14 Keto Holiday Recipes
December 12, 2018

It's that time of year again! It's all about indulging.  Holiday food is a must.  There's no getting around it. We all have a Holiday recipe weakness, right?  Whether it's egg nog, or pie, green bean casserole or our Aunt's famous cranberry cake.  We all have that something that we can't stay away from. Being on the Keto diet should not be complicated! There are so many great festive Keto Holiday dishes to choose from.  Here's a list of low carb Holiday dishes that I'm sure will get your tastes buds going. I'm loving the keto holiday dessert dishes! Instant Pot Turkey Breast with Garlic Butter Gravy {Gluten-Free, Low Carb, Keto} Find the recipe on Recipes From A Pantry Crispy Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts + Video Tutorial {Gluten-Free, Low …

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Jason's Deli in Scottsdale
November 11, 2018

Everyone loves a good sandwich.  I've been to a few delis in my time. It's been hit and miss with me.  For me, it's all about the quality of the food.  If the quality is not there, I walk out disappointed. That's why I was excited to try out Jason's Deli in Scottsdale.  When I take my kids out to eat, I want them to eat healthy. Jason's Deli wouldn't serve your family anything they wouldn't make their family and stands by serving wholesome ingredients. In 2005, they became the first national chain restaurant to remove partially hydrogenated oil – a source of artificial trans fat.  There is no processed MSG, no high-fructose corn syrup or dyes, and no artificial flavors or colors.   The service is great. This is …

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Keto Stir Fried Bok Choy Recipe
October 16, 2018

m. Make your mouth water and your taste buds happy with this Stir Fried Bok Choy  recipe. You can enjoy this with chicken (like I did) or make it vegan by omitting the chicken and just adding more vegetables. On Instagram, I documented one of my grocery hauls and was gushing about how much I loved bok choy and the questions came rushing in! So I thought I’d give you guys this recipe so you can go try it out and learn to love bok choy as much as I do. Bok Choy has so many different vitamins and nutrients in it. Bok Choy contains potassium, calcium, and magnesium (which are essential electrolytes especially when on a ketogenic diet). It also contains folate, vitamin-C, and vitamin B-9, amongst other things. Bok …

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Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana Scottsdale
July 25, 2018

Thank you to Pomo Pizzaria for hosting me to facilitate this article. When was the last time you went to an Italian restaurant? I mean a real Italian restaurant. Not a NY style Italian that really serves American food with Italian names. I'm talking about an Italian restaurant in Scottsdale where almost the majority of the ingredients come from Italy. And again, not some commercial European business importing low quality Italian olive oil. I mean high-end Italian ingredients sourced for their quality and authenticity, regardless of their cost. So now that I've set the ground rules, I will ask you again… when was the last time you went to an Italian restaurant in Scottsdale? The answer for the great majority of you is going to be never. …

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How to Entertain with Wheat and Gluten Free Snacks
July 15, 2018

My kids and I are snackaholics.  We love snacking, especially on crispy, crunchy foods, like crackers and chips.  However, these don't always sit well with us.  I have noticed my kids having blotchy skin and breakouts after eating gluten.  I also don't feel good eating wheat, so I have eliminated it for the most part. Of course, my kids just want a tasty snack.  They don't take into consideration whether it is gluten free or not.  It's up to me to find that out and make sure it meets their little picky standards. Children don't understand the benefits of a wheat and gluten free snack.  They care about flavor, yet as parents, some of us are looking for that and more; like crackers with no artificial flavors.   …

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Why Fresh Produce is Essential for Canning
July 11, 2018

I love preserving food and canning. Whether it be making jam, meal prepping, or simply storing beans and pasta.  It is a no-brainer for a busy mom like myself.  But what's the point in canning if you're not using the freshest ingredients? Why would you can and preserve something that is not at its freshest? And where do you find the freshest ingredients? I have purchased my fruits and veggies from grocery stores and either scrubbed them or purchased organic only to be disappointed by the quality. So, I started going to Farmers Markets. I like to learn about where the produce is locally grown, and get to know the people.   I love going to Farmers Markets.  I look forward to Saturday mornings just for this …

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5 Major Benefits of Bell Peppers and a Florida Three Pepper Salad Recipe
April 20, 2018

Have you ever wondered why peppers are so good for you? Not only that, they add so much flavor to any recipe.  They taste great alone or with a dip, like hummus. I love them raw but sometimes cook them with a stir fry. In our house, we eat fresh peppers all the time. They also happen to be in season and very refreshing in this Florida weather.  There's nothing like a cold, fresh salad to cool you down! So, while I was preparing the The Florida Three Pepper Salad, a fun, new recipe,  I considered all the benefits Bell Peppers have. 1. Vitamin C The red peppers have more than 200 percent of your daily vitamin C intake and are a good source of vitamin B6 and …

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Prezzo Opens Its Doors for Lunch
March 13, 2018

December 28 was the official opening and rebirth or Prezzo, located in the Park Place plaza on Military Trail in Boca Raton. The original Prezzo opened in 1989 and had the first wood-burning pizza oven in South Florida.  Not only did they bring that back, but guests can also enjoy their famed roasted garlic and focaccia bread sticks before their eating from the menu crafted by James Beard award-winning chef, Mark Militello . Prezzo is now open for lunch.  Available from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition to lunch sized portions of their signature pizzas and pastas, Executive Chef Mark Militello has added some traditional features to the lunch menu such as an Italian sandwich section. Averaging $13 each, options include Meatball, Chicken …

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Celebrating Birthdays at Red Lobster with Lobsterfest
March 12, 2018

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. #LobsterfestCelebration #Lobsterfest #CollectiveBias When I walk into a Red Lobster I see families laughing and sharing biscuits and entrees.  This has been my experience for years. Up until recently it was always my husband and I on date night.  We love sharing meals together and have not been able to do that lately because we have both been so busy. My kids love to go out and dine with us sometimes too.  Last week it was my son's 4th Birthday and my Birthday as well.  So, we decided to celebrate together as a family at Red Lobster during …

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The Benefits of Buying Locally Green Produce
March 5, 2018

My husband and I shop for fresh produce and/or meat almost every day.  We rarely freeze anything unless already purchased frozen.   We both grew up in Europe where you just walk to the local farmers market every day and get your produce there.  It's always fresh, every day.  That's how we are accustomed to living. So, Saturdays are the biggest days for shopping for us since we hit the local Farmers Markets for the freshest produce we can find.  It's such a beautiful scene at Boca Green Market, one of many local Farmers Markets that carry Fresh From Florida produce.  The hustle and bustle of people searching for their favorite produce with their recyclable bags in hand.  I hear the greetings between the farmers and the …

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Roots Italian Kitchen Boca Raton Opens for Lunch
February 12, 2018

I had never been to Roots Italian Kitchen in Boca Raton, so when I was invited I was very excited to check it out. Like a lot of people in town I had heard about it but I had no idea what to expect. Roots Italian Kitchen welcomes you in a modern, open space atmosphere that is reminiscent of a Top Chef challenge: white, contemporary, minimalistic. It looks nothing like your grandma's favorite Italian restaurant with pizza, pasta, and the cliche tablecloth. The flavors have nothing to do with grandma's favorite either. No blend pasta smothered in questionable tomato sauce. Roots' flavors are precise, bold. Dishes are expertly prepared and presented in a non-pretentious, yet sophisticated way. Prices are affordable, especially for the location.  Here's what we ate...and …

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