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Cook It Yourself

Think you know how much salt, butter, msg and other questionable ingredients go into those mashed potatoes, vegetables, and meats at a restaurant?

Dr Oz: You’re probably off by half. If you can cook, you not only save money but also gain control over what goes into your meals. Plus, for most women, a man who knows how to cook is as sexy as one who stars in movies. I have trouble boiling water. Thankfully, I’m already married.
Read more: Dr_Oz_Tip_24

In the summer grilling is a guys salvation and an equal opportunity cooking style. Using a grill chimney to start your fire versus lighter fluid is a great start to a chemical free barbeque.  In winter an indoor grill, panini pan, iron skillet or toaster oven can replace your grill.

Fresh fruits, vegetables and organic meats are next. Tomatoes, squash, corn, peaches, nectarines, apples, pineapple, clams, oysters, even romaine all grill just as nicely as hamburgers and steaks!

Ever grill your salad?  How about your dessert?

A bit of cooking spray will keep things from sticking but so can a bit of olive oil, peanut oil, butter or other favorite cooking oil and having the grill temperature right.

I am a HUGE bleu cheese fan so romaine grilled then served with crumbled bleu cheese, walnuts, cherry tomatoes, and drizzled with bleu cheese dressing is yum to me but not everyone likes bleu cheese.

So try this one on instead:

2 hearts of romaine – cut in half
olive oil
Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar
Fresh Minelos, Tangelos or Oranges – Sectioned
Cherry tomatoes
Trader Joe’s Spanish Idiázabal Cheese – grated fine**
**If served on the side those who are vegan may still enjoy this salad.

Coat the romaine with olive oil thinly.
Grill on a medium heat

Mix the vinegar with a it of olive oil for the dressing.

Serve the grilled romaine with halved cherry tomatoes, orange sections and drizzled with the vinegar and oil topped with a bit of finely shredded Spanish Idiázabal Cheese. The perfect grilled salad.


2 peaches – cut in half
French Vanilla Ice Cream or Creme Fraise**

**If served on the side those who are vegan may still enjoy this salad.

Coat the cut section of the peach with butter thinly
Grill on a medium heat

Serve the grilled peaches with a drizzle of butter beside vanilla ice cream or creme fraise.

Nectarines and apples also work well!

A perfect summer dessert!


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