Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

Lightened Up Broccoli Cheese and Farro Casserole

I received a gift card to offset the expense of my ingredients. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Milk Advisory Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

This is a true story.  Sad, but true.  When I was young, one of my all-time favorite side dishes was a broccoli, cheese and rice casserole.  It was one of those family favorite recipes that my mom always made for family gatherings, and it involved…ahem… canned cream of mushroom soup, frozen chopped broccoli (I’m OK with that one), white rice, and a certain “cheese” product that came in a jar and whose name might rhyme with knees fizz.  I used to eat it by the vat-full.  I know, please don’t judge.  Well, guess what?  I Googled it, and it turns out the recipe is still around, and it’s still enjoyed by families everywhere.  Continue Reading..

Skinny Pear and Meyer Lemon Ice Cream

I received a gift card to offset the expense of my ingredients. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Milk Advisory Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. This post contains an affiliate link. If you purchase through my Amazon link, I will receive a small commission which is used to offset the expense of this blog.  Thanks for supporting me!

I am a hoarder collector of small kitchen gadgets.  So much so, that a few years ago when we added a small addition to our home, I turned part of the space into a pantry/appliance and gadget storage room.  I didn’t want a closet.  I wanted a pretty room with glass cabinets and pull-out shelves and lots of area to display my “toys”.  It’s become my favorite room in the house. 🙂

My newest addition to my gadget room is my  ice cream maker.  I debated about getting one forever, but I’m happy to say, it’s been getting some good use already, despite the never ending cold weather.  My plan was to make healthier ice creams, so how excited do you think I was when the California Milk Advisory Board challenged the Recipe ReDux members to lighten up a favorite recipe using Real California dairy products? Continue Reading..


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