The Braided Pastry

Another new favorite that is so simple, and the variations in my mind are endless! First attempt I followed a Proper Tasty video for a yummy desert pastry, but have also seen some cool vegetarian-loaf variations.   Ingredients: Puff Pastry Frozen or un-thawed Melted Butter Chocolate Bar Raspberry pastry filling (Found in the baking aisle)…

Chicken Rollups (+Spinach Artichoke)

These chicken rollups (and even more so this new low calories stuffing) are a new default favorite of mine. So many variations, my mind can’t stop. We’ll start with the recipe, then brainstorm some other ways to utilize this spread inspired by Laughing Cow and the plus, a rumored 112 calories! Serve with a healthy…

Succotash

Succotash the ol’ Southern favorite, can be made numerous ways with any variation of fresh ingredients in the summer or canned/frozen in the winter. According to a frozen bag, 60 calories for 2/3 Cup serving. Can be as healthy (or not!) as you desire. Eat on its own or add in a fried rice.  …

Quiche

  Chef John Eggs Milk, Cream Spinach Mushrooms Parmesean Pie dough for a large, single-crust, deep dish pie dish or pan (click here for recipe!) 8 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 cup (I used a little more) diced leeks (just white/light parts) and/or onions, washed extremely well! big pinch of salt cayenne and…

The Basics: Cooking Alternatives

Some healthy cooking alternatives to keep in mind: 2 eggs can be substituted with 1 banana or 2TBS ground flax seed + 3 TBS water Panko/bread crumbs for old fashion oats, crushed nuts, or almond meal Sour Cream or Mayo for greek yogart Butter for apple sauce    

Parmesan-Garlic Bombs

Ingredients: Tube of buiscuts 4 TBS butter 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp garlic powder, parsley, oregano 2 TBS parmesan Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 400 and Cut tube of buiscuts in 1/4ths. 2. Shred parmesan 3. Melt butter, mix in salt, garlic powder, parsley, oregano. 4. Mix butter-mix, parmesan, and buiscuts 5. Cover pan in…

Lasagna rollups

Whats the actual difference here between these rollups and actual lasagna? At what point do we say this is just extra work on a classic? The key here for our family is there is more cheese per bite. When I made these my husband even said, “Why do I like these more than regular lasagna?”…

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Source: Ready. Set. Flambe   With salty cheeses, broths, and other ingredients- the key is too keeps as low sodium as possible. Also avoid recipes with lazy processed cheeses, such as Velveeta or cream cheese.   Ingredients: 4 cups Chicken Broth Substitute: 1/2 Beef Broth with 1/2 water, 1/2 Vegetable Stock, 1/2 Beer (Amber Ale,…

Veggie burger wrap

And sweet potatoes Spinach Wrap Veggie burger hummus Red peppers Green onion Lettuce