Measuring for accuracy!☕️🍽🌾

This is a full cup of tasters choice instant coffee that I had with breakfast this morning. While watching/restricting calorie intake and doing your best to have optimal health it’s best to use these two tools: a measuring cup with oz. and cup sizes as well as a teaspoon, tablespoon, 1-2 teaspoon, etc. (spoons) you would use while cooking or baking! That way you can have exact measurements! This is one total cup with two teaspoons of sugar and two teaspoons of cream. The cream was hazelnut flavored and the coffee was delicious!☕️☕️☕️ Total: 50 calories

About Zina

Zina Hermez authored the best selling book, Not Without God: A Story of Survival. She’s been featured in numerous articles, guest posts, podcasts, websites, newsletters, and magazines. Recently she was featured on ESPN’s ‘Solutions from the Huddle’ broadcast and on Grace and Truth Radio World. Zina’s written hundreds of articles and has taught thousands of students from all over the world spanning many different backgrounds and cultures. She’s appeared in Christianity Today, the Suite T blog and Southern Writers magazine among other places. She writes on faith, science, and overcoming adversity. She is also a major foodie and loves to help others. You can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Linked In, or Twitter.

Food tip(s)! #2🌽🥩🥦



Pictured above is my signature ’Christmas Tree Stuffed Chicken’ (w/avocado and tomato pieces). ‘Avocados are a healthy food you can add. The vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats you get from avocados help prevent disease and keep your body in good working order.’ And they are delicious!🥑🥑 I love tomatoes too and often eat them raw!🍅

Part of the Mediterranean diet is getting your veggies and protein in. You are allowed 2-4 servings a day of each based on your individualized plan. Try to avoid baked snacks, desserts high in sugar, try a dark chocolate piece (with cocoa), instead, or very limited chips or snacks (like a handful!). Keep your creamer or sugar as low as possible in coffee/tea (around one to two tspns of each). It’s not keto but has some of the same patterns. Chicken, beef, fish, etc. should be around two 3-4 oz. of meat twice a day and you can have eggs for breakfast! Or you can substitute with another protein like Greek yogurt, for example. That would be more than enough protein for one day!🍗🥩🐠🥕🥦🥬🌽

Also, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that eating 1.5 ounces of nuts per day may reduce the risk of heart disease. #mediterranean #mediterraneandiet #mediterraneanfood🥜🌰🥜

The above picture is about one ounce of unsalted cashews!

About Zina

Zina Hermez has authored the best-selling book “Not Without God: A Story of Survival.” Her stories have been featured in various guest articles, medical journals, magazines, newsletters, and more than 300 of her own blog articles. As an educator for more than twenty years, she’s had the privilege of working with thousands of students from different backgrounds and parts of the world. Her upcoming book, “Not Without God: Hope In the Storm” will be out next year. Her writing endeavors have earned her an invitation to speak at the Harvard Faculty Club’s “Business Expert Forum.” Zina’s goal is to help others overcome adversity, and she strives to do what she longs to. She’s appeared in Christianity Today, the Southern Writers magazine, and Suite T blog, among other places. Socializing with friends, taking business trips, listening to music, and meeting new people are among her hobbies. She was recently featured on Color Speak (a Grace and Truth Radio World! podcast) and on ESPN’s ‘Solutions from the Huddle’ broadcast. You can connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, Linked In, or Twitter.

Happy Thanksgiving Live edition from yesterday!🍁🙏🐓🍃

Take a look at my short video of me cooking yesterday. I thought it would be a nice addition to my blog for the holiday weekend. It’s a Facebook live recording. https://www.facebook.com/zina.hermez.7/videos/1337498756668442/

I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for watching!

~Zina

About Zina

Zina Hermez has authored the Best-selling book, Not Without God: A Story of Survival. She’s been featured in numerous articles, guest posts, podcasts, websites, newsletters, and magazines. She’s been featured on ESPN’s ‘Solutions from the Huddle’ broadcast and on Grace and Truth Radio World. Zina’s written hundreds of articles and has taught thousands of students. Additionally she’s appeared in Christianity Today, the Suite T blog, and Southern Writers magazine among other places. She writes on faith, science, and overcoming adversity. She is also a major foodie and loves to help others. You can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Linked In, or Twitter.

Mediterranean ‘Delight’ for Thanksgiving

Now that I’ve been doing the Mediterranean Diet I’ve been recently thinking about what I am going to cook for Thanksgiving. I have skimmed pictures of what I made last year as well as viewed charts I received from my dietician of “heart healthy” meals. I have been studying, so I want to share a few ideas with you. I will copy some images, but right now I’d like to give you a brief description of some things you and your family can consume while enjoying Thanksgiving and maintaining your health. Let’s not overeat this holiday season and include some important food groups!


Of course we can’t leave out Turkey! A serving size is considered 3-4 oz. or something the size of a “deck of cards” with the Mediterranean Delight, so one piece of turkey (or turkey pieces) that equal that amount would be fine! Keep in mind you are allowed 2-3 servings of protein per day on this diet, so there would be no issue with going back for another “deck of cards” sized 3-4 oz. turkey piece later! You can’t leave out leftovers!


A vegetable I love to make and that I made last Thanksgiving was asparagus. I love to boil them and saute with salt and pepper. Just a table spoon of olive oil or butter added would account for 1 serving of a “fat/oil” for the day. So it would be totally find to add butter or oil. Since asparagus is considered a “leafy vegetable,” you can go crazy and even have a whole cup! Lol Some non-leafy vegetables only permit a 1/2 cup while on the Mediterranean Delight (diet). You can get in 2-4 servings of vegetables per day.

How about brown rice as an addition. On this diet, you are allowed rice and bread, but everything must be brown brown brown! Whole weat, whole grain, well, you get it! A personal sized loaf of wheat bread would usually run about 100 caloires. That is the amount of calories that is permitted for a serving of grains/breads on this diet. You are only allowed 2 grains/breads per day. At least that is what my customized plan says.:-)

So There you have it. I have added turkey (3-4 oz.). I estimate that will be about 160 calories. Then I added the cup of asparagus. I googled it and a cup of boiled asparagus is a whopping 27 calories! lol A cup of cooked brown rice is 150 calories. So much better than mashed potatoes! 😉 I also added a personal sized wheat loaf. We will guesstimate that is about 100 calories. Your total Thanksgiving Mediterranean Heart Healthy Meal is going to be: 437. I almost forgot the tablespoon of olive oil added to your veggies: that is around 100 calories. There is your whole dinner. A low 500-550 calories.

Instead of my all time favorite pumpkin pie for dessert I may even substitute with a handful of cashews. Then I can also get in my “nuts/seeds” food group and avoid some of the sugar! Let me know what you think about this meal plan/idea in the comments.

About Zina

Zina Hermez has authored the Best-selling book, Not Without God: A Story of Survival. She’s been featured in numerous articles, guest posts, podcasts, websites, newsletters, and magazines. She’s been featured on ESPN’s ‘Solutions from the Huddle’ broadcast and on Grace and Truth Radio World. Zina’s written hundreds of articles and has taught thousands of students. Additionally she’s appeared in Christianity Today, the Suite T blog, and Southern Writers magazine among other places. She writes on faith, science, and overcoming adversity. She is also a major foodie and loves to help others. You can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Linked In, or Twitter.

The ‘Mediterranean Delight’

I started a 1,200 calorie per day plan accompanied with the Mediterranean Diet recently, and a friend suggested I call it the ‘Mediterranean Delight’ instead of a diet. I hate the word, ‘Diet.’ Lol On this plan you are allowed up to 4 proteins a day. A serving size is considered 3-4 oz. of meat, poultry, etc. and that is the size of a ‘deck of cards.’ I actually was having one egg every morning, but my doctor recommended two eggs for breakfast so this is about 1.5 scrambled eggs here. You are allowed 2 grains/bread per day each consisting of 100 calories, preferably dark (wheat) bread so I added this little bun. Finally, I added these delicious koftas which will put me at about two proteins so far between the eggs and meat. You can see I am having a warm cup of coffee with limited cream and sugar. Obviously, I have not started on fruit servings and vegetables along with nuts, seeds, etc. If you are looking to lose a little weight, I recommend the Mediterranean Delight (diet). Search it on google for a complete guide of servings and how much of each food group you can have per day. You won’t regret it!

About Zina

Zina Hermez has authored the Best-selling book, Not Without God: A Story of Survival. She’s been featured in numerous articles, guest posts, podcasts, websites, newsletters, and magazines. She’s been featured on ESPN’s ‘Solutions from the Huddle’ broadcast and on Grace and Truth Radio World. Zina’s written hundreds of articles and has taught thousands of students. Additionally she’s appeared in Christianity Today, the Suite T blog, and Southern Writers magazine among other places. She writes on faith, science, and overcoming adversity. She is a major foodie and loves to help others. You can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Linked In, or Twitter.

‘Patata’ Chop Day!🥔🍠🥔

Whattdya think? They turned out delicious!!!🥔🍠🥔🍠

Here is my recipe in case you are interested: https://notwithoutgod.net/2021/10/26/potato-patata-chops/

About Zina

Zina Hermez has authored the book, Not Without God: A Story of Survival. She’s been featured in numerous articles, guest posts, podcasts, websites, newsletters, and magazines. Recently she was featured on ESPN’s ‘Solutions from the Huddle’ broadcast and on Grace and Truth Radio World. Zina’s written hundreds of articles and has taught thousands of students. Additionally she’s appeared in Christianity Today, the Suite T blog, and Southern Writers magazine among other places. She writes on faith, science, and overcoming adversity. Lately she has been offering food services and is a major foodie! She loves to help others. You can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Linked In, or Twitter.

Potato (Patata’) Chops!

I was supposed to make these last week, but sometimes life gets in the way. It’s been an interesting course of events, and I’ll just leave it at that. However, I still have all the ingredients so I plan to make them tomorrow. Here goes the recipe in a nutshell. First you will need 3/4 pound of ground beef (lean) and a minced onion along with 1/2 teaspoon all spice, 1/2 teaspoon of of paprika, and a 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne. Though I think I may leave out the cayenne. You will also need to add a 1/2 cup of Italian (flat leaf) parsley.🌿🌿🌿

First you cook the meat and minced onion (10-15 minutes on medium high) or until no longer pink. Then you add the spices (above) and chopped parsley. Cook for several more minutes or until well cooked/mixed and then set aside to cool. That is your meat filling!

For your potato coverings, you will need a 13.75 box of Idaho mashed potato (flakes) and two large eggs. You will also need one teaspoon of salt and three cups of warm water, but first mix only the potato flakes and salt. After that, beat the two eggs and add along to potatoes with the warm water. Using your hands (after washed), mix the potato ingredients until well combined. The texture should be that of mashed potatoes!

Then, take a golf size (cookie dough scoop), or just one to two tablespoons of meat filling mix and place it in the center of a potato dough that you have flattened into a patty size circle. The most fun part of making a potato chop is sealing the potato dough (with meat filling) and making a patty ’clap.’ Traditionally the ’clap’ is the well known motion for the final sealing of the patata’ chop!

Finally, you place two to three patties in a pan of heated vegetable oil and get ready to fry. You carefully flip to the other side with tongs and make sure both sides are golden brown. Oh, and make sure your oil is heated to 375, you should see immediate bubbles once you put the potato patty in the oil. Be careful not to spill any oil. Making potato chops can get messy and even dangerous with the bubbly heated oil. Keep your pan in place! Once finished, add the potato chops to a paper towel lined plate! Get ready to eat. They are delicious!

About Zina

Zina Hermez has authored Not Without God: A Story of Survival. She’s been featured in numerous articles, guest posts, podcasts, websites, newsletters, and magazines. Recently she was featured on ESPN’s ‘Solutions from the Huddle’ broadcast and on Grace and Truth Radio World. Zina’s written hundreds of articles and has taught thousands of students. Additionally she’s appeared in Christianity Today, the Suite T blog, and Southern Writers magazine. She writes on faith, science, and overcoming adversity. Lately she has been offering food services and is a major foodie! She loves to help others. You can also connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Linked In, or Twitter.

Christmas Tree 🎄Stuffed Chicken

Christmas🎄 stuffed chicken! I LOVE the natural oil of avocados!🥑 Today I sautéed two chopped avocados and one large chopped tomato in vegetable oil for 3 minutes! I added about a half teaspoon of kosher salt and a dash of ground pepper! After sautéing, I put a slit in the (longer) side of each chicken breast. You will need one package. Then I stuffed two tablespoons of avocado/tomato filling and sealed the open sides with toothpicks. After that, I added the remaining filling to the top of the chicken breasts and baked at about 375 for around 45 minutes. Finally, I added a dash of table salt! Deliciousness! 🍅🥑🎄

About Zina

Zina Hermez authored the best selling book, Not Without God: A Story of Survival. She’s been featured in numerous articles, guest posts, podcasts, websites, newsletters, and magazines. Recently she was featured on ESPN’s ‘Solutions from the Huddle’ broadcast and on Grace and Truth Radio World. Zina’s written hundreds of articles and has taught thousands of students from all over the world spanning many different backgrounds and cultures. She’s appeared in Christianity Today, the Suite T blog and Southern Writers magazine among other places. She writes on faith, science, and overcoming adversity. She has recently launched food services and is a major foodie! She loves to help others. You can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Linked In, or Twitter.

Trisha Yearwood’s Stuffed Collard Greens

Take a look at the latest meal I have added to the menu! Trisha Yearwood’s stuffed collard greens and they are available! I have modified the recipe a little by adding beef! Celebs like to keep everything vegetarian abd vegan these days. For a limited time I am providing an unbeatable deal! Just click on the link.

These fresh and tangy leaves will leave you wanting more! They’re healthy and delicious! Order your batch of 30 today.🌿🍃🌱 #FoodNetwork #CollardGreens #TriciaYearwood #celeb #gourmet https://www.paypal.com/instantcommerce/checkout/36H2S5WQBAMA8 Shipped domestically to any state in the U.S.A.! Unfortunately, this item is not available for International shipping. it is considered ’perishable.’ Aren’t they pretty?🌱🌿🍃

Food Network Meat Pies and more (yummy) food!

I have been missing on WordPress for the last few days, but I have not been idle. Cooking and baking is something I’ve loved to do since I was a child! Hosting and entertaining guests have always been a favorite hobby. So it’s no surprise that I have launched my own food business and am shipping domestically in the U.S.! International shipping is not allowed right now; otherwise, I would add that to my list of to dos!

Here are the two new products I have launched one by one. By the way, I’m covering the shipping costs! Feel free to contact me today or simply order! I’d be happy to start cookin’ for ya! #FoodNetwork #meatpies #cheesepies #walnutpies #ReeDrummond #ValerieBertinelli #SouthwesternEggRolls #Southern #Southernstyle #notspicy #healthfood 🥟🧀🌶🌽🧄

https://www.paypal.com/instantcommerce/checkout/NHJJ722WYDDJS

https://www.paypal.com/instantcommerce/checkout/N48AFMD4ZFNXQ

About Zina


Zina Hermez authored the best selling book, Not Without God: A Story of Survival. She’s been featured in numerous articles, guest posts, podcasts, websites, newsletters, and magazines. Recently she was featured on ESPN’s ‘Solutions from the Huddle’ broadcast and on Grace and Truth Radio World. Zina’s written hundreds of articles and has taught thousands of students from all over the world spanning many different backgrounds and cultures. She’s appeared in Christianity Today, the Suite T blog and Southern Writers magazine among other places. She writes on faith, science, and overcoming adversity. She has recently launched food services and is a major foodie! She loves to help others. You can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Linked In, or Twitter.

Southern Style Pies🌶🧀🥟

I did it again. One of my most favorite things to do ever since I was a child until now is to cook and enjoy with family and friends. Basically, I love the feeling of creating something delicious and positive feedback is always nice. Yesterday, I made good ol’ meat pies. But these are not just any meat pies. They are Food Network pies. They are ‘Ree Drummond’s meat pies.’ Meat pies with a southern twist. I also made pies with cheese and used candied walnuts. Take a look at the pics!






By the time I was done I had about 45-50 pies! It took all day and I wiped down tables, washed dishes, and mopped more than once! Here are pics of some of the pre-fillings I made.





In case you’re interested you can find the recipe here:

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/meat-pies-3591684.amp

The meat pies had a hint of spice because of the red pepper flakes and chili powder. They are so good.😋

About Zina

Zina Hermez authored the best selling book, Not Without God: A Story of Survival. She’s been featured in numerous articles, guest posts, podcasts, websites, newsletters, and magazines. Recently she was featured on ESPN’s ‘Solutions from the Huddle’ broadcast and on Grace and Truth Radio World. Zina’s written hundreds of articles and has taught thousands of students from all over the world spanning many different backgrounds and cultures. She’s appeared in Christianity Today, the Suite T blog and Southern Writers magazine among other places. She writes on faith, science, and overcoming adversity. Her goal is to help others. You can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, Linked In, or Twitter.

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