Healthy Start Updates, Plus Green Tea & Chia Energy Drink

Aloha Belly ChallengeYou all may remember my vow to have a healthy start to my school year.  I am happy to report the exercise portion of my plan has been going swimmingly. I completed my 21-day exercise commitment and bought a Misfit Shine to boot!   Continue reading

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Easy, Slow Cooker Carnitas

Carnitas Plate 1My uncle is so amazing.  He takes care of my grandparents, who pretty much need care 24/7. He works hard to make sure they have everything they need with very little respite.  My mom, who lives here in California, travels to Hawaii to help as often as she can, but he is the caregiver and our family is super grateful for everything he does for them and us.

I think he enjoys cooking, but dinner ideas can to be a struggle.  It’s hard to be in charge is pretty much every meal every single day.  Last time I talked to him on the phone, he requested a recipe for Mexican food. Since I purchased them a slow cooker last year, I decided to share my slow cooker carnitas recipe.  It is simple to put together and just cooks all day.  It’s perfect for my uncle (or any other busy person) because it doesn’t need tending.

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Dress a Salad the Easy Way!

Naked SaladWhen I was growing up, we had a salad with dinner every night.  Even if we were having another vegetable, we would always have a fresh salad that my mom would dress with delicious oil and vinegar. I don’t know how we got started doing it, but we would always dress it directly in the bowl.  Without measuring.  It is the best salad dressing I have ever had.

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Recipe Duo: Lemon Orzo with Tomato & Asparagus

Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad 1I love a good pasta salad, and this one is is a favorite of mine. There are a ton of variations of this particular salad floating around the food blogs, but the basic ingredients are orzo, grape tomatoes, asparagus, and lemon.  I add arugula for extra volume and a bitter bite.  But even though it is simple, this salad is special.

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