Spinach Artichoke and Chicken Quesadilla

Spinach Artichoke Quesadilla

Crispy, cheesy quesadillas filled with spinach, artichoke hearts and rotisserie chicken.  Yes, that's right....rotisserie chicken from your local grocery store.  These Spinach Artichoke and Chicken Quesadillas come together quickly and easily making them perfect for busy weeknight dinners.   Let's be real for a second....or 300 seconds.  However long it takes for me to come clean here.  As you may know, I used to work outside the home...in a real office cubicle.  And, almost, … [Read more...]

Pina Colada Chia Seed Smoothie

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All the tropical flavors of a Pina Colada blended into a quick and healthy smoothie.  This Pina Colada Chia Seed Smoothie is ready in minutes and will keep you feeling full for hours. The weather hit 70 degrees the other day and all I wanted to do was sit on the beach.  I was peeling off layers of clothing as the morning wore on because I forget how to dress for warmer weather. It's so amazing to me how 70 degrees in early April feels like a sweltering, sweaty day.  BUT 70 degrees in … [Read more...]

Quick Pistachio Snack

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Fool yourself full with a quick pistachio snack using pistachios still in the shell.  Follow the Pistachio Principle and make up your own combination for a filling treat that won't fill you out. In this house, we're nuts for pistachios. :-)  Seriously though...if my family could choose just one natural snack to eat for the rest of their lives it would be pistachios.  And they must be in the shell.  Two bowls...one for the nuts...one for the shells.  It's the best form of portion control … [Read more...]

Asian-Style Pan-Roasted Pork Chops

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Savory and a little sweet, my favorite combination.  These Asian-Style Pan-Roasted Pork Chops are marinated in a wonderful sauce that turns into a sticky glaze.  This dish pairs well with a simple green salad and makes a great weeknight dinner. Sometimes simple weeknight meals are actually the result of a phone call to our local chinese restaurant.  What's really awful is that I'm home all day long....cooking all day long....but occasionally things don't work out like I had envisioned and … [Read more...]

Baked Gnocchi Bolognese Skillet

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Baked Gnocchi Bolognese Skillet uses leftover Bolognese sauce or your favorite jar sauce to come together ridiculously fast. So hearty and filling, your family will think you slaved for hours making this saucy, cheese skillet of heaven. (Even though you only used FOUR ingredients.) I'd love to say that leftovers don't exist in this house but the fact is.....they do.  And they die a slow death in the back of the refrigerator, quickly forgotten and turning into something that looks like it … [Read more...]

Cheesy Baked Tomato Bisque

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A blanket of melted, crusty cheese covers a creamy, velvety smooth tomato bisque worthy of entertaining.  Easy enough to make in just under 30 minutes, Cheesy Baked Tomato Bisque could also be added to the list of family favorites for weeknight dinners. Creamy soups are my absolute favorite thing on the planet.  I know for a fact that they're not, in any way, healthy when you order them in a restaurant.  And sometimes they're not so healthy when you order them at my house. :-)  But … [Read more...]

20-Minute Skinny Beef Stroganoff

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Hearty and satisfying, Skinny Beef Stroganoff takes just 20 minutes to make and won't add inches to your waistline.  This lightened up version uses no butter or sour cream and  is just as tasty as it's full fat version. I hit a wall....and have a little confession.  Last week, I couldn't button my pants.  I had to use an elastic band, a trick I learned during pregnancy, to close my pants.  I'm a little ashamed but let's face it I deserved it.  My pants slapped me in the face with the … [Read more...]

Caramel Crunch Banana Oat Muffins

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Your family will go bananas over these grab and go breakfast treats.  The humble banana muffin is made a little healthier with the addition of whole wheat flour, oats and greek yogurt, then topped with a crunchy streusel mix and drizzled with caramel.  Caramel Crunch Banana Oat Muffins will definitely help start your day off fantastically! What to do with overripe bananas?  That's a common question here.  I bet it's the same for every one of you too.  Unless you don't like bananas.  I'm … [Read more...]

Bacon Wrapped Buffalo Chicken Tenders with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

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Dipped in hot sauce and wrapped in bacon, these Bacon Wrapped Buffalo Chicken Tenders have half the calories of the fried version.  Serve them with this light Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce for the tastiest, guilt-free game day snack ever. Bacon gets a bad rap.  It's true.  Sure, some versions are loaded with sodium....and fat....but if you use it in moderation and in a way where you render off most of that fat it can be your friend.  It can make something you don't really love much taste … [Read more...]

Mediterranean Tuna Wrap

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Heart-healthy and satisfying, this Mediterranean Tuna Wrap is loaded with good for you veggies, beans and protein. Rolled up in a multi-grain wrap, this is the best portable lunch on the planet. Sandwiches are easy.  So easy they get boring because you end up making the exact same thing every single day.  And taking leftovers to work the very day after you just had them for dinner takes a little of the excitement out of your short mid-day break.  Even working from home, I get caught in … [Read more...]