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Snacks

Wednesday March 26, 2014

Snacks

You know I am adamant about he benefits of snacking for a healthy eating plan. It helps to prevent overeating and keeps your metabolism and energy at peak performance. Sometimes, however, I get into a snacking rut and need new ideas for healthy snacks. While there is nothing wrong with a simple snack of say, a fresh peach, mango, or pineapple, there's something to be said for more inventive snack ideas that incorporate various ingredients for better health.

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Red Lentils and Mango Smoothie

Tuesday March 18, 2014

Quick Red Lentils

The other night I needed something quick for dinner. I wanted it to be healthy, and needed it to use ingredients that I had on hand.  This nutritious and easy meal of red lentils with rice and a green mango smoothie is what I ended up with. Lentils are a great staple to have in your pantry, and red ones cook up in a matter of minutes. Smoothies are one of my favorite ways to make any meal more exciting for my kids while getting them to eat up lots of fruits, and in this case vegetables since this smoothie is loaded with spinach.

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Chicken Enchiladas with Green Enchilada Sauce

Friday February 28, 2014

I was in the mood for some good quality restaurant style enchiladas. The kind with lots of delicious sauce and gooey cheese. However, I was no in the mood to head out to a restaurant to get them! So, I came up with my own recipe for chicken enchiladas with green enchilada sauce. This recipe uses a little convenience by using canned enchilada sauce, but also involves using fresh ingredients such as fresh Anaheim peppers for a simple yet tasty dish.

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Low Calorie Comfort Soups

Thursday February 27, 2014

Broccoli Soup

Only a few weeks of cool weather may be left. Soup will be on my menu only until the temperature begins to rise. So, I've been trying out a few new delicious soup recipes lately . A couple of my favorites have been a tasty broccoli soup and a creamy chicken and potato soup.

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Pasta Fagioli

Thursday January 30, 2014

Pasta Fagioli

If you are looking for some comfort food during these chilly days, try pasta fagioli, or beans and pasta. This savory and hearty dish is well known and widely eaten in Italy. This is a simple, yet healthy recipe that is fantastic eaten as leftovers the next day. </p>

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Selecting Good Produce

Wednesday January 29, 2014

Veggies

 

It is the time of year when there is just not a lot of good fresh produce available. The growing season for lots of fruits and vegetables runs from the spring to the fall. So here are a few tips to keep in mind when you are trying to select a decent fruit or vegetable from the supermarket, from melons and corn, to tomatoes broccoli and apples.

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Superbowl Appetizer Recipes

Monday December 30, 2013

salsa

Now that the NFL playoffs are nearing, some might already be thinking about the superbowl and all of the delicious food that goes along with it. But even before the superbowl comes another celebration where finger food appetizers shine: New Year's Eve. If you are looking for low calorie appetizer recipes that will help you to start you New Year's resolution to eat healthier off on the right foot, these tips for healthy appetizers are for you.

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Kitchen Appliances

Monday December 30, 2013

blender

Now that Christmas is over, are you looking at your gifts and wondering if there might be a few that need to be returned? Did you really need that blender and that food processor? Do you have room to store that nifty new electric skillet and the new pressure cooker? And did you really get that great of a deal on that heavy duty dutch oven? And how about that giant peppermill with the white and black peppercorns? When it comes to kitchen appliances and gadgets for the chef who loves to cook, it is hard to say goodbye to any useful appliance or gadget. Give it some good thought before you return that gift that you may decide you could really use down the road.

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Adding More Whole Grains

Saturday November 30, 2013

Oatmela

With the holidays in full swing, it is sometimes easy to lose sight of your healthy dieting endeavors. During this busy time, I sometimes find it easier to eat healthy if I try to focus on one or two things. This week I'm trying to focus on making sure I am eating enough whole grains.  An easy way to do that is to start out the day with a breakfast of whole grains like a warm bowl of oatmeal. Then I look at my dinner menu for the week, and try to incorporate more whole grains into our everyday meals. For example, using whole grain pasta in a simple baked pasta dish such as this baked rotini with veggies and ground turkey is an easy way to sneak in more whole grains.

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Overnight Oatmeal

Saturday November 30, 2013

Banana Chocolate Refrigerator Oatmeal

Have you tried overnight refrigerator oatmeal? You might be surprised at how yummy it is.  A couple varieties that I like include banana chocolate refrigerator oatmeal and berry and maple refrigerator oatmeal. Either one is easy to throw together the night before. Even a cooking novice can make one of these delicious breakfasts in a jiffy. Look for the chia seeds in the health foods section of your grocery store.

 

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