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

Mediterranean Nachos Recipe

I thought it was impossible to make nachos any tastier than they already are, until I had Mediterranean Nachos. Whole. New. Ballgame. It's been my goal recently to include more mediterranean style flavors into my family's meals. Mainly because of the health reasons (high in healthy fats, vegetables, whole grains, and fresh herbs and less saturated fat, refined carbohydrates, empty calories) but also because I just love the freshness of greek style dishes. I think I've been pretty good at ... Continue Reading

An Apple a Day…

Turns out mom wasn't wrong when she said "An apple a day keeps the doctor away". Apples are a crisp and naturally sweet fruit that also promote many health benefits.  While apples can often be found in grocery stores year round, the peak season is typically September to early Spring. Which means we are currently right in the height of apple mania. There are so many different varieties that it's hard to find someone that doesn't like at least one type of apple. An easy and filling snack ... Continue Reading