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Introducing Chef Michael Weldon

photos courtesy of THE fresh diet

The Fresh Diet has a new member of its team, Executive Culinary Team, Chef Michael Weldon. As a Corporate Executive Chef and the Director of Research & Development for The Fresh Diet, Chef Weldon has been working tirelessly to roll out our exciting seasonal menu! A whopping one hundred and sixty new delicious menu items are available now!

Chef Weldon learned his trade at the side of world renowned chefs like Wolfgang Puck, Johnny Ferno and Alain Giraud and spent nearly three-years serving an apprenticeship at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, where he was trained by Michelin Star Chefs in all aspects of fine dining service.

We will now be able to start our day off right with new delights like the Chef’s personal favorites, Persimmon and Fig Marmalade Stuffed French Toast with Turkey Bacon or Spanish Style “Tortilla” with Jamon Serrano and Grilled Tomato. I’m looking forward to the stuffed French toast for sure!

Chef Weldon recommends trying the Striped Bass with Ciopino Sauce, the Dijon Crusted New Zealand Lamb Rack or Spicy Grilled Lamb Burger Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Fresh Herbs in a Pita. Even though I’m not really a Goat Cheese kinda gal I might have to give this one a try…

During the colder months, the menu includes warm stews and soups like Lamb Curry Chickpeas and Cavolo Nero or the Shrimp and Chicken Gumbo with Quinoa and Okra. Scratch the shrimp for me unfortunately I would stop breathing… but it sounds delish!

Everybody’s favorite – dessert was not forgotten! Cherry and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies, Chocolate Cranberry Haystacks, and Chef Weldon’s own favorite, the Fig and Blue Cheese Tartlets with Caramelized Onions and Balsamic Glaze are just a few of the treats available now. A lot of these items sound more like something on the menu at Canyon Ranch so I am looking forward to tasting them out…

I’m going to be posting a little differently and writing only about the new and exciting foods weekly and splitting it up by meals… however you can check out my facebook for daily photo shots and comments from my kitchen! So bring it on Chef Weldon!!

Sunday September 30th with TFC

I’m so looking forward to tomorrow, new foods!! woo hoo!


Breakfast Burrito with Scrambled Eggs, Sauteed Mushrooms, Pepper-Jack Cheese on Whole Wheat Tortilla


Gorgonzola Cheese Salad with Red Grapes, Candied Walnuts, Boston Lettuce & Tart Cherry Vinaigrette


Cajun Rubbed Grilled Skirt Steak with Tri-Color Couscous and Roasted Bell Peppers


Egg Salad with Sauteed Shallots & Whole Wheat Crackers

I never chose to have egg salad as one of my savory snacks before but it was a nice change and i loved the shallots!!


Sauteed Pineapple with Key Lime Yogurt Topped with Toasted Coconut Flakes

Saturday September 29th with TFD

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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.

Living the fresh life Days 32 ~ 40

food photo's from February 4-12the, Days 32-40It is hard to believe that I have been “working” THE fresh diet for a month now! I am so proud of myself for sticking to it especially when “life” has come up as it always will and I didn’t deviate from “the plan.” Exercise, Healthy eating, working on driving and clearing up my panicking too. So cheers please!!

From this point on instead of photographing and reviewing food I have already eaten on THE fresh diet, I am going to journal new foods and review them, I thought this made more sense and apparently there are new items added to the menu’s weekly so there is still much to review.

New foods:


Seared Tofu Wrap with Alfalfa sprouts, Snow Peas, Watercress, Baby Lettuce & Soy Dressing: This will definitely be added to my “favorite” list. There was so much flavor and crunch, a mixture of sweet and savory nothing as great as that, except maybe balsamic vinegar LOL.

Grilled Fish Taco with Brocco-slaw and Creamy Jalapeno Cilantro Sauce: I had seen photo’s of this dish before and I couldn’t wait to try it! And I was not disappointed. The piece of fish was a nice size and the brocco-slaw and jalapeno sauce just made it complete. Felt like I was in California!!


Balsamic Grilled Eggplant with Fresh Mozzarella & Basil: Balsamic Vinegar has to be one of my favorite additions to just about anything so when i tried this I had to add a little more and a zip of Truvia. Basil, Mozzarella, and Balsamic Vinegar-great flavor!

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding: First of all to have something sweet in the afternoon was a pure treat! I usually get the savory snack. I was so excited to give this a try, I love bread pudding and yes i love chocolate chips, in fact I was so excited I forgot to take my photo until i was halfway done, ohh no! But I did get it before the last bite.. LOL yes, another favorite to add to the list!

Ginger Poached Apple with Mascarpone Cheese: Another sweet snack, not chocolate but the apples were sweet and delicious with a hint of ginger and a dollop of Mascarpone Cheese. With a cup of tea-wonderful afternoon treat!


Veal Cutlet with Port Mushroom Marsala sauce with Brown Rice with Pecans & Scallions and sauteed Button Mushrooms: It is so nice to try different meats when on a “healthy living makeover” sometimes it is easy to get stuck in the chicken and fish rut to the point where you’d think you were going to sprout either feathers or gills, so the change to Veal was a welcomed change. Loved the mushroom Marsala and extra sauteed mushrooms with rice, such a decadent meal I felt like I was eating at a restaurant.

Chicken Cordon Blue with Ham and Swiss Cheese with Nine Grain Pilaf and Roasted Cauliflower: I have a little confession to make, I have never had Chicken Cordon Blue… I know it seems like a dish a lot of folks have at parties, back in my day, but I always opted for the “other” dish. But I found this dish very flavorful between the salty ham and the creamy Swiss cheese it was a great filling!

Grilled Chicken Breast with Ginger Miso Sauce with Maple Glazed Turnips and Green Beans with Walnuts & Garlic: What a nice chicken breast! This was the first time in a month that I believe I had what looked like a whole chicken breast. Loved the Miso sauce but the real winner of the dinner was the maple glazed turnips, YUM!!

the “fresh” life day 11

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I love days when Sarah comes back home to visit for the day! Today was one of those days. We ran some errands that we needed to do and left for “someday” you know bring the watch in to change a battery, another take out a link, buy some needed makeup, and some Sunday “lounging” clothes for the little lady.

And of course heading out to eat was part of the day… This was a bit challenging for me because my food was at home, so I sat and drank my favorite The Republic of Tea Ginger Peach tea which was delish, but by the time we got home I was “hungry!” At that point it was “my” turn to eat and we all chatted around the table… life… work… running…goals… shortly after that it was time for Sarah to go “home,” well to her “new home” this will always be her home, and my stomach got that little wrench in it that it usually does as she backed out of the driveway and screamed, “I love you!” Man that gets me every time!

Daily Cuisine:

Breakfast: Exotic Mushroom & Feta Cheese Quiche with Fresh Apples

The feta in the eggs was extremely pronounced and added the slightest bit of saltiness. I loved the sweet contrast of the crisp apple slices.

Lunch: Citrus Glazed Grilled Chicken Salad with Romaine Lettuce, Hearts of Palm, Tomato, Pistachio & Honey Ginger Dressing

Loved the Honey Ginger Dressing! Little did I know when I was drinking my Ginger Peach tea how much “ginger” the rest of my day would have! Luckily for me I do like ginger and the extra snap that it gives! It was nice to have a few pistachio’s sprinkled on the salad for an extra crunch.

Dinner: Grilled Fillet of Ahi Tuna with Ginger Miso with Yellow Squash Tarragon Puree and Roasted Artichoke Hearts

This is the second week where I have had fish a few nights in a row, I do enjoy fish, however I’m beginning to feel like I do when I eat chicken a lot, you know like I’m going to sprout wings, so maybe like I’m about to sprout gills! lol The Ginger Miso sauce gave a huge amount of zest and flavor to the fish. The yellow squash was quite tasty however I didn’t really taste the tarragon, and the artichokes were big and fleshy which was nice to bite into!

Snack: Teriyaki Tender Beef & Zucchini Skewer

The skewers were very tender and I loved the delicate teriyaki flavor.

Dessert: Gingersnap Pumpkin Cheesecake

The day was completed with the ginger flavor in my cheesecake mixed with a little pumpkin; a taste of thanksgiving!

How do you handle eating out situations?