3 Best Foods for Weight Loss: Delicious Recipes Included!

I’ll never forget the day that my husband told me (on a Sunday afternoon), “Hey, I’m gonna start the South Beach Diet tomorrow!” 

I was a bit surprised, but responded, “Oh, okay! You really want to do that? I mean, if that’s what you want to do, then go for it!”

He countered, “Yep, I think it’s just what I need to drop the few pounds I gained over the holidays. SO, here’s the book. You’ll need to to do my grocery shopping and make the recipes for me.”

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Do you wanna GUESS how THAT conversation ended?! HA! I am ALL for changing eating habits for the better, but I need a little bit of a notice, if you know what I mean!And motivation. Motivation is good, too!

If you are planning to start a diet with your family, you can boost the motivation for it by cooking some delicious low-calorie meals that contain the best foods for weight loss. That way, everyone starts to get used to some different tastes if they aren’t already! These special ingredients will ensure that you achieve your goals, and the recipes included in the article will allow you to enjoy this journey.

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The benefits of broccoli are many, say Live Science and multiple studies. This extraordinary plant makes you healthier overall, helps protect against cancer, and greatly improves your digestion. It’s the latter that makes it a great addition to a weight loss diet. Not only is broccoli rich in dietary fiber, which boosts heart health and cleanses your body. It also contains elements that improve the condition of gut bacteria. While your gut is healthy, you can process foods better, thus boosting the efficiency of your diet.

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New Product Review – Cucina Antica! (Two Recipes Included)

We eat a lot of Italian-themed dishes at our house. They seem to go over pretty well with all four members of our family – which, with 2 20-month-olds, can be pretty hard to accomplish! In fact, I’m convinced that in order to get the girls to eat something, all I have to do is add a marinara sauce to it. Seems to do the trick!

So when Sarah with Cucina Antica contacted me about doing a review of their products, I was ready!

I had never heard of Cucina Antica before Sarah reached out, so I decided to to check into the company a little bit further. In case you’re not familiar with them, they are an authentically Italian company led by Chef Neil Fusco. Their cooking and pasta sauces are made with imported Italian San Marzano tomatoes — and never with artificial preservatives, added sugar, water, or tomato paste. Chef Neil makes the products through an artisanal production method that allows consumers to cook the sauces without losing any flavor. Oh! And they’re gluten-free! (You know I’m sold on THAT!) In addition to those yummy points, because they have a desire to give back, Cucina Antica also works with several organizations to help those in need: Mary’s Meals, Food for the Poor and St. Joseph’s Orphanage. I’ll tell you what, I love to get behind a company who creates a healthy authentic product, but give me one that creates a healthy authentic product AND supports their community, and I’m all about them!

I received a jar of Cucina Antica’s Tomato Basil Cooking Sauce and a jar of their Garlic Marinara Cooking Sauce.

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I knew exactly what I wanted to use each one for – check it out!

For the Tomato Basil Cooking Sauce…

Baked Ravioli
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Ingredients
  1. 1 jar Cucina Antica Tomato Basil Cooking Sauce
  2. 1 25-27 ounce package frozen ravioli
  3. 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  4. 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray bottom and sides of an 8X8 or 9X9 glass casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Spread 3/4 cup of the cooking sauce in the bottom of the casserole dish. Arrange a single layer of frozen ravioli over the top of the cooking sauce. Top with half of the remaining cooking sauce and then 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers as needed. Finish by sprinkling the Parmesan cheese on top.
  3. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 40 minutes. Remove foil and bake uncovered 20 minutes longer. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.
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This is my girls’ FAVORITE dish yet – I make it pretty often for them. You should see them gobble up some Baked Ravioli! And, although I’m not sure of their little palettes preferences at this point, I think they were extra excited with this batch because folks, THIS SAUCE IS AMAZING! For me, it was a great way to take something I make regularly and give it an extra special kick!

For the Garlic Marinara Cooking Sauce…

Baked Eggs in Marinara Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Cucina Antica Garlic Marinara Cooking Sauce
  2. 1/4 cup shredded Italian blend cheese
  3. 4 fresh eggs
  4. 1/2 lb. Italian Sausage, browned and crumbled
  5. Salt and pepper to taste
  6. Fresh basil, chopped
  7. French bread slices, toasted, buttered and sprinkled with garlic salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Pour 1/2 a cup of the marinara sauce into two 10 ounce ramekins.
  3. Add several spoonfuls of Italian Sausage to the ramekins.
  4. Top with 2 tablespoons each of Italian blend cheese.
  5. Gently crack 2 eggs into each ramekin.
  6. Top the eggs with salt and pepper then place them on the foil lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake the eggs in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the whites of the eggs are set.
  8. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with basil.
  9. Serve immediately with toasted bread slices.
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Are you hungry yet?! (FYI, my other egg is in there – it’s hiding under that yummy sauce on the left, and I didn’t want to dig it out and turn everything…UGLY. HA!)

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The combination of eggs and marina was a new one for me, but I have to say, I LOVE IT. The flavors were spot-on, and it’s now a new favorite of my hubby’s too! (And I count that as a WIN in my book!) Although I have to say, for this dish the flavors of the sauce better be spot-on, or it won’t taste the same. I’m so happy with what Cucina Antica “brought to the table” with this combination!

Have YOU tried any products from Cucina Antica? For more information on the company (they offer a variety of sauces, dressings and even ketchup!)…

Visit their website by CLICKING HERE
Follow them on Twitter by CLICKING HERE
See what they’re pinning on Pinterest by CLICKING HERE
Check out their Instagram by CLICKING HERE

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

New Product Review – Keystone Meats (RECIPES INCLUDED!)

These days, wth two 18-month-olds running around the house, a hubby who’s gone from home working about 12 hours each day, and lil’ ol’ me, who’s trying to hold down the fort, this blog, a photography business…you get the idea. It’s kinda CRAZY around here, y’all! 

Even in the midst of all the nutty, one thing has stayed the same: I still LOVE to cook. My cooking has just been…ummm…modified…a bit here of late. And I’m learning that there is NOTHING in the world wrong with that!

The newly married me who started this blog literally created five-course meals for dinner ALL. THE. TIME. I seriously did. And I loved every second of it! But the not-so-newly-married me, with a hungry hubby and sweet babies and cuddly pets and a house to take care of and a few businesses to run…well, I don’t get the chance to cook five-course meals very often anymore. But I still make sure that my family is fed in a wholesome, and these days, SIMPLE way. And I’ve got to share a line of products I’ve found to help me do just that!

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I’ll be honest. When I thought of “canned meat” I thought of Spam. Nothing against Spam at all, it’s just not the type of thing I normally would include in a nutritious meal, ya know? So when Keystone Meats contacted me and wanted me to check out their products, I hesitated just for a minute. But I’m so glad I decided to go ahead and accept their offer!

Folks, Keystone Meats is no Spam! (Poor Spam, it’s getting a bad rap here today!) Keystone Canned Meats is still maintaining the family tradition of providing all natural quality products! It starts with lean USDA meat that is selected, cut and packed by hand and adding only a dash of sea salt for flavor. All meats are slow cooked in the can to maintain their natural juices and maximize flavor. The result is perfectly cooked, all natural lean and tender meats with no added ingredients or preservatives. With beef, chicken, pork, turkey and ground beef, you really can’t beat it!

Keystone Meats sent me over a can of their chicken and also a can of their beef. I decided to incorporate the chicken into one of our family’s favorite recipes, and create another recipe around the beef! Here’s what I came up with…

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Yes, folks, those are Quick Chicken Quesadillas from Lauren and Kate over at Ease & Carrots! While their recipe calls for rotisserie chicken (which is what I normally use when I make it) I found that I loved using Keystone Meat’s chicken! Super easy and super tasty, too! (And the best part was, my hubby couldn’t tell the difference!)

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Grain-Free Holiday Dog Treat Recipes

Dogs are omnivores, and they benefit from vegetables just as much as the rest of us. And what better time of year to incorporate colorful fruits and veggies into their diets? Beets, spinach, and other nutritional powerhouses take center stage in these gluten-free and grain-free holiday dog treat recipes. You’ll also find healthy supporting ingredients like coconut oil, which can help your dog maintain a shiny coat and dewy skin through the dry winter months.

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Dying to bake doggy treats, but don’t have a buddy to share them with? Try one of these grain-free recipes and bring the treats along on your first Meet & Greet as a Rover pet-sitter. You’ll score a new friend who will be happy to taste-test all your canine concoctions.

Be sure to use doggy-safe peanut butter, free of any added sweeteners. Xylitol is toxic to dogs, so read labels carefully!

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National Cookbook Month – And a Recipe Contest from Keystone Meats!

FIRST, while we’re on the subject of Recipe Contests, don’t forget to stop in over at the MERRY THANKSCHRISTMAS RECIPE CONTEST, which is happening NOW! CLICK HERE to check it out!

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And now, how about ANOTHER recipe contest? I mean, why not, right?!

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Did you know that October is National Cookbook Month? You know, cookbooks. The ORIGINAL Pinterest, right? I still have some special cookbooks that I use often, do you?

Keystone Meats is a fourth generation family brand offering premium quality canned protein and meal solutions who decided to celebrate National Cookbook Month with its Rewriting the Great American Cookbook Contest, shining a light on recipe hacks and making dinnertime favorites easier with Keystone Meats. Inspired by today’s busier-than-ever family, consumers will be asked to vote on recipe makeovers, or recipes that can be made easier and better with Keystone Meats. Every time a fan goes in to vote for their favorite cookbook recipe, they will be entered to win the grand prize. One grand prize winner will be awarded a year of Keystone products, including the brand’s premium canned meats, soup bases and broths! Consumers can enter online now through October 31!

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