Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Meet Janet M. Hayes

I will be spending a lot of time ordering product and preparing my warehouse for the busy fall season this week. In my absence from the blog for a few days, friends will be sharing some interesting tips with you. Enjoy!

I was so inspired by a letter from Fifty, not Frumpy follower, Janet M. Hayes. She is a 52-year-old finance professional living with her husband and her elderly mother in Omaha, Nebraska. She is a CPA currently employed at West Corporation as a Senior Vice President and Assistant Treasurer.


She loves to provide healthy meals for her family of three and included some pictures of meals from the past couple of weekends and her trip to the farmers’ market.  She tells me that she has very high energy which she attributes to healthy cooking which includes everything from scratch and very low sodium.  

She spends time on the weekend planning and preparing meals so that after a long day at the office she can still come home and provide a healthy meal for her family. 

Cauliflower “Potato” Salad

I large cauliflower steamed and chopped
2 large celery stalks, diced
1 small red onion, diced
2-3 hardboiled eggs, peeled and chopped
1 cup Greek Yogurt
2 tablespoon Olive Oil based Mayonnaise
2 tablespoon Low sodium sweet pickles, chopped or pickle relish
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste (optional)
paprika and parsley, for garnish

Steam Cauliflower for approximately 7 minutes (can steam in microwave with a bit of water) Do not overcook. Cool to room temperatures and add remaining ingredients.  Chill several hours to allow flavors to absorb. Garnish with paprika and parsley and serve just as you would potato salad

Oven Roasted Beets with Feta and Walnuts
Heat oven to 400.  Wash beets well and wrap in foil (easy clean up too)
Cook, undisturbed, for at least 45 minutes (it could take much longer for larger size beets), until a thin-bladed knife pierces one with little resistance. Beets may cook at different rates; remove each when it is done.
Allow to cool.  Slice or quarter depending on size.

When ready to serve splash with a good amount of Organic Balsamic Vinegar, toasted English Walnuts, fresh Rosemary, chopped and crumbled Feta Cheese.

Stuffed Bell Peppers
4 green bell peppers, tops removed, seeded and halved
1 pound ground turkey
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. ground cumin
1/2 onion, chopped
1 cup sliced mushrooms 
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped 
1 cup fresh spinach
2 Cans No salt added Diced Tomatoes 
1 Jalapeno, cored, seeds removed (if you like mild salsa, only use ½ jalapeno)
½ yellow onion
1 cup cilantro 
2 garlic clove
1 tsp salt (optional)
1 cup cheddar, Monterey or other cheese (optional)

Drizzle the peppers with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and roast in the oven at 375°F 15 to 20 minutes, until they start to soften.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Cook the turkey until no longer pink and add remaining ingredients except cheese, cooking until the vegetables are tender.  Fill the peppers with the meat mixture, top with cheese and place in the oven until the cheese is melted and warmed through.

Garnish with sliced avocados, Greek yogurt, and cilantro


Janet ran her first half marathon at age fifty and her second at age 51 and is looking forward to many more. She spent her 50th birthday running and working out with her husband celebrating their health.  

She included some photos of that day and the fun that she had with a hula hoop showing off that she can still perform high kicks from her days as a professional cheerleader.  

Most of Janet's professional wardrobe is from Ann Taylor and Talbots.  She wears suits to work every day and loves to be fashionable. Her weekend look is very stylish also!

Janet supports my efforts with this blog and would like to help to promote the message of good health also.  She would like women our age to know that they can enjoy good food and good company while making healthful choices that will contribute to their vitality and help them enjoy life more.

I hope Janet's message inspires all of us to start enjoying an active and healthy life.

Thank you for joining us on this journey through midlife and beyond. The second fifty years are truly the best!

Susan Street is the President of VintageJewelrySupplies.com.

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