Healthy Coconut Chocolate Pudding

Healthy Chocolate Pudding I hope you are not tired of young coconuts yet. This dessert could not be easier or more refreshing. It tastes just as good as a traditional chocolate pudding but it is so much healthier. It is also refreshing and not heavy like a traditional chocolate pudding. My kids love chocolate pudding and while I don’t mind making it from time to time it isn’t the healthiest option. I wanted to create a healthy dessert that still tasted decadent. Continue reading →

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Creamsicle Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Creamsicle Oatmeal
My husband jokes that I will add citrus to anything, and while he isn’t completely wrong there are certain things that even I won’t add it to….even if nothing comes to mind at the moment. I always have some type of citrus in our crisper and during the winter I normally have five plus types of citrus. I just love all of it. Oranges, blood oranges, lemons, meyer lemons, Continue reading →

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Orange-Mascarpone Pasta

Orange-Mascarpone Pasta with figs and crispy pancetta

My husband and I went out to dinner before Christmas at an Italian restaurant. The menu had quite a few good options. One dish that caught my eye was a pasta that had mascarpone cheese, figs, orange, prosciutto and the deal breaker – goat cheese. That is one cheese that I just can not eat, as soon as I see it in a dish on a menu the dish is instantly out of the running. We ended up getting their special for the night, it was a perfect choice our pizza was delicious. I would happily return for the pizza and our calamari starter again. Continue reading →

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Whole Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

Whole Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
I remember as a kid going to the mall and looking forward to getting an orange julius and sometimes if I was lucky a pretzel. I always had to share with my siblings until I was a teenager. Once I started going to the mall with my friends, we always stopped for an orange julius and many heart to heart talks. I have not had an orange julius for years and I don’t know if I would even like them any longer. I started making them at home years and years ago. I tried so many recipes before I came across this one. Continue reading →

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Vanilla Raw Young Coconut Yogurt

Young Coconut Yogurt

For years I have heard everyone say how great coconut water is, that it tastes amazing. I have tried SO many of the containers of coconut water. Ick! I can handle it in a smoothie but not to drink on its own. Finally a year and a half ago a local store was having ‘tropical’ week, it was the first chance that I had to buy fresh young coconuts. I bought two young coconuts and we have been hooked ever since. Continue reading →

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Cookie Butter Oatmeal

Cookie Butter Oatmeal

Oh yes I went there. Cookie Butter Oatmeal! Whoa. We eat a LOT of steel cut oats in our home during the winter. I am always looking for ways to make them new and fresh for my family. I don’t want to hear ‘not that again mom’. Thankfully when I say ‘cookie butter’ they don’t seem to hear much after that. My oldest loves oats, my little one decides on a daily basis if she likes something. Maybe even hourly these days. When I made these oats she was not happy, and didn’t want to eat them. I convinced her that she needed to at least give them a try. She ate two bowls. Sometimes mom knows best right?!  Continue reading →

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Cookie Butter

Cookie Butter

Have you ever read the ingredient list to a product that your family enjoyed and were unhappy? There are times that we just need to have something special but I am always looking for healthier options. Most of the time I know that I can make it at home. Take the cookie butter from Trader Joe’s, my family loves it….but it has an oil base. Yikes.  I knew that I had to come up with a healthier option for my family, while keeping it just as delicious. Continue reading →

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Healthy Grasshopper Blizzard

Healthy Grasshopper Blizzard

Don’t you love advertising these days. The ads love making you want to have something right away. I drive by a dairy queen everyday and last year they debuted a grasshopper blizzard. Mint chocolate chip ice cream is one of my favorites so I instantly wanted one. Who cared that it was only nine on a cold March morning. I knew that I was going to make a healthier version at home. That weekend I made it and the kids and I loved it. It is a blizzard flavor that we have enjoyed so many times since I first made it.  I make it quite often in the summer when I have a ton of mint in my garden. I am really looking forward to spring and a full garden with lots of mint and this blizzard. Continue reading →

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Leprechaun Eggs

Healthy Green Leprechaun Eggs
I enjoy making fun food for my kids. Something that makes them laugh. These leprechaun eggs definitely fall into that category. I don’t want to use food dye in my food but there are times when I want to give some items color. Green almost always means spinach, red/pink means beets, while  yellow means turmeric and on and on it goes. I tried making these eggs with kale once when I was out of spinach. Never again. They were terrible. I love a good green juice or smoothie with kale, in these eggs it had a very strong off putting flavor. Learn from my mistake, be smart don’t use kale. I also really love using produce to color my food ~ because extra vegetables! Adding extra vegetables into food is always a win/win in my book. Continue reading →

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Corned Beef Hash Quiche

Corned Beef Hash Quiche
Do yourself a favor and make sure you make enough extra corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day to make this quiche.You will thank me later. It comes together quickly and the flavors really shine with just a few ingredients. It is a delicious play on quiche, and much healthier than a traditional quiche. I replaced the traditional flaky butter crust for a vegetable ~ yes potatoes are starchy but they are in fact a vegetable filled with vitamin C and fiber among other nutrients. I love replacing an item, that although delicious doesn’t help the waistline, with a healthy alternative without taking away from the flavor. I had planned to make corned beef hash but I also really wanted to have quiche so I thought why not combine the two?! I’m glad that I decided to give this a try. It will be a dish that will be made when we have extra corned beef, if I am being honest that doesn’t happen often. I will just have to plan to make it. My husband enjoyed eating it plain, while our oldest liked it with dijon mustard. I liked mine with dijon and jalapenos, I love spicy food! Continue reading →

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