Have you thought about doing a Smoothy Cleanse?  This recipe has the basic components needed for a cleanse and can be substituted for a couple of meals during the day, due to the protein and fat.  You can change up the components according to your taste and preferences.  Don’t leave out the protein or the coconut oil. You can substitute the fat in the coconut oil for other nut butters like almond butter or others, but you need the fat to feel full, satiated and fat to burn fat.   They each play a role in either helping you to feel full or speed upRead More →

                       Fresh or Frozen? Have you thought about spending a little more this year and getting a fresh turkey instead of shopping for the best deal you can and getting a frozen turkey.  If you are like me, you shop the bargains, and read every flier and get on google and search every supermarket ad until you find the best price and then go to that store.  It is like a challenge for my self!  This year I will find a turkey for free!       But, I was thinking, maybe it would be worth the extra money to have a fresh turkey?  AfterRead More →

Kale is becoming the new “superfood”.  You will find it in everything from salad to soup to smoothies.  No wonder… it is delicious and so good for you.  I provided a link to 10 benefits of Kale I think you will find very interesting if you are looking for a reason to “sell” it to your family.  I put it in my smoothy this morning!  (I’ll put that recipe on the blog tomorrow). Kale Cranberry Apple Salad Recipe 2 Large stocks Kale finely chopped 1 Red Apple – Gala or Fuji cored and finely Chopped 1/3 C Almonds roughly chopped 1/4 C Feta cheese 1/4Read More →

Hey everyone, it is time to start those dishes that are easy to do in advance and pop into the freezer for Thanksgiving.  Cranberry sauce is one of the favorite dishes for the Thanksgiving table that is very easy to make from scratch and tastes far superior to any of the store bought varieties; unless you shop at a high end specialty store like Etsy’s we have here in Dallas.  Super cool store if you get a chance to shop there! In the time it has taken me to type the first paragraph of this blog, the Cranberry Sauce with Orange is already done!  ItRead More →

A different twist on the traditional macaroni salad.  If you don’t like the sweet creamy salad, this one is definitely for you! Oriental Macaroni Salad Recipe 2 C uncooked elbow macaroni 2 large carrots or 15 baby carrots cut into 1 ” julienne strips 1 C snow peas cut into diagonal strips 2 green onions finely chopped 1/2 – 1 whole green pepper (or red) thinly sliced or julienne in 1″ pieces   Dressing 1/2 C Light mayonnaise 1/2 C sour cream – or light sour cream 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar 1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce 1/2 tsp ground ginger 1/4 tsp pepperRead More →

This healthy and hearty soup is a hit with everyone who tries it!  Even my kids who said “Kale?!!!”loved it.  Then, went Yummm. Sometimes you just have to fib a little to get them to try stuff, you know? Sausage Kale Red Lentil Soup Recipe 1 Tbsp Olive Oil 1 onion diced 1 lb Italian Sausage 1 C diced carrot – 2 large or 20 baby 2 stalks celery 2 clove garlic finely chopped 1 white potato 1 jalepeno pepper finely seeded and chopped 2 springs of fresh rosemary – off stocks and finely chopped 1/2 tsp pepper ground 1 tsp cumin 1/2 C redRead More →

  This is my twist on Ratatouille.  But, I don’t like eggplant, so I can’t really call this Ratatouille.  My kids call this dish, my ratarata thing they love.  It doesn’t matter what you call it, it tastes great and goes with everything! Zucchini tomato cheese saute 1 whole zucchini sliced in 1/4″ pieces 1/2 onion diced 1 green pepper diced large 1 whole tomato diced large 1 clove garlic minced 1 C grated fresh Parmesan Reggiano cheese 1 Tbsp Olive oil 1 tsp worchestshire sauce 1 tsp Italian seasoning 1 tsp beef bouillon 1/2 C water   Begin by sauteing in a fairly largeRead More →

  Count Down to Thanksgiving – Getting Organized Time Line 2 weeks before: Make Cranberry Sauce – put in freezer – see post to come Make Grandma’s Apple cinnamon Pie crust – Put in freezer Make Meat Dressing – Put in Freezer – see post to come Buy Turkey – Store in Freezer Send your table cloth to the dry cleaners.  Why spend time ironing when you can just take it out of a bag for a couple of dollars and save yourself so much time.  Or you could use plastic, but this is a special day… 1 Week Before: Sunday – Take Turkey outRead More →

Thanksgiving is a special meal that many people look forward to all year.  It brings family and traditions together in one wonderful day of football and snacking and a great dinner.  You imagine the perfect dinner table for Thanksgiving, but you are nervous and maybe have never cooked a turkey before or a large meal with all of the side dishes and extra people.  Thanksgiving Dinner can be a little overwhelming especially if you make dinner too complicated or leave everything to the last minute.  With some careful planning, and the realization that not everyone will eat all of that food anyway; and you willRead More →

  Good Gravy Recipe Pan drippings from turkey 1/4-1/2 C Flour 2-3 C vegetable water and tap water combination 3 C Chicken broth – good quality – low sodium salt and pepper to taste 1/2 tsp garlic powder left over herb butter Gravy….  So, I think this is one of the easiest things to make but many people are totally intimidated by the concept of the lumps.  The secret to smooth gravy is to never add water to the pan BEFORE the flour.   Now you know.  When your Turkey is done, remove it to your platter or carving tray and you should have left aRead More →