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Monday, January 28, 2013

Stamp of Approval

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I am a person who needs variety in what I eat and serve my family.  There's something ingrained in me (no doubt from my mother) that won't allow for repetition in meals.  Of course we do have our favorites around here, dinners that we eat on a regular basis.  But to me, the dinners I serve must not only be healthy, but interesting and delicious.  I love fresh ingredients, and would consider myself a "foodie."  I think I get bored easily or something.  So I try to make one new recipe each week.  I have come to realize that this is not the norm, most people are content with a lot of the same thing.     
Pinterest has been a great resource for my unusual disorder.  The problem is, if it doesn't knock my socks off, then it's not worth making again.  In fact, after a meal, my husband and I will (literally) analyze if it makes the cut. "Is this a do-over?" I will ask.  And we discuss openly and honestly.  Totally quirky, I am aware!
Pinterest can be very deceiving, especially when the food photography is so beautiful.  I have come across some epic failures where unfortunately the food doesn't taste nearly as good as it looks.  Nor is it healthy.
But lucky for me, I have come across a few amazing recipes that have my Stamp of Approval.
Here are the criteria:
*Must be healthy and balanced (with protein and fiber, low in saturated fat, salt, and sugar)
*Must be made with fresh ingredients, not processed or pre-made
*My kids must like it, or at least eat it
*My husband must love it
*Must be fast and easy to make
*Must be affordable
In all of my Pinteresting (is that a verb?), I can only give "Flo's Stamp of Approval" for two recipes.  But these two recipes WILL knock your socks off, so please give them a taste.  And I will continue to update you with recipes that fit my criteria.
Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa
(It's winter, so I use my George Foreman grill and it works great.)
And just a shameless plug for a recipe of mine that fits the criteria.  I promise, this recipe tastes better than it looks!

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