Healthier Creamy Potato Salad #RecipeMakeover

In my opinion, Memorial Day officially kicks off BBQ Season. If you are anything like my family, we spend a lot of time firing up the grill and eating outdoors. When I teamed up for #RecipeMakeover week, I decided to take a few of my favorite Summer BBQ recipes and try to create healthier versions of these classic dishes. I'm kicking it all off with my favorite BBQ Side Dish...potato salad. There is just something about potato salad that I love. However, traditional potato salad is ... Continue Reading

#RecipeMakeover – Spring Clean your Diet

Spring is a perfect time to assess and spring clean your lifestyle! To incorporate a healthier diet into your lifestyle, you don't need to make drastic changes (unless recommended by a doctor). It's not about denying yourself that occasional treat; it's about taking the time to decide what types of food you want to give your body so it performs at it's best. This week, I've joined forced with 40+ of my food blogger friends to present #RecipeMakeover. During this week, we'll all be ... Continue Reading

Pineapple Core – Healthy & Resourceful

Did you know that the core of a pineapple is full of healthy nutrients? Did you also know that the EPA estimates that Americans throw away $1,600 worth of food each year? An easy way to reduce food waste is to figure out how you can use part of a food you would normally toss out. For example, the pineapple core. Pineapple - Healthy Fruit & Core At just 82 calories per 1 cup, this fruit is packed with beneficial nutrients such as Vitamin C, Manganese, Dietary Fiber and ... Continue Reading

Spring Vegetable Salad Recipe

This fresh and crisp Spring Vegetable Salad recipe is packed with healthy, nutritious seasonal spring produce. Perfect for Meatless Mondays or lighter meals.  Spring is in the air! A few weeks ago, the weather was nice enough to have dinner outside in the backyard.  We invited our neighbors over and had a spontaneous bbq. They supplied the most delicious tri-tip and we were in charge of the side dishes. Since the weather was so lovely, I didn't want to prepare anything too heavy. ... Continue Reading

Salty Dog – Grapefruit Cocktail Recipe

This grapefruit cocktail recipe is fresh and simple, making it my new go to drink. I've always wanted to be the kind of adult that has a "go to" cocktail. The kind of drink you can order wherever you are without feeling like a kid that just turned 21 and is trying all the cocktails. In my mind I envision a scenario where I'm running late to meet my hubby for dinner and when I arrive (looking fabulous of course because this is a dream), he's at the bar and says "I ordered you a drink" and ... Continue Reading

Spring Asparagus Recipe Ideas

Sharing a few of my favorite asparagus recipe ideas for spring, along with nutrition knowledge for this seasonal veggie. I can always tell when Spring is approaching (hard to tell sometimes in California) because the stores start selling daffodils (one of my favorite flowers) and asparagus is back in season! I haven't always been a huge fan of asparagus. As a kid I think it was one of those vegetables I detested. Possibly because it was usually just steamed until it was a limp, greenish ... Continue Reading

Deviled Eggs – A Healthier Option

Needless to say it took me awhile to recover and try them again, but after a bit of time, I was back in the deviled egg fan club. With Easter upon us this weekend, I know many people will be pulling out their trusted old deviled egg recipe for family brunch or dinner. Nothing says Easter quite liked baked ham and creamy deviled eggs (let's not forget stale peeps and jellybeans). I created a new recipe for a healthier twist on this old classic. Traditional deviled eggs are usually ... Continue Reading

Spicy Tuna Wrap – Healthy Lunch Idea

This spicy tuna wrap recipe combines a tuna fish sandwich with a spicy tuna sushi roll. A great healthy lunch idea that can be taken on the go. Tuna fish sandwiches were a favorite of mine growing up. My mom's tuna salad preparation will always be one of my favorites, but it definitely isn't healthy. It involves canned tuna, lots of mayo, celery, onion and hard boiled egg. Piled high on some white bread and you have one of my favorite comfort foods. As I have become an adult (and a ... Continue Reading

Chicken Soba Noodle Broth Bowl – Healthy at Home

This delicious Chicken Soba Noodle Broth Bowl recipe is based on a popular restaurant's dish, but can easily be made at home for a much more budget friendly, healthy meal. There is nothing I love more than settling into a cozy booth at lunch with a fancy sandwich, gourmet salad, or gigantic bowl soup with a warm, crusty baguette on the side. So it would come as no surprise that I absolute love Panera. I think their food is fresh, delicious, and filling. Not to mention that I am a sucker for ... Continue Reading

Sausage and Spinach Soup

This rich and flavorful Sausage and Spinach Soup recipe is a great way to create a healthy meal using leftover ingredients in your fridge and pantry. Continue Reading

Coconut Caramel Affogado

One of my favorite parts about having people over for dinner is creating a fun menu that definitely includes dessert. Growing up, we always had dessert when my parents had people over. That tradition still rings true for me, even though my husband is anti-sweets. The saying opposite attracts is true, at least in our household. However, I often found that I'd prepare too much food and that no one had room left for dessert after the meal. To matters even worse, I'd be stuck with an entire ... Continue Reading

Healthier Chicken Parmesan – Meal Makeover

An easy meal makeover, this Healthier Chicken Parmesan utilizes the same ingredients as the traditional recipe, just less quantities resulting in that same delicious flavor but less calories and fat.  Everyday Favorites versus Occasional Indulgences There are certain foods that I think should just be enjoyed as they are, in all their unhealthy fat and caloric glory. For example, I don't think anything fully compares to a really juicy cheeseburger topped with crisp bacon.  The key is to ... Continue Reading

Blackberry Ricotta Pita

(Disclosure: I received free samples of Toufayan Pita mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Toufayan Bakeries and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.) One of my favorite simple but decadent breakfast recipes is to take a toasted piece of sourdough bread or bagel and top it with creamy ricotta cheese and fresh berries. It's just so simple but full of flavor! However, I don't have it ... Continue Reading

Spinach and Tomato Egg Muffin Recipe

This Egg Muffin recipe is an easy, quick and healthy breakfast that can be made in advance and taken on the go for those hectic mornings.  Let me preface this post by saying that I am entirely aware that I am lucky that I only have to be up and out of the house by a certain time 2 days each week. Since I work from home, my schedule is pretty flexible. However, on those 2 days that I have to be at school drop off on time, breakfast gets a bit hectic. These Spinach and Tomato Egg Muffins ... Continue Reading

California Breakfast Tacos

These California Breakfast Tacos use fresh and flavorful ingredients to start the weekend off right. Happy Taco Tuesday! Perhaps it's because we grew up in California, where you can get a decent authentic taco at the gas station, but my husband and I are huge taco fans. We love them so much that we even had Rubio's Fish Taco's cater our wedding! The theme for this month's Recipe Redux challenge was to share a healthy taco recipe in honor of Taco Tuesday. I've previously ... Continue Reading