Not feeling well today and inspired by a new (fabulous I might add) cookbook I received as a gift I made this simply perfect soup.
I should say that this is my first attempt at using lentils in a recipe. My mom is a HUGE lentil soup fan and, although, as a child I hated the stuff I’m in LOVE now! The soup was super simple, super good, and SUPER healthy for you! Plus lentils are so cheap and easy to store. You really can’t beat them
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The husband and I LOVE French onion soup. For a while, we had a tradition of trying it at every restaurant we’d visit. The funny thing is neither of us liked the bread part. We just want the broth and lots of it!
So a few years ago, I took my hand at making my own. I have to admit the process is quit fun and surprisingly easy. It’s just takes a bit of time. There is just something about cutting up ALL those onion and reducing them down into this glorious flavorful broth.
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I wanted something fun and healthy for dessert tonight and surprisingly the strawberries at the grocery store smelled divine yesterday.
Having a lot of baking stuff out an about this idea smacked me across the face and I’m glad it did! All I can say it YUM! What a fun way to dress up some simple strawberries. Although, I normally like them just straight up! Read the rest of this post
Chutney, you ask?
Yea, I didn’t know what it was either until I looked it up online and realized, “hey! That’s what I made for dinner tonight!”
The husband wasn’t a fan. Well, that’s kind of a lie, he loved the pork chops but hated the chutney. I believe his exact quote was…
“I hate cranberry juice, cranberry sauce, cranberry flavored anything! What made you think I would like cranberry on my pork chops?”
Ok, so he makes a good point but, hey, it ‘aint’ going to stop me from trying! ;~) Read the rest of this post
Watch me fumble through my first frittata. Yes, my first!
Just in case you are like me, a frittata newbie, let me explain what a frittata is. Basically, it’s an Italian style omelet cooked in the oven with the fillings mixed into the egg. I believe most “normal” people use cheese, meats and veggies. I stuck only with veggies. First of all, I really don’t like cheese and egg together (I know, I’m a freak) and both cheese and egg tend to add extra fat and calories and I don’t really need with all the holiday meals coming. Read the rest of this post
By now, you know I LOVE spaghetti squash. Really, I do. It’s fun, versatile and super low in calories. Nothing beats that combination.
So a few days ago, I started experimenting with it again. Why only use it as a sauce or chili base?
Here’s a new idea you may not have thought of… Read the rest of this post
Update: Click here to check out my updated Homemade Apple Pie Oatmeal video post
Those that read my weight loss blog may already know this is an older idea. I just never photographed it before.
I really need to thank the toddler for introducing me to oatmeal. Honestly, I never ate it until he came around. Then I realized how great warm breakfast could be!
I “cheat” in this recipe using one of those flavored oatmeal packets. I just haven’t been able to duplicate the same apple pie experience with out it. Read the rest of this post
I am super proud of this recipe. It is by far, one of my absolute favorites. The funny thing is it came about because I had too much zucchini and lasagna in the fridge. That’s how I work, I’m creative with what I have on hand. I take it as a challenge and boy do I LOVE a challenge.
But I digress… back to the recipe.
This idea proves a little cheese goes a L-O-N-G way. Read the rest of this post
I LOVE STROMBOLI!
There I said it. It may be the number one reason I gained about 50lbs in college. It’s like a stuffed pizza and you’ll know about my pizza problem by now. ;~)
I thought I’d share how I get to have my Stromboli and eat it too. Let’s face it, a life without pizza and Stromboli is just not worth it!
Anyway, it’s possible to make a healthier weight conscious version that, frankly, I like better then those fat filled college binges I used to splurge on. Read the rest of this post
As requested, my spaghetti squash preparation technique. It’s nothing spectacular but hopefully it will show you how easy it is to prepare. I know I was REALLY hesitant to try it, not knowing what to expect or how hard it would be to cook. Read the rest of this post
I realize not everyone likes veggies straight up as I do. And sometimes even us veggie junkies need some flavor!
This is a simple marinade for asparagus that takes seconds to prepare and adds just a the right hint of sweetness without adding many calories. Read the rest of this post
What’s a ca-ookie you ask? Well, it’s the result my baking adventure this morning.
Let me start at the beginning.
I love experimenting in the kitchen (umm yeah, hence the blog.) Anyway, I had some extra time on my hand this morning and decided to experiment with some light cookie ideas that have been swimming in my head for the last few weeks. Yes, I actually have cookie ideas in this head of mine and normally I have no idea if they are going to work but it doesn’t hurt to try, right? Read the rest of this post