My current healthy obsession…

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So I bet you thought that after ‘part 1’, ‘part 2’, ‘part 3’, that today would be ‘part 4’. Didn’t ya?? 😛 Well, I figured a little change would be nice, so I am sharing a new favorite of mine…

I don’t drink as much soda, pop, coke (whatever you call it), as much as I used to. I think part of it has to do with becoming a mom and becoming more conscientious of what I have in the fridge for us to drink. I used to be a big diet soda person, but after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, I began cutting out artificial sweeteners whenever possible.

I started drinking sodas sweetened with the natural Stevia sweetener for a while. The only drawback was that they can be a little pricey. While they are still nice to have from time to time, I wanted to find something that was cheaper and even healthier. I always liked the unflavored fizzy mineral waters, but when I found the fruit flavored ones, it changed my world.

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If you’re used to really sweet sodas, it might take some getting used to, because while there is the fruit flavor, there is no ‘sweet’ to it. My favorite kind comes from Trader Joe’s and I think I pay around $0.79 a bottle? They come in several flavors, but my favorites are the raspberry/lime and the orange. I love that they contain no artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners or sugar. For me, it’s like having a completely guilt free treat.

Do you like sparkling mineral water? What’s your favorite flavor?

Asparagas Roll Up Recipe

So on the way to the grocery store, I was praying for a good sale on some kind of red meat because we had been eating a whole lot of chicken for the last couple of weeks. When I got there, I found what looked like a thin sliced sirloin not only on sale, but with a $2 off sticker slapped on the top of about 10 packages! The steak ended up being cheaper than chicken!

Thanks to this huge blessing, we have been eating this ‘sandwich steak’ every way you can imagine. One night for dinner, I made an asparagus roll up and it turned out to be wonderful.
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Ingredients:
4 slices of ‘sandwich steak’
1 bundle of asparagus
4 slices of provolone
1 Tbs of butter
Salt & Pepper

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spread the softened butter in the bottom of a cast iron skillet.

Wash and trim the tough ends of the asparagus. Cut pieces in half.

Take a piece of the sandwich steak, put a piece of provolone over it and line the center with 3-4 pieces of asparagus.

Once you are done rolling all 4 slices, line the skillet with the remaining asparagus. Place the rolled steaks on top of the asparagus.

Salt & pepper the top of the steaks, cover with foil and place in oven.

Now at this point I have to confess that I really didn’t keep track of how long it roasted in the oven… Just keep checking to see when it’s done? LOL. It turned out wonderful, and my husband and 3 year old loved it so I guess that’s a win!

But seriously though. Plan a dinner for two, make this recipe and put on a record of Billy Eckstine. You couldn’t have a better evening. 🙂

So about all this blogging… When I started this blog a few weeks back, I seriously didn’t expect so many of you to start following & reading so quickly! You all are just so sweet! I really would live to get to know all of you. Please leave a comment, share your favorite recipe, or even just say hi! I promise I don’t bite. ^_^