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    Instant Pot South American Meat Sauce

    March 12th, 2018

    I have been enjoying my Instant Pot but am saddened I have not been sharing my recipes as much because life happens. It took a snow storm and some inspiration to get this recipe to you.

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    Where does my inspiration come from? Sometimes it comes from memories. Other times I am inspired by feelings or what ingredients I have on hand. This time around I was inspired by my desire to recreate my Chilean grandmother’s recipe for Tallarines Rojos or Red Spaghetti.

    My grandmother would use pappardelle pasta and this meat sauce with cubed carrots mixed with crushed tomatoes, chopped beef roast with an essence of orange. It was intoxicating. The problem ended up being that my grandmother never wrote anything down. She just wanted me to learn by watching.

    Cucina Antica Tomato Basil

    Here I am a home cook with a passion for cooking and I get a chance to create and develop recipes.


    I am a brand ambassador for Cucina Antica, a company that has developed cooking sauces, pasta sauces, salad dressings and condiments that are Non-GMO verified, gluten-free, free of sugar and preservatives.

    Cucina Antica for meat sauce

    I started with the Tomato Basil Cooking Sauce that uses imported San Marzano tomatoes making it a premium and gourmet sauce ready to be used. I loved having a bottled sauce that did not have added sugars because it is hard finding a sauce without extra unnecessary ingredients living a clean eating lifestyle.

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    I made a lovely Chilean Meat Sauce using a pot roast because I am always looking for new ideas for a pot roast. While my grandmother chopped her beef I decided to shred my after cooking it in the Instant Pot. After 60 minutes in the Instant Pot with a 3-pound beef roast, Cucina Antica Tomato Basil Cooking Sauce, carrots, and spices, I had my lovely meat sauce. I served it on top of Carba-Nada Egg Fettucine Noodles which are ideal for a low-carb lifestyle.

    Want to learn about Cucina Antica? I received their sauces to experience and create. Chef Neil makes the products through an artisanal production method that allows consumers to cook the sauces without losing any flavor.

    Check out their social media pages:

    Instant Pot South American Meat Sauce

    Prep Time: 10 minutes

    Cook Time: 50 minutes

    Ingredients (8-10 servings)


      • 2 1/2 pound beef roast, cut in half
      • season roast with 2 teaspoons garlic powder
      • 2 teaspoons black pepper
      • 2 teaspoons paprika
      • 2 teaspoons Himalayan salt

      Add to Instant Pot

      • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
      • 1 yellow onion, diced
      • 2 garlic cloves, minced
      • 1 bottle Cucina Antica Tomato Basil cooking sauce
      • 1/2 cup water
      • 1 1/3 cup baby carrots, chopped
      • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest
      • 1 Tablespoon honey


      Heat Instant Pot on the Saute function. Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil.

      Pat roast dry and rub seasonings over each half.

      Sear the meat in the pot for 2 minutes on each side.

      Add the sliced onions and garlic then add 1 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar.

      Add remaining ingredients.

      Turn off Instant Pot and seal pot with venting knob in correct position. Set on manual for 50 minutes and allow to naturally release. Shred beef and mix well within the sauce.

      Serve over noodles and garnish with chopped parsley and Parmesan.

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      Immune-Boosting Turmeric Milk Tea

      March 7th, 2018

      I am a Southern girl, through and through. I always said I wanted to live somewhere else other than Texas and here I am 3 moves later in Pennsylvania. While in Texas, I dealt with humidity, high heat temperatures, and no seasons at all other than a prolonged summer. HA! Well, I will tell you first hand that you really cannot have it all.

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      I have experienced cold winters with massive amounts of snow. I have experienced SEASONS while in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and I will never imagine that people are all the same across this country because every state has their quirks. Yes, people thought I owned a horse just because I was from Texas but I digress.

      I always suffered from sinus infections while in Texas but as soon as I found out I was lactose intolerant, I stopped drinking milk and suddenly my sinus infections decreased because pollen seemed to affect them too. Once I married and moved to Michigan, I dealt with different allergies.

      Then came Pennsylvania. I started dealing with upper respiratory infections. They were really bad and one year, because I left untreated, it developed into bronchitis. What was I doing wrong? I finally got to meet an internal medicine doctor and the diagnosis was simply allergies. Really bad allergies. I then started to take Flonase and over the counter meds. I totally dislike being medicated for something tat I simply think has a solution so two years in a row I succumbed myself to nasal corticosteroids and over-the-counter meds. I disliked it.

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      I finally did my own research and realized I could solve my allergy issues naturally. While I am not a medical professional, I am a certified and registered pharmacy technician, and while I love knowing about meds, I like educating myself about all things, even natural medicine.

      I started investigating the cause of allergies and come to found out that it really is all focused on the way we eat. The amount of high processed and sugary foods that are consumed are one of the reasons that allergies seem to plague this country. Don’t take MY word for it. Read about it yourself. I started my journey ONE year ago, January 2017, when I decided I was going to rid my lifestyle of processed sugar and processed foods and solely consume whole foods.

      Was it easy. NO. But once I was on a swing of things I noticed that my allergies became better, especially after detoxifying and eating clean foods, like fruits, vegetables, healthy carbohydrates and lean proteins.

      For years, when I started getting a cold I would make a tea consisting of fresh lemon juice, fresh ginger, fresh turmeric, cayenne pepper, raw honey and hot water. It was amazing how quickly it helped a sore throat or an oncoming cold.

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      Everyone knows how trendy turmeric lattes have been, but it is something that has been around for a long time that other cultures have been enjoying. For a good reason! I decided to create my own concoction that I could regularly consume that would help me not get sick and it proved wonders!

      I have access to fresh ginger and fresh turmeric root so I added 1-2 knobs of turmeric with 2 knobs of ginger to a blender and added a nut milk, raw honey, and cinnamon and either drank fresh or I warmed up in a saucepan. I have consuming this tea for about 8 months and I have to say that I think it has helped my allergies a lot!

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      Every time I feel lethargic, or that my immune system is lowered, I make myself a batch of this milk tea and I am back to normal with no cold in site. I have recommended to friends and while it has been positive, be careful because turmeric STAINS! 🙂

      While the ginger is potent, I sometimes decrease the ginger in order for my girls to drink it. Anytime I hear the sniffles, I make a batch and serve over ice.

      While I would like this recipe to be vegan, the honey is necessary to contribute to the health benefits. Now while I generally use unsweetened almond milk, I had the opportunity to try Milkadamia milk made from macadamia nuts. I love new products and these are definitely unique when it comes to nut milks. I received the Unsweetened and Original version even though there are 4 options. I let my girls have the Original version because it has 6 grams of cane sugar but the Unsweetened was great with 1 gram of protein and very clean ingredients.

      MilkadamiaI liked how creamy Milkadamia ended up tasting. It is gluten-free, Non-GMO verified, vegan, and of course, dairy-free. The milk is made from raw macadamia nuts, grown in Australia. Interestingly enough, this milk is Carrageenan free which is a big plus when it comes to boxed nut milks. I loved this milk in coffee too! What a nice change.

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      I also have been enjoying Wedderspoon Manuka honey KFactor 16+ which is raw, unpasteurized and Non-Gmo verified. The KFactor is a goverment-approved rating through New Zealand guaranteeing a high pollen count. I have used this in tea, dosing my girls once they start the sniffles and in the Turmeric Milk Tea recipe.

      Immune-Boosting Turmeric Milk Tea

      by Noelle Kelly

      Prep Time: 5 minutes

      Keywords: blender heat raw beverage gluten-free soy-free vegetarian vegetarian recipes on recipage ginger root turmeric macadamia milk winter spring in-season fall

      Ingredients (4 servings)

      • 2 knobs fresh turmeric. (about 2 inches), peeled
      • – if not available use 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
      • 1- inch x 1-inch ginger knob, peeled and chopped in 4s
      • -use 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      • 10 -ounces Milkadamia unsweetened macadamia milk or other nut milk
      • 1 teaspoon Rainbow Light Buffered Vitamin C powder ( optional)
      • 10 -ounces distilled water
      • 2 Tablespoons raw honey like Wedderspoon Raw Manuka Honey
      • (if drinking cold at it to blender. If bringing milk tea to a boil, add the honey at the very last minute to keep potency).


      Blend all ingredients in a high powered blender until smooth. If using the fresh roots there will be the blended root which I personally like but you can use a sieve and drink afterwards.

      You can divide into 4 servings and serve over ice or heat in a saucepan for a hot milk tea. If you heat the milk tea, leave out the honey and add the honey at the end of a quick boil.

      The honey has healthy properties that can be destroyed with heat.

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      disclaimer: I received mentioned products to test and review. Links included might contain affiliate links that help support this website.  I am not a medical professional but an avid lover of health. I have read about turmeric and ginger and its doses. Every person’s body is different and responds differently. My herbal doses are based on articles like Earth Clinic.

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      DotDotSmile: Fun Dresses for Girls

      March 5th, 2018

      Fun Dresses for girls. When I found out I was having my first daughter, I was excited. I always thought I would have boys because most of the kids I used to babysit were boys! I was being trained to take care of boys. I remember babysitting one little girl and I was that perhaps I was not prepared to be a girl mom. HA! What a funny thing we create in our minds.

      Here I am, a mother of THREE girls and I would not change it for the world. God is wonderful and he knows what would be best for me. I have had such fun dressing my girls so when I got to meet Erica from DotDotSmile, an MLM company, I knew I needed to know more about these fun girly dresses.

      DotDotSmile is a fashionable, affordable and durable kids clothing line with a pattern to suit every child’s personality. The company has been around since 2013 but just started having independent merchandisers back in February. The company is quickly growing and prides itself on positivity, uplifting others and providing the children of our future the confidence to rule the world! If you go to the site, you will see pictures of the dresses but if you want more information you will have to find an independent merchandiser like Erica Anne.

      Erica Anne, who lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, is a mom of two wonderful children who love helping her with DotDotSmile Erica AnneShe has been sharing the dresses and styles through her Facebook page but the dress styles and prints are limited. Become a member of her Facebook page and you get a chance to see her inventory.

      When I chose the dresses, I based the choices on the girls’ personalities. When they received and tried them, they were so excited! Here is what they thought:

      The dresses are a mixture of a soft polyester / spandex mix and are stretchy. While there are different styles of dresses, I chose the Empire and Ballerina style because of the print availability. The girls loved their dresses. Even during the winter season, the girls have worn them at home and had fashion shows twirling their way down our home.

      Here are what the dresses cost. Not only does DotDotSmile provide dresses but they also sell graphic tees, leggings, and kick shorts. Erica Anne gets inventory every week and shares the new prints with styles so make sure you go on her Facebook page.

      Here are a few different styles they offer:

      The dresses are famous for their full skirts to create the perfect twirl. 4 current styles, Tank, Classic Cap, Ballerina (3/4 sleeve with criss-cross in the back) and the empire ( low scoop back, flutter sleeve and empire waist). There is a Fancy collection that launched in November 2017 and they will be available size 6/12-8/10 in classic cap and ballerina.

      I definitely know the girls will enjoy these dresses a whole lot better once the weather gets warm. I look forward choosing a few more prints because I love dressing my girls. After a few washes the dresses still look just as new. Make sure to check Erica Anne’s Facebook page or if you are thinking of becoming a merchandiser.

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      Loaded Breakfast Waffle Sandwich

      February 23rd, 2018

      Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day. It also determines what kind of day I will have. I am sure you know what I mean. Sometimes I like breakfast all day long which is why I like making breakfast for dinner too! These Loaded Breakfast Waffle Sandwiches include everything you would want for a hearty breakfast. My kids loved them as well so you cannot go wrong.

      I have been recently enjoying making easy and quick breakfast meals thanks to Krusteaz. They have three different prepared mixes for making buttermilk pancakes, waffles, and even protein-packed pancakes. I had a chance to play around with each mix to see which one I liked the best, but it was really hard! I definitely like the Protein Pancake Mix because anything high protein is a winner for my family.

      On one morning I made these Banana Walnut Pancakes with the Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix and they were a hit. It took only 3 minutes to mix up the batter and 12-15 minutes to cook all the pancakes.

      I am not one to have just pancakes for breakfast because I have to have the side of protein whether that means adding some bacon and eggs on the side. I notice that my family needs the additional protein for the amount of energy they burn. When it comes to meal planning, I really just like making breakfast for dinner because I KNOW that my girls will eat it with no problems.

      My girls are not stingy eaters but there are some evenings where they just do not eat much dinner and then I feel frustrated knowing I spent all that time making something they did not even eat. When it comes to “brinner” or breakfast for dinner, I can easily ask my toddler girls what they would enjoy and bacon and pancakes will always be in some of their requests.

      When I was planning my meal I decided to change up the breakfast for waffles since the girls usually enjoy pancakes all the time. I made a huge batch of them in the morning in order to save time in the evening. I made the mix a little more savory with adding The-Everything-But-The-Bagel Seasoning from Trader Joe’s and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Even though I had the Krusteaz Belgian Waffle Mix with me I preferred to use the Krusteaz Protein Complete Buttermilk Mix.

      In the evening I prepared a big batch of bacon in the oven and then made a fruit salad while I waited. The last thing I did was fry the eggs because my family prefer their eggs this way. I made Loaded Breakfast Waffle Sandwiches for my husband and I to make something different but I placed everything separately on my girls plates because they tend to not eat something assembled.

      Go figure. These girls saw mommy and daddy’s plates and they wanted the same sandwich. They each took their waffles and made their own sandwiches. Breakfast for dinner was a success! The waffles were a hit and easy to make. With a big batch in the fridge to reheat, I am sure someone is bound to request for waffles in the morning.

      What is your favorite to make? Waffles or Pancakes?


      Krusteaz Loaded Breakfast Waffle Sandwich

      by Noelle Kelly

      Prep Time: 10 minutes

      Cook Time: 30 minutes

      Ingredients (4 sandwiches)

        For Waffles

        • 2 cups Krusteaz Protein Complete Pancake Buttermilk mix
        • 1 1/2 cups water
        • 2 Tablespoons oil
        • 1 egg
        • 1 Tablespoon Trader Joe’s Everything-But-The-Bagel Seasoning

        For Sandwich

        • 8 eggs
        • 8 bacon slices
        • 1 large tomato, sliced
        • 2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese

        For Drizzle

        • 1/4 cup Light Mayonnaise
        • 1/2 Tablespoon Sriracha
        • 1 Tablespoon Ketchup


        For Waffles

        Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside. Heat a griddle and spray with olive oil spray. Pour about 1/3 cup into each griddle section and cook for about 3-5 minutes. Repeat until batter is completed making 6-8 waffles.

        For Drizzle

        Mix ingredients together and set aside.

        For Sandwich

        Cook bacon for 12-17 minutes in the oven at 375F. Set aside. Fry eggs 2 at a time on a medium non-stick pan on medium heat. Cook until over easy about 5 minutes between both sides. Sprinkle 2 Tablespoons of cheese over the two eggs and allow to melt. Set aside on a plate and cook remaining eggs.


        Take 1 waffle and layer with 2 eggs. Add 2 slices of bacon and then 2 tomato slices. Drizzle with sauce, about 2 teaspoons worth. Top with another waffle and cut in half and enjoy. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

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        Skinny Hot Spinach Dip

        January 22nd, 2018

        This Skinny Hot Spinach Dip is ready in 15 minutes and can be prepared in the air fryer.

        I am trying on not to become one of those people who only posts their recipes on social media. After all, I do have a blog and readers to share. I just want to update many of you who do not have Instagram but I hit my ONE YEAR anniversary on Weight Watchers. I set a goal to lose 50 pounds by August and I reached it hoping to reach goal on December 2017. 

        I started plateauing in August and I finally figured out why. As many might know, our life has changed a lot especially since we moved in October. I had to process packing, planning, and moving and as soon as we moved in, we had to deal with unpacking and decorating.

        Here is what has happened this year.

        • I sprained my left ankle in April and sprained the right ankle in October.
        • I reached my 1st weight loss goal of 50 lbs in August
        • We moved and juggled life with 3 toddlers starting in August through November.
        • Have dealt with anxiety and high stress.
        • Found out 3 weeks ago that I have a huge uterine fibroid and have a planned operation this week.

        It is a small list but emotionally it has been a busy and tiring year. I am super thankful that I was able to follow Weight Watchers with my husband but the plateau has not been fun. Looks like the life of high stress has taken a toll on my body creating havoc with my hormones. Hopefully my upcoming procedure will help with bringing my body back to normal.

        I do plan on making more changes though. Who knows about stress? Despite eating a really healthy life, I have been consuming huge amounts of coffee, something I increased with the amount of stress of life. I am planning on weaning and focusing on adaptogens, herbs and processes to stabilize stress in everyday life. You’ll be reading about that soon!

        Fast forward to recipes. I have been sharing a lot of my daily meals on Instagram but the time to be able to share recipes has been hard. I have been giving myself a break but now I am looking forward to some downtime, sharing with you!

        I created this Skinny Hot Spinach Dip because appetizers are my favorite thing but they are usually so high in calories. Since I did not have artichokes on hand I modified using pepperonicini peppers which gave this dip a delicious tangy flavor. The gooey factor is definitely present but make sure your appetizer is hot!

        This is 2 Freestyle Smartpoints per 1/3 cup serving. I paired with Saffron Road Lentil Chips for another 3 Smartpoints for 20 chips.

        Skinny Hot Spinach Dip

        by Noelle Kelly

        Prep Time: 5 minutes

        Cook Time: 15 minutes


        Ingredients (serves 4)

        • 10 ounces fresh spinach, chopped
        • 1 1/3 cup non fat plain Greek yogurt
        • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
        • 4 ounces Trader Joe’s lite mozzarella cheese (divided)
        • 1 ounce Light Cabot cheddar cheese
        • 1 Tablespoon Light Mayonnaise
        • 1 wedge Laughing Cow Asiago cheese
        • 1/3 cup pepperoncini, chopped


        Cook spinach in a non-stick skillet until wilted for about 5 minutes.

        Remove from heat and drain liquid in a strainer.

        Place back in skillet and add all ingredients except for 1 ounce mozzarella and Cabot cheese.

        Heat over medium heat until everything is heated and melted.

        Drain again because there will be extra liquid. Place in a dish to place in air fryer.

        Top with remaining cheese and cook at 392 for 10 minutes. Serve with lentil chips or corn crackers. You can bake in the oven at 400F for 15 minutes and end with broiling for 3 minutes.

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