Category Archives: healthy

broccotots

This fun twist on a childhood favorite makes for a healthy and delicious side to any dinner! Broccoli as a substitution for potato is an easy swap and making them at home ensures you know exactly what’s going into your little ones dinner. Here’s my take on Broccotots.

A healthier version of a childhood favorite

A healthier version of a childhood favorite

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game day turkey and bean chili

The Mets are in the series! Ok, so I’m a married into Mets fan but I have witnessed the pain and desperation Mets fans endure. But we are ecstatic this week that our team has made it to the final stretch! In honor of our houses New York team, here’s a quick and simple weeknight chili that will please (and serve!) a crowd on a budget! Here’s my Game Day Turkey and Bean Chili.

Canned beans and veggies make this the simplest chili ever!

Canned beans and veggies make this the simplest chili ever!

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devilishly good meatless monday eggs in purgatory

This is a devilishly fun dish to start October’s meatless Monday’s off right! Believed to be of Tunisian decent, Shakshouka, or Eggs in Purgatory, traditionally uses Harissa, a paste made from peppers and spices, but mine utilizes smoky cumin and jarred roasted red peppers which are probably sitting in your pantry right now! Serve family style or in individual dishes for a simple weeknight dinner!

A hellish good meal!

A hellish good dish!

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lemon chicken with butternut squash and fig salad

These are not your common fig newtons. Figs are a wonderfully, naturally sweet flavor easily added into savory dishes. With their dark meaty interior and earthy outer layer, they bring big texture in addition to their flavor. Topped with my versatile lemon chicken, this dish is sure to please! Check out my Lemon Chicken with Butternut Squash and Fig Salad.

Fig Salad

Fig Salad

Lemon chicken

Lemon chicken

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sweet and salty orecchiette with olives, almonds, and ricotta

I’m always looking for new pasta dishes since they are usually inexpensive and filling for a family of four! This recipe from October’s Real Simple uses one of my favorite tricks/techniques for white sauce; using some of the starchy cooking water to bind ingredients. I love this tip and it’s one you will get a ton of use out of! Green olives mixed with nutty almonds give this dish its title of Sweet and Salty Orecchiette with Olives, Almonds, and Ricotta.

Orcheitte with olives, almonds, and ricotta

Orecchiette with olives, almonds, and ricotta

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quick pb&j bites

Breakfast time can be a challenge in so many family mornings. These little bites are the perfect grab and go snack for AM munchies. Bake them on Sunday and keep them in an air tight container for the week! A perfect play on the children’s favorite peanut butter and jelly sandwich, these PB & J Bites are sure to get your day started off right!

PB & J Bites

PB & J Bites

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asparagus ricotta tart with fried tomato skins

As summer comes to an end I’m vowing not to mourn the loss of another season gone too quickly but rather embrace the change of pace of autumn dishes. That being said, here’s a recipe with one last nod to bikini weather. While asparagus’ season is short lived (lasting only a month or so in March to April), it’s bright green stalks and leafy tips always remind me of summer. Crisp tomato skins give the feeling of bacon while still remaining figure friendly. Here’s my end of summer Asparagus Ricotta Tart with Fried Tomato Skins.

A figure friendly toast to the end

A figure friendly toast to the end

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