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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..


Summer Green Bean Salad with Grilled Halloumi

Oh hi, and happy second day of summer!  I hope your days are already full of warm sunshine, deep blue skies and sleeping in a bit later than usual 🙂  I ran into my old friends Green Beans and Halloumi the other day when I was at Whole Foods, and we decided to have a lovely summer salad for dinner.

Have you ever had grilled Halloumi?  If you’re not quite sure what I’m talking about, I’ll explain, because I remember the first time I ever saw it on a menu and thought, WT (heck) and I just jumped in and tried it.  I ordered it in a restaurant and honestly, I thought maybe it was a type of fish… I didn’t want to appear un-foodie-like, so I just went with it, and pretended I’ve eaten it all of my life.  Turns out it’s cheese.   Continue Reading..

Cranberry Chicken Salad Lettuce Rollup Sandwiches

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t eat a sandwich at least occasionally? I know many of us have one for lunch pretty much every day. I actually don’t eat them as much as I used to – I think I must have had one too many when I was young.  I do love a creative sandwich when I go out for lunch, but unfortunately that’s not very often.  At home I prefer to have deconstructed sandwiches for lunch– a few slices of chicken breast or turkey, a slice of cheese, some cut up veggies and instead of bread, I’ll have crackers or pita chips. All the essential parts, but just not assembled in the traditional fashion.  Continue Reading..

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