A Simple Dessert

I remember my mom hosting a lot of dinners at our house while I was growing up. She is the quintessential host...beautiful centerpieces, fun themes, and great food. My favorite part of the dinner parties was the dessert course once the meal was finished. My mom would bring out a freshly baked cake or other homemade dessert and my mouth would start to water. The cake was almost always brought to the table on a cake stand and served on dessert plates. Now that I'm an adult, I also love ... Continue Reading

Fourth of July – Healthy & Happy

It's also a holiday typically associated with hot dogs and potato salad. Both of which are great in moderation, but below are a few tips to ensure everyone has fun and healthy fourth of july. Stay Hydrated Temperatures are usually a bit warmer by July, so it's important to stay hydrated, especially is you are spending time outdoors It's especially important to increase your water consumption if you are drinking alcohol in warmer weather. I like to try and have 1 bottle of water ... Continue Reading

The Best Bloody Mary

I just like the vibe of brunch. I love that it's perfectly acceptable to casually arrive at 10:30am (I'm so not a morning person), sweet and savory dishes are both equally in attendance on the menu, and most of all that cocktails are encouraged. This is my kind of meal. It was after enjoying many, many brunches that I fell in love with the Bloody Mary. Probably one of my favorite cocktails ever. I love that the base is tomato juice (kinda feels healthy), spiked with horseradish and ... Continue Reading

Grilled Watermelon Feta Bites

Grilled Watermelon with peppery arugula, salty feta cheese and sweet balsamic glaze makes a perfect summer dish.   I have never thought about making grilled watermelon before, but once I saw it on Kroll's Korner, I knew I had to make it. The recipe was part of a post about different ways to grill fruit. After trying this recipe, I can't wait to try the rest. Kroll's Korner is one of those sites that I read every morning while I enjoy my morning cup of coffee. As a fellow ... Continue Reading

Banana & Almond Butter Ice Cream

I love ice cream. However, I never keep it stocked in the freezer because I would literally eat an entire pint in one sitting. The kids and I usually go out for a scoop once a week, but now I keep this Banana & Almond Butter Ice Cream on hand without worry. When I was creating a recipe for the Banana Walnut Sundae, I was testing out homemade "ice cream" made out of frozen bananas and fell in LOVE with the flavor! The frozen bananas give it a great creamy texture similar to real deal. ... Continue Reading

Healthy Summer Treat

We had a taste of summer this past weekend in Northern California...temperatures in the high 80's, afternoons spent by the pool and BBQ'ing with friends and family in the backyard. In addition to flip flops, sunscreen and watermelon, summer always makes me think of frozen treats like ice cream and popsicles. I remember being a kid and getting all sticky while eating my orange push-pop out in the front yard after dinner. In preparation for the warmer weather, I developed these refres... Continue Reading

Our Weekly Meal Plan – Series

I got a lot of great feedback last week after sharing my family's weekly meal plan! Thank you so much for your kind words and comments. I posted our meal plan again for this week, along with recipe links and any misc notes for meal prep on certain days.   SUNDAY Breakfast: Breakfast Sandwich from Starbucks (treating ourselves!) Lunch: Out to Eat Dinner: Dining at a friend's house Notes: Don't have to cook at all today...yessss! MONDAY Breakfast: Scr... Continue Reading

Garlic and Lime Grilled Shrimp

I am so excited to share this recipe for Garlic & Lime Grilled Shrimp on Cucumber Chips with you for multiple reasons! Most importantly, it's my first monthly post with The Recipe Redux Community.   The Recipe Redux is  an online community of food-loving bloggers putting their healthy spin on favorite recipes. As a part of the community, we are given a topic each month and asked to develop a healthy recipe to share with on our blogs and within the Recipe Redux Commun... Continue Reading

Healthy Trail Mix, A Simple Snack

I am a big believer in setting yourself up for success, whether that means making your lunch the previous night, pre-packing your gym bag so it's ready to go, planning your week's worth of meals in advance (you can see our weekly menu here) or having pre-made snacks on hand, ready to grab when hunger hits. You can do everything in your power and have the best of intentions to prepare yourself a healthy dinner when you get home, but sometimes life just has other plans. There is traffic, ... Continue Reading

Our Weekly Menu Plan

I often get asked by friends and on the blog what my family typically eats for our meals during the week. I love getting meal ideas from other people and online, so I thought it would be fun to share our weekly menu in return.   Along with our weekly menu, I've included the links to recipes for certain dishes that I found online that I want to try or that I've made before and love, various notes pertaining to our schedule on certain days, and notes if the kids are having ... Continue Reading

Bringing the heat with harissa

My husband (Dan) is the king of spicy foods....you can't really make a food hot enough for him. He orders Thai food that is so spicy the smell alone brings tears to my eyes and he doesn't think it's spicy at all. I, on the other hand, am a total weenie when it comes to spice. I stumbled across this recipe for Green Harissa Avocado Hummus  and have become hooked! If you aren't familiar with harissa, it's a sauce that is usually red in color (there are many variations though) and ... Continue Reading

Salmon Ceviche – Recipe Review

I don't know about you, but I just love those types of dishes that are made with fresh, flavorful, and crisp flavors. They make me think of sunshine, fresh air, and keep you feeling satisfied but not like you could burst the button on your pants. I stumbled across this recipe for Salmon Ceviche on Lyndi Cohen's Nude_Nutritionist's Instagram a few weeks ago and couldn't stop staring at the photo! I took a screenshot of it (that's how I remind myself of recipes I want to try from Instagram) ... Continue Reading

Grilled Fish Tacos with Avocado Jalapeño Cream

I love fish tacos. I love them so much that when Dan and I got married, we served Rubio's Fish Tacos at our wedding. Much to my mother's dismay (love you mom). But they were a hit, because who doesn't love fish tacos? I wanted to create a recipe that still had the same great flavor as traditional fish tacos, but that cut back on the calories a bit. Traditional fish tacos often use breaded fish that is deep fried and some type of sour cream based sauce on top. I lightened mine up by ... Continue Reading

Grilled Steak Tacos with Herb Sauce

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner and that means tacos! If you are looking to make tacos but still want to maintain your healthy lifestyle, here are a few tips: Omit the Sour Cream and Cheese Consider using Greek Yogurt in place of sour cream (or a mixture of 1/2 sour cream and 1/2 greek yogurt) Cheese tends to be high in fat and sodium, if you add a lot of flavor to the tacos, you won't even miss the cheese Add healthy fats with fresh avocado Grill your ... Continue Reading

Margarita Monday

Dan makes the best margaritas! He was inspired to perfect his recipe after we stayed at this cute little resort in Baja a few years ago and lived off of $1 margaritas. I'm not exaggerating when I admit that for 2 full days, we drank nothing but margaritas and ate homemade tortillas. It was wonderful! We've always loved margaritas, but sometimes you can only drink one before getting that acidic burning feeling in your throat from too much sweet and sour. Not to mention that many ... Continue Reading