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Jan. 5, 2011 9:19 pm 
Updated: Jan. 6, 2011 6:54 pm

Every once in a while it's nice to change up the usual "chicken dish" or "protein shake" power lunch for something new and spicy. I lift weights, run, and practice Yoga weekly - 5 days a week actually. I just added SUP (stand up paddling, courtesy of our quarterly visit to Hawaii) to my list of favorite workouts (Well, SUP is more of a treat, as the water is still too cold on the coast where I live to do it too often.)

I enjoy working out almost as much as I like creating new healthy recipes in our kitchen. I have run into a bit of a dead-end though and am looking for some new, easy, quick and tasty lunch meals to add to my weekly menus. It's a new year, so I am hoping to start it off properly by enhancing the "clean meals" I eat every day with something refreshing. It's a bit of a challenge though as the meal needs to be in season ( I like to eat locally grown produce when possible), non-dairy (lactose intolerant), low-carb and preferably high in protein.

I'm starting this blog in hopes to connect with other health conscious cooks to hopefully share recipes, learn some new prep tricks and time saving tactics, as well as to post a few of my own in hopes to inspire others.

Here's one of my favorite easy lunch meals to start off my blog efforts. I hope you can all help me add to my 2011 luncheon menus. Cheers to a healthy new year! 

Healthy Chicken Pita

1 baked chopped chicken breast, 1 whole wheat pita, 1/2 cup feta low fat cheese crumbles ( yep, only cheese that still likes me...), 1/4 chopped fresh tomato, 1/4 cup chopped fresh cucumber, 1 tablespoon chopped peperonicis, chopped onions to taste ( about 4 tablespoons) & some lemon juice. 

Combine all ingredients, except the pita and the lemon juice. Cut pita in half, stuff pita with chopped ingredients and season with the lemon juice. It's easy and low calorie. I enjoy it when the chicken is still warm from the oven so it's all freshly made. ( Not always posible, but we all have favorites.)

Not sure if this really qualifies as a recipe, but it's a start. Looking forward to your ideas... and additions.

- FG

Jan. 6, 2011 6:54 pm
Hmmm.. I have feta cheese crumbles in the fridge. Just might have to try it. Yumm...
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I live in the Napa Valley & am fortunate to have access to all the best seasonal fruits & vegetables. Food & wine pairings are a favored past time in our home on Fantesca Estate. I work out daily and am an International fitness competitor - "healthy clean eating" is part of my daily lifestyle.
My favorite things to cook
Healthy, tasty, quick petite meals packed with protein. I am known in my family for making Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas cookies w/protein powder, Coq au Vin and spicy chili!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Creating Thanksgiving dinner with my family while watching the NYC Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV. It's still a joy to get tips from my Dad when roasting a turkey.
My cooking triumphs
Trying a new recipe & having it be an instant success that gets entered into the dinner rotation.
My cooking tragedies
Trying a new recipe that is such a flop, we have to abandon it and call for Chinese take-out.
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