Bacon Coconut and Arugula Salad

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On my quest to eat healthy but not give up on taste I’m trying out different recipes. This is an arugula salad with bacon bits, shredded walnut and coconut and pumpkin seed oil

Ingredients:

– 300g of bacon
– 200g of arugula (1 pack)
– 3 table spoons of crushed walnuts
– 3 table spoons of crushed coconuts
– 1 cucumber
– 10 cherry tomatoes
– 1 onion
– 2 table spoons of pumpkin seed oil

Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves 3

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Directions:

1 Preheat the oven to 250 ° Celsius.

2 Wash salad and put it into the bowl.

3 Dice cucumber, tomatoes, onions and bacon.

4 Add the cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, coconuts and walnuts.

5 (See picture above) Add bacon into a pan, to make it crispy I used the natural fat of the bacon instead of oil or butter. Then to make the bacon taste insanely awesome pour two table spoons of pumpkin seed oil over the bacon.
Let the bacon roast in the oven for approximately twenty minutes.

6 Add everything together and enjoy!

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Bon appetit!

The Global Prepster

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Turkey Risotto

There is nothing I love more than a healthy and delicious meal. Eating healthy does not mean you have to compromise on taste. Here is a lovely recipe for a turkey risotto, which is a nice way to welcome fall into your home.

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Ingredients:

– 1 yellow pepper, diced
– 15 ounces turkey breast, small strips
– 16 ounces diced tomatoes
– 3 tablespoons sesame oil
– 1 celery stalk, diced
– 1 cup of basmati rice
– 1 table spoon of red pepper/ paprika powder
– 2 onions, 1 diced
– garlic if preferred
– 1 cube of chicken soup broth
– 1 table spoon low fat margerine

Serves: 3
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

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Directions:

1 Bring a large pot of water to boil, add paprika seasoning, sesame oil, one diced onion and all diced tomatoes.

2 In a second smaller pot add a little oil until it sizzles then add the turkey breast stripes until the edges are gold brown. Then pour everything into the large pot. Again add oil to the smaller pot, add one onion cut in stripes. Depending on how crispy you want them to be let them sizzle.

3 Now add the onions and the rest of the ingredients into the larger pot, make sure that the rice is always covered by water and let it all cook for twenty to thirty minutes approximately.

Book review: Going off script

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Going off script, by Giuliana Rancic

I admit, I have never watched a single episode of Fashion Police, I was aware of Guiliana being an E! correspondent and the young protégée of Joan Rivers.
Most recently Giuliana made headlines criticizing Zendaya Coleman’s hair style. I felt sorry for her enduring very heavy backlash when even Zendaya Coleman herself said that it takes character to apologize.

I did not know that Giuliana is actually a dual citizen. She hails from Naples in Italy originally and immigrated to the States as a child. Her childhood and teenage years were riddled by emerging scoliosis. It is very interesting how she describes her bond with her sister Monica throughout the book. I wish she would have given that storyline more emphasis. In the beginning there seemed to be an intense rivalry which later evolved to a very close bond. I know that George Clooney is a better selling point, but I would have loved learning more about the women in her family that made her strong as a woman. The celebrity encounters she describes in the book are funny and witty but I honestly find her personal health struggles much more compelling.
Also what I really appreciate she is a woman in a male industry that made it to the top through hard work. She has earned the respect of her colleagues and most of all she enjoys what she does. I cannot stress how important that is to choose a profession you will actually enjoy.

Her marriage does seem a little too good to be true, so it was very enjoyable and fun when she gave an example of an on air dialogue and the what she and her husband where actually thinking or trying to say between the lines. It is great that she also includes a story about a truly horrible boyfriend, proving that if as a woman you choose the wrong man once does not mean you have bad taste in men eternally.

Her husband must be a wonderful human being, which was highlighted by how they got engaged. For months he would contact jewelers around the country to order bags of diamonds, only to sift through them with his mother and sister to pick the most perfect ones until he had enough diamonds to complete an engagement ring. If you do something, you gotta do it right or not at all. That man is gold , period.

All in all, I enjoyed the book very much. I finished it during two beach days. It is a very pleasant read, Giuliana articulates herself very well.  Yes, this mind sound weird, but there are so many celebrity autobiographies out there with terrible writing style. Again, I would have loved to read more about the women in her life.  I think she is a terrific person to look up to and the modeling picture on the back of her book cover only proves that she has good humor.