Showing posts with label recipes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label recipes. Show all posts

Friday, June 16, 2017

Secrets of Skinny Cooking by Victoria Dwek and Shani Taub (Plus 2 Delicious Recipes!)

Eating healthy can be hard and many think, dull. So many tasty dishes we love are usually high in calories. But, did you know that low-calorie recipes can be just as enjoyable as those with lots of calories? With their new cookbook, Secrets of Skinny Cooking (Artscroll/Shaar Press; May 2017/Hardcover), bestselling cookbook author Victoria Dwek and nutritionist Shani Taub show home cooks how to create exciting, flavorful, and filling meals... all for a fraction of the calories they'd typically be. Whether you've always enjoyed light, healthy eating, or want to lose or maintain weight, Secrets of Skinny Cooking offers more options than you ever thought possible. (Book provided for review/feature consideration}

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ethical Stocking Stuffers from Rigoni di Asiago

Its gift giving time, and what better way to spread the holiday cheer than with the gift of food? All-natural and organic spreads from Rigoni di Asiago are here to save your stockings (and desserts!) this holiday season. Rigoni di Asiago is a family-owned business from the mountains of Italy dedicated to providing the purest ingredients to tables everywhere. {Product provided for review/feature consideration}

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Blend Your Way to Better Health with Sneaky Blends!

Sneaky Blends: Supercharge Your Health With 100 Recipes Using the Power of Purees is the latest cook book from Missy Chase Lapine, founder of the SneakyChef brand of foods and author of the New York Times bestseller The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals. This new book is a natural extension of her brand, but this time Missy has her sights set on adults with the goal of helping them cut calories, eradicate unhealthy sugars and fats, and slim down by “sneaking” nutritious – and delicious – blends into favorite recipes. THE BOTTOM LINE: By cutting higher caloric ingredients out and swapping vegetable blends into beloved recipes Missy’s new book will show you how to cut more than 350 calories a day or 2500 calories per week from your diet without sacrificing flavor. {Book provided for review/feature consideration}

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Delicious Labor Day Recipes from Hampton Creek!

From salads to desserts, Hampton Creek offers plenty of healthy, easy-to-make and fast recipes on their YouTube channel that not only save time, but also provides delicious and fun options for everyone! Their Just Mayo is used through many of these summer friendly recipes, including Avocado Toast 2 Ways, Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower Wings and Deviled Potatoes, all sure to be a hit on for your Labor Day Menu. You can find these recipes and more on Hampton Creek’s YouTube channel. {Product provided for review/feature consideration}

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Take the Plunge! Switch to a Plant-Based Diet and Watch Your Health Improve

You may not like to think about it, but the data just keeps on piling up. Switching to a plant-based diet can save your life. There is simply no better way to combat and reduce the health risks we see in modern times. {Book provided for review/feature consideration}

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Scrumptious Fall Chicken Recipe from Carrington Farms

Now that the weather is finally starting to cool down, it’s no longer unbearable cooking hot meals and taking your time in the kitchen. Treat yourself to some quality comfort food with Carrington Farms Chicken Breast with Flax and Herb Stuffing recipe. By incorporating Carrington Farms Organic Flax Hemp Paks and Unflavored Liquid Coconut Cooking Oil, you pack your meal with an extra nutritional punch. Not only will your chicken be juicy and flavorful, but now you can enrich it with omega-3s, omega-6s, fiber, and lignans {lignan benefits include: reduced rates of reproductive organ and colon cancer, improved cardiovascular health, hair growth and menopause support}, serving plenty of nutrients with every bite. Crack open a window and let in that crisp fall air to really enjoy this seasonal recipe! {Product provided for review/feature consideration}

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Drink of the Week with LO Fruit Beverages

I've shared my struggles with hydration with y'all before - whatever mechanism tells us that we're thirsty is broken or non-existent in me. So along with my regular fitness goals, staying hydrated is always on top of my list of goals. If working on your health and fitness is one of the New Year’s resolutions that you've made, let LO Fruit Beverages help you along the way! Whether you are in need of a refreshing fruit drink without all the added calories after a tough workout or just want to add a little flavor in your seltzer, LO Fruit Beverage will keep your sweet tooth at bay! {Product sent for review/feature consideration}

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Romance Your Mate with Kontos Flatbread!

Are you planning a romantic meal for your loved one this year, consider some Greek finger foods. There’s nothing more romantic than feeding your lover a delicious bite of savory eggplant salad or creamy red pepper hummus dip on wedges of Mediterranean flatbread. {Product sent for review}

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Get A Delicious Boost with Green Mountain Coffee Espresso Roast Iced Latte!


In my opinion, coffee is just about the closest thing that we have to what the ancients called "the nectar of the gods." I'm generally a happy, well adjusted human being - as long as I've had my morning cup of joe. And once upon a time, one delicious mug in the morning was sufficient, but that was when I had the luxury of being able to take an afternoon nap with my littlest. Now that I have to power through until bed time, I'm in definite need of an afternoon pick me up. For some reason, a hot cup of java just isn't as appealing to me in the afternoon as it is in the morning, so an option like Green Mountain Coffee Espresso Roast Iced Latte is perfect!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Make Back to School Grand with Pillsbury!

Grands! Grilled Cheese Sandwiches: http://clvr.li/14hD30B

They say that break fast is the most important meal of the day, but if you asked my girls I'm sure they'd say the most important meal {to them at least} is the after school snack!

Did I whet your appetite? For more on the all important afternoon snack and the recipes for the snack pictured above, click here!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

gud Red Ruby Groovy Smells So Good, You'll Want to Eat! {Recipe}

Go ahead and invigorate your senses with a fruity-friendly scent from güd-Red Ruby Groovy! These deliciously scented formulas will get you squeaky clean and smelling summertime sweet, without harmful ingredients like parabens, pythalates, petrochemicals and sodium lauryl sulfates. {Products sent for review}

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tasty Treats with All the Flavor and None of the Guilt! (Dessert Recipes from Kimberly Snyder)

Celebrity nutritionist and New York Times best-selling author of The Beauty Detox Foods Kimberly Snyder has some great diary-free {that I'm loving because I am lactose intolerant} ice cream recipes to share for the ultimate summer treat...

Banana Fro Yo

All you need for the first recipe, is frozen bananas!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Healthy Summer Eating with Alter Eco Quinoa!

Entertaining large parties can be a bit difficult when hosting those with dietary and environmental restrictions. While being mindful of guests needs, you want to make sure to offer a variety of delicious foods to satisfy everyone! Alter Eco products are the perfect crowd pleaser since they can be used in lieu of traditional pastas, rice, or couscous. Alter Eco quinoa {sent for review consideration} is all organic, fair trade, and gluten-free – a perfect option to add amazing taste without dairy or soy. Not only are the products delicious, as a company Alter Eco is passionate about creating economic and social justice in developing areas of the world. By purchasing their quinoa, it ensures food security, economic justice, and biodiversity in some of the poorest parts of the world.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Game Day Feasting! AKA: Cumin Spiced Steak Tacos with Chipotle CherrySalsa

Like most successful families, we try to maintain a united front at all times, but when it comes to football, all bets are off! I’m from New Jersey and she’s from Georgia, so it should go without saying that my wife and I don’t necessarily see eye to eye come game day. Take it from me, there’s nothing worse than sitting next to her (yelling "RISE UP!!" every chance she gets and goading our girls to do it as well) while watching my Giants lose to her beloved Falcons. But yesterday, she and I did manage to agree on one very important thing…GAME DAY CUISINE!!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Bring Local Flavors to the Table with Winn-Dixie!

My family doesn’t partake in the traditional celebrations of holidays, but I can honestly say that I do enjoy the “holiday season.” I see it as an opportunity to take advantage of awesome sales and most importantly, enjoy some much needed, extended family time. My home does not feel complete to me until my hubby walks in the door, so I love when he has the day off to spend with us. Not to mention that if he has a few consecutive days off, we often trek down to see my parents and spend quality time with them as well. Of course, cooking (and sometimes baking) comes in to play on these occasions. My father and I share a deep love for baked goods and confections and though I don’t bake often, when I do, I try to make it something special, which doesn’t mean fancy, just delicious!

I’ve been cooking since I was about 12 years old; I’m the oldest of three and my mother and father worked outside of the house. Preparing dinner started as a way for me to help fill a need for my family and help out my mother. I soon discovered that I have a knack for it. I’ve never been one to follow recipes per say. I have found that when I cook off the cuff, I tend to prepare the best dishes. Now that I’m married and have a family of my own, cooking has taken on an even bigger role in my daily duties-as a SAHM, I find myself cooking 2-3 meals a day, at least 5 days a week. I see it as an act of love and care for my family and I can’t describe the joy I feel when one them tells me that what I prepared tastes good!

I love to cook. In fact, my family knows that there must be something wrong with me if I ever utter the phrase “I don’t feel like cooking.” There is something very relaxing to me about the process of preparing a meal or dish and the satisfaction I feel, knowing that I am doing something necessary for my loved ones, that they will really enjoy, really speaks to something within my soul. It’s part of my nurturing nature that connects with the whole act of cooking-not to mention the fact that I love to eat!

I was born and raised in the South, and reside in the South still, with my family. There are certain dishes that are staples to Southern culture when it comes to big occasions or family gatherings: collard greens (we prefer ours spiked with red pepper flakes and with a smoked turkey leg), sweet potato casserole (with the requisite mini marshmallow blanket), copious amounts of stuffing/dressing (my dad uses a recipe that’s been passed down for generations), deep fried turkey (or some other form of delectable poultry as my father does not partake of pork or red meat), and often times a candy glazed ham (to appease the rest of us with less strict dietary requirements). My contribution to this feast is dessert-pound cake!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Mama Cooks with Nielsen-Massey Vanillas

If you know me in real life, you probably know that I LOVE to cook. There is something very satisfying for me to know that I have helped meet one of the most basic needs of my loved ones AND have made it a pleasurable experience to boot. I find cooking to be relaxing and therapeutic; in fact, my hubby and kids know that when I utter the phrase "I don't feel like cooking," there MUST be something wrong with me.

As I've turned my attention to my health, fitness, and diet, I'm learning to examine my recipes more fully. I've learned to make smart replacements and incorporate new ingredients in order to expand my culinary repertoire. One of my discoveries has been Nielsen-Massey Vanillas and their line of high quality pure flavors. They are great for adding sophisticated flavor and pizzazz to any dish.

About Nielsen-Massey Vanillas
Throughout its more than 100 year history, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas has earned its reputation as a manufacturer of the finest extracts in the world. The full line of Nielsen-Massey’s Pure Vanilla products include: Vanilla Beans and Extracts from Madagascar, Tahiti and Mexico; sugar and alcohol-free Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Powder; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste; Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar and Certified Organic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and Beans.

Nielsen-Massey Vanillas also has a line of Pure Flavors: Pure Chocolate Extract, Pure Almond Extract, Pure Orange Extract, Pure Lemon Extract, Pure Coffee Extract, Pure Peppermint Extract, Orange Blossom Water and Rose Water. All Nielsen-Massey products are Allergen-Free and certified Kosher and Gluten-Free. 

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