Has something you created ever started out as nothing special and turned out to be extraordinary?

Example: putting sea salt on chocolate and baking items.  Whoever started that was pure genius. Chocolate turned into sensational magic that becomes best friends with sea salt and dances with your tastebuds.

I need to start making some genius decisions that turn things into extraorinary magic like that.

Example: Dining with Shamu.

I went to Seaworld while in California, and you can actually dine with Shamu!

I wish I could have had dinner with Shamu. As long as I wasn’t on the menu, it would have been one of those extraordinary genius decision things.

But, what about decisions to help you live better and be healthier?  That could be pretty genius, right?

Small decisions yield BIG results people.

Changes I’ve made to be healthier:
  1. Watching my portions.  I fill up half of my plate with veggies, then a fourth with protein and a fourth with a complex, healthy carb like brown rice or sweet potatoes.
  2. I started taking a walk around the office during lunch time.  By the end of the day I’m already tired just from doing nothing, so walking helps to relieve tension and stress.
  3. I’ve also began doing Food Network’s Healthy Eats Brown Bag Challenge!  It’s a great way to start eating healthy, save money, and begin cooking!
I made this for lunch one day.
Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps with a Sweet Mango-Cilantro Salsa
It’s the end of the Summer, so hurry up and get some fresh mango.

I will not lie to you. If you make these, you will love them.  A simply healthy effort that turned into a genius extraordinary decision.


Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps 

3 tablespoons soy sauce

2 teaspoons oil, sesame, or olive oil

1 pound chicken, ground

1/2 cup onion chopped

1/4 cup cilantro, fresh, chopped

1/4 cup basil, fresh, chopped

3 scallions, chopped

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon ginger

3 cloves of fresh garlic, minced

1 large red pepper sliced into thin strips

1 tablespoon of toasted sesame seeds

12 bibb or butter lettuce


Mix garlic powder and ginger and sprinkle on chicken.  Heat a large skillet on high and pour oil into pan.  Once heated add chicken and cook for two minutes, stirring frequently. Once chicken begins to brown, add the minced garlic, peppers, onions, and scallions.  Cook another two minutes.  Add soy sauce, and stir.  Then add basil and stir until wilted.  Transfer into medium bowl.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds Place spoonfuls of chicken into 12 lettuce wraps.  Sprinkle with cilantro.

Serves 4


Sweet Mango-Cilantro Salsa

1 mango

1/2 cup of chopped cilantro

1/2 sweet yellow onion, chopped

1/2 cup diced roasted red peppers

1 teaspoon of orange juice


Mix all ingredients in medium bowl.

Put in fridge for 20 minutes to bring out flavors.

Spoon onto lettuce wraps.