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Chicken Soup Soba Noodle Pie

Soba Noodles

Guys! This recipe was a total happy accident. I really did not feel like going to the grocery story so I decided to play ‘Chopped’, Taylor Walker Fit style. Cory and I have been traveling a ton so I have not had much time to cook. I know the blog has been a bit light on the recipe side, but hopefully this one will make up for it!

Soba Noodles

I have used buckwheat soba noodles in this Veggie Stir Fry recipe. As I have stated before, buckwheat or soba noodles are fat, cholesterol and gluten-free. They are a great source of manganese, lean protein, thiamine and carbohydrates. Studies have also shown that soba noodles are a better source of carb for diabetics because it has been concluded that glucose is released into the blood stream at a slower pace after consumption than its wheat counterparts. You will find soba or buckwheat noodles in the international food aisle. They come in pre-portioned bundles and cook in under three minutes!

Soba Noodles

So Let’s Eat Shall We?

Make Homemade Chicken Soup! Here is my favorite recipe.

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Super Bowl Shrimp and Hash From Baptist Health South Florida

Super Bowl

Potato Skins, Wings and Beer! Are those top on your list for Super Bowl weekend? Honestly, in our household, buffalo chicken dip reigns supreme on game day. It is not something I make often because Cory and I can  literally consume the whole bowl in one sitting. Add in an extra long toasted french baguette, and we are ready to hit a calorie fueled, indulgent coma, and usually pass out before the game ends. I always say everything in moderation is OK, but for something like Buffalo Dip….I just can’t control myself.

This year, I want to try a couple of dishes like cauliflower ‘buffalo wings’ and maybe this award-winning shrimp recipe from Executive Chef Edgardo Llopiz Rivera. It has such flavor and flair that it won the coveted Grand Slam honor at the Taste of Miami 2016 competition. “Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. It’s a matter of being creative and putting passion into the dish,” said Chef Llopiz, who worked with a culinary team from West Kendall Baptist Hospital to compete against chefs from some of South Florida’s top restaurants.

Chef also says: “Exploring ways to improve your health can be exciting,” said Chef Llopiz, now executive chef for Miami Cancer Institute. “Especially when it comes to food.”…Now that is a philosophy I can stand behind!

If you would like to lighten up your game-day menu…then head on over to Baptist Health South Florida for the full recipe and make sure to follow along on my healthy options Pinterest Board for inspiration. All you need are the ingredients listed here (many of which you probably already have in your pantry):

BUTTERNUT SQUASH HASH

32 ounces fresh diced butternut squash (approx. 3 cups)

1 cup diced red bell pepper

1/2 cup diced carrot

6-8 medium fresh shallots, peeled and diced

1 Fuji apple, peeled and diced

2 cloves white garlic, chopped

2 tablespoons wine rice vinegar

2 tablespoons amber light honey

½ tablespoon chili paste

2 ounces nitrite-free applewood bacon

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Grow2Heal Community Garden at Homestead Hospital-Baptist Health South Florida

Grow2Heal Community Garden

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. No truer words have ever been spoken by Hyppocrates. When I started my blog, I was just beginning to learn the effects of food on the body. As stated above, food can be medicine, food can be memories, and unfortunately food can also be detrimental to your health. If I tell you that every morsel I put into my body was organic, whole and nutrient rich, that would be a lie. The chicken pot pie in my belly right now would tell you otherwise; however, what I have created in my household is strong sense of responsibility for what we consume, where we shop and how we prepare it. It takes effort and energy, but knowledge is power, and learning how to create dishes with seasonal ingredients and getting your children in the kitchen will spark an important dialogue missing from most American households.

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Crispy Baby Artichokes

Baby Roasted Artichokes

Hi Lovelies! I am in Vegas on my last day with Zappos for the week, and guess what?! It is my three year anniversary! Cory surprised me, and showed up at my hotel door on Monday night, and to say I was shocked would be the understatement of the year! Cory and I have been together for almost eight years, and he always finds a way to make me feel special. Some days I just want to shout it from the rooftops; however, not every day was a pleasure cruise…..I did mention we have been together almost eight years right?! Anyway, we both love artichokes, but I have never cooked them before, and I decided to make them before I left last week for New York. They were a lot easier than I thought, and these would be a great addition to any dinner party or add them to your weekend snacketizer menu!

Baby Roasted Artichokes

INGREDIENTS:

1 Package Baby Artichokes

Olive Oil

2 Lemons

4 Tbs  Mayonaise

2 Tbs Dijon Mustard

Salt and Pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Peal artichokes of the hard outer layers. Cut off tops and bottoms. half and place in an ice water bath with the juice of a lemon. A little oxidation is ugly, but normal. Dry artichokes with paper towels, toss in olive oil, salt and pepper. Lay face down on baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Serve immediately with dipping sauce.

Dipping Sauce: Combine mayonaise, dijon mustard, juice and zest of one lemon. Salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

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Meatless Monday Ideas

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Meatless Monday isn’t really something we practice in our household, but sometimes MM is a happy accident. When we are busy there is a tendency to hit the drive through or pop in a pre-made meal, but I wanted to write a quick post today on what a Meatless Monday or Tuesday, Wednesday even Thursday looks like in the Sinning household. Friday is steak night people! Our life is all about balance. I said today’s post was going to be short and sweet. Without further ado….my ideas for a meatless Monday.

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Breakfast Oatmeal:

1 Cup Quick Oats

Almond Milk

Chopped Peaches

Flax Seed

Drizzle of Honey

Directions: Make Oats according to package using almond milk instead of water. If dry, top with more milk and add toppings of your choice. Banana, peanut butter with almonds and honey would be a great pre-workout breakfast. Try overnight oats by soaking oats in almond milk, chia seeds and fruit. Wake up with an on-the-go breakfast that is irresistible and satisfying.

Snack Green Juice:

I try to stick to juice that is predominantly green. Think kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, ginger, lemon and apple! A great combo that is sweet and refreshing. Make yours at home with a nutribullet or find a juice/smoothie bar near you. A smoothie will give you some great fiber that juice is missing!

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Lunch Homemade Hummus: 

I never realized how easy homemade hummus is. If you have seen this commercial in your area then you can see I like low sodium chickpeas! lol I really do…

Ingredients:

1 Can Chickpeas

2 Cloves Garlic

Juice of 1 Lemon

3+ Tbs Olive Oil-Flavored or Unflavored

Black Pepper

Red Pepper (Optional)

Wash peas and drain. Add to NutriBullet, food processor or you can mash my hand. I use my NutriBullet for everything. Crush garlic, add juice of lemon, pepper and 2 Tbs olive oil. Mash or pulse until you reach desired consistent. Remove from NutriBullet and place in a bowl. If you want your hummus a little smoother mix in more olive oil by hand.

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Dinner Roasted Veggies With Goats Cheese: This recipe was a happy accident. I had just made a run to the farmers market and told myself I was going to use all the produce that week. Cory was at a work dinner and roasted veggies sounded delicious! The goat cheese and fresh basil satisfied every taste bud on my  tongue.

Ingredients:

Small Pearl Onions

Olive Oil

Balsamic Vinegar

1 Sliced Eggplant 1/2 inch

1 Sliced Zucchini 1/2 inch

1 Pint Cherry Tomatos

Dressing:

1/8 C Olive Oil

1/2 tsp Red Pepper

1 tsp Italian Herb Seasoning (Oregeno, basil etc)

1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

Goats Cheese

Basil

Salt and Pepper

Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place onions in a small baking dish and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic. Bake for 25-30 minutes until they caramelize and soften. Combine dressing ingredients. Place eggplant and zucchini on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush veggies with dressing and bake five minutes on each side.  Wash and dry tomatoes. On the last five minutes dress the tomatoes in oil and bake. Remove zucchini and eggplant and broil tomatoes until they start to burst.Remove from oven and layer eggplant and zucchini. Top with tomato, onions, goat cheese and chopped fresh basil.

These are three very easy meatless recipes, but there are also my black bean burgers , lentils,  and zucchini pasta today! Happy Meatless Monday everyone!

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Soba Noodle Stir-Fry

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I have had a package of buckwheat, otherwise known a Soba Noodles, in my pantry for a while now, and simply needed the time and energy to create a new dish. When Cory is out of town, I usually have a simple dinner, like a salad or call in my favorite red curry; however, I decided to put my chef hat on last night because I wanted something both satisfying and filled with the veggies I just picked up from the farmers market. I usually do my grocery shopping on Monday’s where I stop at Publix for meat, cheese and eggs before heading to the farmers market for my produce. I am in love perusing the market, and buying local. So for the week, I will be making soba stir-fry, salmon and a light eggplant parmesan with all of the ingredients I picked up yesterday.

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I have never tried soba noodles, but after learning more about their nutritional value, I definitely plan on keeping them on rotation. Buckwheat or soba noodles are fat, cholesterol and gluten-free. They are a great source of manganese, lean protein, thiamine and carbohydrates. Studies have also shown that soba noodles are a better source of carb for diabetics because it has been concluded that glucose is released into the blood stream at a slower pace after consumption than its wheat counterparts. You will find soba or buckwheat noodles in the international food aisle. They come in pre-portioned bundles and cook in under three minutes!

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Feel free to play around with veggies your family loves! I think water chestnuts and baby corn would be great in here. Also cashews and basil may bring this dish to a whole new level. Oh and forget the takeout, you can make this stir-fry for your family for less than $12.00. This dish is definitely a fifteen minute meal your family will keep on rotation.

Ingredients:

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Stir Fry Sauce:

1/2 Cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth

1 Tbs Honey

2 Tbs Low Sodium Soy Sauce

1 tsp Red Chili Oil (Optional)

1 tsp Rice Wine Vinegar

Sesame Seeds

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Chicken:

Roasted Sesame Oil

3 thin cut chicken breasts

2 tsp Chinese 5-Spice

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Veggies:

1 Small Head of Broccoli

1 Small Sliced Onion

1/2 C Julianne Carrots

1/2 Inch Chopped Ginger

2 Chopped Garlic Cloves

1 Sliced Red Pepper

2 Chopped Green Onions

1/2 C Snow Peas

1 C Shitake Mushrooms

3 Chopped Pinnaple Rings

1 Lime Cut in Wedges

Noodles:

1 Bunch Buckwheat Noodles

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Directions:

Whisk stir fry sauce ingredients and set aside.

Put water on the stove to boil for the noodles. Add sesame oil to a pan and heat over medium high. Cover chicken in 5-spice, slice, and add to warm oil cooking. 2 minutes on each side for thin chicken breasts. When browned on each side, set aside. When the water is boiling, add noodles and cook for two minutes and drain.

After you remove chicken add a little more sesame oil to pan. Add aromatics: ginger, garlic and onion. Stir and turn the heat down if necessary so they do not burn. After aromatics begin to brown, add carrots, broccoli and peppers and snow peas until they begin to soften.  While veggies are softening place sesame seeds in a pan and roast over medium heat, shaking every few minutes to make sure they do not burn.

After veggies are soft and noodles are cooked, add noodles to the pan and turn up the heat. After heat is high, add stir fry sauce to deglaze the pan and coat veggies and noodles. After about a minute turn the heat down and stir in  pineapple and chicken until warm. Add stir-fry to a bowl, top with sesame seeds, green onion and a squeeze of lime!

I hope that you enjoy this dish! I should be bringing you more recipes very soon!

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Sweet, Salty, Crunchy Summer Shrimp Salad


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Sweet, Salty, Crunchy, Spicy, this summer-salad has it all. If you follow me on snapchat [@Taylorwalkerfit] then you may have seen the picnic Cory and I had last week. I made a small side-salad to go with our salmon, and to our surprise,  it was my favorite part of the entire dish. The salad was definitely a happy accident, because  it was basically made of all the leftovers I had in the fridge, and it has bacon, and how could anything with bacon be bad?

I decided to turn this into a dinner-salad and kept it light by using shrimp. It would pair well with grilled salmon, chicken or even lamb for that matter! Cory and I are heading out to Napa soon, and I cannot wait for the wine and all the farm-table-cuisine we are about to have. Sometimes I really try to pretend I am a chef when I create. I think the balance of this dish would wow event he pickiest of eaters. As for your boyfriends and hubbies, I could barely snap my pics before Cory’s was basically gone. Enjoy the salad al fresco, with a crisp cold beer or dry white wine. Don’t devaour it, but savor every bite, and enjoy the difference in flavor and texture.

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Everything Bagel Crusted NY Strip Steak With Caramelized Onions & Roasted Cauliflower

Everything Bagel Crusted New York Strip With Carmelized Onions & Roasted Cauliflower

Everything Bagel Crusted New York Strip With Carmelized Onions & Roasted Cauliflower

Everything Bagel Crusted New York Strip With Carmelized Onions & Roasted Cauliflower

Happy Friday everyone ! I have a steak dinner recipe that will knock your socks off, but first, I wanted to catch you up on life down here in MIA.When I travel like I did this week, I often feel very thrown off! Every week since Memorial Day has been spent on an airplane, and Cory and I have been two ships crossing in the night. As much as I love my job it can be exhausting, but he surprised me last week with a trip to Napa/Sonoma, and I cannot wait to share our adventure with all of you when we get back. We love to travel, and for Cory, that is the best way he is able to really disconnect from work and just enjoy this beautiful life we are so lucky to live! We are big on finding that time every week, no matter what, to spend time reconnecting and catching up on life. We do not have kids yet, and I know that will make scheduling time more difficult, but we try our best to find happiness in little things, like a good bottle of wine, a surprise note or if you follow me on Snapchat @taylorwalkerfit, you may have seen that I put together a sunset picnic on the beach for my boo. We have been together seven years, married for almost three and I know that may not seem like a lot to you, but as two kids of divorce, who are constantly on-the-go, we try our best to make our marriage a priority in this crazy little thing called life! So with that said, cooking is a big way that I share my love with family and friends, and Sunday dinner is one of my favorite meals of the week. Sometimes it is a big pot of sauce with sausage and peppers or chicken Chicken Cordon Bleau, but last Sunday it was an Everything Bagel Crusted New York Strip with Marsala Caramelized Onions and Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Spicy Parsley Butter, and OMG, it was a meal that will stand the test of time in the Sinning household.

Everything Bagel Crusted New York Strip With Carmelized Onions & Roasted Cauliflower

I need to offer a disclaimer to all my meat eaters the first time you make this meal. Not only will you think about it all week, but you will be inclined to make it all the time. Please don’t, keep it in your quarterly or special-occasion rotation, for fear of not enjoying each delectable morsel as much as the last. Make sure you buy quality grass-fed steak, open a quality red wine and savor every decadent bite. I say this really is not a fit meal because I use a butter to cook the steak, caramelize the onions and drizzle on the cauliflower, but I also put a tablespoon of butter in my coffee every morning, so I feel it cannot hurt you that much. Everything in moderation right? As long as it is the real deal! Not margarine, not ‘I can’t believe It’s Not butter’, but REAL grass-fed, unsalted butter. Because butter makes everything better, and because I do not want you to miss out on the buttery, herbaceous baste of this gorgeous, marbled gem, please invest in quality meat and fat, and make it this Sunday for your family, friends, wife or hubby!

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Black Bean Mushroom Burger With Spicy Mashed Sweet Potato

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They say there are no accidents. I am not sure who ‘they’ are, but in the case of Sunday nights dinner I accidentally had to make a completely vegetarian dish because the salmon I had in the refrigerator took a turn for the worst. Cory and I are still learning how to be adults and with our crazy hectic schedules I find myself throwing out more groceries than I care to admit. Me, I can live on eggs, avocado and thai takeout, but when Cory is home I like to cook at least two square meals per day. In the Sinning household Sunday’s are for lounging, boating, church and napping. I was way too lazy to go to the grocery store [even though it is only a mile away ] so I decided to pretend I was on Chopped and put my culinary prowess to the test.

btw…how adorbs is that face above? He was shocked that something meatless could tasted so good!

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Healthy Fat, Omegas and a Baked Pesto Salmon Recipe

Healthy Fat, Omegas and a Baked Pesto Salmon Recipe: TaylorWalkerFit.com

I have been on a salmon kick lately, which is better than being on an Entenmann’s Donut kick since they are both made up completely different kinds of fat; good fat’s are made up of EFAs or Essential Fatty Acid’s from the Omega-3 and Omega-6 family. EFAs are essential to total body health, both inside and out, and eating a variety of omega-rich foods can lead to glowing hair, skin and nails, balanced hormones, strong muscles, increased cognitive function and more!

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