Crunchy Salad with Quinoa Pilaf & Citrus Vinaigrette: Product Review

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So as you all know, I’m a mommy, I’m busy with family and friends, I work full-time, and now with a little one on the way, what little time I have left to myself HAS to be spent in an organized manner.  Drew travels, so a morning routine is essential to get out the door [...]


Roasted Acorn Squash Soup

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So, I mentioned that I have been hooked on soups lately.  At first I thought it was from being sick and then from the cold weather, but now that I have yet another soup post after this one, that technically qualifies this as a “soup series”, I think it must be an official craving.  Come [...]


Mustard and Herb-Crusted Trout

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It’s a New Year, which means it’s time for some new healthy recipes from my favorite private chef, Aly!    The best way to assure our success in keeping our resolutions is to plan our meals ahead with good, healthy choices that don’t leave us a slave to the stove. This way we won’t be [...]


Healthy Lobster Bisque

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So here we are……another year, another chance to get our life on track with a fresh new start whatever that “new start” might be.  Well, while most people resolve to their usual healthy promise to get their weight in check, work out more, get back into those pre-baby skinny pants, my resolution is a little [...]


Mexican Chicken and Vegetable Soup

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With an ice storm ahead of us here in Middle Tennessee, Aly from Backyard to Ballroom couldn’t have picked a better dish to be stuck at home eating!! Serve us up some soup, Aly!!! This time of year, we’ve got to do anything we can to stay healthy and on track. I find one of [...]


Baked Seasoned Red Snapper with Greek Orzo

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While we are busy planning our Thanksgiving feasts for later this week, I wanted to share a meal that will definitely get us back on track after our massive indulgences.  We have spent the last few Sunday nights trying out new fresh fish dishes.  After a tasty family breakfast at our favorite spot (to eat [...]


Creamy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

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In the words of Jerry Seinfeld, the only thing on anyone’s brain yesterday was “Get candy, get candy, get candy, get candy”.  However, today the day after Halloween, the only thing on my brain is “how could I have possibly consumed that much candy?!” Furthermore, how the heck am I going to undo the caloric [...]


Roasted Sweet Pepper Hummus

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So my run with garbanzo beans has been a pretty short one until now.  Thanks to Pinterest, I tried roasting them for a, what did they say? “gluten-free, low-fat, tasty, crunchy snack”……well, Pinterest fail because my attempt was a complete flop and was neither tasty nor crunchy! Anyway, sometimes you win in the kitchen and sometimes [...]


Healthy Butternut Squash Soup

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You wouldn’t know by the thermometer today that we are 2 weeks into Fall.  I have to say that it really makes me bonkers that our weather in Tennessee will swing a full 30-40 degrees in one day, but what especially drives me bonkers is that it is almost 90 degrees today!!  Oh, well, what [...]


Tomato Jam Glazed Grilled Pork Chops

Tomato jam glazed grilled pork chops

As I sit here writing this pork chop post, my boys are in the other room playing with Evil Dr. Pork Chop and gang and it’s got me thinking that there is definitely a correlation between the fictional flying pig and this tasty dish.  While on one hand this pork chop is certainly not evil [...]