Sweets and Treats

Z’s Fat Burning Almond Chocolates

Sugar-Free, THM-S, Keto

Fat Burning Chocolate???

“Excuse me? Did I hear you right? Chocolate that burns fat?” Yes…There is such a thing!!! These bad boys rev up the fat burning mode of your body, yet are decadent and delicious!

There is just something beautiful that happens when you mix dark chocolate, cream, shredded coconut and almonds!

7 Proven Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
    • Very Nutritious. …
    • Powerful Source of Antioxidants. …
    • May Improve Blood Flow and Lower Blood Pressure. …
    • Raises HDL and Protects LDL From Oxidation. …
    • May Reduce Heart Disease Risk. …
    • May Protect Your Skin From the Sun. …
  • Could Improve Brain Function.

(healthline.net)

In addition, when you mix dark chocolate with MCT oil, it only increases the fat burning mode in your body…

-Coconut oil is 55% MCTs, while MCT oil is made 100% of MCTs. Furthermore, coconut oil contains all 4 medium-chain fatty acids, including large quantities of lauric acid, the least efficient MCT. MCT oil only uses the two most efficient MCTs for energy: caprylic and capric acid. (perfectketo.com)

-Many ketogenic diet and MCT oil spokespeople say that MCT’s energy sustaining powers can be explained as follows: when MCT oil is metabolized in the body, it behaves more like a carbohydrate than a fat. Remember that the fuel of preference for the body is carbohydrate. Unlike other fats, MCT oil does not go through the lymphatic system. Instead, it is transported directly to the liver where it is metabolized so it releases energy like a carbohydrate and creates lots of ketones (which
an be used for fuel) in the process. (bodybuilding.com)

These little chocolates are sure to impress! Satisfy those sweet and salty cravings with no guilt!

Prepare

I don’t know about you, but when I am busy (which is all the time), it is often hard for me to resist little snacks or treats when I am out and about. I have found that it is easy to just throw some treats together like once a week, and then have them readily available to just put in a little Tupperware or baggie, making it easy to take them on the go.

Cookies, bars, candies and muffins are easy to transport, thus making it easy to have grab and go treats! It also makes it so much easier to resist the yucky stuff and stay “on plan”.

creamy chocolate

These yummies are so creamy and irresisitable.

The secret to resisting those candies and treats in the stores??? Just prepare for those sweet cravings and make your own treats ahead of time! You have nothing to feel guilty about when the treats you are eating are healthy and good for you!

The Recipe

I know you must be “rummaging through” through your cupboards right now, in your mind. Am I right? But don’t worry! This recipe is so easy and delicious, why wouldn’t you try them?

Without further delay, here is the recipe!

God Bless!

-Z

Yields 24 chocolates

Serves 3 chocolates

Z’s Fat Burning Almond Chocolates

A delicious way to eat chocolate, while getting the nutritious fats your body needs! Also a great on-the-go snack!

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 package (4oz) of unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • dash of salt
  • 1/8 cup MCT oil
  • 2 tbs pyure sweetener
  • 1/2 fine ground erythritol (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup of raw almonds

Instructions

  1. "!"In a medium pan:
  2. Add water. bring to soft boil.
  3. "!" In a medium bowl:
  4. Place the medium bowl on top of the medium pan of water. (This will allow the chocolate to not burn.)
  5. Add in the Chocolate bar (add in small pieces at a time)
  6. With a whisk, mix continuously, until melted.
  7. Add in MCT oil and continue mixing.
  8. Add Heavy whipping cream slowly, and mix continuously. (this part is important because the chocolate can curdle easily if you add in cold cream too fast)
  9. While mixing, add in the remaining ingredients.
  10. Once the chocolate is melted and creamy, turn heat off and continue whisk occasionally.
  11. Pour melted chocolate into small baking cups.
  12. Add two to three almonds per cup.
  13. Sprinkle tops with desired amount of shredded coconut.
  14. Place in fridge until firm.
  15. Enjoy!
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Sweets and Treats

Z’s Choco Chip EX cookies

Sugar-free, low-carb, THM-S, Keto

Why the EX?

There are chocolate chip cookies, and then there are chocolate chip cookies with “EXtra” stuff in them. Hence the “EX”. (No, I wasn’t going to talk about one of my ex’s, sorry if you were looking for some drama! I aint no drama mama! lol.)

These bad boys are lightly sweetened and have Lilly’s dark chocolate chips, so they are the perfect little not-too-sweet snack.

I often like to create recipes that are both delicious and also beneficial to my health. These cookies do both!

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The “extra” ingredients really aren’t needed to create a sweet treat, but isn’t nice to know that you are having a sweet treat AND helping your body be healthy? I don’t know about you, but I sure do!

Here are the two “Extra” ingredients that are in these bad boys:

Flax meal: Ground flax seeds, which is known as flax meal is very good for you. Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s. Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. I love to use GROUND flax seeds (flax meal) because once the flax seeds are ground, your body can digest the awesome vitamins and minerals that the seeds possess. If you just eat straight up flax seeds, they will pass right through your body, and you won’t benefit from their nutritious benefits.

Protein powder: Protein powder is a popular nutritional supplement. Protein is an essential macronutrient that helps build muscle, repair tissue, and make enzymes and hormones. Using protein powder may also aid weight loss and help people tone their muscles. I like to use a protein powder that has three different kinds of protein in it. It allows your body to digest these separate proteins in a slower fashion, thus helping aid building muscle! Yes please!

The art of baking low-carb

I have learned that baking with almond flours and other low carb flours is an art. It really is. I have had many failures when creating healthier recipes, and have learned a lot about what not to do.

Almond flour is my preferred “low-carb” flour. I have heard of people liking to bake with coconut flour, but unfortunately, I have NEVER had luck with it. Not only does it does it have the consistency of chalk, but the coconut flavor permeates through everything!

Perhaps you like the taste of coconut, but I do not. That is why I have learned to love baking with almond flour. One of the tricks that I have learned is to use xanthan gum to bind the flour together. I’m not sure scientifically how that works, but I have found it to be very helpful in the texture of my cookies.

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I am still learning to bake in a low carb fashion, and to make the textures just as good as the traditional recipes. And I do still occasionally like to make yummy traditionally baked treats as well (i.e. regular chocolate chips cookies, full of sugar and butter). I do however, love to experiment at making cookies and treats that I feel less guilty eating. Because I love treats!

The Recipe

This recipe is really easy. I just add the “wet” ingredients first in the stand mixer, mix the dry ingredients together and then throw it all in the stand mixer to mix. After that, I let the cookie dough chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes (this is another little trick to baking low carb). That way, after the dough chills, it is very easy to make into balls. I just add the balls of dough onto the baking sheets, smoosh them down slightly and then bake! Easy peasy!

So, without further adieu, here is the recipe! Enjoy!

God Bless!

-Z

Yields 36 cookies

Z’s Choco Chip EX cookies

Sugar-free, THM-S, Keto. A classic chocolate chip cookie taste with an EXTRA dose of goodness!

10 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

22 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter (softened)
  • 1 tsp vanilla (or two 😉
  • 3/4 cup of sweetener (I used a blend of stevia and erythritol)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp mollases
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1/2 cup flax meal
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 7 oz Lilly's dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a stand mixer:
  3. Cream together softened butter and sweetener.
  4. Add in room temperature eggs and vanilla. Mix until creamy.
  5. Add in remaining wet ingredients and mix until smooth and creamy
  6. in a separate bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (except chocolate chips) together with a whisk.
  7. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until smooth.
  8. Add chocolate chips.
  9. Mix until well combined.
  10. Place stand mixer bowl of dough in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  11. Once chilled, roll dough into 1 inch balls and place on uncreased cookie sheet. Smoosh balls of dough down lightly.
  12. Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown along bottom.
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Nutrition

Calories

3947 cal

Fat

318 g

Carbs

198 g

Protein

89 g
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Sweets and Treats

Z’s Lemon Cream Cheesecake

Sugar-free, THM-S, Keto

Like a Drink of Lemonade

This cheesecake is divine! So refreshing and yummy, like a summer afternoon drink of lemonade!  to be honest, I am not much of a lemon fan. I usually pass up lemony desserts. I actually made this for my husband because I had a bunch of extra lemons.

You see, I had done the Master Cleanse, and ended up stopping a day early. So needless to say, I had a ton of extra lemons to use up. I hate to waste food, so I ended up thinking, “I should make something for my husband!”. This is the recipe that came to mind!

I have to admit that I really didn’t think I would like it, but I tried it always. Boy am I glad I did! It seriously is one of the most refreshing desserts I have ever had!

It is delicious!!!

I am so glad that I tried it! I am learning that you always have to at least try things! You may have written foods off when you were younger, like I have, but you never know if your taste buds have changed! Mine have for sure!

Easy as Pie!

This recipe cannot get any easier! I made it in my Vitamix! I seriously cannot say enough about how easy it is to make things when you have a good blender!

Yes please!

I just added the whipping cream and whipped it up (seriously in a matter of 5 seconds!), and then added my cream cheese, sweetners and vanilla’s to it, and blended! It seriously only took a minute!

I say “vanilla’s” because I added in a “secret ingredient”, that in my opinion, made this amazing!

Any of ya’ll ever heard of the Vanilla Creme stevia drops? If you haven’t used this before, it will change your world! Such a creamy vanilla taste, with none of the aftertaste that I have come to hate about stevia! I even love to add a couple drops to my coffee in the mornings!

You can buy them here (click link above). If you click the link above, I will get a tiny commission. Thanks!

This is a little slice of heaven right here!

I originally wanted to make a pie, but it turned out so simple, creamy and delicious that I felt it would be wrong to try to make it anything but this yummy and refreshing cheesecake! Maybe one of these days I will make this cheesecake into a pie too! We’ll see. 😉

The Recipe

This was such an easy cheesecake to make! If you ever want a pretty and decadent dessert that makes you look like a genius dessert maker, but takes all of 20 minutes total to make…this here is your ticket!

You can even dress it up with some whipped cream, more lemon slices or just eat it plain! It’s so easy…why not?!?!?

Hope y’all enjoy it as much as my family and I did!

God Bless!

-Z

Z’s Lemon Cream Cheesecake

Sugar-Free, THM-S, Keto. A super easy decadent dessert! Refreshing and delicious!

10 minPrep Time

3 hr, 12 Cook Time

3 hr, 22 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • "!For the crust:"
  • In medium bowl add:
  • 2 cups almond four (I used finely sifted)
  • 2 tbs brown sugar substitute
  • 1 tbs Super Sweet blend
  • 1/8 flax meal
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • "!For the Filling:"
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 8oz bricks of cream cheese
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla cream stevia drops
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • Juice of 3 fresh lemons (I just cut mine in half and squeezed into the blender with the other ingredients)
  • 2 tbs Super Sweet blend
  • 3/4 cup Gentle Sweet

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In Medium bowl, mix all the ingredients for the crust (I use my hands, but you can use a spoon or spatula).
  3. Place in greased (I used Pam Baking Spray) Springform pan.
  4. Press down with your hands until spread out evenly and firm.
  5. Bake for 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
  6. Let cool completely.
  7. "!For the Filling:"
  8. Whip the heavy whipping cream first, in your high speed blender (or a stand mixer).
  9. Add in the softened cream cheese and remaining ingredients.
  10. Blend or mix until smooth.
  11. Spread mixture evenly over the cooled crust.
  12. Place in freezer for 3 hours or until firm.
  13. Garnish with sliced lemons or whipped cream. Or leave plain!
  14. Enjoy!

Notes

The longest part about this baking process is the waiting for it to firm up in the freezer! It is so easy to make!

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Recipes · Sweets and Treats

Z’s Peanut Butter Cookies

Sugar-free, THM-S and Keto!

These bad boys are pure peanut butter heaven!

But before I get into the recipe, let me just talk a minute about guilt-free eating!!!

Eating Guilt Free

Can I just say, I eat like a queen! I get to eat absolutely delicious food every day…and all because of the food freedom found through THM (trim healthy mama)! This lifestyle truly has become such freedom! Not only do I get to eat yummy cookies like these all the time, but I get to experiment and create such fun dishes and recipes because I understand the “science” behind eating healthy!

Here are some reasons why I love the THM lifestyle…

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I get to eat amazing food. Can you tell I love strawberries?
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I bounced right back after having my 4th baby, on THM!
French toast boy
My kids absolutely love what I make because it’s mostly THM approved!

 

 

 

 

 

workout
It allows me to have the energy I need to workout.

 

 

 

breakfast
I can eat breakfasts like this everyday if I wanted to!
family
I am able to have a “quality of life” with my family. Good health and energy to keep up with them all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I get to eat muffins in a mug all the time!

 

 

MIF
Meal time is always a hit with THM!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It allows me to still fit in a swimsuit (no matter how embarrassed I may feel).
It allows me to fit into a swimsuit (no matter how embarrassed I may feel).
husband
It allows my husband to look like a stud-muffin! (p.s. our son fell asleep on our hike).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The list goes on and on…

If you haven’t looked into THM, I highly suggest you do!

Here’s their website, and here is a link to buy the book>>>

http://trimhealthymama.com

My husband loves it too! He gets to eat yummy cookies, cakes, mouth-watering meats and veggies, delicious casseroles, breakfast goodies and the list goes on and on. All guilt-free! He calls himself the “trim healthy man”, of course, but he loves to tell his buddies about eating this way too!

 

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Trying to get him to take a serious picture is pretty much impossible! (Isn’t he handsome?!? 😉

Be sure to look out for my post on THM and why we do it in our home. 🙂

Cookie Model #2

This is my youngest boy. His name is Josiah. He is my bundle of energy, and my risk-taker! He loves to wrestle with his brothers, climb trees outside, ride his bike, play out in the back field for hours and mostly just get in to trouble in whatever way he can find. 🙂

He always has some sort of scrap or bruise from his excessive need for speed and adventure, just like in these pictures. But, he does keep us on our toes, and we think he is such a blessing!

Josiahs cookies

Would you look at those eyes though! I’m sure we will be “boarding up the doors” to keep the girls away, very soon!

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The Recipe

Needless to say, these cookies are a hit! They just have such an amazing texture! You seriously cannot tell that they are sugar-free and only made with almond flour!

There is a “secret” ingredient though… Z’s 3 ingredient Peanut Butter Recipe (keep an eye out for the recipe). Yes, I made the peanut butter from scratch!!z's peanut butter

I cannot say enough about my amazing Vitamix blender! It literally took me under 2 minutes to make scrumptious homemade peanut butter! And, it proved to be infinitely better than store-bought natural peanut butter!

 

This is the blender that I have, and they are having a sale, so you’re in luck!! Just click on the link right here to look at the possibility of owning your own amazing blender!!! Such an awesome investment!

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Back to the recipe….

I did use my homemade peanut butter for this recipe, but you can use any peanut butter of your choice. I suggest a natural no-sugar-added peanut butter, to keep it in a sugar-free state.

Another note I might add is that, after you take them out of the oven, let them cool completely before handling them. I just left mine on the cookie sheet. They tend to keep their texture better that way.

cookie sheet
Cookies cooling on baking sheet.

They turn such a beautiful golden brown around the edges after they come out of the oven, yet they stay nice and chewy in the middle!

Hope you enjoy them as much as my family and I did!

-Z

 

Yields 3 Dozen Cookies

Serves 3 cookies

Z’s Peanut Butter Cookies

A delicious and chewy classic peanut butter cookie...without the guilt!!!

10 minPrep Time

13 minCook Time

23 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of butter (1 cup)
  • 1 1/4 cup of Gentle Sweet or preferred sweetener
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 2 cups peanut butter (Z's 3 ingredient peanut butter is best, but you can use preferred peanut butter)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups almond flour
  • 2 Tbs Super Sweet (if you like sweeter cookies)
  • 1/4 cup pressed peanut powder (I used THM)
  • 1 tsp Xantham gum

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In stand mixer mix 2 sticks softened butter-until creamy
  3. Add sweetener -mix until fluffy
  4. Add peanut butter, eggs, vanilla and molasses-mix until creamy
  5. Add in all dry ingredients while mixer is stopped
  6. Mix altogether until cookie dough consistency
  7. Roll dough into balls and place on uncreased cookie sheets
  8. Use fork to make classic criss-cross pattern
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 13 minutes or until edges are golden brown
  10. Let cool on cookie sheets
  11. Eat and Enjoy!!!
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Breakfast · Recipes · Sweets and Treats

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Protein Shake

Deep S, Sugar-free, Keto

THM Fuel-Cycle

This week, as you know from my previous post, I am doing a THM fuel-cycle. It is a great way to boost your metabolism and burn off that unwanted layer of “holiday fat”. It also is very cleansing to your system.

I have done the fuel-cycle twice before, and have both lost weight, and felt better afterwards. If you have any interest, just check out the Trim Healthy Mama book, and look for the One Week Fuel-Cycle (Chapter 28. page 429).

The thing is, I have had a hard time finding breakfasts that fit the Deep S guidelines for the first three days of the cycle, that don’t include eggs and bacon.

This recipe is also Keto!

So today is your lucky day, because I made one up!

“What to do with these avocados….”

I stood in my kitchen this morning, and thought, “What am I going to make for breakfast?” Eggs just didn’t appeal to me this morning, so I decided to make up something that would fall in the Deep S category.

As I was thinking about what I could possibly make, I happened to look over at my fruit bowl and saw a bunch of avocados just sitting there, all innocent like. I forgot that I had bought a bunch at Costco. That is where my inspiration came from! These bad boys had no idea what they had coming to them. 😉

And that, brings us to the “secret ingredient”. Avocado! Who would have thunk? And there is yet another secret ingredient that I added….kale and spinach! I know, I know…you’re probably thinking, “Nasty! Those ingredients sound down right nasty!!!”. Trust me, it didn’t sound that appealing to me at first either. But wait for it…

Now, I had read a bunch of recipes that claimed that if you add cocoa to avocado, spinach or kale, the cocoa seems to balance out the flavors and causes it to not taste like those ingredients at all!

Guess what??? They were right! I couldn’t taste anything but chocolate!

Hold the phones!!!  “Z, you’re telling me that I can have all my veggies and healthy fats in a yummy chocolate shake?!?!?!”

Ladies…Im telling you, yes!!!

The legend, the myth….the recipe!!

So, there you have it! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! I really enjoyed my yummy chocolate shake this morning! It came out so smooth and yummy, thanks to my amazing VITAMIX blender!! Vitamix is having a free shipping event! You should check them out- just click on the link below!!!


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After I made my shake, I added Reddi Whip cream to it, and it just made that recipe awesome! You don’t have to add it, but it does give you that “malt shoppe” chocolate shake feel! Why not?!?

Anyways…back to this amazing recipe!

Here it is! Let me know how yours turned out!!

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Protein Shake
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Ingredients

  • 3-4 Ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 Cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup of kale and or spinach
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 scoop collagen
  • 4 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4-6 Tsp sweetener of choice (I used super sweet)
  • Reddi whip whipped cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend well.
  2. Add whipped cream to garnish, and because its sooooo yummy!
  3. (optional)
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Easy Recipes

Parmesan Garlic Zucchini

I made these bad boys tonight, with my Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Chicken (Recipe to follow soon;). They pair great with a savory and creamy dish like Chicken! The thing is..they are SO easy! Did you hear that?? EASY! I pride myself on discovering easy recipes, because….I have 4 kids, and a lot of times, I don’t have time to spend on extravagant dishes.

“Aint nobody got time for that!!!”

There is a “secret ingredient” in these that makes them soooo good! Can you guess it? NUTRITIONAL YEAST! I know..its a THM thing (trimhealthymama.com), or at least they made it popular lately, but it really is good! It adds so much flavor to things, and has great health benefits…Heres a link to check out the benefits-Nutritional Yeast  .

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These two guys are my go-to’s for flavor! I love, love, love garlic salt! It can be used in so many ways, but it just has that perfect flavor…especially for veggie dishes!

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Heres my happy zucchini…

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I just cut them in half (after chopping off the ends), and then cut them in thirds. Then toss them all in a bowl…

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Put all the ingredients in a bowl, and toss. Look at all that texture! Yum!

These would also be great for grilling in the summer! If you want even more flavor, you could broil them for a few minutes to get them a little toasty, and then bake. But, I like them just like this.

Heres the ingredients and instructions….

 

 

Parmesan Garlic Zucchini

  1. 6 medium size zucchini
  2. 3 tbs olive oil (or melted Butter for THM-S)
  3. 4 tbs garlic salt
  4. 3 tbs nutritional yeast
  5. 1 tsp course black pepper

Instructions:

Cut the Zucchini in half, and then cut in thirds. Put in Bowl. Put all ingredients in bowl, and toss until well coated. Place on baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, tossing at about 10 minutes. Garnish with lots of shredded parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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