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Spanish Chicken

Originally posted on Over the Billows:

I’m a big fan of recipes that can be whipped up in 30 minutes or less for those days when you get home from work and just want to flop on the sofa with a bowl of something hot and tasty. I had a fairly rubbish day at the office yesterday, so Mike and I pulled out an old favourite: Spanish chicken. It was ready in 25 minutes and is spectacularly easy.


(Serves 3-4)

~ 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
~ 1 large onion, sliced
~ 1 red bell pepper, sliced
~ 8 chicken thighs, boned (or drumsticks – not chicken breast)
~ 1 1/2 tablespoons paprika (smoked or regular – I like smoked in this)
~ 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
~ 1 good-quality chorizo sausage
~ A handful of your favorite olives (I like green, Mike likes black – I won last night!)
~ A 400g tin of butter beans (the best ones are the fancy artisan…

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Healthy Oriental Shrimp Salad

Originally posted on Rie's Bento and Cooking -- Chic and Simple -- :



It has been unusually very warm here in Oslo, newspaper was talking about the record-breaking sales of ice cream this year. Yeah, I believe it. It has been so hot and I also craved cold vanila ice cream! Under the inviting blue sky people are also cooking BBQ so often that they are probably tired of hotdogs, hamburgers and potato salad by now.  How about something different for a change? Something light and refreshing and yet nutiritious with an oriental twist? This salad I am presenting in this post is a typical summer salad with spinach, Enoki mushroom, shrimps, bean noodle served with soy-sauce based oriental salad dressing. Some of the ingredients may sound a little obscure but they are available at asian grocery stores (at least in Oslo where I live. I go to a store called Scanasia, Youngsgate 6 in Oslo, vis-avis Generius Shopping Center near Brugata…

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Vietnamese Minted Chicken Salad

Originally posted on Edibles:


Serves: 4

Cooking Time: 25 mins


2 carrots, grated
large handful fresh bean sprouts
large handful fresh mint, plus extra leaves for garnish
2 shallots, finely sliced
3 small red chillis, 2 deseeded and finely sliced, 1 sliced with seeds
3 pre-cooked chicken breasts, sliced

2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp rice vinegar
2 limesjuices
1 tbsp fish sauce
4 tbsp vegetable oil


Put carrots, beansprouts, mint, shallots and chillies into a large bowl and gently toss together. Set aside.

Put the garlic, sugar, vinegar, lime huice, fish sauce, vegetable oil and some frshly ground black pepper into a small bowl and whisk well.

Divide the salad between 4 bowls. Add the cooked chicken. Toss well and drizzle with the dressing.

Garnish with the extra mint, chilli and seeds.

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How To Make A Ten-Minute Zucchini Salad

Originally posted on CrisW Blogs:

Zucchini SaladIngredients
2 teaspoons finely grated fresh lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon anchovy paste
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 small zucchini, trimmed and thinly sliced into half moons
3 cups loosely packed frisee (French curly endive), trimmed and torn into small pieces
1/4 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, torn in 1/2 lengthwise if large
1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces
12 kalamata olives, pitted and thinly sliced lengthwise
1 small red onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise

Whisk together zest, juice, mustard, honey, anchovy paste, sherry vinegar, salt, and pepper in a large bowl until combined. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Add zucchini, frisee, herbs, olives, and onion and toss to coat. Serve…

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Morning Motivators – Why That Morning Workout Is Good For You In More Ways Than You May Think

Originally posted on Kettlebells and Cookies:

You may have read my post earlier on “How to be a morning person” and scoffed that you will never be a morning person and couldn’t dream of getting up before the sun is up.  Well, as a bit of a fan of early mornings, I thought you may find it interesting to learn why you may want to become a morning exerciser and the benefits it has over and above the calorie burn.

1. No excuses – the workout will actually happen! 

How many afternoon or evening workouts get cut short or don’t happen due to phone calls, deadlines, meetings running late or family commitments? Quite a few I bet! Working out in the morning means it’s done, and can’t be interrupted later by things popping up.  This also builds routine and consistency – great if you are someone who finds that ‘life always gets in the…

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Old Bag Tips For Life : Healthy Obsessions – Breakfast Reading And Love

Originally posted on notjustanoldbag:

This is a picture of the Old Bag’s daily granola, one of the secrets to FITNESS HEALTH AND HAPPINESS.

Old Bags are creatures of habit, but there’s nothing wrong with habits as long as they are good ones. Here are some good Old Bag habits….

Music The Old Bag is likely to listen to music at least once. Does her music practice (this because musical instrument playing is good for the brain. Frankly anything that exercises the fading memory is good for the brain)

EXERCISE. Exercise is essential for youth, fitness and to stimulate a proper appetite. The Old Bag gets some exercise every day. The Old Bag figures that twenty years sat on a chair as a GP altered the shape of her bum. It wasn’t big but it was flat. So she’s worked on those glutes. So she does

  • Twenty minutes of cardio (usually running, speed varies with…

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Changing My Words, Changing My Life

Originally posted on My Journey to Healthy:

This month I had a goal of 930 minutes of activity for the month. I have met and exceeded this goal. I have done 1060 minutes of exercise this month. I am on my way to a 5K! 


So, as you know, I have one coming in November. The other one I want to do is at Disneyland in California in May 2015. I live in Maryland. I really want to do it! My friend posted a picture the other day talking about changing your language will change your life. So, as I was thinking about this 5K across the country, the first thing that came to mind was, “I can’t afford to do this.” First of all, it is $70 to register. We would need a hotel for at least one night, plus airfare. All of this times two. Well, I REALLY want to do this. How…

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Camille’s Scrumptious Spinach Swiss Quiche

Originally posted on :

RDH and chef extraordinaire Camille shares her AMAZING spinach quiche recipe! Give it a try… you won’t be sorry.


  • 1 cup spinach (un-thawed and drained well)
  • 1 ½ cup grated Swiss cheese
  • 1/3 cup minced onion (lightly sautéed)
  • 1 ½ cups sautéed mushrooms
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup cream
  • 1 ½ cup milk
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon red cayenne pepper


  1. Prepare pie crust. (Feel free to purchase a premade crust from the grocery store, or make your own.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whip together eggs, cream, milk, salt, sugar and red cayenne pepper until well blended. Set bowl aside.
  3. Layer spinach, mushrooms, onions and Swiss cheese in uncooked pie crust.
  4. Pour whipped egg mixture evenly over dry layers.
  5. Bake at 425˚ for 15 minutes, then at 325˚ for 30 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!

TIP: Before placing pie in oven, wrap tinfoil around the edges of…

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Spinach Topped Tomatoes

Originally posted on Recipes, Recipes, Recipes:

Spinach-Topped Tomatoes

Spinach-Topped Tomatoes

1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach
2 chicken bouillon cubes
3 large tomatoes, halved
1 cup soft bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Shredded Parmesan cheese, optional

In a large saucepan, cook spinach according to package directions with bouillon; drain well. Cool slightly; press out excess liquid.
Lightly salt tomato halves; place with cut side down on a paper towel for 15 minutes to absorb excess moisture.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the spinach, bread crumbs, cheese, onion, butter, egg, garlic, pepper and cayenne pepper.

Place tomato halves, cut side up, in a shallow baking dish. Divide the spinach mixture over tomatoes. Sprinkle with shredded cheese if desired. Bake at 350° for about 15 minutes or until heated through…

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