Whole Wheat Pasta with Peas and Ham

15-Minute Whole Wheat Pasta With Peas and Ham

Sometimes I feel like my cooking talents are wasted on my family. Other times, when I’m not so self-confident, I assume I must just be a bad cook.

How awesome would it be if they not only liked what I cooked but appreciated how I can pretty much whip together a good meal with whatever we happen to have in the fridge? I mean, they can’t do it. Read the rest of this post »»

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Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls

Chocolate-Coconut Energy Balls

I made my first batch of “energy balls” a couple of months ago and fell in love with their simplicity. I’ve never quite been able to master my own granola bar but put a few forgiving ingredients in a bowl and mash together into balls and voila! A homemade, portable snack or, in my case, breakfast. Read the rest of this post »»

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Indian Inspired Chicken and vegetable Chili

Indian-Inspired Chicken and Vegetable Chili

Let me tell you a little story about me and Indian food.

It all starts in northeastern Pennsylvania in the ’80s. I grew up with an Italian mother who made a pot of homemade sauce once a week. We cooked a lot and lived on pasta and things like stuffed peppers and (as weird as this sounds with an Italian mom) pierogies and piggies in a blanket (stuffed cabbage). Read the rest of this post »»

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Simple Shrimp Spaghetti

Simple Shrimp Spaghetti

I had no plans on sharing this idea when I started cooking it, but once I took a taste I thought, “Let me see if the family likes it. If they do I’ll write it up.”

So I snapped some photos and then served.

They LOVED IT!

Even the kids!! Read the rest of this post »»

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Chopped Beet, Avocado and Zucchini Salad with Thyme, Lime Juice and Fresh Mint

Chopped Beet, Avocado and Zucchini Salad With Thyme, Lime Juice and Fresh Mint

I’ve been feeling a bit out of sorts in the food department lately. Not making it to the store this past weekend means I’m living off the aging produce from the week before plus a few random items I grabbed at a quick Costco stop last week. Read the rest of this post »»

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Spicy Zucchini Tomato Bake

Cheesy Zucchini Tomato Bake

Mom did it again and dropped off a zucchini the size of a baseball bat — click here to see her harvest from a few years ago.

I love it!

Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables because it’s so versatile and makes a great recipe bulker, increasing serving sizes of things like chili without adding much to the calorie count. Read the rest of this post »»

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Homemade chocolate syrup!

Homemade Chocolate Syrup That WILL Fool Your Kids!

I’m SO excited to share this idea with you!

I’ve been experimenting for months. First, I started making homemade chocolate milk with cocoa powder and maple syrup but my kids never went for it. The grittiness of the powder  never seemed to go away even if I simmered the milk to incorporate. Read the rest of this post »»

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Spicy Slaw

Spicy Slaw

I’ve been wanting to post this idea for weeks! Which is rare because I normally get an idea, make it, share it and then move on.

That’s right, I rarely make the same thing twice. It’s just how I’m wired. I love to constantly try new foods, cooking methods, spices, etc. Read the rest of this post »»

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Beets and Basil

Beets and Basil

This is such a basic idea I almost wasn’t going to share it but then I figured, why not?

Sometimes I think we overcomplicate food. This is a reminder to myself to keep it simple.

The reactions from the family were pretty typical. Read the rest of this post »»

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Guac-Turkey Burgers

Guac-Turkey Burgers

I might as well apologize now. Avocados may take over my blog. I’ve fallen in love.

I really didn’t think it was possible. I tried to like guacamole years ago but I never saw the appeal. I knew the health benefits of avocado and tried them with The-9-Year-Old when he was a toddler. We were both unimpressed. Read the rest of this post »»

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Avocado Mango Salsa

Avocado Mango Salsa

The California Avocado Commission sponsored FitBloggin‘ this year and now I’m completely smitten with avocados. Did you know an ounce of avocado has only 50 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals? Read the rest of this post »»

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Apple and Walnut Yogurt Parfait

Apple and Walnut Yogurt Parfait

I’m back from FitBloggin and SO happy to be home in my own kitchen. Don’t get me wrong, traveling and eating out are GREAT but I’ve been overindulging in the food department and my body simply does not like it anymore.   Read the rest of this post »»

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