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Monday, August 25, 2014

Menu Planner Week #23

Welcome to the 23rd Weekly Menu planner!

Planing your week's menu saves time, hassle, money and ya might even find yourself fitter if you choose healthy meals like the ones you find here.

Meatless Monday:

Follow this delicious recipe for Kung Pao Spaghetti.  Leave out the chicken, add shrimp, use both if you like and you could even use a non pasta or gluten free type pasta as well.  So versatile!


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Tuesday: M, S, V= meat starch veg or even a flex day if ya wanna prepare some left overs or simply bring home some delicious fresh made goodies from your local delicatessen.  I'll be firing up my grill pan, baking some potatoes and making this recipe below of balsamic glazed carrots.  Only I substitute the sugar with honey.  Goodness!  Do NOT use 3 tablespoons of sugar?!  This isn't dessert.  Hehehe...Sugar is pretty much poison for our bodies.  So limit it any time you can.  I'm throwing some pork chops on my handy grill pan and I've got some garlic butter for over those baked potatoes. Sprinkle some salt and pepper over both sides of your porkers and grill until your desired doneness. Depending on the thickness, I go about 2.5 minutes each side on a medium high heat on a very lightly olive oiled pan.

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Wednesday:  steak, crochets and a fresh salad

Wow, right!  Snip some fresh rosemary or use dried if ya haven't got the fresh stuff (although rosemary is THE easiest herb to grow.) and chop it up with some fresh garlic and salt.  I actually take these ingredients plus a couple table spoons of olive oil and put it in my mortal and pedestal and make a paste, then rub it all into my meat. Mmmm....  I never make my steak like they do here, but rather use my good old, cast iron grill pan.  I would definitely hit up the garlic butter though.  Just watch your salt content.  If you use the garlic butter, it's better that you don't use the salt in your rub.

You can decide if ya need the carbs or not.  I'm serving the steak with a basic, fresh salad and balsamic vinegar, olive oil and herb dressing.  Put some croutons on that salad if ya gotta have your carbs.

Thursday: fish, rice and broccoli

Why not try this delicious recipe of tilapia baked parmesan?!  If you're wanting to cut calories and cholesterol, than it will be best to ditch the cheese.  However, hard cheeses like parmesan, are lower in fat and cholesterol.  Yay!  I've got two recipes ready for you because many peeps out there are not so great with rice making.  I was terrible for decades!  The recipe below is for a garlic, Phillipean recipe.  I love how simple it is.  Give it a try and see that'll it will fit with a lot of future meals, too.  

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They are also giving you an extra garlic version, but you can decide how much is right for your family.  Remember garlic is awesome for combatting cholesterol!

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I love making broccoli with my fish, but you can choose whatever FRESH veggie your family prefers.  Yes, fresh!  Always fresh!

Fun Food Friday:  slow cooker chicken taquitos

Fabulous recipe here, folks!  Grab these couple of ingredients, throw them in your crock pot, head to work and when ya get home, not only will your house smell fantastic, but dinner will be nearly ready!  
A few tips for this recipe.  Chipotle is not accessible where I live, but I did manage to grab some dried chipotle mix that I'll use for this in its place.  I also never use canned bouillon either.  In its place, use water and some granules or best your thawed out fresh version.  (As if?!)  Hehee...

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Saturday:  Lemon, orzo shrimp

I love orzo dishes!  I love one pot meals, too!  This one is a fabulous!  I love this site, by the way.  All great ingredients and fairly easy and fast.  Check out the site further for more fabulous meal ideas.  You can use fish or chicken here for a meat substitute or no meat.  If you have no orzo use something similar.  Of course, risotto would be FAB-U-LOUS as would any smaller, compact pasta or even rice!

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Sunday:  Pot Roast Patio Fries

You're gonna need a bit of time for this baby, but Man!  This is one kick ass recipe!  
A couple of tips with this recipe.  You probably don't have left over roast beef available, so click here for a delicious slow cooker recipe that you can use. If you don't use it all make some awesome beef sandwiches tomorrow!  If you think the sauce is a bit difficult, then I've got an uber easy replacement.  Simply, melt some cream cheese in a shallow pan (on low heat) and add some shredded fresh cheese to it.  That's it!  Use one of the cheeses from the recipe, though.  

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Now, get that list together and get cook'n!



Amazing Flash Sales At Mscraps

Every now and then an awesome deal comes around and The Cherry is here to tell you about it.  Check out these crazy deals from Key Lime Digi Designs and Mscraps.  Amazing dollar deals on both PU and CU, yay!

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How about this gorgeous FREE kit when you spend just $6 in the shop?!  I love that!!!

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Awesome kits like French Quarter from Key Lime Digi Design can be found for a measly buck!  Unreal! And there is more to come!  So, stay tuned!


Here's a closer look.  I think this woman is go'n nuts selling gorgeous kits like this for $1!



Enjoy the sales!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

TCOT & MyMemories Fun With Freebies


Hi there, Fans!  Welcome back to The Cherry On Top!

Shooo, have I been busy or what?!  I just had to stop and make a feature for MyMemories.  I worked with this awesome kit from Albums To Remember and made an entire photo album that is available for purchase in the store.  Yay!

I'm here to share with you some of the layouts I made for that album as a means of inspiration for you as well as share a bunch of freebies from The Cherry On Top, Albums To Remember and MyMemories!

So, how about this fabulous kit, Rainbow Love?!  Unreal with its bright, fun filled goodies.  It was a blast working with it.  I may have went a bit over board, but who doesn't love rainbows?!  I've recently created some word art to add to this collection and I've got a fun freebie for you, too.

Are you ready to look at some pretty pictures and get inspired!?!  Let's slide down the rainbow of fun!

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I've chosen just a couple of layouts from the 20 pages for the Rainbow Love Photo Album.  Here are some of my favourites.  This one tops my list!  Liam is always so silly!

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Here's a great page for your multiple photos of your special sweeties.

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Center up your pictures, blow up the good ones, shrink up the others for a nice fit, showing off as many memories as you can scrap.

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This kit is great for all kinds isn't it?!  Boys, girls, babies, tweens, parties.  I'm not sure you'll find a more versatile photo book/ templates?!

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I just couldn't choose which pictures to use!  So I had to put a lot of pages with multiple photo possibilities.  Look at that tiny baby laughing it up.  He reminds me just of his Uncle Brian here and I love that onzie!


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Some more favourites of that squishy, square face.  Just his grand dad!  


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This one brings a tear to my eye.  These two were the best buddies.  Despite, JJ's Autism, this kit stuck through all the crap he dished out, until the end.  I took this days before my Puka Poo died. :(

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Here's the word art I made to coordinate with the templates, but you can use them for anything and put them in your own stash of goodies. (This thing is so hot off the press, it may not yet be in the store, but keep your eyes out.  Soon!)


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I turned a piece of word art into my wall photo for my Facebook.


The Cherry On Top has this freebie available for you.  It's a clustery, multi photoed border.  I have an example of how you can use it.  I designed it so that you can turn it to go across your page as well as down.  Maybe even angle that sucker up!

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Above are two fabulous freebies offered to you from the designers at MyMemories.  Click on the image to get sent over to MM for the FREE download.  Remember, it's only for ONE WEEK!

If you are still on the fence about grabbing the MyMemories software to start your digital dream, no worries.  They have a FREE trial version of the software.  It's so, so easy to use and the cheapest scrapbooking software on the  market.  Besides, you have excellent customer service, tutorials galore and me to help ya out!  Dive in and give it a try!  Get $10 off the already low price by using this special, TCOT Code:  STMMMS18837.  Copy this code, click on the MM badge below and get scrap'n!

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Do you feel spoiled now?!  Leave me some love by commenting and spread around my link to your scrappy friends and family.

TAH!






Tuesday, August 19, 2014

T&T, Me, Freebies & Hybrids

Hello!  Welcome to The Cherry On Top!

Today, I have Cat from This & That By Catherine in the spot light.  She has a lovely kit that's been recently released.  GardenParty isn't just for garden parties!  Check out these fabulous, fun colours.  I'm thinking happy pics, pics of tweens, teens, babies and all things that embody life and bring a smile to your face.

Click on any of the images to get links and more information.

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Cat always has freebies accompanying her releases and Garden Party is no exception.  Head around tot he various Cat hide outs and grab them to add to your stash.  Her prices are very affordable, too.  What better way to say thanks for all of the freebies you've been providing AND grab a fab kit for just $3.  I know, right?!  Yes!  $3 and only a couple bucks more for the bundle.

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Awesome, right?!  I love going large with the ellies and framing up a fabulous picture like this one with my beautiful girls.  OK, they are not MY beautiful girls!!!  They are my friend's gorgeous babies.


The Cherry On Top has a unique FREEBIE for you today.  Think outside of the box with this one and enjoy!  You can use it like I did with the layouts above and below.  Just keep adding your favourite goodies from this awesome kit.

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Or bring it down and go hybrid with something like this card I designed.  Made in minutes with a blast of creativity and a great kit!


Do me a favor and leave me some love if you download this.  I have no way of keeping track.  If freebies are your thing, then ya better head over to The Cherry On Top's Facebook Page and Pinterest Boards.  Everyday freebies!  Dozens!

Thanks for hanging out at The Cherry!  See ya again, soon!


Monday, August 18, 2014

TCOT's Weekly Menu Planner Week #22

Welcome to The Cherry On Top's Weekly Menu Planner!

Planning is the way to go.  Using TCOT's weekly menu planner guarantees an exciting array of foods that are healthy, easy to cook, inexpensive AND fast!  What  more could you ask for?!

Let's DIVE into this weeks menu!

Meatless Monday:  corn chowder  (I know there is bacon there.  Leave it out!)

Not into the vegetarian thing?  Then make some clam chowder.  My hubby scoffs at the idea of Meatless Monday.  Boo!  Cutting back on red meats is so much better for your health.

Here's what I have for you:

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Awesome, right?!  Just a handful of ingredients which ya might already have around the house and your off to a fantastic, soothing dinner!  Add some bacon if ya gotta have the meat or take it out for a healthier choice.  If ya think it just  might not be enough, bring home some fresh baked bread to go along with it!

Tuesday:  Flex day, meat, starch, veg

We will be having sausages and stump.  I'll hook ya up with the recipe for this Belgian favourite and an absolute HIT with the kids.  It'll be a forehead smack! LOL!

We will be having chipolatas/sausage, mashed potatoes, carrots and a touch of cabbage (mixed in that stump recipe from a previous menu) and gravy.  It's a favourite of the kids and when made from scratch, very healthy.  It is also an excellent way to introduce your kids (or picky adult eaters) to new veggies. Use less veggies if you think they may not like it. 



I'll help ya out by providing a homemade gravy recipe and tell you this.  I was terrible at making gravy in the beginning.  It really did take me a long time before I got it right.  Now, I can whip up any kind of sauce and gravy in less than 5 minutes.  All from scratch and with real food ingredients.

Click here for a VIDEO on how to make gravy.

I keep my gravy drippings (which rarely ever have fat that I need to skim off and a little bit of fat makes it taste goo, too.) I reserve my veggie and potato water as well.  Then I take 2 tablespoons of flour or corn flour and shake it up vigorously with 2 tablespoons of COLD water and add at that to the meat, potato and veggie reserves.  Stir until heated through and thickened and add salt, pepper....

Wednesday:  uitsmijter (pronounced: out-smay-tr)

This is another Belgian staple and I know it would be a hit in the states. All the recipes are in Dutch, of course.  So, I'll hit ya up with a quickie!  Who doesn't love a quickie?!



My recipe is the gourmet recipe!  Let me hit you up with the speedy version first.  Make some toast.  Maybe with the left overs from Monday's dinner?  Fry your eggs like above.  What do ya call it?  A dippy egg?  Sunny side up?  In the mean time lay a slice of cheese over your toast and a slice of ham on top of that.  If ya want, zap it for just a couple of seconds to melt the cheese and heat up the ham.  Place your eggs over the top when they are finished cooking and voila!  One awesome meal.  I love mine with small, bean sprouts or rucola and some tomatoes.

If ya really wanna do it up, here's what you make.  BTW, this is a MAN PLEASER RECIPE!!!  Hehehe....OK!  Get your eggs cooking on another burner. Melt some butter or herb butter in the pan and lightly toast one side of your bread (go for a light, grain type of bread, not too strong)  flip it and toast some more. No more than a minute for each side.  Then slap that slice of cheese on it, the ham slice and let it warm up a bit,  Now, keep that fire LOW!  Gently place your egg(s) over the top sprinkle with a touch of garlic powder or your dried garlic mill along with a few other herbs and BOOM!  Awesome meal!  (Consider putting a dome over it for just a couple seconds to heat through.)

Thursday:  Fish, rice, veg

You choose!  I'm not big on all kinds of fish.  I like more mild tasting ones like cod and other types of white fish.  Tilapia is yummy, too.  Typically, I gently sauté my my fish in olive oil, sprinkle it with some black pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon or coat it in Old Bay or a cajun seasoning!  Hehehe.... 

I always advise a rice cooker or steamer.  I'm terrible with making rice, but it always comes out great in my cooker.  Thank goodness because I love rice!  Maybe you would rather try some couscous?  It cooks really fast and goes great with just about any herbs and a pad of butter.  I've got'cha hooked up to a recipe here for couscous.  I'm not a huge fan of fruit in stuff that ain't for dessert.  Hehehe...Here's a very basic, but nice recipe.

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We will be having giant green beans from my pa-la's garden.  Yes!!!  Always go with fresh veggies where you can or frozen.  Never use canned or jarred ones. Bleck!

Fun Food Friday:  Sloppy Joe's

A couple of tips for you:  Use a pita or a wrap instead of bread.  Put your onions, garlic and peppers in a food processor for the veggie dislikers and NEVER put sugar in.  That's right!  NEVER! In nearly every recipe there already is sweet stuff either in the tomatoes or the ketchup.  Sugar is BAD stay away from it.  Hehehe...

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If you are a basic kind of cooker, then definitely hit up Better Homes and Gardens.  I have their old cook books and make a lot of recipes from them.  Tried and true recipes with all real food ingredients.

Saturday:  risotto, parma ham and zucchini

This one is kind of crazy.  I've got a picture, but the recipe doesn't exactly go with it.  I just always like a picture with my recipe, darn it.  Hehehe...  The recipe is nearly a replica of the one I make, only I use zucchini, thinly sliced and not asparagus.  If neither one of these two are a family favourite, then consider peas.

This recipe will take some time to make.  There are quite a few ingredients in there, but you can substitute like crazy.  Prosciutto, parma, bayonne....any kind of similar ham to this would work.  I've used them all!  Hehehe...No worries if you don't have the saffron either.  I've  never used it in my recipe.

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Sunday:  salad sandwiches

I'll be stopping off at my local, fresh butcher.  She's got some amazing salads for on bread.  Head to a deli or the grocers or best, make a salad yourself.  How about egg salad or tuna salad?  I'll hook you up with a couple of recipes for egg salad.  It's very easy and filling, too.  Just remember to make fresh bread and try to stay away from white bread if possible.  Especially, those with the really long shelf life.  Ugh!

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Hey!  Ya don't have to go thorough all of the peeling hubbub either.  Crack your eggs in a a greased muffin pan, place it in the over and bake for about 12 minutes then chop'm up! 

Man!  This one took me awhile!  Hehehe...I figured I owed you after cheating last week.  LOL!

Now share this site with your friends and family that could use this kind of help.  We all can eat better and smarter.

See ya next week!









Friday, August 15, 2014

School Rings In and Freebies

 Welcome to The Cherry On Top!

I've got my girl Dana from Made By Keuntje on tap today.  Sorry if ya came a bit earlier and were looking for the freebies.  I was on vacation.  Sick and on vacation.  Yuck!  Not fun at all.

Anyway, you were my priority when I got back home.  You and a cup of hot camomile tea with fresh mint and honey.  Hehehe...

Ya may have seen the kit/collaboration already, but I'll show ya again and hook you up with the links needed to grab it at Scrap Take Out.

I was pleased about the colour choice and of course the hand drawn goodies.  It puts it apart from the rest of the school kits that are flooding the market.  Hehehe...



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If ya hop over to Made By Keuntje's blog you can grab the quick page I made from this layout.  I don't know why, but it took me forever to get this baby together.  So many awesome goodies to choose from, I guess.  Just click on the image and you'll get there.

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Click on the image above and grab the cluster I've put together for you.  I hope ya grab the kit and use the inspiration we've put together for you.
Come on back for more free goodies here or on my Facebook page.  Oh and Pinterest, too!  Check to the left for the links.

Tah!!!!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

TCOT's Weekly Menu Planner #21

Weekly Menu #2


Welcome again, to The Cherry On Top's Weekly Menu!
I am using Weekly Menu #2, again.  I'm off to vacation and saving some time!


Meatless Monday:  Soup N' Sandwiches (click on the image for the pumpkin soup recipe)

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Home made soup is so easy to make.  Wash the veggies that are still sitting in your fridge.  Cut them up in large pieces, throw them in the pot, add some salt, pepper and maybe a touch of veggie bouillon.  (Just watch how salty it is.)

The easy version to buy some pre made soup.  I always have soup in the cabinet!  My grocer sells an awesome organic soup in a bottle.  Just shake, open, pour in a mug, heat and voila!  Mmmm...Check out the ingredients.  Most package soup is pretty darn good especially if there is no meat in it.

Serve up your favourite sandwich or buy a fresh French loaf and just dip!  I strongly recommend getting away from the white bread in a plastic bag with a long shelf life.  Try a bread machine.  It literally takes under 10 minutes to dump your ingredients in and turn it on.  When it beeps, you take it out and let it cool.  It is THAT easy!

Making bread might seem like  a lot of work in the beginning, but the more practice you have, the easier and faster it gets.  Wait until you make some garlic and walnut bread!  The smell will drive you insane!  Or maybe a cajun braided loaf?  Do this on the weekend and give the family a real treat.

Tuesday:  fish, starch,vegetable (click on image for couscous recipe)


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Use your favourite fish and either bake, pan fry (in olive oil or coconut oil) or steam.  If you have a steamer, you can make an entire meal in there!  Steam broccoli, rice and your fish!  Talk about a time saver.  Throw your ingredients in the steamer, turn it on and get the table set, the kids washed up, empty the dishwasher and it's ready!

If you are wanting to stay away from starch (especially, potatoes and bread which is a great idea) then make some couscous, quinoa or bulgar.  Couscous is so so easy and fast to make!  Just add a pad of butter and season to your liking!  It goes great with fish.

Green beans, broccoli, whatever the family likes.  If you are using a lot of butter and salt, start cutting back until you don't use it all or just a touch of butter is you have to.  Use fresh whenever can or frozen.  Do NOT use canned.

Wednesday:  spaghetti/pasta

Definitely a family favourite.  Good old fashioned spaghetti.  My boys love the long noodles.  My little guy has sensory issues and cannot stand spaghetti sauce, so I just take out his pasta and put a little butter on it.  Then I serve him raw veggies.  They are the best for us and he actually likes quite a few different kinds.  NEVER stop introducing or reintroducing fruit and veg.  You might  just be surprised.  Never force, but persuade and even reward your child just for TRYING something new.

Making your own spaghetti sauce is a lot of work depending on what you like in your sauce.  Dump a can of canned tomatoes to your hamburger (if you are using meat) and shake in some spices and herbs that you like.  Use bacon or chicken in your spaghetti for something different, or no meat.  My family doesn't usually even notice!  Mushrooms are the key for this.  If you family has a problem with veggies like garlic, onion, peppers, shrooms...then put it all in the food processor.  That's what I do.  These vegetables are just so healthy, I have to use them and so should you!

You may used jarred sauce.  Just make sure there is no sugar and that you know what ALL of the ingredients are.  If you can't pronounce it, then your probably shouldn't be eating it.

Thursday:  meat, starch, veg

Choose a favourite meat like lean steak, fish, pork chops, sausage (my kids favourite), chicken strips (not breaded if possible).

Wash and peel your potatoes AND some carrots or spinach.  Put them together and let them cook.  When finished, drain off water into a measuring cup and mash together.  That's right!  My kids do NOT eat cooked carrots or spinach, but when mixed with mashed potatoes?!  THEY LOVE IT!

Add a touch of butter, salt and either milk or a bit of that reserve liquid if you are staying away from dairy.

If you know how to whip up a quick sauce, then pour your reserve in the pan you used for your meat and add your thickener (2 tablespoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons cold water shaken very well).  We make a volcano and the sauce is lava.  They go nuts over this, STILL!  Hehehe...

Fun Food Friday:  Taco Buffet

So easy and another family favourite.

Choose the meat you want and sauté it with some Mexican seasons of your choice.  While simmering, prepare the buffet of sour cream, salsa (or cut tomatoes), guacamole (you might be surprised that the little ones actually like it even if you don't.), shredded cheese, onions, your choice of soft, hard or boat shells or a mix, then the meat.  Everyone makes their own!

Saturday:  grilled cheese (Click on image for a pimped up grilled cheese!)

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Once again, don't use that awful, bagged bread!  It is RELLY BAD for you.  Soften up your butter or just put the butter in the pan than slop both sides of the bread in it.  So easy, right?!  Lay in your REAL cheese and top with the other slice of buttered bread.  It only take about 3 minutes in total.  Hello?!  Serve it with some raw veggies, pickles or soup!

Sunday:  plan a BBQ!

Summer is almost over so, get the grill (or your grill pan) going!  Choose the family's favorite grill'n meat. Whip up your favourite pasta, rice or potato salad or if the kids are dying, some french fries.  Once a week is not big deal. Heat or boil up your corn and voila!  Dinner is served.

For THE most awesome pasta salad, click on the image.

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OK, you're set now with a week's worth of healthy and yummy meals.  Get a grocery list together and start eat'n right! 

*Try to eat potatoes less and less.  Look for Nicola potatoes if you have to eat them.  Potatoes promote cancer growth and wreak havoc with those suffering from diabetes and other types of inflammatory diseases.*

If you ever have questions or want to share your favourite, healthy all natural recipes, please comment.

Let me know if you are liking these menu planners.