Hearty Quinoa Salad – Meatless Monday Recipe

To be completely honest (which I always try to be with you guys), we haven't been participating in Meatless Monday for the last few weeks. I think it was a combination of someone always being sick in our house for what seems like an eternity and just kind of forgetting while meal planning. Now that we are all healthy (knock on wood!), we are back on track with our Meatless Monday goal. You can read about why we decided as a family to join the Meatless Monday movement and our reasons haven't ... Continue Reading

Budget Friendly Meal – $3.78 per serving

Creating budget friendly meals has become a part of everyday life in our household. Since becoming a one-income family, trying to stay within our family of four's grocery budget has become my weekly challenge. Eating healthy and saving money are top New Year's goals for many people. I wanted to create a dinner meal that is budget friendly, tasty and easy to make. Nothing too fancy, difficult to prepare or time consuming. An easy weeknight dinner that feeds the family without breaking the ... Continue Reading

Wild Blueberry Ginger Snap Smoothie

Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. Did you know that smoothies are an excellent way to get powerful antioxidants and immune boosting ingredients all in one flavor-packed glass? I have two preschool age kids at home, which means endless runny noses and coughs. Kids just become germ magnets when they ... Continue Reading

Mini Chicken Pot Pies – Full Flavor Less Sodium

These Mini Chicken Pot Pies have all the rich, creamy flavor of the traditional recipe but less calories and sodium thanks to a special ingredient. Here in Northern California, we've being gearing up for the "Storm of the Century" these last few days. While we did receive a lot of much needed rain and some areas unfortunately suffered some flooding and downed trees, the hype didn't really live up to the name. Not that I'm complaining. In preparation for all the stormy weather, I ... Continue Reading

Hosting a Healthy Awards Show Party

(Disclaimer: I did not receive any free products nor compensation for this post. Any products mentioned in this post are simply due to my own personal fondness of that product). The holiday craziness has died down but that also means all the festive celebrations have come to an end. Except that Hollywood's red carpet awards season starts this Sunday with the 74th Annual Golden Globes! I've always loved watching the award shows to see the beautiful dresses and see Hollywood all dolled-up. ... Continue Reading

Rosemary Chicken Salad – Light & Healthy Lunch

Being a stay-at-home mom, one of my biggest challenges each day is finding time to sit down and have lunch. Between preparing lunches for the kids, handling preschool drop off/pickup, and running a million errands that by the time lunch rolls around I'm just ready for a nap. No shame in admitting sometimes I stand in front of the fridge and just grab the first thing I see to hold me over until dinner time. In an effort to stay ahead of the game, I created this Rosemary Chicken Salad ... Continue Reading

Apple Cider Cocktail Recipe

Besides family, friends, and dessert, the holidays are all about cocktails at my house. It's so fun to try new and festive drinks at this time of year. Spiked hot chocolate, peppermint flavored martinis, gingerbread eggnog...delicious. I have no shame in admitting though that I'm not much of a mixologist. The drinks I prefer are simple and that don't taste very strong. I'm a huge wimp when it comes to drinks that "taste" like alcohol. It's always been a dream of mine to be sit at a nice ... Continue Reading

Sautéed Spinach Crostini – Recipe Redux

This sounds so dorky but one of my favorite places to hang out is the "cookbook" section of my local library. I have always loved looking through cookbooks. Not just for recipes but I love when cookbooks share stories or personal tidbits along with pictures of beautiful food. My mom is responsible for getting me hooked on checking out cookbooks at the library. This practice has come in very handy because a) cookbooks can be quite expensive and b) there is nothing worse than buying a ... Continue Reading

Rosemary Parmesan Popcorn

There is nothing better on a chilly winter evening than curling up under a thick blanket to watch a movie with a glass of wine and a little snack. Popcorn has always been my movie snack of choice. It smells delicious and is easy to eat while sitting on the couch. No silverware or plates needed. I wanted to take normal popcorn and elevate it into a better and more elegant snack. While I will always love butter flavored popcorn, it isn't very healthy. But I find regular air popped ... Continue Reading

Baked Pumpkin Donuts – Raw Spice Bar

Perfectly light & fluffy, these Baked Pumpkin Donuts are made using the freshest spice combination from Raw Spice Bar.  Disclsoure: I received a free sample of the spices mentioned in this post. However, the views expressed are purely my own, nor was I compensated for my time If my constantly overflowing spice cabinet is any indication, I love using spices when cooking and baking. I feel like I should wear a hard hat when opening the cabinet door in fear of falling spice jars. ... Continue Reading