How to Cope with Zucchini Overflow or What to Make With an Abundance of Zucchini.

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If you have a vegetable garden then this has probably happened to you. One day you go out and everything is still too small to pick. You go back what seems like only a couple days later and you have zucchini the size of baseball bats! Well, that happened to us this week, so we’ve had an abundance of zucchini to eat and give away. We tried a few new recipes and adapted a few old recipes to bring you some great Paleo, Primal, and Gluten Free recipes for all that squash.

Spiralized Zucchini spiralized_zucchini_recipes

OK, I don’t know how I ever lived without a spiralizer before. This handy little gadget turns all kinds of vegetables into long strings that are similar in width to spaghetti. I bought a $30 professional grade one at Bed Bath & Beyond. The low end models there started at $20 and were all plastic. I thought for $10 more, the professional one had a lot more metal pieces and looked sturdier. I love spiralized zucchini! It is very versatile and easy to eat raw. Below are 3 recipes we made in the last few days as we went a little crazy with the spiralized zucchini. I also spiralized a summer squash that was a bit hard because it sat on the plant too long. This worked great, also – perfect way to use hard summer squash.

Before we get into the recipes, let me give a little advice about how to spiralize squash. If you have huge pieces like we did, then cut them as long as you can to fit your spiralizer. Make sure you have an end piece on the end closest to the handle, or it can dig into the soft part with the seeds and just makes a hole there instead of pushing the vegetable into the blade. If this happens, don’t fret too much, you just have to hand spin it without the handle. The spiralized zucchini noodles still come out great!

Spiralized Zucchini with Paleo Meat Sauce

Recipe inspired by jaysbakingmecrazy.com

Paleo_meat_sauceIngredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 organic red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 pounds grass fed ground beef
  • 1 29oz can of plain tomato sauce
  • 1 14.5 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1 Tb Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 7-8 cups of raw spiralized zucchini (One extra large zucchini or 3-5 smaller ones)

Directions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. Add the crushed garlic and saute for a minute to release the flavor. Make sure not to brown or burn the garlic.
  2. Add the bell pepper and saute until softened.
  3. Add the ground beef and cook until brown. Break up any large chunks.
  4. I had quite a lot of oil in my browned meat, so I removed some. To remove or not is your preference. Leave some for flavor.
  5. Add in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, coconut aminos, and spices. Stir well and cook for 20 minutes for the flavors to mix.
  6. Serve over spiralized squash. I like my spiralized zucchini raw, but if you want it warm, quickly rinse it in hot water. It gets mushy if you overcook it and makes for poor consistency as spaghetti.

Shrimp Scampi Over Spiralized Squash

Paleo_shrimp_scampiIngredients

  • 1 pound large raw wild caught shrimp, shelled & deveined
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp grass-fed butter
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup white cooking wine
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 7-8 cups of spiralized zucchini (One very large zucchini or 3-5 smaller ones)

Directions

  1. Heat a saute pan. Add the butter and olive oil. When the butter melts, add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Saute for just a minute to soften and release flavors – don’t let it burn!
  2. Add the shrimp and wine. Arrange the shrimp in a single layer and cook 3-4 minutes on each side – until they’re good and pink all the way through. The heat should be high enough so the sauce is bubbling, but not burning.
  3. Once cooked and the wine reduced a bit, remove from heat and add the lemon juice, parsley and black pepper. Toss to combine all flavors.
  4. Serve over raw or slightly cooked zucchini noodles. Enjoy!

Spiralized Zucchini Greek Salad

Primal_Greek_salad_recipeIngredients

  • 2 Tbs  extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbs organic lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1/8 tsp dry mustard
  • 2-3 Tbs red onion, diced small
  • 2-3 zucchini spiralized, about 4 cups
  • 1/2 large organic tomato, diced
  • 1/2 organic cucumber, diced
  • 15 kalamata olives, halved
  • 2 oz feta cheese, cubed or crumbled
  • 2 Tbs chopped organic raw pecans

Directions

  1. Whisk the first seven ingredients together for the dressing. Add the onion and set aside for the flavors to combine.
  2. Spiralize, chop and combine all other ingredients.
  3. Pour the dressing over the veggies and cheese and enjoy!

Paleo French Meat Pie Stuffed Zucchini

Paleo_stuffed_zucchini_recipeMy Mémère used to make the best French meat pies. That tradition has been passed to my aunt, and this year I made a few. I’ve altered the recipe a bit to include sweet potatoes instead of regular white potatoes and added celery for the stuffing. I also only used grass-fed ground beef instead of a combination of ground pork and beef. The rest of the recipe is all Mémère’s. Hope you like it as much as we did!

Stuffing Ingredients

  • 2 lbs grass-fed ground beef
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 2 Tbs grass-fed butter
  • 2 medium organic sweet potatoes
  • 1 tsp Bells Poultry Seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Peel, boil and mash the sweet potatoes. Don’t add anything to the potatoes. Set aside
  2. Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Melt the butter and saute the onion and celery until the onion is translucent.
  3. Add hamburger and cook until meat is no longer pink, stirring often to break up the large chunks. Add a little water if it starts to get dry.
  4. Add 1/2 the mashed sweet potatoes. Check the consistency. You want just enough to hold it together. Add more if needed. You may not use all of it.
  5. Add the cloves, salt and pepper, and poultry seasoning. This part is really to taste, so feel free to change the measurements.
  6. Grab your zucchini. Slice in half the long way and scoop out the seeds. I used one XL zucchini because that is what I had. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. You may have to slice a bit off the bottom to get it to sit flat on the tray.
  7. Spoon the stuffing into the zucchini, overflowing it.
  8. Cover with foil and cook at 350° until the zucchini is tender, but not mushy. My XL zucchini took close to 1 hour, but smaller ones should be checked after 1/2 hour or so. Remove from oven, slice and serve.

Paleo Zucchini Bread

recipe from theroastedroot.net

Paleo_zucchini_bread_recipeCan’t do a zucchini recipe post without a good zucchini bread.  I like chocolate chips in my zucchini bread, so I added it to the recipe. This recipe is great with a cup of coffee for breakfast or dessert.

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup full fat canned coconut milk or almond milk
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups grated zucchini 1 medium zucchini squash
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 Tbs ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate chips, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° and use coconut oil to lightly oil a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan.
  2. Grab a medium mixing bowl and whisk together the first five ingredients until well-combined. Add in the grated zucchini and stir until well combined.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients (except the chocolate chips), the dry ingredients.
  4. Pour the flour mixture into the bowl with the wet ingredients and stir to combine. Add chocolate chips, and gently stir. Allow it to sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Place on the center rack of the preheated oven. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until loaf tests clean in the center.
  6. Remove the loaf from the oven and cool for at least 20 minutes. Turn the bread out onto a cutting board and enjoy with butter and honey.

Tasty Recipes for Leftover Turkey

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The family is gone, the day was a success. Everyone raved about your turkey and all the fixins. Now what do you do with the extra turkey? Here are some great recipes so you can bring new life to leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

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Hearty Healthy Chicken Soup Recipes

I know it says chicken soup, but you can make it exactly the same using turkey. I love to make a big batch of broth with the turkey bones. Find Nourishing Traditions recipe for making chicken or turkey broth in this blog, too!

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Bring New Life to Last Night’s Leftover Chicken

This is another chicken recipe, but again can be made with turkey. My family could eat tacos every week. Don’t forget the non-GMO taco shells!

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Gluten-Free, Paleo Gravy

Don’t know about you, but one of our family’s favorite ways to use leftover chicken or turkey is open-faced sandwiches. This gluten-free, Paleo-friendly gravy recipe even passed my daughter’s test for a great gravy. She loves gravy and is kinda picky about it. Use homemade grain-free bread and this is a tasty Paleo-friendly meal. Love it with leftover cranberry sauce!

47 Terrific Leftover Turkey Recipes

Check out this post from Dr. Axe with 47 different recipes for leftover turkey. As he states, it is healthier to substitute honey, maple syrup or coconut palm sugar for white sugar. Also, coconut milk can be used in place of regular milk. And you can replace highly processed (and often GMO-laden) vegetable oils with olive oil or avocado oil. I’m eager to try the Asian inspired turkey salad!

Need More Recipes, Please.

Have a favorite healthy turkey leftover recipe? Please share it with us.

Having a Halloween Party? Try These Healthy, Fun Snacks Instead of Candy.

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We all know our kids will soon be coming home with bags stuffed with candy full of artificial sweeteners and GMOs. So rather than contribute to the junk food extravaganza, make these healthy Halloween snacks instead! These Halloween treats are perfect for a spooky school event offering, a party spread, or simply a special snack to enjoy at home with the kids.

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Green Apple Monster Snacks

Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, No Refined Sugar, Kid-Friendly Spooky Snack

We cut small green apples into thirds for these, but if you have large apples, then quarters will work. We used almond butter under the strawberry tongue and sunflower seeds for the teeth. We made the candy eyes by following the healthy recipe below.

Adapted from forkandbeans.com

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Candy Eyes

Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, No Refined Sugar Candy Eyeballs

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup arrowroot
  • approx. 4 tsp stevia powder
  • 2 Tbsp coconut nectar
  • 1 Tbsp coconut milk
  • mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Add the arrowroot powder and some of the stevia powder to a food processor. Combine and taste. Continue adding stevia powder until you get it to a sweetness you like. My stevia powder isn’t very sweet, so we used 4 tsp. My sister needed half that much with her stevia powder.
  2. Once you get the powder to the desired sweetness, whisk it into the coconut nectar and coconut milk. It should be a thick paste-like consistency.
  3. Place paste in a piping bag or plastic baggie with a corner cut.
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and make dots on the paper.
  5. Add the mini chocolate chips quickly, before the paste sets. Continue to make dots and add the chips until all the paste is gone.
  6. Allow to set for 24 hours. This made lots of googly eyes. We had plenty left over for more fun food projects!

Adapted from forkandbeans.com

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Spider Deviled Egg

Paleo, Gluten Free, High Protein, Low Carb, Sugar Free Halloween Treat

These were pretty easy to make without a recipe. I used an egg slicer to cut multiple olives at once. I also used Primal Kitchen Mayo in the deviled eggs. Instead of soy, it is made from avocado oil, which is a much healthier oil.

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Bat Snacks

Fun Flying Bat Gluten Free, Sugar-Free Halloween Hors D’oeuvre

Getting these bat snacks to stay together was a bit tricky, but they came out so cute! I recommend breaking the blue corn chips in half or smaller to get them to stay in the grapes. Also, slice the grapes a little with a knife before inserting the corn chips. They stand better on more rectangular cheese cubes than on the true square ones.

Adapted from starneslifefamilylove.blogspot.com

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Banana Ghosts & Orange Jack-O-Lanterns

Vegan, Paleo, Gluten Free, Kid-Friendly Halloween Snack

The banana ghosts are simply chocolate chips in halved bananas. Use regular and mini chocolate chips for variety.

These edible Jack-O-Lanterns were made with small oranges and a Sharpie marker. The marker would seem to run out of ink after a bit. We had to scribble on paper to get it going again and it would be fine for a while longer. Then we’d repeat the process. Also, we had to do more than one coat some times. We had fun making these Jack-O-Lanterns and they’ve been great decorations for the Halloween season.

Banana Ghosts adapted from freefunhalloween.com; Orange Jack-O-Lanterns adapted from eathealthyeathappy.com

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Edible Eyeballs & Goblin Grins

Gluten Free, High Protein, Low Carb, Sugar Free Halloween Hors D’oeuvres

For the edible eyeballs, we started with slices of radishes, parsnips and carrots. Then we added the mozzarella mixture for the white of the eye followed by the ends of the olives left over from the Spider Deviled Eggs. For the open ends, I put small pieces of red pepper inside to make them red.

Mozzarella Eye Mixture

  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella
  • 3 Tbsp Primal Kitchen Avocado Mayo
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • salt to taste
  1. Combine mozzarella and mayo in a food processor until smooth. This will be pretty thick.
  2. Add spices and give it a good stir.
  3. Put in a ziplock baggie with a medium to large hole in the corner to easily squeeze mixture onto veggies.

The Goblin Grins are made from snow peas, slices of pepperoni and sliced almonds. A dab of the mozzarella mixture in the back helps hold them together.

Adapted from starneslifefamilylove.blogspot.com

By Kerrie Bross

Paleo/Primal Crepes

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Who knew you could make crepes out of collagen? Hydrolyzed collagen is rich in protein and amino acids, and has diverse uses in both smoothies and recipes. Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen is derived from 100% pastured cows who feed on clean, pesticide-free grasses in Brazil. Collagen and almond flour substitute for wheat flour in these tasty crepes. It’s a perfect grain-free, Paleo breakfast!

Inspired by butternutrition.com.

Crepe Ingredients:

Crepe Preparation:

Throw all ingredients in a blender until well mixed.

Heat a small frying pan and melt more butter or coconut oil in the bottom to coat. Pour a small amount of batter into the pan — just enough to cover the bottom, as crepes are supposed to be very thin.

Cook enough to flip and continue cooking on other side. Remove to a plate or oven safe dish and continue this until the entire batch is cooked. You may wish to keep the cooked ones in the oven on low to keep them warm while you cook the rest.

Serve with maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon, or try with one of the following Paleo-friendly fillings.

Apple Filling 

  • 4 cups organic apples, peeled and sliced into bite-sized bits
  • 1 – 2 Tbs pastured butter or coconut oil
  • 1 Tbs coconut sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Melt a tablespoon of butter or oil in a frying pan. Add all other ingredients and cook until the apples are soft. If it looks to be getting a little dry, add a bit more butter or oil. When done, layer about 1/3 cup into the center of a crepe and roll. These are really tasty for breakfast or dessert!

Berry Filling:

  • 4 cups fresh or frozen berries, my favorite is raspberries
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup

Put all ingredients in a sauce pan and heat until warm. Layer about 1/3 cup in the center of a crepe and roll. Enjoy!

By Kerrie Bross

Paleo Cranberry Orange Bread

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This Paleo cranberry orange bread is a great grain-free bread for either breakfast or dessert this holiday season. Enjoy!

Inspired by veggiestaples.com.

Cranberry Mixture

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 Tbs coconut oil or pastured butter, melted
  • 1 Tbs honey
  • 1 Tbs arrowroot powder, divided

Batter:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or pastured butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • juice of one orange
  • zest of one orange
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbs coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbs arrowroot powder, divided
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup nuts (optional)

Start with the Cranberry Mixture:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a cake pan (8 or 9 inches) or a 9 x 9″ square baking pan with coconut oil or pastured butter.

Pour cranberries into the bottom. In a small bowl, mix together melted coconut oil or butter, arrowroot powder, and honey.

Pour into the cake pan and stir to distribute the sauce. Spread the cranberries as evenly as possible. It’s OK if it’s double stacked in some places.

Prepare the Batter:

In a separate bowl, mix eggs, coconut oil or butter, coconut sugar, and orange juice and zest. Combine thoroughly.

In a different bowl, mix together coconut flour, arrowroot powder, and baking powder.

Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix well. Add nuts if desired.

Pour batter over cranberries and spread evenly.

Bake for 30 minutes or until knife can be poked into it and comes out clean.

By Kerrie Bross

Paleo Holiday Recipes

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So, if you’re like me, then most people you know still have a modern diet and holiday parties are filled with lots of enticing foods that are loaded with flour, sugar and processed oils. I feel a little better when I bring something that is both tasty and healthy. I know I can eat that one dish, at least, without any guilt. The chocolate cream pie is now a new favorite and I’ll be making a few over the next couple weeks. Need an easy healthy cookie recipe for your party? The chocolate macaroon cookies below are no-bake and delish! There are links at the end to other recipes we’ve done that would be good for holiday parties, as well. And, if you’re not much of the make-from-scratch kind of person, then a big veggie tray is an easy, healthy addition to any party. My family’s favorites for the veggie tray are snap peas, sliced red peppers, grape tomatoes, sliced cucumbers and cauliflower. I’ve included below an easy ranch dressing made from avocado mayonnaise, so it’s Paleo-friendly. Enjoy your holidays and all the parties!

Easy Paleo/Primal Ranch Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup avocado mayonnaise (Try Primal Kitchen MAYO)
  • 1/2 tsp dried chives
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill weed
  • Optional Primal Ingredient: 1/2 cup organic plain yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Directions:

In a large bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Macaroon Cookies

Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, & Vegan. Inspired by GI365.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk, (from the can)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 1/2 cups finely shredded coconut
  • 1 cup big flake coconut
  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate chunks or chocolate chips (I used 80% dark chocolate)
  • 1/2 cup almond or cashew butter (optional)
  • 1/2 cup whole raw almonds (optional)

Instructions:

In a large saucepan, combine the coconut sugar, coconut oil, and coconut milk. Bring the mixture to a boil, and boil for 2-3 minutes until the caramel thickens, stirring constantly to keep the caramel from sticking.

Remove the caramel from the heat and add the vanilla, sea salt, and coconut. Stir to combine. If you’re using the almond or cashew butter, mix it in thoroughly.

Finally, add the almonds and chocolate chunks and combine, stirring as little as possible to keep the chunks intact. No worries, though – it’s still very good even if the chocolate melts.

Portion the cookie on a parchment lined baking sheet and let cool. This version of no-bakes takes a full 3-4 hours to fully set up, but you don’t have to wait that long because they’re really good warm and gooey.

Note: To keep this recipe 100% dairy free and vegan, be sure to use a chocolate that is dairy free.

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Paleo Chocolate Silk Pie

I had to find a great chocolate cream pie recipe because it’s my step-father’s favorite. This silky, decadent Paleo chocolate cream pie fits the bill! The pie is dairy-free as long as you use coconut oil instead of butter. This one’s for you Kenny!

Inspired by lafujimama.com.

For the chocolate almond crust:

  • 1 2/3 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 Tbs coconut oil or butter

For the chocolate silk pie filling:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened coconut milk, almond milk or pastured milk

For the coconut whipped cream:

  • 1 (13 oz) can coconut milk
  • 1 Tbs raw honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

1) Make the chocolate almond crust first.

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

Combine the almond flour, cocoa powder, and coconut sugar in a medium bowl. Add the egg and coconut oil to the bowl and beat with a mixer until a crumbly dough-like mixture forms. This may seem a little dry or hard to mix, but that’s normal. Just get everything well combined.

Press the dough into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie plate. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, then let the pie crust cool completely before filling. Refrigerate to speed the cooling process if necessary.

2) Make the chocolate silk filling.

Place the eggs, honey, and vanilla extract in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is melted; do not overheat the chocolate!

With the blender running on low speed, pour the hot chocolate milk in over the other ingredients. Blend until the mixture is smooth and completely incorporated.

Pour the mixture into the cooled crust and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

3) Make the coconut whipped cream.

Refrigerate the coconut milk at least 24 hours before making the whipped cream. The makes the thick cream separate from the liquid and firm up. Chill a glass or metal bowl in the freezer 20 minutes before making the whipped cream.

Remove the lid from the can of coconut milk. The coconut cream will be very thick on the top. Gently scoop this part out and put it in the chilled bowl. Save the watery liquid for another recipe.

Using a mixer, whip the coconut cream until it is light and fluffy and peaks form, then mix in the honey and vanilla extract. Scoop on top of the pie and use a spatula to spread, or use a pastry bag to decorate the top of the pie with the whipped cream.


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More Holiday Party Recipes

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By Kerrie Bross