Delicious, Nutritious Outdoor Dining

Delicious, Nutritious Outdoor Dining

Dining outdoors can not only be delicious but also nutritious. Even though there are great bbq meals during the summer, not all of your meals have to be that heavy, greasy, or messy. These lighter meals can also be prepared in whole or in part ahead of time. This makes it easy to get lunch or dinner on the patio table in record time. Thanks to Family Features and culinary.net for sharing great healthy eating tips and recipes including a Turkey, Spinach & Apple Wrap, Warm Grain Bowl with Wild Salmon, Almonds and Salsa Verde, and Baked Greek Chicken Salad. Take … Continue Reading →
Eat Your Veggies!

Eat Your Veggies!

I was planning on posting this before but life happens. The infographic is too amazing to not share though. It is all about vegetables and all the different varieties! Growing up I was pretty limited to veggies, but so were most other people. It was not until after I got married, and then still several more years, that I really discovered fresh vegetables and how delicious, healthy, and amazing they are. Now I love vegetables! I’ve actually started lowering our grocery bill and at the same time cooking healthier meals for the family by adding more veggies and using less meat. … Continue Reading →
Grain Bowl Ingredients to Mix and Match #StoredBrilliantly Plus Giveaway!

Grain Bowl Ingredients to Mix and Match #StoredBrilliantly Plus Giveaway!

I love grain bowls for lunch. However, to prep one each day is a lot more work and dishes. Instead, prepare all of your ingredients once a week. This way you can mix and match the ingredients throughout the week in just a couple of minutes and there are far fewer dishes to wash daily. The new Rubbermaid BRILLIANCE (This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Rubbermaid® #StoredBrilliantly ) containers are perfect for all of your grain bowl ingredients to store them all week. If you aren’t familiar with grain bowls, you might just know them as cold salads. The can just … Continue Reading →
Edamame Quinoa Salad Recipe

Edamame Quinoa Salad Recipe

I love healthy salads like this that are based on grains with tons of veggies and flavorful ingredients. This Edamame Quinoa Salad was inspired by The Girl Who Ate Everything’s recipe, but I changed it up a bit to suit my own tastes and what I had on hand. The salad is so yummy and flavorful and very satisfying. I make this in big batches, like the recipe below, for me to eat at lunch throughout the week. To change it up throughout the week you can add things like leftover chicken, shrimp, feta cheese, etc. Whatever you have on … Continue Reading →
A Healthier Casserole – Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Quinoa

A Healthier Casserole – Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Quinoa

Many of us are tryig to eat healthier in the new year. Chicken can be a very lean meat for us but it is important to realize all the extras you put into it, especially in casseroles (or hot dish). I’ve been working with #SandersonFarms for  few months now and currently we are focusing on healthier eating. (Disclosure: I am compensated via OM Media on behalf of Sanderson Farms for my recipes and sharing.) Casseroles are a truly American classic comfort food but we all know that typically they aren’t the healthiest meal even though they are filling. I decided … Continue Reading →
Gazpacho for a No Cook Summer Meal

Gazpacho for a No Cook Summer Meal

Summer is in full swing and it is H-O-T and H-U-M-I-D here in St. Louis. This means I don’t want to turn on the stove to cook but we still want something good to eat at home. Gazpacho is a chilled tomato soup that requires no cooking at all with origins in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. There are tons of different recipes for gazpacho out there and I personally have never tasted one I did not enjoy. I love soup all the time, but in the summer it is nice to have a chilled soup like this. I’m guessing … Continue Reading →
Whole Grain Bulgur and Red Quinoa Salad Recipe

Whole Grain Bulgur and Red Quinoa Salad Recipe

Today’s recipe is for whole grain bulgur and red quinoa salad which is perfect to make in a big batch for lunch during the week. I had been buying this pre-made from the deli at my grocery store but decided to try making some myself to keep the price down. It is actually a really easy salad to make, I just had to figure out ratios when I tried to duplicate it. This salad is both delicious and pretty darn healthy all at the same time. Whole grains are important for our bodies and I love many of them served … Continue Reading →
Vegetable Frittata with Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes

Vegetable Frittata with Roasted Asparagus and Tomatoes

Today I’ve got a great and hear healthy recipe to share for a vegetable frittata with roasted asparagus and tomatoes. This is actually a vegetarian dish but I promise if you serve this to meat eaters they will not complain. A frittata is an egg dish, kind of like a crustless quiche. You can really put anything you like into them, but I adore this recipe with all of the veggies inside the actual frittata and the asparagus and tomatoes served on the side along with it. This would be great for a brunch, lunch, or dinner for just your … Continue Reading →
Day Boat Cod with Melted Tomatoes and Shaved Fennel and Orange Salad

Day Boat Cod with Melted Tomatoes and Shaved Fennel and Orange Salad

Day Boat Cod with Melted Tomatoes and Shaved Fennel and Orange Salad (Family Features) It may sound contrary to your healthy eating plan, but the human body actually needs some types of fat for heart and brain health. One common source is cooking oil, such as olive oil. This recipe for cod with melted tomatoes and shaved fennel and orange salad combines healthy olive oil, fish, fruits and veggies all in one amazing dish! Of the cooking oils most commonly used in North America, such as olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil and various vegetable oils, olive oil contains the … Continue Reading →
Infographic: Food and Mental Health

Infographic: Food and Mental Health

This week’s infographic is all about the connection between food and mental health. It really can make such a big difference, my therapist and Hubby and son’s psychiatrists have been telling us this for years. If you, or someone you know, has any issue with mental health please consider adding some of the positive foods and reducing negative foods from your diet. Have you noticed the correlation between food and mental health? Infographic source: http://www.topcounselingschools.org/food-and-mental-health/  Continue Reading →