Strawberry season has officially begun and I can’t get enough of these sweet berries. Every June we have a family tradition of going strawberry picking at a local farm and the kids love it. We usually end up with strawberry juice stains on our clothes and lots of delicious berries to bring home. So what do I do with all of these strawberries (and we have a lot! Its amazing how quickly 2 boys can pick strawberries)? Continue reading
I am so excited to share this recipe with you! I love quinoa and I’m always looking for good recipes that my kids will enjoy too. This one is a hit! I love making these because they are simple to make, packed with protein, and they freeze well. They are the perfect size for kids too! I hope your family enjoys these quinoa cups as much as we do!
Over the past few months I have been eating a lot of sweet potatoes. I can’t get enough of them! They are a great source of dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals and they taste great! I received a Paderno Spiral Slicer as a gift and I immediately wanted to make curly sweet potato fries with them. This has quickly become a family favorite so I wanted to share the recipe with you!
6 months ago I started to make significant changes to my diet. I started to eliminate many of the simple carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, muffins, cookies and replace them with complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa, nuts, and fresh fruits/vegetables. Since doing that I feel less bloated, have more energy, and I stay full longer. With that being said, I am Italian and I was nervous about missing my pasta. Eek…this is going to be hard!! After all, I grew up on pasta and meatballs, lasagna, baked ziti and stuffed shells. Boy was I wrong!! I made my first “zoodles” (zucchini noodles) and meatball dinner and I was hooked! I can truly say that I do not miss pasta at all….not even one tiny bit!! So how do I make my zoodles and meatball Sunday dinner? This is how….
This is on of my favorite side dishes to make. Sometimes I even add some grilled chicken and eat it for lunch. I love it because it is simple to make, only has a few ingredients and is packed with protein, fiber, iron, magnesium, B2, folate, calcium, zinc, Potassium, and Vitamins K and A (to name a few!!!). Did you know that quinoa contains more vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants than any other grain? It does! Spinach and mushrooms also contain abundant nutrients so you can’t go wrong with this dish! Here’s the recipe:
It’s January and it’s snowing and very cold in CT. It’s also football season. Cold weather and football calls for chili! A nice big bowl of chili is also the ultimate in comfort food. If made at home, chili can be a very healthy, filling, and nutritious meal. When I serve it, people can’t believe that it is healthy…but it is! Chili has some surprising health benefits. Here are a few: Continue reading
My kids love to help me bake and beg me to make cookies for them all of the time!! I prefer to make my own cookies from scratch rather than buying prepackaged cookies from the store. That is why I love quick, simple, and healthy recipes like this one. When my boys see ripe bananas on the counter they always ask me to make these cookies. These cookies are also healthy as they contain bananas, oats, and peanut butter.
- Bananas are rich in potassium, Vitamin C (1 banana contains about 15% of of your daily recommended amount), Manganese (necessary for bone health and metabolism), Vitamin B-6, dietary fiber (helps you feel fuller longer and keeps your digestive processes running smoothly), and lastly bananas provide some iron, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus as well as vitamins A and E, folate, carotene and choline.
- Oats are packed with soluble fiber and healthy carbohydrates and help to curb your appetite to reduce cholesterol.
- Peanut butter contains protein, healthy mono saturated fats, fiber and iron.
Here is the recipe: