Grilled Cheese with Pesto and Tomato

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Cheesey, buttery, white bread, grilled cheese. That's how I remember eating them as a kid. Not exactly a health food, and they aren't the easiest to light-up with the exception of reducing the amount of butter and cheese used and throwing in some veggies (or fruit) like this tomato! Although I love a good grilled cheese, I don't make them that often. You would think mom of 4 kids would be making grilled cheese all the time. The thought actually popped into my head the other night on one of our busy soccer days- "it's been a while since I've made grilled cheese kids" let's have that for … [Read more...]


Portobello “Philly Cheese Steak” Sandwich {Vegetarian}

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Congratulations to the winner of the Suja Juice giveaway Becca F. You have been emailed and have 48 hours to claim your prize. Thanks to all who entered! Do you keep a list of things you want to cook? I suppose that is what people use Pinterest for these days, among other things, but I am a little old fashion. I just keep a list in my planner or maybe if I am feeling high tech in the notes section of my iphone. Fancy, I know! I have had a portobello "cheese steak" on the list for some time now because I adore anything with portobellos, but it wasn't until an old high school friend … [Read more...]


Vegetarian Quesadillas with Jalapenos

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I hope you're hungry for quesadillas, because you're about to see a million pictures of these delicious vegetarian quesadillas (I didn't have time to obsess and narrow it down). It's meals like this where I could easily be a vegetarian. Quesadillas are one of my many favorite Mexican meals, but I'll never let any of my kids order them at a restaurant. They are far too easy to make at home! First things first, the tortilla. You must use good tortillas when making Mexican food at home and I'll let you in on a secret- Tortilla Land brand tortillas. They are as close to homemade you are … [Read more...]


Cheesy Brown Rice Gratin with Zucchini and Eggplant

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I wouldn't say rice is my favorite grain; I do love it with Asian food but it doesn't make a very regular appearance in my weekly menus. A couple years ago my kids tried the traditional cheesy broccoli rice casserole during the Holidays and loved it. When I saw this dish, Cheesy Brown Rice Gratin with Zucchini and Eggplant, in Cooking Light I thought it looked like a tasty, healthier variation. It calls for brown rice instead of white, no processed cheese sauce, just a little good quality parmesan cheese for flavor and 2 pounds of eggplant and zucchini. When I first saw the bread … [Read more...]


Kale and Butternut Squash Frittata {Meatless Monday}

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Kale and butternut squash...what's not to love? This Kale and Butternut Squash Frittata is one of those dishes that requires minimal ingredients (only 5 not counting salt/pepper/oil) and it's super easy to make which makes it perfect for a quick weekday meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner); it's fancy enough for a brunch or the Holidays too (since it's got those fall flavors).   I was feeling the need to cook and had a couple hours in between picking up my daughter from preschool and my son from elementary school. I looked around the kitchen at what hadn't been used this week … [Read more...]


Grilled Radicchio Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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I don't get a chance to watch daytime TV very often but I do love when I am able to catch the Chew on ABC. If you're not familiar with the Chew, it's a talk show/cooking show on ABC. I personally love it because it focuses on food more than anything else. … [Read more...]


Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin

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Who doesn't love that cheesy creamy hash brown casserole that usually makes an appearance around the holidays?  If you are trying to avoid potatoes, this is a great substitute...Spaghetti Squash Au Gratin. It's lower in fat, calories and carbs. What more could you ask for? Oh and it tastes good too! I used plain Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream which adds about triple the amount of protein and subbed spaghetti squash for the hash browns. There is a recipe similar floating around Pinterest, but the one I saw used sour cream and hardly any cheese. If calories weren't a concern I'd … [Read more...]


Spinach-Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms & Meal Planning

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How was everyone's weekend? Two of the kids caught a cold last week and passed it along to me. Luckily I caught a mild case of it and with a good nights' sleep Friday was still able to run 8 miles with my running group. The only problem was that running for over an hour in the cold didn't exactly make me better. Sore throat, congestion and fatigue set in...probably not a good move. I'm going to crawl back in bed as soon as I can. Aside from being a little sick I did manage to get out of the house a few times. My husband takes the kids fishing quite a bit so I joined along on Saturday and got … [Read more...]


Nutrition in Eggs & Recipe for Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce

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I am always on the look out for new ways to eat my eggs. This might look like a strange combo but it was delicious! I love eggs and yes there is some controversy about their health benefits. Depending on the source and your personal reaction to them, they might not be best for you. For me, they are one of my favorite breakfasts and even great for dinner (egg tacos, quiche, frittatas). Unfortunately we just found out my 14 month old baby boy is allergic to them so I have to be a bit more careful about what I prepare using eggs, but I am sure he will grow out of it as many children at that age … [Read more...]


Homemade Cheese Crackers & Meal Planning

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My kids are constantly hungry. It would be odd if more than a couple hours go by that they don't ask for a snack. While fruit is one of their number one favorite snacks, they love almost anything crunchy or cheesy. Yes, I realize that these are made with butter and cheese and are not the most healthy snack ever...but they are homemade and don't have a lot of preservatives like other snack food and I am happy to feed them on occasion to my kiddos. Plus cheese is on my approved list and these have no sugar. The cereal adds a nice crunch factor. School is approaching soon- my oldest … [Read more...]