Wild Mushroom Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Garlic, Zucchini and Truffle Oil

Ever since I purchased my Breville Pizzaiola oven, I've been dreaming up new ways to do pizza/flatbread. This Wild Mushroom Pizza with Chicken, Caramelized Onions, Garlic, Zucchini and Truffle Oil pizza was inspired by my absolute favorite pizza, from La Bicyclette in Carmel, California. Theirs is called, "Champignons," and is oh so delicious! If you love mushrooms, this is the pizza for you! I'm sure theirs has a ton of calories, you can just taste them as it's so rich! How is My Wild ...

Easy Basic Homemade Thin Crust Pizza Dough

This healthy homemade thin crust pizza dough may look complicated but it’s not! Be sure to use the special flour and you’ll have perfect crust every time! There aren’t a lot of active steps, it just takes a while to rise. But you can also freeze it for later!

6 Healthy Appetizers for Super Bowl Parties

I'll admit it, I've never been much into watching the Super Bowl except for half-time and when the Seahawks play. That's what living in Seattle has done for me! Go Hawks! But I love to make healthy appetizers for Super Bowl parties. Are you shocked? Me - love to make food for parties? Yep, you know me so well! Or if you don't, you will soon if you sign up for my newsletters! Just started your New Year's Diet and don't want to blow it? Need some healthy appetizers for the Super Bowl? W...

Easy Instant Pot Healthy Gourmet Chicken Madeira

This easy, healthy Chicken Madeira made in the Instant Pot is a warm comfort dish with pieces of tender chicken, luscious mushrooms, and fresh asparagus topped with a bit of parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Serve it over rice or zucchini noodles for a lower carb option. Why did I make over Chicken Madeira into a healthier dish? One of my loyal readers, Irene, asked me to make over this recipe. To tell you the truth, I hadn't actually made Chicken Madeira before this request. I have ...

6 Healthy Tips for Starting the New Year On Track!

It's that time of year again! You know New Year's Resolutions and all of that.  A majority of people put losing weight at the top of their list, however, the goal often falls by the wayside by March. If this is one of your resolutions or goals for the year, let's do something different.  Follow my healthy tips.  Instead of saying, "I will lose ___ pounds," say to yourself, "I will make and maintain at least 6 new healthy habits this year." This post does contain affiliate links which ...

Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables are my secret way to stay trim. They are full of vitamins (not empty calories) and they keep you full throughout the day.  Throw whatever vegetables you have on hand in a large roasting pan. Add a few tablespoons of oil, some balsamic or spice and roast in the oven. Also see my post on Roasted Vegetables – My Secret Way to Stay Trim. This post does contain affiliate links which means that if you click on them and/or buy something I may earn a small commission -at no ...

Roasted Vegetables – My Secret Way to Stay Trim

A few years ago after joining Weight Watchers or WW (as it's now called) I learned the best way for me to stay full and satisfied is to eat lots of vegetables for snacks as well as meals.  Unfortunately eating a ton of raw vegetables is sometimes too hard on my digestive system, but roasted vegetables are great. Prep roasted vegetables for the week! Every Sunday I make a big pan of roasted vegetables and put them in a few containers and use them over the week. It makes my life so easy having ...

Roasted Indian Cauliflower Vegetable Medley

Who said vegetables have to be bland and boring? This Roasted Indian Cauliflower Vegetable Medley has a kick and makes a unique side dish or snack. Add some chicken and it becomes a main meal.  I make and prep a variation of roasted vegetables every Sunday (See my post on Roasted Vegetables  - My Secret Way to Stay Trim). Prepping on Sunday helps me choose wisely during the week if I already have them in the refrigerator ready to go.  Often times I will make this Roasted Indian ...

Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I love good chewy and crispy chocolate chip cookies so if this is how you like them, then this recipe is for you!  I've had this chocolate chip cookie recipe for over 26 years. It originally came from a fellow teacher when I taught for USD #501 (yes that famous one - Brown vs the Topeka Board of Education-Supreme Court Case,) in Topeka, Kansas - my first year of teaching. I have made a few changes over the years but essentially it's pretty much the same. The original version did have nuts, but ...

Cinnamon Oodles – Oatmeal Snickerdoodles

These Cinnamon Oodles (Oatmeal Snickerdoodles) have to be one of my all-time favorite cookies. They are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside.  If you love oatmeal cookies and snickerdoodles, you will really enjoy this scrumptious combination. Of course they have to go in the "Not so skinny, " category but it's the holidays so we all deserve a treat now and then. However if you make them with a small scoop (a little over an inch across), they are only 2 Freestyle Smart Points ...