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The incredible edible egg…. unless you’re allergic to them

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Lately it seems as though everyone has some form of food allergy; peanuts, strawberries, or my allergy to bananas. While most allergens are easy to avoid (I have to skip the banana pudding at the restaurant) there are some that aren’t so easy to cut out of your diet. A co-worker of mine is allergic to a bunch of foods including eggs. When we were talking about favorite meals, my lasagna came up. Sounds yummy right? What about the noodles…. they usually have eggs in them? This is where my recipe for this week is going to be eggless noodles 🙂 (I found this recipe on a fellow bloggers page;



For each large serve:
0.5 cup semolina flour (med. or fine)
0.5 cup plain flour
3 – 4 Tblspn water
1 tspn of your best olive oil

Mix the semolina and flour, and gradually add water and oil, a spoonfull at a time, until a nice pliable and slightly wet dough is formed. The amount of water will vary depending on the flour, semolina and humidity. Leave the dough slightly wet as the semolina will absorb a little more water than ordinary flour will.

Let the dough rest, covered with plastic wrap, for 0.5 hour or more. I left it for 5 hours before rolling.

If you are making the pasta by hand, roll the dough out as thinly as possible. It might help to divide the dough into 2 before you do this, if you have a small bench. Keep rolling until it is as thin as you can get it. Cut into tagletelli sized pieces.

If you are using a pasta maker, roll the dough out, starting with the widest setting, roll it at least twice through each setting, gradually reducing the settings until it is as thin as you want it. Cut into desired widths.

Add to a large pan of boiling salted water with a teaspoon of oil added. Fresh pasta does not take long to cook. The length of time will depend on the thickness of the pasta, but will be only a few minutes.

Drain the pasta and place into serving bowl with a little of the pasta water to keep it slightly wet. Add your sauce – keep it simple to highlight the taste of the pasta rather than the sauce. YUM.

Friday’s Recipe….that’s a wrap!

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Happy Friday 🙂 For today’s recipe, I thought I’d give you something that is fairly simple and quick to make for the family. Wraps are not only good for that quick “after work dinner fix” but they’re also a great to-go food if you are having a picnic or need to bring lunches for those weekend sports events with the kiddos. Here are a couple of recipes that I got from one of my Pampered Chef books… hope you like them!

Grilled Chicken, Ham & Swiss Wrap
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (5-6 oz/150-175 g each)
1 tbsp (15 mL) canola oil
2 1/2 tbsp (37 mL) Dijon Mustard Rub (available from Pampered chef)
**OR** jarred dijon mustard
2 medium whole dill pickles
4 oz (125 g) Swiss cheese
1/2 cup (125 mL) light mayonnaise
1 garlic clove, pressed
12 thin slices (6 oz/174 g) low-sodium deli ham
3 (11-in./28-cm) flour tortillas
1. Brush chicken with oil then brush on 2 tbsp of the Dijon mustard
Arrange chicken on microwave safe plate & cover with parchment paper.
Microwave on HIGH 5-6 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165˚F (74˚C)
Dice chicken into 1/2-in. (1-cm) pieces
2. Meanwhile, slice pickles lenghtwise & grate cheese. Combine mayonnaise,
garlic, and remaining 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard; mix well. Add chicken and stir to coat.
3. To assemble wraps, layer two slices of the ham widthwise over center of one tortilla,
overlapping as necessary; top with one-third of the checken mixture, one-third of the
pickles, two additional slices of ham and one-third of the cheese. Fold in sides of tortilla
and roll up tightly burrito style. Recipe should yield 3 wraps (6 servings)
*Can heat on grill pan if desired cooking 3-4 minutes on each side*
U.S. Nutrients per serving (1/2 wrap): Calories 370, Total Fat 17 g, Saturated Fat 6 g,
Cholesterol 80 mg, Sodium 950 mg, Carbohydrate 20 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 28 g


Thai Tuna Wraps
2 tbsp (30 mL) lime juice
1/2 cup (125 mL) fat-free mayonnaise, divided
1 tbsp (15 mL) soy sauce
1 tbsp (15 mL) sugar
3 cups cabbage, chopped
1 medium carrot, shredded
3 green onions with tops, thinly sliced
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, snipped
1 can (6 oz) water-packed tuna, drained and flaked
1 medium red bell pepper
6 (8-in) fat-free flour tortillas
12-18 large, fresh spinach leaves
1. In bowl, whisk together lime juice, 2 tbsp of the mayonnaise, soy sauce and sugar; set
aside. After chopping cabbage, shredding carrot, slicing green onions and snipping green
onions, add them to mayonnaise mixture. Stir in tuna and mix lightly until all of the
ingredients are well incorporated. Cut bell pepper into 24 thin strips.
2. To assemble wraps, spred tortilla with 1 tbsp of the remaining mayonnaise and top
evenly with 1/2 cup of the tuna mixture. Cover with 2 or 3 spinach leaves and 4 bell pepper
strips. Fold in sides of tortilla and roll tightly burrito style. Recipe should yield 3 wraps
U.S. Nutrients per serving (1 wrap); Calories 190, Fat less than 1 g, Sodium 490 mg,
Dietary Fiber 3 g **this recipe comes from an older cook book that I have so the nutritional
information is limited**


Happy 4th of July!

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Today as we celebrate the 4th eating BBQ with friends and family or watching a firework show (the few that are actually happening tonight) we need to make sure that we recognize and appreciate all of the men and women in the military that have fought their lives just so we could celebrate our independence!

A great thanks to our soldiers from the ones that protected us when the USA first became a country to the ones that are still overseas protecting us now! I am truly grateful for the sacrifices made by our military and their families!!

God Bless the USA!!!

A Thousand Words

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The girls and I stopped at Redbox to rent some movies and we picked Eddie Murphy’s “A thousand words”. In a nutshell Eddie’s character Jack finds that his life is linked with a tree. With each word spoken by Jack, a leaf would fall off of the tree. He had 1,000 words (leaves) left….. I won’t tell you anything more about the story line so I don’t ruin the movie but the big message to take away was that you need to appreciate every moment you’re given. That words aren’t always enough and that the little things count.

With all of the comings and goings in our everyday lives, we sometimes forget to push “pause” on life to stop an smell the roses. Now I don’t imagine that we’re all going to stop what we’re doing to find a rosebush or run to the floral department to smell a bouquet but instead of everyone parked in front of the TV zoned out on some reality show, go outside and run through the sprinklers or see what sorts of shapes you can find in the clouds. Turn off the TV and put away all electronics at dinner time and spend those precious moments finding out how one another’s day went, pull out a board game from the closet and have the whole family participate. Anything you can do to carve out that special uninterrupted time with one another will make you appreciate one another so much more.

In other words, allow yourself to be a child for a couple of hours… I mean don’t we spend enough time being adults?