Lightened Up Key Lime Pie

Coty and I love key lime pie, particularly this one. I, however, have more of a fondness to this limey treat because it was also my wedding cake. Not traditional in the least, but nothing is traditional when you get married in Key West, Florida....more

Strawberry Summer Salad with Ginger-Lime Dressing

They’re here!It is officially strawberry season in Michigan....more

Roasted Jerusalem Artichoke

The other day I came across this awesome list of “Ugly Vegetables” on And while I pride myself in being very diverse with my cooking and ingredients I was surprised by some things on this list that I have never heard of – what the heck is a cardoon?? And a rutabaga? I’ve got to find those somewhere!!This list also reminded me that there some vegetables that I I’ve heard of before but never tried – Jerusalem Artichoke, Broccoflower, Taro Root....more

Blueberry Peach Muffins

Fresh peaches and juicy blueberries take your average breakfast muffin and transform it into a peach cobbler-like beauty, all for only 122 calories a piece!...more

First Post! *blush*

Why would I think I have the time for a blog? I mean, really. I'm married, have a 4 year old son, have a full time career as a teacher and am a workout fanatic. So, truly, do I have time for a blog? Yes. Am I also the type of person that refuses to sit down and rest? Absolutely. Let's do this. The intentions of this blog are for me share my  love of cooking healthy food, living a  (mostly) balanced life, and meet new people along the way! Join me! - Just an Okie in Texas...more

Cooking Guru S3E8: Goat Cheese & Sundried Tomato Penne

GOAT CHEESE & SUNDRIED TOMATO PENNEServes: 4 Prep and cooking time: 40-45 minutes...more

Cooking Guru S3E6: Asian Chicken Veggie Salad

ASIAN CHICKEN VEGGIE SALADServes: 4 Prep Time: 25 minutes...more

Review: My New Roots by Sarah Britton

You know those books that draw you in and you just can't put them down?  Yes, that happens to me with cookbooks (though I promise I read other books too!  I have a whole stack I'm currently working on as proof! ;) )....more

Cool beans

I know, about as exciting as unsalted paste. Don't despair, fellow gourmets, all is not lost. If you happen to like green beans you might as well skip this article. For the rest of us I am adding reasons why beans are a wonderful culinary marvel.Did you know that eating green beans regularly can significantly lower your cholesterol levels? They also provide excellent amounts of dietary fiber and are a good source of vitamin A and the B complex. They are rich in minerals like iron, calcium, potassium and manganese....more

Chicken Asparagus Alfredo

Moist chicken and tender asparagus simmer in an ultra creamy, lightened up alfredo sauce. ...more