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A picture would be worth a thousand word

A picture would be worth a thousand words in this situation!


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Grilled Chicken Salad Calzone

Awesome recipe for a chicken salad calzone! Sounds unusual and delicious.

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imageA Calzone is basically a folded pizza or turnover pastry shaped like a half moon. The typical calzone contains tomatoes, cheese and marinara or similar sauce.  Many variations of calzone exist and several restaurants stuff the pastry with meats and other ingredients usually used for pizza toppings.  Calzones remind me of empanadas, those Spanish pastries stuffed with meat and other ingredients, except that they’re smaller in size.  In fact, in the Philippines, they make even smaller-sized  empanadas , which are called – no surprise here – empanaditas.

For this Calzone recipe, I chose to use my version of the grilled chicken salad as filling which makes marinara or other sauce unnecessary. I used whole wheat pizza dough . I used cheese as topping rather than filling.


1 lb boneless and skinless chicken breast

1 cup frozen green peas, cooked

1/2 cup celery, chopped

1/2 cup onions, chopped


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Vacations and restrictive diets: you will go off your diet while on the road

The No Salt, No Fat, No Sugar Journal

You are planning a dream vacation and wondering how you’ll be able to try adventurous new dishes while staying on the restricted diet you’re now on because of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, gout or any of a number of other ailments.

The simple answer is that you’re going to go off your diet while on the road. I just completed 10 days in Italy, a trip to find my family’s roots that I had been hoping to make most of my life. And while I passed up many dishes I would have liked to eat, I still went off my restricted diet. I ate pasta almost every day. I ate gelato every other day. And I ate desserts like wonderful chocolate cakes, something I largely have not eaten since my angioplasty in August 2012.

The result: I gained six pounds in 10 days. I consider that a triumph of sorts…

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Olive oil and restricted diets: which type is best for you?

The No Salt, No Fat, No Sugar Journal

You’ve been told olive oil has good fats not the bad fats in everything else you once loved to eat but no longer can. So are all olive oils created equal?

I recently visited an olive oil processing plant in southern Italy while on a 10-day vacation with family there. The owner, the fourth generation of her family to run the place, explained to us that extra virgin olive oil is best when watching your cholesterol and diet overall.

We sampled a wonderful array of oils there. I have always loved olive oil. Tasting it in my ancestral homeland was even more special.

While I can’t eat plain Italian bread any longer, I can always buy some type of whole wheat bread to dip in my wonderful olive oil. And putting it on vegetables and fish adds a wonderful flavor.

I also use it exclusively on salads now, having walked…

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Best Mobile App for Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, & G-Free Diets

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yayfoodRestaurant outings can be a horrifying experience for the vegan, vegetarian, paleo, or gluten-free eater.  While your friends are gawking over the deep fried bread and meat-on-meat dishes, you are trying to figure out how to avoid a belly ache or an allergic reaction. It’s easy to have a breakdown in these situations.  You’re hungry, and you just want some food you CAN eat.

No need to get crazy.  Locate Special Diet has your back!  

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