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Looking for a delicious healthy dinner? This is a good one. Not only does it come together quickly but it is even delicious the next day for lunch!Five Spice Pork Stir Fry

Five Spice Pork Stir Fry

2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp honey
1 tsp cornstarch
¾ pound of pork tenderloin, cut into strips
¾ tsp five spice powder
¼ tsp salt
3 tsp olive oil
¼ pound sugar snap peas ( I used one 10z box of frozen snap peas)
1 red pepper cut into 1” pieces
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
¾ pound fresh baby spinach
1 tsp sesame seeds, toasted

Combine the soy sauce, honey and cornstarch in a small bowl and set aside.

Sprinkle the pork with ½ tsp of the five spice powder and the salt. Heat a large skillet and add 1 tsp of the oil. Stir fry the pork until cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer the pork to a plate. Add the remaining oil to the skillet and add the peas, pepper, ginger, garlic, jalapeno and remaining ¼ tsp of the five-spice powder. Stir-fry until the vegetables are crisp tender. About 2 minutes. Add the pork and the soy sauce mixture and stir fry until the sauce is slightly thickened. Add the spinach and continue to cook until the spinach begins to wilt.Five Spice Pork Stir Fry

Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve hot.Five Spice Pork Stir Fry

Excellent served with brown rice. any leftovers are delicious for lunch the next day!Leftovers!Linked to some of my favorite link parties!

Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids, antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage. Spirulina provides all nine essential amino acids, making it an excellent complete protein source! It is loaded with antioxidants, iron, and vitamins A through E.


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Spirulina (dietary supplement) powder made from cyanobacteria genus Arthrospira. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


There are many ways to incorporate spirulina into your diet. You can use it make ice cream. This recipe is made from coconut milk, cacao nibs, agave syrup and a touch of spirulina for a beautiful green vegan dessert! Try it this summer, you could even add some mint extract and make mint cacao chip ice cream.


Salad Dressing – use spirulina right in your salad dressing. Green up your salad! Make your favorite vinaigrette dressing and use 1 tsp of spirulina powder for each tablespoon of olive oil. If you don’t make your own salad dressings just add it to ready made dressings for an additional boost.Salad with Blueberry Basil Vinaigrette

Some folks have even added it to their favorite cookie recipe! By adding it to burritos you can give a vegan burritos an extra boost of protein. For more ideas on how to incorporate spirulina into your diet go to! They have a wonderful video and recipes to get you started!


My two favorite ways to incorporate spirulina into our diet is by adding it to smoothies and adding it to my favorite homemade salad dressing! By adding Spirulina to my smoothies I am able to enjoy my smoothie knowing I am getting a boost of superpower! Does that make me a superwoman?


Here is an awesome salad dressing recipe, give it an extra boost by adding 1 tsp of spirulina.


Springtime Salad Dressing


1 scallion, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2 Tbsp maple syrup
4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp chopped fresh chives
1 tsp chopped fresh dill
1 tsp chopped fresh parsley
½ cup oil
½ tsp salt


Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Makes ¾ cup. Might want to double this as it is delicious!Adding Spirulina


If you’re in the mood for a smoothie try this amazing green smoothie!


Amazing Green Smoothie


1 whole banana
½ cup mixed berries
1 Tbsp flaxseed meal
1 Tbsp Almond butter
½- 1 cup almond milk
2 cups fresh spinach
1-1 tsp Spirulina
6 ice cubes


Adding SpirulinaBlend everything together until creamy, add more almond milk to make it thinner. Enjoy immediately or freeze for later.Spirulina shake


For those of you following the 21 Day Fix this would include 3 purple containers, 3 tsp healthy oil, 2 green containers and depending on how much almond milk you used it would be ½ yellow. I split the shake with my husband!

Be warned, adding Spirulina to anything will give it a rich green color! Still tastes fine.

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I love shrimp and when paired with asparagus it’s a delicious recipe to celebrate spring.Shrimp, Orange & Asparagus

Shrimp, Orange and Asparagus Stir-Fry

2 large oranges
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp chicken broth
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 ½ pounds of fresh asparagus, the thinner the better, cut into 1 inch pieces
4 garlic cloves, slivered
2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
1 pound of shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 small white potato, peeled and finely shredded

Using a vegetable peeler, remove wide strips of the zest from each orange and set aside. Remove the rind from each orange and then section the orange over a bowl. Allow the sections to fall into the bowl. Stir in the soy sauce, broth, Worcestershire sauce and vinegar.

Shrimp, Orange and Asparagus Stir-Fry

Shrimp, Orange and Asparagus Stir-Fry

Spray a large non-stick skillet with oil and set over medium high heat. Add the asparagus, garlic, ginger and crushed red pepper flakes. Stir-fry until the asparagus are crisp- tender, about two minutes. Add the shrimp and cook for about three more minutes or until the shrimp are pink and done.Asparagus & Shrimp Add the orange mixture and the orange zest; bring to a boll, stirring constantly. Boil about 30 seconds and add the potato.Asparagus, Shrimp and Orange Cook until the potato is tender and the mixture thickens about 1 minute.Can be enjoyed plain or served at once over rice.

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This recipe takes a little time to prepare, as there are several steps involved. However the time is well worth it! You can use whatever color pepper you like to create a very colorful dinner. The peppers are a complete dinner by themselves but they pair well with a fresh green salad.Chicken Stuffed Peppers

Chicken Stuffed Peppers

6 Tbsp pearl barley, rinsed
1- 1/3 cups water
4 large peppers, green, red, orange or yellow
1 small onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
¾ pound ground chicken breast (I made my own)
1 ¼ cups light beer
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
½ tsp caraway seeds (optional)
½ tsp salt
Fresh pepper
3 Tbsp raisins
2 Tbsp sliced almonds

Combine the barley and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered until just tenders, about 30 minutes. Removed from heat and set aside. Cut the tops off the peppers and core and seed them. Bring a large pot of water to boil and add the peppers. Cook for three minutes. Drain under cold water and set aside.

Preheat your oven to 375. Make the filling for the peppers. Spray a large skillet with nonstick oil. Add the onion and celery and cook for about three minutes or until softened. Add the chicken and cook until the chicken is browned, about two minutes. Add ¼ cup of the beer, the mustard, caraway seeds, salt and pepper. Cook until the liquid reduces to a glaze and removed the skillet form the heat. Add the barley, raisins and almonds. Carefully stuff the filling into each pepper. Place the stuffed peppers in a 8-9 inch square baking dish. Pour the remaining 1 cup of beer around the peppers. Bake until the peppers and filling are cooked through, about 30 minutes.Chicken Stuffed Peppers Carefully transfer the peppers to your plates and serve.Chicken Stuffed PeppersThis is a very filing dinner, and works well as leftovers too!Chicken Stuffed PeppersLinked to some of my favorite link parties!

When I was in high school my mother took a Chinese cooking class. Of all the recipes she learned to make this one was most requested from the family. I enjoyed it then and I’m still enjoying it! It’s one of those quick recipes that makes good use of leftovers in the fridge. You can have a delicious meal on the table in no time at all! If you like take out Fried Rice this is a wonderful recipe to save you money and make at home.

Ingredients for Stir-Fry Rice

Ingredients for Stir-Fry Rice

Ham and Egg Fried Rice

3 cups cooked rice
2 eggs – scrambled in 1 Tbsp oil
½ cup diced cooked ham
½ cup cooked peas
1 ½ Tbsp soy sauce
1 stalk scallion, finely chopped
2 Tbsp oil

Heat 1 Tbsp oil, when it is hot, add your eggs and scramble them. Remove the eggs from the pan and set aside.

Scramble eggs then set aside.

Scramble eggs then set aside.

Heat 2 Tbsp oil and stir-fry the rice thoroughly.

Stir Fry Your Rice.

Stir Fry Your Rice.

Add soy sauce and stir. Add peas and ham and stir again. Add scrambles eggs and scallions breaking the eggs into smaller pieces while mixing. Stir a few more times. Serve hot.

Stir and serve hot!

Stir and serve hot!

I hope you enjoy this recipe, with a little practice, you may end up tossing that takeout menu collection!

Ham and Egg Fried Rice

Ham and Egg Fried Rice

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Recently a friend of mine introduced me to the grain farro. Have you heard of it? Farro is a type of hulled wheat that is typically used in salads, soups and side dishes. It has sort of a nutty flavor. Farro looks very much like a wheat berry.

The clearest explanation (and the one most useful when shopping) is from Ancient Grains for Modern Meals (Ten Speed Press, 2011), by Maria Speck, who writes that the term farro is “commonly used when referring to three ancient wheat varieties first cultivated in the Fertile Crescent and still grown in Italy: farro piccolo (also known by the German einkorn), farro medio (also known as emmer, the Hebrew word for mother), and farro grande (also known as spelt).”

Emmer wheat, cultivated in biblical times

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Most imported Italian farro available in the US is the emmer variety. It cooks up quickly in about 25 minutes. This comes in handy if you are trying to cook up a hot breakfast or a quick dinner. Farro is not gluten-free but is is considerably lower in gluten than commercial wheat varieties. People with mild wheat sensitivities often find it easier to digest.farro growing

I first enjoyed Farro in a cold salad with tomatoes and herbs.farro salad

Doing a search on the Internet will give you all sorts of recipes from salads to soups to everything in between. I found a warm farro cereal recipe that I just had to try. Our mornings are still rather chilly and I enjoy a nice bowl of warm cereal to start my day.

Warm Farro Cereal with Dried Cherries

Serves: 2

½ cup farro
1 cup water
¾ cup coconut milk
½ cup sliced almonds
½ cup unsweetened coconut chips
1 tablespoon honey
pinch salt
¼ cup dried cherries

Soak cherries in warm water for five minutes to soften them. Drain and discard water.

Bring the water, coconut milk and salt to a simmer and whisk in the farro. Return to a simmer. Reduce heat to low. Simmer  for 35 to 40 minutes, or until farro has absorbed most of the moisture.

While hot cereal is cooking, preheat oven to 325 F. Toast almond slices and coconut chips for 5 minutes or until fragrant and golden.

Toasted almonds and coconut

Toasted almonds and coconut

Once the farro is cooked portion into two small bowls and top with toasted coconut, almonds and dried cherries.  If you’d like top with a drizzle of honey.

Warm Farro Cereal

Warm Farro Cereal

Serve immediately.

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