Easy School Night Dinner Ideas

Pasta w Shrimp and PeasEASY PASTA WITH SHRIMP AND PEAS Mornings are orchestrated chaos, getting the kids off to school with their books and notes and a packed lunch.  Then you get home and realize, what’s for dinner? On nights when I have’t had a moment to think about dinner, let alone get to the grocery store and shop, I turn to this easy Pasta with Shrimp and Peas.  It’s the most comforting meal […] Read Full Post

Easy Weeknight Meals with Superfood Sweet Potatoes

Think sweet potatoes are just for the holidays? I was challenged by a local TV station to create some dishes that are anything but the ordinary baked sweet potato with brown sugar or marshmallows.  And do you know how healthy these little spuds are? They have over 200% Vitamin A, and high amounts of Vitamin B, beta carotin, potassium and antioxidants.  And they couldn’t be easier to prepare.  I like  […] Read Full Post

A Tropical Getaway Without Leaving Home

Coconut shrimp I wish I could say I took a long vacation with my husband this summer. I wish I could say I’ve had any type of getaway at all recently! But alas, work has kept me busy and homebound and I’m looking for an escape route.  I created these recipes inspired by the tropics so I could have a date night with my husband.  While you can tell I’ve been on […] Read Full Post

Cooking with Tequila and Recipes Inspired by National Tequila Day

resized tequila chicken It’s National Tequila Day and I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate than shaking up a perfect margarita! But instead of just sipping it, I wanted to share the easiest recipes for cooking  with Tequila.  It adds a smokey, oaky flavor that works well with grilled chicken and making it ahead of time and marinating overnight makes weeknight cooking a snap.  And don’t worry if you’re cooking for kids,  […] Read Full Post

Skinny Summer Drinks and Treats

Have you smelled the peaches lately, or tasted a ripe, juicy strawberry? They’re amazing! I love summer fruit and what better way to highlight their beauty than elegant summer drinks? Whether it’s strawberry lemonade, a cherry, peach ginger sangria or a refreshing watermelon and mint infused water, here are some simple recipes to enjoy at any family BBQ or get together with friends.  The first step to a fantastic drink […] Read Full Post

Healthier Summer Entertaining

Summer is the perfect time to lighten up our dishes, but that can be a challenge when we’re grilling juicy burgers, munching on decadent french fries and gobbling up sweet pies and cobblers.  I’ve lightened up some of my favorite dishes and featured them on WFAA’s Good Morning Texas. Here is what I made, from appetizers to dessert! Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 12.15.26 PMScreen Shot 2014-06-17 at 12.16.12 PM Spinach Artichoke Dip 1 cup Miracle Whip Dressing, Fat Free 1 8oz […] Read Full Post

Skinny Cucumber Ginger Mojito

Summer is finally in full swing, and nothing sounds better on a Friday afternoon than cutting out of work a little early and mixing up a mojito.  This is my take on the classic cocktail, using light ginger beer and muddled cucumbers, and leaving out the sugar or high calorie sodas.  My ‘skinny’ version is just 180 calories!  You can make a big batch in a pitcher, then pour into […] Read Full Post

Gluten Free Foods and Snacks Put to the Test

If you have celiacs, or just want to try a low gluten diet, there are so many ready made foods and gluten free snacks available.  But they’re also double the price of of regular snacks, Americans will spend about $7 Billion dollars on gluten free foods this year! So which ones are worth the price and which ones should you leave on the shelves? Whole Foods let me scour their […] Read Full Post

Cleanse and Detox in time for Summer

I don’t know why, but I can’t stop snacking… on all the wrong foods.  I’m justifying my munching on chips or sweets as long as they’re considered healthy (lentil chips, fruit juice chews, etc.) and I worked out that day.  Why am I surprised that the scale shows I’ve added a couple pounds, just in time for bikini season! Here is my cleanse, to help snap me back in shape  […] Read Full Post

Strawberry Rhubarb Meringue Pie

rhubarb merengue   Rhubarb, in all of it’s tangy, sweet/sour glory, is one of my favorite summer vegetables to bake with. And when I say bake, I mean chop up and throw in a sauce pan with some sugar and hope for the best.  I’m a pretty lousy baker, I guess because I’m impatient and don’t follow rules well (and in baking there are too many to count).  But this adorable pie […] Read Full Post