Introducing the Newest Member of the DD Team~ Sarah Shaffer!

September 11th, 2014 - Announcements

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I am incredibly honored and blessed to introduce you to the newest member of the Dashing Dish ministry team, Sarah Shaffer! You may recognize her name from various Dashing Devotionals, as she has been writing guest devotional posts for some time now for Dashing Dish. I met Sarah about 2 years ago when she signed up for my health coaching program. During my time of working with her, she had one of the most beautiful transformations through the Lord that I have ever witnessed. We have stayed in contact ever since, and I continued to watch her radical transformation turn into an even deeper pursuit of the Lord and the freedom that can only be found in Him. As the time passed on, I continued to watch her life blossom as her roots grew deeper in the Lord. During this season of growth, the Lord began to show Sarah that He wanted to use her to set other women free just as He did with her. Sarah pursued her certification to become a Holistic Nutritionist, and she also has practical experience on how to feed a family with severe food allergies.

Sarah will be working on the ministry side of Dashing Dish, as she continues to write and share Dashing Devotionals as well as sharing her knowledge as a mom of two, and a nutritionist. She will be contributing blog posts that offer diverse topics that will go beyond things that I have experience with such as food allergies, and various family topics! I pray that you guys are as blessed as I am by Sarah’s heart and ministry!

A Personal Note From Sarah: Hello! My name is Sarah Shaffer. I am mom to two of God’s greatest creations (I might be a tiny bit biased) and wife to a man I am thankful for every day. I love Jesus – a lot. I marvel at sunsets and I enjoy my morning coffee more than I can describe. I love to cook creatively, exercise outside, spend time with my family, and share with others the lessons the Lord teaches me every day! I am a Certified Holistic Nutrition Health Coach and I spent more than a decade training and teaching fitness. My true passion however is leading women into truth and helping them to discover healing and freedom from disordered eating after walking through my own 13 year journey to freedom from varied eating disorders. It’s my true honor and privilege to join Katie as we endeavor to lead women with similar issues into the freedom, victory and abundant life the Lord has for them.

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Dashing Dish’s Healthy Tailgating Special on Fox 2 News!

September 9th, 2014 - Announcements, Food News

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Fox 2 News Headlines

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Top 20 Healthy Tailgating Recipes!

September 9th, 2014 - Announcements, Food News

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Football season is officially upon us- which means it is also officially time for Game Day Recipes! Here are some of my healthy alternatives that are sure to impress the crowd at your next tailgate!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Freezer Meal Prep Tips Video

September 4th, 2014 - Video

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Healthy Back to School Lunch Ideas

August 29th, 2014 - Food News, Inspiration

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Main DishSide DishHealthy Treat
Mini Mexican PizzasBaked Sweet Potato WedgesS'Mores Granola
Easy Cheesy BurritosEasy Cheesy Broccoli SoupChocolate Chunk Muffins
Ham & Cheese QuesadillaMini Cauliflower Pizza BitesBanana Bread Muffins
Bacon Chicken SaladCreamy Tomato SoupAlmond Joy Granola
Turkey Apple QuesadillaSkinny Easy MacSkinny Puppy Chow
Parmesan Chicken WrapHoney Parmesan ChickpeasChocolate Fruit Dip
Black Bean & Corn QuesadillaZucchini ChipsHealthy Rice Crispy Treats
Mini Deep Dish PizzasGreen Bean FriesGrain Free Donuts
Honey Parmesan Chicken PoppersBaked Pita SnackersOatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Store Bought Meals:
-PB&J on Whole Grain Bread
-Hard Boil Eggs
-Turkey Hummus Wrap
-Pita Pocket
-Soup with Chicken
-Grilled Chicken Strips
Store Bought Sides:
-Fresh Fruit & Veggies
-String Cheese or Cheese Shapes
-Yogurt
-Almonds
-Baby Carrots w/Hummus
Store Bought Treats:
-Fruit Leathers
-Veggie Straws
-Pirates Booty/Popcorn
-No Sugar Added Granola Bars
-Homemade Trail Mix

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Be-YOU-tiful- Find the beauty in being YOU!

August 26th, 2014 - Inspiration, True Beauty

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20 Back to School Breakfast Recipes

August 19th, 2014 - Food News, Inspiration

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If you are gearing up to get your kids back into a back-to-school routine, then chances are you have thought about quick and easy ways to get them fed on those busy mornings! If that sounds familiar, I have just the recipes for you! All of these recipes are quick, easy to make, and healthy. I categorized them into “Make Ahead” and “5-10 Minute Prep” so you can choose if you want to plan ahead so you can grab and go, or make a warm fresh breakfast in just 5-10 minutes on the day of. Enjoy!

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Make Ahead Prep: 

Overnight French Toast Bake

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Peanut Butter Cookie Overnight Oatmeal

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Breakfast Burrito

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Overnight Blueberry Parfait 

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Overnight Breakfast Bake

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Overnight Brownie Oatmeal

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Cheesy Mini Egg Muffins

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Grain Free Peanut Butter Muffins

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Giant Egg & Veggie Bake

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Grain Free Maple Donuts

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Peanut Butter Cookie Granola

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Strawberry Shortcake Muffins

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5-10 Minute Morning Prep:

French Toast Protein Shake

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Strawberry Pancake Roll-Ups

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Banana Bread Oatmeal

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie

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Egg White & Cheese Wrap

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Light & Fluffy Pancakes 

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Breakfast Sandwich

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Peanut Butter Cup 5 Minute Oatmeal

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I hope this helps you and your family prepare a healthy breakfast, even on the busiest of mornings!

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Upbeat & Motivating Christian Workout Playlist!

August 16th, 2014 - Dashing Workouts, Fitness News, Inspiration

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Here is a list of awesome Christian songs that are upbeat, motivating, and have a great beat for working out! A special thanks to Beck Santa, a Dashing Dish reader who composed this awesome list! The songs are listed by the Song Title, followed by Artists Name.
Addicted – Frontlynaz feat. Jai
After the Music Stops – LeCrae
Alive – Saylah
Awesome God – R-Swift
Beautiful- PRo (aka Derek Minor)
Beautiful Day – Jamie Grace
Break it Down – 116 Clique
Bring Me Low – Canon
Can’t Go On – Group 1 Crew
Complicated – Tedashii
Dangerous- Group 1 Crew
Drop It – Viktory feat. Canon
Dum Dum – Tedashii feat. LeCrae
Echo – Canton Jones feat. The Cajo family
Eye on It – Toby Mac
The Fever – LeCrae feat. Andy Mineo & Papa San
Fly – 12th Tribe – album ~ Christian Hip Hop’s Finest Vol. 7
Get Up – Mary Mary
Go Hard – LeCrae feat. Tedashii
Go Harder – Michelle Bonilla
God is Amazing – Viktory feat. ZG & KJ-52
God in Me – Mary Mary feat. Kiera “Kiki” Sheard
Good Morning – Mandisa feat. Toby Mac
Go Off – KB feat. Andy Mineo & Tedashii
Greater – Mercy Me
Grow Up – Canon feat. Tragic Hero
He Dropped Love On Me – Mc Blvd feat. MC Magic
Holla (Urban Remix) – Trin-I-tee 5:7
I Love You – Michelle Bonilla *another of my favorites
I Want Back – Kierra Sheard – album ~ Kiki’s Mixtape
I Will Not Lose – Brotha Bemixx
I Won’t Lose – D-M.A.U.B
I’m A Christian – Bizzle
I’m Alive – Deitrick Haddon
I’m Turnt – LeCrae
I’m Gone – Du2ce feat. Rachel & Dre Da Flame
Impossible – Manafest
Inexhaustible- Trip Lee
Jesus High – Applejaxx feat. Odetta
Jesus Muzik – LeCrae feat. Trip Lee
Jesus Rose – Keisha Dreams feat. Mersy
Joyful Noise – Flame, John Reilly & LeCrae
Krazy Praise – April Nevels
Let It Roll – Group 1 Crew
Listen – Bonez
Live Free – LeCrae feat. Sho Baraka & Jai
Man Up Anthem – 116 Clique
March – Jirah- album ~ Holy Hip Hop Vol. 4
Me Without You – Toby Mac
Miracle – Keisha Dreams
Most High – Level 3:16
My Walk – Canton Jones
Never Back Down – PRo feat. S.O. & Thi’sl
No Limits – PRo feat. Rio
Nothing I Can’t Do – Tedashii feat. Trip Lee & LeCrae
Nuthin- LeCrae
One Blood – Papa San feat. Stitchie
One Sixteen – Trip Lee feat. KB & Andy Mineo
Ooh Ahh (My Life Be Like) – Grits feat. Toby Mac
Our Generation- Michelle Bonilla
Overcomer – Mandisa
Say I Won’t – LeCrae feat. Andy MineoSend Me – LeCrae
Sending My Love – Keisha Dreams
Shackles – (Praise You) – Mary Mary
Speak Life – Toby Mac
Special – LeCrae feat. Lester “L2″ Shaw
Start Over – Flame feat. NF
Step Up – Papa San feat. Da T.R.U.T.H
Stronger – PRo feat. JaiSurrender – Flame & V Rose
Take Me As I Am – LeCrae
Take Me There – V3
Tell ‘Em – Level 3:16
Thrive – Casting Crowns
Transformed – Du2ce
Unashamed- LeCrae feat. Tedashii
Way Maker – Keisha Dreams
Walking – Mary Mary
When the Praises Go Up – Keisha Dreams
Who He Is – Trip Lee feat. LeCrae & Cam
Wild Things – Andy Mineo
You Can’t Stop Me – Andy Mineo

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Dashing Devotional~ Putting an End to “Secret” Eating

August 12th, 2014 - Dashing Devotionals, Inspiration, True Beauty

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Putting an End to Secret Eating 

By Sarah Shaffer

Several years ago when the Lord really began opening my eyes to His truth to change my thoughts toward disordered eating habits, he used my kids to teach me a life-changing lesson.  In our house we have a saying, “sneaking is the same as lying.” I teach my kids that if you have to sneak something, you need to pause and question, is what I’m about to choose permissible AND beneficial? If not, that choice could easily lead down a difficult path. You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of that choice. 

Even now, it makes me smile to think about how the Lord uses the lessons we strive to teach our kids in our own lives. One day, I caught my little girl hiding in her closet with a number of her older brother’s “off limits” toys. She’d made a very purposeful decision to sneak something she knew wasn’t in her best interest. Minutes later, literally just moments after talking with her about why her sneaking would result in a consequence, I found myself in the kitchen. Specifically, in the pantry – light on, door closed – elbow deep in a bag of chips, very intent on stuffing in as many as I could before I was discovered. BAM!!!! My hypocrisy hit me like a ton of bricks.  The Lord used that perfectly timed experience with my daughter to reveal a life-changing lesson to me. How could I lead my children into truth when this was the example I was setting for them? 

The Lord used that moment and two verses in particular to change my heart toward “sneak” eating. Psalm 25:21 says, “May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in you.” And, Psalm 32:1-2 declares, “Oh, what joy for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!” 

Just as I encourage my children to make blameless choices, choices that they can be proud of no matter who’s watching, the Lord desires the same for you and me. Not because He is watching, waiting for us to “mess up”, or doesn’t trust us, but because He desires that things go well for us. He wants us to make choices that lead to blessed, peaceful paths. That day, I committed that particular area of my disordered eating to Him and laid sneak eating at the foot of the cross. 

If you struggle in this area, let me just encourage you that the Lord is faithful to his beloved children. If you hand this over to the Lord, He will make you free. He will lead you along the right path and show you which way to turn. My prayer for you today is this – Lord, you tell us that where your spirit is there is freedom. We ask you now to send your Holy Spirit to gently direct us away from choices  to sneak what may be permissible but not beneficial in our lives. We commit to you now to live our lives in the light, shield us with your love. In Jesus name, amen.”

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Eating Healthy on a Budget

August 7th, 2014 - Articles, Food News, Inspiration

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Eating healthy does not have to mean expensive grocery bills. Here are some of my favorite tips for eating healthy on a budget!

1. Plan Ahead- Make a grocery list and stick to it. The best way to avoid impulse buying is to plan what you need before you get to the store. That way you are not tempted to buy things that you don’t need.

2. Be Prepared- Pack your lunches, snacks, and eat before you go out. When you pack your own food you prevent yourself from over eating, you always know what is in your food, and you save time and money!

3. Buy in Bulk- There are times when it is smart to buy in bulk. One example is discounted meat. If you look for discounts on meat and buy it in big batches, you can store it in your freezer until you are ready to use it. It is also smart to buy products in bulk that you use a lot. For example, if you use a lot of lettuce, look for one large bag, and compare the price to two smaller bags. Chances are, buying more of something that you will use will save you money in the long run.

4. Buy Frozen- If you think you won’t be able to use something up before it spoils such as fruit or vegetables, buy them frozen. Not only will this save you money, but it will prevent you from throwing money away on spoiled groceries.

5. Buy In-Season Produce- Food grown in season is not only more affordable, but it also tastes better. Look for root vegetables in the winter, apples, potatoes, and squash in the fall, and broccoli and berries in the summer. Farmers markets may also have a better deal on produce than grocery stores.

6. Buy Generic- Name brands often have increased prices due to the packaging and advertising costs.

7. Clip Coupons- Sign up for newsletters about sales and deals at the stores you frequently shop at. Investing a few minutes clipping and/or printing coupons each week can save you a lot of money on groceries.

8. Get the Customer Card- Many grocery stores hold sales and specials for customer card holders only. Signing up for these costumer cards are often free and only take a few moments.

9. Buy a Reusable Water Bottle- Don’t spend money on soft drinks, juices, or bottled water. Instead invest in a few nice water bottles and refill them. Not only will this save you money, but it will save you tons of sugar and calories!

10. Get Creative with Leftovers- If you happen to have leftovers of some of your ingredients, don’t throw them away. Instead, put them to good use and get creative by putting them into a different recipe, or freeze them if possible.

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