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Dinner tonight!

June 13, 2012

One of our staple restaurants is a farm-to-table, organic & local neighborhood spot. I try to order something different when I go, but my palate sucks me right back into the same thing, time after time. Last weekend, my husband and I went upstate to visit dear friends. Guess what they made for lunch? Another version of my favorite restaurant dish!

For dinner last night, I recreated my own version. You should, too.

Skoog’s Rice Bowl

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 zucchini, sliced & cubed
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced & cubed
  • 1 cup broccoli florets, cut small
  • 1/2 cup red cabbage, cubed
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • drizzle olive oil

Brown rice takes approximately 45 minutes to cook. When there are 15 minutes left on the timer, chop and combine all vegetables in a big serving bowl. When rice is done, mix raw vegetables with fresh, hot rice. Season with sea salt and cracked pepper, drizzle with a tablespoon or so of extra virgin olive oil. Top with your favorite protein, like grilled shrimp, chicken breast or salmon. You can actually add anything, from cashews, peanuts, water chestnuts or your favorite fruit, like pineapple, dried cranberries or raisin. YUM!


To Florida, with love

March 19, 2012

My husband and I just arrived home after a sunny weekend in Florida. The Pine Island Civic Association’s Exercise Group invited us down to lead seminars that included proper exercise techniques, correcting muscle imbalances, healthy eating tips, a fun 3.5-mile walk/jog, exercise classes and so much more.

I’m not quite sure what we expected before we arrived, but over the course of the weekend, we met some fabulous people between the ages of 54 and 80…and were blown away by their fitness levels and sheer determination to get into the best shape of their lives. They are the strongest bunch of retirees we have ever encountered, and have proven to us that anyone can get fit no matter their age.

This post is dedicated to my new friends on Pine Island…below is the salad dressing, as promised.

Yours in health,


Skoog’s Slammin’ Salad Dressing

2/3 TBSP Basil Pesto
1/2 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar
1 1/2 tsp Lemon Juice
1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
sea salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients and toss well into a salad. Serves 4.


Burger & Fries, please!

March 5, 2012

I’ve been craving a juicy burger lately, but I hate that post-indulgence feeling of bloat and regret. I share with you my yummy low-cal version of burger and fries.

What you’ll need:

3 whole sweet potatoes
drizzle olive oil
1lb ground chicken breast
1TBSP Worcestershire sauce
dried garlic & onion powder
nonstick spray
wholewheat english muffins

Cut up sweet potatoes into french-fry size and put in ziploc bag with a light drizzle of olive oil, pepper and sea salt. Shake until coated. Spread fries onto a single layer on a cookie sheet, bake for 30 minutes or until crispy and done.

In a mixing bowl, combine ground chicken breast, Worcestershire sauce, dash of dried garlic & onion powder, sea salt & pepper to taste. Make 4-6 burger patties and cook stovetop, spraying pan with nonstick spray.

Serve on toasted whole-wheat english muffins (or ezekiel buns), top with avocado, pickle, lettuce and organic ketchup.

Think of me as you enjoy the aftermath of no regrets. YUM!!