Delicious Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Slices with Thyme

By Jodee Weiland

There are so many wonderful ways to cook a sweet potato, but around this time of year everyone is thinking about eating healthier. An oven roasted sweet potato is a great way to have a healthy sweet potato with your meal. These sweet potatoes are so delicious, you won’t miss the brown sugar, butter, or marshmallows at all. Sweet potatoes are definitely sweet enough on their own, so why not roast them with a few seasonings and have my Delicious Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Slices with Thyme!

http://learnfromyesterday.comIt doesn’t take much to make a delicious oven roasted sweet potato. All you need is some extra-virgin olive oil and the right seasonings. Thyme is an excellent seasoning to add flavor to a sweet potato. Add some garlic and onion powder as well, and the flavor is outstanding! Lightly use some sea salt, but ever so lightly, and ground pepper to taste, and the result is perfection!

http://learnfromyesterday.comDelicious Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Slices with Thyme

2 to 4 sweet potatoes peeled (depending on the number of people and size of the potatoes)
Extra virgin olive oil
Garlic powder to taste (1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon)
Onion powder to taste (1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon)
Ground thyme to taste (1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon)
Sea salt lightly and black pepper to taste

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These are the basic seasonings, but you can add any other seasonings you may like. Preheat your oven to 475 degrees. Prepare your baking sheets with parchment cooking paper. Cut the each potato in  ½” slices to create your oven roasted sweet potato slices just before you are ready to cook. You may do this sooner and leave in cold water, but I prefer to do it just before baking.

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Put the slices in a large bowl and pour some olive oil over the slices. Toss the slices until all of them are coated with some olive oil. They do not need to be drenched, but just coated. Once coated in olive oil, season the slices with the above seasonings to taste. It does not take much of any of the seasonings to add flavor, so add seasonings carefully. Place the slices evenly on your baking sheets. You may add any additional seasonings you may like, but if serving guests, I suggest you always ask about preferences as some people may not like or tolerate well certain seasonings. When done seasoning, place the baking sheets in the oven for about 16 to 20 minutes or until fork tender. Watch them carefully when baking so that you do not burn them.

http://learnfromyesterday.comMy Delicious Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Slices with Thyme are so good, you will want to eat sweet potatoes like this forever! Not only are they delicious, but they are healthy as well. What more could you want? We love these sweet potato slices, and we are seriously considering doing the sweet potatoes this way next Thanksgiving as well. Give them a try and see what you think! Enjoy!

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Lemon Chicken with Artichokes, Kalamata Olives, and Feta

By Jodee Weiland

Lately, I have been making more chicken dishes with a Mediterranean flavor. Recently, I did Greek Style Chicken with Spinach, Artichoke, and Feta that was a stuffed boneless chicken breast and definitely delicious. When I decided to make this new chicken dish, I wanted to make it a little easier to do for those busy days. This new dish does not have any spinach, but still has all the great flavor of my Greek style chicken, but with a lot less preparation time needed. The end result was my Lemon Chicken with Artichokes, Kalamata Olives, and Feta, and we loved it!

http://learnfromyesterday.comTo begin with, this chicken breast was not split and stuffed. Because it is not stuffed, it has no spinach, and it also is easier to make when you need to get a great tasting dinner on the table fast. With this recipe, you just put your chicken breasts in a baking dish, add olive oil and fresh lemon juice, some seasonings, and finally, the toppings of artichokes, olives, feta cheese, etc. This does not take long to do. Once done, you just put the baking dish in the oven and cook your dinner. While the chicken is baking, prepare a  vegetable for a side dish. If you want potatoes, add cut up red potatoes to the baking dish and bake them along with the chicken. It doesn’t get much easier than this!

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  • 2 boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 to 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (or to taste)
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1/3 cup pitted Kalamata olives (more or less to taste)
  • 1 small tomato sliced or 8 to 10 grape tomatoes
  • 1/8 cup crumbled fat free feta cheese
  • 6 red potatoes cut up (optional)
http://learnfromyesterday.comhttp://learnfromyesterday.comPreheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish. Put olive oil and fresh lemon over the top of the chicken breasts. Season to taste with sea salt and ground black pepper. Then sprinkle the minced garlic, artichoke hearts, olives, tomato, and feta cheese over the top of the chicken breasts. If you decide to add the optional red potatoes, place them along the outside edges of your baking dish. Cover the baking dish and bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes. Then remove the cover and bake for 5 minutes longer or until done.
http://learnfromyesterday.comMy Lemon Chicken with Artichokes, Kalamata Olives, and Feta is both delicious and healthy! Serve this dish with a vegetable and a white wine. You have the option of adding some red potatoes to this dish, if you want a potato side as well. Whatever you decide, you will love this dish, and it really is easy to do. You get all the great flavor with less work here. So give it a try, and enjoy!

Delicious Cranberry Apple Smoothie with Mango

By Jodee Weiland

With the New Year approaching, it is definitely time for a new smoothie! This time of year brings with it the availability of cranberries, so my new smoothie definitely has cranberries. Blended together with other fruits, this smoothie has both the tart flavor of cranberries along with the sweet flavors of Granny Smith apples and mango slices. The result is the fabulously Delicious Cranberry Apple Smoothie with Mango!

http://learnfromyesterday.comEach of these ingredients has numerous health benefits for us adding great nutritional value to this smoothie. The cranberry health benefits are a decrease in the risk of urinary tract infections and also, an increase in the health of the cardiovascular system. It’s the combined impact of cranberry antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients in cranberry that’s responsible for these results. Adding cranberries to a smoothie is definitely a way to increase the health benefits of your smoothie.

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  • 1 cup ruby red grapefruit juice (no sugar added) or juice of your choice
  • 1 cup frozen fresh mango
  • ½ cup frozen fresh cranberries
  • 1 Granny Smith apple with skin cored and cut up
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey

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http://learnfromyesterday.comMy Delicious Cranberry Apple Smoothie with Mango is both delicious and healthy! There are two servings and each will be approximately 206 calories and 0 fats. This a great boost before working out or after a workout. The vitamins and additional nutrients from this smoothie are a great health benefit for you any time. Give this smoothie a try, and enjoy!

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New Way to Count Steps and Track Fitness

By Jodee Weiland

In order to start the New Year right, I invested in a step counter, Fitbit One. Over the years, I have had several step counters, starting with the first step counter purchased years ago for five dollars. I was teaching English literature and composition at our local high school. The school nurse introduced us to the idea of a step counter we could purchase for this nominal fee. The idea was counting our steps to improve our health and make us more aware of our true activity level. I loved the idea and bought one. It was one of the best choices I ever made, finding a New Way to Count Steps and Track Fitness!

http://learnfromyesterday.comThat was only the beginning of the journey. I had always worked out, and now I was simply tracking the results of any and all activity during my day. As we grow older, it is not unusual to become more sedentary. Aches and pains settle in joints and muscles over the years, especially if we use those muscles less. Any old injuries become a constant reminder that we’re aging. The only real way to fight back is to keep active and keep moving. The more you move, the less likely you are to suffer from muscle and joint soreness.

http://learnfromyesterday.comMy first step counter actually helped me step it up a bit. I thought I was still keeping as active as before, but I found out that in reality, I had slowed down somewhat. That’s when I stepped it up and made sure I was taking at least 10,000 steps a day, the approximate equivalent of five miles. The tracking of steps made me even more aware of my activity level, which in turn, helped me to increase my activity level as I got older rather than decrease it.

http://learnfromyesterday.comI moved on from that first step counter to several of the OMRON brand step counter. These step counters gave me even more information about my activity level. I became aware of not just steps taken, but calories burned. When I first did this, step counters weren’t all that popular, and they were also somewhat bulky and not as easy to wear. They usually clipped on to a waist band, but were definitely noticeable to the wearer. The later ones could upload your steps to a computer, giving you a visual record of your day to day activity over extended periods of time. My last step counter could track over thirty days before having to upload the information and showed up to seven days activity on the step counter itself at any time. This helps you see your progress.

http://learnfromyesterday.comEventually, I decided it was time to upgrade for a few reasons. First, the newer step counters are small enough and light enough that you don’t even feel them on you when you wear them. This is so much more comfortable and means you are more likely to continue using it. Second of all, these new step counters, track not just steps, but stair climbing, aerobic activity intensity, sleep patterns, and so much more. So after researching and one false start (I returned one stepper that did not do what it claimed), I finally ended up purchasing a Fitbit One during the holiday sales and couldn’t be happier with the results.

http://learnfromyesterday.comFitbit One is my New Way to Count Steps and Track Fitness! With Fitbit One, I can track steps, stairs (floors climbed), calories, miles, activity level, sleep patterns, and so much more. It even links up to various other plans that track your food, etc., like MyFitnessPal.com, which I am using. You can sync it wirelessly with your computer and apps on various devices. I love being able to track so much information about my activity levels and at the same time, keep fit. This program even awards me badges for completing certain achievements as I progress, which makes it fun. You can even share your results with others if you choose to do so through social media. So far this has been one of my better investments in my fitness routine and plan to keep healthy! If you’re looking for a great way to amp up your fitness plan for the New Year or even just to start one, this step tracker is a great idea, so give it a try and enjoy!

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Salmon with Sweet Bourbon Glaze

By Jodee Weiland

I love salmon, and when it’s served with a sweet bourbon glaze, I love it even more. Although I have eaten salmon with a sweet bourbon glaze at restaurants many times, I decided it was time to do this recipe at home. I researched sweet bourbon glaze and discovered that there are so many different ways to do this. From what I learned, I just chose what I liked best from many of them, adjusted the amounts and ingredients to my preferences, and the result was awesome. My Salmon with Sweet Bourbon Glaze is the perfect blend of some of my favorite ingredients, and it is delicious!

http://learnfromyesterday.com Of course, most of the recipes use bourbon, but the amounts varied anywhere from one tablespoon to one cup. I chose somewhere short of the middle for this ingredient, and it was the perfect choice for my taste. Some had butter, and some did not. I chose to leave the butter out. Most have brown sugar in varying amounts, and I chose middle ground here, or what I thought was just enough, but not too much. Many had garlic, and I have never said no to garlic, so I included garlic as well. Now the rest of the ingredients varied quite a bit, so I decided to use what I thought would make this sweet but tangy. I chose apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and molasses. Molasses adds just that right taste of what I call “Southern” for me. The end result was bold and delicious beyond my expectations!

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  • 2 – six ounce pieces of fresh salmon
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup bourbon (a better quality bourbon makes for a better glaze)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 fresh garlic clove minced
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon molasses

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Blend together the bourbon, brown sugar, garlic, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and molasses in a sauce pan and bring it to boil, while stirring. Reduce the heat and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until it reduce to about half and thickens slightly. It will thicken more as it sits at room temperature on the side cooling off to room temperature.

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Then season to taste the salmon pieces with the sea salt and black pepper. Don’t over do the sea salt. Place the pieces on a pan to broil or grill. If broiling, broil the salmon three to four inches below the heating coil for 6 to 9 minutes depending on thickness, and until there is a slight crispiness on the top, but make sure the salmon is not overdone. If more than 3/4 inch thick, it may take longer. Watch carefully, and just before the last minute you can brush some of your sweet bourbon glaze lightly on the top of the salmon.

http://learnfromyesterday.comWhen done, remove the salmon from the oven and baste some more with the sweet bourbon glaze. If grilling, cook according to the directions for your grill, adding glaze lightly in the last minute and then again adding more glaze when the salmon is ready to be served. Any leftover glaze can be refrigerated for about a week or a little longer. When ready to use, bring it to room temperature and use it on fish or even chicken.

http://learnfromyesterday.comMy Salmon with Sweet Bourbon Glaze is absolutely delicious and has a bold flavor you will love. Salmon is so healthy for you, even adding a glaze will not take away from the benefits. Serve with a fresh vegetable, and a glass of white wine. We chose a Riesling and it paired well with the salmon. However, you choose to have this great dish, you are going to love it, so enjoy!

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