Make-Ahead Meals Make Health So Much Easier

One of the concerns my class participants ask me about often is their diet. They are having trouble sticking with the healthy habits that they started when they first lost weight and those unwanted extra pounds are beginning to creep back up on them. It can be a frustrating and scary thing when you see the weight start to come back and you feel like you have no control over it. One of the things I try to stress for these women, who are clearly coming to the gym and doing the work, is to prepare their meals ahead of time....more

Pea Cauliflower Risotto

Lime Chicken Chopped Salad with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

Boy has March been a crazy weather month.  It's supposed to come in like a lion and out like a lamb right?  The Chicago area has experienced the opposite.  Not so bad at the beginning, some teasing Spring days and then BAM...winter made an ugly, unwanted return.  But today there's been some relief.  Is winter officially over?...more

Pumpkin Cheese Muffins

When we think pumpkin, we think fall. This week's Monday Muffins are delicious enough to eat year-round. My family does. Pumpkin is a superfood. Packed full of nutrients so we should try to eat it more often. When using canned pumpkin, use 100% pure, NOT pumpkin pie filling. The cream cheese makes these moist and full of flavor. Add the glaze and you have one fabulous muffin!...more

Red Quinoa and Pineapple in a Peanut Sauce

Lack of posting again on my part, I know I'm so totally guilty. See the thing is, is that I've been working on a new project called Mainely Maven. I love this blog, don't get me wrong. Yet I really find that I've limited myself extensively in having such a narrow focus. There are so many things I'd love to blog about, but in this particular one all I can do is talk books and cooking…...more

Tonight's dinner : a Lovely Chinese combination!

Tonight's dinner : a lovely Chinese combination Tonight's we were in the mood for some cozy food to share with friends, so why not cook some Chinese favorite. We opted out for Vegetarians Spring Rolls and Sweet and Sour Chicken  served with rice both plain and egg-fried....more

The Sexiest Sauce for Lamb: Mint Chimichurri

Step away from that jar of Mint Jelly! That lamb you so lovingly prepared demands something much sexier: Mint Chimichurri. ...more

Apple Butter Cereal

This post originally appeared on cold cereal just doesn’t cut it, especially when I’m craving something warm. Apple Butter Cereal warms me right up, and is a healthier way to satisfy any sugar cravings I might be having. To make it you need crunchy flax cereal, 1 cup skim milk, brown sugar, chopped walnuts, and apple butter....more

Panna Cotta with Strawberry Coulis

What is Happiness? Happiness is: When she appreciates my cooking without saying a single word but try to manage her portion of food by her own with her little fingers…when she tries to manage a spoon to take a small bite….yes that is what I called “Happiness” … On that thought…. Let me share my Panna Cotta with Strawberry Coulis…...more

Quick Spinach Sauce Bread in just 25 minutes