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by Janetha on September 22, 2010

in meals,moves

dudettes.  i have the worst garlic breath right now!  luckily, marshall does too.  the dinner i just made is well worth the garlicky stench that is lingering in our house.

before i talk about dinner, i want to share my workout with you!

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today was an upper body workout.  i decided to focus on shoulders, back & biceps.

5 minute treadmill warm up @ 6 MPH pace

straight set:

wide grip pull down:

  • 12 @ 40#
  • 10 @ 50#
  • 8 @ 60#
  • 10 @ 50#
  • 12 @ 40#

i did 30 seconds of butt kicks between sets to keep my heart rate up.

superset: (3 sets of each)

  • standing overhead dumbbell shoulder press @ 10# x 12 reps
  • standing dumbbell biceps curl @ 10# x 12 reps

superset: (3 sets of each)

  • bent over dumbbell row @ 15# x 12 reps
  • dumbbell front raise @ 5# x 12 reps

superset: (3 sets of each)

  • dumbbell shrugs @ 20# x 20 reps
  • “basketball shots” with medicine ball @ 8# x 20 reps

superset: (3 sets of each)

  • single arm dumbbell row @ 15# x 12 reps (each arm)
  • dumbbell hammer curls @ 10# x 12 reps

superset: (3 sets of each)

  • dumbbell side raises @ 7.5# x 12 reps
  • single arm dumbbell concentration curls @ 12.5# x 12 reps (each arm)

5 minute treadmill cool down @ 6 MPH pace

this was a fun workout that too 45 minutes total. let me know if you try it and how you like it!

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i was recently sent a cookbook and coupons from the company that makes sorrento, president and precious cheeses.

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“the skinny cheese cookbook” is a compilation of recipes by chef daniel green that feature low fat and fat free cheeses made by  sorrento, president and precious.

i picked up some of their fat free feta using the free coupon they sent to me.

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i decided to try the cheese on top of a cracker, to get a taste for the fat free feta itself.

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my thoughts? i really liked it! it was incredibly flavorful feta and i couldn’t even tell it was fat free.  with fat free cheeses, you typically have to sacrifice flavor.  that is not the case with president’s fat free feta cheese.  it tasted just like full fat feta! and even better: a little goes a long way.  a one ounce serving is just 35 calories, not bad at all!

i had two chicken breasts waiting to be turned into dinner, so i flipped through the book, looking for a chicken recipe.

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the only recipe in the book using chicken breasts was the prosciutto wrapped chicken stuffed with feta.  i didn’t have the ingredients for this particular recipe on hand, but i used the stuffed chicken method as inspiration for my own dish.

pasta roma with feta & spinach stuffed chicken breasts

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first i split two chicken breasts to prepare them for stuffing.  i smeared a layer of spinach artichoke hummus into the pocket of the chicken breast.

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next, i put a layer of feta on top of the hummus.

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finally, i stuffed the chicken breasts with spinach.IMG_0102

i secured the breasts with toothpicks. they were bursting at the seams!

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i heated a bit of olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat.  after seasoning the chicken breasts with a little salt and pepper, i seared it for about 1 minute on each side.

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flip!

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i removed the breasts from the pan and placed them in an oven-safe dish.  i baked them (uncovered) for about 20 minutes @ 350 degrees, flipping the breasts halfway through.

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while my chicken was baking, i prepared the pasta roma.  i made some basil pesto from scratch (basil, garlic, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt & pepper).  enter: the reason for my GARLIC BREATH.  i got to use my new ceramic grater for the first time!

i started with the cool peeler.

garlic goes in.. IMG_0091 IMG_0092

roll it around.. IMG_0093

voilà! perfectly peeled garlic! so simple.IMG_0095

then i put the peeled garlic to work on the ceramic grater. it worked beautifully.

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seriously, this was the best state fair purchase yet! perfect garlic for the pesto.IMG_0096

don’t forget to enter to win your own ceramic grater, you have until thursday @ midnight to enter.

i boiled some whole wheat thin spaghetti.  well, marshall did, actually.. that’s his job.  when it was al dente, i tossed the pasta and pesto together.

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i diced three ripe roma tomatoes. they’ve gotta be roma!

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toss the tomatoes with the pasta, along with ~3/4 cup of fat free feta.

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pasta roma. i used to work at a cafe that served a similar dish, which is where i pulled my inspiration from for this pasta.  i sure loved being a waitress!

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when i got done making the pasta, the chicken breasts were cooked to perfection.  impeccable timing!

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oozing with flavor.

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i served a portion of pasta alongside a stuffed chicken breast.

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this was DEEELICIOUS.  the pasta was definitely garlicky to the max.  i can still taste it, three hours later.  anyone have an altoid?

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the chicken was moist on the inside, crisp on the outside (thanks to the searing) and the stuffing was full of delicious flavors.  the feta melted and melded with the hummus and spinach. definitely a winner.

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yum.

special thanks to president for helping out with ingredients and inspiration for dinner tonight! for the record, i wasn’t paid for my review and yes, the cheese was free.

i want to give you guys some free cheese, too! i will pick three random comments on this post and each of you will get two coupons for some free cheese of your own.  woohoo!

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i will announce the winners tomorrow!

Qs~

1. what is your favorite variety of tomato? i LOVE heirlooms. they are pricey, but they are so tasty! romas are nice in pastas because they are so firm. the ones i used tonight were delicious.

2. do you eat “fat free” or “low fat” foods? which foods do you eat that are low/no fat and which foods are you not willing to compromise flavor for less fat? i eat fat free yogurt and low fat cottage cheese (i HATE fat free cottage cheese).  i always buy full fat cheddar and swiss, i typically don’t like low fat of fat free cheese. but this fat free feta tasted exactly like the real deal. i am sold!  as far as other foods go, i don’t mind a little fat as long as it is the healthy kind. peanut butter, anyone?

xo. janetha g.

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{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

Teri [a foodie stays fit] September 23, 2010 at 9:51 am

I love cherry tomatoes! They are like candy!

I almost NEVER do low-fat cheese or ice cream. :)

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Jennifer Martin September 23, 2010 at 10:03 am

YUMM!!! I am so making this tonight : )

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Ashley S September 23, 2010 at 10:11 am

Hi! My favorite tomato is any that is fresh picked from the garden, but if that is not availabe then I love little grape tomatos.

Yes, I eat low fat popcorn! I would never buy lower fat peanut butter as thats where I get my fat intake most days!

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Lindsey September 23, 2010 at 10:30 am

I love heirloom tomatoes and the sweet grape ones too!

I use some fat free or low fat products usually to limit some calories in a dish where some ingedients arent the star of the show, therefore not sacraficing much flavor either.

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Jenn September 23, 2010 at 10:36 am

I’m with ya on the heirlooms! LOVE THEM.

I eat quite a bit of fat. On average, I think about 50-60% of my calories come from fat. I do eat low-fat cottage cheese b/c that is the only one Trader Joe’s carries that’s organic. I don’t mind low fat feta either.

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Danica September 23, 2010 at 10:36 am

HOLY Deliciousness! I am pretty sure I want to have your dinner! I wonder if I could get Jay to eat hummus in chicken and if he would notice it. I just now starting getting him to eat hummus with pita chips….hmmmm!

Definitely Heirloom tomatoes. I LOVE Low Fat Cheese and Full Fat Cheese of course. Nothing stinky and honestly Fat Free Cheese is ok, but, I’d almost always pick, low fat before fat free.

Saving this recipe!

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missy September 23, 2010 at 11:03 am

oh pick me! i need more cheese in my life ;)

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Lisa in SC September 23, 2010 at 11:12 am

You’ve totally inspired me to stuff something tonight! That dinner looks yummy!!

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actorsdiet September 23, 2010 at 11:18 am

woo hoo cheese!!!

i eat a lot of low fat or nonfat foods b/c of my history of high cholesterol. but that’s only at home, and for myself. when i go out or feed others i go full-on. the flavor can’t be beat!

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Elliott September 23, 2010 at 11:26 am

I HATE full-fat milk products so I go low or no-fat on sour cream, cream cheese, yogurt, etc… It’s a mouth feel thing rather than a taste thing; I hate how full fat leaves a film in my mouth. Bleh!

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Katie September 23, 2010 at 11:31 am

I usually choose low fat varieties of cheese. Sargento has some good flavorful, low fat cheeses. However, brie cheese is best in it’s full fat variety! My favorite kinds of cheese are muenster (low fat at TJ’s is actually tasty!), brie, mozzarella, provolone, swiss, and pepperjack.

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Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) September 23, 2010 at 11:47 am

I want that chicken and pasta for dinner tonight!!
I will buy some things “light” – sour cream, cream cheese, etc. but if it is a good cheese, never! (I’m from Wisconsin so it doesn’t seem right!) Feta is so flavorful though I imagine it wouldn’t be too bad! :)

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Kayla September 23, 2010 at 11:58 am

Your stuffed chicken breast looked awesome, I will definitely have to try it.

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Ashley @ Cupcakes & Combat Boots September 23, 2010 at 12:09 pm

That looks like an AWESOME meal!! I used to be a fat-free food junkie but since I’ve learned that it’s okay to have a little (healthy) fat from time to time. I do eat non-fat yogurt and 1% milk but I try to steer clear of fat-free cheeses. Good to know that the brand you tried is still tasty, despite being fat free!

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Cassy September 23, 2010 at 12:36 pm

mmmm your food looks BOMB! I am going to have to try that stuffed chicken meal one of these days!!

1. I love Heirlooms too, but also love little grape ones too! Theres a little farm in the middle of BIG city that has been growing some amazingly delish heirlooms.. can’t get enough!!
2. I buy whatever cheese is on sale but also sometime splurge for the full fat cause when it comes to cheese, its worth it… most the time.

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Sarah September 23, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Pick me, pick me!!! Cheese just makes me want to sccreeeammm!!! <3 cheese. I get this excited about few other things

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biz319 September 23, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Janetha – love the idea of using hummus as a stuffing – what a great way to boost the flavor without all the calories! :D

I love using roma tomatoes for my pasta sauce – luckily my store sells them on the $1 rack when they are really ripe, which is what I like to use when making sauce – yum!

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stella September 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm

that chicken looks delish!
and i absolutely love president cheese wedges (maybe a bit more than laughing cow :O!)

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Maren September 23, 2010 at 12:52 pm

oh my gosh that meal looks soooo delish! I will be making that VERY soon. I don’t mind fat-free cottage cheese, but I hate fat-free cheese. it tastes like plastic!! I have tried fat-free feta though before and I can’t tell the difference! Thanks for the giveaway!

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melissadishes September 23, 2010 at 12:56 pm

OMG! That looks amazing! I must try that recipe. I adore everything in that recipe. I saw this week that Sprouts had flavored FF President’s Feta, which i’d never seen before, i’ve only ever seen the regular.

I generally buy RF cheeses, including feta, but I do buy FF sometimes.

I buy Fat Free in milk, yogurt, sour cream, and a few other things. I generally do not buy FF products.

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kbwood September 23, 2010 at 1:02 pm

GIRL that chicken is making my mouth water! YUM! love me some FETA!

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Monica September 23, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Can you please come to my house and cook me dinner tonight? No joke. That meal that you made looks DELICIOUS! Feta makes everything betta ;)

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Jenny September 23, 2010 at 2:02 pm

I’ve never made stuffed chicken before, I may need to venture into that area of cooking. Looks tasty!

I love any home grown tomato! Store bought, I usually go with Cherry or Vine Ripe. mmm…makes me wanna eat a tomato!

I will do reduced fat yogurt (you got me hooked on greek) and cottage cheese (I’m with ya on fat free-YUCKY!) I’ll usually go for reduced fat ice cream, but I’ll also splurge for the real stuff. I love the Light laughing cow cheese! Other than that, I pretty much go full fat with cheese. And I LOVE CHEESE!!!

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Julia September 23, 2010 at 2:12 pm

I have to say I love heirloom too…nothing seems to beat their taste. And Cheese is seriously my weakness!!! :)

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Paige September 23, 2010 at 2:28 pm

I am soo making this dish for dinner!! That chicken looks fantastic and I love the idea of the spinach baked right!

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Eryn September 23, 2010 at 3:23 pm

My favorite tomato is heirloom…so good! I like fat free greek yogurt but don’t like fat free cottage cheese! I also prefer regular feta to fat free. Those chicken breats look DELICIOUS!

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Angharad September 23, 2010 at 3:57 pm

CHEESE!!!! FREE CHEESE!!

Phew. That excitement was exhausting. Very cool though. Love your garlicky cheesy recipe too. That dinner seriously looks off the chains. Do you want to be my wife instead of Marshall’s?

Ok, q’s!

1) I think heirloom are my faves too. So juicy and sweet when in season.
2) Not anymore but I did used to back in the day. I’d eat fat free yoghurt like it was my job and low fat cream cheese but I don’t believe it’s worth it anymore. I prefer the taste and experience of full fat a million times more. Oh! Just realized I drink skim milk. So there.

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Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 23, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Oh girl, that chicken dish looks absolutely mouthwatering! Seriously. I absolutely love stuffed chicken breasts. The more garlic the better. :D

And I could not agree with you more: heirloom tomatoes, all the way! The price is so worth it. And as far fatfree stuff, I also agree. I eat fat-free yogurt/low fat cottage cheese. But I like to go all out with other cheeses, opting mostly for the “real deal.”

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Rachel September 23, 2010 at 4:22 pm

I love little grape tomatoes because they are so portable and easy to pop in my mouth as a snack! Can you believe that I have never tried a heirloom tomato??

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Dinner looks really good today J. Love the stuffed chicken breasts. Searing them is the KEY!

I just bought heirloom tom’s for the first time ever this week. Now I know what everyone has been talking about. I just thought they were funny colored tom’s and boy was I wrong. They are SO sweet & I love how the insides look. Very cool & tasty!

I like lowfat cottage cheese, 2% or FF yogurts… I’ve tried low fat cheeses which are ‘ok’, but I find that I really am not a fan of FF cheese. Just kinda bland and rubbery… would rather just skip it.

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Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine September 23, 2010 at 4:35 pm

I have never had an heirloom tomato :( The tragedy!
I have no problem with fat free or low fat anything. I raaaarely eat dairy- so rarely in fact, that I barely remember what it tastes like! So, when I do end up needing it for a certain recipe or if I’m cooking something for my boyfriend (who will eat anything haha) I always get low/free fat cheese and never feel unsatisfied with it!
Also just wondering, since I know you love high protein options- I got some great Barilla whole wheat high protein angel hair pasta that I thought you’d love! It has 10g of protein per serving!! 10! Have you tried it? I really like it! Esp with that same spinach artichoke hummus as a sauce!

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Caroline Majeed September 23, 2010 at 4:43 pm

I love all kinds of tomatoes, but my favorites are the ones my dad grows in the back yard! I eat fat free Greek yogurt, but not much other fat free stuff enters my kitchen!

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nee nee September 23, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I made stuffed chicken breasts this week too – used spinach and a laughing cow cheese wedge, but I’d LOVE to try it with some fat free feta – I’m so excited this is now available!

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Holly at Greek Yogurt and Apple Slices September 23, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Writing down your workout & doing it tomorrow :D Can’t wait!!!!!
Also, copying your recipe for this weekend as well! It looks AWESOME!!
Thanks for so many great things in this post!!!

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caronae September 23, 2010 at 5:45 pm

I lurve 2% Greek yogurt! One of my favorite fats. :)

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Laura @ Starloz September 23, 2010 at 5:52 pm

i’m seriously addicted to finding flavourful fat free/low fat products. it’s tough but they are out there!

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Kristen D September 23, 2010 at 6:13 pm

low fat milk and fat free yogurt, for the most part, less of the full fat stuff goes much longer way in my book :-) !

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emily September 23, 2010 at 6:24 pm

1. Can I say green because I like them fried?
2. I eat low-fat or fat-free for basically everything because I honestly prefer it. I like the flavors better and full fat dairy often makes my tummy feel funny.

I’m sure you are not reading all of the many comments in this post, but I’m going to put in my plea anyways – a video of you showing how you cut/stuff the chicken! The process baffles me.

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leslie September 23, 2010 at 7:08 pm

I can’t wait to try this workout! will let you know how it goes once I do =)

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BroccoliHut September 23, 2010 at 7:09 pm

What a cool recipe–loving all the colors and textures on that plate.
1. I love me some heirlooms too, but I also really like cherry tomatoes–I eat them like candy.
2. I buy low-fat cottage cheese too (also despise fat free with a passion) and fat-free yogurt, but I refuse to buy reduced-fat nut butters. I mean, the whole reason they’re healthy is because of the fat–why remove it?

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simplyshaka September 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm

President cheese is the bomb. I love their gorgonzola but rarely buy it b/c it’s a tad out of my budget-sadface.

Hummus and feta stuffed chicken is one of the best things ever-I need to make it again. Yum but holy halitosis :)

Cherry tomatoes are my absolute fave tomatoes ever!!!

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Brianna September 23, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Yumm!!! I love feta cheese!! the best !!

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Rachael September 23, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Purple Cherokee tomatoes – I love their color!
I don’t do fat-free anything, one of the few things i liked about my meal plan when I was an ED inpatient years ago….I’d rather have the fat these days, and since I’ve tasted full-fat cheese, I don’t think I can ever go back!

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paijery September 23, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Super sad face that we can’t get President cheese in Saskatoon!! And spinach and artichoke hummus. And greek yogurt. Hmmmm time to move?? lol

Gorge pics as usual. I definitely need to make this pasta!! xx

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Holly September 24, 2010 at 9:21 am

hells to the yah.

yeah, that’s my comment.

you know you like it :)

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Vanessa September 24, 2010 at 4:23 pm

I love, love,love all tomatoes of any kind! Cherry tomatoes and cottage cheese is yummy.
When it comes to cheese,yogurt, salad dressings… I buy low-fat most of the time. However I buy ice cream I get as low-sugar/low-fat as possible. This is because I eat 1/2 gallon in 2 days! I’m not joking people! Ice cream is consumed every single night of my life. But I run (a lot) so it’s all about balance. Awesome recipe by the way!!! It looks delicious!!

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