Browsing All Posts published on »December, 2011«

squash in your chili?

December 30, 2011


Yes, squash in your chili. Make it; it’s good. Chili is one of the best comfort foods. Almost everyone likes chili; it’s easy to make; and there are so many different versions. However, I sometimes get in a chili rut. I can make it without a recipe, and that can get a little boring. To […]

blue cheese mashed potatoes

December 29, 2011


I love mashed potatoes. I’m pretty sure everyone loves mashed potatoes.  Unfortunately, potatoes aren’t the healthiest vegetable, as they are often covered with butter, cream, & salt, or fried.  But sometimes, I need my mashed potatoes. Well, here is an amazing version of mashed potatoes that will satisfy your craving – blue cheese mashed potatoes. I know […]

breakfast sausage

December 27, 2011


Every morning I eat peanut butter, toast or oatmeal, and eggs. I love eggs, any version, for breakfast. They keep you full and are inexpensive. They’re also very versatile and tasty! However, when I’m visiting my family, I can’t have my typical breakfast. My niece is allergic to eggs and peanuts (among other foods). All […]

delicious spiced walnuts

December 22, 2011


Are you looking for a last minute gift or a great appetizer to bring to a holiday party or even a stocking stuffer? Well, these spiced nuts are perfect for any of those! They are delicious and easy to make.  Also, walnuts provide heart-healthy fats.  Just remember to stick to a small portion, so you […]

stocking stuffer ideas

December 21, 2011


Santa fills a lot of people’s stockings with candy. I love candy, but after months of indulging in the holidays, I’m not dying for a stocking full of candy. Hopefully, Santa won’t mind me suggesting a few healthier alternatives… Here are some ideas to give Santa for healthier stocking stuffers under $10: Assorted teas True […]

caramelized onion dip

December 19, 2011


Check out the new blog here  This time of year is not so good for your waistline. Most people over-indulge during the holidays and pay for it come the new year. {Here are helpful tips for avoiding it!} However, I understand that you would like to enjoy the parties and the food there… If you […]

a new take on an old snack

December 16, 2011


I like to snack, and I think snacking is very important. I’d get too hungry if I didn’t snack some between meals. My typical snacks are things like fruit or yogurt or vegetables or something along those lines. I really like edamame because it is green (a veggie yay!), and it has protein. I’ve even […]

crock pot chicken tacos

December 15, 2011


Recently, I had a friend ask me for some more slow-cooker recipes.  The slow-cooker lentil soup that I posted in October is the most visited page on the blog, so she’s right that I need more of those recipes on here. She asked Santa for a crock-pot, and I hope she gets one! She is […]

dinner for a cold night

December 13, 2011


Who doesn’t love chicken pot pie? It’s just so comforting.  Unfortunately, not many recipes for chicken pot pie are very healthy, and when they are, it’s just not like the real thing.  But I needed to make chicken pot pie. It’s cold outside. Enough said. This is my first experience making a healthier version of chicken […]

cookies for Joy

December 9, 2011


This little thing is allergic to eggs (as well as chicken and peanuts, ah!) But one of her favorite things to do is make “coooooookies” It’s sort of hard to find a good recipe for sugar cookies that doesn’t have eggs in it. I’ve tried two that were OK but not great… I think I […]

should you drink tea?

December 7, 2011


Is tea healthy? Is it even worth drinking? Do you have to drink a lot of it to get benefits? While some studies have shown health benefits, others have not.  Either way, tea can be good for you. It has no calories (as long as you don’t add any).  It can warm you on a […]

i’m finally back

December 5, 2011


Hello Dear Readers, I’m back! I’ve been busy babysitting for the past couple of days for these two little things. My life has been full of watching Disney movies, diaper changes, singing Christmas songs, and running around the house, among other exciting events. Needless to say, I was pretty busy and didn’t really have time to blog. […]