Chicken “Uggas” (Paleo Chicken Nuggets)

I was having a particularly lovely afternoon with L, my just-turned-4 year old, after I came home from work yesterday.  We snuggled together on the recliner, read books, and had some great one-on-one conversation.  The topic turned to recipes, and he started coming up with ideas of things for us to make together.  Continue reading

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Easy Spicy Grilled Steak

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Do you ever come home from work and think, “How in the world am I going to make an entire dinner?  I’m hungry NOW!”  With a little planning and a few easy ingredients, you can have something ready in just a few minutes. I’ve been buying meat in bulk lately and freezing the extra, because the stores around here like to “bundle” for cheaper prices.   I knew yesterday that I would want tonight to be a steak night, so I threw a huge sirloin in the meat drawer of the fridge before going to bed last night. Continue reading

Mini Pumpkins with Maple “Cheesecake” Filling

I’ve been in a bit of a rut lately. It’s not an unhappy rut… just one lacking in blog-worthy creativity. I am finishing week 4 of P90X this weekend, and it has been a BLAST this time around, because I have anywhere from 3 to 7 college students joining me every day to work out with me. Granted, they are all more than a dozen years younger than I am, and can frequently kick my bootie, but it makes the whole experience SO much more fun!

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Dark Chocolate Chia Pudding (and what I did on my summer vacation)

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I realize it has been a VERY long time since my last post, and I plan to elaborate a little more on the reasons below…  I tend to get a little annoyed when people pontificate endlessly, and I find myself scrolling and scrolling, all the while thinking, “Get to the point, already!  I want the recipe!” Continue reading

Paleo Sweet and Sour Meatballs

I like looking at pictures of food.  My pinterest boards are almost exclusively filled with food pictures, and I’m a sucker for a beautiful cooking magazine, not because I follow the recipes, but because they always have such great ideas.  Frequently I’ll see a picture and a recipe title, think “Oooh!  I could make something like this!” and run to the store to buy ingredients, never actually looking at the original recipe again.  Such was the case with tonight’s dinner. Continue reading

Coffee Mug Banana Raisin Blondie

If you’re like me, “special treat” preparation can often create horrible conflicts of temptation vs. willpower for days… gazing at the leftover delectable morsels every time you pass the kitchen… thinking, “How bad could it be if I had just ONE more….” Continue reading

Mini Meat Cakes

My 3 year old was begging me for purple cauliflower.  Actually, he wanted purple cauliflower AND white cauliflower AND green cauliflower.  And he was so insistent, even the sweet grandmotherly lady standing near us at the grocery store had to pause and say, “Boy!  He really likes cauliflower!” Continue reading

Chicken Apple Almond Omelet

The other day I was trying to use up some leftover chicken, attempting a breakfast reinvention.  My 3 year old entered the kitchen, asking what was I was making.  I told him, “I’m gonna make an omelet with this chicken… What else should I put in here?”  Without hesitation, he responded, “Apples and almonds!”  I love it when he gives me recipe ideas. Continue reading

Apple Limeade Smoothie

It’s in the 60’s today in the Dallas area!  Time for a refreshing Apple Limeade Smoothie!

In a blender, combine: 3 cored apples, 4 stalks of celery, juice of one lime, and a handful of ice cubes.  YUM!

Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding

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This dessert is about as guilt-free as you can get while still packed with both nutrients and FLAVOR!  I must emphasize the extreme importance of buying quality ingredients, however.  I recently made the mistake of purchasing conventional sweet potatoes from the local discount superstore.  Their color was anemic and their flavor was like cardboard.  Please, don’t skimp on sweet potatoes!  Buy organic for vibrant color and flavor! Continue reading