Eureka! This Gluten-Free Casserole Is the Healthy Comfort Food You're Looking For

My latest experiment in cheesy + healthy comfort food is this Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash with Kale, Feta, and Mozzarella. It's low-carb, gluten-free, and vegetarian. But most important, it's a deliciously cheesy casserole that I'd happily gobble down for a main dish or side dish. ...more

7 Homemade Veggie Burger Recipes Better Than Anything From a Box

I like veggie burgers. What I don't like are the store-bought ones that come with a laundry list of ingredients. Yuck! Here are seven of my favorite veggie burger recipes, and I hope you try them.  1. Red Bean And Almond Butter Burger ...more

Five Delicious Winter Spices To Help You Kick Up Creativity In The Kitchen

When the dark days of winter hit (which I am in right now), it's time to dig deep and get creative with your spice drawer. I admit, I can get carried away with my spice addiction, but how else can you quickly and easily transform something like basic beans and rice in mere seconds? It's all part of a well-run pantry. ...more
I love that you included the health benefits!  Smoked paprika is my current favorite.  We use it ...more

Cardamom Spiced Granola

Good morning!  Ah, morning.  Breakfast is absolutely my favorite meal of the day.  And while you're making this granola, I think you'll be hooked too.  The warm, spicy smell of cardamom, cinnamon, and apple cider wafting through your kitchen for hours is enough to become addicted to making this crunchy and slightly sweet granola....more

A PERSONAL STORY – WHEN BLOGGERS DON’T PROVIDE BALANCE

I’m going to say some things in the post that will not be popular among food and health bloggers. So I apologize in advance but simply hope to call more attention to the need for all journalists – whether you’re a blogger, magazine writer, broadcast personality, or anyone who provides (often subjective) information to the rest of us – to consider your audiences and ensure that your information is a reality, not a perception. You are influencers so it’s critical that you are all responsible in the information you present....more

Guilt-free Two-bite Brownies

Truth?I don’t ever feel guilty about eating chocolate.I feel guilty about a lot of other things: not being a better mom, sister, friend, daughter, wife, pet owner, citizen…But chocolate? Nah....more

Kielbasa and Kale Soup

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola Bars

Hi there!  I'm so glad you stopped by!This is and will probably always be the most tried and true recipe that I will share with you on this little corner of the blogosphere.  That's why it's first!  I've been making this recipe about once every other week for a few years now and we still haven't tired of it....more

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies This recipe doesn’t sound enticing, I know! But trust me when I say these are GOOD! How do I know? I use my fool proof hubby method. I make the recipe and have my husband try the batter and or finished product without telling him the ingredients (I am lucky to have such a trusting spouse, I know). With this recipe he thought it tasted like a regular peanut butter cookie!...more

Eat Your Little Trees: Broccoli Cheese Casserole Recipe

Little trees. When you were a child, did your parents get you to eat your veggies by putting a fun spin on them? Were carrots the Easter Bunny’s favorite treat? Were Brussels sprouts cabbages that a mad scientist had shrunk with a laser in an underground lair? Did they get you to eat your broccoli by telling you that it was a tiny tree?...more

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Shake

I was in South Carolina this past weekend for my brother’s wedding. It was only about an hour outside Charleston so my husband and I decided to stay a couple days in the city since neither of us has been. Charleston has great food and scenery so it was nice to just walk around and eat....more

Get Your Whole Grains, Fruits and Vegetables All in One Slice!

Whole Grain Banana Zucchini BreadIt’s McKinley’s birthday week of celebrations – yes she gets a week, or five days; one set of Grandparents joined us on Friday and another joined us last night and will be staying through her actual birthday on Tuesday. That means hosting for Mom and Dad! We love hosting, it’s one of the biggest things we missed when we lived in Missouri so far away from all of our family, and what brought us back to Indiana....more

My Adventure In Making Maple Syrup: Here Is What To Know About The Sweet Stuff

I think you know how I feel about sugar.Sugar contributes nothing to our bodies nutritionally, it raises our blood sugar, messes with inflammation in our bodies, zaps our energy, can make us feel crappy and even strung out if we eat too much of it....more