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Shrimp And Octopus Stewed In Red Wine

Shrimp And Octopus Stewed In Red Wine

Shrimp And Octopus Stewed In Red Wine

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Seafood , wine, olive oil, tomatoes, onions, garlic, beans and potatoes give this dish that familiar taste and appearance you’ll find when ordering seafood stew along the coast of Portugal and it’s islands.
Maria and I have had this particular stew (sometimes with, sometimes without the beans) a couple of times in the home of one of our friends in Funchal, Madeira, while living there, ca 17 years ago.
Served with rustic bread and LOTS of red Douro (Portuguese wine from vineyards along the Douro river) and Madeira (fortified wine from the islands of Madeira), seafood cooked in wine has since become one of my favorite meals to share with friends, and it has been one of the foods I remember most of that happy time, that beautiful country and its wonderful people.
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Shrimp And Octopus Stewed In Red Wine

Shrimp And Octopus Stewed In Red Wine

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Shrimp And Octopus Stewed In Red Wine

Shrimp And Octopus Stewed In Red Wine

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Shrimp And Octopus Stewed In Red Wine

Shrimp And Octopus Stewed In Red Wine

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Stir Fried Chicken And Vegetables In Black-Bean Chile Sauce

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Today  I had a craving for really spicy food and I answered the call with this dish. I made it very spicy, but at the same time it was also very flavorful, thank’s to the addition of hoi sin sauce, soy sauce and lots of ginger and garlic. ( If you prefer less spicy, just tone down on the chili paste)
Fabulously tasty and satisfying, this was the perfect Sunday early-dinner dish, tasty, pretty and quick to wrestle-up 🙂
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Bon Appetit !   Life is good !
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Stir Fried Chicken And Vegetables In Black-Bean Chile Sauce

Stir Fried Chicken And Vegetables In Black-Bean Chile Sauce

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Stir Fried Chicken And Vegetables In Black-Bean Chile Sauce

Stir Fried Chicken And Vegetables In Black-Bean Chile Sauce

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Stir Fried Chicken And Vegetables In Black-Bean Chile Sauce

Stir Fried Chicken And Vegetables In Black-Bean Chile Sauce

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In order to be able to throw together these quick meals, I always have an assortment of blanched, frozen veggies in the fridge, ready to go at a moments notice.
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Also always in my fridge are grated fresh ginger (commercial, good quality) and garlic confit paste (home made, usually once a week)
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Seasoning Essentials
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On to today’s dinner:
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Preparation :
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I used Chor’s Food USA “Black Bean Chile Sauce” in this dish.
If not available in your neck of the woods :-(, substitute with equal parts of fermented black beans and chili paste 🙂
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Meal Plan-Week Three

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Meal Plan – Week Three

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Update after my own completion of Week Four of  “ Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food ” meal plan  :
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During the four weeks I have adhered (more or less 😦 ) strictly to my “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food” meal plan, I have lost a total of 24.5 lbs of weight. (From 286.5 lbs on January 19th, to 262 lbs on February 16th).
But most importantly for me, for the past 4 weeks (starting on February 11th), I do not have the need to inject myself twice a day with Insulin (I still take Metformin for my Diabetis). This is a decision I have made after monitoring my blood sugar levels 8 – 10 times a day and having an average blood sugar level of 100, compared with fluctuating levels of anywhere between 75 and 500 before starting  “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food” meal plan.
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However, please note that UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you change your medication without consulting your physician first, even getting a second or third opinion before considering any changes !!!
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I am sure that other changes in my life style, such as more exercise, as well as alcohol abstinence and refraining from smoking have greatly contributed to my overall improvement of physical and mental well-being (gone are the sluggishness and low energy, depressions and dark moods)
After just one month, I feel much better, sleep much better and on top of all the benefits of living a bit more on the sensible side of life, I eat as much as I want, when I want and what I want. (Except on the two days of the week which allow me a dinner of anything I crave, although in much smaller portions than I was used to).

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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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Daily Breakfast – Fruit/Tea  (fibrous fruit + unsweetened tea of your choice)
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Daily Lunch – Energy bar/Fruits  (fruits of your choice + energy bar of your choice)
(many different brands / types of Energy Bars are available – consult your doctor/nutritionist)
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Daily Dinner

Monday – “ Braised Turkey Leg With Peppers And Great Northern Beans ”
Tuesday – “ Greek  Limburger Salad ”
Wednesday – “ Steamed Baby Bok Choy With Ginger Garlic Pork”
Thursday – “ Mama Tilly’s Quer Durch Den Garten Eintopf ”
Friday – “ Shrimp And Lap Cheong Fried Rice ”
Saturday – “ Panko Breaded Chicken Breast & Romaine In Sun Dried Tomato Dressing ”
Sunday – “ Chicken In A Nest ”
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Braised Turkey With Peppers And Great Northern Beans

Braised Turkey With Peppers And Great Northern Beans

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Greek  (Limburger)  Salad

(Limburger) Greek Salad

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Steamed Baby Bok Choy With Ginger Garlic Pork Cutlets

Steamed Baby Bok Choy With Ginger Garlic Pork

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Mama Tilly's Quer Durch Den Garten Eintopf

Mama Tilly’s Quer Durch Den Garten Eintopf

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Shrimp And Lap Cheong Fried Rice

Shrimp And Lap Cheong Fried Rice

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Panko Breaded Chicken Breast & Romain In Sun Dried Tomato Dressing

Panko Breaded Chicken Breast & Romain In Sun Dried Tomato Dressing

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Chicken In A Nest

Chicken In A Nest

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Salad Portuguese

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This  beauty of a salad will conclude Week One of “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food” meal plan. (There will be an initial 4 week plan)
For everybody not yet interested in a bit of a healthier lifestyle, I suggest you try this salad anyway. Healthier and lighter food in my case does certainly not mean tasteless and boring. 🙂  (As is the case with so many other lifestyle food suggestions out there) 😦
Now, I understand that sardines are not everybody’s favorite seafood, but as usual, feel free to replace them with the seafood of your preference, such as shrimp, lobster, sole, salmon, clams, mussels, scallops, crab meat, etc.
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Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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So far I have lost 12 lbs in two weeks of “Hans’ Lighter, Healthier Comfort Food” meal plan.
I feel much better, sleep much better and on top of all the benefits of living a bit more on the sensible side of life, I eat as much as I want. (Except on the two days of the week which allow me a dinner of anything I crave, although in much smaller portions).
If you want to read more about my new, very much improved lifestyle, click HERE.
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Salad Portuguese

Salad Portuguese

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Salad Portuguese

Salad Portuguese

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Breakfast Of Champions # 41 – Copa Ham, Prosciutto Ham And Croissants

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What  a great way to start a day and weekend 🙂
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Bon Appetit !  Life is Good !
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Breakfast Of Champions # 41 -  Copa Ham, Prosciutto Ham And Croissants

Breakfast Of Champions # 41 – Copa Ham, Prosciutto Ham And Croissants

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Breakfast Of Champions # 41 -  Copa Ham, Prosciutto Ham And Croissants

Breakfast Of Champions # 41 – Copa Ham, Prosciutto Ham And Croissants

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Breakfast Of Champions # 41 -  Copa Ham, Prosciutto Ham And Croissants

Breakfast Of Champions # 41 – Copa Ham, Prosciutto Ham And Croissants

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 Croissants

croissants from publix – not shabby at all 🙂

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Bella says……

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Life is Good !   Happy Sunday !

Bella says : If you can't eat it or play with it, pee on it and walk away !
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” Sauteed Chicken Liver’s On Romaine Lettuce ”

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Tonight’s dinner, as dinner should be:

Light, tasty. fresh, “offal laden”        🙂
Enjoyed it tremendously.

Life is Good !
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” Bucatini & Poached Egg “

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Bucatini,  grated swiss cheese, diced tomatoes, garlic, toasted bread crumbs,
poached egg, Extra virgin olive oil.Not bad for a midnight snack 🙂

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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” Braised Chicken, Garbanzos & Potatoes ”

Enjoying a light, delicious and healthy soup for lunch.
Cream cheese & parmesan raviolini, spicy veal meatballs,
shrimp and broccoli rabe in chicken broth.
Life is Good !   🙂