Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

Rigatoni with Sweet Turkey Sausage and Creamy Pumpkin Sauce

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

Do you ever think about how differently you eat depending on the season? Sure, it’s partly because of seasonal produce, but the temperature outside, and the family schedule also has a lot to do with what goes on our plates at different times of the year. That’s one of the biggest reasons I love pasta – it adapts so easily to so many different types of recipes. Whether you toss it with fresh vegetables and eat it cold in the summer, or stir it into a big pot of soup for busy school nights, or treat yourself to a creamy casserole dish of comfort food as the sun starts to set earlier – it’s all good! At less than 200 calories, lots of healthy complex carbs, and with 7 grams of protein per serving, pasta is a great foundation for a satisfying and healthy meal, and the perfect partner to pair with so many healthy ingredients. Continue Reading..

Light Chicken Mushroom Stew

Chicken stew is much lighter than beef stew, but every bit as delicious, warm and comforting on a cold winter night.


While I do love beef stew, I hate the hours of cook time needed to tenderize the meat. Even though it’s mostly hands-off time in the crock-pot or oven, it means I have to plan way ahead.  Not just as in “What am I having for dinner tomorrow night”, plan ahead, but as in holy crap, “It’s 10:00 am, I better start the dinner” plan ahead.  I’m good, but not usually that good.  Also, I’m not a huge fan of sautéing beef and onions at ten o’clock in the morning.  That’s still early for me, and the only smell I really like in the morning is coffee.    Continue Reading..

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