Mexican Black Bean Pizza

  There are a bunch of different ways you can make this.  You can use your own homemade pizza dough, a store bought pizza crust like a Boboli pizza crust, but my favorite is to just use a tostada.  You can buy them right by the tortillas, they come in a package of about 10-12. …

Blueberry Muffins – Muffin of the Week!

One of the things I am trying stay away from are processed foods, snacks, diet pop, etc… I think I will feel healthier eating more whole foods.  As a result, I have been researching recipes that incorporate whole grains, fruits and vegetables.  I came across a website called www.realfoodco.com.  They have an on-line natural food…

Healthy Chicken Nuggets

My friend Kathy at work gave me a new cookbook called “The Eat Clean Diet Cookbook” by Tosca Reno.  I had never heard of her, so I did some research and learned a lot!  At age 40 she was 70 pounds overweight, not eating great, not exercising and one day she decided to make a…

Olive Oil Braised Potatoes

   I was watching Food TV and they showed a recipe for Olive Oil Braised Potatoes. It was on the show Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello.  I did make a few modifications because in his recipe he used 1 cup of olive oil!  I used only 3 tablespoons. Preheat oven to 375.   5 russet…

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone!  We have lots of snow in the Chicago-land area.  My kids had a great time playing outside in the snow!   Nice snowman!  That’s Claire, Happy Santa came to our house!Mark’s ripping into the wrapping paper!Paul’s just about to find out Santa brought him a cell phone!  No recipe today!  I’m taking the…

Low fat egg nog recipe!

  To me, its not quite the holidays unless there is egg nog involved!  My whole family loves it.  One of the most favorite things we make with egg nog is egg nog milkshakes.  Just take about 1/2 cup egg nog, 1/2 cup low fat ice-cream and whip it together.  Sprinkle some nutmeg on top…

Two Cheese & Artichoke flat bread pizza with side salad

  This is a great dinner to make quickly.  I actually used a garlic/herb flat-bread that I bought at Trader Joe’s next to all the sliced breads.  Or you can certainly use a pita bread as your base.  I adapted this recipe from Fitness Magazine. Ingredients 1  whole-grain flat-bread 1/4  cup jarred spaghetti sauce 1/2 …

Home made kit kat bars

I have been making these for Christmas for about the last 8 years or so.  One day, I was at Walmart, stocking up on flour, sugar, etc… for baking cookies, and I happened upon a huge hunk of chocolate called Almond Bark.  Its chocolate for making candies, such as chocolate covered almonds, chocolate with bits…

Apricot Pineapple smoothie

It’s not too late to ask for a Magic Bullet for Christmas!  I bought one 2 years ago, and I use it almost on a daily basis,  so it’s definitely paid for itself.  I was flipping channels the other day and now I see they have an attachment for juicing, and an attachment for a bigger blender!…

Ultra Lite Chocolate Pecan Cookies

I mentioned yesterday that I am in full baking cookie mode for the next week, as I make cookies for the kids teachers, crossing guard, Daisy troop leader, music teachers, etc… Did you ever watch that show, Cooking Thin on the Food TV network?  I don’t think they have it on anymore, but going through some of my binders with recipes I…