Making homemade pasta is a little like going camping.   Life at home is easier, but getting in touch with the basics is nice too.  ...more

Gorgeous Butternut Squash Falafel Recipe

Falafel is something that me and a few of my friends at work absolutely love but usually they are rather unhealthy. Because of this I decided to try and create a more healthy falafel recipe that would taste just as good as the full fat kind and the result was amazing! This falafel can be served in a wrap with salad or as part of a normal salad with lots of vegetables and leaves. It would also be great with my harissa roasted vegetable salad! You can find more pictures, serving suggestions and comments for this recipe on my Facebook Page 'Laura's Skinny Kitchen Secrets' or on my healthy cooking blog 'SkinnyKitchenSecrets.com....more

Rice-Cooker Risotto

I get cravings for risotto at odd hours, which is annoying because risotto typically takes a while to make and a lot of effort to stir. So when that craving arrives around 10 p.m. on a weeknight, no bueno. That's why I started looking into risotto shortcuts. Enter the rice cooker. Seems like this concept would be a no-brainer because risotto is rice, and a rice cooker is made to prepare rice. But, the intricacies involved in cooking risotto always just made me assume that this machine wasn't ideal for making it. I was wrong. Sue me. ...more
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The South In Your Mouth

   The South In Your Mouth ...more

Toad in the Hole with Sweet Potato Hash

Well, I have officially conquered my summer class midterms! Among all the studying, tests, AND starting a new second job I haven't felt like preparing complicated and time consuming dinners lately. It's times such as these when I often take the brinner (breakfast for dinner) approach.As much as I love breakfast I have never tried the infamous "toad in a hole" aka "eggs in a basket" aka "gashouse eggs." Whatever your term for it, it always consists of buttered toast with a fried egg in the center....more

Spicy Coconut Lime Sauce

Sometimes, simplicity is the best way to go ...more

Strawberry Cinnamon Shortcake Sandwiches

They look mouth-watering and if they were within my reach they would be gone in a split second!more

Zucchini Noodles: The Healthy Way to Enjoy Pasta!

I enjoy a good plate of pasta.And since I married my Italian husband, I've been working on my Italian housewife skillz.So far it's going really well. But in an effort to eat more nutritionally dense food and less carb heavy food, I've been trying to avoid pasta night....more

Power Packed Sweet Chia Pudding/Dip

Just like many other health nuts I’ve been a sucker for chia seeds for quite some time. It’s an ancient superfood of the Aztecs. The tiny black seeds are packed full of vital nourishment. They have Omega-3, protein (3g per tablespoon), antioxidants, and fiber. And maybe I’m weird, but I enjoy the texture they add to things. It freaks some people out — I get it. But give it a shot, you might fall in love....more