Whole30 Recipe: Sweet Potato Rice

I posted a picture of one of my Whole30 meals on Facebook earlier this week that included Sweet Potato Rice.  People were intrigued, so I promised to post a video tutorial on how to make it using my new favorite, must-have kitchen toolThe Spiralizer.

I should mention, I mistakenly bought a knock-off version of The Spiralizer.  It does great with zucchini noodles, but I have to woman-handle it when spiralizing sweet potatoes (as you’ll see in the video).  Buy the real deal.  Speaking of the video, this is my first attempt at a Vlog post.  As you can tell by electronics plugged in throughout the kitchen, empty lunchboxes waiting to be filled, etc., I didn’t put a whole lot of effort into tidying up the place for this epic event.  My videographer (um…husband) also seemed a bit under enthusiastic at the task-at-hand.  Having said that, it does provide a good idea of how quick and easy it is to make sweet potato rice.  Even if he refused to let me do retakes. There's more…

Whole30 Recipe: Fiesta Egg Casserole

I have eaten eggs every day of Whole30 So many eggs.  I understand the program encourages people to consider each meal as a meal versus breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but I still prefer eggs in the morning and chicken in the evenings.

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Recipe: Easy Chicken Marinades

Honey Glazed ChickenIt’s that time of year again – GRILLING SEASON!  I love the no-mess convenience of cooking outside.  Preferably while drinking a glass of chilled Pinot Blanc.

Here are three chicken marinades that are quick and easy.  Making your own marinade is a simple way to avoid added sodium and processed ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils that are often found in the bottled kind.  You’ll be pleased with how much flavor the fresh herbs and spices add to the meat. There's more…

Recipe: Cauliflower Pizza Crust

CauliflowerThere are a lot of recipes out there for Cauliflower Pizza Crust. A. LOT.

I love the idea of healthy toppings piled on a crust made of vegetables. But perfecting the crust has taken a few tries.  It’s never going to taste like the buttery crust from your favorite pizzeria. Because it’s still cauliflower, after all. However, I have found a recipe that my family loves.  And it makes dining in for pizza a lot healthier than ordering out.  It’s packed-full of vitamins and antioxidants – and is so flavorful.  And super healthy. There's more…

Recipe: Pulled Pork in a Crock Pot

Pulled PorkI recently made Lisa Leake’s (100 Days of Real Food) Pulled Pork in a Crock Pot.  It’s listed among her Most Popular Posts and it’s evident why it has gotten so much love.  It’s amazing.  AMAZING.  And simple, quick in a pinch.

Have you taken the time to look at the list of ingredients on a bottle of barbecue sauce?  You will be pained to find one without High Fructose Corn Syrup. And if there’s not HFC, there is added sugar, along with other questionable ingredients starting or ending with “X.”  Who wants spoonfuls of sugar as dinner (besides your kids and their dentist)? Read labels and remember that sugar comes in many forms.  A good rule of thumb is to look for the words “sugar,” “syrup,” or anything that ends in “-ose,” and try to stay away from it. There's more…

Recipe: Roasted Garden Vegetables

Roasted VegI love vegetables. Raw, steamed, roasted, fried…I really can’t get enough. So the latest news on the positive effects of fruit and vegetables on lifetime longevity made me happy.  A study in BMJ specifically found that vegetables offer more protection than fruit stating “each additional serving of vegetables was linked to a 16% reduction in mortality, compared to 10% for fruits.”  Obviously, it’s not rocket science.  But it does offer good reason to share this recipe for Roasted Garden Vegetables. There's more…

Recipe: Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Parmesan ChickenWe are planning to go away for a few days and I am doing the cooking now.  This will allow me to spend time having FUN with my family without worrying about “What’s for Dinner?”  And more importantly, I won’t have to drag The Dirties into a nice restaurant only to have them loudly bang silverware on the table as if they’re in a rock band (Ben’s signature move). There's more…

Recipe: No-Bake Coconut Cream Cookies

No Bake Coconut Cream CookiesLet me start by saying I love coconut.  LOVE coconut.  So much so that I’d put the lime in the coconut and drink them both up.  Fresh from Hawaii, these easy, decadent no-bake cookies take me right back to the island.  Not really, but one can pretend…

My friend Brook brought a version of these to a recent dinner party and EVERYONE raved over them.  They’re rich, creamy, and provide the perfect balance of salty and sweet. There's more…

Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potatoes

Bacon Wrapped1Because everything is better with bacon…

My friend Molly brought these Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potatoes to a MOPS meeting in the fall.  I’ve been making them ever since.  They’re easy and perfectly sized for appetizers – no utensils required.  They are a savory combination of salty and sweet.  The bottoms of the sweet potatoes caramelize, the bacon crisps.  And the final result is a perfectly cooked, wonderfully seasoned, pop-in-your-mouth pleasure.  No one can eat just one! There's more…

Recipe: White Chicken Chili

If history prevails, the wet, wintry weather will hang around the Portland area until July 5.  On damp, dreary evenings, I crave warm soups.  And red wine.  Warm soups and crusty bread.  And more red wine.  This White Chicken Chili recipe is a favorite at our house and a healthy staple to stave off the winter chills.

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I’ve written about how I like to make food in large quantities so I have enough to freeze for busy days.  This is another recipe that can be frozen and later heated on your stove top or in your crock pot.  Speaking of crock pots, I could write an entire love story about my crockpots.  All three of them (Mini, Mid, and Maxi).  But I’ll save that for another day… There's more…