a savory snack, I wanted and craved my “sweets” but it was Shepherd’s Pie which did have sweet potatoes on top so I did get a lil taste of sweets.


Honey Almond Cheesecake

I sooo look forward to watching the 8pm TV shows with my cup of tea and evening cheesecake… Relaxing time to enjoy the evening with my girls.

Monday September 24th with TFD

September 24 food for Shelley's THE fresh diet

Yesterday was my first day back with THE fresh diet. On Sunday I anticipated the arrival of the “little green bag” waiting for me next to my front door. And there it was when I came downstairs nice and early. This is one of the things that I love about THE fresh diet; it is fresh food delivered everyday to my front door. I mean how much easier does it get then that? No weighing, no measuring, no points to count, just open and eat… I’m not saying that this is a lifelong way to eat but for someone who wants to jump start their healthy eating for a while before you settle back into “life” it is a great way to start….. or for those pesty 10 pounds I hear so many people talking about take a month or two and just do it! And you know the food is pretty tasty too!!


Artichoke & Brie Cheese, Parsley Omelet with Seven Grain Toast

This is one of my favorite breakfasts from THE fresh diet, I love the creamy brie and the artichokes!!!


Santa Fe Style Salad with Monterrey Jack Cheese, Corn, Black Beans, Tomato, Jicama Bel Peppers and Romaine Lettuce with Ranch Dressing

I could not believe how much salad fit in my container!! I took the salad out to toss the dressing in one of my glass bowls and could not believe it filled the whole bowl up, and I’m talking lots of sweet jicama too! The cheese was shredded which is a good way to “spread the love” as it seems to give you more when actually it isn’t… And I do love how the dressing is real dressing not low fat stuff that just tastes nasty, it was delicious Ranch!


White Bean Hummus with Pita Chips

What’s not to love about hummus? Well maybe it seemed like a smidge in size, but after I enjoyed it with some tea it really was the correct amount, ya know how I knew? I wasn’t hungry!!! I always remember my old nutritionist who used to ask me “Are you hungry?”


Vegetarian Meatball Peperonata with linguine Pasta with Onions and Peppers. with Chipotle Whipped Cauliflower Puree and Herbed Barley Pilaf

When ordering my food this week i decided to try a few vegetarian meals so I could write about them for those who don’t eat meat. The meatballs did have a “meaty” consistency and they were rather good. But by far my favorite item of the meal was the chipotle whipped cauliflower. I’m going to have to get this recipe to share with you because it is delicious and makes a great alternative to white whipped potatoes!!


Pink Poached Pear Filled with Creamy Ricotta Cheese & Honey Roasted Walnuts

While waiting to juggle the remote between The Voice and Dancing with the Stars I enjoyed my pear with sweet ricotta cheese and a cup of tea it was a nice way to complete my cuisine for the day.

I remember…

Have you ever felt that God has been watching you?

I know you all are thinking doesn’t God watch everyone? And I believe the answer to that is “yes.” However I truly feel like God has been watching me since I was a child…

I remember when I was in sixth grade it was the “big year” of middle school, lockers, gym uniforms (uh remember those?) and new friends…

I remember turning the hall for the first time and seeing “them”…

For the first time in my life, I saw an entire class of special needs children. A whole class! I was so intrigued by them. Who were they? Where did they come from? Where have they been for the last 6 years? How come I never saw them in my school before?

I pondered these questions each time I saw them…

Who are their families? How come I didn’t ever know them?

I remember seeing them walk in the halls together; eating lunch together and I just sat and wondered…

I remember seeing many of my peers ignore them…

Laugh at them…

Point at them…

Make fun of them….

And it just upset me….

And I used to wonder, why? Why did this bother me so much? They weren’t related to me… I wasn’t one of them…

But for years and years I wondered about them and their challenges… Why were they born like that? What is going to happen to them?

I wasn’t really a curious child about to much but for some reason this just seemed to strike a chord with me…

Back then we didn’t have programs where the disabled population was included with the regular children, and I remember wishing that there was… I wanted to know these children; I wanted to be their friend…

I was always nice and said “hello” as I passed them in the hall as my peers looked the other way pretending they were invisible.

It just bothered me…

After middle school I never saw “that class” again, that group of special needs children again and I wondered; where did they go? What were they doing?

And then “life” as it has its way of doing kept moving on and I stopped thinking about the special needs population and I graduated from high school and college…

Step in about 17 years…. November 1992….

Shelley, your daughter has Cerebral Palsy.”

I will never forget that day… I will never forget those words… And then I remembered all those children and how I wondered each day…

And then I knew why God was watching me… God choose me… to care for this beautiful little girl whose life would be much like those children I wondered about each day…

And… I’m Back!

Every once in a while you need to take a break… That was definitely the “theme” of my late spring/summer… It was time for a break…

And in order to really take the time I felt like I had to put my journaling of my complicated life on pause for a while till I could get some of it under control. And I’m pleased to say that I have done just that.

My life took a very big change of events in late spring that changed my outlook on my life drastically! And I spent the summer trying to figure everything out…

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some of what I have learned about “life” since that is what I seem to do here on my site, and hopefully it will inspire you if you are feeling like; “Oh, why does this stuff seem to just keep happening to me?”

Just wondering… have you ever put your writing on “pause?”