Healthy Menu Plan January 2017 Week 4

Healthy Menu Plan January 2017 Week 4

My mom was in town this week and we had a lot of fun touring different retirement communities and watching my son be Aladdin in his school play.  It was a busy but fun week!  While I made a healthy menu plan for this week, admittedly I didn’t follow every day exactly though I started strong.  There were times that we as a family ended up going out to eat as well as trying the food out at the local facilities we toured.  Mom and I had fun experimenting with a few menu items as well.  Overall it was a great and yummy success! Continue reading →

Healthy Menu Plan January 2017 Week 3

Healthy Weekly Menu Plan 2017

So…Dave went to the doctor and was told he needed to lose a little bit of weight:)  He was sent home with some healthy menu plan tips and advice and will go back for a follow up visit in a few months.  To show my support, it’s time to shake things up a bit.  All of us, it seems, want to be a little bit healthier in some form or another.  I know for me, I want to improve my health and stamina and would also like to shed some excess pounds.

On one of my morning runs, I told my running partner that if I could have a nutritionist/chef who planned everything and prepared it for me, I would have no problem eating it (within reason).  Then I realized that I can at least be that for Dave.  Lucky guy!  The trouble with most meal planning is coming up with the healthy menu plan and then preparing it.  Typically, a lot of chopping of fresh fruits and vegetables is involved.  That said, making a meal plan doesn’t have to be difficult.  I am hoping that I can do a lot of the prep work ahead of time.  I may even try salad in a jar for some quick pre-made salads.  Here is my healthy menu plan and the why behind it.  I did my best to find a balance so that it was a plan we would enjoy as well as actually eat (kids included!!!).  Cooking two separate meals is the pits, so this is a family-friendly menu plan. Continue reading →

Potato Spinach Egg Scrambler

Potato Spinach Egg Scrambler

This is just a quick little post to share one of my favorite ways to get vegetables in for breakfast.  I LOVE making Egg Scramblers.  This one is a Potato Spinach Egg Scrambler, though you can really adapt it to what you have on hand and what you feel like.  Continue reading →

Cheesy Broccoli Rice

Cheesy Broccoli Rice

What’s for dinner?  Have you ever heard those words?  I know I do, ALL THE TIME lately.  When you have a gaggle of kids like I do, you are constantly trying to come up with good meals.  That said, more often than not, you need a quick under 30 minutes meal.  Cheesy Broccoli Rice provides such a dish.  I always try to include vegetables daily into our meals.  I usually use brown rice, but on this occasion, white rice was what I had on hand, so it trumped. Continue reading →

Zucchini Chili – Delicious and Nutritious

Zucchini Chili

With summer comes an abundance of zucchini in my garden.  While the harvest is amazing, I needed to come up with different ideas on how to use it so I decided to make a Zucchini Chili.  I must say, it was a HUGE success.  My husband and all of my kids LOVED it.  I combined freshly harvested zucchini, onion, diced tomatoes and green chilies, orange bell peppers, onion, spices, and a hot “holy mole” chili pepper. The combination of flavors was delightful and refreshing.  It will definitely be added to one of my “go-to” recipes in the future!

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Strawberry Balsamic Salad

Strawberry Balsamic Salad - Baby salad greens, fresh strawberries, lemon chicken, roasted almonds and honey balsamic vinaigrette - delicious!

Today for lunch I made a Strawberry Balsamic Salad recipe.  It was SO good!!!  I live in California and right now we are surrounded by local, fresh strawberries.  There are several strawberry stands close to my home and it is my favorite time of year to get fresh strawberries.  I have never had their equal!  So fresh, such an intense flavor, and just crying out to be put into a healthy salad.  I made a balsamic poppy seed vinaigrette dressing using raw unfiltered orange blossom honey – another specialty in California.  The orange blossoms are overwhelmingly strong and sweet and make the most delectable honey with a hint of an orange flavor.  I topped this salad with some lemon pepper chicken, cucumbers, green onions, and roasted almonds for a complete meal!  This Strawberry Balsamic Salad has a delightful combination of flavors that are sure to please.  I it completely satisfying and delicious.  Goodbye boring salads, hello Strawberry Balsamic Salad!!! Continue reading →

Four Cheese Italian Lasagna with Bolognese Sauce

Italian Lasagna with ricotta, cream cheese, mozzarella, parmesan cheeses and a homemade Italian spaghetti bolognese sauce.

Italian lasagna with a homemade bolognese sauce is a special treat for our family.  I was SO lucky to marry into a family with an Italian heritage.  “Boompa,” as we called him, was 100% Italian and my husband is quarter Italian, so I have learned a lot.  This Italian lasagna recipe combines a homemade Italian bolognese sauce with cream cheese, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, and Mozzarella cheese.  It is fairly simple to make (as far as lasagna goes) and is SO rich and creamy!  I can’t wait to share my Italian lasagna recipe with you!

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Overcoming Fear with Faith

Let your faith be bigger than your fear

Overcoming fear will be a lifetime struggle and challenge for most of us.  We may have fear of failure, abandonment, rejection, or fear of the unknown.  I think I struggle with the last one most of all.  Fear of the unknown.  I went on a Pretty Sisters cruise in 2008 and took a class on dreaming big and how to overcome your fears.  The speaker, author Rebecca Hintze, gave an acronym for fear.  She said that fear is False Evidence Appearing Real.  To me this means that what we are afraid of is perhaps something that isn’t even real – just our perception of what is real.  Fear is, I believe, one of the biggest reasons we sabotage ourselves and halt our progression.  That said, it isn’t something you can simply remove from your life.  You have to replace it with something good. Continue reading →

Fluffy Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Fluffy Chocolate Chip Pancakes

For my daughter’s birthday we made Fluffy Chocolate Chip Pancakes topped with strawberries, whipped cream, pure maple syrup and Butterfinger baking bits (these were really good!).  The combination of peanut butter, chocolate, maple and whipped cream was super yummy.  We have a birthday tradition that my kids can choose whatever they want to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner on their birthday.  On the side, she wanted pigs ‘n blankets (little sausages wrapped in buttery crescent rolls).  All in all breakfast was a huge success!  I will share the recipes for both the chocolate chip pancakes and pigs ‘n blankets. Continue reading →

Creamy Pumpkin Maple Bisque

Pupmkin Maple Bisque

For lunch I wanted to have a hearty and healthy soup and so I made a Creamy Pumpkin Maple Bisque soup to go with my salad.  I have to say I was SHOCKED at how good it tasted.  I’m not a huge pumpkin fan (unless it’s drowned in sugar) but I wanted to try something completely different.  This turned out far better than I could have ever imagined.  Even my kids were like, “Oooh” and “Ahhh.”  I’m so glad I ventured out of my comfort zone today and am excited to share the recipe with you!

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