Thai Basil Chicken with Cashews

I was also inspired by our good friend Crystal’s “Haters Not Allowed” healthy lifestyle Facebook group for this wonderful recipe. Skinnytaste.com is one of our favorite go-to sources for healthy recipes, so when I read that Crystal tried their Thai Basil Chicken and loved it I just had to try it myself. We both added some yummies to it to enhance it even more while still keeping it light. It’s wholesome enough with the added veggies and cashews that you won’t even feel like you need rice. Cheers to a fresh 2017!

 -Melanie

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

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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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Holiday Sausage & Herb Dressing (Stuffing)

I’ve never made stuffing/dressing from scratch before but wanted to try it out this past Thanksgiving. I came across this “Simple is Best” recipe from epicurious.com and knew from the reviews it would be a hit. Based on some reader comments, I added sausage for extra flavor and mixed in some Ciabatta for texture. I was so happy to hear that family and friends really enjoyed it, even those that do not usually like stuffing/dressing. You must try this for your Christmas dinner this week! This tastes best when you pre-make it the day before so plan ahead!

 -Melanie

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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Crispy Baked Rosemary Dijon Chicken

The amazing flavors of rosemary and Dijon mustard are some of my favorites, and it doesn’t take much to make magic. Plus, they are natural, low-fat ingredients! I was inspired by Ina Garten’s roasted mustard chicken thighs while watching the Food Network. I saw that she had dredged her chicken in Dijon as the binder which I thought was genius! It not only keeps the bread crumbs on but adds great flavor underneath. I use skinless chicken breasts instead of thighs to keep it light. Baking the breasts keeps it super moist too.  It’s one of my husband’s favorite chicken recipes and he says he doesn’t miss the fried version at all, especially with the crispy Panko!

 -Melanie

Health tips: Low fat, kid friendly, heart healthy, anti-inflammatory

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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….

Loaded Leftover Mashed Potato Cakes

I could just swim in a giant batch of mashed potatoes during the holidays…they are my absolute favorite holiday side! If I’m lucky enough to snag leftovers after Thanksgiving, I love to make these reimagined potato cakes. I was inspired by www.justataste.com. As if the flavor of mashed potatoes aren’t delicious already, the added goodies enhance them even more. They remind me of smashed loaded baked potatoes with the cheese, sour cream, chives and bacon…YUM!

 -Melanie

Health tips: Cheat recipe, kid friendly

 

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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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