Healthy Thousand Island Salad Dressing

This healthy Thousand Island Salad Dressing can be made in minutes and tastes delicious! When working on my Reuben Egg Roll Recipe, I realized quickly that I needed a healthy Thousand Island Dressing to serve alongside so guests could "dip," their egg roll. I've made all sorts of salad dressings using yogurt so I thought, "Why not Thousand Island?" How did I lighten this up? By substituting nonfat Greek yogurt and using light mayonnaise, this dressing has all the flavor but little of ...

Instant Pot Mexican Beef and Bacon Soup

This Instant Pot Mexican Beef and Bacon Soup is also called, "Carne en su Jugo," - it literally means "meat cooked in it's own juice." It's a flavorful beef broth with bits of beef, bacon and pinto beans -almost like a Mexican Beef Stew of sorts. It's usually served with beans on the side and a variety of toppings. After doing a bit of research on the recipe, I've found that it's one of Guadalajara's favorites. What was the inspiration for this Mexican Beef Soup recipe? You never know ...

Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad with Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

This Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad is a great winter salad and very filling! If you're a fan of warm spinach salad, you're going to love this variation. Serve it hot or cold over spinach and greens. Not a fan of quinoa? Use brown rice instead. Make it up ahead of time and then put it all together right before serving. You can add chicken, pork or beef to make it a main dish! Don't skip the Maple Dijon Vinaigrette! It's the star of the show! Add in your own favorite vegetables! I have ...

My Favorite Weight Loss Tools -“This is the year, I’m going to Get My Act Together.”

Looking for some weight loss tools? Have you decided you're going to "get your act together" this year and lose some weight? Maybe you want to lose a lot or maybe just a few pounds to get you back to goal. Or maybe you just need a reminder of how to get it together again. Sometimes all you need is a little help with planning and the right weight loss tools to keep you motivated. My Weight Loss Journey Three years ago on the left side of the picture, that was me! (Read my story). I was ...

Tomato Ricotta Jam Jar Appetizer

Years ago, I had the most delicious tomato ricotta jam jar appetizer at Nordstrom Cafe. It was a layered appetizer with ricotta cheese, tomato jam and was served in a little jar with crispy toasted bread. I loved having my own jar of yumminess! Sadly they don't serve it anymore. But I created my own bacon tomato ricotta jam jar and it's a bit healthier and even tastier! What jars should I buy? Can I serve it another way? I use a Ball half pint jar with the wide mouth, but you can use ...

Crispy Wonton Chips

Looking for a low calorie/point chip to dip? Try these crispy wonton chips! These chips are super simple to make in your air fryer or oven and take only minutes to make! Delicious, salty low calorie/points make the perfect dipper for my Tomato Bacon Jam recipe or my Tomato Ricotta Jam Jar Appetizer. These Crispy Wonton Chips go great with my Tomato Bacon Jam! Nutritional comparison between these chips and Mission tortilla strips These chips are about 64 calories for 1 egg roll ...

Instant Pot Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Port

This easy gourmet homemade cranberry sauce recipe is done right in your Instant Pot. You can make it up days ahead (it lasts for about 2 weeks). Made with port, rosemary, cinnamon and ginger, this cranberry sauce is one of the Thanksgiving essentials, you just can't have turkey without it! After making this recipe, you will never buy canned cranberry sauce again! (If you ever did - this website is for foodies, so I'm pretty sure many of you never bought the canned stuff to begin with). Serve ...

Easy Instant Pot Turkey (Whole or Breasts)

This Instant Pot Turkey recipe is super easy to make and you won't believe how moist and juicy it is! Because this turkey recipe is no fuss, cooks fast and tastes delicious, it's one of the best Thanksgiving recipes in my opinion. Normally I have to admit, I'm not big on turkey. Thanksgiving is my least favorite foodie holiday. I don't like dry turkey (which people always seem to make) and also I get bored easily with gravy and cranberries. They just don't do it for me but I absolutely ...

Hawaii Food and Wine Festival

My husband and I heard about the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival last February from our waiter Kurt (Aukai is his Hawaiian name) at The Olelo Room at Aulani. This festival was very intriguing to us because: we both love good food, I love great wine and what could be a better location for a food and wine festival than Hawaii? Kurt explained that the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival was founded by Hawaii's own James Beard award-winning Chefs, Roy Yamaguchi and Alan Wong as well as Roy's wife, ...

Staying fit on vacation

Healthy Vacationing in Hawaii - How I do Gourmet Done Skinny in Hawaii Staying fit on vacation? Sometimes people think I'm crazy for even talking about healthy vacationing. For many people vacation is a time to go crazy - eat and drink whatever you want, relax on the beach and do nothing. However my husband and I have learned over the years that if we do this, we feel sluggish, lazy, stuffed and generally not good. It causes stomach issues, sleep issues and we wonder why the heck we ate all ...