Weekly Meal Plan & My Happy Things:Fun with Friends in San Francisco

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Chinatown, San Francisco: The difference between boys and girls??  SiSi bought a pretty "cat" tile and a bracelet in Chinatown.  Big Tex bought a sword.  As in a REAL sword.  Naturally we had to ship it home, as I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have gotten past TSA. Hello There! How's everyone's summer going so far?? I just returned from a mini vacation to San Francisco where my family and I had the most wonderful time visiting old {Gold} friends and meeting new {Silver} ones. Today's post will be quick as I have heaps of post-vacation laundry to … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan and a Few of my Happy Things {Orange Pedicure Anyone?}

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Happy Thing #1: Shiny orange tootsies!Happy Thing #2: Having fun with Instagram.   Happy Thing #3: Spending time with my family at Disneyland and California Adventures, and conquering my fear of the Tower of Terror {SiSi was kind and held my hand :-)} P.S. The World of Color Show at California Adventure is spectacular-highly recommend! Happy Thing #4: Convincing my family and friends that kale is not only super healthy, but DELICIOUS as well.  I served my Kale Caesar Salad at a dinner party last night, and there was not a speck left on … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan and Photo Fun: Sweet Potato Skins and Cowgirl Time!

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How was everyone's Mother's Day Weekend??? Mine was a blast {except for the lack of sleep that comes with spending the night in a cabin with 11 giggly 9-11 year old girls.  But that's to be expected, right???} Our "digs" for the weekend... I spent the weekend roughing it at Rawhide Ranch with 15 amazing young ladies/women from my daughter's Girl Scout troop, a barnyard full of horses, several pens full of chickens/sheep/goats {you can read more here about my love of goats :-)}, and 1 sweet cow named Pablo. I also rode bareback on a … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan and Photo Fun: Springtime Asparagus Quiche & a Sneak Peek at NZ!

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Phone booth in gorgeous Arrowtown, New Zealand Kia ora. I am happy to be back home after a fabulous 2 weeks in New Zealand! I have a fun post planned in the next few days to share my photos and travel adventures with you, but, a girl's gotta eat {maybe a little less than usual this week after eating my way through New Zealand :-)}, so here's my weekly menu plan, plus a couple of sneak peek photos. Cheers! Spicy RD Weekly Menu Plan April 16-22 DAY ONE Springtime Asparagus Quiche Roasted cherry tomatoes. {Slice cherry tomatoes … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan, Photo Fun, and Other Good Stuff!

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{My lavender photo is linked up to Sweet Shot Tuesday's at My Three Boybarians} Hmm...not sure that's a catchy enough title... "Other Good Stuff" is rather vague don't you think??? In case you're wondering, the "other good stuff" refers to a blog post I just wrote for Stuffed-Pepper on the importance of eating a good breakfast, and an audio interview I recently did on nutrition and healthy skin for be for living. I'll point you over to both sites shortly, but first, my weekly menu plan... Spicy RD Weekly Dinner Menu March 26-April … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan and Photo Fun: BLT Quinoa Salad and Memories of Spain!

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A tree lined street in Madrid, Spain So, what did everyone do for St Patrick's Day?? We had a rare "quiet" Saturday here since SiSi and Big Tex's baseball and softball games were cancelled due to the stormy weekend in San Diego. I made waffles in the morning, then we ended up running some errands as a family, to buy SiSi some new purple Vans {the soles were coming off her old ones}, search for a new point-and-shoot digital camera for our up coming family vacation {sadly my old Panasonic died on me}, and stock up on some Ayala's Herbal … [Read more...]

Kitchen Homework, Quinoa Casserole, and My Weekly Menu Plan

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This recipe comes to you courtesy of Lauren Slayton of Foodtrainers. You see, last month, Lauren assigned her readers a little kitchen homework which you can read about here. And, because I have so much time on my hands a strange desire to do homework, I diligently entered this on to my "To Do" list, in order to hold myself accountable. Accountability is a good thing :-) Actually there were two assignments: Use a neglected orphaned kitchen appliance. Cook 1-2 recipes from a cookbook you haven't used or haven't used in a … [Read more...]

Weekly Menu Plan and Photo Fun: Coconut Soup, Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Chip Pie, and More!

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You might be wondering what this flower photo has to do with my weekly menu plan... Nothing, really :-) I just thought it would be fun to start a new "regular" post sharing two of my favorite things... Eating and photography. Inspired by my lovely and talented friend Regan at The Professional Palate {FYI-Her amazing coconut coup is on my menu this week!}, and my ever growing obsession with all things Pinterest, I decided to create a board with my weekly menu ideas in an effort to add some sanity back to my own crazy, busy life, as … [Read more...]

Kids in the Kitchen: Back to School Breakfast and Lunch Favorites!

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Loads of healthy and delicious back-to-school breakfast and lunch ideas your kids will love! Many, many years ago when I was a little girl... Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban, was a favorite book of mine. If you're unfamiliar with the story, Frances is a bear who wants to eat nothing other than bread and jam for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Meanwhile, her friend Albert brings fancy lunches to school everyday that would make any hungry little bear want to eat more than bread and jam. His mother even packs him a linen napkin … [Read more...]

Kids in the Kitchen: Macaroni and Cheese and a Sweet Surprise…

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Today's post will be less talk, more food, because the Kids in the Kitchen Chefs, my husband, and myself are heading out of town today for a Spring Break Ski Trip. We're headed up north to our favorite family ski area, Mammoth Mountain.. You'll note the picture of me above from our last trip to Mammoth.   I'm quite the ski jumper, no?  :-) But, before we head out of town, I want to give you a little dinner and dessert inspiration for the weekend... The first recipe is for macaroni and cheese that was {very slightly} adapted from The … [Read more...]

Chicken and Bean Sopes…little discs of heaven!

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Chicken & Bean Sopes Hello!  Hope everyone's having a wonderful week! Today's post is a guest post for "Do-It-Yourself Sopes" over at Bob's Red Mill. I hope you'll head on over there for my "kid friendly, gluten-free, casein free" recipe for these little discs of heaven! Click here to head on over... As always, I'd love to hear your comments, either here or over at Bob's Red Mill. Enjoy! Have you ever eaten sopes before?  What toppings would YOU put on your sopes? I would LOVE to hear from you!  Please … [Read more...]

Kids in the Kitchen…Quesadillas with Homemade Pineapple Salsa.

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So how's everyone doing getting lots of color on your plate this month? As I promised in my first "Eating a Rainbow" post, here's a little bit more info on what all those gorgeous colors are providing in your diet... Carotenoids are natural plant pigments found in red, orange, yellow, and green foods.  Beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and zeaxanthin are just some of the carotenoids.  These are found in a wide range of fruits and veggies including tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, sweet potatoes, carrots {Yes, … [Read more...]

Kids in the Kitchen: Quick and Easy Chicken and Veggie Stir Fried Rice.

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This is the kind of recipe you need to make when you have "one of those" days... or, in my case, "one of those" weeks... Here are just a FEW highlights from our past week... Softball AND baseball season have begun for SiSi and Big Tex.  All you parents with kids in sports...I know you know what this means.... Computer trouble!!! {Any other Mac owners have Helvetica font problems???}.  I owe a HUGE thanks to my dad and to the UTC Apple store Genius Bar for helping me get it fixed! Unexpected trip Friday night/early Saturday morning … [Read more...]

Kids in the Kitchen: Pancakes for dinner? But, of course!

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Welcome to the first installment of Kids in the Kitchen (KITK). Inspired by the last 3 weeks of cooking with my children, I have decided to start a regular post featuring meals planned, prepared, served and, (hopefully!), eaten by my 2 budding sous chefs, who will from here on out be referred to as SiSi and Big Tex. As a mom and a dietitian, I think one of the best ways we can help our children become lifelong healthy eaters, is to teach them to cook.  And, I am also a firm believer in teaching our children what constitutes a healthy … [Read more...]