Worth-It Challenge for Week 5!!

It’s not rocket science.  It’s not fascinating.  It is likely something you’ve heard before, maybe even repeatedly!   But, it is brilliant and it works!!   Week 5 Challenge: Fill half your plate with vegetables For lunch, dinner and if you’re really enthusiastic, breakfast! “It doesn’t matter which vegetable.  It can be salad, squash or… Read More Worth-It Challenge for Week 5!!

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THE #1 EASIEST WAY TO GET YOUR GREEN IN TODAY!

Grab a bag of this salad on your next trip to the grocery!  It has loads of green vegetables, dried cranberries, toasted pumpkin seeds and a delicious poppy seed dressing!  Loaded with all the benefits of greens as well as flavor, it doesn’t get much easier than that!  This salad-in-a-bag is a perfect go-to for… Read More THE #1 EASIEST WAY TO GET YOUR GREEN IN TODAY!

Garlic & Soy Bok Choy

Bok choy is rich in folate, vitamins A, C and K.  It’s an excellent source of calcium and fiber. This dark green leafy vegetable is loaded with phytonutrients, plant-based compounds that help lower inflammation and reduce the risk of developing cancer. Here’s a recipe I found that I can’t wait to try!  I’m planning to make… Read More Garlic & Soy Bok Choy

How to Make a One-Pot Dinner You Won’t Forget…

This is a recipe that is a bit sentimental to me.  I haven’t seen or tasted it since the first meal Mike made for me.  I have a theory that any man who offers to cook for you will always make spaghetti.  Am I right or am I right, girls?  He didn’t; maybe that contributed to… Read More How to Make a One-Pot Dinner You Won’t Forget…

Coconut, Curry Lentil Soup

Forgive me for my recent lack of posts.  We’ve been doing a bit of traveling, some crafting, a deal of Christmas shopping, decorating and a lot of eating, including Gilligan, my 13 year old Weimaraner, whose binging around the neighborhood hasn’t gone well for his belly….or for my rug.  Ugh! I made everything from scratch… Read More Coconut, Curry Lentil Soup

Happy Halloweeeeeeeen!!!

The weather has finally cooled a bit Florida!  With Halloween here, it’s time to put away the lemons and get out the pumpkin!  I began my morning with mouthwatering, pumpkin pancakes.  I’ve been hitting the snooze button way too many mornings lately and this morning was no exception.  Getting out to run at 4:30 am… Read More Happy Halloweeeeeeeen!!!

How To Make a Healthy Salad Taste Good

I have a pretty long list of dishes to take to social events.  I can pretty much pull a recipe from my butt (as my Mom might say growing up, but more eloquently written, repertoire) according to request.  We have a friend in town on a vacation from the Airforce.  She and her fiancé won a… Read More How To Make a Healthy Salad Taste Good

Funny Story About Pho

Pronounced “fuh”.  Fuhnny, huh?  The first time I ever had it, I wanted to try the full deal.  No Americanizing for me, please.  I want to experience the taste of the Vietnamese!  So, when “Pho” opened on the beach (no need to question what’s being served here), I wanted to order the authentic pho with… Read More Funny Story About Pho

Steaks and Shambles

Here we were at dinner-making hour and all the kids claimed supreme boredom and couldn’t seem to entertain themselves.  I reluctantly suggested a fort. Out came all the blankets in the house, pillows and dining chairs.  Along with the craft project for Mimi’s birthday,  my house was left in shambles and the fun lasted a… Read More Steaks and Shambles

So, is it “mih-nuh-STRO-nee”or “mini-strohn”?

Debatable.  That’s what I’m making for dinner.  Another one-pot-wonder.  I’m aaaaall about a complete meal in one dish when I’m making dinner for the little monsters. I want protein, which means meat or meat substitute, such as tofu, eggs, or legumes, at least 2 carbs per serving and preferably one to two vegetable servings.  Usually… Read More So, is it “mih-nuh-STRO-nee”or “mini-strohn”?

A Day in Philly

A lesson on America’s history.  A view of the liberty bell and a tour of Independence Hall.  I guess the tour guide’s mustache muffled his voice because I didn’t hear a word! Coupled with the chasing around of the two youngest monsters trying to stuff liberty bell cards down the antique vents, it was impossible… Read More A Day in Philly

Pretzels in Pennsylvania

Julius Sturgis founded the first commercial pretzel baking company in 1861.  The pretzels were hand twisted until the 50’s.  Most pretzel twisters were able to twist 50 pretzels a minute.  In about 2 minutes, I was able to roll out and twist one.  This was an entertaining tour! They still had most of the wooden… Read More Pretzels in Pennsylvania

Dinner for Three

My three older step-children have gone to their grandmother’s for the week which means meal-planning transitions from the thankless efforts of pleasing children set in their ways to a more diversified cuisine.  Last night was a meal of shrimp Po’boys with sliced avocado, seasoned plantain chips and a swiss chard salad with snap peas and… Read More Dinner for Three

What’s for Dinner

Pasta carbonara with salad and maybe some diced beets and organic grape tomatoes for the little one since he isn’t a big fan of raw lettuces….yet.  Pasta carbonara isn’t the healthiest of dishes, however my family has Italian roots and my husband would be delighted if I served pasta seven days a week. Plus, it’s… Read More What’s for Dinner

What’s for Dinner

My friends often ask me what I cook to get ideas for home cooked meals or need ideas for including more vegetables. I’m going to try to post my dinner meals daily so, here’s what’s cooking tonight: Crockpot Lemon Garlic Chicken (I’m using boneless thighs but, chicken breasts are a lighter option and will be… Read More What’s for Dinner