Thoughts on life balance, food, and eating and my strategies for keeping it together during tough times
These are just some random but important thoughts I have about life balance, food and eating as well as my strategies for keeping it together. After recently overhearing a conversation at a restaurant, "I shouldn't eat that it's bad for me," I was reminded again why we need to get out of the mindset that certain foods are bad for you. So many of the recent diets are eliminating whole groups of foods. Food is neither good or bad, it just is. The first time I heard this was when I joined the ...
Healthy Basil Port Wine Vinaigrette
This Healthy Basil Port Wine Vinaigrette is the perfect crown to my Summer Melon Caprese Salad. Sweet, savory and delicious! Super easy to make especially if you have an immersion blender. Be sure and use a quality port wine, pinot noir and balsamic vinegar to make the basil vinaigrette dressing. It makes a big difference!
How is this vinaigrette healthy?
By making your own salad dressings and vinaigrettes, you automatically start with fresh ingredients which are better for you. No ...
Summer Melon Caprese Salad with Basil Port Wine Vinaigrette
This Summer Melon Caprese Salad is such a unique balance of sweet and savory - with the cantaloupe and Basil Port Wine Vinaigrette and the prosciutto, arugula and pine nuts. Be sure to find a nice ripe cantaloupe for this one, it makes a big difference! Serve it in a pretty bowl or plate individually.
Be sure to pick a ripe cantaloupe for this salad!
How to choose a cantaloupe
My best advice is go to a farmer's market stand and ask them to pick a good one for you. They usually ...
The benefits of homemade kitchen staples
There are so many benefits to making your own homemade kitchen staples. I bet you never thought about making some of them yourself either! From homemade tomato sauce, chipotle seasoning, pizza crusts, and even tortillas! Imagine how handy it would be to just go to your pantry, freezer or refrigerator and just pull them out? If you want to know what my kitchen staples are with recipes, check out my latest ebook.
So what are the benefits?
Homemade tastes better! Delicious homemade salad ...
Healthy Jalapeño Adobo Turkey Sliders
These Healthy Jalapeño Adobo Turkey Sliders are a variation of my Scrumptious Turkey Sliders and use my Homemade Chipotle seasoning. They are on the spicy side but not too hot. (You can always adjust the heat by using less chipotle seasoning, jalapeños and chipotle peppers). Serve with my Slider Bun, a dollop of my Jalapeño Cream and a nice salad on the side. If you have the chipotle turkey sliders and buns in the freezer, you can reheat them in a jiffy for a quick lunch or dinner. ...
Healthy Fruit Pizza
Healthy Fruit Pizza is a great summer dessert and makes a perfect 4th of July Fruit Pizza. Use any fruit you wish! You can sprinkle the fruit all around or do interesting designs by alternating various fruit patterns - blueberry, raspberry, etc. Be creative! When you alternate fruit pieces around the cookie crust, it looks very professional, even if you aren't an artist - which I'm not. I promise, yours will turn out just as beautifully!
A delicious slice of heaven!
A reader recipe ...
Homemade Flour Tortillas
Homemade flour tortillas are so easy to make! These homemade flour tortillas are made using your food processor. Only 5 ingredients! Make up batch and freeze some for later.
Have you ever decided to make tacos at the last minute and realized you didn't have any tortillas? Well this happened to me once so I decided to make them. Most people have all of the ingredients on hand with the exception of lard, but you can substitute butter if you need to. After I made them once, I realized how easy ...
Roasted Tomatillo Green Salsa
Fresh roasted tomatillo salsa is simply the best! I've been making this tomatillo salsa recipe for years. It's super easy, very few ingredients and takes little time. This recipe is also in one of my previous cookbooks, Entertaining with Amy (definitely not a smart point friendly cookbook and thus the reason I ended up joining Weight Watchers). For a lower carb option serve with fresh jicama chips!
Updated May 7, 2021
Tomatillo Salsa 3 Ways!
Green - This version is mild and ...
This creamy delicious Jalapeño Cream Sauce a great way to add some pizazz to any taco, sandwich or burger. Because it's made with light sour cream, it's lower in calories and points. And because it's made with jalapeños and garlic, it's full of zip. A little goes a long way. It makes a fabulous fish taco sauce! If you use less than a tablespoon, then it doesn't even count as a smart point! Woo hoo! I use a tiny bit as a substitute for mayo on my turkey sliders. Yum!
Be creative and ...
The Best Homemade No Knead Stone Ground Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
I'm so in love with this easy stone ground whole wheat bread recipe. It's so versatile because you make a big batch and just pull off what you need when you're ready to bake it. Make it into bread loaves or rolls. I bake a few loaves every week because it is so easy! No kneading required! It really is the best homemade bread recipe in my opinion. Plus no dutch oven needed! I like to use a mixture of freshly milled hard white wheat and einkorn flour. Truth be told, it's really a rustic whole ...