So I got up early this morning and took advantage of daddy being home, and let him keep the girly entertained while I slaved (and I mean this quite literally) in the kitchen for about 1.5 hours including cleanup, to create this! 
I did boiled eggs which I molded into bunny and bear shapes. I did brown rice which was molded into heart and star shapes. I did a hotdog octopus with turkey dog. And I shredded some part skim mozzerella cheese and placed some carrots to take up some space. 
Hubby left to visit with his kids and I was left with girly whom happily viewed the "masterpiece" (okay so I need to work on this a bit more, Im not fantastic...yet). She sat down and quickly informed me of everything she was NOT going to eat. Which ended up being everything but the egg. I wont lie, I fought back tears. Seriously??? I spent this much time trying to make your food appeal to you and you have the nerve to sit there and tell me you wont even TASTE a couple bites of each thing? 
I am torn between making another one for her and tempting her and throwing my hands into the air, and screaming. 

This is the snack that girly and I chow on while watching movies together on Friday nights!:) It's a great high protein, low carb, antioxident rich alternative to popcorn. You can find them in the Frozen Veggie section of your local grocery. They are also called, "Soy Beans." You can steam them or boil them, then just pop them out of the shell and have at them!:) I like them with a little sea salt. 
First off, you are probably asking yourself just who on earth would eat pickled onions.! I could blame it on my German Heritage, or I can just be honest and say - they are freaking delicious!These are SUPER quick to make and are ready as soon as they cool. Anyone can do this - and I suggest you at least try this recipe one time. There are tons of health benefits to eating onions - for info on that, check after the recipe!

2 cups Apple Cider Vinegar (you can use white too)1/2 cups Water1 tsp Salt1/2 tsp Cumin1 tsp Dried Oregano1/3 c Splenda (you can use less)2 Red Onions (you can use yellow or white, but red make a pretty pink color!)

*Combine the first 6 ingredients in a pan and cook on medium.* Clean your onions (get the loose skin off, and both ends) and then cut into THIN strips.*If the brine hasn't reached a boil yet, crank it up and get it there. As soon as it's boiling, add onions to the brine and remove from heat. Cover and let sit for 25 min.*After the 25 min have passed, move your onions to whatever container you choose to store them in, and place into fridge. When fully cold, DIG IN!

How to use:
*Just eat em'!
*On or in a salad
*On a sandwich in place of Saurkraut

Benefits of Onions:
*They have antibiotic and antifungal properties that can be used inside (internally) and outside (externally).
*They are known to protect against cardiovascular disease, respiratory concerns, diabetes, and a variety of cancers.
*Help to increase good cholesterol and lower bad

Wilted Chard with Bacon and Date Basalmic Vinegar

One Bunch of Swiss Chard (pictured is RED, but any color will do!)Pinch of SaltREAL Crumbled BaconBasalmic Vinegar (I used Date Basalmic from Oil and Vinegar)

*Wilt the cleaned and de-stemmed chard in a pan with EVOO. Add salt, and crumbled bacon.*Plate it and drizzle with Basalmic Vinegar. If you don't have an Oil and Vinegar store near you - you can go to the site (linked in the ingredients) and order - or get a flavored Basalmic at your local grocer. I believe I have seen Pomegranite there!:) Might be a good idea to make a reduction though to bring out the sweetness and thicken.

Swiss Chard Quesdillas


2 Low Carb Tortillas1/2 c 2% Shredded Cheese3 slices of Roasted Turkey Deli Meat1/4 c Wilted ChardFAGE 0% Greek Yogurt (optional, can sub Sour Cream)Pickled Onion (optional)


*Heat pan to Medium-High after spraying with PAM.
*Place bottom tortilla down, top with half shredded cheese, turkey, chard and then top all of that again with the rest of the cheese.
*Cover with 2nd tortilla, and then flip. Toast both sides so cheese melts, then plate it.
*As a garnish - use the greek yogurt in place of Sour Cream. It's low fat and HIGH protein alternative. But if you don't have FAGE on hand (shame on you!) then use plain Sour Cream.
Also you can top with your pickled onions (find recipe on my blog).
*If you are super adventurous - you can also top this with Basalmic Vinegar!:)