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        Well December is here!  Can you believe it?  I want to thank all of you for visiting my site all year and for all your love, friendship, and support. And now here we are at the end of the year.  Before you know it, Santa will be on his way!   Have you been good this year?  LOL!
       Are you shopping for red and green this month?   Red and green decorations?  Red and green ribbons and wrapping paper?  Well, I want you to shop for some red and green foods too!  As you know, I always share a recipe with you each month.  But I really want you to stay on track with your food this month... so, for December, I'm sharing THREE recipe ideas!
         First one Jingle Bell Peppers. I love stuffed bell peppers, don't you? And it all starts off with the peppers. Pick out a few shiny red and green bell peppers. Cut off the top of each one and clean the inside. Everyone has their very own special recipe for stuffing. The ones I'm stuffing this month will have brown rice, a little bit of Egg Beaters, parsley, green onions, some spices, and cut up pieces of shrimp. Just assemble the ingredients, fill the bell peppers, and bake. I bake mine with tin foil on top so the peppers stay very moist. When they're done, turn on the broiler, add some shredded mozzarella cheese on top, and broil for 5-7 minutes.
         Here's another one for you...Christmas Salad. Buy some fresh string beans. Cut off the tip on each side, and steam them until they are al dente. In other words, quite crispy. Remove the beans from the steamer and let them cool. In a bowl, mix together some olive oil, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, chopped shallots, and cup up pieces of pimento. When the string beans are cool, add them to the dressing, and stick them in the fridge. Arrange the green beans on a bed of red curly lettuce, and sprinkle with a few tablespoons of freshly grated snow... I mean parmesan cheese! LOL!
        The last recipe is called Santa's Pasta. I know many kids left cookies and milk for Santa, but not me! I always left pasta! Maybe that's why he put such fabulous presents under our tree! First I make my marinara sauce with a touch of olive oil, canned whole tomatoes, freshly chopped up basil and parsley, and a pack of Splenda to tone down the acid. I cook the sauce on very low heat for about an hour to thicken it. While that's happening, I cut up zucchini into cubes and cherry tomatoes into quarters and add them to the sauce.
         Now what to serve it on. Yes, there's always spaghetti and angel hair pasta. A lot of markets now carry designer pasta, and one I like is a sun dried tomato fettuccine noodle. The noodle is sort of pink with all these bits of sun dried tomato nestled in the pasta. There are so many shapes of pasta now available. I've also bought red and green pasta in the shapes of bows and Christmas trees! Check out the pasta section in your favorite store.
        So, try these ideas and go lean and use some red and green to create beautiful to look at and yummy to eat dishes for you and your family!  Please take care of yourself this month.  Keep getting in your workouts.   Watch those portions...and keep coming to my site for motivation.
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