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After trying every diet and never achieving real weight loss, I developed my own Recipe for a Healthy Weight. I lost over 130 pounds and created this website to share what I discovered. More >

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Tropical Melon Popsicles

I'm not a hot weather person. I'd be happy if the temperature never climbed higher than 89 degrees. So, when it gets miserably hot in the summer, I love to cool down with popsicles. They're such fun, nostalgic treats. Everyone turns into a kid with a popsicle in hand. Right?

Armed with this idea, I went to the grocery store a few nights ago determined to come home with some popsicles for Sunday dinner dessert. It was hot as Hades outside, and I was in a mood to match the weather. I tore through the frozen aisles, assuming that in this age of additive-aware healthy living, finding an all-fruit, no-sugar added frozen treat would be a cinch. Boy, was I wrong.

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Pasta Salad Supreme

These days, to love pasta salad is to be seriously un-cool. You never see it on the menu at trendy eateries, however casual, kitschy or retro. Food snobs turn up their noses at the very idea. Sure, quinoa and couscous salads abound, but pasta salad? Heavens no. It's just not done among the foodie set. I mean, you might as well break out the cheez whiz and cool whip for all the gustatory cred discussion of pasta salads will get you.

That's why today's post is a pasta salad! Oho! I thought I'd be a trendbucker and share one proudly. A good pasta salad is light and refreshing, yet still filling on a hot, hot day (like today). This salad is a variation on one my Maymo used to make when I was a kid. It brings back memories of summer days, cookouts, and bites of cold, crunchy salad, stolen right out of her bright orange serving bowl.

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Steamed Artichokes with Mustard-Cream Dipping Sauce

I'm back from my blog-cation. Instead of working on a blog post last weekend, I volunteered for an organization near and dear to my heart: Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago. On Saturday, April 28, 3,000 volunteers helped rehab 68 homes, 4 community facilities and a large park in the Chicago neighborhood of Englewood and the Village of Harvey. It was an amazing day with a remarkable organization!

It felt good to take a break from blogging, but it also feels good to be back at it again. I'm excited to share this week's recipe with you. I know the tagline of this blog is " is more than broiled chicken & steamed vegetables," but this gives short shrift to one of the best methods for preparing artichokes: steaming them.

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Supergreens: My Mowed-Lawn Milkshake

I know this will come as a huge shock to many of you, so prepare yourselves. I am not perfect. Far from it. I can be snippy and judgmental. I run low on patience. I snot-cry at horribly inappropriate moments. I rarely clean my oven. I've been known to over-rely on Febreeze. And, I don't eat healthily all the time.

In moments of high stress, extreme fatigue, or just plain boredom, sometimes I slip. I succumb to the stupid bowl of toffee nuggets at work. I order the fried chicken instead of broiled salmon. I drag my husband for cheeseburger Runza's at 10:30 in the morning. Nope, I don't always make the best choices.

One thing I do every day, no matter what, is drink a glass of powdered greens. I call it my mowed-lawn milkshake. One scoop contains nutrient-rich, dark, leafy greens—often called superfood greens, or simply, supergreens. These can include alfalfa sprouts, broccoli sprouts, carrots, spinach, parsley, zucchini, green beans, spirulina, chlorella and others. Greens supplements help support healthy digestion, bolster immunity and circulation, fortify your body against stress, and boost energy and endurance. They're phenomenal.

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Marvelous Meatless Meals

Carnival is over, the sun has set on Fat Tuesday, and the time for gorging on glorious packzis has passed. For many, the Lenten season has begun. During this time of year, I admit I'm surprised by the number of people in my social circle who act like a meal without meat or poultry is akin to torture. All day long on Fridays, they mope about, bemoaning their circumstance and complaining about how difficult it is to embrace meatless meals.

To that I say: You just haven't stopped by The Foodie Method. (Wink.)

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