Healthier Chicken Fried Rice

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I’m not a huge Chinese food person.  I like about 3 entrees of chinese: beef & broccoli, lettuce wraps and I absolutely LOVE chicken fried rice! Especially the kind from the mall food court, right?! But it is super greasy and I can’t imagine how many calories, so I thought I would try an at […]

Baked Green Bean Fries with Fry Dipping Sauce

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This summer my bible study went on a boat ride and ate at a restaurant on the river.  While there we got an appetizer of fried green beans and I was immediately smitten! They were so amazing and I’ve been wanting to replicate them at home ever since.  I finally got around to making a […]

Hearty Minestrone Soup

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This soup might be my new favorite! It was so hearty, comforting and so delicious! Mine is a little pasta heavy because I was halving the recipe, but forgot to halve the pasta!! Does that ever happen to anyone else? Happens to me more than I would like to admit! This is a fantastic way […]

P.F. Chang’s Lettuce Wraps

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I don’t know about you but I love the lettuce wraps at P.F. Chang’s. I always get them as my meal and eat them with a side of rice.  I got to thinking the other day and wanted to try my hand and recreating them at home.  I found two different recipes that both looked […]

Holiday Detox Smoothie

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I don’t know about you, but I definitely ate my share of heavy carbs, cheese, cookies & candy over the week of Christmas & New Year’s.  While it all tasted amazing, it left me feeling tired and overloaded from all of that heavy food and I needed something to detox from all that overindulgance.  When […]

Roasted Green Beans

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Hope you all have had a Happy New Year so far! We had such a great time over the holidays and I don’t know about you but I’m definitely having a hard time getting back into the swing of things.   The problem is its so much fun to just watch ballgames & movies and […]

Chicken Croquettes

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This is going to one of those recipes I make frequently! It is one of the best entrees I have made in a while and so easy too!  I took a couple of things from different recipes and made my own.  These were so creamy and comforting and had a great crunch on the outside […]

Chicken Gyros

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I read about these Chicken Gyros several years ago and they were all the rage on several blogs, but for some reason I never got around to making them.  I was searching for some healthier recipes and remembered these and thought they sounded like a fun, easy & healthy dinner.  I was planning to make […]

Baked Zucchini Fries

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I’ve been wanting to make these for quite some time. I had fried zucchini strips a couple of years ago at Giordano’s pizza and was delighted to find this recipe since it was baked and healthier than the fried version. I actually served this as an appetizer before our pizza and dipped them in pizza […]

Coconut Shrimp with Pineapple Cilantro Dip

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I’m fully ready for summer and the pool! Can’t wait for this warm weather to be consistent. This shrimp screams summer and it was super easy to pull together too. I just realized the coconut was supposed to be toasted-haha…it was in the ingredients that way but not the directions, so I missed it! I’ve […]

Hawaiian Chicken

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This chicken is a continuation of my tropical theme this week. This was so delicious! It had a sweety yet tangy flavor and the chicken was super moist. I searched the internet for a great hawaiian/pineapple chicken recipe but couldn’t find any I was in love with. So I decided to make one up myself. […]

Lightened Up Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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Nothing comforts and warms the soul like a great bowl of soup! Plus soup makes for great leftovers making our dollars stretch a little further. This soup is made to taste like Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar (which is fabulous!) and it really is very similar! I opted to lighten up this recipe by reducing the amount […]

100 Calorie Pack Cookies

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I love to have dessert each night after dinner. I always just need a little something sweet. I try to have something that’s not super bad for you, (like Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches-LOVE!- or a weeknight s’mores). I’ve bought 100 calorie packs in the past, but let’s be honest some of them can taste […]

Lightened Up Sweet Potato Casserole

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I absolutely love my mom’s sweet potato casserole. It is so decadent and comforting, but it’s loaded with lots of butter and calories! So I thought I would try to make a version that was a bit lighter and better for you while still remaining delicious. I got inspiration from Cooking Light & All Recipes […]

Green Beans with Maple Pecan Vinaigrette

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These green beans that I found on Real Simple are amazing! They taste better and better with every bite. They have a wonderful acidic, yet slightly sweet flavor and they went great with the turkey. This would be a great addition to any meal and it is really easy and quick to make. You can […]

Turkey Roulade with Apple Cider Gravy

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Here is the first installment in my Have a Healthier Thanksgiving menu. The turkey is always the centerpiece of our Thanksgiving. I actually tend to prefer dark meat because it is moist & juicy, but know that isn’t the healthiest choice. I wanted to make sure I found a turkey alternative that would still dazzle […]

Have a Healthier Thanksgiving

I know the holidays are the time to indulge for most, but I decided to prepare a healthier menu in case any of you want to have lighter fare at your Thanksgiving table. Or you may want to just have one or two healthy options to balance out the richer dishes. All of these dishes […]

Orchard Harvest Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

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This is another restaurant inspired dish. I love the orchard harvest salad at Panera and it is so easy to make at home! I made an apple cider vinaigrette to go with it and it was a nice compliment to the pears & blue cheese. This is an easy salad to throw together at the […]

Baked Egg Rolls

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When looking for something to make for a weekend dinner, I scrolled through some of the many recipes I’ve printed out from other blogs and came across this one on Slim Shoppin’ for baked egg rolls and decided it was high time I tried it and planned to have a chinese food night. I also […]

Turkey Bacon BLT

I lovingly refer to this as the “Sandwich of the Summer!” Kind of like on Seinfeld where George declares it the “Summer of George,” this has been the summer of the turkey bacon blt for me. I seriously have eaten it like three times a week the past couple of weeks. I’ve been able to […]

Green Monster Smoothie

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In honor of the start of baseball season, I decided to pay homage to my beloved Red Sox with my own green monster:) I am also trying to expand my breakfast and snack horizons. I’ve seen these in several places in the blogosphere. Two of my favorite blogs, Eat, Live, Run & The Fitnessista make […]

Bourbon Chicken

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You know in the food court at the mall when they hand out those tasty samples at the asian restaurants? I always love to get the sample of the bourbon chicken. But at the mall they are eaither fried or made using tons of butter. So when I came across this recipe on You’re Gonna […]

Raw Chocolate Coconut Bites

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So the past few weeks I have really tried to get back on track with eating healthy. I am working to start cutting back on the amount of processed foods that we eat and try to eat more cleanly. In the next couple of weeks, I hope to post some healthy options, starting with these […]

Ground Turkey Enchiladas

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I have had this recipe starred from Cara’s Creature Comforts for a while now and have been wanting to make it. I had also found another enchilada recipe somewhere that called for green enchilada sauce and bought the stuff to make that, but in my mind I was thinking it was this recipe. So I […]

Mustard Rosemary Chicken with Carrots & Potatoes

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I saw this in my most recent Martha Stewart Living Magazine in the Healthy Living/Fit-To-Eat article, and thought it sounded delightful for dinner. This meal certainly did not dissapoint. It does take a bit of time to bake in the oven, so it might be more for a Sunday dinner than a weeknight meal. This […]

White Tomato Pizza

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A local restaurant where we live has the best white tomato pizza (it’s Dovino’s in case you live near me and want to try it). Adam & I both love it, especially because it’s not as heavy as other pizzas, although we do love their special which has all kinds of meats:)! When I was […]

My Oatmeal Accomplishment

I just had to tell you all my big achievement. I ate an entire bowl of oatmeal last week. Crazy as it sounds, I really don’t think I have ever eaten a bowl of oatmeal. I have always HATED oatmeal. And I’ve given it a fair shot. I’ve tried and tried to like it in […]

Sweet & Spicy Pork Tenderloin

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I found this recipe on Mrs. Regueiro’s Plate. I had never cooked pork tenderloin before and I thought this sounded like the perfect recipe to try my hand at it. It turned out great! Mine took quite a bit longer to cook, but I think that was the dish that I baked it in. This […]

Mini Ham & Cheese Frittatas

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I was wanting a delicious but healthy breakfast recipe so I turned straight to my favorite source for healthy and delicious, Cooking Light, of course. Once there, I remembered these fritattas that were served at my Bridal Brunch right before my wedding. I had found them on cooking light so I searched for them and […]

Healthified Strawberry Shortcake

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One of my favorite summer desserts is strawberry shortcake. I personally love the kind with pound cake and strawberry sauce, but no whipped cream for me. I know, I’m like the only person in the world who doesn’t like their dessert topped with whipped cream. I can eat it mixed in things, just not on […]

Creamy Tomato Pasta Skillet

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Adam has been out of town frequently, so I hadn’t cooked in like a week and a half until last night. Not that I haven’t been eating at home, it’s just been sandwiches and the like. So, I wanted to cook dinner since Adam was going to be home, but I was struggling with what […]

Berry Cheesecake Parfaits

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Some friends of ours recently had a cookout and one couple made these wonderful berry cheesecake parfaits. I knew I had to try them! She had found them in the Spring Food & Family magazine. I made them this past weekend when my mom, stepdad, & brother came over for dinner. These were so good! […]

Healthy Breakfast Cookie

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One of my favorite blogs to read is the Fitnessista. She has so many good tips for healthy eating and living and just seems like such a fun person. I always get excited when I see her posts pop up in my google reader. For a while, she has mentioned eating a breakfast cookie and […]