me and dishHi everyone! Again, I apologize for the delay. I have had a broken computer AGAIN! I am not sure why our computer sucks so much, but luckily we have smart friends that are easily bribed (you know who you are). Here are some random thoughts and announcements and a recipe.

1. Attention everyone! I have reached my goal weight! I have officially lost 15 pounds since going wheat free/paleo-ish and want to shout it from the roof tops! I will probably be posting on the weight topic soon. Today is about food.

2. I cannot tell you how many people have read what I have written and responded with: RECIPES PLEASE!!!! If you know me well, you know that I am incapable of sharing recipes because I have never once in my life actually followed a recipe! This is why I am a good cook and a horrible baker! Ask my sister-in-law… Here are some ‘approximate’ instructions.

3. I will continue to share recipes so please stay tuned. On the other hand, these meal ideas are meant to be served as-is! Yes, this sausage dish would be delish on bread or served over potatoes, but that defeats the purpose. I promise you- if you cut out anything ‘white’ or that ‘can be white’, you will feel better. (i.e. rice, pasta, bread). Fat is not bad unless combined with the bad carbs. Good fat is good! Your heart and brain NEED fat. (the fat on your thighs is un-related)

4. I have had a bunch of people concerned about fruits and nuts. To be clear: people ALMOST NEVER get fat on fruits and nuts! They are getting fat on everything else. Should we eat more veggies than fruit? Absolutely! Should we avoid bingeing on nuts? Of course! I have been eating more fruit and fats/nuts than ever before (in my whole life) and have been losing weight. I swear, cut the crap (i.e. processed foods, junk, fast food, soda, etc) and you won’t have to analyze another part of your diet—ever!

Tonight I made one of my husband’s favorites: sausage with peppers and onions. As I mentioned above, this dish is delish with rolls or potatoes, but you really don’t need them. I have heard from many-a-woman that they ‘would love to cook this way but my husband/kids would hate it!’ Well, some parts suck for everyone. Husbands and 5 years olds seem to be the most obnoxious! But, if you make GOOD food with lots of FLAVOR- your husband won’t mind! Your 5 year old is still going to complain. In fact, they are going to complain about anything except chicken nuggets and hot dogs. Get used to it! Expect tears! Know that you are molding a future ‘foodie’.

This is my ‘mise en place’: pronounced ‘miz on plas’. In our American words it means our ‘set up’. I am a crazy busy working mom who is trying to keep it together at the end of my rope with this ‘healthy-gluten-free-paleo-cooking’. The more prep (or mise en place’) you do ahead of time, the less time you will spend in the kitchen.

mise en place

***Candy’s brain tip: If you struggle with technique when it comes to recipe ideas….watch the food network! If you only watch one show, watch either- bobby flay, secrets of a restaurant chef, or the barefoot contessa. Ignore the bread/biscuit/pasta recipes. If/when you are at a goal weight you can play with these recipes too.

Here is what I made tonight:

1 lb. Mild Italian Sausage
2 Grn. Bell Peppers, 1 orange
1 large yellow onion
3 cloves garlic
2 cans diced tomatoes (no salt added)
3 basil leaves
salt, pepper, Italian herb seasoning, garlic powder, red pepper flakes (optional but great for spice!), parmesan, and olive oil

Brown the sausage first: hot pan, little olive oil, approx. 2 mins per side.
Remove sausage and add sliced onion and peppers, seasonings/red pepper. Saute for approx. 6 mins or until soft.
Add minced garlic. Saute for 2 mins. Don’t let garlic burn. Add diced tomatoes and chopped basil.
Bring to boil and then add sausage back to pan. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 mins. covered.
Add parmesan right before serving.

Please enjoy! Please tell me what you think! Please don’t make fun of the cheesy picture of me and my dish!!!! I love answering cooking or chef questions so please ask me!