Fire Roasted Portobello Mushrooms

I love meat, especially red meat.  However, I try not to eat it very often.  We might indulge once or twice a week but try to stick to poultry or fish for most of our meals....more

Baked Honey Beer Chicken

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring....more

Crock Pot Chicken Enchiladas - On the Lighter Side

I try my best to live a healthy lifestyle.  I try to workout 6 days a week whether it be through running, strength training, or a fitness video.  It’s important to me to stay active and strong so I’m able to do the things I love and have enough energy to keep up with T.J....more

Sausage & Hashbrown Casserole

Breakfast.*Sigh*My favorite meal, especially on the weekends!  Just the thought of a good breakfast on Saturday or Sunday morning makes me instantly happy.  This time of year it makes me think of warm pajamas, slippers, a hot cup of coffee, cartoons playing in the background, and a delicious aroma filling the house....more

Crispy Sweet Potato Fries

I love fries!  Who doesn’t?There’s nothing quite like a burger and fries to remind me I’m an American from the Midwest   I don’t know if its been the cold Northern Iowan temperatures or just that I really love them, but lately I’ve been craving a nice crispy fry....more

Crock Pot Iowa Maid-Rites

Loose Meat Sandwich.If you know what this is, you must be from the Midwest.  Here in Iowa there is nothing quite like a loose meat sandwich, or Maid-Rite, as many of us grew up calling them.  This delicious sandwich with meat messily spilling over the edges of the bun is a staple for many Iowan meals....more
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Chicken Pesto Roll-ups

As many of you know, Mike and I are big time college sports fans.  Ever since we started dating, our winters have revolved around college basketball.  During the spring, summer, and fall months we spend most of our free time golfing. Watching college basketball takes the place of this during the winter months.  Every Monday we look at the schedule and see what games we want to watch that week and set up our weekly activities around them....more

Chicken, Rice, & Black Beans

This meal may not win any beauty awards, but she sure is tasty. Filled with chicken, black beans, and rice, this is an energizing meal perfect for a busy weeknight!Chicken, Rice, & Black Beans6oz Hormel Natural Choice Grilled Chicken1 cup Rice...more

Rosemary Dijon Salmon

As I’ve talked about a few times before, I try to serve fish in my house at least once a week.  Its heart healthy, low-calorie, has omega-3′s, and is just an overall good for you dish.  There are a few drawbacks when it come so Fish Night. T.J. still refuses to eat it.  At 2 1/2 there are still some textures he’s pretty picky about.  I haven’t tried real hard to make it kid friendly, which may be what I try with my next attempt at fish.  I’m thinking if I put some type of healthy breading on it he may actually enjoy it.  Secondly, Mike is not a big fish fan....more

Spinach & Provolone Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf

Much like music, there are certain smells that can transport us back to our childhood. Nothing seems to do that for most people like the aroma of certain foods that fill a home.  When I think back to holidays as a child, my mind immediately goes back to the sounds and aromas I woke up to every morning.  I remember hearing my mom working away in the kitchen, the smell of coffee and eggs filling the house.  Later in the morning the house was sure to smell of scalloped corn, no matter what the holiday....more