I have a huge sweet tooth, and I try my best to satisfy it with healthier options than ice cream or candy bars! One of my new go-to treats are these Smores Energy Bites from Two Peas and Their Pod. They are healthy, contain ingredients you can pronounce and are a good substitute for store-bought granola bars.Read More
If you’ve read this blog before, you know I’m obsessed with healthy muffin recipes. My son loves to eat muffins, so if I can provide him with a healthy muffin choice, all the better. Although I am a die-hard chocolate lover, I don’t usually like chocolate muffins or chocolate chip muffins. It just seems too decadent. However, this week’s Recipe of the Week – Yogurt Chocolate Chip Muffins – has changed my mind.Read More
I’m not always the best at getting my daily allotment of veggies in my diet. I don’t mind vegetables – I just often forget to make them as a side or incorporate them into my meal. I’m really trying to do better, so today’s Recipe of the Week is a great tasting, veggie-packed dish.Read More
I caught a bit of spring-fever the other day, so I ordered some fun summer clothes. The clothes arrived, and I immediately ran upstairs to try them on. As I tried the clothes on, I realized three things: 1) I don’t look the same as I did last summer; 2) I haven’t worked out for several weeks because of sickness; and 3) my legs have not seen sunlight for six months. Needless to say, ALL of the clothes were returned.
Rather than feeling bad about not looking as fit as I did last summer, I decided to concentrate on my eating. I was doing pretty good until I got sick. Since then, I’ve just been snacking on whatever sounded good. Now that I’m feeling better, it’s time to get back to tracking what I’m eating and making sure I’m fueling my body with GOOD, nutritious food.Read More
I’ve been battling a cold for the past two weeks, and the last thing I’ve wanted to do is cook. I’m finally starting to feel better, but I’m only cooking meals that sound good to me. Sorry, family – no requests this week. That’s where this "Recipe of the Week" comes in – it’s warm, filling AND healthy.Read More
Like hundreds of other people, I fell in love with the lettuce chicken wraps at P.F. Changs. I wanted to make them at home, so I started hunting for recipes. After trying a handful of recipes, these two were the most requested by my family: Damn Delicious Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps and The Novice Chef Lettuce Wraps. Both recipes are fairly healthy and easy to pull together, which is a win-win for me.Read More
This is the best banana bread recipe I've ever tasted - and it's healthy! The chocolate and banana flavors are a delicious combination. With other recipes, my banana bread has tasted a little dry, but that is not the case with this recipe. It melts in your mouth! I usually turn these into large muffins because it's easier for me to control my portions; otherwise, I'd eat the entire loaf of bread. I always gets lots of requests for the recipe - it's that good!Read More
When I set this entree in front of my husband, he said, "This is totally your kind of meal." He was right - I love everything about this delicious Chicken and Mango Basil Stir Fry. It is easy to prepare, tastes fresh and fills you up. It is now one of my favorite dishes to prepare. My son loves rice, so I paired it with jasmine rice. However, it can easily be served over quinoa or zoodles. I am more of a pineapple girl, so I substituted pineapple for the mango. (For the record, my husband loved this meal, too!)Read More
I like to throw caution to the wind and actually make a healthy muffin on occasion. It's a crazy concept, I know. My son likes to eat muffins before school, but I don't like giving him a "muffin" that is basically an unfrosted cupcake. As a result, I'm always looking for yummy-yet-healthy muffin recipes.
This recipe is a winner! It is full of healthy ingredients, yet it's tasty enough to appease my sweet-toothed son.Read More
I crave hot weather and humidity. Yes, you read that right - I love the humidity. I love summer food, swimming outside, wearing sundresses and being wrapped up in the warm humidity.
Although it's technically fall, we are still enjoying warm weather in Kansas. I wanted to prepare one last grilled dinner before we stowed the barbecue for winter. I picked this Grilled Chicken Salad with Strawberries and Spinach recipe from Skinnytaste, and I was not disappointed.Read More
School is back in session, and I am scrambling each morning to find something for my son to eat for breakfast. He's tired of the "same old options," and I want to feed him something that is actually good for him. So, at 8 p.m. on Sunday night, I decided I NEEDED to make this Whole Grain Cinnamon Applesauce Bread from Mel's Kitchen Cafe.Read More
Have you ever flipped over a bottle of store-bought marinade and read the ingredients? It's somewhat horrifying - there are a lot of ingredients that are definitely not "natural." After realizing this, I started making my own marinades. I'm always on the hunt for tasty, healthy marinade recipes to spice up my meals on the grill.
This week's recipe is one of my go-to marinades. The ingredients are easy to pull together, and the flavor is amazing. I
I've started being more diligent about reading food labels, and I am horrified by the list of ingredients in some of the products I consume. As a result, I'm trying to make as much of our food from scratch as possible. The only sticking point is that I don't have an abundance of time to make sauces, chop veggies and pull everything together. That's why I love this recipe - it takes little to no time to make this pesto sauce.Read More
There is something about seeing all of the fresh, beautiful produce at the Farmer's Market that makes me go crazy. I buy everything I see and leave with pounds of produce that I'm not entirely sure what to do with. Last year, I went a little overboard during a trip to the market and left with bags full of summer squash and zucchini. After making zucchini turkey burgers, zucchini bread, and zucchini meatloaf, I knew I needed another zucchini/summer squash recipe. That's how I stumbled upon this gem of a recipe from Cooking Light.Read More
didn't try enchiladas for the first-time until I was in my 20s, but ever since then, I've been hooked. Sadly, the recipes I like the best are not really healthy; however, I have found a delicious - and healthy - recipe from Skinnytaste. Not only do you make the enchiladas, but you also make the enchilada sauce.Read More
My friend's husband jokingly refers to this as my "lady salad." Although it does look like something you would enjoy at a ladies lunch, it is popular among both genders! My husband and dad like it as much as I do! This delicious pasta salad that will be your go-to potluck dish! Try it out and let me know what you think!Read More
This recipe was my first attempt at a cauliflower crust, and I was so pleased with how it turned out! This is a delicious recipe, and you can customize the filling to your taste. We've made this stromboli with both ham and sausage. I think it's a delicious and healthy answer to pizza/calzone cravings.Read More
Whenever we go out to eat, I find myself ordering crab cakes (or trying to talk myself out of ordering them in order to try something new). However, depending on the restaurant, they aren't always prepared with the healthiest ingredients. These Cooking Light Crab Cakes are different - they are both healthy and delicious.Read More