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Fourth of July Eatery Series: Spicy Turkey Burgers

Originally posted on Girl Meets Soul:
Continuing the Fourth of July Eatery Series–in true patriotic fashion–we’re taking it to the grill. ¬†We’re putting a spicy twist on the good ole’ burger with this easy to make recipe. ūüėÄ What You’ll Need: 1 pound ground turkey ¬ľ cup seeded, chopped banana peppers ¬Ĺ cup crumbled goat¬†cheese ¬ľ tsp season salt ¬ľ tsp cayenne pepper ¬Ĺ tsp black pepper 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped 1 avocado – peeled, pitted, and diced 1 onion, diced 1 tomato, diced 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped ¬ľ cup lime juice 1/8 tsp salt How to Make: Preheat grill for high heat. In a bowl, mix the turkey, peppers, and goat¬†cheese. Season with season salt, cayenne pepper and ¬ľ tsp black pepper. Form the mixture into 4 or 5 patties.¬† Cook patties until no longer pink, about 8-10 minutes on each side (internal temperature should be 180 degrees F). ¬† In a bowl, toss cilantro with avocado, onion, tomato, jalapeno peppers, lime juice, salt, and black pepper to make an avocado…

Fourth of July Eatery Series: Corn on the Cob

Originally posted on Girl Meets Soul:
There’s a wee tropical storm a-brewing, so we’re taking this classic Fourth of July Eatery Series meal indoors. ¬†The manner of cooking is essentially the same regardless of whether you’re using an outside grill or your oven, so feel free to make this recipe on a grill if the weather where you permits. The cinnamon and sugar in this recipe really provides a sweet zing. ¬†Even better, each ear of corn is only¬†64¬†calories! What You’ll Need: 4 or 5 ears of corn 2 tbsp butter (or¬†olive oil) 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp brown sugar (optional) How to Make: Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (or high heat if using outside grill). Remove husks and silks from corn. Lightly brush ¬†melted¬†butter or olive oil over the corn and wrap each individual ear in foil. Place directly on rack and roast in oven for 30 minutes. ¬†If using preheated grill, turn occasionally ¬†until fully cook, about 10-15 minutes. Once corn is cooked through, remove foil, brush corn with butter or olive…

Fourth of July Eatery Series: Tasty Sirloin Skewers

Originally posted on Girl Meets Soul:
What’s Independence Day without a variety of skewer meats? Here’s another side for the Fourth of July Eatery Series that’s sure to please your taste buds! ¬†Coming in at approx. 89¬†calories/skewer (makes 14 skewers), the scale will be pleased too. Here’s What You’ll Need: 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup olive oil 1/4 cup soy sauce 1 tsp¬†dried oregano 3 tbsp minced¬†garlic 2 medium yellow onions, cut into 1 inch pieces 2 large green bell peppers, cut into 1 inch pieces 3 tbsp¬†dark¬†brown sugar 3 tbsp¬†distilled white vinegar 1/2 tsp¬†garlic powder 1/8¬†tsp¬†seasoned salt 2 pounds beef sirloin steak, cut into 1 inch cubes 8 oz white mushrooms 6 skewers How to Make: In a large glass bowl, mix together lemon juice, olive oil, soy sauce, oregano, minced garlic, brown sugar, distilled white vinegar, garlic powder, and seasoned salt. Reserve about 1/4 cup of this marinade for basting. ¬†Add steak ¬†and mix well. In a 2 gallon Ziplock bag, add onions, mushrooms and green peppers. ¬†Top with marinade and shake.…

Fourth of July Eatery Series: Rosemary Chicken Skewers

Originally posted on Girl Meets Soul:
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:¬† ¬Ĺ cup olive oil ¬Ĺ cup ranch dressing 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp minced fresh rosemary ¬Ĺ tsp salt 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp white wine vinegar ¬ľ 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…

A Patriotic Menu

Originally posted on Girl Meets Soul:
Happy Independence Day Everyone! We have a few people over for some Fourth of July festivities. ¬†At brunch, after I revealed what I planned to make all weekend, my friends suggested that I should share. ¬†So, without further adieu, I am presenting the Fourth of July Eatery Series! Here’s what’s on the menu for my household this weekend–some healthy, some not, but always patriotic! Let freedom (and your bellies) reign! ;-). Check back often as each meal is prepared this weekend (I’ll be updating all weekend). ¬†Then click on the link for the recipes to each meal. Breakfasts/Brunches: Liberty French Toast Main Dishes: Spicy Turkey Burgers Star-spangled Pasta Salad Sides (to serve with either lunch or dinner): Grilled Corn on the Cob Red, White and Blueberry Fruit Salad Rosemary Chicken Skewers Tasty Sirloin Skewers Desserts: Homemade Patriotic Pop Tarts Representing the Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave! Peace, Love and Live Life Full, P.A.

Fourth of July Eatery Series: Liberty French Toast

Originally posted on Girl Meets Soul:
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…

Beet, Goat Cheese & Pecan Salad with Orange Balsamic Dressing

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If¬† you follow me on instagram, you’ve already figured out that I love a good salad.¬† And this salad is no exception. What You’ll Need: The Salad – 4 medium beets, peeled (or if you’re feeling lazy, 1 8-oz. can sliced beets, no salt added). 1/3 cup chopped pecans 3 tablespoons honey 12 ounce package spring greens mix 2 ounces goat cheese (my personal favorite brand is Ile de France) The Dressing – 1 cup orange juice ¬ľ cup balsamic vinegar ¬ľ¬†cup extra virgin olive oil 4 teaspoons brown sugar ¬†What To Do: Place beets into a medium saucepan, and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then cook for 20 to 30 minutes, until tender. Drain and cool, then slice the beets into rounds.¬† (If you decide on using the canned option, simply rinse the canned beets). While the beets are cooking, place the pecans in a skillet over medium-low heat.¬† Once the nuts begin to toast, stir in the honey.¬† Cook and stir until evenly coated, then…

Career OOTD #2: Pleated and printed

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This pink pleated skirt and print top create a feminine touch that’s perfect for a Friday at the office. ¬†Toss on a black blazer, and office chic gets kicked up a notch. ¬†Print blouse: New York & Company Powder blush pleated pink skirt: New York & Company – Eva Collection Black cardigan: Macy’s Silver buckle belt: Express T-Strap pumps: Payless – Dexflex by Dexter These shoes though!

Pentagon Relaxes Military Hairstyle Policy

This is the perfect example of how remarkable developments can take effect once we come together.¬† There is enough hatred in this world from the Ferguson, MO police crack down of what is essentially “a war on black teens” down to the petty Youtube comments that make us all realize just how deep roots stemmed in hatred can spread. But when we come together, beautiful things happen.