Not your Gramma’s rice pudding…

“RICE” PUDDING Okay…so it’s not rice by ANY stretch of the imagination.  But it’s for sure pudding! I love the flavor of a gorgeous rice pudding, but those white carbs will gettcha quick. I got this idea from a message board (thank you McNee) and added a touch or two of my own.  It has…

Could we get more refreshing?!

QUINOA-GRAPEFRUIT-CUCUMBER SALAD I saw the inspiration for this on another blog and had to make it.  All the flavors sounded so beautiful together, and they are! This is a light, summery salad, full of good-for-you carbs and protein from the quinoa.  With a slightly spicy dressing and undertones of fresh mint…what’s not to love?  …

BBQ-ready!

STOVE-TOP BAKED BEANS These are a little different, but so good!  Not overly sweet, but with that smokey, molassesy flavor that we expect in baked beans.  They are full of complex carbs and are the prefect compliment to your BBQed proteins. Make them ahead of time ’cause they just get better as  “leftovers”! ~~~~  …

Start to table…under one hour…

ITALIAN SAUSAGE SOUP Fast, hot, easy…your family will love it and it’s a great way to sneak some veggies past the kids.  (Okay…you can see the veggies, but they’ll want to eat them!)  Serve with garlic bread for the family and a quick Caesar  Salad for an “Italian” meal that will be a hit. This…

New Year…back on track…how about some protein?!

MY FAVORITE EGG SALAD Super simple…Plain Jane, no frills. This is the egg salad that I keep in the fridge to wrap in lettuce leaves or to eat with a spoon out of a bowl.  Nothing fancy.  You probably have a favorite way of making yours…this is mine. One secret that makes it super quick…

Warm and filling…a great vegetarian dish

LENTIL BARLEY SOUP (AKKK…I was almost tempted to use Rachel Ray’s term and call it a Stewp…Stoup ?… – but I’ll control myself.)  This is very soupy the first day, and then gets thick and more like a stew.  Whatever….it’s wonderful, and adding in some unflavored protein powder can still give you a great shot…

Green is beautiful!

CREAMY GARLIC & EDAMAME SOUP This soup will bring a little Spring to your dreary winter! Fresh and bright with low-carb, high-protein edamame and fragrant, creamy garlic…add a bag of protein crisps and you’ve got a gourmet lunch. ~~~~   2 tablespoons olive oil 4 cloves garlic, peeled 2 bay leaves 4 cups shelled edamame,…

Ricotta Spinach Cups – a gorgeous little appetizer

RICOTTA-SPINACH CUPS Pretty little bites, just right for a quick lunch with a crisp green salad.  They can also be used as appetizers for any party.  Guests will adore these and most of the work can be done ahead. Pre-bake the wrappers and store them in an airtight container once cool.  Make the filling and…

Curried Pumpkin Soup…shades of Fall

CURRIED PUMPKIN SOUP This soup screams Autumn, but it’s wonderful anytime!  I love the sweet/spicy flavor and the richness the coconut milk gives. The peanut butter is optional and depending on the mood I’m in I’ll either add it or leave it out….the soup is fantastic either way! Serve this with a plate of fresh…