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Fourth of July Eatery Series: Rosemary Chicken Skewers

The sides of the Fourth of July Eatery Series are coming along nicely.  This is a modification on a recipe a friend gave me and, believe it or not, the modifications actually took the calorie count down!  Though high in calories, this side dish is just too good to pass up!  The recipe makes 8 skewers at approx. 347 calories/skewer. What You’ll Need:  ½ cup olive oil ½ cup ranch dressing 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp minced fresh rosemary ½ tsp salt 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp white wine vinegar ¼ tsp ground black pepper 1 tbsp brown sugar (optional) 5 skinless, boneless chicken breasts – cut into 1 inch cubes 2 large red onions, cut into 1-inch pieces 6 slices turkey bacon 6 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 2 hours How to Make: In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, ranch dressing, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, salt, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, pepper, and sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes. Place chicken in the bowl, and stir to coat with the marinade. Pour …

Fourth of July Eatery Series: Liberty French Toast

Welcome to the first meal of the Fourth of July Eatery Series.  Start this Independence day off right with some red, white and blue deliciousness! Alright, it’s not the most healthy meal in the world, but hey, it’s the holiday–calories don’t count, right? Right??? … No? Just me? Oh well.  You’re entitled to a treat here and there, and this one is downright good eatin’! Here’s What You’ll Need: 1 (10 ounce) package frozen strawberries, thawed 1 cup fresh blueberries 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (I use the 1/3 less fat variety), softened 1 tbsp brown organic sugar 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk (if you want it creamier, feel free to use whole dairy milk) 2 eggs, beaten 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon Some Pam canola spray 8 slices of some oaty/grainy type bread (I use whole grain Oatnut bread–adds a rich flavor)  What to Do: Preheat oven to 170 degrees F (or the lowest temperature your oven has.  You’re not trying to bake anything, this is solely for keeping the finished …