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

Latin Black Bean Soup – Meatless Monday

This Latin Black Bean Soup recipe makes the perfect accompaniment to dinner, especially for Meatless Mondays. Full of flavor with a little kick, it's easy to make and delicious to eat. My friend Sarah made this latin black bean soup once when we went to house for taco night. I fell in love with the flavor and since then have probably made it about 200 times. And for once that isn't an exaggeration. I have made it so many times that I no longer need to look at the recipe...it's that good! ... Continue Reading

Homemade Ricotta Cheese – Meatless Monday

In today's world there is such an emphasis on things being "quick", "easy", and "fast". This is especially true when it comes to food and meals. It's easy to get lost in the pre-packaged or ready-to-eat foods that we lose sight of the joy of cooking things ourselves. A few months ago, I decided to push myself to get "back to basics". Meaning that I wanted to try making some foods that ordinarily I would just purchase at the store. My reasoning for trying to make more things from scratch ... Continue Reading

Homemade Flavored Coffee Syrups

Homemade flavored coffee syrups are a healthier and easy way to jazz up your coffee without the added sugar! I remember when I was younger I never understood the appeal of coffee. I had tasted it on occasion and hated the taste! It was so bitter that the only way I could "drink" it was to add about 1/2 cup of milk and heaping spoonfuls of sugar. Once I hit my late 20's, my stomach just couldn't handle the milk or sugar anymore. By that point I had grown fond of the actual flavor of coffee ... Continue Reading

Mini Brownie Parfaits – Bite Size Dessert

The holidays are upon us, which means a lot of food, drink and celebration! Many holiday celebrations involve desserts, which are one of my favorite parts of a meal. So I was excited to find out this month's theme for The Recipe Redux blogging group I belong to was to share a healthy holiday dessert that we'll be sharing with family and friends. I don't skip the desserts during the holidays because pumpkin pie, cakes, and cookies are some of my all time favorite desserts. However, I ... Continue Reading

Healthy Thanksgiving Menu Additions

Some great tasting, healthy Thanksgiving menu additions for all you last minute planners out there.  We are hosting a thanksgiving brunch this year and then headed to my sister-in-laws house for the main event. Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be so stressful and in the past there is one thing I've learned: preparation and planning is key to a stress free meal. I can remember the first year that my then boyfriend (now husband) and I lived together and hosted a family Thanksgiving. The guest ... Continue Reading

Thyme Roasted Carrots Recipe

If you don't count appetizers or dessert, side dishes are the main attraction for me at any holiday meal. I find turkey and ham enjoyable, but I leave lots of room on my plate for the side dishes. I'm not gonna lie, carbohydrates are usually my side of choice at holidays. Hot rolls with butter, flavorful stuffing, and german spaetzle all find their way onto my plate at Thanksgiving. Cranberry sauce usually adds a bit of color, but other than that, my plate ends up being mostly beige. ... Continue Reading

Tomato White Bean Soup Recipe – Meatless Monday

This Tomato White Bean Soup recipe with Kale Pesto makes the perfect hearty, filling and delicious dinner.  One of my favorite dinners lately has been a nice, warm bowl of hearty soup with a green salad on the side. It's so simple but also filling and nourishing. There is just something about soup in the fall that makes me feel cozy. My family and I love creamy tomato soup. The only downside is that it often doesn't really leave you full and I find myself hungry again an hour after ... Continue Reading

Wild Blueberry Chutney with Creamy Brie

The perfect holiday appetizer, this Wild Blueberry Chutney with Creamy Brie is easy to make, delicious and packs a healthy punch.  Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Wild Blueberries and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. One of my favorite things about the holiday season is getting together with friends and family for festive celebrations. Mainly because where there are celebrations, ... Continue Reading