Inspiring healthier eating one dish at a time

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..

Apricot Pecan and Honey Goat Cheese Ball

This Apricot-Pecan Goat Cheese Ball is a perfect celebration appetizer, whether you’re having company for the holidays, or celebrating the Recipe ReDux December theme – Grab a Book and Cook! 

Happy holidays friends! We’re counting down to Christmas and holiday parties, AND it’s also time for a Recipe ReDux post. This month’s theme is Grab a Book and Cook – to celebrate the end of 2016.  So…. on page 16 of one of my first favorite cookbooks, The New Basics Cookbook, by the authors of the Silver Palate cookbook,  I found a delicious sounding recipe for Herbed Chevre Bites, and I’m ReDuxing it to add some fruit and nuts, and up the nutrients a bit more. Continue Reading..

Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake Sherbet

Strawberry sherbet turns into a healthy, probiotic-rich snack when it’s made with labneh, also known as Greek yogurt cheese.

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Real California Milk products and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

I have a crazy new addiction.  It’s labneh – also spelled labna and known as kefir cheese, or Greek yogurt cheese. It’s part of my Greek yogurt and probiotic obsession.  I add a bit of honey and vanilla to it, and no lie.  It tastes just like cream cheese icing.  I dip fruit into it.  I scoop it into my overnight oats.  Sometimes I just eat it by the spoonful.  Please – there are way worse addictions. Continue Reading..


Grilled Cheddar, Brie and Apple Sandwiches

Grilled cheese is quick dinner and comfort food all in one.  Kick it up a notch with this grown-up version of your childhood favorite

It’s time for another Recipe ReDux post, and this month’s theme is 7 Ingredients or Less.  That’s my kind of a recipe, and it ranks right up there with my other favorite category -the One Pan Recipe.  Even though I love to cook, if I see a long ingredient list in a recipe, I hate to admit it, but I usually can’t be bothered.  Inevitably, I’m out of at least one of the ingredients, or I’ll make the entire thing, and then realize I left one (or more) of those ingredients out because I just couldn’t keep track.  In short, no-brainer recipes are always best.
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Holiday Slaw with Greek Yogurt Dressing

Brussels sprout and apple slaw made with siggi’s spiced apple yogurt is a healthy, make-ahead holiday side dish.

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.

Have you ever thought what Thanksgiving would be without the sides? It would literally be “turkey day”. Bor-ing. I do love the turkey, but I also adore all of the sides. Especially the stuffing. I would die without stuffing.


The problem is, those sides take so much time to make. And they require extremely careful planning and precise timing so they’re ready just as the turkey has rested for the appropriate amount of time. And most importantly, they require oven space. Precious oven space — that most of us don’t have. Continue Reading..

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