Recipes and reflections…

This past week, I lost a dear friend of mine to her battle with cancer.  I took the news harder than I thought I would as this friend is someone I’ve never physically met.  But over the last few years we’ve made a bond that I held very dear to my heart. She always had a kind word, a sweet gift, or a heartfelt reminder to share with her friends.  I sobbed upon hearing the news knowing her life was taken far too early being only in her early 40’s.

With the news of her passing, I decided I needed to make the most of my life, my days…because the saying ‘Life is short’ really hit home last week.

Since not being able to run very much due to family obligations, I’ve turned my fitness plans around working out at home in my basement with my daughters, running on the treadmill while watching chopped, and taking walks on my lunch breaks.

30 day shred!
30 day shred!

This weekend I showered my girls with fun, shopping, and facials.  Total blog fail by not taking any pics.  But we made the most of every moment and it felt great.

Tonight I decided to make a simple Sunday supper.  Chicken wings, sautéed green beans, and cauliflower bites.  I’d like to think my wings were somewhat healthy as I flash fried them in coconut oil before transferring into a 425 degree oven to bake.  I also used seasoned gluten free flour to lightly coat the wings before frying…

But can you really say fried and healthy in the same sentence? hehe!

Cauliflower bites  

I saw a version of this recipe on Facebook and just HAD to tweak it to my liking!

1 head of cauliflower/3 cloves of garlic, steamed and blitzed in a food processor

In a large bowel: Add in 2 eggs, 1 tablespoon of low fat cream cheese, and 1 cup of shredded Colby jack cheese, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper and a teaspoon of parsley.  Mix well, and add 2 more egg whites that have been beaten well.  Spoon the mixture in to mini muffin tins that have been sprayed with non-stick spray and bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Low carb, high protein?  Yes please!
Low carb, high protein? Yes please!

How was your week?  Have you ever lost a friend at such a young age?  Any favorite high protein recipes you’d like to share?

Have a great day, y’all!


❤ Michelle

37 thoughts on “Recipes and reflections…”

  1. i’m sorry for your loss, i have lost a sister when we were both in our twenties and i miss her everyday. good for you for embracing the now and those you love. i had a great week –

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  2. I’m so sorry to hear that you lost a friend…my prayers are with you…
    Sounds like you’ve been having quality time with your girls and that’s a very good thing.
    xoxo Linda~

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  3. I’m really sorry to hear about your friend 😦 I’m glad you were able to take the weekend to celebrate life with your daughters. And those cauliflower bites sound amazing. I’m going to have to give them a try.

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  4. So sorry for your loss. Life is precious and fleeting for sure.
    I made coconut shrimp last night that I sauteed in coconut oil. I questioned the health factor but wow they were delicious.
    Those cauliflower bites look awesome!


  5. I’ve done the JM workout with my wife (I saw the pic posted but no mention of it in the post) – I assume you and your gals did it, too. As a runner and somewhat in shape, I thought it was a pretty hard work out.
    Glad you and your girls were able to have fun!


    1. Ah, I did mention working out at home, but since I am doing several home work outs I wasn’t specific! So far I am loving the JM workouts!!! Hoping for good results! Thanks so much, Jayson and have a wonderful week!!


  6. I’m so sorry about your friend, I can imagine how hard that must be. I’ve lost a few friends that were similar ages and it really hits home. My thoughts are with you and your friends family. On a lighter note, those cauliflower bites look awesome. I need to make those asap!

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  7. I actually did lose a dear friend of mine to breast cancer–she was a coworker, a fellow nurse, but we just clicked. She was 12 years older than me, and died when she was 47–so that would have made me 35. 20 Years! I still miss her. When I heard about Michelle dying, I thought about my friend. She died too young, and she was an amazing person.

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  8. I’m very sorry to hear about your friend. I had a friend’s husband pass away at a young age. It was devastating for her, as you can imagine. It’s wonderful you have changed things around at home so you can get your workouts done in your basement…and with your daughters. They will always remember that!


  9. Hi Michelle, sorry to hear about the loss of your dear friend. My husband and I, too, lost a dear friend recently. It is difficult to deal with but he was very sick. He is now with God and free of pain,

    Your recipes sound delicious. I like the way you treated your adorable girls to a special time with you. That is so wonderful for them to help them feel loved and secure!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and the like. I liked yours back and will return to read more of your lovely blog! Blessings to you and your family!


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