Chocolate Covered Stuffed Strawberries

My husband and I are not big on celebrating Valentines Day. Personally I feel that you should express your love throughout the year and not on one predesignated day where flowers are mysteriously super expensive and cheesy love cards are shoved in your face. I do believe it is a great excuse to make one of my favorite desserts, chocolate covered stuffed strawberries. I could make these any time of the year and be one happy camper. You can choose any kind of chocolate for this recipe. Adding ... Continue Reading

Chocolate Chip Cherry Bar

Want a healthy snack that is easy to make, even with a screaming toddler pulling at your leg? I'm not an Olympic star by any means, but making anything with a cranky toddler seems to be quite the feat. What should take thirty minutes can easily turn into an hour and a half, on a good day. It's moments like these that I really want to turn around and just grab something premade, probably fully processed with of a ton of junk I really don't want my family to consume. So grab your food ... Continue Reading

Crumb-Topped Blueberry Zucchini Bread

This has to be one of my favorite quick breads, coming in first place with banana nut bread trailing in second place. Combine zucchini with blueberries and you have one super tasty bread. The fresh blueberries add a sweet and somewhat tart taste and the shredded zucchini keeps the bread moist. Using whole-wheat flour adds just the right amount of nuttiness and the chia seeds give it a great nutritional punch with Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants and ... Continue Reading

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Looking for the perfect meal to ring in the New Year? After a little hiatus from the blog during the holidays, I’ve decided to share these stuffed acorn squash recipes worthy of a main-course. Not to mention that it’s a wonderfully healthy option to go with that “let’s get healthier” New Year’s resolution. Acorn squash is tender and delicate, with a subtly sweet and earthy flavor, making it the perfect platform for buttery, brown sugar dishes as well as salty or spicy ones. The ... Continue Reading

Caramel Walnut Apple Crisp

One of my favorite things to cook when the temperatures get colder is apple crisp. It fills the home with the smell of apples and cinnamon; it just makes me want to cuddle on the couch by the fire. I make this every year, and have never wasted a crumb, not one! This is by far my favorite combination of ingredients, and with my sweet tooth, I have tasted a lot of apple crumb recipes. The slightly sweet and gently tart granny smith apples pair well the crunchy topping of walnuts, oats, flour, ... Continue Reading

Rosemary Garlic Sweet Potato Fries 

Ok I admit it I love sweet potatoes. My husband on the other hand has a bit more of a savory palate. So I decided to use white sweet potatoes, which have a milder and less sweet flavor than the orange sweet potato. Surprisingly, sweet potatoes contain a variety of different vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, such as, Vitamins C, B3, B5, and B6, manganese, potassium, and copper; they’re also high in fiber. This makes me feel a little less guilty about letting my toddler eat them. After all, ... Continue Reading

Peas and Guac

Did you know that peas and gauc actually taste really good together? Not to mention that by adding peas to your guacamole, you’re adding a ton of nutrition, like protein, Vitamin C and Vitamin A. After seeing the latest hubbub on the news over the latest ADOT signs in Arizona, saying ‘DRINKING & DRIVING GO TOGETHER LIKE PEAS & GUAC,’ I just couldn’t resist jumping on the bandwagon. Read more about this story on azcentral.com I don’t condone drinking and driving, ... Continue Reading

Mini Pumpkin Pies with Vanilla Whipped Cream

These scrumptious pumpkin pie bites have been such a hit; I get requests for them every year. I mean, what is better than pumpkin pie? Oh yeah, bite size pumpkin pie that you can pop in your mouth. Fair warning though, once you start, it's hard to stop. I have used pie dough, tart shells and puff pastry, which is by far my favorite. So, wow your guests this holiday when you serve these mini desserts. Golden delicious puff pastry cups filled with a rich pumpkin pie mixture and served ... Continue Reading

Gourmet Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving has always been something I've looked forward to. Spending time with loved ones and cooking more food than any of us could possibly eat. Growing up, my mother would start a day or two ahead, filling the air with the smell of pies, banana and cranberry breads, fresh fruit for our ambrosia. This is probably where I learned to do much of my cooking; watching my mother add a little of this, a pinch of that, never measuring and using her fine sense of smell to aid her in ... Continue Reading

Spaghetti Squash

I am half Irish, half Italian, and grew up knowing the Italian side of my family. Pasta was a main staple at our dinner table and it is still a food that brings me much comfort. It doesn't however bring my waistline much comfort. Imagine how excited I was when I learned how to make some of my favorite Italian dishes using squash as a substitute for pasta. I am not sure I can forgo the pasta all together, but this tasty spaghetti squash is a healthy alternative. With this simple recipe, I've ... Continue Reading