Sunday, September 10, 2017

Vegan Eggplant Parmesan


I have been making a change in my life and that is most of my diet is vegan food which I love. I am a person that can go with out meat and do not need it as a filler. So here and there I have been making vegan dinners for my family and so far there have been complaints and everyone has been enjoying my meals especially this one! No cheese, fresh ingredients, you will forget you are eating egg plant!  

Ingredients:
1 Medium Eggplant
1/4 C All Purpose Flour
1 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
1 Tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1 Teaspoon Salt&Pepper
1/2 Almond Milk
1 Teaspoon Cornstarch 
4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Pasta
Marinara Sauce 

Instructions: 
Slice the eggplant into round less than 1/2 inch thick, sprinkle each side with seas salt, place in a colander for 15 minutes; This will help get rid of the bitter taste the eggplant may have. 
Rise Eggplant off and absorb with kitchen towels for 10 minutes until eggplant is dry.

Preheat oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with foil and nonstick spray. Durning this time start to prepare your noodles and sauce. 

Prepare your coating station: Place milk and cornstarch in one bowl; flour, salt and pepper in another bowl; and crumbs, yeast, garlic, and Italian seasoning in the last bowl. 

When eggplant is dry start breading, place your egg plant in flour, egg, then the crumb mixture. Place crumbed eggplant on foil and place into the oven. Take out 2-3 eggplant rounds at a time and fry until golden brown on each side; place back into the oven and grab 2-3 more. Egg plants should stay into the oven for at least 15-20 minutes.

Place pasta on a plate with sauce and eggplant rounds on top.

Recipe adapted from 











Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream


Homemade Ice Cream is my all time favorite thing and even better when it is a no churn. Make it and freeze it over night and dig in for a snack the next day. This is my all time favorite ice cream to make mostly because I am one of the only ones in my house that love fruit flavored ice cream, everyone else likes chocolate so I actually make this for myself. 
This Ice Cream is creamy, full of cream cheese chunks, strawberries, and crunchy graham crackers. It tastes like eating an actually strawberry cheesecake just in ice cream form.

Ingredients: 
2 Cups Heavy Cream
1 (14 oz) Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 Teaspoons Vanilla
1 8 oz cream cheese (soft)
Strawberry Pie Mix (Can)
10 Golden Oreos (crushed) 

Directions:
Mix cream cheese in small bowl until soft and fluffy and set aside. Wisk together heavy cream and milk until it is thick and with stiff peaks (like whipped cream) then stir in cream cheese (you  might have lumps and that is okay)
Fold in crushed Oreos,  strawberry pie mix, and vanilla. Place into a container and set for 6 hours or over night.







Thursday, August 10, 2017

Dear Dad


So this post first started about a week ago on me and my weight loss journey but then suddenly and fast on July 30th my Dad passed away in Nebraska so my writing in this "My Life" changed to "Dear Dad". I have been slowly going back and forth to writing anything about this but in the end, it is one of the only way to get it all out. 

My Dad, Anthony David De'Leon was born on March 6th, 1958 and passed away July 30th, 2017 due to having Cirrhosis of the Liver. My relationship with my father was not ideal at all. I look at this man that I know I love but I do not know him in a way a daughter should. As my brother and I were looking for flowers to send to his service and we didn't know his favorite color, it was heart breaking. 

My father and mother separated when I was a few months old, my only photos and memories of my dad were when I was 8 years and up. I have a photo I will have posted below and that is the only photo I know that exists of me with my dad before the age of 8 and it looks like I was two. Anyways he took to drinking and drugs and chose that over a life of a family. As I got older (at the age of 8) we started going to Milwaukee every summer and we stayed with my Grandma Joan and would see and spend time with my Dad when he would come around. The sad thing is when I think of that amazing time in Milwaukee I remember all the times we spent with my Grandma and Grandpa, not too many of my dad. He never had a place of his own, every year when we left to Milwaukee he was renting a new room with a new family or friends, which in its own way I have great memories of meeting so many different people along the way. 

One of my favorite memories of my dad is one day we left from my grandma's apartment early in the A.M. and he took me around the city and all day we walked, rode the city bus, talked, ate, and had fun. We ended up being down by the beach, by rocks, down town where we could just sit and stare at the city lights and it was beautiful.  We took one more bus ride and another long walk before we ended up at the place where he was living. What I don't think he ever knew was that was an amazing day for me and that is the day I fell in love with the city, he was also my first motorcycle ride; The man loved his Harleys. 

Oh his laugh, I could go on and on about his laugh and his voice. As a child, I use to think I would hear it in the street and get excited that he had come to visit and turn around and it wasn't him. I haven't seen my dad for almost 14 years. It was November 2004 and 1 week before I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter when I had seen him last, After this, he has moved out to South Dakota where my family basically was from. The last time I heard his voice was 2 years ago when my grandma called me for my birthday and he was there at the nursing home with her. It breaks my heart I didn't get to see him more or that we didn't talk more; Even more that he had three beautiful granddaughters he never met or got to know. I can sit here and beat myself up not trying more with my dad but in the end, I was no longer a little girl chasing after my father, I just wanted him to see me with out me trying to get his attention. 

He was funny, he had the most cheesy jokes, one that a grown up probably shouldn't think is funny or ones that he shouldn't be telling kids. He taught me how to hot wire a car, taught me many things about cars but I didn't listen to it all. There was a time he sat down and taught me how to chug SunnyD. Again not something you should teach your 9 year old haha.

I have bad timing when I call people and this has become a thing; when I called my friend Rachel all the time I would always call while she was in the shower, it was ridiculous. It goes for everyone else I call whether it be them in the shower, just sitting down for dinner, or something bad just happened. I hate calling people because I always seem to catch them in a bad time and sadly it is what happened with my dad. Not talking to him for two years and having family update on Facebook his hospital number was. I was so nervous about calling but I knew in the back of my heart this would probably the last time, I needed to let him know that I loved him, I wanted that closure with him. I called and there was no answer. I go back on Facebook later and brother, sister, cousins, uncles and even his friends are updating on how he sounds. though out the next two days before he got bad enough where he couldn't even wake up I called, called, called, called and he never answered.....I never got to talk to my dad, I never got to tell him I love you one last time, I never got to hear his voice or laugh, there are no old home videos to go back to listen to, we both didn't get that closure. My sister made it down to South Dakota before he passed and handed all the hard stuff you have to deal with after death and she is amazing for that. She asked if  I wanted to say some words to him and she would put up the phone to his ear, I didn't do it. Some days I regret it and some days I don't because I remember the day we spoke and what he had to say to me two years ago.

He was my Dad and that is all that matters, I just wish I knew him more but he will live on through memories of others and through many photos. Just because someone isn't in your life the way you want them to, don't stop trying because one day they will be gone and you will regret all things.

I love you Dad 




My last message from him

Friday, July 28, 2017

Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli and Cheese (21 day fix)



A 21 day fix approved meal right from Autumn! 
This cream macaroni and cheese meal will make you forget how healthy you are actually eating and even your family will not know the difference. 

Ingredients:
 3 Cups Whole Wheat Macaroni
4 Tablespoons Organic Grass Fed Butter
2 Tablespoons Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/2 Cups Almond Milk (unsweetened) 
1 1/4 Cup Grated Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 lbs Chicken Breast, cut into cubes
6 Cups chopped broccoli, steamed
1 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Pepper

Directions:
Cook macaroni according to package directions. (set aside)
Melt butter in large sauce pan over medium heat.
Add flour; cook whiling whisking constantly for 1-minute or until brown. 
Slowly whisk in almond milk; cook while whisking constantly for 1-2 minutes until mixture thickens and there are no lumps.
Whisk in salt, pepper, and garlic powder
Reduce on low. Add cheese; cook, whisking constantly for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. 
Add chicken and broccoli and stir together. 
Mix pasta and cheese mixture together and serve immediately.

Adapted by: Autumn Calabrese FIXATE


1 Green1 Yellow, 1/2 Red, 1/3 Blue







Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Turkey Burger with Avocado Spread


This is my go to turkey burger recipe, it has never let anyone down before and then you throw this avocado spread on top? Yummo!  You will never want a regular burger again! This will make you forget you are eating healthy. With amazing flavors and a creamy topping, this is a great burger. 

Ingredients: 

Burger:
1 lb Ground Turkey 
1 Egg
1/4 Cup Bread Crumbs
1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
1Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Pepper
1Teapoon Parsley
1/2 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
1/4 Cup Mozzarella Cheese (shredded) 

Spread:
1 Avocado
3 Tablespoons Miricle Whip
3 Tablespoons Hummus 
1/2 Juice of a Lime
1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes

Directions:
Burger:
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and cook until burger reaches 165* or no longer pink in the middle.

Spread:
Place all ingredients in food processor or mix with an immersion blender until it is very smooth.
Spread on top of burgers and enjoy. 










Saturday, June 24, 2017

Kit Kat Carmel Ice Cream


Summer is here! Except in Wisconsin, this weekend is going to be high on 61! It is also the time of year my kid beg for homemade ice cream. This is my all time favorite recipe for ice cream, it is super simple so if you do not have a machine, no worries! You are able to just stick it in the freezer for 5 hours or overnight and it will freeze perfectly for you. 

Ingredients: 
2 Cups Heavy Cream
1 (14 oz) Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 Teaspoons Vanilla
4 Kit Kat Bars
1/2 Cup Carmel Sauce

Directions: 
Whip cream by hand or mixer until you have soft peaks and stir in milk and vanilla.
Place in ice cream maker or in freezer, take out when it feels like soft serve
Place three Kit Kat's into a food processor until they are crumbs and cut the fourth into chunks. 
Mix Kit Kat crumbs and chunks into soft ice cream and swirl in Carmel.
Finish freezing and enjoy!







Sunday, June 18, 2017

French Toast Waffles


Happy Fathers day to all the fathers out there! How about a quick delish breakfast where you get a two in one deal? You will never want regular french toast again! Make this breakfast today and start off your man's day right, or your day, or anyones day. It is good.

Ingredients:
French Loaf
6 Eggs
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
1 Tablespoon Milk
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon

Directions:
Heat up waffle iron (don't forget to spray it with PAM)
 Cut the french loaf into 1 inch slices (you will have left overs so cut how many you think you will use)
Mix whisk eggs, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
Dunk your french loaf slice into egg mixture and place into waffle iron (depending on the size of your iron you are able to to 2 or more.)
Cook for 2 minutes or until it is cooked and brown

Top off with your favorite toppings and enjoy