Category Archives: Sides

Healthy Super Bowl Appetizer: Shrimp Tostada Bites

Hi friends! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. Instead of explaining all of the details behind why I took a bit of a blogger’s hiatus, I can sum it up in two words: life happens.

So far, 2015 has been rockier than I’d anticipated. Usually, my world is super-stable. I have a solid routine that I stick to day in and day out. Every day is basically a carbon copy of the one before it: wake up, lift, shower, work, boot camp, dinner, play with my dog, sleep, and repeat. Over the last few weeks, most of my days were far from normal and included things like a trip to Arizona, a funeral, 3 days of a work conference, and helping a close friend move away (not in that order). For the most part, there hasn’t been much “smooth sailing” to speak of. Continue reading Healthy Super Bowl Appetizer: Shrimp Tostada Bites


Sweet Potato Casserole With Honey-Glazed Pecans

Alright, people. One last Thanksgiving recipe to round out the collection. I made this sweet potato casserole last year and we had a little taste test between a “traditional” version (read: lots of refined sugar, flour, milk, etc.) and what I’ve outlined below. The jury voted, and mine won. This dish is making a comeback this year, and I can’t wait to make it.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: The Full Menu + Cleaned-Up Green Bean Casserole

Happy holiday week, everyone!

I spent some time at the grocery store and in the kitchen this weekend getting everything in order for Thursday’s big meal, and I want to share what I’ll be cooking for my 16+ family members later this week. :o) A few of these are recipes that I’ve posted before and were a huge hit last year, while others are recipes that I’ve found from other fabulous food bloggers that I’m excited to try out. Here’s the full menu: Continue reading Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes: The Full Menu + Cleaned-Up Green Bean Casserole

Easy Thanksgiving Side: Maple Dill Carrots

Happy Friday!

I can’t express my level of excitement for this weekend. Workouts, a massage, family time, and lots of experimentation in the kitchen sound fantastic right about now. As I’m planning out the menu that I’ll be cooking for my family next week, I’m getting really excited to test out some different (NEW!) things this weekend. Look for a double-whammy blog post on Monday/Tuesday to make up for the fact that I skipped last week. :o) Seriously though, the last two weeks have been absolutely nuts. I’m ready for the holiday!

These carrots are the perfect combination of sweet and savory (based on a less-healthy Emeril version), and they’re incredibly easy to put together. Last year, I got all of my labor-intensive dishes assembled and in the oven, threw these in a pot on the stove, and had some wine while everything cooked. You hardly even have to stir these; they basically cook themselves. I prefer buying the colorful carrots from Trader Joe’s to up the “pretty” factor, but the recipe will work with any type of carrot you can grab at the local grocery store.

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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe: Sausage Stuffing

Where do I even begin? Well, I’ll start with this: it’s been over a month since my last post, which is the longest I’ve gone without writing something since I started this blog more than a year ago. (My previous record was two weeks. Looks like I blew that one out of the water!) I could give every excuse in the book to tell you why I haven’t been posting — Ryan had back surgery, I’ve been focusing all of my spare time on cooking for friends, I was on business travel at a conference in Boston, work has been way busier than usual, blah blah blah — but it really doesn’t matter.

I woke up at 1:30AM today with my mind racing between random work-related stuff, new recipes I want to cook, what lifting routine I should do at 5AM, and all of the things I want to accomplish this weekend. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get my brain to shut up. Whenever this happens, I take it as a tell-tale sign that I need a creative outlet. Bad.

The reality is that I haven’t made time to write over the last 5 weeks. Other things have taken priority, and it wasn’t until I was in a conference session last week that I realized I was letting something important (writing) fall to the wayside because I “didn’t have time for it.” The topic of the session? Values. It was probably one of the most profound presentations I’ve ever listened to. Seriously. It applies to almost EVERYTHING in life. Continue reading Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe: Sausage Stuffing