Green Beans with Cranberries, Almonds, and Goat Cheese in a Fig Balsamic Glaze

This green beans side dish is super easy to make and is a great way to eat green beans – much more delicious than boring steamed green beans or any green bean casserole....more

SALAD OF THE DAY # 11 A CHRISTMASSY POTATO DELIGHT

SALAD OF THE DAY # 11 - A CHRISTMASSY POTATO DELIGHT...more

Mama doesn't own a microwave!

That's Right folks...you heard me.  I don't have a microwave, and somehow I manage to eat.  I get it!  In this day in age, it's extremely difficult to sit down to eat, let alone WAIT for it to cook on the stove top.  I know...It takes a lot of extra effort to place that cold coffee in a small pot, set it on the stove and turn it on and wait.....and... I understand how drastic of a lifestyle change it woud be to not have a microwave, I grew up with one, too!  ...more

The Healthiest, Most Delicious Cheesecake You'll Ever Eat

Oh, by gosh, by golly, it’s time for mistletoe and holly! Tasty pheasants, Christmas presents, and countrysides covered in snow…And, of course, cheesecake! Sure, it may not be in the song, but we don’t think anyone would object to having a slice of cheesecake this holiday. So as gift to you, today we’re sharing our healthy recipe for New York cheesecake.Enjoy! ...more

The Coziest Squash Risotto You'll Eat All Winter Long

Winter is officially here! Last week, I declared that December is Winter Squash Month over here at Meatless Mondays, and I've found another very interesting butternut squash recipe that I bet you'll like. This Cozy Harvest Risotto from Happy.Healthy.Life includes butternut squash, apple, sweet potato, and celery. Kathy bums up the flavors with fresh, seasonal herbs like sage, rosemary, and thyme. Then she tops this vegan risotto with almonds (and a splash of non-dairy creamer, if you want it) for what she calls "an elegant and surprisingly easy winter meal." ...more
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Cranberry Walnut Date Muffins

For Thanksgiving this year my mom made an awesome upside down cranberry-date-pecan coffee cake. Ever since then I’ve been craving that cranberry + dried dates combination, and I’ve thought about whether or not I want to make that cake. I decided making another cake wasn’t a good idea this time of year – I have been eating SO much dessert lately, I think I’m going to turn into a cupcake soon....more

Easy Green Beans

Green beans are a favorite side dish of mine for every holiday, season, and event.  It is a food that always makes an appearance in some form whether it is in a casserole, is steamed, or mixed with a vinaigrette.  This recipe is simple and easy, uses ingredients that I often already have in my fridge, and because it takes about 25 minutes to cook down on the stove, I can walk away and tend to other things while the green beans soak in some amazing flavor....more

Baked Apple Pork Chops- Paleo inspired

Apples and Pork Chops go together like peanut butter & jelly, like marco & polo, like the kardashians and… well you never mind you get the point!This recipe was fast, easy, and obviously delicious.It was inspired from a paleo recipe that I found- so if you’re on that new paleo kick that everyone’s been talking about this recipe is also for you!...more

DAIRY-FREE PEPPERMINT MOCHA LATTE

 Many moons ago I would have been downing 2 large egg-nog lattes and a pumpkin scone by noon, but my new fav is peppermint & chocolate everything.  I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point I became conditioned to crave Peppermint Mocha Latte’s the day after Thanksgiving; from what I can tell, I’m not alone.  ...more