Artichoke Dip Bites

Game day or just a summer gathering with friends-these are tasty little bites that will go quickly! My mama LOVES my artichoke dip. I had some phyllo cups in my freezer that I didn’t end up using for a party I had, so I decided to mash the 2 together! This recipe made 30 little, cutie cups and boy, were they gone quickly! Think about this one for your next gathering!

 -Tammy

Health tips: Cheat appetizer

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French Onion Pork Chops

Here’s a really creative way to enjoy the flavors of French onion soup without the guilt! I’ve been brainstorming ways to reimagine my favorite eats into healthy main dishes and started “Pinteresting” “French onion soup dinner”. I was inspired by this genius recipe on kudoskitchenbyrenee.com and was so happy with the result. If you have some extra time to caramelize onions, you must try this! It takes awhile to really get that brown color and sweet flavor representative of the famous soup, but it’s worth it. Other than that, it just takes a few ingredients and steps. You will be so satisfied with the combination of flavors in this dish, so yummy!!!

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low fat, heart healthy, low carb, diabetes friendly

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Zucchini Enchiladas

It’s been a while since I have had time to blog. School is taking a toll on the family this year (myself and the kids alike)! I came home pooped yesterday. I sat down to fill out some form’s for school for the kiddos and got extremely tired (I should not have sat down so soon…lol). The family started to ask what was for dinner and I told them I’m too tired. But then I remembered about this recipe! I already had all of the ingredients at home, minus the chicken. I ran to the store real quick and purchased a rotisserie chicken (since I was out of shredded chicken in my freezer), brought it home, and had my hubby shred it for me while I started the rest. It came together in no time. I AM LOVING these enchiladas! The hubby and I each ate 3 that night, then I packed us 2 lunches each for this week (containing 2 enchiladas each lunch). This recipe makes 14 enchiladas. I felt so good about eating them. I did NOT miss the tortillas one bit! You HAVE to try this recipe. I am going to make this again, using a modified version of my Chicken Enchilada Suiza Casserole recipe.

Thank you delish for this recipe!

 -Tammy

Health tips: diabetes friendly, kidney friendly, low carb

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Herb Butter Filet Mignon for Two

When I imagine a romantic, fancy dinner on Valentine’s day, I definitely think of filet mignon. But don’t let it intimidate you, you can spoil that special person by surprising them with this impressive dish cooked at home. Because it’s the most tender and tastiest cut of beef you can buy, it’s a little pricier than other cuts, but it’s so worth it on a special occasion. Just be on the lookout for those store deals! Trim off that fat and serve alongside some green veggies, and you’ll keep the calories down as well. It’s practically fool-proof…all you need are a few simple ingredients, a meat thermometer and walllahhhh…in less than 30 minutes, you’ll have a gourmet meal!

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low fat, heart healthy, diabetes friendly

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Chicken Suizas Soup with Quesadillas

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE enchilada suizas! Enchilada Suizas are basically “Swiss-style” enchiladas, meaning it’s a bit creamier than your typical enchilada (not to mention the added Swiss cheese)! You can find my favorite recipe here. Well one of my favorite people of all time (Rachael Ray), made it into a soup! Here is the original recipe. I modified it to make it a little healthier for my family (my kids LOVED it). I cannot tell you how happy this meal made me! SOOOOOO satisfying! Please, please make this since it’s still so cold out! Your tummy will thank you! And so will I! Comment, take pics, and let us know how it goes! ❤

 -Tammy

Health tips: Low carb, diabetes friendly, kid-friendly, kidney-friendly*

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Skinnytaste’s Skillet Chicken Cordon Bleu

I belong to a private group on Facebook that is comprised of women who are there to encourage each other through health, fitness, and food. My sister-in-law posted this recipe from Skinnytaste. I had all the ingredients on hand, so I thought I’d give it a try. I was NOT disappointed! I was super simple to make and tastes delicious! You will not be disappointed. Thank you Skinnytaste!

 -Tammy

Health tips: kid friendly, diabetes friendly

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Easy Hummus, Avocado and Roasted Tomato Toast

It’s a fresh, new year and I am so excited to get back into healthy eating and exercise again. Don’t get me wrong, I love cozy, rich, yummy holiday food, but it feels good to get all those vitamins and nutrients back in my body. Here is one of my favorite snacks or light lunches, using a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge!

 -Melanie

Health tips: Vegetarian, anti-inflammatory, low fat, heart healthy

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Hot Philly Cheesesteak Dip

I’m a sucker for sandwiches-healthy or not. And I’m a sucker for dips! I know we’re all trying to be a little healthier with the start of the new year, but I couldn’t help this one. It combines two of some of my favorite things-sandwiches and dip. When you have some people over, make this hot appetizer (especially in the chilly weather). Your friends will thank you for it.

 -Tammy

Health tips: Cheat recipe

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Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

It’s so very hard to stay healthy during the holidays. However, I found a side dish recipe that inspired me! I modified it a bit, and I’m super happy with the results! If you feel the need to make a healthier side dish for your Christmas dinner, then make this! It hits all the same bells and whistles as a loaded baked potato, but much better for you! I’m excited to hear your thoughts. I’m going to make it for Christmas dinner!

 -Tammy

Health tips: diabetes-friendly, low carb

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Thankful…

This blog is as much about food as it is about being thankful. You will not find a recipe on this blog. Instead, you will find just me…and what my life means. Food seems to be the center of our lives, or at least in my family it is…but our table of food is centered around so much more….to me (and to my sis-in-law, Melanie). Life is about the people I (we) love, the food that I (we) love, and the memories I (we) make!

A few years back, I made this chalk board sign (I got the idea from Pinterest of course). I used to write an “I love you because…” idea every day (to my hubby mostly, or my twins). But I slowed down. Now, I only write a new idea every time we “entertain” or when I think of something clever. And my guests know I write something that pertains to them and they look forward to what I write. However, this chalkboard sign has been tucked away since October 1st (Halloween time and all…). Well, I brought it back out on the last day in November. For the first time, my kids started writing us cute and silly notes. But today…today, I came home and saw this. My daughter wrote “I love you because…you make amazing food”. I thought about it for a moment…or like 20 moments…

I cannot tell you how full my heart is. I have twins.. a boy and a girl…they are 10 years old…She loves to cook, especially bake (which is my least favorite thing to do, but my hubby loves baking with her). When my twins turned 3 years old, I bought them each, their first Rachael Ray knife. I know what you’re thinking (insert sarcastic voice) “who buys their children knives at 3 years old”?!?!?!? ME! Her knives come with a protective glove. And I watch my kids like a hawk!

Back to my full heart (yes, I get side-tracked often). I asked my daughter why she wrote that message. She responded “Mom, you always make good food…even if I don’t always like it!” (I’m still trying to figure out if that’s a good thing or a bad thing). But it’s true…I sometimes make food I know they don’t like, in hopes that they will like it this time  (Wishful thinking, I know)! I never give up! I rarely cook the same meal twice!  Which is my whole point of this blog! Even though my daughter (or son) doesn’t always love my cooking or eat all of my food, she appreciates my effort! And she “tries” almost everything.

Please EMPOWER your kids…COOK WITH THEM!

My point is…KEEP ON COOKING! Even when you’re tired, had a hard day, or think your family hates your cooking…it turns out they actually are REALLY grateful! I am living proof! Make an “I love you because” sign…and hopefully  one day, your family will thank you for food!! ❤

P.S. My son said “why didn’t you post my message when I said I love you because …”You eat poop”…yeah…I know….