Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs

I love deviled eggs, and I love smoked salmon. So why not combine them? I found this recipe on Foodnetwork.com and had to try it out. The only change I made was to make the recipe half as big since it was only for Andy and me. And I still ended up eating most of it, since I loved them way more than Andy (he did agree that they were good, though).

Ingredients:

  • 4 extra large eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 ounce cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 1/2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoons minced fresh chives, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 ounces smoked salmon, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

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Baked Zucchini Chips

When you’re eating low carb food you quickly find that it’s kind of hard to come up with good snacks that won’t break your diet. Potato chips, candy, and ice cream is out of the question. So I’m trying out a couple of different things and read online that zucchini chips was a good alternative to regular potato chips (which I happen to love).

You Need:

  • 1 large zucchini (though my store only had tiny ones)
  • Pastry/basting brush
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper

I cut my zucchini by hand, so I took my time making sure the slices were thin and even (a couple ended up too thick, and they didn’t taste very good). Then I spread them out on a paper towel and used another one to get some of the water out of them. You want them to get crispy, after all.
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Cover a cookie sheet in parchment paper and spread your zucchini slices out evenly. They can be close together as long as they don’t overlap. Use your pastry brush to cover the slices in a thin layer of olive oil. Don’t overdo it, though. I did, and even though my chips were still delicious they weren’t as crispy as I’d like them to be. Then you sprinkle a little bit of salt and pepper onto each slice.
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Let them cook for 2+ hours on 225 degrees, checking on them towards the end. You want them to be crispy and golden. I thought they tasted better the darker they were, and the ones that were still fairly green I didn’t like much. Since mine had way too much olive oil on them I let them cool off on a paper towel before putting them in a bowl.
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And enjoy! They have a very distinct flavor that I hadn’t anticipated, but really, really liked. It also made me eat only one chip at a time, making them last for a couple hours instead of a couple minutes (which is how I used to go through regular chips, haha). All in all it was a success, and I’m excited to try it again.
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My Favorite Comfort Foods

I’ve been a little under the weather the past couple of days – the second time this month (my immune system is just terrible after my three month long bronchitis last summer). And, I don’t know about you, but when I’m feeling sick or stressed out I snack. It’s not exactly a great idea, but a bag of chips would always keep me focused when I had a big exam to study for, hehe. So here are some of my favorite comfort foods, just so you get some ideas of what not to eat if you want to stay in shape.

Several of these things I can’t (well, shouldn’t) even have in our apartment, because I’ll finish them in one sitting. Especially if I’m sick. It’s impressive, really. Okay, I’m going to go make some Jell-o now.
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A Healthy Diet

We came home to a completely empty fridge yesterday, so grocery shopping was the first thing on our agenda. Now that Christmas is over and we’re back home I need to get back to eating healthy again (which for me means being back on a lchf diet). Even though I tried, last year wasn’t half as healthy as I wanted it to be. Snacks, candy, and alcohol found it’s way into my system a bit too often. So I’m working on some new resolutions for 2013, which will include more workout and healthy, delicious food.
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To start out I wanted to make a couple of things that would stay fresh in the fridge for a few days. It’s so much easier to keep myself from snacking when I have a prepared dish waiting for me. First I made a vegetable salad and a smoked salmon dip, and tomorrow I’m going to whip up a big batch of curry chicken salad. They are all great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
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Ah, I really do love this salad. You should try it out if you’re looking for a healthy side dish.
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Delicious Strawberry Smoothie

Today I wanted something easy, fresh, and fruity for lunch so I ended up with a really good smoothie. I’m not a huge fan of just eating an apple or a banana, because I get bored with it so easily. But there are endless ways of making a healthy and delicious smoothie – and it doesn’t take you more than a few minutes either!

I used half of a banana, half of a lemon, a few spoonfuls of plain yogurt, and both fresh and frozen strawberries. (I use the frozen ones so that I don’t need any ice cubes – but the fresh ones taste better.)

Bon Appetit!

What is your favorite smoothie? I could always use new ideas!

My Two Favorite Salads

There is hardly anything better, healthier, and easier to make that a salad when you want a snack or a light lunch. Here are my two current favorites. Absolutely delicious.

My taco salad with peppered chicken fillet (or taco meat), cheese (optional), and salsa as a dressing.

And a regular house salad (with cucumber and tomato) with lots of walnuts and ranch dressing.

Just a couple of simple ideas for a day you’re feeling uninspired. Enjoy.