My Food Philosophy and Eating Redesigned

Looking back on My Food Philosophy that I posted when I started my blog years ago, most of what I wrote is still very true today. My focus was about creating great tasting healthy gourmet recipes that help people lose and maintain weight for life. I'm still about good food, good taste and making every bite count. I'm not about fat free, sugar free yuck and preservatives. I'm about real food, good nutritious food, and foods that make your heart sing. While this is still my passion and focus, ...

Why My Weight Loss Continues to be a Journey

When I first started this food blog back in 2018, I never knew what a journey it would be. In fact I thought I was finished with my weight loss journey for the most part. I had lost over 40 pounds. Little did I realize how much work it is to stay at goal through the ups and downs of life. It's relatively easy to lose weight when you are super focused on just that. But throw in life and all of its curve balls, maintaining becomes way more difficult. Losing weight is a journey, not a ...

Favorite Holiday Dessert Recipes

Here's a list with links and pictures of my favorite holiday dessert recipes. Many of my recipes for the best Christmas cookies are on this list. Most are easy Christmas desserts. Some are skinny, some are not but every single one is absolutely delicious and a family pleaser! If you're looking for the best Christmas desserts, check out these recipes! This decadent cheesecake recipe will knock your socks off. It's silky, rich and creamy. I've been told many times that this is the best ...

Amy’s Cheesecake -“Best Cheesecake in the World”

This decadent cheesecake recipe will knock your socks off. It's silky, rich and creamy. I've been told many times that this is the, "best cheesecake in the world". And amazingly enough, the original recipe came to me by happenstance. Serve it with fresh lime curd, raspberries, blackberries or blueberries. How this recipe came to me Susan, a childhood friend of my mom's was a fabulous cook. Every year for Christmas she would make cheesecakes for her friends and family. She never would ...

Afternoon to Remember Microwave Lime Curd Recipe

This thick, tangy lime curd is easy to make and turns out great every time. Make it in the microwave in just minutes. It will thicken up as it cools. It's great as a topper or sauce for my Amy's Cheesecake, Homemade Cranberry Orange Scones and Mini Strawberry Scones. It also makes cute little tartlet desserts and more! This is the recipe that I served at my tea room, Afternoon to Remember for many years. Lemon curd dates back to the 1800's. Originally it was literally lemon juice added to ...

Broiled Scallop Prosciutto Bacon Bundles

These broiled scallop bacon bundle appetizers are quick to put together, delicious and make a great impression on your guests. They are a simple, yet elegant appetizer. These broiled scallops are also great as a main course. I like to eat a few of them along with vegetables and a salad - a nice light, great tasting and healthy dinner. Why use prosciutto and not bacon to wrap the scallops? Of course bacon always tastes great but using prosciutto is a bit healthier. Plus prosciutto when ...

A Gourmet Done Skinny Healthy Thanksgiving Menu

Looking for a healthy Thanksgiving menu without sacrificing taste? Check out these delicious healthy Thanksgiving recipes! I've even included healthy Thanksgiving Sides and healthy Thanksgiving desserts. Of course Thanksgiving is the one day that everyone loves to splurge but your guests won't even realize these are on the healthier side because they are so yummy! Jump to Menu Table of contentsHow to plan an easy healthy ThanksgivingMy Healthy Thanksgiving MenuThanksgiving Menu ...

Instant Pot Manhattan Cranberry Sauce

Instant Pot Manhattan Cranberry Sauce is a unique cranberry sauce with orange juice, pineapple, bourbon and sweet vermouth. Its name, comes from the holiday drink - "Cranberry Manhattan." The original recipe was given to me by Nancy Kamens who belongs to a Facebook Group I'm in, called, Instant Pot Weight Watcher Recipes . She was kind enough to share the recipe. I told her I would adapt it for the Instant Pot and add my own touches including WW Smart Points. What's the difference ...

Chicken and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash

These healthy Chicken and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash are filled with a savory combination of chicken, asparagus, chanterelles, herbs and parmesan cheese. Perfect for the fall season! Leave out the chicken if you wish. Also makes a great Thanksgiving side dish! How to cut Acorn Squash - Two Ways! You can cut the acorn squash in two ways - vertical or horizontal. Make sure the acorn squash is dry, you don't want it slipping out of your hands. Use a very sharp big knife. I have a ...

Roasted Brussels Sprouts in Creamy Parmesan Sauce

You will love these Roasted Brussels Sprouts in a light Creamy Parmesan Sauce even if you're not a brussels sprouts lover. This unique combination of the bacon, garlic and sherry with the parmesan cream sauce makes these brussels sprouts so decadent! My husband and I first had a version of these (of course way more calories than my recipe I'm sure) at Roy's Ko Olina in Hawaii. They were absolutely amazing! I didn't even realize brussels sprouts could taste so good! This recipe is a great ...