Fruit Leather

When I was a kid, I would BEG my mom for fruit rollups. They ranked right up there with Capri Sun for me. Being in a “controlled income” household both were considered ‘special’ treats for our lunch boxes.

What is it about a flat, paper thin “slice” of “fruit”? I loved those sweet sheets of sugary goodness, wrapping them around my index finger and making it last for hours (was I the only one that would eat them this way?) I just wanted them to last longer!

Well, I found away to re-live those childhood memories without all the added sugar and it’s name is fruit leather. Read the rest of this post »»

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Vegetarian Chili over Spaghetti Squash

This is an oldy for me. One of those meals I make different every time. Sometimes I use canned beans, sometimes dry. Sometimes I sauté the veggies sometimes I roast them. I thought I’d share how I made it this weekend to give you some ideas. It’s one of those recipes you can take and make your own.

The husband is not a chili man so I get tons of leftovers that I freeze for work lunches. I use cheap plastic containers and freeze! Then when I bring to work, I don’t bother putting them in the fridge, by lunch they are almost defrosted. I pop them in the microwave and viola! Lunch! Read the rest of this post »»

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Cutting Butternut Squash – Video Post

I’ve been toying with the idea of a video post for some time and today I took the leap. No Laughing! ;~P

Use this technique to make Butternut Squash Fries!

Disclaimer: By watching this video you agree that I am NOT responsible for any injuries… Read the rest of this post »»

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Butternut Squash Fries

All right, this is the simplest “recipe” ever. It truly is more of an idea. If you never tried butternut squash, it is a good first recipe to try. It’s easy and gives you an idea of the taste and texture of butternut.

Now I don’t want you to except potato type fries. Butternut has a slightly sweet nutty taste, it’s mild but there. These are good with just salt but if you want to make a sweet treat cinnamon and nutmeg would be good too. Read the rest of this post »»

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Mommy and Me Omelets

Update: Click here to see a video of the toddler and I making our morning omelets!

I LOVE having breakfast with the toddler, it truly is my favorite time of day and I’m not even a morning person!

When the toddler became a toddler, I introduced eggs into his diet. I read up on toddler nutrition on more then a few sites and concluded eggs were an easy way to get in some good stuff including protein, choline, folate, iron and zinc. Read the rest of this post »»

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Leftover Turkey and Couscous Stuffed Peppers

All right, this will be my last leftover turkey dish, I promise! It’s just that I have all the turkey and I love coming up with new ways to use it. Geek, I know, I told you that, right? ;~)

So I avoided the ‘what’s for dinner’ question like the plague tonight. This just isn’t the husband’s kind of meal. Couscous, spinach, peppers, these things weren’t even in his vocabulary a few months ago! He finally saw the peppers and said, “oh, stuffed peppers”. Notice the lowercase “oh”. It’s isn’t an excited, OH! More like a disappointing “aw, crap!” Read the rest of this post »»

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Whole Grain Couscous

Do you know what Couscous is? Wait, let’s back up, do you know how to pronounce Koos-Koos? Well I’ll be honest, I was a Couscous virgin until tonight. I heard great things, versatile, light, fluffy, easy, you name it, it was said about couscous.… Read the rest of this post »»

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Curried Sweet Potato Fries

Need help cutting sweet potatoes into fries? Click here!

I was a sweet potato late comer. For some reason, as a child I thought I didn’t like them. I didn’t even try them until I was pregnant. Looking for nutritious foods, I read up on the good old sweet potato. Full of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, high in fiber, low in calories what more can you ask for?

I mostly eat my sweet potatoes one of two ways, straight up baked or like below. When I bake them, I eat them plain, skin and all, with just a bit of salt and pepper. I find the flesh of the potato super moist and just perfect. Read the rest of this post »»

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Sweetener Options?

We are smack dab in the middle of baking season and I have a ton of ideas for “greenlitebites” but I always struggle with sweetener options. Do I just suck it up and use sugar? There has to be a better option, no?

First, let’s talk about sugar. Once upon a time, I was a low carb fanatic. I counted carbohydrates like a lunatic. Known as the carb guru to my friends, I lost a lot of weight and learned a lot about my body (it should be known I gained it all back). I since eased on the carb counting but going through that stage helped me learn refined white sugar is not good for me. I’ve always heard the rumors about children having a sugar rush child or even people having a sugar addition but according to Nancy Appleton, Ph.D there are 146 Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health. Read the rest of this post »»

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Dark Meat Turkey & Broccoli Skillet

I’m a HUGE dark meat turkey fan. I know, I know, it’s not as lean as the white stuff but it’s SO delicious and just as good for you nutritiously. Plus what are you going to do, throw it away?!?

As I was cooking this tonight, the husband walked by the kitchen and says, “Ohhhh that looks good! I can’t wait for dinner!”. He NEVER says anything like that unless I’m making a classic meat and potato type of meal. Even the toddler was a huge fan, asking for seconds, “more noodles, pweas!” It puts a smile on my face just thinking about it. Read the rest of this post »»

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Turkey Stock, Broth, Soup, Whatever!

I know there is a difference between stock and broth. I know there is probably a “correct” was of making it. I’ve seen boatloads of recipes and ideas online and I figured I’d share my own.

I have to start by saying I did not cook thanksgiving dinner this year. I went to the in-laws. However, the in-laws aren’t big on cooking so they graciously donated the turkey bones to me! YAY! (ok, I seriously crossed the line into food geek-ness, I’m excited about a turkey carcass) Read the rest of this post »»

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“Here’s Lookin’ at You” Cheese and Crackers

This one is for all the mommies with toddlers. I wanted something light for lunch and the toddler was hungry after a long morning running errands.

You can really use any cracker toppings you like. I just happen to be partial to turkey pepperoni, ham and cheese. This would probably be really good under the broiler for a second or two to melt the cheese but the toddler isn’t a fan hot foods yet. Read the rest of this post »»

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