Crispy Golden Shredded Hash Browns

Go to breakfast in any American diner, Coney Island or restaurant and you will most likely be served a side of golden, crispy, delicious hash browns. There is some debate as to whether hash browns should be cubed like in this recipe or shredded.  Well, I like them both ways to be honest.  I like […]

How to Make Homemade Refried Beans

I have never been a huge fan of refried beans..  Maybe because I didn’t really know what they were.  Growing up German my mom didn’t cook a whole lot of Mexican foods and the thought of ‘re-frying’ beans was confusing to me because they were never fried in the first place! Then, what really sealed […]

Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

This is one of my favorite smoothies.  Chocolate, peanut butter and bananas are a perfect trio of flavors!  It’s super easy to make and we all usually have these simple ingredients on hand. If you’ve searched up any of our other smoothie recipes like The Healthy Blueberry Blast one, you’ll know that we are BIG on […]

Roasted Tomatoes and Asparagus with Parmesan Cheese and Almonds

Yum It’s Spring.  It’s Easter and it’s also Asparagus season! This is a very simple side dish to make.  The flavors are simple and light.  You’ve got your asparagus, some grape or cherry tomatoes (halved) and slivered pine nuts. You throw it in a preheated oven and let it roast for 8-10 minutes while you could […]

Roasted Red Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese

Don’t you just love those little red potatoes you get at a wedding?  ME TOO!  And they NEVER serve enough, do they? Well this recipe is nothing like that.  I just thought I’d ask if you loved them as much as I do. I’m just kidding, because I actually like these oven roasted red potatoes […]

Homemade Organic Strawberry & Banana Sorbet

What do you do when life gives you too much fruit?  Make sorbet of course! While everyone has lightened up their summer menu by substituting the heavy whole wheat pastas and cream sauces with grilled chicken and salads of all sorts, healthy and low calorie desserts are harder to come by.   So I thought I’d […]

World’s Perfectly Cooked Brown Rice (Every time!)

I know this recipe won’t make the Top 10 list anytime soon.  It is brown rice after all. I get that. But if you’ve discovered that making brown rice is a little different than white rice, then you’re not alone. Brown rice, unlike white rice, has a high-fiber bran coating. It’s this extra coating that makes […]

Cashew Almond Bars

While I love the ease and convenience of store bought Lara bars, I also like to experiment at home.  I think I’ve made almost every imaginable variation of Lara bars with Dates. These bars do not have dates. And even better, they have coconut which happens to be one my Top 5 favorite foods ever! These […]

Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip

Yum Do your kids love to dip as much as mine do??   I swear it’s in their DNA to dip. Unfortunately not all dips are created equal though.  Lots of the prepackaged ones are loaded with sodium, sugar, calories and the unmentionables.  But if done right, and made at home, dips are a great way […]

Not Your Mama’s Greenbeans

There has NEVER been a time in all my years of cooking that I made something and then ate the ENTIRE thing myself. Until now …. I was eating these wonderful beans as I was posting about them!  And with each and every word I typed I kept eating …. and eating ….. and eating…. […]

Crispy Fried Onions (like the can)

I’m pretty sure there’s no better food on the planet than crispy fried onions.   I could seriously eat the entire thing by myself. But I shouldn’t … and I couldn’t … or could I? I know they don’t look like it, but their crispy, light texture is to die for.  They are oh so oniony […]

Butter & Honey Glazed Carrots

Oh me ~ Oh my!!  These carrots simply put are … wonderful! They take practically no time or effort to make, yet are the perfect side dish for your everyday meals or elegant enough for company.  They even deserve a spot on the table at your next Thanksgiving dinner. I’m not joking when I say I make an […]

Mocha Coffee Frappe

One  the best tricks I’ve learned so far (while adopting our new real foods lifestyle) is freezing bananas. I NEVER throw away bananas anymore … as a matter of fact when I don’t have any frozen bananas on hand I buy the old ones at the supermarket that are already turning brown and chop them […]

Blackened Chicken

 Yum Blackened chicken is NOT the result of burning your chicken … or cooking it too long…. or from it sticking to the pan. The ‘blackened’ part of the chicken is the result of a medley of spices, usually Cajun, that when put to high heat, gives the chicken an outer char. A nice blend of paprika […]

Easy Basil Pesto

Yum To say I have an abundance of fresh basil in my garden would be an understatement, so I decided to do something with it before I lost it all to the frost coming soon. Making your own fresh basil pesto takes all of about 1 1/2 minutes. Seriously, there is nothing quite like the […]

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