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 ...

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 ...

Need a great mixer? Check out my new Nutrimill Artiste Mixer!

One of the perks of being a food blogger is getting to test out new products. I received this Nutrimill Artiste mixer. I had actually seen it last March at the Everything Food Conference and loved it. So imagine how excited I was when they sent me one to try! There was no pressure for a positive review but just my honest opinion. I'm still testing it out, but so far I absolutely love it! And that's saying something, since I really loved my Kitchen Aid. To see more pictures of this mixer in ...

Healthier Homemade Apple Dumplings

I love homemade apple dumplings! Recently I pulled out my mom's recipe from the Betty Crocker cookbook, (some of you know the exact cookbook I'm talking about - the red checkered one with the torn edges, pictures of women in 1950's with their aprons. And the new "modern" kitchen? It makes me chuckle every time I look at it). On a whim, I decided to put their apple dumpling recipe into WW Recipe Builder - 28 points or 802 calories per apple dumpling! Really? Are you kidding me? That's way too ...

Healthy Instant Pot Chicken Soup with Homemade Noodles

Why Homemade Noodles? I love to put homemade noodles in chicken noodle soup.  They remind me of my childhood.  My grandmother made the best homemade egg noodles.  As a young girl, I remember sitting on the kitchen stool in her tiny kitchen with avocado green appliances watching my Granny roll out the dough, cut the noodles with her big knife (the one pictured below), then carefully shake them out.  They were cooked in the broth she had made from baking a roast earlier in the day. She ...