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Morning ya'll!  Just had to share my breakfast I had this morning.  I found this fun idea in my Turbo Fuel The Fire Guide, it's called Toad In The Hole With Turkey Sausage, funny right?!  Anywho, this is a great breakfast idea that adds a few interesting aspects on cooking an egg.... take a look!

What you need:
1 slice whole wheat bread
1 egg
3 turkey sausage links, ready- made

What you do:
Use a round cookie cutter to cut out the center of the bread.  Spray nonstick cookng spray on thbe wheat toast and place on a skillet.  Crack egg and drop it into the hole of the bread.  Cook for 1 minute and flipthe wheat-egg toast and cook for another minute.  Microwave the ready-made sausage links and there you go!  A quick little interesting breakfast just under 300 calories!  Oh, and the actual hole of the bread that I cut out.... I toasted it and spread about a half a tbsp of sugar free strawberry preserves on it, clever huh... Enjoy!  I did :)
 
 
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So, this is my absolute favorite soup.  I haven't made it all summer, well who wants soup when it's 90 degrees out, right!?  Well, last night after the rain, it was cool and breezy and it seemed like the perfect night for some soup, my fav soup of course!  This black bean soup I make from scratch and it's super healthy for you, that's a given right?!  ;)  So here ya go, enjoy!

What you need:
4 scallions (whites and greens chopped and separate)
4 tbsp of garlic
1 celery stalk (chopped)
2 tbsp EVOO
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp of ground cumin
1/8 tsp of chili power
1 1/2 cup of chicken broth
2 cans of black beans
1 can of diced tomatos
tbsp of lime juice

What you do:
In a medium saucepan warm the oil and stir in the white parts of the scallion, celery, garlic, salt, pepper, cumin and chili power until veggies are soft.
Then add in the black beans, tomatos and broth.  Bring to a simmer for about 10 minutes.
Once simmering, lower heat and add about 2 cup fulls of the soup mix to a blender (I like to use my Magic Bullet) and blend to a smooth liquid.
Add it back to the rest of the soup mix, splash with the lime juice and sprinke the green chives on top and DONE!
 
 
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Happy Tuesday all!  Well, I made it to day 2 of the South Beach Diet, woo hoo!  I figured since I was doing this I would give you guys all an idea of what kinds of food I'm eating on this diet.  Phase 1 is the hardest, not only the hardest to stick to, but it's the hardest to cook for too, well in my opinion anyway!  So here's how my meals have been going, for the most part....

Breakfast....
Usually consists of eggs and egg whites.  I like to scramble em, or fold em into an omlet, either way will work.  I will usually add onions and peppers, either green or banana and a pinch of fat free cheddar cheese.  And 9 times out of 10 I will pair my eggs with 2 slices or 2 links of turkey bacon or sausage.

Snacks....
Will consist of a serving of nuts, either pistachios or almonds.  Non-fat cottage cheese with some zucchini chips or I will have a Shakeology with skim milk and a tsp of peanutbutter or a 1/4 cup of non-fat Greek yogurt and a pinch of Stevia sweetner.

Lunch....
Today for lunch I had a greek salad, consists of greens, red onions, olives, feta cheese and a homemade salad dressing I made with just a tbsp of EVOO and a tbsp of red wine vinegar.  LOVE making my own dressings!  With my salad I had 2 turkey avocado lettuce rolls with dijon mustard.

Dinner...
While on phase 1 of South Beach I try to keep dinner small, so last night we had seasoned grilled chicken breasts on a bed of green beans and a side greek salad with homemade dressing. 

Desserts.....
IF I have to have a dessert during phase 1 I will have a sugar free popscicle or fudgescicle or a sugar free pudding cup.

So that pretty much consists of my diet for the first 2 weeks of phase 1.  I try to switch it up and keep thing interesting so I'll continue to post what I'm eating through these next two weeks, it'll force me to keep things interesting :)