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Skinny Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie

This Skinny, Low Carb Shepherd’s Pie is perfect for when the weather calls for comfort food, but the calendar’s heading toward spring!

It seems like no matter where in the country you live, the winter of 2017 has been full of crazy, wonky weather.  We’ve gone from torrential rain in drought-stricken California, to blizzard conditions followed by 70 degrees in New England.  Is it el niño, or la niña or a definite case of global warming? One thing is certain – it makes for some meal planning confusion!  One minute I’m craving soups, stews and comfort food, and the next minute I’m firing up the grill and craving corn on the cob.

Since it is almost March, I’m feeling like we should start to lighten things up a bit, because shorts season will be her before we know it!  For me, that means more veggies, leaner proteins, and fewer carbs.  This Skinny version of Shepherd’s pie is a perfect blend of warm comfort food, but I’ve lightened it up with turkey instead of hamburger, and I’ve skipped the corn and subbed in some chopped apple and pecan.  It tastes like Thanksgiving food, but it’s light enough for springtime.  Continue Reading..


Skillet Tarragon Chicken with Noodles

This easy, one-pan chicken dish is the ultimate in rich and creamy comfort food. No one will guess it’s lightened up and good-for-you! 

I received free samples of Progresso Cooking Stock mentioned in this post at no cost. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Progresso Cooking Stock and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. #ProgressoEatsContest

Hey there El Nino.  Go.  Home.  Please!  It’s cold, and raw, and nasty in my part of the world right now, and it’s all thanks to a little guy named El Nino.  I used to love it when he came ’round to visit me in New England, because it meant wet and rainy, and I would take that any day over snow and sub-zero temps. Continue Reading..


Quick Stovetop Chipotle Mac & Cheese {Meatless Monday}

How does a crave-worthy, under 30-minutes, one pot recipe sound to you?  I know, right?  Especially this time of the year – there’s nothing better than that!  Even better if it feeds a crowd, and can be reheated for leftovers the next day, or later in the night when basketball practice is over.  Oh – and hopefully you can hide a small bowl for lunch tomorrow.  Yep, this recipe checks all of the above boxes. Continue Reading..

Butternut Squash Farrotto With Montasio

I wore boots and a sweater yesterday.  That’s kind of a happy/sad thing for me, because I’m actually more of a shorts and sandals kind of a girl, but I really, really love my boots and sweaters, and it’s always kind of fun to pull them out and try them on again.  Oh, and my jeans.  I always hold my breath the first time I put those on for the season.  They still fit 🙂  even with all of the cooking I’ve been doing for this blog!  So I’m happy to wear some of my old favorites again, but sad because I know I’ll be in them for a very long time and by next May, I’ll be wanting to burn them.

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