My New Year's Resolutions for 2012 & Action Steps

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Here we are, a couple of weeks into the New Year, and I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to renew and reinvigorate my resolutions! As The Sneaky Chef and a cookbook author known for the art of hiding healthy foods in everyone’s favorite meals, you’d think I have this health thing nailed – but I’m the first to admit when there’s room for improvement!

I know they say writing down resolutions helps ensure success – and I’m posting mine here for YOU to help keep me accountable on these 5 resolutions!

Resolution: get more superfoods into my family’s meals – including leafy greens, broccoli and blueberries
Action Step: take a page out of my own books (lol!) and when I need a quick fix, serve veggie products the kids love, like Veggie Patch Broccoli Bites with Cheese

Resolution: swap sugary desserts for fruit-based desserts most days
Action Step: make my Breakfast Ice Cream for dessert! Check out my newest flavor, Tropical Twist, just published in The Speedy Sneaky Chef 

BreakfastIceCream trop twist smaller.jpgResolution: lose those stubborn 5 (ok, 8) pounds (and help hubby lose a few too!)Action Step: slip those veggie purees into my recipes since research shows this sneaky method can cut out about 360 calories/day which can equate to more than a pound of weight loss every 10 days! 

Resolution: serve at least one completely vegetarian dinner per week
Action Step:
use smart vegetarian substitutes such as Veggie Patch Chick’n Nuggets instead of chicken in my kids’ fave new recipe Chick’n Parm Pops below or Meatless Meatballs with spaghetti.
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Resolution: do at least 2 spinning classes and 3 exercise videos per week
Action Step: just do it, as they say!

What are your resolutions for this year? Please share with us!

Chick’n Parm Parm Bites
Serves 4
1 package (about 14) Veggie Patch Chick 'n Nuggets
1/2 cup store-bought tomato sauce
1/4 cup Sneaky Chef Orange Puree
1 cup reduced fat shredded Mozzarella cheese
14 skewers or craft sticks, optional

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a baking sheet with oil.
In a mixing bowl, combine tomato sauce and Orange Puree. Dip one side each nugget in the sauce mixture, place on the prepared baking sheet, then sprinkle with about a tablespoon of cheese. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until cheese is lightly browned and bubbly. If using, insert a skewer or craft stick into each nugget and serve.

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