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This year has been full of changes for me. Some have been of my own making and some have been made for me. I have wondered how to make life better and how to just live better in general. I was reading an article online that I felt was really interesting and was mostly beneficial to what I was wondering about. It was actually in a magazine I usually don’t read, Forbes Magazine. According to the article, you can change your life in 5 simple steps. I smile as I type that because I really don’t believe it is as simple as that. But it would be nice if it was. They do bring up some pretty good ideas. I agreed with 4 out of 5.

Beyond The Secret: Change Your Life in Five Simple Steps

Panos Mourdoukoutas, Contributor

The article says that you should:

  1. “Stop being self-absorbed…

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Very Filling Veggie Quesadilla

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This is one of my favorite and easy veggie quesadillas. I love it. Filling and full of vegetables.

1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup zucchini slices
1/4 cup yellow squash
1/4 cup bell pepper, sliced
1 large portobello mushroom, sliced
1 flour tortilla
olive oil spray
1/2 ounce mozzarella cheese, part skim milk, shredded
1/2 ounce cheddar cheese, lowfat, shredded

1. Spray skillet with olive oil spray. Saute onions, zucchini, squash, and bell pepper until tender. Add mushrooms. Remove to a plate.

2. Mix cheeses together so they are blended. You will be using them together.

3. Spray pan again and put tortilla in. Put half of cheese down and add veggies. Put other half of cheese on top. Fold tortilla over so that it is halved.

4. Cook on one side and slowly flip to brown other side. If veggies fall out, that is ok. Just pour everything on the plate when plating.

Serves: 1

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 377 Calories; 9g Fat (22.0% calories from fat); 19g Protein; 57g Carbohydrate; 7g Dietary Fiber; 11mg Cholesterol; 516mg Sodium.

Exchanges: 2 1/2 Grain(Starch); 1 Lean Meat; 3 Vegetable; 1 Fat.

 

Crockpot French Onion Soup

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 French onion soup

French onion soup

3 large onions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
4 cans beef broth
8 ounces mozzarella cheese
8 ounces croutons, seasoned

1. In 3-4 quart crockpot, combine onions, melted butter, olive oil, and sugar. Cover crockpot and cook onions on high heat for 30-40 minutes or until onions begin to brown around the edges. Stir thoroughly.

2. Sprinkle flour, salt, and pepper over the onions; mix well. Let cook for 15 minutes longer on high. Then add thyme, worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, and beef broth and stir again. Cover crockpot and cook on LOW for 7-9 hours until onions are tender. Remove bay leaf before serving.

3. Serve each bowl with 1 ounce of mozzarella and 1 ounce of croutons.

Serves 8.

Note: You save over 150 calories by omitting the cheese and croutons!

Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 310 Calories; 15g Fat (44.8% calories from fat); 15g Protein; 27g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 31mg Cholesterol; 1276mg Sodium.

Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain(Starch); 1 1/2 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.