Leftover Beet and Spinach Quesadilla

Leftover Beet and Spinach Quesadilla

I’m convinced everyone is completely underestimating beets. Three years ago I tried roasting my first ever batch and fell in love. Before then I just thought my mom was crazy for eating them out of the can. They were always just “gross” in my opinion. I don’t know why. They just were. Read the rest of this post »»

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Warm Mustard Green Salad with bacon, feta and pecans

Mustard Green Salad with Bacon, Feta and Pecans

Over the few years I’ve gotten familiar with greens — kale, collards, spinach, and chard. These are completely new additions to my diet. I have no memories of mom buying, cooking or eating greens as a child. I had no point of reference on how to cook them. And honestly, I had no interest in them until I started buying more local produce from farmer’s markets and CSAs. Read the rest of this post »»

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Butternut Squash Quinoa Cakes

Butternut Squash and Quinoa Cakes

I love cooking and posting on the same day. I’m skipping over a warm salad I made on Friday just so I can share these cakes today. They came out way better than I anticipated!

I’m not sure what I anticipated. I never made quinoa cakes before. I’ve seem a few recipes and photos here and there, but I never had the desire to make them because I’ve never made a batch of quinoa to then recook into cakes — it seems daunting. Read the rest of this post »»

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Green Beans and Bacon

Green Beans and Bacon

I know what you’re thinking. Bacon? On a “lite” food blog?

Ummm, no. Hear me out.

I’ve made it my personal mission to get people to eat more vegetables. I’m also trying to raise my kids to eat what they are served without complaint — impossible, I know, but a girl can dream. Read the rest of this post »»

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Cran=Apple Oats done

Cran-Apple Oats

Greetings from San Antonio! As I said on my weight loss blog I’m here to host a quick event for HumanaVitality, but while I was packing I made myself a warm, delicious breakfast out of that bag of cranberries I got from the CSA.

Since I also have tons of apples I decided to combine the two again just like in the Cran-Apple smoothie I made last week. There’s just something about the combination I love. Read the rest of this post »»

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Kale Pizza Salad

Kale Salad, Pepperoni Pizza Style

We’ve talked about my pizza addiction, right?

It’s bad. So bad I even have a whole category devoted to pizza-like creations!

I’ll be the first to admit many are really far from traditional pizza, but I love taking the concept and flavors and having fun with them. And that’s exactly what I did with this salad. Read the rest of this post »»

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My Pork Hock Stew Adventure!

My Pork Hock Stew Adventure!

I did it!

I followed a recipe!

This may be a first. I rarely stick to a recipe as posted, if I even read them at all. Normally when I cook  I cook by instinct after doing some visual research on Google Images, but this weekend I was presented with something so unknown to me I had no instinct. Read the rest of this post »»

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Cran-Apple Breakfast Smoothie

Fresh Cran-Apple Smoothie

I’m am loving fall right now! It’s been gorgeous. The leaves are at their peak.

What My Back Yard Looks Like

And I have a host of new fresh produce to play with, such as winter squash and cranberries.

Being raised with canned jellied cranberry sauce as a kid, I never really had fresh cranberries. Read the rest of this post »»

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Fall Slaw with Asian Pears and Almonds

Fall Slaw With Asian Pears and Almonds

Another creation I made from last week’s CSA share. I love getting creative when I have a fridge full of produce, especially with things like cabbage and Asian pears. Read the rest of this post »»

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Leftover Chicken Salad with Pomegranates and Almonds

Leftover Chicken & Pomegranate Salad With Almonds

Lately I’ve been trying to cook smarter so we have more leftovers to use throughout the week for lunches. Especially for The 2-year-old and me. The other two mostly fend for themselves, and for as much as I’d like to control everything the 8-year-old puts in his mouth, there comes a time when he has to be trusted to make his own decisions. Breakfast and lunch are still my domain, lunch time he gets a little freedom. Read the rest of this post »»

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Red Bell Pepper Soup with White Cheddar

Red Bell Pepper Soup With White Cheddar Swirl

Red bell peppers are a favorite in my house. The boys and I love them raw and I love them in my morning eggs.

They are in season all summer but for some reason every fall they get really cheap around here. I picked up a huge bag with some whoppers in it last week. Read the rest of this post »»

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