I am so happy that there are only 9 more days left of winter, and it’s already warming up in Kansas City. In fact, it’s been in the upper 60s this whole week, and today it’s made it to 73 degrees, sunny and not a cloud in the sky. I’m even sitting outside while I’m writing this post. I’m going to take advantage of this as long as I can, because even though it’s beautiful now, Kansas City weather is so erratic and it could still snow in the beginning of April. One thing I would not wish for for is spring 2 years ago when it snowed on May 2nd. That was a total fluke, but it can happen, so I’ll enjoy today’s 73 degree weather for as long as I can! Continue reading Winter Steak Salad
Chicken drumsticks are a comfort food to me. It reminds me of my childhood because I ate them all the time. My mom usually seasoned and baked a bunch for the week, and it would be warm for dinner and cold for lunch. I was probably one of the few kids that would be sent to elementary school with a big ol’ drumstick in her lunch box. But then again I always had something different to bring with me to lunch. Continue reading Chicken Drumsticks In An Orange Ginger Balsamic Sauce
For those food photographers out there, have you ever noticed how hard it is to photograph meatballs? Like seriously… here are these tiny little balls (that’s what she said!) and you first have to try to get them to not roll around on the plate. Then, they’re this drab brown that desperately needs color to make the food look appetizing through a picture. So, as I’m learning more and more about the art of taking photos, I’m really hoping that I was able to add enough color to the pictures to make the meatballs look tasty, because OMG these were delicious! Continue reading Honey Mustard Bison Meatballs
Breakfast and brunch have always been my two favorite meals of the day. I don’t know why. I’ve always been a protein for breakfast kind of person too. And a savory protein. The idea of having only something sweet for breakfast or brunch does not appeal to me one bit. Maybe it’s because my mom wouldn’t allow me to have the sugary cereals as a kid? I don’t know. Now don’t get me wrong, I love pancakes, waffles, donuts, danishes, cereal, etc. but I usually want those items in the evening for some reason. Probably because in college my friends and I would always do the late night Denny’s run after a night of partying, because pancakes drenched at 2am is soooooooooooo good 😉 Although now that I think about it, a lot of times the after party would be at my place and I’d wind up making omelettes with hash browns and bacon for everyone. Or I would wind up taking over someone else’s kitchen and cook everyone breakfast at 2am. Oh, those were the days!
Before I began eating clean I loved to go to this one Mexican restaurant and get their enchiladas (with a margarita of course!). It was more of a Mexican fusion place that always added something extra to the traditional dish, and they added black beans and corn to their enchiladas. It was brilliant! Unfortunately, that restaurant is out of business now, but it never hurts to try to recreate something you remember! Continue reading Quinoa Beef Enchilada Casserole
We’ve really put ourselves on a food budget lately. A MAJOR food budget. I realized I had been paying close to $200/week for 2 adults. That’s ridiculously high, don’t you think? Especially since I’m in the midst of looking for a new full time job, I still have student loans, and Jeff and I are wanting to not only do some upgrades to the house, but also pay off the house, we realized that we needed to cut out some things. So, I’m on a new quest…. how can I make yummy clean meals, stick to as much organic as I can, and try not to spend more than $100 each week on food? It’s going to be tough, but I accept this challenge! Continue reading Bacon, Black Bean and Pumpkin Soup
I love egg bakes! Want to know why? Because not only are they the easiest thing to make, but I can make them on Sunday and then Jeff and I have at least 4 breakfasts a week for both of us ready to go! This way as we’re scrambling to get ready in the morning I don’t have to cook us breakfast and clean up from it! We don’t even have to use a plate because I portion it out into individual containers, so we can heat it up on our own when we’re ready to eat it. Ahhh, the easy meal. I love it! Continue reading Sausage, Peppers and Spinach Egg Bake
This yummy delicious salad is great for a pre-made lunch-to-go. I typically make these on Sundays, put in plastic containers and into the fridge, and we have lunch for 2 or 3 times that week depending on how much I make. That’s why the serving size is for one so you can multiply it by however many servings you need!
What’s great about it is that it can be served hot or cold depending on your mood, and either way it’s delicious. For this dish, you can use leftover chicken, pasta and broccoli, or make it fresh that day. This is a must-have healthy lunch! Continue reading Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
Did you know that January is National Soup Month? I didn’t either until today when I looked up wacky national holidays! I’m excited that it’s this month because I love soup! Well, I do now that I make it all the time. In fact, I used to not really like soup because I never thought it filled me up. Well, of course it didn’t! I was eating cans of Progresso and Campbells soup that would be less than 300 calories (because I thought that was healthy), and I could never understand why I would want more right afterwards. Continue reading Creamy Potato, Broccoli and Chorizo Soup