Quick, healthy summer recipe – Greek Chicken Burgers & Roasted Eggplant with Balsamic Glaze

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I’m so bad at posting recipes, I cook almost every night but never measure so I slack on typing it all out. Here’s an easy, affordable healthy dinner! One that I make often!
You’ll Need:
Package, ground chicken
Mix of fresh herbs: dill, parsley, mint, oregano rough chopped
Feta cheese, about 1/4C bc I love it
1/4C panko bread crumbs
Fresh ground pepper
1T red pepper flakes
*Combine all the ingredients, shape into burgers and grill outside or in a grill pan. Garnish w/ heirloom tomatoes, spinach, red onion.

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For the side dish, I roasted in the oven and sliced a large eggplant. I drizzled it with a very generous ammount of Trader Joe’s balsamic glaze. Yum yum!!

I did my own DIY Balayage Highlights – and didn’t mess it up!

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I really wanted to get highlights this summer but…I didn’t want them bad enough to spend 3hrs after work or precious hours on the weekend away from my mini. I’ve done my own highlights before tons of times. I’ve used the Feria kits, blue bleach, everything you can imagine. It’s come out red, yellow, orange and I always end up having to get a color correction at the salon or buy stuff to tone it. I end up spending more money and time – defeating the whole point of doing it yourself. I found a kit for $40 that contains salon quality ingredients (Kelly Van Gogh) and decided to give it a whirl. It includes the mix, a balayage wand/pro salon tools. It took me about 1 hour to place the highlights since I wanted to be accurate and not end up with random, thick sections. I did it after work while the baby slept so it was very comvenient. I let it sit for 35 minutes. The solution was clear so I could see when my hair was ready. There was only one part that came out orange-ish but that was my fault for not making the highlight thin enough…I used some toner and the problem was gone in 10 mins. I’m really surprised at how natural it looks, I’m sure it looks even better on blonde lighter hair but mine was a deep, medium brown beforehand. It was kinda drying so I used a good conditioner afterwards. Overall, it was much much better than wasting limited time at a salon.

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Lighter hair in the comfort of my own home!

Salon Quality Home Highlighting Kit

Fresh Diet Day #6

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Apple & fig stuffed French Toast with turkey bacon. I can’t believe this was even ‘diet’ food…very filling and satisfying for a Saturday breakfast.

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Chicken and lettuce on whole wheat with fresh guacamole. I can’t get enough guacamole in my life!!! The dinner waa grilled salmon, I think I chose that on oneof the first few days too…it’s filling, loaded with omegas, a favorite diet option.

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Dessert – chocolate pave cake!

Joia Life: All Natural Soda in a delicious, sparkling concoction!

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Here’s the whole lineup, above. I have to be honest, I hate soda! I only drink water, sparkling water and unsweetened teas. I just can’t get past the corn syrupy grossness. There’s too much info today that explains just how bad it is for your body. I get bored with plain sparkling water and the flavored ones taste extremely artificial, so I figured I’d give the Joia ones a try.

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Their bottle is like art! I almost didn’t want to drink it, but I had to take a sip. This one tasted exactly like sour patch kids (my fav movie candy) but…nothing artificial. Real pomegranate, blackberry and ginger. I wasn’t crazy about the sugar content but…for complainers like me lol they offer low calorie options. It’s so pretty and yummy, I just don’t like drinking sugar :-/

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Ginger apricot, this was a “light” soda at 60 calories, stevia, orange, jasmine and ginger flavors. This is more my style!! I love their lightened up sodas. Crisp, refreshing and not heavy.

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Grapefruit, chamomile and cardamom. I love how creatively edgy they are with the flavor combos. I’m enjoying this one tonight with grilled tacos.

Joia All Natural Refreshing Sodas

Joey New York Coconut Water Beauty

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I LoVe coconut water and this is the first time I’ve found it in a skincare product! It helps to even out skintone, minimize fine lines…all while you sleep! Joey NY blends lush, tropical Polynesian coconut with fruit acids, vitamins and minerals. It absorbs into the skin best when you’re sleeping. I can deal with that ;-) I used it last night. What an eventful night it was: I woke up at 2, 4, 6 than said…oh, forget it…might as well stay up at this point! Despite feeling like I need to attach an espresso IV, I woke up with glowy, refreshed skin!

Joey New York Polynesian Coconut Pads

Fresh Diet Day #5

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Pineapple stuffed french toast, blueberry cottage cheese, turkey bacon.

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Barley sala with canellini beans, peppers, celery. Everyone in the office ordered pizza but I was full from breakfast, this salad and lots of water. Plus, I’ve been feeling so great eating snaller portions…why ruin what I’ve started??

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Lamb meatballs with mediterranean flavors, sauteed spinach, asparugus.

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Broccolini with roasted pears and pine nuts.

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Pineapple upside down cake. One of my favs! Loaded with extra pineapple. Didn’t even need a fork for this one!

Fresh Diet Day #4

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Ginger pancakes with turkey sausage and citrus. The pancakes were very filling!

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Thai steak salad. A diet where I can still eat steak is fantastic! The dressing was phenomenal and I need to make this for dinner one night!

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Squash with pepitas, the squash was sweet and cooked to perfection. One of my favorite snacks on the plan.

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Salmon with smashed broccoli! What an awesome alternative to mashed potatoes.

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Dark chocolate mousse with raspberry sauce. Not the most elegant food photography but this cured my daily chocolate craving. Those of you that know me by now, understand I am the biggest chocolate addict & critic ;-)