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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..

10 Healthy Ways to Love Watermelon

Best summer fruit? Watermelon, without a doubt!  Here’s why and how to eat lots of this nutritious fruit all summer long.

If summer produce had an academy awards, it would go something like this… Best vegetable (OK I know it’s really a grain) goes to corn on the cob, for it’s starring role as grilled street corn.  Best fruit – has to go to watermelon, for it’s starring role in EVERYTHING.  I can’t even narrow it down to one or two starring roles or dishes, because they’re all so delicious and positively summery!  Whether you eat it straight, over the kitchen sink, with juice dripping down your chin, or you use a ripe, sweet watermelon in a recipe, nothing says summer fruit quite like it.

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20 Clean Eating Recipes That Aren’t Salad

Clean eating means putting lots of plant foods on your plate, but IT DOES NOT have to mean you’re limited to salads, and these delicious recipes are proof!

Happy New Year dear friends!  Let’s all quickly detrain the Christmas cookie express, and jump aboard the clean eating train for the next month or so, PLEEEEASE?!!  Says the one who polished off the last of the Christmas cookies, candies and cakes, and New Years leftovers, and took down all signs of the holidays yesterday.  Sigh.  It’s over.  House back in order, and fridge empty of treats, and full of only good-for-you foods. Continue Reading..

Polish Mushroom Soup with Barley

This creamy, mushroom soup transports me right back to my Polish grandmother’s house on Christmas Eve.

How totally glad are you that it’s soup season?  It’s the only thing I absolutely love about cold weather, and since I’ve moved to Arizona, I find that my soup season is way too short. Not that I’m complaining – I’ll take hot weather and cold food for 9 months, and warm weather and warm food for 2 months. That still leaves one whole chilly month for soup, and folks — it’s officially time to heat up the stockpot. Continue Reading..

Sweet Potato-Palooza

Sweet potatoes aren’t just a side dish for the holidays!  Check out the many healthy ways to enjoy them all day long.

Remember when you only ate sweet potatoes for the holidays, and they were more than likely covered with mini marshmallows?  WHAT were we thinking?  So many people have a negative opinion about sweet potatoes because of that recipe.  Way too sweet.  Is it a vegetable or dessert?  Surely sweet potatoes can’t be good for you.  Well, the mighty sweet potato has come a very long way since that casserole recipe.  They’re pretty much a staple in my house, not only because they taste good, but they’re also so ridiculously versatile. Oh, and they’re also incredibly good for you – full of fiber, potassium, vitamin A, and low glycemic index complex carbs.  Continue Reading..

Spiced Pumpkin Bisque Shooters

Soups on! These Spiced Pumpkin Bisque Shooters made with siggi’s orange & ginger yogurt are a perfect holiday appetizer or first course.

I received free samples of siggi’s yogurt mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by siggi’s yogurt and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

 Eighteen days until the biggest eating fest of the year people!! And if you’re reading food blogs, I’m going to guess you’re on the hunt for some creative Thanksgiving recipe ideas. Nothing too out there – I know there are certain family members who will hit the roof if you don’t serve the traditional stuffing, sweet potatoes, or green bean casserole.  One year I put apples and walnuts in my stuffing and I never heard the end of it. Continue Reading..


Creamy Mediterranean Tomato Hummus Soup

A mug of soup warms you right up during the football game, and this tomato soup gets a boost of Mediterranean flavor and extra creaminess from a secret ingredient – spoiler – it’s hummus!

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra Dipping Co. LLC, and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I received coupons for free product used in testing this recipe. I was not compensated for my time.

Hey, it’s mid October, which means there are two important questions on the minds of football fans everywhere.  1) How’s your team doing?  2) What can we serve for the tailgate party?


I’ll be totally honest, I’m usually more concerned about the food than the game – unless Notre Dame (my school) or Clemson is playing (my son’s school, but since I’m on my 7th semester of college bills there, it’s kind of become my school). Last week was especially HUGE in my house– ND vs Clemson. I couldn’t decide which team to cheer for, and in the end I realized there really was no loser.   Nothing like rooting for both teams! #EveryonesAWinner! Continue Reading..

Chipotle Sweet Potato Black Bean Soup

You might know if you follow this blog that I recently moved to Arizona. I grew up in Chicago, moved to Boston after college, and after a very long time complaining about the cold, and the clouds that seemed to hand around for months at a time, and the 4:15pm sunsets all winter, I packed it up and moved southwest. And I LOVE it! Winter now means 5:30pm sunsets – very do-able, and today is a chilly 63 degrees with just a few puffy clouds. Like I said, LOVE it! Continue Reading..

Pasta e Fagioli {Meatless Monday}

We’re knee deep in winter here in the northeast. Literally, becasue  we got another foot of snow last week. My back yard is looking more like Sochi than Hopkinton, and I’m guessing most of the country is feeling the same way. It’s been one of the longest and coldest winters I can remember in a long time. I’m thinking about putting away the car and buying a luge to get around instead. Do you think they come with heated seats?

So, cold and snow can only mean one thing – soup for dinner!  I hope you’re not tired of it yet, because we still have at least another month or more to go 🙂 .  Pasta e fagioli is a great winter-warmer-upper because it’s filling and hearty. It’s also a perfect choice for Meatless Monday.  Couldn’t be an easier one-pot meal with lots of veggies, protein from the beans, and starch from the pasta. Continue Reading..

Heart Smart Bean and Barley Vegetable Soup

You know that expression “it’s a heart attack on a plate”?  Maybe it’s not a real expression, but I always say it to describe something that is full of fat other delicious things that will clog your arteries and kill you sooner rather than later.   Well this soup recipe that I’m sharing today is kind of the complete opposite.  It’s like “a heart protector in a bowl”.

I have three favorite cholesterol lowering foods – oats, beans and barley.  Sure, there are other good things to eat for heart health, but that trio contains some of the highest sources of soluble fiber, which is the kind that lowers your cholesterol.  Soluble fiber is also great for reducing your appetite because it fills you up for longer, and slows down your digestion a bit, and it helps keep your blood sugar more stable. Continue Reading..

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