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Super-Simple Homemade Peanut Ramen Noodles

No, it’s NOT your dorm room ramen! These delicious, nutritious homemade Peanut Ramen Noodles hit the spot when you’re starving but time and money are short.   

Hey there friends!  It’s time for another Recipe ReDux post, and this month’s theme is “How low can you go?”  We were challenged to create a healthy, delicious, and budget-friendly meal.  It’s a perfect theme for January, as I sort through the never-ending stream of tax forms that come in the mail each day, and realize just how little I earn in a year!  Truth be told, I certainly appreciate a big, fancy and expensive meal – but only if someone else is paying 🙂  I’m just as happy with budget food, as long as it’s fresh. Continue Reading..

Turmeric & Ginger Pickled Cauliflower

This crisp, pickled cauliflower is packed with rich, spicy flavors. It’s a perfect appetizer or accompaniment to your sandwich plate.

Is there any better sight to a dietitian than seeing your family or dinner guests devour a huge plate of cauliflower?  I think not.  Even though we’re known to push as much color as possible onto each and every plate, cauliflower deserves a major pass on that rule. It is, after all, a member of the marvelous cruciferous or brassica family – rich in vitamins C, K, and folate, antioxidants, and cancer-fighting compounds. It’s the sulfur-containing phytochemicals, known as “glucosinolates”  that give cauliflower (and it’s cousins broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts) its super powers – and it’s funky smell and bitter taste. Continue Reading..

Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowl

Clean eating never tasted so good!  These Carrot Cake Smoothie Bowls are a balanced breakfast, but they taste like dessert!

I was asked to participate in the #TasteTruvia campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger network. I was compensated for my time, but as always, all opinions are my own.

I’m totally dating myself here, but a million years ago, there was a television ad for Alka-Seltzer called “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing”.  That’s kind of how I’m feeling after the holidays.  I try to keep it as healthy as possible for as long as possible, but by about the time December 20 rolls around, I start sneaking the cookies and candy, and then the company arrives, and there are the dinners out.  And my kids love to make their big bacon, eggs, and hash brown breakfasts – with a big side of fruit, of course. And then there are the cheese boards, with things I rarely eat – like peppered salami. And the wine. Lots of wine.  So, by early January,  when the last of them has been dropped at the airport, I’m ready to jump back on the clean eating bandwagon. Continue Reading..


Apricot Pecan and Honey Goat Cheese Ball

This Apricot-Pecan Goat Cheese Ball is a perfect celebration appetizer, whether you’re having company for the holidays, or celebrating the Recipe ReDux December theme – Grab a Book and Cook! 

Happy holidays friends! We’re counting down to Christmas and holiday parties, AND it’s also time for a Recipe ReDux post. This month’s theme is Grab a Book and Cook – to celebrate the end of 2016.  So…. on page 16 of one of my first favorite cookbooks, The New Basics Cookbook, by the authors of the Silver Palate cookbook,  I found a delicious sounding recipe for Herbed Chevre Bites, and I’m ReDuxing it to add some fruit and nuts, and up the nutrients a bit more. Continue Reading..

Chocolate Peppermint Slice ‘n Bake Shortbread Cookies

These holiday cookies not only taste delicious, they’re also a snap to make! The dough keeps in the freezer. Just slice and bake as needed.

It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas!  No, it’s not the tree – it’s been fake for a while now.  It’s not from the roaring  fire – it’s gas, and it’s not from the hot chocolate – I’m just a coffee drinker.  It’s the from Christmas cookies, people!!  Now that I’m an empty nester, I really don’t have much reason to bake anymore. So it’s kind of nice to have the oven going, and the mixer mixing, and flour all over the place, and all of those fruity, pepperminty, Christmassy smells in the house. Continue Reading..

I’m Dreaming of… Clever Christmas Recipes

The entire family will love these cute and clever Christmas recipes that are actually a lot easier to make than they look! 

Happy Holidays friends, and thanks for stopping by!  I hope you’re stockpiling the Paxil, or finding some way to manage your holiday stress, crossing gifts off your to-buy list, and planning for some relaxing time with loved ones in the coming weeks.  Also hoping Santa doesn’t leave you with too many credit card bills to pay off all spring, because nothing sucks more than that…

My favorite thing about the holidays (besides getting to see my kids for a whole week, of course), is planning what I’m gonna make – the cookies, the candy, the peppermint martinis, the appetizers, and of course, the meals.  I get totally, crazy excited with all of the planning.  My Holiday Pinterest boards are burning up with too many cute and clever Christmas recipe ideas, so I’ve got to share! Continue Reading..


Shortcut Pumpkin Tiramisu

This Shortcut Pumpkin Tiramisu is ridiculously fast and easy to prepare, and its full of yummy, spicy  holiday flavors.

Oh my goodness – I’ve been so busy getting back into my new kitchen and keeping up with some pretty intense work deadlines, that I kind, sorta misplaced a week somewhere.  I truly thought that Thanksgiving was next week, not in 3 days.  Yikes.  Luckily, my parents are hosting, so I’m helping, but not really responsible for cooking.

It is time to think about holiday parties though, and I do have several coming up in the next few weeks. It’s always good to plan your menu ahead, and give any new recipes a test-run so there are no goof ups in front of guests, so I’m testing a new one out on all of you today.  This month the Recipe Redux challenged members to share a healthy dessert for the holidays.  Well …  How about two out of three?  This is definitely a dessert.  And I think it’s perfect for the holidays.  But I’m not claiming that it’s healthy! Continue Reading..


Apple Cinnamon Upside Down French Toast

This Apple Cinnamon Upside Down French Toast is make-ahead easy, and a surprisingly low carb breakfast or brunch treat. 

Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the #UseNectar campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I was compensated for my time, but as always, all opinions are my own.

Who doesn’t love a baked French toast casserole for a leisurely Sunday brunch?  It’s a great option to feed a group because you make it the night before, let it sit in the fridge, and then when it’s time, you just pop it into the oven.  Unfortunately, most recipes tend to be pretty high on the carb scale, because in addition to the bread and syrup, there’s usually a fair amount of sweetener involved in the egg mixture.   Continue Reading..


Cranberry Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites – (from my new kitchen!)

These energy bites are made with pumpkin and spice and everything nice.  No baking required!

Well, hello!  It’s been a while since I’ve posted.  Some of you know I’ve been knee-deep in a total kitchen renovation for the past few weeks, and I’m so happy to say – IT’S FINISHED!!  Well, there are a few minor odds and ends to tie up, like a door for my pantry and my glass cabinet fronts, but it’s 99% finished, and I. AM. IN. LOOOOVE.

Some people are into cars, others are into clothes and jewelry.  Me – it’s all about the kitchen.  It’s the heart of the home, and where I spend quite a bit of my time, so it’s got to be good. Continue Reading..


Baked Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

A much healthier twist on the ultra-rich pasta dish – this Baked Spaghetti Squash Carbonara  is full of veggies and tastes delicious any time of day.

Disclosure: I was asked to participate in the “#OrganicForAll” campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network. I received free product for recipe testing and was compensated for my time, but as always, opinions are my own.

Is there a person in this world who doesn’t love pasta carbonara?  That luscious creamy, cheesy sauce that’s wrapped around pasta, eggs, and bacon.   It’s the ultimate breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast food.  SO good, and definitely fall comfort food. Yes, this spaghetti squash version is definitely different, but still full of the flavors you expect, and it won’t disappoint. Continue Reading..


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