Reinvention Queen Sails into Fried Shrimp Salad

As I promised, here is one of the dishes I make from my bounty of those yummy fried shrimp from yesterday’s post. My Power Air Fryer Oven comes into play warming up the shrimp and keep that crunch without taking away their freshness. This made a scrumptious lunch with a totally different presentation and look. Let’s see how simple having the shrimp ready helped in preparing lunch.

Finished Shrimp Po Boy Arline Style
Here is my Remoulade Shrimp Sauce and how I made it early to allow the flavors to marry.

Shrimp Po Boy Sauce

Horseradish 1 tablespoon

Mayo 1/4 cup

Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon

Jalapeño mustard 1 teaspoon

Tartar sauce 2 tablespoons

Remoulade sauce 1/4 cup

1 tsp. lemon juice

Grated onion 1/4

Garlic herb seasoning Sprinkle

Salt and pepper to taste

Worcestershire sauce Sprinkle

Fish sauce 2 drops

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Amounts shown in this recipe are guesses as I don’t measure so you can adjust them to your taste buds. This sauce is used to spread on toasted buns or can be used as a condiment on shrimp, oysters, and scallops. 

Some of the ingredients for topping the sandwich.

Toast the bread (You can use many kinds of buns so that selection is up to you. The bakery/deli buns were split prior to toasting or you can choose not to toast. We love ours toasted but I have eaten Po Boys not toasted and they were good too.

Buns split and ready for toasting. Soft butter spread on these for that buttery taste. You can get creative and add some garlic/herbs to the buns but I chose buttery taste.
I use my large oversize non stick frying pan to place all of them in for toasting and on high heat while standing there and watching them carefully as this goes fast.

At this time, I have removed the sauce from the refrigerator and assembled the condiments and veggies. A tip that might come in handy is how I place the onions in my mini food processor for a grated ingredient which is not in your face oniony. You can chop the onions as well but I do this for the onions I add into the Remoulade sauce and for toppers.

My husband doesn’t want tomatoes on his so the assembly is by taste choices.
Fresh herbs are the secret ingredient to lift this wonderful sandwich to the next level and I cut fresh dill weed and chives. These were spread on top of the Remoulade Shrimp Sauce and shrimp were placed on top of the herbs. Great taste combo.
By using the Power Air Fryer Oven, the shrimp tasted freshly fried and remained so crispy. Awesome way to reinvent leftover fried shrimp.

Reinventing food is very simple and the secret is to think about cooking enough, varying the presentation and taste, and enjoying the idea you do not have to live in the kitchen to eat Restaurant Worthy foods any day of the week.

Greg grilled some tender and delicious flank steak and you know us, he made enough for another meal so tonight will be surf and turf with a copy cat sauce from a restaurant on St. Simons Island Ga mixed in a salad with the remainder of the shrimp to go with our steak. If you are counting, this will be three (3) meals.

One side note: Don’t forget the Pickle Juice Slaw as it will be reinvented with some beefy hot dogs for a fast lunch. Until We Cook Again….Happy Meals…..Reinvention Queen, Arline Miller

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DO WE NEED TO CHECK INTO FOOD REHAB?

The reason for re-posting is I believe in honesty and apparently we had to come back to Food Rehab. In an attempt to relapse into food comas, we chose the wrong foods even after I wrote this and we had both lost weight and thought we had the food addiction whipped. The scales told a different story so this has to be a life style change, a mental determination, and the strongest commitment we had to make to maintain a healthy weight. I give you this confession to affirm this is not easy but here we are again so at least we are aware what we had returned to eating incorrectly is not what we want to do. Everything in this post is on point. I can honestly say it works when we “work at it”. We also know it doesn’t work if you give into temptation and it becomes the norm and not a cheat treat. Here is the original post and to inform you how it works in 1 week I lost 6 pounds and my husband lost over 7 pounds.
FOOD REHAB? DO WE NEED TO CHECK IN? I made a joke remark to my husband that we might qualify as food addicts and it brought me to this thought for the blog. In a society, geared toward commercials, commercial processed food, fitness programs which make us even hungrier, and video recipes showing us in a few seconds how to make a scrumptious dessert; how do we not become food addicts? We see super thin models and now they have embraced being fat as a sexy thing; how are we to know what to think, do or eat?
We are being programmed with a warped sense of how to maintain a healthy weight (notice I didn’t say skinny). In an effort to be politically correct which is a phrase I wish had never come into existence. Now, if someone is satisfied with their body when they are obese; that is their right but it is not healthy. I am not hating on obese people; they are dealing with enough of their demons. I see a lot of people hiding behind a mask of if they pretend they are sexy when they are 400 pounds; they  will be. It is a game of denial and it is time to check into Food Rehab. No one has to be skinny but it stops being healthy when there are layers and layers of fat. Heart attacks and strokes as well as organ damage occurs and it is what it is…..that is not sexy.
If you would choose the one on the right, read this post.
My husband and I have been fighting a weight gain over the years and it kept creeping up year by year. Here is why I am referring to Food Rehab; pretending to eat healthy. We had “pretended” to buy healthy; cook healthy; and exercise while indulging in occasional desserts, carbs, and just junk. We offset our minds it was not a regular thing; so we ate and we gained and we gained and we went into denial. I did lose 22 pounds over a long period of time but had I not been a Food Addict; that should have been 50!
The reason I am being up front and in my own face is a little over 2 weeks ago; Greg and I checked into Miller Rehab Center for Food Addicts and here was the sign in sheet for us:
1) Clean out that pantry….If it is there; we will eat it. Like an addict, if the drug of choice is lying on the table next to the addict how much harder is it to resist it?
2) Good food shopping trip…….We find it easier to prepare, cook, or snack healthy if we have healthy in the house.
3) Prep the good food snacks…..Clean, cut and have celery, carrots, fruits, and raw nuts, seeds, etc in zip lock bags or containers when the urge to snack, these items can help distract us. It is like an AA meeting for food addicts, a reminder of the goal to stay away from the harmful things.
4) Talk and kid about your goals….One of the most encouraging parts is our “Sponsor” idea. We encourage, support, and kid about our progress or lack of (all of you out there trying know what I am talking about). It is nice to hear my husband joke and say, “One great thing, is when I lose this weight; I have a new wardrobe in the closet!” Humor makes the changes more fun while we are getting in shape for more fun as healthier and fitter people.
5) Tune in to your inner self…..It is not fitness gurus or programs; it is not changing your eating until you change your mind. One of the things I do for myself and it is not for vanity (or maybe it is more pride in how we look) is I look back at pictures and some clothes I saved from the days when I was fit. I remember those days of jogging and walking and being able to breathe while I did those healthy exercising.
6) Be real with yourself……It is not going to happen over night. There is not a magic wand to make it disappear. One of the most deceitful thoughts we can have after it has taken years to get overweight is to think it will go away if we eat right one day……Doesn’t happen that way, folks. The good news with some changes, it does start to go away…..The Millers are proof of this method. Greg has lost 7 pounds in 2 1/2 weeks. I am now officially off 25 pounds and headed for the next 25 pounds.
Here are what we had to leave at the door of the Miller Food Addict Rehab Center and these methods have been around so no secret formulas to help get us through but they are working:
1) Breads had to go. Along with the breads, they had company Pastas (except the veggie), Sugars, Flour.
2) Water took the place of tea (even with Stevia) and we have one cup of Coffee in the morning. It is amazing the more we drink water, the less hungry we are without so many cravings either. If there is magic in healthy eating, it is the water. Half your weight in ounces is how much water to consume. The skin gets better, you don’t feel sluggish, and it is the river of good health.
3) I passed over Sugar but I cannot reiterate how important this step is. The more sugar we eat; the more of everything we want. Give it up with only an occasional treat (not meaning everyday treats either). Small portions of fruit (the ones with fiber and chewing are best)
4) Healthy snacks instead of junk food. Prepare small pieces of an apple or nuts. We have celery and carrots in ziploc bags ready in the refrigerator and we get our chomp-chomp from these. Healthy crackers are the only bread with peanut butter are in a container already made (not store bought) and if we get extra hungry, one will suffice and kill that urge to go rogue!
5) And this should have been Number #1, ATTITUDE. As I said in the beginning, the mind is portion control center. Get on the weight loss train and be the good food conductor and soon, you will be concentrating on the positive side of healthy instead of the woe is me victim syndrome. I made the comment the other day “I am not upset by the things I can no longer eat; I have already eaten more than a lifetime quantity of them.”
6) Encourage others but don’t patronize them if they haven’t made up their minds. I have been guilty thinking I was encouraging friends by expressing “That’s alright; you will do better or You can start over tomorrow.” Enabling is not encouraging. Maybe “You royally messed up and now you need to get serious” is what we need to say.
7) New tip since original post: Make foods attractive. Healthier food looks better when plated with some arrangement and colorful placement. I am posting a slide show of healthy food presentation for you to get the idea. It makes you want to eat healthy.

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Good eating; get real; acknowledge the food addiction; prepare the intervention by changing the foods in your home; and be prepared for a free from got to have food life so you can enjoy life to the fullest.
 
Until we eat and read again…….Arline Miller, author of Sipping Cups of Inspiration and A MISTRESS, A WIFE, novel
 
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POWER UP BY POWER AIR FRYER OVEN

POWER UP BY POWER AIR FRYER OVEN is the second post on a fantastic way of allowing yourself the pleasure of fried food taste without the guilt. I began using my new wonder machine and have been very pleased with its tasty way of eating healthier. Can you use it for many recipes? Yes, and when you order one, you get a recipe book to get you started but like me, you will find yourselves becoming more creative. I am including my first post which has been very popular with readers and for those of you who haven’t thought about trying this great way to cook like ole southern folks without the grease, at least find out more how to fry the right way.

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POWER UP WITH POWER AIR FRYER OVEN. About two months ago, I decided to invest in a air fryer oven to reduce or eliminate frying in our kitchen. Before I go too far with this post, I LOVE fried foods and this was one of the hardest decisions but now one of the best decisions I have made. My husband came along, kicking and yelling I am a Fried Fanatic, but he realized soon that this is an opportunity to cook with less oil but yet the food is tasty.

Before I tell you all of the merits of this new way of us cooking, I want to take you back to my Southern roots where frying is like breathing, a built in natural way to cook. I remember bacon side meat, pork chops, chicken, sausage, salmon patties, and even our hamburgers were……Yes, FRIED with PRIDE! In the south, we figured out how to bread and fry pickles so don’t stand still in the south or someone may figure out a way to fry you (just kidding). I have ways to fry up most anything you would like. You have probably seen the recipe for fried Twinkies. Oh yes, the art of frying and the splashing of the grease. I have memories of the “pop” burns from grease splatters. We mastered the art of putting a piece of onion in our grease to prevent burning (by the way that works) and to test the temperature, placing a kitchen match in the oil or grease and when it strikes, the grease is hot enough. Safety warnings do not come with southern cooks and a grease fire created the need for fire extinguishers.

To be upfront, this Power Air Fryer Oven is not our first Air Fryer. Man, I bought an Air Fryer (sorry, but not critiquing brands) and it was not our cup of tea or better yet, not our frying pan. I don’t know if there was anything wrong with it, human operating error, or the fact we may not have been ready to face our addiction of fried foods and deal with it. Whatever the reason, our first air fryer after one use had the primo position on our yard sale. I think we felt that this was not the way to overcome our fried food addiction.

My friends kept posting some great looking food made in their air fryers and I was a little envious. Apparently they were smarter since they must have read the directions or had better air frying skills. I wanted this skill, I sought this skill, and I watched an infomercial (that’s right, one of those capture and take over your mind commercials) and they were creating magic with the Power Air Fryer Oven. They sold me and I went into my husband’s office and made the big announcement, I was going to order US one of those air fryers but this one was an oven. I wish I had taken a picture of Greg as it would have been priceless. He thought his wife, the frying queen of the kitchen, had lost her ever-loving mind. Oh no, we aren’t going through that experience again was the look in his eyes. He thought of every excuse, but I stood my air frying ground and ordered it.

Now, I am posting on a regular basis new dishes I have made in the oven and what is cool is how much Greg loves the food. I have added recipes on a board I created on Pinterest and the world of air frying and baking in what is the equivalent of a convection oven which distributes the heat all around and through the food. One Tablespoon of different oils is placed in the bottom tray or no oil at all if preferred. It is that tiny bit of oil that gives the food a hint of fried taste without any greasiness at all. Cleanup is great and this “diamond” of appliances sits on the counter ready to make the simple and easy meals.

I cannot tell you all of the dishes I have made but I am listing a link to my Pinterest board for Power Air Fryer Oven Recipes. These are not mine and I will try to write some of mine and post from time to time but try some of the recipes and comment on my blog so we can share the fun and great taste using this idea of “non-fried foods that will make any Southerner proud”.

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Here is my link to my Pinterest board:

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Cajun Catfish Power Air Fryer Oven Style

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One of my favs and we don’t miss the fried fish. Enjoy the new world of “frying” by not frying food.

For more info on Power Air Fryer Oven check them out at:

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Check out this link to find out more how you can begin to enjoy this way of frying, baking, dehydrating, and more:

POWER AIR FRYER OVEN LINK

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WHY DEPRIVE? CUT PORTIONS & THRIVE

 

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TODAY THE WORDS are WHY DEPRIVE; CUT PORTIONS AND THRIVE. I have been doing a lot of re-thinking my eating program. I hate to use the word program as it depicts some sort of the forbidden word “diet” but it is important we think not worry. Today I would like to share some of my thoughts about WHY DEPRIVE; CUT PORTIONS AND THRIVE. In order to do this, I want to shake up some of the ideas we have been supplied over the past few decades. From all of the great “resolves” most of us have ended up with more weight on our bodies from all of the deprivation.

When I covered my decision to use the Tablespoon of the No-No foods during the holidays and shared it with some other friends; I realized from the follow up discussions with the ones who exercised this technique (by the way, nothing to buy or special products) they didn’t gain during the holidays and now are excited about becoming very serious to get in control of their health. In other words; they didn’t feel deprived. Neither did I.  I am not advocating eating the No-Nos every day but when we can feel we had the pleasure of tasting some of the No-Nos but not overindulging; it is a good day.

Let’s take a walk down memory lane and remember how school lunches USED to be created. They were selections from the food groups. We had protein, starch or good carbs as veggies, fruit, bread, and even dessert. Think about how few kids were overweight; yes that is right. It was very unusual for a child to be chubby. We were active and not sitting idle. Hmmm??? Maybe that is a different topic for another day. Here is the focus of what I am thinking…..Portions! We were given a certain amount of each food group and not allowed 4 portions of starches or bread or even dessert. It was proportionately divided to insure we ate from all of the food groups. May I ask a question? Why did we change the way we used to eat when life was grand and all of the fish were jumping?

Commercialism is the culprit. Along came the microwave and the fast food (which I believe is the fast track to our demise). We grabbed on that destructive train with a vengeance and became lazy. This didn’t help us in the activity area either. I can remember going to the garden and picking the foods for our dinner or at least preparing for the freezer for later. Here is my thought on what has caused more obesity than having a cookie once in a while, a piece of bread with butter on it occasionally, or even a serving of lasagne or spaghetti……it is the ability to grab any quantity of fried chicken, pizza, burgers and fries super sized, or buffets where the philosophy is to eat as much as your body can hold because you are paying one price for whatever. You may not agree with my thinking but at least think about what you are eating and remember portions. You can or cannot count calories (that kind of stuff messes with my ADD) but a portion is the way to go in my mind. One piece of meat, one or two vegetables, one moderate size carb, one toasted or dark bread, and occasionally something sweet but try to stay away from gooey or a portion of fruit will go a long way in your system working right. At least consider changing from the idea of I can’t have to How much of any of the food group should I have.

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May you find your way on the eating trail of life. I am not a health expert but I have found that the so called diets do not work for me and I don’t want to deprive; I want to cut portions and thrive. Here is an article giving great advice about portion control:

8 Tips to Reduce Food Portions Without Increasing Hunger
When you’re trying to lose weight, you might start by eating less.

But how do you scale back your portions without going hungry? Thankfully, there are several strategies you can use to cut calories while keeping hunger at bay.

This article contains 8 great tips to reduce food portions without making you hungrier.

1. Make at Least Half Your Plate Veggies
Vegetables have lots of filling water and fiber, but not a lot of calories (1).

By replacing half the starch or protein of your meal with non-starchy vegetables, you can eat the same volume of food and still slash overall calories (1).

And research has shown that the amount of food you eat is a factor in feeling full (2).

In one study, participants were each given the same amount of pasta, but with differing amounts of vegetables.

Participants ate similar amounts of food regardless of how much veggies they got, meaning those who had the highest proportion of vegetables ate the least calories without even knowing it (3).

Try scaling down the portions of other foods and fill the rest of your plate with non-starchy vegetables.

You can apply this same concept when making mixed dishes. Just add more vegetables to your favorite recipes to make them lower in calories and more nutrient-dense.

SUMMARY:
Veggies add volume to your meal, letting you eat fewer calories for the same amount of food.
2. Eat Protein With Every Meal or Snack
Science has repeatedly shown that protein increases feelings of fullness more than carbs or fat (4).

One study from 2012 looked at the effects of eating high-protein meals on feelings of fullness. Participants ate meals with 20–30% of calories from protein.

The researchers found that individuals who ate the protein-rich meals felt fuller in both the short and long term, compared to when their meals contained half that amount of protein (5).

Take advantage of protein’s filling properties by including it in every meal and snack.

Focus on lean sources of protein, such as eggs, skinless poultry, dairy, seafood and fish. Plant-based proteins are also good choices, and may include beans, bean dips, tofu and nut butters.

Here are some ideas for getting a protein boost in different meals and snacks:

Add some plain Greek yogurt to your breakfast smoothie.
Pair whole-grain crackers with string cheese or hummus.
Poach an egg in vegetable soup.
Add beans or a hard-boiled egg to salad.
SUMMARY:
Protein helps your body feel more full than carbs or fat do. Include protein with each meal and snack to boost its power.

3. Drink Water With Your Meal
Drinking calorie-rich beverages like juice or soda doesn’t make you feel full, but does leave you with extra calories you don’t need (6, 7).

For older adults, drinking water right before a meal could help fill you up and reduce the likelihood you’ll overeat.

In one study in older adults, people who drank about 2 cups (500 ml) of water before breakfast ate approximately 13% less than the participants who did not drink any water before eating (8).

Drinking water before a meal doesn’t seem to have the same effect on younger adults. Nevertheless, replacing high-calorie drinks with water can save you total calories at your meal (9).

Drink water or other zero-calorie beverages with your meal to quench your thirst without increasing your calorie intake.

SUMMARY:
Drinking water with your meal saves you extra calories. What’s more, drinking a glass of water before a meal helps some people eat less.
4. Begin With a Vegetable Soup or Salad
It might seem counterintuitive to eat more courses in order to eat less food, but starting your meal with a soup or salad can help you do just that.

In one study, participants ate lunch in a lab once a week for five weeks. When they were given soup before the entrée, they ate 20% fewer calories for their entire meal than when they just ate the entrée (10).

That same researcher found similar results when she gave people salad before an entrée of pasta (11).

When people ate a small salad before their pasta, they ate 7% fewer calories during their meal than when they dove directly into the pasta. When they ate a large salad, they ate 12% fewer calories.

Light vegetable soups and salads have something in common: they have a high water content, are full of fiber-rich veggies and are generally low in calories.

This high-fiber, high-water combo seems to be a great way to curb subsequent calorie intake (12).

However, watch out for salad dressing, which can quickly rack up the calories.

SUMMARY:
Starting off with a low-calorie soup or salad takes the edge off your hunger, priming you to eat less of the main course.

5. Use Smaller Plates and Forks
It might sound strange, but the size of your plates and eating utensils affects how much you eat.

In one study, researchers found that people tend to fill their plates about 70% full, regardless of plate size (13).

That translates into a lot more food if you’re using a 10-inch plate compared to an 8-inch plate — 52% more food, in fact (13).

And when you have more on your plate, you’re likely to eat more (14).

In other studies, people have served themselves more ice cream when using a bigger spoon and have eaten less food when using a small fork (15, 16).

So harness the power of illusion and use a smaller plate and utensils. The same portion will look bigger and you’ll likely eat less.

SUMMARY:
Using smaller plates can help keep portion sizes in check while tricking your brain into thinking you’re eating more.

6. Eat Mindfully
Between your smart phone, the television and a hectic lifestyle, it can be all too easy to eat while distracted.

Distracted eating tends to lead you to eat more, not just at that meal, but for the rest of the day (17).

Mindful eating, the practice of paying full attention to what you eat without distractions, helps you notice your body’s hunger and fullness cues, so that you can actually know when you’ve had enough (18).
Mindfulness can also help you distinguish between physical hunger and emotional hunger (18).

When you feel hungry, ask yourself if you’re actually hungry or if you’re just wanting to eat because you’re bored or experiencing another emotion.

If you’re in the habit of eating emotionally, try some other strategies before eating, such as going for a walk, exercising, having a cup of tea or journaling.

And instead of multitasking at mealtime, try setting aside at least 20 minutes to tune into your food, taking time to smell it, taste it and feel its effect on your body.

SUMMARY:
Limiting distractions and being mentally present while you eat can help you better recognize when you’re hungry or full.
7. Spice Up Your Meals
Adding hot peppers to your food may help you eat less.

A compound in hot peppers called capsaicin can actually help reduce appetite and hunger (19).

In one study, participants who consumed spicy red pepper as part of an appetizer ate 190 fewer calories during a subsequent lunch and snack than those who skipped the spice (20).

If you can’t take the heat, ginger may have a similar effect.

A study in 10 overweight men found that participants felt less hungry when they drank ginger tea during breakfast than when they skipped the ginger tea (21).

SUMMARY:
Adding hot pepper or ginger to your meal may help you feel more full and eat less.
8. Eat More Soluble Fiber
In general, fiber-rich foods can help you feel full.

And foods with soluble fiber, such as oatmeal, pears and beans, are particularly filling. That’s because soluble fiber holds more water, giving it bulk.

In the digestive tract, soluble fiber produces a thick gel that helps slow digestion, keeping hunger at bay (22, 23).

Recently, researchers found that adding soluble-fiber-rich flax or chia seeds to meals increases feelings of fullness (24).

As a side note, those same researchers found that using chia seeds reduced the hunger hormone ghrelin by the end of the six-month period, compared to starting levels (25).

Here are a few easy ways to increase your soluble fiber intake:

Add chia or ground flaxseeds to smoothies, yogurt and cereal.
Top whole-grain oatmeal, buckwheat or millet breakfast bowls with diced apple or pear.
Add beans to soups, salads and entrées.
Eat more squash. Both winter and summer squashes are high in soluble fiber.
Snack on fruit.
SUMMARY:
Soluble fiber helps keep hunger at bay. Find it in oatmeal, chia seeds, squash, beans, apples and pears.
The Bottom Line
Eating fewer calories doesn’t have to mean feeling hungry.

In fact, there are many things you can do to keep hunger at bay.

Try bulking up your portions with veggies, eating more protein or tricking your mind by using smaller plates.

These simple tips can help you control food portions without feeling hungry.

HEALTHY BITES has been created to offer healthy recipes and you can click on this page for them. Also if you follow me on Pinterest, or even if you don’t, you can find great healthy recipes on many boards. Until we read or eat again…….Arline Miller, author and fellow eater!

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GOING ZANY WITH ZUCCHINI

Here is our freshly made with garden ingredients for Easy Zucchini Noodle Salad

GOING ZANY WITH ZUCCHINI. I have been seeing everyone going zany with zoodles & sqoodles and my curiosity was killing me. Since my husband and I keep trying to change our eating lifestyles with some success and then some backsliding, I felt if I could come up with some great tasting, healthy alternatives to our regular salads; we could maintain our lifestyle more comprehensively.
So you will see my attempt at EASY ZUCCHINI NOODLE SALAD as shown in the video from ST. ELIZABETH HEALTHCARE (can be viewed on St. Elizabeth Healthcare Facebook page)

Here is how I made it with our new Veggetti Pro from Bed Bath and Beyond as shown in the picture from their website.

First, from the supermarket: 2 fresh Zucchini; Fresh Basil; red cabbage; fresh broccoli; grape tomatoes; 2 fresh ears corn (one can if fresh is not available).
Using the Vegetti Pro, make noodles out of 2 zucchini. We used it for the red cabbage too. These are our pictures and it was easy to make. Healthy and yummy.

 

 

 

 

 

RECIPE FOR EASY ZUCCHINI NOODLE SALAD:
2 Zucchini (made into noodles)
25 to 30 Grape Tomatoes (halved)
3/4 cup red cabbage
1 cup broccoli florets chopped
2 ears of fresh corn (1 can if fresh is not available) Tip: Use bundt pan to cut corn off cob
1/4 cup fresh chopped basil
Assemble all of these ingredients in bowl. You can make dressing in bottom of bowl by:
2 T. olive oil (use high quality)
3 T. white vinegar
1 T. honey (I used raw, unfiltered honey)
Juice from 1 Lime
1t. pepper (I used freshly ground)
Pinch of salt
Whisk together and then add all of the assembled ingredients.
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grilled-zucchiniUse Your Power Air Fryer Oven to “grill” zucchini strips with butter and seasonings. Check for proper settings. Even chopped fresh herbs added make a delish dish!
My page Healthy Bites will give you even more healthy recipes including scrumptious zucchini recipes.
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Easy Oven-Baked Zucchini Chips

Thin, crispy, and irresistible! These zucchini chips are a great way to use up all that zucchini in your garden!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 50 chips

Ingredients

  • 1 large zucchini
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two large baking sheets (I used two 17″ baking sheets) with silicon baking mats or parchment paper.
  2. Slice your zucchini on a mandolin. Mine had 1, 2, or 3 for thickness and I used 2.
  3. After you slice your zucchini, place the slices on a sheet of paper towels and take another paper towel and sandwich the zucchini slices and press on them. This helps draw out the liquid so it’ll cook a bit faster.
  4. Line up the zucchini slices on the prepared baking sheet tightly next to each other in a straight line, making sure not to overlap them.
  5. In a small bowl, pour your olive oil in and take a pastry brush to brush the olive oil on each zucchini slice.
  6. Sprinkle salt throughout the baking sheet. Do NOT over-season, in fact, it’s better to use less salt initially because the slices will shrink; so if you over-season, it’ll be way too salty! You can always add more later.
  7. Bake for 2+ hours until they start to brown and aren’t soggy and are crisp.
  8. Let cool before removing and serving.
  9. Keep in an airtight container for no more than 3 days.

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 Note from Arline Miller, blogger for Sipping Cups of Inspiration: It is easy for me to fall off the healthy eating wagon but I wipe myself off from the crumbs and climb back on. No one says it is easy, but being unhealthy is not easy either. We have planted a small container garden and it contains both crooked neck squash and yes, zucchini squash. Let’s get zany with zucchini!
Have fun with healthy recipes. The fresh smells and colorful display makes eating good foods more adventurous. Until we cook again…..LIVE LIFE; LOVE LIFE; LIVE AND LOVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST!………Arline Miller
(C) Copyright 2012-2018 Arline Miller of Sipping Cups of Inspiration with all rights and privileges reserved. All third party material including photos are referenced if original source is known for credit and access to location.

MORE POWER TO THE AIR FRYER OVEN

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MORE POWER TO THE AIR FRYER OVEN is the subject on the blog today for all of you who have been interested in this fantastic way of cooking with very little or no oil but retaining the good ole taste of fried food. I have fallen in love with our Power Air Fryer Oven. Please refer to the original post for more info. POWER UP WITH POWER AIR FRYER OVEN was posted on March 2, 2018.

I will start with some of the FAQ’s that you may have. These are directly pasted from the Power AirFryer Oven website:

Power AirFryer Oven FAQ’s

1 WHAT IS THE CAPACITY?
The 6-Quart and 6-Quart Elite Power AirFryer Oven is large enough to accommodate a 9″ round pizza or cake, a 9 x 5″ loaf pan, or a 5-lb. chicken.
2 WHAT FEATURES ARE SPECIFIC TO THE POWER AIRFRYER OVEN?
Both the 6-Quart and 6-Quart Elite 7-in-1 Power AirFryer Oven models are designed with the same best-selling cooking features as the 5-in-1 Power AirFryer XL. PLUS, we’ve added a pro-grade dehydrator and rotisserie. In the 7-in-1 Power AirFryer Oven, you can air fry, bake, sauté, grill, roast, dehydrate, and rotisserie.
3 WHAT IS THE WATTAGE (POWER)?
6-Quart: 1700 Watts
6-Quart Elite: 1500 Watts
4 WHAT ARE THE DIMENSIONS OF THE POWER AIRFRYER OVEN?
6-Quart: 14.96″ x 13.4″ x 14.56″.
6-Quart Elite: 13.189″ x 12.5984″ x 13.8583″.
5 HOW LONG IS THE POWER CORD?
The power cord is approximately 3 feet 8 inches (44″) long for both the 6-Quart and 6-Quart Elite models.
6 CAN I ADJUST COOKING TIME MANUALLY?
Yes! You can manually program the Power AirFryer Oven to your chosen time and temperature. Alternatively, the Power AirFryer Oven has 8 one-touch pre-set functions.
7 DOES THE POWER AIRFRYER OVEN INCLUDE ROTISSERIE ACCESSORIES?
Yes! There’s a pro-grade rotisserie built right into both the 6-Quart and 6-Quart Elite Power AirFryer Oven models. You get a Rotating Rotisserie Spit and Oil Drip Tray for perfect, tender results every single time.
8 WHERE CAN I FIND INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO INSERT THE ROTISSERIE SHAFT/FORKS?
We’ve put together a how-to video to help you assemble, insert, and remove the Rotisserie Shaft and Forks. Click here to watch.
9 CAN I PUT FROZEN FOODS IN THE POWER AIRFRYER OVEN WITHOUT DEFROSTING THEM FIRST?
Yes! You do not have to allow frozen foods to thaw before cooking in the Power AirFryer Oven.
10 CAN I CHECK MY MEALS DURING THE COOKING PROCESS?
The Rotating Mesh Basket can be removed at any time during cooking. If you wish, you may flip food on the Air Flow Racks to help ensure even cooking. The Power AirFryer Oven will resume its previously programmed cooking cycle. Alternatively, you can turn on the light and watch your meals cook through the glass door.
11 IS IT POSSIBLE TO SHUT OFF THE UNIT AT ANY TIME?
Yes! Simply Press the Power Button once. Opening the door pauses the cooking cycle.
12 WHY IS THE POWER AIRFRYER OVEN USEFUL?
The 7-in-1 Power AirFryer Oven was designed as an all-in-one multi-use kitchen powerhouse. Not only can you fry food using super-heated air with little to no oil, you can cook tender, delicious rotisserie chicken, kebabs, and more or dehydrate your favorite meats, fruits, and veggies. You get the mouthwatering meals you love in just minutes without added oil or expensive restaurant bills. With very little clean-up time!
13 HOW DO I DEHYDRATE IN THE POWER AIRFRYER OVEN?
Both the 6-Quart and 6-Quart Elite Power AirFryer Oven models are designed with a pro-grade, built-in Dehydrator. You can easily dehydrate your favorite fresh meats, fruits and veggies with no added sugar right at home on any or all of the three included Air Flow Racks. See the Owner’s Manual for specific instructions.
14 IS MY OVEN DOOR SUPPOSED TO COME OFF?
Yes! The door is designed to detach for effortless clean-up.
15 HOW DO I CLEAN MY POWER AIRFRYER OVEN?
Be sure the Power AirFryer Oven is unplugged and has cooled completely. Clean the inner wall and heating element with a small amount of nonabrasive soap and a nonmetallic sponge. The heating element is not dishwasher safe. Reminder: Follow the same instructions when washing the door. Do not put the door in the dishwasher or submerge in water.
16 WHERE IS THE VENT LOCATED ON THE POWER AIRFRYER OVEN?
The vent is located in the back of the unit. Remember to leave sufficient space between the vent and any adjacent surface that may block air flow such as a wall.
17 WHAT COMES WITH THE POWER AIRFRYER OVEN?
Both the 6-Quart and 6-Quart Elite Power AirFryer Oven models include 3 Air Flow Racks, Oil Drip Tray, and access to online recipe video library plus added BONUS FEATURES: Stainless Skewers, XL Rotating Mesh Basket), Rotating Rotisserie Spit, the entire AirFryer Oven Recipe Book Library: America’s #1 Favorite Fried Foods Revealed 2nd Edition, Rotisserie Mastery Cooking Guide, and Dehydration Creations Guide. Plus, you get $100 in grocery coupons to redeem at your local grocery store!
18 CAN I MAKE KEBABS IN THE POWER AIRFRYER OVEN?
Yes! Both the 6-Quart and 6-Quart Elite Power AirFryer Oven models are designed with a pro-grade Rotisserie Function that includes 10 Stainless Skewers. Rotisserie an entire chicken to tender, crisp perfection or make juicy, authentic kebabs right in your own kitchen.
19 DO I HAVE TO USE OIL?
It is not necessary to use oil to air fry. The Power AirFryer Oven cooks food with super-heated air instead of oil. You may spray or coat your food with oil as desired for added flavor. Do not pour oil directly into the unit.
20 WHERE CAN I FIND RECIPES FOR THE POWER AIRFRYER OVEN?
You can find easy, mouthwatering recipes at our website’s recipe library located here. You can also visit our Facebook page here or our YouTube channel here
21 IS THE POWER AIRFRYER OVEN DISHWASHER SAFE?
The Air Flow Racks and Stainless Skewers are dishwasher safe. All other components may be washed with a small amount of nonabrasive soap and a nonmetallic sponge.
22 CAN I MAKE MORE THAN ONE TYPE OF FOOD AT ONCE?
Absolutely! The Power AirFryer Oven is designed with 3 levels of Air Flow Racks.
23 DO I NEED TO PREHEAT THE POWER AIRFRYER OVEN?
You don’t have to wait for the unit to heat up. With the Power AirFryer Oven, there is no lengthy preheating process; the unit heats almost instantly. If cooking from a cold start, we recommend adding three minutes to your cooking time to compensate.
24 WARRANTY REPAIRS? (VIEW WARRANTY)
To return the product for replacement or refund within 60 days, the original purchaser must pack the product securely and send it postage paid with a description of the reason for replacement or refund, proof of purchase, and the order number on the package to the following address: Power AirFryer, 500 Returns Road, Wallingford, CT 06495.
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Here are some recipes you may want to try:
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I have made so many great dishes from using my Power Air Fryer Oven and you can skip over to my page HEALTHY BITES and find some of them. Get in the AIR method of cooking and your imagination will go wild.

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More to come as I cook, grow, and glow with air frying. I will be creating a board on Pinterest for Power Air Fryer Oven recipes designed in healthy WOE. Look for it in the near future.

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