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January 31, 2017

Super bowl Sunday is fast approaching, and it is time for chowing down on game food.  When I think of game food, I usually think bacon!  This recipe is fast and easy to make, and your family and friends will love it.  I know mine do.  If that isn't enough for you, it also has bacon!  This party food will be a hit on game day (or on any day that you have company).  While it may be a cold day on Super bowl Sunday, this dip is served warm out of your oven.  So dig in and may your team score as big as this bacon dip will on game day!

Bon Appetit!

A few tips:

1.  I use real bacon in this recipe.  The original recipe calls for bacon bits, so I kept it in the list of ingredients for those that prefer to use the bacon bits.

2.  I like to use a high quality block of cheddar cheese and shred it myself with a cheese grater.  I find that the taste of a block of cheese far surpasses the pre-grated packaged cheese.

3.  The green onion can be thinly sliced rather th...

January 26, 2017

If you are a lemon dessert fan, you are going to love these adorable cakes.  And as a bonus, they are low in calories and fat!  They taste very decadent too.  I have served these cakes to both guest and family, and I always get compliments on them.  They look very pretty, especially, if you add powdered sugar and raspberries to decorate them!  I have included several tips for making this dessert to help ensure success!  So the answer is yes!  You can have your cake and eat it too!

Bon Appetit!

Some helpful tips:

1.  When zesting lemon (or any citrus), make sure to get the very top peel of the fruit.  The white pith is bitter.

2.  Any extra zest or lemon pulp can be put in your garbage disposal to 'freshen up' your drain.  If your disposal can handle it, the peel can go in too.  Mine is old, so I do not put the peel in it.

3.  Be extra careful with microplanes (the tool that zests your fruit)!  I have had many scraped flesh in using this impl...

January 24, 2017

This casserole tastes rich, creamy, and decadent.  In reality, it is light in calories and fat.  A few years ago, I found this recipe in a Feb. 2010, Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications magazine, titled "One-pan recipes".  The original recipe needed a little flavor boost, so I modified the recipe.  I really like the end result!  I hope you like it too if you decide to try it.  It is yummy and great for company.  I also love that I can make this dish a day ahead in order to free up the day you serve it!  The ingredient list seems long, but there is very little prep work, and the casserole comes together quickly.  If you love rich, creamy food, you will love this casserole.  Give it a try and enjoy it without the guilt!

Bon Appetit!

Here are a few recipe tips before you start:

1. Buy a 2 pound package of chicken breast, and cook them both at the same time.  Use one according to the recipe instructions, and place the other one in a f...

January 20, 2017

It is getting towards the end of January, and I am guessing all those New Year resolutions on dieting and losing weight are not as appealing as they once were.  I am one of those people that shy away from dieting resolutions.  You might wonder why that is.  You see...I feel it sets me up for failure.  About 4 years ago, I weighed an extra 40 plus pounds.  I would go on diets and lose the weight.  I would then lose my resolve (especially when the food tasted so good) and gain the weight back quickly.  Honestly, my weight has fluctuated a lot in my adult life.  It is a struggle, even today! 

A few years ago, I decided no more diets.  So what did I decide to do instead?  I focused on good clean eating, portion control, and most important, persistence.  By persistence, I mean that even when you indulge once in a while (and believe me, I do indulge occasionally), you still work towards your goal.  For instance, I might decide to have a junk f...

January 19, 2017

These bars are great!  They are the kind of bars that you can throw together with whatever ingredients you have in your pantry.  For example, if you do not have maple syrup but have honey, you can use the honey as a substitute.  You can use whatever dried fruit you have at home, whether that's raisins, cranberries, apricots, or something else!  You can also replace pecans with a different nut.  I use Bob's Red Mill brand for the hot cereal, but you can find other options in the cereal aisle of your local grocery store.  For those who have issues with lactose or cows milk, I have made these bars with almond milk, and they turned out great.  I have also made them with peanut butter and chocolate chips.  Just make sure to cool the mixture before you add the chocolate chips.  My favorite nut butter to use is almond, because it is readily available and does not overwhelm the other ingredients' flavors.  These bars are packed full of nutritional value!  Why not give them a try?...

January 17, 2017

My family loves this soup, and I love to make it.  You might wonder why?  It is so easy to prepare!  It is what I call a dump soup.  You dump all the ingredients in a pot and voila (wala)!  This soup is great for busy days when you don't have tons of time to cook, but you still want something good and healthy. 

Another reason why I like this soup is that you can make it vegetarian.  So if you have family or friends that are vegetarian, this is a great dish to make!  It tastes just as good as a vegetarian dish as it does otherwise.  All you need to do to make it vegetarian is replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth and make sure to get vegetarian refried beans.

Chipotle in adobe sauce comes in a small can.  You can find it in the Mexican aisle of the grocery store.  This recipe uses very little of the can.  I put the remaining chipotle chilies in small freezer bags, dividing out the sauce evenly.  They freeze great!  I can pull them out of the fre...

January 12, 2017

I love smoothies! My family and I enjoy all sorts of smoothies, but these two recipes are family favorites. The first (shown in the picture to the right) is my Mango Tango Smoothie. The second is my Peachy Peach Smoothie. And yes, I made the names up myself! Aren't they awesome?

I have been throwing together smoothies for several years now and somewhat recently found the secret to making a thick creamy smoothie.  The secret is simple enough - avocados!  I know that some of you might be skeptical, but I can say with certainty that you will definitely taste the depth and richness that an avocado lends to the smoothie.  I prefer having a thick smoothie, so I tend to make sure that they are very thick (I usually eat it with a spoon, but you can drink it too).  If you prefer a thinner smoothie, just add more liquid to the recipe.  You can use coconut water, filtered water, or any juice on hand.  Just be careful with how much juice you add as it may overpower the natural flavor of the smoothi...

January 10, 2017

A few of you might be thinking, 'Can this be real? A delicious coconut cream pie that is actually light in calories and saturated fat?' Yes! It can! I found this recipe in Cooking Light and found it to be better than the traditional version of coconut cream pie.  So thank you Cooking Light!

I made this pie for our New Years Eve celebration.  I was thinking, 'Let's go light, because all we've done for the last month and a half was eat!'  I'm so glad I came across this recipe on the internet.  Honestly, I was a bit skeptical that a light recipe for such a classic pie would still give the same rich and creamy taste.  I am here to say that this recipe exceeded my expectations!

Traditional Coconut Cream pie has flaked coconut in the filling.  This pie does not so don't be surprised!  It uses coconut infused milk.  That is where all the flavor will be in this pie and trust me - you will taste the coconut!  There is no doubt that this is a coconut pie!  The flavor...

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