20110429_pineapplePoppy1

Pineapple Poppy Seed Dressing

A few days ago the husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. Well, we didn’t really do much to CELEBRATE. It’s kind of tough with a newborn but we had fun all the same.

We did do gifts and the husband sent me an Edible Arrangement. I LOVE these things! So much better than flowers in my opinion. They are gorgeous and tasty. Plus who doesn’t like chocolate covered strawberries and heart shaped pineapples? Read the rest of this post »»

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20110426_cuban1

A Cuban-esque Sandwich

So sorry for my short hiatus. It’s crazy times in these parts. The baby and the conference have been keeping me busy but the Easter holiday pushed me over the edge. I had a house full of grandparents and babies to feed. :)

The main course for Easter dinner was a marinated pork loin of which I have plenty of leftovers. Yesterday we ate some for dinner and today I turned a few slices into this amazing sandwich. I’m serious, it really was amazing. Let me say it again…. Read the rest of this post »»

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Beet-elicious Cupcakes. That’s right, BEET Cupcakes!

Ok, I’ve been trying to get this post up for days but I just haven’t had the brain power. Blame the baby. He’s still demanding to be fed every two hours. ;)

I kid but seriously, I’m sorry for the lack of posts. Please expect the frequency of ideas to be a little weak for at least another month. I have FitBloggin’ hanging over my head as well. I’m in for a crazy few weeks.

Anyway, this idea was a complete experiment based on our Simple Green Cupcakes. Joanne sent me this message Read the rest of this post »»

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20110414_portabellowrap1

Grilled Portabello and Hummus Wrap

Boredom. That’s usually where I get my ideas from.

Yesterday I was hungry but didn’t know what I wanted to eat. I was out of leftovers. The husband wasn’t home to tempt me with fast food. And I had no desire to make a BORING old ham sandwich.

Then I remembered I picked up two HUGE Portabello mushroom caps last weekend. They just looked so good I had to buy them.

But what to DO with them? Read the rest of this post »»

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20110412_asaparagussoup1

Quick Asparagus Soup: Don’t Throw Away the Ends!

I’m lucky. Both husband and child LOVE asparagus. It took years to convince the husband but the Little Guy has always been fan, eating them like French fries when he was just “the toddler.” Him and I still use our fingers when having them with dinner. :)

Our favorite way to eat asparagus is just simply roasted with a tiny amount of olive oil and some kosher salt. If I’m feeling a bit creative I will marinate them or add some lime slices for my simple “Margarita Asparagus”

However, I decide to prepare it, I always start like this… Read the rest of this post »»

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20110410_chickenSoup1

Chicken Enchilada Soup

A few weeks ago the husband and I went to Chili’s for lunch and I ordered the Chicken Enchilada soup. It was DIVINE! Just complete cheesy goodness with chunks of chicken and veggies and a delicious mild flavor. I never had a soup like it before.

I immediately thought of ways I could duplicate it. Then I realized I probably never could nor would I want to. Knowing how to make something that good at home would be dangerous. Read the rest of this post »»

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20110405_creamyPork1

One Pot Creamy Braised Pork Chops with Rice and Peas

I love dinners like this! I had pork chops defrosted but wasn’t sure how I was going to make them. So I decided to pull out some pantry items and just experiment.

Boy did I get “the face” from both husband and child!

The Little Guy especially had that there’s-no-way-I’m-eating-that expression as he sat down at the table. I gave him the stern look and said, “Try it, before you decide.” There was also a “don’t give me any crap” mixed in there too as I have no patience when it comes to people turning up their noses to food that’s prepared for them, but I digress. Read the rest of this post »»

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20110403_tacowrap1

Overstuffed Cheesy Beef Taco Wrap (Filling)

I can’t take full credit for this idea. Cindy sent me this in a wonderful email…

On Taco night – ditch the shredded cheddar and instead stir in 2 wedges of the Queso Fresco & Chipotle Laughing Cow into the meat at the end of cooking.  It makes it creamy, moist, cheesy and DELICIOUS! Since the wedge is only 1 point, and I’m only eating a small portion of the meat – it turns into less points than eating the shredded cheddar but so much more flavor! Yum…

Seriously GENIUS! No? Read the rest of this post »»

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20110402_sweetpotatoscramble1

Sweet Potato Scramble

You may or may not know I’ve returned to Weight Watchers. Now that I’m counting points I try real hard not to fall into the rut of eating cereal every day. Sure, it’s easier to weigh out a serving and count but I’d much rather a warm breakfast with less processed foods.

This morning I decided to revisit an old idea I had for Sweet Potato Hash. I turned it into a complete breakfast by adding eggs. It was a great way to start my day! Read the rest of this post »»

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Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie with Spinach: An Elastic Recipe Approach

A few weeks ago I received this email from Adrianna…

On a blog called Simplifried she shares what she calls ‘elastic’ recipes – basically she explains the structure of a ‘thing’ (like a frittata) so that one can understand ‘how’ a recipe is made and then make endless variations. I’m not the best cook so this has been remarkably helpful to me. Would you be willing to do that for smoothies?  I don’t understand how a smoothie goes together (when is a fruit sweet enough and when do you need to add a sweetener; is yogurt for texture or some other purpose; is ice for the liquid or the cold?).  I’m still at the stage where I don’t like a lot of foods – would like to experiment with smoothies but I don’t ‘understand’ them.  You always explain things in such a clear, rational way.  Please???

Well, Adrianna, since you asked so nicely I’ll be happy too. Read the rest of this post »»

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Grapefruit Oatmeal Cup

I wanted to make something fun this morning.

I NEEDED to make something fun this morning.

I miss my kitchen, cooking and just eating IN! As we adjust to life with this little bean…

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