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After moving and getting back into my kitchen and new neighborhood, I am trying to keep up my usual eating and exercise routines.  It is tough in the summer!  But staying on track is very important to meeting my health goals.  By staying on track, I hope to lose a little weight and feel better about exercising.

I recently came upon SlimKicker, an app that helps you account for your healthy goal progress.  In their own words, “SlimKicker is a calorie counter and game that turns your diet and fitness goals into a level-up game with points, rewards and challenges. You level up by tracking healthy calories and exercises, and completing challenges such as quitting soda for a week. They also have healthy recipes for many diets as well.”

I’d love to hear your own healthy challenge ideas.  If you comment below in 1-2 sentences about a fun or creative diet or fitness challenge, you could win a stainless 6 quart slow cooker!  Just share your idea and SlimKicker will pick their favorite.  The winner will be announced next week.  Good luck, and I can’t wait to hear your ideas!



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Crockpot Cashew Chicken


I recently received a complimentary copy of “Everyday Gluten- Free Slow Cooking.”  I was not only enticed by the title, but also by the variety of recipes that have dairy free versions.  Bonus!  I am sure there will be many recipes that I will make from this delicious cookbook!  The first one I tried was “Cashew Chicken.”  Cashew Chicken used to be my staple dish in a chinese restaurant, so I was particularly intrigued by how to make it gluten free, and in the slow cooker!


From “Everyday Gluten- Free Slow Cooking” by Kimberly Mayone and Kitty Broihier:

Cashew Chicken


  1. one half of an onion, chopped
  2. one half cup gluten free chicken broth
  3. 3 tbsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos (I actually used apple cider vinegar)
  4. 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  5. 1 tbsp. rice vinegar
  6. 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  7. 2 tsp. brown sugar
  8. one half tsp. salt
  9. one half tsp. ground ginger
  10. one quarter tsp. red pepper flakes
  11. one and one half pounds chicken thighs, trimmed of fat
  12. one half package snow peas
  13. 1 orange pepper, cut into small pieces
  14. 2 cups cooked rice
  15. 2 scallions, chopped
  16. one half cup salted cashews


  1. Stir together the first 10 ingredients (onion through red pepper) in the slow cooker.
  2. Add the chicken thighs (I put them in whole, but you can chop them into pieces too).
  3. Stir to coat the chicken with the sauce.
  4. Cook on low for 3 hours.
  5. Add the snow peas and peppers and cook for another 30 minutes.
  6. Serve by spooning the chicken mixture over a bowl of rice.  Garnish with scallions and cashews.

This recipe is definitely a keeper.  It was delicious!  The cashews added a nice crunch.  Next time, I might amp up the spice combination… but it was a great recipe!  And very easy in the slow cooker, too.

Happy Allergy Free Eating!



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