Pumpkin Spice and All Things Nice

  That being said, I'm not sure if you are aware that most coffee shop chain's Pumpkin Spice Lattes don't actually contain any pumpkin. They actually just have a bunch of weirdly named ingredients and preservatives and "flavorings" that it kinda takes the fun out of drinking one on a chilly morning (or another while shopping at Target, or another mid-day, or another at night...you get my drift).   So, I hit the world wide web and searched for healthier recipe versions ... Continue Reading

The Best Chicken Burger

  However, I can't eat a big burger like that all the time, unless I want to be overweight with insanely high cholesterol. So, I save those bad-ass burgers for a special treat, which actually makes me enjoy them even more.   In the meantime, I try to find meals that are equally as flavorful, but with less calories and artery-clogging saturated fat. This recipe is probably my favorite Chicken Burger to date (and I've made a lot of chicken burgers). It's relatively simple ... Continue Reading

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

When I get up in the morning, I like to pretend it's a chilly fall day by wearing soft flannel shirts, lighting candles, putting socks on...and then switch back to my T-shirt and flip flops after 11am when the sun comes out. But I have faith that fall days are near and this Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs is a perfect fall evening meal. It takes some time to cook, but there isn't much prep and not a lot of ingredients involved, so once it's in the oven it pretty much takes care of itself.... Continue Reading

Hearty Chickpea Soup

It wasn't until I started cooking soups myself at home that I began to see the light! Soups can be a great meal (or part of a meal) when made with low sodium broths, vegetables, beans/lentils, great spices and lean proteins (turkey sausage, chicken, fish, etc). I love adding a little heat, since spice can add a lot of flavor to food instead of relying on heavy creams. This was my first time making this Hearty Chickpea Soup that I originally found on Pinterest (seriously, what did we ... Continue Reading

Friday Favorite – Broiled Grapefruit

Each Friday I'll be sharing a new favorite of mine from the past week....it could be a seasonal ingredient that I'm excited to try, a new recipe, or a handy kitchen gadget to help save time. The possibilities are endless, but I think this is a great way to share just a quick new "favorite" of mine from the week with all of you. This week I've been on a grapefruit kick. Fresh grapefruit, grapefruit juice, even grapefruit scented candles...I love it all!  I know everyone isn't a grapefr... Continue Reading

1 Dish Wonder!

I absolutely HATE doing the dishes! I'm sure no one really "loves" washing pots and pans, but I really despise it. I'll almost do anything else to get out of washing dishes...take out the garbage, change the baby's diaper, switch the laundry, even voluntarily watch The History Channel (my nemesis). I especially hate washing pots and pans that have dried food stuck on them.   That's why this recipe is perfect! I found this recipe on Pinterest (seriously, how did we find new ... Continue Reading

    5 Ways to Beat Egg Boredom

    I am the type of person that looks forward to meals and cannot eat the same thing over and over again without getting insanely bored. My husband on the other hand can eat plain old scrambled eggs for breakfast everyday for the rest of his life and never get bored, but let's face it, he is strange. I'm sharing a few of my favorite egg based recipes/ideas to jazz up your morning routine to beat egg boredom. They are easy and quick...requirements for busy mornings when you have to locate ... Continue Reading