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What’s on your menu?

Meal Planning and Kitchen Experiments…. oh how I have missed you!!

I’m not sure what you are cooking up but here is how I am warming the house up next week!

Portuguese Kale Soup – It maybe from beach body, but don’t let that scare you! It is amazing! You can click on the name to check out their recipe or you can read below to see how I took it from stove top to crock pot.

Serving Size 2 cups

Serves 4-5 people

1 Tbsp. olive oil
3  turkey sausages (We used fully cooked and smoked Turkey Sausages from JenniO)
2 cloves garlic, minced (We used pre-minced from a jar about 1.5 tbsp)
2 to 3 medium leeks, chopped, just white and light-green parts
1 bunch kale, stems removed and discarded, torn (about 4 cups)
1 (15-oz.) can kidney beans, drained, rinsed
1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes, no added salt
6 cups low-sodium organic chicken (or vegetable) broth
Ground black pepper (to taste; optional)


Clean leeks and Kale. Slice leeks about 1/8-1/4 of an inch thick. (If you have never used leeks before… treat them like they are a giant green onion) Break apart Kale. Slice Turkey Sausages. Rise Kidney Beans. Put all ingredients in the crockpot on low for 6 hours. I did not add pepper to the crockpot, but some of the people who ate with me did and some didn’t add it to their bowl.

French Dip Sandwiches (Clean Eating Style #21dayfix)

I love french dips… I also love this new website that I have found… Real Fit Housewife. She has a ton of great and healthy recipes.

I am making her french dip sandwiches, but with my homemade bread. (Look below for the bread)

Homemade Spicy Spinach Bread (Trust me you will love it!)


2-1/4 cups warm water

2-1/4 tsp or 1 pkg. (1/4 oz.) active dry yeast

1 tsp salt

1 Tbsp soft butter

3/4 Cup frozen Spinach

1/2 crushed red pepper flakes

2 tbsp garlic

3/4 cup fresh Parmesan cheese (some times if I only have the shaker I use that)

3 cups all-purpose flour (about)

3 cups whole wheat flour (about)

Directions: (Trust me this is easy, even thought the steps are long.)

In a large bowl, mix the water and yeast together until the yeast is dissolved. Add the salt, 1 tablespoon soft butter, crushed red pepper, spinach, garlic and cheese. Stir. Salt does not kill the yeast. Instead, it slows down the growth of the yeast and brings out the flavor of the bread. Add 2 cups of the all-purpose flour and 3 cups of whole wheat and mix well. Add in enough remaining flour to make a dough that follows the spoon around the bowl. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes. Or Knead in our mixer for about 5 minutes or until the dough is forming a ball and pulling away from the sides. Add more flour as needed until the dough is firm and smooth to the touch. Place the dough in a medium greased bowl. Turn the dough over in the bowl so that the dough’s top is also lightly greased. Cover with clean cloth or wax paper and let it rise in a warm, draft-free place for 1 hour.

Punch down the dough with your hand. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes or until the bubbles are out of the dough. (Do not use mixer for this) Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Shape each dough into a circle. Place each loaf on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place for 45 minutes or until doubled in size

Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes or until the breads sound hollow when their tops are tapped. Remove them from the baking sheet and let them cool on a rack.

Breakfast Protein Boxes

When your family lives next to a cheese factory and vacations where Jack Link’s Beef Jerky is made (there is an outlet store) , it’s hard not to make these awesome little boxes!


1 block Provolone cheese cut in to cubes (or you can cut up the thick sliced slices)

3-4 small-medium pieces of beef jerky in your favorite flavor (mine is Teriyaki)

10 – small pretzels

If you are going to eat this right away feel free to put the pretzels with the cheese and jerky, but if not I would put the pretzels in a small zip-lock so they don’t get soft.  I love this protein filled savory breakfast!

Like always let me know what you try and what you liked! 🙂 #happybellies


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