Get Back on Track Healthy Cabbage Soup

By Jodee Weiland

Years ago I made a great cabbage soup whenever I felt the need to eat a vegetarian meal…a meal that would be healthy and delicious! Sometimes when we travel, it’s hard to stay as healthy as we would like when eating out. Cabbage soup is my way of getting things back to where they need to be after traveling. I love cabbage, and there’s no doubt I love soup, but this cabbage soup has so much more value for me because it is one of the healthiest soups I make. My Get Back on Track Healthy Cabbage Soup is my version of the old Cabbage Soup Diet with some kick!

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The old Cabbage Soup Diet had a day by day formula to follow for seven days. Since I’m not big on seven-day diets or any diets for that matter, I love the idea of cabbage soup, but done my way! For one thing, I believe that if you eat healthy most of the time and consistently, you will get to and maintain the appropriate weight for you. Of course, you may also have to work out, either walking, jogging, aerobics, or something, but keeping weight down can be achieved. If you eat right and exercise, you can be the weight that’s appropriate for your age and gender. But once in a while we get off track, like when we’re on vacation, and that’s the time to eat even healthier. That’s when I pull out my Get Back on Track Healthy Cabbage Soup!

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Get Back on Track Healthy Cabbage Soup

  • 1  tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup celery, cleaned and sliced
  • 2 cups carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 small to medium yellow onions sliced
  • 2 small or 1 large garlic clove chopped
  • 5 fresh basil leaves, cleaned and chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 cabbage head, cored and cut up
  • 2 – 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes with juice
  • 5 – 14.5 ounce cans chicken or vegetable fat-free broth
  • Fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • Hot sauce to taste (optional)

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Heat olive oil in a large pot, and saute the celery, carrots, onions, garlic, basil leaves, and parsley until slightly cooked. Add the cut up cabbage to the pot and mix together. Then add the diced tomatoes with the juice, and the chicken or vegetable broth. Add ground black pepper to taste and if you choose to do so, add hot sauce to taste. With hot sauce, remember that it can always be added later to meet the preferences of all who are eating.

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Bring the mixture to a low boil, and then cover the pot and lower the heat to simmer. Simmer for 40 to 45 minutes or until all vegetables are cooked. Once done, you are ready to serve the soup. NOTE: If you’re not using this soup to get back on track, you can add some peeled potatoes cut up or some rice.

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My Get Back on Track Healthy Cabbage Soup is not only healthy, it is delicious as well. This is a great way to get back on track, and you will have enough for lunches or dinners within the next few days. This meal and some regular exercise should make it easy to get back on track. I like to have my soup at dinner with a nice Chianti, which I feel only serves to enhance the flavor, but with or without, you will find it satisfying and full of great flavor. For those who don’t need to get back on track, a nice multigrain loaf of crusty bread goes well with this soup. You may even want to add some grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese. However you choose to have it, you are going to love this soup, so enjoy!

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Eating Out at Emeril’s Fabulous Table 10 in Las Vegas!

By Jodee Weiland

Eating out in Las Vegas is always a delicious experience because there are so many wonderful restaurants and venues to choose from for every meal. Emeril Lagasse has four restaurants in Las Vegas to choose from when eating out, whether you are looking for a casual meal or a fine dining experience! Emeril’s Table 10 at the Palazzo is definitely a fine dining experience for eating out deliciously. When making our reservations, Emeril’s Fabulous Table 10 in Las Vegas is one of our first choices and without a doubt, fine dining at its best!

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We have eaten at most of Emeril’s restaurants in various cities, and Emeril’s Table 10 is definitely one of our favorite restaurants in Las Vegas! We always request to eat at the Chef’s Food Bar, where we are able to sit and watch the various chefs cook our meal. From the chefs preparing the soups and salads to those preparing our main meal, watching them create each dish is as wonderful as eating the fabulous dishes they serve you! Each dish is prepared flawlessly, and it is always fun to watch as the professionals prepare all the meals being ordered on any particular evening.

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On this particular visit, I ordered the Cauliflower Soup of the Day, while my husband ordered the Fried Great Lakes Smelt with preserved lemon mayonnaise to start. I chose the Filet Mignon, Lobster Tail, and Shrimp, a delicious surf and turf dish with green beans and potato puree for my main course. My husband ordered Steak Frites, a sixteen ounce Angus rib eye steak with crispy red potatoes and classic peppercorn. Both of our meals were absolutely delicious and done perfectly! 

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For dessert, we had Emeril’s famous Banana Cream Pie with chocolate shavings, caramel sauce, and whipped cream. This is one of my absolute favorite desserts at any of Emeril’s restaurants, so this choice was a must for me! But I should warn you, one slice of Emeril’s Banana Cream Pie is so large, that many times my husband and I will share one serving between us. No one will ever go away hungry from Emeril’s restaurant because all of the portions are more than generous. Everything, as usual, was so delicious and prepared perfectly!

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What can I say? Eating Out at Emeril’s Fabulous Table 10 in Las Vegas was eating out deliciously at its best and as always, we were treated like royalty! Whenever someone eats at one of Emeril’s restaurants, they are made to feel like there is no one else in the room but them. The staff, from the hostess that seats you to the chefs, who prepare every part of your meal, to the waiter that serves you, are the best, and each one does their utmost to make you feel as if you are the most important guest there! So the next time you’re in Las Vegas, treat yourself to a gourmet experience by Eating Out at Emeril’s Fabulous Table 10, and enjoy!

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Thick Green Smoothie Magic with Almonds

By Jodee Weiland

Lately, I’ve been trying out some thicker smoothies that would be filling and could take the place of a meal while being nutritious and healthy as well. One thicker smoothie I put together was especially tasty. I think this smoothie was so good because of the addition of almonds. It’s much thicker than my regular smoothie, but the almonds also make it more filling. Almonds are heart healthy and since I love them, I felt certain they would add something great to the flavor. I was right, and the result was my Thick Green Smoothie Magic with Almonds!

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This smoothie has fresh mango, apple, and unsweetened pineapple juice, all of which have numerous vitamins and nutrients. It also has frozen spinach for a green vegetable, which gives it even more nutritional value. By including almonds I’ve add protein, because an ounce of almonds contains about one eighth of our necessary daily protein. The inclusion of almonds make this smoothie heart healthy and gives it the thick consistency I was looking for, making it more filling and a possible substitute for a breakfast or a mid-day meal without bread. That is exactly what I was trying to create with this new smoothie!

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  • 1 Granny Smith apple unpeeled, cored, and cut up
  • 1 cup fresh frozen mango slices
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 and 1/2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 cup frozen spinach

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In a blender, blend together the apple, the mango, the almonds, and the juice until smooth. Add in the frozen spinach and once again blend until smooth, but thick. This recipe will make approximately two ten ounce servings. It can also be made less thick by adding additional juice, if preferred.

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My Thick Green Smoothie Magic with Almonds is delicious and very healthy! This thicker smoothie could easily take the place of a breakfast or a mid-day meal without bread, while still satisfying your hunger. It has great nutritional value, which includes twelve grams of fiber and about 15 grams of protein. There are 404 calories in one serving or half of the recipe, but for a meal this is relatively low. High in fiber, protein, and nutrients, this smoothie will satisfy your hunger, while keeping you healthy, so enjoy!

What’s for Breakfast?

By Jodee Weiland

How many times have we all heard the phrase, “What’s for Breakfast?” Breakfast is the most important meal of day according to many health conscious advocates. It’s important not only to eat, but what you eat is important as well. Many believe that breakfast should be high in fiber to sustain you throughout the day and keep you from binge eating due to hunger between meals. This is as important as eating regular meals. What I have here in my “What’s for Breakfast?” options are some healthy, filling, and satisfying meals for breakfast. For those options that may be lower in fiber, serving them with multigrain toast and/or fresh fruit as a great way to increase fiber. You will love these great options!

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Delicious Baked Oatmeal with Peaches

Delicious Chicken Sausage, Broccoli, and Mozzarella Frittata

Egg White Spinach Mushroom Omelet with Mozzarella

Eight Awesome Smoothies

Garden Omelet for Two…With Kale, Tomatoes, Basil, and Goat Cheese

Ham, Asparagus, and Goat Cheese Frittata with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Old Fashioned Banana Blueberry Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup

On the Go Bagel Sandwich with Egg Whites, Spinach, and Cheese

Scrambled Egg Whites with Ham, Vegetables, and Mozzarella

Spinach and Prosciutto Italian Frittata with Mozzarella, Mushrooms, and Black Olives!

Tossed Omelet with Escarole, Ricotta, Mozzarella, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes!

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of your day, so instead of saying, “What’s for Breakfast?” be ready to say, “I have a great idea for breakfast, and you’re going to love it!” Your family will appreciate it, and you will know you helped them get their day off to a great start! Keep in mind that many of these options may also be done the day before and reheated. Another benefit of the above options is any of them may also be used for other meals. Remember, too, that smoothies are great for before or after workouts. But if you choose any of these options for starting your day, you will start your day with a great breakfast, so enjoy!

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Homemade Shortbread Cookies

By Jodee Weiland

Shortbread cookies have always been a favorite for me, since I was a little girl and first saw the red plaid packaging on a shelf at the store. That packaging meant I would bite into a shortbread cookie that would just about melt in my mouth. I loved them! I recently decided that I would like to create a rich buttery shortbread cookie for my holiday table this year, so I did just that. The result was my Homemade Shortbread Cookies, and they are delicious!

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I researched shortbread butter cookies and found that traditionally they are one part white sugar, two parts butter, and three parts flour. They also are actually considered biscuits. Now some people will make them with granulated sugar, some with powdered sugar, and some with a mixture of both. Today, many people will add vanilla and salt as well. The variations are unlimited. I decided to use powdered sugar in my recipe for the quality of smoothness it would add to my cookie. I changed my proportions from the traditional ones because of this. I also added vanilla because I feel it adds some additional flavor. Since I use unsalted butter, I  added a very small amount of sea salt. The result was a shortbread cookie that will be a flavorful delight for anyone who loves shortbread!

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Homemade Shortbread Cookies (makes 55 to 60 cookies)

  • 3 cups unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar to sprinkle across the top (two 9″ x 13″ baking dishes)

NOTE: This recipe may be divided in half in order to make one batch at a time.

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Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In your electric mixer, first cream the butter until smooth and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar to this mixture and blend it in thoroughly. Then beat in the vanilla gradually. Mix the flour and salt together and then gradually add it into the butter mixture while blending it all together in the electric mixer. You may have to blend the last of the flour mixture in using a wooden spoon at the end.

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Divide the dough into two batches, and then with your fingers press it evenly across two 9″ x 13″ baking dishes. Using the tines of a fork, make a pattern of dots across the top of both batches. Then sprinkle lightly one tablespoon of granulated sugar across the entire top of both baking dishes.

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Bake at 300 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes or until edges are a light golden brown. Cut into approximately 1″ x 3″ strips using a sharp knife immediately after removing the baking dish from the oven. Leaving the strips in the baking dish, set the baking dishes on cooling racks for 30 minutes before removing the strips and placing them on a cooling rack to cool down completely.

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My Homemade Shortbread Cookies are buttery melt in your mouth cookies that are absolutely delicious! This recipe will give you about 55 to 60 cookies depending on how you cut the strips. If you want less, divide the recipe in half easily. Two batches or one, this simple shortbread cookie recipe will make a wonderful addition to your holiday cookie selection. They are so good, you will probably make them more often than just the holidays, so enjoy!