GreenLiteBites Healthy ideas for the whole family. Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:45:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 10-Grain Power Breakfast Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:36:56 +0000 Bow of 10-Grain Power BreakfastI ran out of eggs this weekend and because of a nasty ice storm, I didn’t make it to the store for my typical weekly shopping trip. The kids are also off school — AGAIN — but that’s another story. After the gym and getting the kids all settled in their respective new snow routines, I was ready for breakfast but with no eggs in the house I had to reach for my new backup: Bob’s Red Mill 10-Grain Hot Cereal I don’t work with Bob’s [...]]]> 1 Garbanzo and Pea Soup With Ginger-Carrot Broth Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:36:28 +0000 Chickpeas and Pea Soup with Ginger Carrot BrothWhen I’m sick all I crave is soup. Maybe it’s because I’m dehydrated or maybe it was my mom’s “cure all” of  homemade chicken noodle soup as a child that made an impression on me. Either way when I’m feeling under the weather, soup is my go-to. So yesterday I pulled out what I had, which included homemade chicken broth in the freezer and a bag of aging carrots in my produce drawer. Then I remembered the frozen ginger root and BOOM! Seed planted — Ginger Carrot Broth. Ginger [...]]]> 1 Pan-fried Pork Chops With Roasted Butternut Squash Puree Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:08:14 +0000 Pan-fried Pork Chops with Roasted Butternut Squash Puree Finished PlateI am the only person in my household who likes pureed butternut squash. I can kind of get Ryan to eat it in fry form. I can sort of get Evan to eat a roasted cube or two. I can NOT get The Husband to stop making faces when he sees it. He’s tried it a couple of times and each bite has the same how-in-the-world-do-you-like-that-crap reaction. I can’t get ENOUGH Especially when it’s pureed. I call it liquid gold and I damn near lick the [...]]]> 5 Kid-Friendly Chicken Chili Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:12:52 +0000 Kid-Friendly Chicken Chili - MildI’m doing it! I’m slowly converting my chili-hating 9-year-old into a chili-loving fan! First it was a simple ground turkey chili with corn. Last week he tried it hesitantly and ate it for dinner declaring it wasn’t his favorite but “he’s not a kid anymore so he can eat things he doesn’t really like.” Hold the phone… those are HIS WORDS! My approach seems to be working so far. I can’t believe it! Only time will tell [...]]]> 1 Roasted Cauliflower Head, aka The Pufferfish Method Thu, 19 Feb 2015 01:28:03 +0000 Roasted Cauliflower Head aka The Pufferfish Method - After CookingI’ve seen this floating around the old interwebs for sometime but it was Alan and Carla who inspired me to finally give it a try. The idea is simple: smear on some flavor and roast the whole head of cauliflower at once. That’s it. That’s all. I love when something this easy comes that THAT good. And it really is good. My whole family devoured the head alongside some chicken and corn the other night for dinner. Here’s what I did…. Video [...]]]> 1 Simple Almond-Oat Cookies Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:41:14 +0000 Finished Simple Almond-Oat CookiesI’ve been on a mission to find something I can eat at 5:30 am on my way to the gym. I tried the oatmeal thing, the PB on toast thing, even roasted sweet potatoes, but nothing really hit the spot or was easy enough to prepare that I’d keep up with it.  Most recently I tried just eating store-bought granola bars but that felt like a step backward. Last weekend I made a batch of A Cuban Inspired SaladI’ve been stretched a little thin this week so I haven’t made anything that special to share. However, I am working on a breakfast almond cookie idea (I’m going to make it again today and photograph) and yesterday the idea for this salad slapped me across the face. I was rummaging through the fridge when I noticed the leftover pork loin. Normally that’s my cue to make my version of a Cuban sandwich. But ever since my low-FODMAP experiments I’ve come [...]]]> 1 Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Soup Mon, 09 Feb 2015 18:42:58 +0000 Roasted Sweet Potato and Quinoa Soup Close UpA few weeks ago I was on a hunt for canned coconut milk and all I could find was the full fat kind by Goya. I’ve seen some “light” cans before but they were nowhere to be found. So I decided to suck it up and get over my still irrational fear of fat. Overall I’ve been good about this, swapping traditional low-fat products over the years for their full fat and less altered counterparts. I’m trying hard to [...]]]> 5 Cheesesteak Salad With a Warm Tomato Dressing Wed, 04 Feb 2015 02:15:24 +0000 Finished Cheesesteak Salad with a Warm Tomato DressingI’m into making my favorite foods into salads right now. I do it on cheeseburger night all the time and most recently with leftover pulled pork. There’s just something great about making food traditionally known for being unhealthy or “fattening” (whatever that means) and using it for inspiration in a healthier dish. Last Friday I made my (do I dare to say famous? — The Husband is [...]]]> 2 The Simplest, Tastiest Cucumber and Avocado Salad Ever! Sat, 31 Jan 2015 20:50:10 +0000 Cucumber and Avocado SaladI think I’ve confessed this before but I’m going to do it again because I think it’s important to know that everyone doesn’t just like healthy things. Some of us work hard on it. Avocado and I have been on an interesting journey. When I was a child I don’t remember even seeing avocados. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the Northeast and they just weren’t popular there in the ’80s?? But I literally have ZERO avocado memories. When I went away to college, guacamole seemed [...]]]> 4 Red Potatoes Roasted With Rosemary and Mustard Thu, 29 Jan 2015 01:27:26 +0000 Red Potatoes Roasted with Rosemary and Mustard in BowlWith onion and garlic temporarily off limits I’ve been challenging myself to get creative with flavors in the dinner department. Everyone likes roasted potatoes (well, everyone in my house, almost, sort of) but what if I jazzed them up with, say, a grainy mustard and some dried rosemary? Verdict? LOVED BY ALL! I’ve made these twice in the past week as I perfected the timing and both times Ryan asked for seconds, the Husband raved about them unsolicited and Evan, well, he took a bite [...]]]> 4 Cucumber Bites With Blueberries and Cheddar Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:50:20 +0000 Cucumber Bites with Blueberries and Cheddar - Step 2Getting creative in the snack department was a big factor in my initial 70-pound weight loss and now that I’m attempting to eat low-FODMAP, I’m rediscovering its powers. There’s just something totally satisfying about preparing a snack than grabbing something quick (that I always end up regretting) out of the pantry. Before I went grocery shopping this weekend I rummaged through my fridge and pantry for low-FODMAP friendly options. I came up with: Cucumber — On all safe lists I can find. Sharp Cheddar (Thanks to Cabot who [...]]]> 0 Produce Pick: Dragon Fruit Fri, 23 Jan 2015 02:15:50 +0000 Dragon FruitLast week I took a trip to my local Wegmans and although I was completely turned off by the hordes of people (this is why I never go) and horrible layout, I’m always impressed by the diversity in its produce department.  I mean who else carries dragon fruit in Maryland? I don’t think I’ve ever seen it available! Also known as Pitaya, dragon fruit is mostly found in Southeast Asia, Mexico, Central and South America, and Israel. I think it’s also grown [...]]]> 8 Low-FODMAP Style Stuffed-Pepper Soup Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:12:04 +0000 LowFODMAP Style Stuffed Pepper SoupStaying away from high-FODMAP foods is a challenge to say the least! I’m slowly figuring things out, but I feel like my vegetable consumption has tanked as all my favorites are on the list. Well, all my favorites except bell peppers! I had this idea for a stuffed pepper stew of sorts for some time, hoping it would be a one-pot meal I could actually get the family on board with. They were unimpressed. Not bad… yada yada…  I’ll say it [...]]]> 7 Blueberry Coconut Smoothie Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:33:28 +0000 Blueberry Coconut SmoothieIf you read my journal you may know I’m going through some dietary changes as I figure out what my food sensitivities are. It’s really throwing me for a loop as it seems some of my favorite healthy vegetables may be causing my stomach distress, which is causing me cooking distress! When I look in the pantry or fridge, all I see are foods I should be staying away from at the moment. It’s depressing. So yesterday I decided to look through my IBS books and [...]]]> 3 Chicken and Pepper Soup Tue, 13 Jan 2015 00:48:01 +0000 Pepper and Chicken SoupI devoted all day Saturday to doing things I love in honor of a challenge I was wrapping up on Roni’s Weigh. And of course one of my favorite things to do is cook — especially with kids! Scenes like this just make me smile ear-to-ear! Evan hasn’t helped as much as his brother did by this age — second kid syndrome — BUT he’s showing more interest lately and I involve him as much as I can. On Saturday he put all my [...]]]> 3 Chickpea, Orange and Celery Salad Sat, 10 Jan 2015 03:47:20 +0000 Finished Chickpea, Orange and Celery SaladI spent the past few days at my mom’s helping out while she had hip replacement surgery. Thankfully, she was discharged yesterday and is doing great! It’s amazing how fast you can be on your feet after that kind of procedure. There’s no doubt I got the fight in me from her. Anyway, while there I made some chili and this salad with what I could find in her pantry. She had oranges and I, for whatever reason, have gotten out of the [...]]]> 5 Sliced Sweet Potato Loaf Wed, 07 Jan 2015 02:33:45 +0000 Sliced Sweet Potato Loaf Before CookingEvery few months I go on a Smitten Kitchen binge. Deb is amazing! Her photos are breathtaking and recipes delectable.  A couple of months ago she posted a crispy sweet potato roast and I could’t get the idea out of my head. No one in my house would ever go for something like this, so I decided to make my own version slightly smaller and slightly different. Oh, who am I kidding? All I did was look at the picture and run [...]]]> 8 Maryland-Style Crab Balls Sat, 03 Jan 2015 00:20:39 +0000 Finished Crab BallsHappy New Year! I know this is cliche but I can’t believe it’s 2015.  As a child of the ’80s and ’90s it sounds like the future has arrived. The older I get the faster the years fly by. Ever since the kids have been born my life has been on warp speed. Anyway, New Year’s is pretty low key for us. Just a nice dinner and movie at home. We decided on seafood and I had a request from The Husband to [...]]]> 7 Pulled Pork Spinach Salad With Roasted Winter Squash Sun, 28 Dec 2014 02:51:25 +0000 Pulled Pork Spinach Salad with Roasted Winter Squash FinishedI’ve been wanting to share this salad for weeks, maybe even months! It’s been my go-to when we have leftover pulled pork, which sounds funny to me as I’ve gone my whole life without making pulled pork yet the past 3 months I’ve made it at least 3 times. Partially because I now buy pork cuts from a local farm and partially because I’ve become obsessed with cooking larger, bone-in cuts so I have lots of leftovers to use throughout the [...]]]> 0 Flatout Flatbread Chicken Wrap With a Simple Blueberry Balsamic Reduction Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:45:59 +0000 Flatout Flat Bread Chicken Wrap with a Simple Blueberry Balsamic Reduction CutI’m SO excited to be working with Flatout Bread! They reached out to me to host a challenge on Roni’s Weigh so we can kick off the new year and it’s going to be a blast. I love being challenged to come up with recipe ideas. I approach it like my own mini “Chopped” competition — in my basket this week: a Flatout flatbread, frozen blueberries, yogurt and cardamon. Cardamom is a new addition to my spice cabinet. It [...]]]> 2 A Better Egg Muffin Sandwich Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:00:07 +0000 Better Egg Muffin Sandwich - Done!Six years ago — insert Holy Crap I’m old and I’ve been blogging far too long joke here — I shared my favorite way to turn a hard boiled egg into a quick sandwich. It’s something I still make pretty regularly but this morning I decided to step it up a little by adding avocado, spinach and bacon. The result was fan- (I really want to curse) -tabulous! So simple, so tasty and it took literally [...]]]> 9 Acorn Squash Rings Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:54:45 +0000 Plate of Acorn Squash RingsCompletely uninspired, the acorn squash sat on my counter for weeks.   Nothing sounded fun — stuff it? Puree it? Attempt to get the family to eat it? Ugh. So I decided to simply cut and roast.  There was only one problem. I totally forgot about it in the oven! I have no idea how much time passed but when I remembered I ran to the kitchen and pulled out these… “Forgetting the acorn squash in the oven may be my greatest culinary mistake to date!Acorn [...]]]> 8 Cooking With Kids: Tuna Steaks With Broccoli, Brown Rice and Quinoa Thu, 11 Dec 2014 21:23:33 +0000 20141211_TunaSteakYay for episode 2 of Cooking With Kids! I didn’t think it was going to happen. Our evenings are getting busier and busier and it’s hard enough just getting dinner cooked, let alone cooking while teaching and recording! That being said, I absolutely LOVE making these! As you’ll see in the video we kept things super simple: Precooked rice, frozen broccoli, etc. My local grocery has a sale on tuna every few months and we always grab a few steaks. It’s by far [...]]]> 4 Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Ham Mon, 08 Dec 2014 17:13:10 +0000 20141208_SweetPotaotes4This is my new favorite dish! I made it the night before a competition this weekend and then made it again Sunday for something quick to grab out of the fridge. I don’t normally add lots of things when I roast veggies but the addition of the maple syrup and spices really compliment the sweet potatoes and ham. I roasted it just to the brink of burnt, helping the caramelization process and really drawing out even more [...]]]> 6