Summer in Utah means heat! When it is hot outside, it is hard to find motivation to cook. A picnic is the perfect solution. Whether you spread a blanket in the back yard, or take the kids to the park, a picnic can provide a healthy meal and some relaxation. The simplest of ideas can… Continue reading The Simplest Of Ideas // Buffalo Chicken Bites
Why are asparagus stalks never lonely? Because they come in bunches! All jokes aside, now is a great time to add asparagus to your menu plan. It is considered a spring vegetable and may be available at your local grocery store or farmers market. Asparagus is known as a nutrient powerhouse. It is low in… Continue reading A Nutrient Powerhouse // Top Ten Ways to Enjoy Asparagus
Available in a rainbow of colors, bell peppers make a crispy, crunchy, tasty addition to many recipes. You may be more familiar with green, red, and orange varieties, but did you know they also come in shades of yellow, white, brown, and purple? They are as versatile as they are colorful. You can slice them… Continue reading Taste the Rainbow // Eggs Over Peppers
In the nutrition world we talk about all things in moderation. If we enjoy ourselves and indulge on Thanksgiving, that's moderation, right? After all, it is just one day out of 365. But tell me what happens after Thanksgiving? Do you hop right back on the nutrition bandwagon? Or do you falter on and off… Continue reading Healthy Holiday Checklist // Winter Goddess Salad
Easter weekend is upon us. Do you ever ask yourself, what will I ever do with all these leftover eggs? I found myself asking this question just this morning, as I dyed eggs with my kids. It seems such a waste to not use them up. In preparation for the leftovers, I dug up some of my… Continue reading Happy Hunting! // Ideas For Leftover Eggs
What's for Dinner? How often does that question cross your mind? Imagine stepping into the kitchen at the end of the day with a plan already in place, and an answer to your question. Menu planning is the key to less stress at dinnertime, more money in your pocket, and more health in your diet. Check out… Continue reading Money In Your Pocket With Menu Planning // Crockpot Chicken Recipes
Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, oh my! Thanksgiving dinner often leaves lots of leftovers. In fact, I cook a little extra just so I can enjoy the leftovers! After a day or two, the novelty has usually worn off and I'm ready for something new. To prevent food waste, it's a good idea to have some… Continue reading Leftoverpallooza // Mashed Potato Turkey Bites and More!
It's too hot to cook. I just want to be outside. Can't we just have cold cereal? These are the thoughts running through my head lately when it comes to dinnertime. Cooking is the last thing I want to do during the summer months. I would rather be outside soaking up every last ray of… Continue reading Summertime and the Cookin’ is Easy // Five Go To Recipes
Asparagus is one of the first vegetables to surface as winter dies down and spring begins to bloom. When I was a little girl, wild asparagus grew along the railroad tracks near my house. Every spring we would go on an asparagus hunt to see how much we could find. It was like a contest… Continue reading Cooking In Season // Asparagus
Whole grains are an important part of any diet. To understand the term "whole grain", you need to understand the anatomy of a grain. The Whole Grains Council tells us that a grain kernel consists of three parts, the bran, the germ, and the endosperm. A whole grain has all three parts of the kernel… Continue reading Going Grain // A Guide to Cooking Whole Grains
We are savoring the last bit of summer left and enjoying all the fresh produce available this time of year. My family has really been on a cucumber kick! Which led us to these cucumber cream cheese bites. Not only are they incredibly delicious, but they are also a perfect nutritious snack! This post has… Continue reading Quick and Easy Cucumber Cream Cheese Bites
Did you see our Weekly Menu Plan blog post last month? It talks about the steps you take to plan your dinner menu for the week using your local grocery store ads. If you missed it, or just need a review, click here. Then come on back and see what I'm planning this week! Remember that… Continue reading Weekly Menu Plan // What’s On Your List?
One of our family favorites is Sweet and Sour Baked Chicken. This recipe is a great option because it uses low sodium. According to the American Heart Association, Chinese food is one of America's most popular ethnic cuisines. When it comes to Chinese dishes, it's important to watch the amount of sodium. Plus, it is… Continue reading Tangy Temptation: Sweet and Sour Baked Chicken Recipe
Have you heard the term "whole foods diet"? Are you confused about exactly what the means? It turns out that a whole foods diet is really quite simple. This type of diet is a lifestyle centered around eating mainly unprocessed foods, fresh fruits, and vegetables. The basic concept is that food should come from nature. When you… Continue reading The Do’s and Don’ts of a Whole Foods Diet // Quick and Easy Fettuccine