Before you discount this Zucchini Pizza Crust recipe as too “green” or healthy, it’s a fantastic way to enjoy pizza without the heavy feeling. AND a great way to use up some zucchini. If you have a garden or know someone who does, then you know what happens when you grow zucchini or summer squash! [Read more…]
Ever roasted cauliflower? Ever roasted it and then made soup from it? I hadn’t, but let me tell you: I love the result! This is an easy and healthy vegetarian recipe! Plus an added benefit is how incredible the spices smell as the soup heats. The longest part is the roasting so it might be a good fall or winter recipe too but in the summer also ….
It’s So Worth The Wait!!
Here’s what to do:
While we have burn pads on hand at all times these quick home burn remedies seem to help us just as much. We’ve all had those burns in the kitchen whether from a hot burner or dish, hot peppers, or oil. NOT FUN! A split second and you pay for it for days! Ouch, we’ve all been there. Next time, try these tricks to relieve burn symptoms.
If you are looking for a healthy vegetarian soup for a main course, look no more! I made this for my boyfriend’s vegetarian sister and we all loved it! I actually doubled the batch! To be completely honest, my boyfriend added a little spice to his (meat) but his sister enjoyed it as is and so did I. I’m sure you will too! [Read more…]
I used to work at a ski resort and they had delicious vegetarian lasagna. Since then I’ve searched for a replacement recipe. While this vegetarian lasagna recipe is a red sauce and that one was a white sauce, I really like this option! My bf isn’t a fan of the white sauce version… and I’m not sure if it’s healthy anyway but this version is! You can use whatever vegetables you would like but the following is what I did. After it was cooked, I added garlic salt to mine. I just prefer a little more zap to my flavors. Everyone else loved it as is. I’m sure you will too! [Read more…]
YUM! This recipe for healthy Greek yogurt and Parmesan cheese chicken tastes so good you would think you were eating thousands of calories. The good news though is each chicken breast is under 300 calories! But wait… it gets even better… it’s QUICK! Within an hour you can be dining on delicious creamy, cheesy chicken! Pair this with our yummy kale salad and you’ve got amazing flavor and a healthy meal! [Read more…]
It’s the dead of winter here in Maine. Yup, everything “garden-y” is dead. Kind of depressing unless you buy fun green veggies and make amazing salads that encourage thoughts of warmer times to come. Enter in Kale Salad!
Years ago a friend had given me some kale from her garden. Oh, goody I thought. Then I was embarrassed not to know how to eat it — cook it? chop it? steam it? add to soups? Absolutely all of those things can be done with kale! I haven’t forgotten the kale chips that are all the rage now, but it’s not something I have done — yet.
This version of kale salad is best enjoyed the following day. The kale will soften some and the flavors will meld into a deliciousness that is worth the wait. Trust me! [Read more…]
Here’s an easy recipe for making your own Kombucha! Kombucha is a healthy fermented beverage that is nutrient-dense with a slightly sweet taste. Many people drink this for it’s ability to remove toxins and recreate healthy probiotics in their intestines. Grocery stores charge approximately $3.50 per bottle. With this recipe after your “brew” is started, you can make a gallon for less than that!! Here’s what to do:
I have dry skin and with the cold weather coming, it’s worse. While I love and strongly recommend Aloe Vera for hand eczema, sometimes a girl needs a little more pampering. Shhh, don’t tell, but I am making this for Bill’s mom for Christmas too. I’m going to add it to her basket of goodies! This simple recipe for body scrub should help her dry skin and make a great present! Yay! I love easy DIY Christmas ideas!
Here’s what to do:
My family LOVES this Healthy Greek Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup recipe! My daughter loves the Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup from Panera Bread so when I saw this recipe, I had to try it! I changed the ingredients a little bit and we fell in love! Now it’s a once a week recipe for us. And the best part is there is usually enough leftover for my husband and I to take to work the next day.
No complaints here since it’s also on the healthy side of things! [Read more…]
Challenged by my sister Chris to come up with a healthy brownie recipe a few weeks ago after she published her own healthy brownie recipe, I came up with this pumpkin brownies recipe. Knowing me well, Chris nailed it when she said that I’m an organic, natural kinda person. I like that she makes me think and urges me outside my comfy box, but — gee! I’ve got stuff going on and little time to come up with a wa-zoo recipe! Ah, the pressure….
Being the season for pumpkins, I knew my first healthy ingredient! In addition, adding veggies to dessert makes it healthy automatically in my opinion. Right? Right?
Anyway, following is my Healthy Pumpkin Brownies Recipe in response to her challenge.
Healthy brownie recipe? Really? Is there such a thing? Maybe, but do they taste as good as the real thing? I’m here to say, YES, THEY DO!
Emily and I differ on recipes like this. Just be warned… she is a very natural, organic type of person and I am a “if it tastes good, I like it!” type of person. She would frown on the artificial sweetener portion of this recipe so I challenge her to give me her BEST all natural ingredient brownies that are still healthy in calories. Think she will? Hmmm…
Emily chiming in here: I have accepted Chris’s challenge. You can compare this recipe with mine and let us know which recipe is your favorite. I do strive to use all natural ingredients, and I do NOT like artificial sweeteners. I guess my Sis and I will have to agree to disagree on this. (I’ve read the science behind why artificial anything isn’t good. That’s a topic for another blog post someday.)
While we wait, let’s feast on these delicious 37 calorie brownies! Do let us know your thoughts on these brownies. How is the taste? How is the consistency? Are they lacking anything by using lower calorie ingredients?
On my windowsill above the sink sit jars of Fire Cider and herb flavored vinegar. Now is the time to start these if you want them ready for gift giving during December. Use Fire Cider daily to kick-start your day. A teaspoon – tablespoon should do the trick. It may also be used to help your body fight common colds. One sip will heat your insides! Herbal vinegar is a fun ingredient for salad dressings or marinades. Let your creative mind play with what herbs to use. [Read more…]
Pumpkin Seeds are one of the best parts of Halloween! There’s nothing like slow roasting pumpkin seeds on a cool crisp October day while the family carves their pumpkins and decorate for the Fall. Below is my recipe for how to roast pumpkin seeds:
1. Select a pumpkin.
Remove the insides (pulp and seeds). Creating a jack-o-lantern is optional but a lot of fun!
I made this easy Mexican Spaghetti Squash recipe for my family, and they went nuts for it. I actually had to go buy more squash to do it again! The kidney beans make it seem like a meat dish while the zesty sauce adds a lot of flavor to it. It’s a healthy recipe but has the comforts of a hearty meal we crave in the cooler months.