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Triple Chocolate Protein Shake

So this protein shake was born a few years ago, around St. Patrick’s Day. And you might find this hard to believe…but I…am not Irish. Still I’m inspired by St. Patrick’s Day. National/Cultural pride is a great thing and it should be celebrated. Although, today’s shake isn’t really about that. It’s triple chocolate. And much as I am proud of my …

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Chicken Tikka Masaala

Sometimes Nik likes to play with her food too! When I do, I most often do exotic dishes. I have a wanderer’s taste buds and I love food from nearly anywhere that makes food. This recipe comes from Food Network’s own Aarti Sequiera (who, by the way, started out as a food blogger). Since her recipe is so simple, I’m going to …

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Nik’s Mango Salsa

 Last Sunday morning I awakened with the desire to make mango salsa. Don’t ask me why. I don’t know. Perhaps it was the four ever ripening mangoes I had sitting in my fruit basket that needed using NOW. Anyway, this is a ridiculously simple yet yummy salsa recipe that can be used alongside a good tortilla chip for the …

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Nik’s Crockpot Pork Barbecue

 Warning: People who are really into barbecue (and you know who you are), to you this recipe might seem like blasphemy. Or heresy. Or something else really bad ending in a “y.” But this is the “single mom who wants some bbq too” method. You want to spend hours cooking meat…be my guest. So barbecue. I love it. Love, …

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How to Make Cauliflower Rice

 First, my apologies folks. This was supposed to go up yesterday but…it just didn’t…that’s all… So rice is the last starchy carb I have to talk about this week. We’ve already discussed oatmeal, pasta, cereal and bread. Check those out if you haven’t already. Rice. Again, some post-ops eat it. Some don’t. I don’t. The reason started out with …

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BF Top 5: Most Beneficial Cereals

Ok, so we’ve tackled oatmeal and we’ve talked about pasta. We still have several more starchy carbs to get through this week. Stay tuned through the end of this week to hear my thoughts on (and a few good recipes pertaining to) bread and rice. Today, however, let’s return to breakfast for a moment and talk about cereal. Cereal is one …

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Mexican Spaghetti featuring “Skinny Spaghetti”

 RECAP: Along with the Carb Confusion series, I’m highlighting recipes and reviews of so-called “better for you starchy carbs.” So yesterday we tackled breakfast with the wonderful world of oatmeal. Today let’s discuss pasta. I should warn you and say that, in general, I am not a fan. And there’s no need to suggest your favorite post-op noodles. I’ve …

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Nik’s Taco Bowl

 I should first say that I didn’t have much faith in this experiment when I started out. I had been missing my old school taco salads in the taco bowl but…baking tortillas has never really worked that well for me. Then I got inspired to play with my food by two women who I admire: one on television and …

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Ramekin Peach Pies

Break out your ramekins, kids, it’s time for more fun! Next up: peach pie! When trying to think of something sweet I experienced a phenomenon I call “information overload.” Quite simply, there were too many choices and I couldn’t decide which one to move forward with. If you’ve been keeping up with this blog for a minute, you know I …

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BF Family Style: Nik’s “Winner, Winner” Pork Chop Dinner

The dark complexion is no accident. I actually like my food darn near burned, but that’s my issue…  Oven fried porkchops. Nothing new, right? Shake ‘n Bake has had this on lock a looooong time, right? Believe it or not, there’s still room to make this just a bit more WLS-friendly. How? That trick I taught you guys about …

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