Martial Arts

“Aeeeeeeee-ya!” He swings his hand down, fast as lightning, and splits a concrete slab right down the middle. Martial Arts conjures up images of sculpted strong men doing push ups with their index fingers, or Bruce Lee expertly wielding his nun-chucks with incredible
speed and precision. The world of marital arts seems to be cloaked in an exotic and mysterious veil, only to be revealed by the masters to the brave and committed.

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Cranberry Rice Pilaf

Serves: 6

  1. 1 teaspoon butter, unsalted
  2. 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  3. 1 sprig fresh thyme (optional)
  4. 1 cup converted rice
  5. 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  6. 1 1/2 cups chicken stock or water
  7. salt to taste
  8. freshly ground black pepper
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Turkey Won Tons

Serves: 20

  1. 1 1/2 cups cooked turkey breast meat, shredded
  2. 2/3 cups dried cranberries
  3. 1/3 cup slivered almonds
  4. 1/2 cup cranberry sauce
  5. 1 (14 ounce) package won ton wrappers
  6. 1 quart vegetable oil for frying


Cooking Instructions:

  1. Mix the turkey meat, dried cranberries, almonds, and cranberry sauce in a bowl.
  2. Place about 1 teaspoon of the mixture in the center of each won ton wrapper. Fold wrappers over filling, moisten edges, and press with a fork to seal.
  3. Heat the oil in large skillet or fryer. Fry the won tons in hot oil until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  4. Or, to reduce calories, you can bake the won tons in an oven preheated to 350 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes is until golden brown.
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Baked Halibut Steak

Serves: 4
Baked Halibut SteakIngredients:

  1. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  2. 1 cup diced zucchini
  3. 1/2 cup minced onion
  4. 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  5. 2 cups diced fresh tomatoes
  6. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  9. 4 (6 ounce) halibut steaks
  10. 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly grease shallow baking dish.
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat and stir in zucchini, onion, and garlic. Cook and stir 5 minutes or until tender. Remove saucepan from heat and mix in tomatoes, basil, salt, and pepper.
  3. Arrange halibut steaks in a single layer on the prepared baking dish. Spoon equal amounts of the zucchini mixture over each halibut steak. Top with feta cheese.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or untill the fish is easily flaked with a fork.

Nutritional Information:
Per Serving:

  1. Calories 261
  2. Carbohydrate 7.1 g
  3. Fat 8.1 g
  4. Fiber 1.7 g
  5. Protein 38.5 g
  6. Sodium 486 mg

Vegan Chili

Serves: 8

  1. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  2. 1 cup chopped onions
  3. 3/4 cup chopped carrots
  4. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  6. 1 cup chopped red bell pepper
  7. 3/4 cup chopped celery
  8. 1 tablespoon chili powder
  9. 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh mushrooms
  10. 1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes with liquid, chopped
  11. 1 (19 ounce) can kidney beans with liquid
  12. 1 (11 ounce) can whole kernel corn, undrained
  13. 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  14. 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  15. 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
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Delicious Vegetable Curry

Serves: 4 to 6

  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 1 onion, chopped
  3. 2 cloves crushed garlic
  4. 2 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
  5. 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  6. 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  7. 1 cube vegetable buillon
  8. 1 (10 ouce) package frozen vegetable mix
  9. 1 1/2 cups water
  10. salt and pepper to taste
  11. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
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Spicy Grilled Shrimp


Serves 6

  1. 1 large garlic clove
  2. 1/2 tablespoon coarse salt
  3. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  4. 1 teaspoon paprika
  5. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  6. 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  7. 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  8. 8 wedges lemon, for garnish
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Transformation Challenge

Close your eyes and try to imagine becoming a thinner, healthier, and more confident version of yourself in just three months time. Many of us spend a good portion of our busy days wishing we had a little supernatural help to make that dreamy vision come true. Maybe you’re like Li-At Ruttenberg who dreamt about a contest that could give her a makeover and the tools she needed to get in shape. Ironically, Li-At was granted her wish but in a way that she never would have expected. Recently, she and six other Santa Barbara Residents were given the opportunity to experience a true lifestyle transformation, one that can truly last a lifetime as opposed to a fleeting, momentary weight loss. Through a 12 week emotional, physical, and psychological journey, the contestants of the first ever Conditioning Specialists’ Transformation Challenge came to grasp the significance of will-power, fitness, encouragement, and support in claiming their lives back.

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