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Meatless Monday~ Grilled Cheese Sandwhiches

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I’m a sucker for cheese~sliced, cubed, in pasta, on sandwiches-you name it, I’ll take it.  So come Meatless Mondays, it’s guaranteed we will have cheese with something.  I try to incorporate ingredients to make my cheese-filled dish as healthy as possible.  So, in my grilled cheese, I use a squash puree in some form(frozen, jarred). Oh, and don’t forget the tomato soup!

Ingredients~

12 slices of a whole grain bread

2 cups shredded cheese(your choice~mix it up half cheddar, half pepper jack)

1 jar of baby food puree squash

1 tablespoon of butter/spread

dash of salt/pepper

olive oil for pan

Directions~

Heat olive oil in pan on medium.  Meanwhile, mix cheese, puree, butter, salt and pepper in bowl. Spread mixture on bread and place in pan.  Cook about 4 mins per side.  Serve with tomato soup and a salad to make a meal.

**Makes 6 sandwiches

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Meal Prep~

With the highly anticipated(well, by me anyway) “back-to-school week” upon us, I decided to spend the better part of my Sunday meal-prepping.  In between watching my boyfriend, Ryan Reynolds in The Proposal and the Cowboy/Chargers game~ I was able to get quite a bit accomplished.

Cooked chicken breasts~ to shred and cube for future meals(pasta, enchiladas and sandwiches).  I simply baked them for 50 mins at 375 degrees.  Cooled, shredded/cubed and stuck in the freezer after I labeled the bags.

Made red pasta sauce in the crock pot~I put 2 cans of tomatoes(a few fresh, too) in the blender along with a small can of tomato paste, 4 basil leaves, a 1/4 cup of  EVOO, diced onions and some carrot puree.  After blended, I put it in the crock pot on low for about 5 hours.  Let cool and froze.

Sliced cheese(sandwiches, crackers)~ I bought a block of cheddar from Albertson’s last week for $2.50.  I sliced and bagged it then put it in our “sandwich bin” in the fridge.

Cooked Rice~ We had Chicken Burritos last night, so I tripled my batch of rice in the cooker and will freeze the left-overs.

Today, I am going to boil eggs(for lunches) and pasta(for dinner later in the week).  I am anticipating this prep-method will continue each week, so I cut back on processed foods and ordering take-out.

**photo-momandbabylove.com

Ch Ch Ch Changes

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 Last week, at the start of our vacation, I was diagnosed with gallbladder problems.  I was shocked to say the least.  I consider myself a pretty, healthy eater and the fact that a diet high in fatty foods is one of the causes, made me feel a bit embarrassed. Upon further research though, I discovered that anything from being female to taking the birth control pill may cause problems.  In any event, I’ve decided my first choice isn’t surgery to remove the gallbladder, but that I try to treat it holistically.  To combat the attacks,  I need to rid my diet of foods high in fat, as well as a few other culprits.   Here are some of the changes, I am making to my eating habits…

Olive Oil~ I threw out oils such as Canola/Vegetable and am only using Olive oil to cook with.  Even though it contains the same amount of calories, as it’s chemically produced counterpart, it is a healthy fat and plus Sofia Loren swears it’s one of her beauty secrets.

There will be no more fast food drive-thrus in a bind or pizza nights.  This change will benefit my whole family, but will more than likely result in an uprising by my children.

Gluten-Free Diet~ It seems this phrase has been everywhere, as of late.  This star is “GF Free” or that friend is, etc…etc..  I couldn’t help but be reminded of the Atkins or some other fad diets, when seeing “gluten-free”.  But upon further research, it is the healthiest way for me to eat and I am proud to say~I am jumping on the “GF” bandwagon.

No onions~ These  have been the biggest culprit in my gallbladder issues and have resulted in the worst attacks.  So, with all the tears I have shed over these little guys(dicing included).  I am not too sorry to see them go. 

Flax Seed Oil~ the benefits are bountiful in this little seed.  I take a tablespoonful a day and still incorporate this way of cooking seen here with the grain itself.

Vegetable Juices~to be consumed daily

Warm Water with Lemon~First thing in the morning, before my coffee.  Coffee is supposed to bring on attacks, but I have yet to have one after my daily cup.  So, fingers crossed…

When we return home, I am going to meet with Ema Salmon of Ema’s Herbs in hopes she will be able to help me even further.  If any of you have any questions or tips for me, please let me know!