Archive for September, 2015

Slow Cooker Meatballs & Spaghetti Squash

29 September, 2015

Every kitchen needs some workhorse recipes.


This Slow Cooker Meatballs and Sauce recipe is mine.

It takes 15 minutes to throw it into the crock pot and we can eat forever. If you are in a hurry, you can just throw jarred sauce into the crock pot, then add the meatballs (this kind is my favorite spaghetti sauce of all time but any sauce will do since it is slow cooking with other flavors and meatballs.) Either way, I love how tender they end up, just like a real Italian restaurant or deli. And you notice there are no breadcrumbs in this recipe, making it totally low …

The Septembers

26 September, 2015

When I brought one of my kids in for a check up earlier this month, our pediatrician joked that his wife wanted to quit her job as an attorney because back to school was that hard.

And when I went to Open House, while my oldest was at football and my husband was traveling, I raced from first to second to third grade to answer the sweet letters my kids wrote to me at record speed. I sat in their little desks and listened to their teachers give presentations (I only partially heard these because I haven’t yet figured out how to be two places at once. And God bless the babysitting in the gym.) Then I herded cats back to the car to race to pick up my son, and of course I was a few minutes late. He was being eaten alive by mosquitos.

Almost everyone I have talked to barely sees …

Stuffed Acorn Squash

23 September, 2015

The Fall

The abundant, redundant season.
Ushering in the winter, like an appetizer before the big meal.
Just a taste of what is to come.
Beautiful and temporary.

(excerpted from a poem by Marla Wardell)

Even though I loved this summer more then any I can remember, I am a fall girl.  You probably already sniffed autumn on the edge of a cool breeze lately, and know what I mean. The smell of possibility. Of bountiful new beginnings. Of change. And for some reason, a big dash of hope and joy is mixed in there too. Love it.

So …

Delicious Chicken Taco Bowls with Lime and Cilantro

16 September, 2015

Do you love Chipotle as much as I do? 

Then you will love this chicken taco bowl with whole grain rice with lime and cilantro (which is exactly what makes Chipotle rice so good).

This week I’ve had four freelance writing deadlines I’ve been working on (3 down, 1 to go!). So multi-tasking takes on a whole new level. And you know who that means has to cook dinner.

The crock pot.

And the rice maker too.

And did I mention you start by throwing your frozen chicken breasts in? Let’s just say I made double for some nachos later this week.

I …

Healthy Banana Oat Muffins

13 September, 2015


I am always looking for recipes that can replace the mountains of snack bars that my kids can eat.

When I found this recipe for Healthy Banana Oat Muffins in Katie Lee’s new cookbook, Endless Summer I couldn’t believe the ingredient list! Greek yogurt? Coconut oil? So I made a double batch and guess what?
We all loved them.

Seriously, they’re the perfect fuel for rushed mornings. I ate one before I ran a 5k and felt amazing.

But what I really love about them is they are the perfect canvas for all different ingredients. As I was eating them, I …

BLT Pasta

9 September, 2015

Don’t you love how kids negotiate?

They are like master lawyers and politicians combined. They’re ready for the Supreme Court by the time they hit 2nd grade.

I firmly subscribe to the advice I got from my first pediatrician – your job is to put healthy food in front of them, their job is to eat it. Anything else is a power struggle. There are so many times I am inching towards a power struggle, and as soon as I start to notice it, I just remind myself of this idea. I do hold out that you have to eat your veggies to get a small …

Mini Turkey Meatloaves with Honey Mustard Sauce and Roasted Potatoes

1 September, 2015

So can I get an Hallelujah? And an Amen?

The kids are back in school.

But I still love them.

That’s why I make a traditional back to school dinner that is a favorite for everyone.  This year’s version was my easiest and healthiest yet so I am passing it on to all of you wonderful people. All my nurturing mommy neuroses come out at the start of school, and I have about a month’s worth of healthy breakfast, lunches, dinners and snacks in my kitchen. Of course this will last about a month until I declare I am burnt out until Christmas break. Jk. …