Chillin’ Out With Watermelon Lemonade

Thank you all so much for your book recommendations! I will update on what I do buy soon … Okay, so this week I had a guest post over at Zesty Cook; to beat the dog days of summer, I whipped up a big pitcher of Watermelon Lemonade! I seem to…

Easy Mexican Meals: Part 2 – Sloppy Joses over Polenta

(Part 1: Easy Mexican Meals: Homemade Taco Seasoning) By most people’s standards, my grandpa was a very difficult man. He was often labeled as stubborn, tough,  and bull-headed, but to me he was a loving grandfather with so much wisdom from life. He dropped out of school in the 8th grade. He…

Crumbly Apple Crisp with a Maple Finish

As I looked around for ideas to use up some organic apples that I found in the discount bin (still nice and firm, but begging to be turned into a baked goodie!), I came across oodles of recipes for one of our favorite desserts, Apple Crisp, or is it an Apple Crumble?…

Sweet Strawberry-Watermelon Soul Smoothie

I am not sure why I never thought of this deliciously simple combination before, but I must thank Bryant Terry for introducing me to it in his latest cookbook, Vegan Soul Kitchen. In all honesty, I found this book a bit intimidating at first. It appeared far more culinary than…

Hearty Oat Chocolate Chippers (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

Though I have finally migrated from the “Lite Bites” section of Cookies for Everyone! to the “Drop Cookies,” I still went straight for the Hearty Chocolate Chippers. My cookie cravings lately seem to be intertwined with my body’s call for nutrition. But a cookie is a cookie after all, and…

Easy Mexican Meals: Part 1 – Taco Seasoning

Unless it is a burrito shop like Chipotle, my husband balks at the idea of going out for Mexican food. He just does not like it. But, he loves my homemade Mexican cuisine. Authentic or more likely, not, my homemade enchiladas, nachos, fajitas, and tacos hit his taste buds just…

Scrumptious Sesame-Orange Salad Dressing

Quick Reminder: Food Should Taste Good Gourmet Chip Giveaway Still Going on. Enter between now and Tuesday! Yes, another salad dressing. It is summer after all, aaaaand they are just too easy and delicious not to share! Besides, fitting in that big bowl of greens is so much tastier when…

Slightly Spicy Pasta Puttanesque-a

Faced with a full pantry and a bare-bones fridge, I had to do some quick thinking for our next meal that we were quickly growing hungry for. Most chefs would mock my version of puttanesca (hence my clever name, don’t you think?), but I still couldn’t think of a better label…

The World’s Easiest Healthy Chicken Recipe

Quite the claim, I know. And while it may or may not be true, this meal is unbelievably simple … and the recipe is a cinch to customize to your own tastes. My husband quite literally threw this dish together one night when we were starving and uninspired. It has…

Sweet Dijon Dressing Done Light & Easy

Salads, our new best friend for loading on protein and healthy veggies in one healthy swoop. I have had some fun trialing different dressing recipes that appeal to both my husband and I, but unfortunately, he isn’t a fan of one of my favorites, honey mustard. But the other day when he…

Taste & Create: Balsamic Chicken with Vegetables

Last week our favorite “farmers” market (a grocery store, but focused on produce, bulk foods, fresh items, etc.) had boneless, skinless chicken breasts on for $1.67 per lb. Since we are using more lean protein, we stocked up. Okay, that is an understatement. We packed our tiny little freezer right…

Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage – Quick & Lean

One of the biggest challenges with our new fitness regimen has been getting in enough lean protein. I think I mentioned before that it includes a diet plan which is very lean, and starts out low in carbs, higher in protein (gradually tapering off to a very sustainable and carb-rich…