Natural Pregnancy Tips + A Healthy & Delicious Pumpkin Custard Recipe

What do natural pregnancy tips + this healthy and delicious pumpkin custard recipe have to do with each other? They're both featured in Dr. Sonali Ruder's fabulous new book ~ Natural Pregnancy Cookbook: Over 125 Nutritious Recipes for a Healthy Pregnancy.If you haven't met, I'm delighted to introduce you to Dr. Sonali Ruder, aka The Foodie Physician. … [Read more...]

Low Carb No-Bake Nutty Caramel Energy Bites

Utterly decadent, with a healthy twist, you'll fall head over heels in love with these easy, low carb No-Bake Nutty Caramel Energy Bites! I made you a present! Today's SUPER EASY recipe ~ Low Carb No-Bake Nutty Caramel Energy Bites ~ is brought to you courtesy of The Recipe ReDux and #NationalNutDay... We had to take advantage of the fact that National Nut Day (October 22nd) falls on one of our ReDux monthly theme post days – so we can all go nuts! Share a healthy nut-filled recipe: Think whole nuts, chopped nuts, ground nuts, nut … [Read more...]

Smoky & Sweet Turkey Chili + A Maple Cookbook Giveaway

Easy to make, this maple-spiked Smoky and Sweet Turkey Chili from Maple, by Katie Webster, is a healthy and delicious addition to your chili recipe collection! You're going to think I've gone mad, when I tell you that I devoured this sweet and savory Smokey & Sweet Turkey Chili for breakfast this morning. I mean, really, who eats chili for breakfast? Cookies for breakfast? Yes. Cake for breakfast? Yes. Pudding for breakfast? Yes. Pie for breakfast? Yes. But chili for breakfast?? Yes!!! … [Read more...]

Cake for Breakfast! Chai Spiced Gluten-Free Apple Pie Mug Cake

Oh, yes, you CAN eat cake for breakfast, especially when it's this healthy, Chai Spiced Gluten-Free Apple Pie Mug Cake! Last week I baked you muffins. Chai Spiced Gluten-Free Apple Pie Muffins to be exact. But they didn't turn out that great. Not that they were horrible or anything. They were just kind of...well... Blah. And when you're eating chai spiced apple pie ANYTHING, healthy or not, it should be absolutely, positively, 100 % delicious. Don't you think?! … [Read more...]

BLT & Avocado Quinoa Salad with Maple Vinaigrette + 5 Quick & Easy Family Dinner Favorites

Are you ready to simplify your family dinner routine? This yummy BLT and Avocado Quinoa Salad with Maple Vinaigrette + 5 more QUICK & EASY family dinner favorites, may be just what you're looking for! After a summer of sleeping in, hanging out with friends and neighbors and playing in the streets until dark, followed by relaxed, late night suppers, your family, like mine, is probably ready to get back to a dinner routine. And, with research continuing to support the importance of regular family dinners {healthier foods eaten, less … [Read more...]

Greek Salad Bowl with Avocado Tzatziki + California Avocados 101

Can you think of anything better than taking a trip to a California avocado farm, spending a weekend learning all about California avocados, stuffing yourself to the brim with their creamy, dreamy, luscious green fruit, then coming home to eat more avocados {that you picked yourself!} in a scrumptious Greek Salad Bowl with Avocado Tzatziki? I think not! … [Read more...]

Easy Weeknight Chili + 5 Reasons to Eat A Bowl Today

Healthy and hearty, this homemade, easy weeknight chili w/ pinto beans, black beans, and {optional} sweet Italian sausage, makes for a perfect family meal! Try it out along with 19 more healthy chili recipes for everyone to enjoy! {vegan, vegetarian, & paleo options} As much as I like chili for it's own sake, sometimes I think a big 'ol bowl of piping hot chili is just an excuse to pile on all the delicious toppings. Hello cheese! Hello onions! Hello avocado! {So sorry I forgot to add you to my last bowl above!} What else would you … [Read more...]

Silvana’s Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Kitchen Cookbook Giveaway + a Recipe for Sticky Sesame Salmon with Orange Sauce

  Update: The giveaway to win a copy of Silvana's Gluten-Free And Dairy-Free Kitchen is over, but be sure and try the recipe for Sticky Sesame Salmon and Orange Sauce. It is super easy to make, absolutely delicious, and family friendly too! I'm absolutely delighted to tell you about a new cookbook, Silvana's Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Kitchen: Timeless Favorites Transformed, along with a giveaway opportunity to win your own copy of the book! Plus, as a delicious bonus I'm sharing Silvana's "go-to" recipe for Sticky Sesame Salmon with … [Read more...]

Recipe ReDux Mediterranean Feta & Quinoa Egg Muffins

The flavors of the Mediterranean pair together deliciously in these nutrient and protein packed Feta and Quinoa Egg Muffins. End-of-summer news flash!!! My {almost } 13 year old daughter, Miss SiSi, decided to become a {lacto ovo} vegetarian2 weeks ago. … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Sweetpotato Cookies {White Chocolate Chips Optional}

Let me say, just for the record, that after much recipe testing and cookie tasting, I don't want to see, eat, or smell another one of these Peanut Butter Sweetpotato Teff Cookies with White Chocolate Chips {gluten-free, vegan without white chocolate chips, and FODMAP friendly}... At least until tomorrow! Fortunately, I am pretty spot on when it comes to my recipe experiments. and get them right the first time around. But not this time. As good so-so as the first batch was, I wanted perfection. Perfection, along with some white … [Read more...]

Smart Snacking Part 1: 20 After School Snacks Your Kids Will Love!

PBJ Smoothie plus 19 more super smart after school snacks your kids will love... If you're a parent, you probably all too familiar with your normally angelic sweet usually nice kid coming home from a long day at school, and doing one of the following... Stare at you blankly, with a deer in the headlights look, when you ask them what they did at school, then mumble something to the effect of "I dunno..." Burst out in to tears when you ask them how their day went, then proceed to tell you how "today was my worst day ever." Pass out … [Read more...]

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

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?}

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!

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!

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...]