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Curried Sweet Potato Fries

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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” way 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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Moist Pumpkin Bran Muffins

I’m traveling for Thanksgiving but I just had to make SOMETHING before I left. I’ve been experimenting with pumpkin muffins and thought they’d make a good breakfast treat for Thanksgiving morning.

These came out really moist with just the right sweetness. I sprinkled the tops with a bit of quick oats just for fun. I think it makes them look so much better then plain old muffins. Read the rest of this post »»

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Trader Joe’s Whole Grain Pizza Options

You know I have a soft spot for pizza, right? I even talked about my pizza addiction on my weight loss blog. I’m not kidding it’s bad, real bad. ;~)

Being in my, ummmm, 30’s (OMG I’m in my 30’S) I come to the realization that the love of pizza isn’t going away and I’m not going to live the rest of my life denying myself something I truly enjoy. So instead of scarfing down greasy, over cheesed, under nutritious slices at my local parlor (which I still do, just occasionally) I choose to make healthy pizzas at home. It’ truly is one of my favorite meals to make.

I’m still working on my own homemade whole grain dough but in the mean time I thank Trader Joe’s for their whole wheat pizza dough options. Read the rest of this post »»

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Persimmons

“Is that a tomato?”

That’s what I asked the produce guy a few weeks ago after discovering a persimmons. I never heard of such a thing! So, I did what I always do. I threw it in the cart, came home and surfed the web for any information I could find.

Discovering they are bitter when unripe, I let mine sit on the windowsill for a few days. Honestly, I forgot about it for almost a week until I look up when washing the dishes. Read the rest of this post »»

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English Muffin Tomato Pizza

When I was a kid, every day I’d come home from school and make a snack. Nine times out of ten that snack was some form of pizza! Some of Mom’s leftover sauce, a mound of cheese and an English Muffin was all I needed for some after school comfort.

Now after my long days at work, especially if I come home way after dinner time this is my go to lite snack before bed. It only takes but 5 minutes and for some reason they still comfort me after a busy day. Read the rest of this post »»

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Quick Strawberry Banana Smoothie

This is the quickest smoothie recipe ever. We make it so much I think the toddler could tell you in his sleep how many strawberries are in it!

He loves smoothie morning. I whip out the hand blender, let him peel the banana, count the strawberries and lick the yogurt container. It’s fast becoming one of our favorite morning rituals.

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Open for Business!

If you read my weight loss blog you know I’ve been working my arse off on “the new food blog”. Well HERE IT IS!

My goal was to have a better system to share and archive my food ideas. I spent a lot of time on the design (both the visual and information)… Read the rest of this post »»

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Thai Inspired Vegetable Soup

Have you ever eaten at a Noodles & Company? One recently opened in my area and I LOVE it! I really like this trend of fast food that’s NOT burgers or fried chicken.

Anyway, they have a Thai Curry Soup that is my absolute favorite! I don’t normally eat Thai. Wait…. that’s a total understatement. I never even knew Thai food existed until about 3 years ago when some new friends took me to a Thai/Indian restaurant. Long story short Thai inspired flavors are new to me and the Thai Curry Soup at Noodles & Company really sparked my interest. It seemed to have such complex flavor and depth. I never ate anything like it before. Read the rest of this post »»

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