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Mary Poppins Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Review

Mary Poppins Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Review: This weekend I attended Mary Poppins The Broadway Musical at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. Let me not waste your time and start off by informing my readers that this musical was excellent in so many ways! Go reserve your tickets immediately. I literally felt like I was taken back and placed on the set of the original film itself.

Ann Michels as Mary Poppins was chilling as she played her role to perfection. From her beautiful ballads to her spot-on posture, I was convinced that this was the true Mary Poppins. Mark King did just as an amazing performance as Bert, although by the end of the show his perspiration had me to believe he was “Singing in the Rain” rather then sweeping chimneys. The kids were adorable, and all in all every actor had top-notch performances that left a desire for more.


The sets were minimal, but the song and dance routines were huge and definitely made up for the few set changes there were. My favorite performance was in Act II as the ensemble did a tap dance number to “Step In Time.” Costume and wardrobe were fantastic and true to the film at the turn of the 20th century with some additional flare in some of the performances. Production used stage trap doors and remote electronic trickery to justify the magic that Mary Poppins is well known for, which added the awe factor we all craved as kids watching the motion picture Disney created.

I was a bit disappointed when Mary Poppins took flight, or lack there of, as well as when the kites were to soar high. With the illusions given to us earlier on, I just expected more. During a few of the performances, the cast gave the kinks in our necks a tweak by appearing out of nowhere in the middle of the audience. If you know Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, you know it can be a bit uncomfortable. Especially for a 6’2” hefty guy like myself.

Dinner was a tad above mediocre. If you follow my Instagram (PhatPhood), you may have already seen that I gave each dish a 3 out of 5 rating. I had two glasses of Seven Daughters red wine throughout the five hour-long evening, I ordered a third, yet never received it. You get to hear the same spiel from the waiter for every couple at your confined table as you nod your head and pretend as if you did not already hear the rehearsed paragraph. Regardless, it still ended up being an overall good dinner, and networking with others that share similar passion is always an added benefit.

Dinner Chanhassen Theatre

Chanhassen Theatre Dinner

This musical runs through August 29th, so you have plenty of time. You can always just get tickets for the show only, but I recommend the entire experience if you have never done so. Keep in mind that if you only want to attend the show and skip dinner that the show only tickets are only available ten days prior to performance date. If you are a fan of Mary Poppins or just love great theatre performances/musicals, put this one on your bucket list and thank me later. You can order your tickets here.

Chanhassen Theatres

If you are interested in Phatphood reviewing any arts and entertainment events in the Twin Cities, email WeveTriedIt@gmail.com.

PHOTO CREDIT: Heidi Bohnenkamp, 2015

Philly Lettuce Wrap 350

Low Carb Ribeye Philly Cheese Steak

Philly Lettuce Wrap

Low Carb Ribeye Philly Cheese Steak: No recipe needed. Just look and drool…because this literally melts in your mouth! Follow the pictures and enjoy!

Philly Ingredients


Thinly Sliced Ribeye Steak

Diced Onions

Sliced Mushrooms

Sliced Green Pepper

Cheddar Cheese

Mushrooms and peppers

Philly Steak Prep

Philly prep

Philly Steak

Philly sandwich

Philly Lettuce Wrap

Keeping with low-carb, we placed our Ribeye Philly Cheese Steaks on a bed of lettuce. You can always use Italian rolls for those who aren’t going for the healthy choice.

Lasagna stuffed spaghetti squash 350

Lasagna Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Recipe

Lasagna stuffed spaghetti squash

Lasagna Stuffed Spaghetti Squash: Losing weight. Eating good. I can’t believe how delicious this recipe is!

Spaghetti Squash


Spaghetti squash:
1 small spaghetti squash, cut in half and seeded
1 tablespoon oil
salt and pepper to taste


Lasagna meat sauce:
1/2 pound ground turkey
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 onion (diced)
1 cloves garlic (chopped)
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional)
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning or oregano
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tablespoon basil (chopped)


Stuffing for spaghetti squash:
1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese or ricotta
1/2 tablespoon basil, chopped
1/2 cup partially skim mozzarella, shredded

Cooking Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400F. Roasting the spaghetti squash: Brush the inside of the spaghetti squash with oil, season with salt and pepper and roast, be sure that the skin side is up. Bake until tender, around 30 minutes.

Cook the turkey for meat sauce, browning takes about 8-10 minutes, set aside. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat, add the onion and cook until tender, around 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, cook for 1-2 minutes.

Add the turkey, tomatoes, tomato paste, Italian seasoning, bay leaf, paprika, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to your frying pan, bringing to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer while the spaghetti squash is finished roasting and then mix in the basil and remove from heat.

Once the spaghetti squash is done roasting fluff up some of the inside to make your noodles. Divide the mixture of the cottage cheese and basil between the two halves followed by the sauce and the cheese.

Broil in the oven until the cheese has melted and turned a light golden brown, about 2-3 minutes. Watch closely.

Lasagna Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Recipe

We made a few changes to this recipe that we originally found on Closet Cooking blog. The recipe above was cut in half and serves 2.

breakfast 350

Sweet & Spicy Breakfast Stack with Mina Harissa

Sweet & Spicy Breakfast 500

Sweet & Spicy Breakfast Stack with Mina Harissa: So many delicious flavors in this recipe, your family will be begging for more. Turkey, sweet potatoes and peppers make for the perfect combination.

1 large sweet potato
1 lb ground turkey (I used Italian seasoned ground turkey)
1 bell pepper chopped
1/2 medium onion chopped
3 tbsp butter
1tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper

Breakfast ingredients

Preheat oven to 375. Cut sweet potato into medallions. Melt 2 tbsp butter in a microwave safe bowl. Pour over potato and add garlic powder, salt and pepper. Toss lose until evenly coated in butter and seasonings. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 30 mins, flipping them half way through.

In a medium skillet melt 1 tbsp of butter and add onions. Cook until soft. Add ground turkey and brown until fully cooked. Add in the bell pepper and cook for about 2 minutes. You still want the bell pepper to have a bit of a bite. Fry up a couple sunny side eggs.

To assemble, i did a bottom layer of the sweet potato medallions (roughly 5-6 medallions), topped it with the ground turkey mixture and finished it off with the fried eggs and of course Mina Harissa.

Mina Breakfast stack

Mina Harissa

Mina has three heat levels of her Harissa, all of them are a perfect addition to any recipe. I dip chips straight into the spicy green chile Harissa. I’ve used the mild Harissa as a spaghetti sauce. The possibilities are endless and the taste is amazing. Move over Sriracha…Mina will literally be on everyone’s tongue within the year. Enjoy!

You Can Order Mina Harissa Here

Mina Harissa with Chips

If you have tried Mina Harissa, leave us a comment below and let us know what you use it on. We are always looking for new ideas.

Banana Muffins 350

Coconut Flour Banana Muffins Recipe

Banana Muffins

Coconut Flour Banana Muffins Recipe: My house smells great! All I have to say is that they turned out pretty tasty…with a generous amount of butter to melt into the dryness.

I didn’t alter this recipe that I found on My Gutsy blog. However, I added different toppings to each muffin, pecans on some, dark chocolate chips on some and cacao chips in some. Just a dash though.

Banana Cupcake Ingredients


1 cup organic coconut flour

1 1/2 cup very ripe bananas (2-3 bananas)

4 eggs

6 tbsp butter or coconut oil (melted)

5 tbsp raw honey

2-3 squirters full of stevia

1/4 tsp sea salt

1 tbsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp vanilla

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Place liners in your muffin pan.

In a med bowl smash the bananas and mix in the honey, coconut oil, vanilla, eggs, and stevia until combined.

In a separate bowl mix the coconut flour, baking soda, sea salt, and cinnamon. When using a more dense coconut flour it will turn out much fluffier if you sift it first. Use 1 cup of sifted coconut flour.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until just combined. Spoon the batter into your muffins liners (90% full.) Bake for 65 minutes at 300 degrees.

This recipe was made for Coconut Flour Banana Bread. If making bread add oil or butter to your bread pan and then line with parchment paper. Cut 2 pieces and fit them in the baking pan.

Bake for 75 minutes at 300 degrees. The top and edges should be a golden brown. Remove form oven and let cool for 15 minutes in pan. Store in a nontoxic container in the fridge.

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langoustines and zucchini pasta 350

Langoustines and Zucchini Pasta Recipe

langoustines and zucchini pasta

Langoustines and Zucchini Pasta Recipe: Best low carb home cooked dinner thus far. Zucchini noodles and langoustines in a white wine garlic sauce.


1 medium zucchini
4 cloves of garlic
1/3 cup dry white wine
1 tbsp butter
6 oz langoustines
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp parsley
Red pepper flake
Salt and pepper


Heat butter in medium pan and add garlic and half of parsley. Cook until garlic is golden. Add in white wine. Let reduce by half. Add in red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste. Add langoustines (or substitute shrimp) heat until warm. Turn off heat. We bought our langoustines at Trader Joe’s.

Take the lemon juice, spiraled zucchini and add to the pan and toss. Top with remaining parsley. I put on a few flakes of Parmesan at end. Healthy (just a bit of wine) and so very delicious!

To make our zucchini pasta we used the As Seen on TV Veggetti.  It worked, but it made more of a ribbon as compared to the blue handle tool (shown below), which made a better separated noodle form. Just not as expected and Veggetti is inconsistent from other pictures seen online. Mine clumped, where as others looked like loose, free noodles (see photos below for examples of noodles.)



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Meatloaf Protein 350

All Protein Meatloaf Recipe

Meatloaf Protein

If you are on a high-protein low-carb diet or just watching your carbs in general, then this All Protein Meatloaf Recipe is for you.


1 Lb Grass fed beef
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 (4oz) can tomato sauce
1/3 cup crushed fried pork skin
1 egg
2 1/2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp garlic salt
1 tbsp garlic pepper seasoning
1/4 medium white onion
1/4 bell pepper

Baking directions: First preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In large bowl add, grass fed beef, bell peppers, onions, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, crushed pork skins and eggs.

Season your meat mixture with chili powder, garlic salt and garlic pepper seasoning. Mix meatloaf until thoroughly blended.

meatloaf porkskin

Meatloaf ingredients

Meatloaf ball

In a greased loaf pan, form meat into a loaf shape. Bake uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

Meatloaf baking Meatloaf inside

This low carb loaf of meat had a nice spice to it but was missing some flavor. It was good, but could be better. Perhaps adding more onion (or sauteed onion) along with a bit more herbs and seasoning. Play around with it and let us know what you did to improve what we did.

If you are not worried about carbs, check out our Cheddar Stuffed Meatloaf Recipe.

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The Addams Family Great Theatre Company 350

The Addams Family Great Theatre Company Review

The Addams Family Great Theatre Company

This weekend I attended The Addams Family musical put on by GREAT Theatre at The Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud.  Lets see how corny I can be, well… it was a ghoulishly good time!  Dead funny.  Okay, that’s enough.

First, the Paramount is fabulous!  Everything made for a comfortable experience, besides the chairs.  No worries though since they, with theatre goers donations,  will soon be swapped out with new ones after 66 years of numbing our bottoms and aching our backs.  This theatre also offers beer and wine in the lobby for a decent $5 along with candy and snacks.  Definitely check out the paintings along their walls, some are even for sale.

The Addams Family musical was as quirky and dark as the original TV show.  The sets were dark and clever and the musical numbers were entertaining and very Broadway.  All the musical acts were also catchy and filled with big stage dancing, yet performed on the intimate smaller stage that Paramount offers.   There were fun references made from The Honeymooners to Charlie Sheen, and one of my favorites from Grandma to Pugsley after he said he didn’t understand her references, “Well stop texting all the damn time and read a book!”  There were a couple profane words used, nothing too harsh, and some reference to sexual content.

All of the actors did a superb job, however, Uncle Fester stole the show.  With surprisingly superb vocal resonance as well as an entertaining narrator, Brandon Bodien is my notable mention.  Not to take anything away from the other twenty one talented actors that delivered a seamless kooky and spooky musical that I totally recommend seeing during its run of engagement through February 15th.

You can purchase ticket for The Addams Family musical here.

Baked Pesto Chicken 360

Baked Pesto Chicken Recipe

Baked Pesto Chicken

Baked Pesto Chicken Recipe: Looking for healthy meal options? Want to lower your carb intake? How about something to prep for lunches all week? Well we’ve tried a recipe that answers YES to all of the above.

Pesto Ingredients

Pesto Ingredients:

2 cups basil
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 cloves garlic
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Zest and juice from half lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

In food processor combine basil, pine nuts and garlic. Pulse until coarsely chopped. Then add in your favorite olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Mix in cheese. If you don’t have time to make pesto, store bought will do.


6 boneless and skinless chicken breasts, salt and ground black pepper for seasoning chicken. Trim off visible fat and tendons from chicken pieces, then cut each chicken breast lengthwise into 2 or 3 pieces.

Raw Chicken

Preheat oven to 375F.  Spray a 9″ x 12″ baking dish with non-stick spray, spread 1/2 cup basil pesto over the bottom of the dish. Lay chicken strips over the pesto, then spread 1/2 cup more basil pesto over the chicken.

Chicken with Pesto

Cover with aluminum foil and bake the chicken for 30-35 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Serve hot.

Baked chicken and pesto

It may not look appealing but it tastes great and I will be making this recipe again. What should I make next? Leave me a comment below.

We found the original recipe at Kalyns Kitchen.

Baked Pesto Chicken Weve Tried It

Bulletproof-Coffee 360

Bulletproof Coffee Recipe and Review

Bulletproof Coffee

To make bulletproof coffee you will have to dedicate a little more time in the morning, but the pay off lasts the entire day. I prep by cutting butter for the week to save on time in the morning. Now I’ve read many articles that explain how this works and how to make it, and after trying just a few variations, for me, this process works the best:

1 cup of fresh French pressed coffee (Café Du Monde)

2 tablespoons of Kerrygold Irish Organic butter

2 tablespoons of MCT oil (pure coconut oil)

Bulletproof Coffee Weve Tried It

Throw these three in a blender and mix for 10 seconds and enjoy! That simple. It tastes like a frothy buttery latte. If you eat with your coffee in the morning, eat protein or it basically defeats the purpose. Not only is this a great pick-me-up that lasts the entire day without need for other cups of coffee, but it also is training your body to burn fat rather than carbs. So eating carbs with it is NOT recommended. The fine tuned recipe gives you the caffeine high with out the jitters and without the crash. Just a slow come down about 10-12 hours after consuming. Now the MCT oil may increase bowel movements, so you might want to start out at 1 tablespoon. I think that just depends on an individuals body. I have no problem with 2 tablespoons.

Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

I buy the MCT Oil at Whole foods for $25 a bottle, it is also available on Amazon. Kerrygold Organic Irish Butter is easy to locate but I find it to be cheapest at Costco. Café Du Monde can be found virtually anywhere. Cheaper at a big name grocery store. If you give it a try, let me know how it goes and what you think of the taste. Enjoy!