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….

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

I love football season! This year I joined a fantasy league and let me tell you, it has brought so much joy to my life! And when I think about football, I think about food! Especially wings! You can find my baked wings-two ways here. I came up with an even healthier version to get my “buffalo fix” on…meatballs! Please make these next time you watch football! Go Broncos! 🙂

 -Tammy

Health tips:  kidney-friendly, diabetes friendly

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Stuffed Chicken Divan w/ Creamy Dijon Sauce

As you can probably already tell, my mom is a big inspiration for me as far as my love for food and cooking. Growing up, I remember her cooking a variety of dishes, Filipino, Italian, Asian…and the list goes on, and I was always there to help chop and prep. One of her signature potluck dishes is Chicken Divan. I love how creamy and cheesy it is, one of my favorites until now. Plus it’s low carb! This is my twist on it, transforming it from a casserole, to a dinner for two.

 -Melanie

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

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Chicken Kiev Meatballs

I don’t know where to start! I grew up eating Chicken Kiev. I LOVE it! We didn’t have it all the time, as it was considered one of those “fancy dinners”. And what’s not to love about chicken, garlic, butter, and parsley?!?! I hadn’t thought about it in years…until…I had a dream  that I made little meatballs out of them which got me on the Rachael Ray show! It was the best dream, EVER! Of course, I woke up and realized it was only a dream…however, that didn’t stop me from trying to come up with a recipe and make them! I am so, so proud of this one! Totally took me back to my childhood. I called my mom to tell her. Understandably so, she wants me to make them for her. I cannot wait for her and YOU ALL to try these too!

 -Tammy

Health tips: kid-friendly, kidney-friendly, diabetes friendly

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Pumpkin Pie Bites

Happy Halloween! We have a wonderful block to trick-or-treat on. Because of this, we  invite people over to hang out. There are plenty of snacks and beverages for both adults and children. I always make sure I have savory dishes and not so many sweet dishes. The kiddos will have enough sweets with the candy! I did however make these mini pumpkin pie bites to snack on. They turned out really yummy! A prefect little sweet treat for this fun-filled day! Have a safe one!

 -Tammy

Health tips: kid-friendly

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Oktoberfest Beer Cheese Dip

I love all things Oktoberfest! My birthday is in the beginning of October and so is Melanie’s. We usually try to kick off the October celebrations together by going to a local Oktoberfest…beer, sausage, and great company!  I was inspired by Melanie’s German Sausage and Barley Soup (Graupensuppe) and the Oktoberfest’s we ad been visiting, that I came up with this recipe. It has sausage, beer, and cheese-what’s not to like? And this would make a great party snack! It’s a cheat meal, but oh-so-worth-it!  Enjoy!

 -Tammy

Health tips: cheat meal

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Mini Meatloaves Nestled in Zucchini Noodles and Tomato Sauce

Nothing says comfort food more than meatloaf! However,  just hearing the words comfort food makes me think of gut-busting food. But not this meal. I’ve lightened it up by making mini meatloaves rather than one giant one. And I nestled them in zucchini noodles and tomato sauce, rather than regular noodles. Protein and veggies makes this a healthy meal!  Enjoy!

 -Tammy

Health tips: diabetes-friendly, low carb, kidney-friendly, kid-friendly

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One-Pan Roasted Pork Chops

Who doesn’t love a one-pan dish? Easy clean up! I found this recipe a few years back in my Rachael ray magazine. It’s super easy, healthy, and delicious! My kiddos always enjoy this meal too! You can make it kidney friendly by “leaching*” your potatoes to take out some of the potassium! If you want a quick, week-night meal, then please try this! Thank you Rachael Ray! As always, you are my inspiration! Enjoy!

 -Tammy

Health tips: kidney-friendly, kid-friendly

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Seared Ahi Tuna Salad

Tuna…center-cut ahi tuna…on sale again at Sprout’s! $5.99 a pound!  This is when I make this salad (and my tuna tartare). Wish I can take credit for this one. Thank you Willow Arlen for this delicious meal! Growing up, I thought I hated tuna. But, oh, how I’ve changed my mind! There’s not much else to say, except that it’s delicious and I think ya’ll should try it! We all could probably use a little more tuna in our lives! 😉 Enjoy!

 -Tammy

Health tips: diabetes-friendly, low carb

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