Olive Harvest in California

Have you ever seen olives on the tree right before harvest? The trees are loaded with bright green olives, just waiting to be picked. So beautiful! The color of the olive tree leaves themselves is such a unique silvery greyish green. The buds on the trees start sprouting in May and harvest occurs typically in September up until November. Harvesting olives in California Last May in Utah at the Everything Food Conference, I was fortunate enough to meet olive farmer Ed Curiel and his ...

Easy Instant Pot Parmesan Chicken Broth

This easy Instant Pot Parmesan Chicken Broth is a combination of parmesan broth and the base for my chicken noodle soup. I wanted to create a quick and homemade parmesan broth made with a whole chicken that I could have on hand in my freezer. Adding parmesan rinds to broths, sauces and soups adds so much flavor! You’ll love this one! What can you do with Parmesan broth? The possibilities are endless! Here are just a few! Use this broth as a base for soups such as my Healthy ...

Instant Pot Tomato Bacon Jam

This delicious savory easy Instant Pot Tomato Bacon Jam is made by cooking fresh tomatoes in your pressure cooker or Instant Pot. You can serve it over eggs, burgers, chicken, pork and more! I also love to serve it as an appetizer over light cream cheese or my favorite is layered with ricotta, pesto and tomato jam on top in a Ricotta Jam Jar or layered in a dish (recipe coming soon!). In case you're wondering about the wine, the Saxon Brown Grenache came in my wine club selection from ...

Oven Roasted Cedar Plank Vegetables

These Healthy Oven Roasted Cedar Plank Vegetables are super easy to make, taste delicious and will impress your guests. All you do is soak the planks at least 15 minutes, arrange vegetables, season and bake. That's it! Gorgeous fresh tasting vegetables without the fuss! No mess either! Just throw the planks away when done. Serve them as a side dish or toss them over salads for a main dish. Plan to do them alongside your main dish These vegetables are so easy to make and go well with ...

Fresh Cilantro Lime Yogurt Aioli

This easy, tangy, fresh healthy Cilantro Lime Yogurt Aioli is great just about over everything. I particularly love it with my Oven Baked Cedar Plank Salmon. Use it as a dressing for salad and for dipping fresh or baked vegetables too! It's also great over fish tacos! Very versatile! What exactly is Aioli? Technically the Oxford definition of aioli is mayonnaise seasoned with garlic. Both mayonnaise and aioli are emulsions meaning they contain 2 or more liquids that are typically ...

Oven Baked Cedar Plank Salmon with Fresh Cilantro Lime Yogurt Aioli

Use your oven or grill! This easy Oven Baked Cedar Plank Salmon with Cilantro Lime Yogurt Aioli comes together very quickly for an easy quick meal. You can bake the Cedar Plank Salmon in the oven or put it on the grill. I do prefer the Cedar planks smoked on the grill better, but I'm not the grill master in my house so I use the oven when he's not home. It's so fast and easy and easy clean up too! And for you Weight Watchers out there, 0 Freestyle Smart Points! Wow! Can you use cedar ...

Highlights of China from a Foodie

My trip to China this past June was a family trip inspired by my dad and my youngest son who have always wanted to visit China. We decided to do our trip with Adventures by Disney, since we knew they would do it right! And boy did they! We saw and did so much in 15 days that it's very hard to condense it into one teeny post, therefore I'm sticking to the food and highlights of the trip, otherwise this post will go on for days. This post was written by me and is based on my opinions of my ...

Open-Faced Creamy Chicken Rainier Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Gruyère

This Open-Faced Creamy Chicken Rainier with Caramelized Onions and Gruyère Sandwich makes a decadent lunch or a great dinner with a side salad. Delicious creamy caramelized onion filling over a toasted ciabatta bun, topped with chicken and asparagus and dotted with a bit of Gruyère. And it's only 236 calories or 7 WW points! Make it up ahead of time, eat it in various ways If you have the chicken already grilled or cooked, this sandwich goes together fairly fast. You can make up the ...

Easy Homemade Healthy Pesto Paste

This homemade healthy pesto paste is super easy to make and very quick. Use it for soups, pastas, stews, chicken, bread, dips and more! If you freeze them into cubes, you'll have a burst of flavor whenever you want. Be sure and read below about how to prevent bitter pesto. It's easy to make pesto: 1, 2, 3! Start by using freshly picked basil leaves. Use only the leaves, not the stems. Wash and pat them dry.Combine ingredients together in a food processor - except for the extra virgin ...

Why is it so hard to stick to a diet and not cheat?

Because we associate food with everything! It is so hard to stick to a diet, and not cheat. It's hard to change your eating habits to healthier ones because FOOD IS SOCIAL. Food is love, food is caring and comfort. Someone dies, we give them food. Someone gets married, we celebrate with food. Someone has a baby, we have a baby shower with food. Special date with spouse - it most likely involves food. Get togethers and holidays always involve food. Food is an important part of every culture ...