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Meals for the Week! Homemade “Hamburger Helper”, Asian Chicken Legs & Cheesy Quesadillas

Meals for the Week! Homemade “Hamburger Helper”, Asian Chicken Legs & Cheesy Quesadillas

Do you ever come home and say, “What in the heck am I going to make for dinner?” Sometimes dinnertime can be a huge hassle especially when you have no idea what to make. I always wish I had a magic wand and magically whip…

#MyPlateBirthday + Easy meals I made this week!

#MyPlateBirthday + Easy meals I made this week!

A little belated but Happy Birthday MyPlate!  The kids and I celebrated with some paper Myplate plates we picked up at the store on a whim – thanks Jenny!  Thanks to special tweets from Let’s Move blog reminding me that MyPlate is celebrating its 2nd…

Banana Bran Muffins, Green Juice ~ Race Fuel

Banana Bran Muffins, Green Juice ~ Race Fuel


Well, this weekend I did Iowa’s largest 20K and I am glad it is over!  Let’s just say I am a tad sore and I miss living in a ranch home –the stairs are killing my quads!  Anyway, it was a great day to race but I could have used more sleep to really enjoy the race.  We will see if I do another long race . . .long runs are so hard to fit into my schedule lately. . . with kids, baby, etc.  (Excuses? I know or maybe I am just getting old?) 


I did find an awesome muffin recipe that was perfect to eat as I waited to get shuttled to the dam at the crack of dawn, ugh. Coffee . . . muffin . . . I am good to go!


I found this recipe on the side panel of Hy-Vee’s Bran Flake cereal box – thank you Hy-Vee!  They were delicious and not too banana-y or bran-y, if you know what I mean. 


Check out Hy-Vee’s website for the recipe:  Banana Bran Muffins. I love that this recipe serves only 12, sometimes banana bread/muffins can get a little boring. Add some butter and you have heaven-on-earth!  Ahhh . . . Plus one muffin is only 140 calories, 4 grams fat, 2 grams fiber, 9 g sugar and 3 g protein, not too shabby!

After the kids and I picked up my race packet we headed over to the mall (not a good experience) and then to Trader Joe’s.  I only make it to TJ’s about every six months and I always find something different.  I found new juices, cowboy caviar (awesome but spicy!), spicy soy & flaxseed chips, nacho chips, chocolate covered peanut butter filled pretzels (oh my!) and more!

New green juice!  I did drink some green juice during the race, not sure if that was a good thing . . . it tasted yummy, though!


My husband was afraid to try this juice because he thought it looked like dirt.  I also bought a container of carrot + orange juice and we both agreed the green plant juice tasted better than the carrot/orange juice!  This container was only $3.79!


I want to make popsicles with this the new juices that I bought, maybe the colors will look cool when frozen, eh? 

So a fun new recipe and new products to try –a great weekend!  I ended the fabulous weekend by watching the new season of the The Next Food Network Star – one of my all-time favorite TV shows, evah!  Any other NFNS fans?  I will probably watch last night’s episode again because I like the show just that much.   I usually do not watch shows over. . .well except when I was a kid and I was obsessed with Full House.  How could you not love the Tanner family? Hot dog!


Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry

Heeey!  TGIF! Did this week seem long for some reason?  Maybe because I have been waiting for today because it is my son’s third birthday!   Gosh, he is at an adorable stage where mommy is number one and always gives me kisses when I ask. …

Sweet Potato Bacon Egg Cups–Recipe ReDux

Sweet Potato Bacon Egg Cups–Recipe ReDux

So this is my first attempt or should I say my first month of joining Recipe Redux.  I was following some other dietitian’s blogs and saw they were apart of this site and I thought, “How fun, I gotta join!”  Basically it is a site…

Girls Get-Together/Play Date: Cupcakes & Buffalo Chicken Dip

Girls Get-Together/Play Date: Cupcakes & Buffalo Chicken Dip


One thing I have realized after leaving my job is that I miss talking about food/health to others.  At my previous job I used to hold classes and make a meal for 12 to 45 people. During the class I would show them how to make each recipe, talk about products and include a bunch of nutrition tidbits while serving the class.  I was a one-woman show with my head cut off by acting as the dietitian, chef, comedian/entertainer, hostess, waitress and dish-girl.  Through all the hustle and bustle I really enjoyed teaching these classes and I think it showed!  I remember just dropping after each class and sampling the leftovers as I looked onto the giant pile of dishes, but luckily my “high” after each class got me through the dirty work.

My passion for food, well, healthy and simple food is something that I just can’t get enough of so I decided to have a play date with some friends from my daughter’s school.  With seven kids and five mothers I enjoyed every minute of entertaining (and getting to talk about nutrition, thanks friends for listening). I think I enjoyed it more than my daughter!

Here are the moms enjoying some girl time while the kids play!


Of course I wanted to make more recipes but sometimes I forget I have a baby and two busy kids plus a house to clean, haha!  But less is more, right?  I made Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes, Pumpkin Carrot Cupcakes and Buffalo Chicken Dip.


I really wanted to include some veggies in the Pumpkin Carrot Cupcakes and still make it super yummy so the kids would actually eat them!  I made them the night before and thought they were a flop but somehow they magically turned delicious overnight.  Maybe they were just too hot to taste all the flavors, eh? They are super moist!  I have left them on a plate for about 4 days and they still taste fresh and moist, seriously!  WOW! I can’t wait to share the recipe with you in an upcoming post this week!  Oh and by the way, the kids did eat them.  They did however reach for the chocolate cupcakes first and then ate the pumpkin carrot cupcakes second Smile .


From previous post, I included the Decadent Chocolate Cupcakes on the menu and every kid gobbled them up!


As for the dip I wanted to make a savory Buffalo Chicken dip but I wanted to make it super easy by throwing all ingredients in a crock-pot.  I was very brave and did not test this recipe out before well, now I say brave it was really just lack of time. Thankfully and luckily the dip turned out because I was left with just  a little bowl of leftovers, yay!  The dip was super simple with just a few ingredients: light cream cheese, Greek yogurt, shredded chicken, hot sauce, cayenne pepper, light mayonnaise and a ranch seasoning packet.


I was pretty amazed how delicious the dip tasted.  At first I just thought my friends were being nice by eating it, ha –  I will definitely be making this super easy dip very soon!

Crock-Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip


2 cups shredded chicken

8 oz light cream cheese

6 oz low fat Greek yogurt

1/4 cup light mayonnaise

1 packet ranch seasoning dip

1 tbsp hot sauce

1 to 2 tsp cayenne pepper (depending upon how hot you like it!)


Place all ingredients in a crock-pot and cook on LOW for 1 hour.


Here are some of the products I used in the dip.  The Simply Organic ranch seasoning was moderate in sodium and I was able to pronounce all the ingredients!  The Greek yogurt add a great source of protein and calcium while adding a wealth of creaminess to the dip.


Now that is my kind of recipe – super simple!  I will warn you to be very careful about the sodium content in hot/buffalo sauces.  Oh my word!  Some sauces contain half of your daily value for sodium in just one serving! I was totally shocked!   Now the serving size is two tablespoons which can be quite a bit of heat for most people.  In this recipe I added only one tablespoon of hot sauce and added some cayenne pepper to finish the kick of the dip without all the sodium.

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Moms and kids just eating away!


I enjoyed sharing the recipes with my friends plus I talked about the latest book that I am reading, “The 8-hour Diet.”  I have been doing some research on fasting and the science behind it is pretty interesting.  I will share soon!


Gotta love those little hands digging for more. . . I think each kid left with chocolate lips, so cute!


What a fun day sharing food, fun and friendship! I totally need to do this more, maybe I will make more new friends. 


Bubble Pizza–Simple, Healthy & Delicious!

Bubble Pizza–Simple, Healthy & Delicious!

A crazy name for something so simple but to me it reminds me of a dish I made when I was probably thirteen, ah yes, Bubble Pizza!  This was a recipe my sister introduced to me from an old parish cookbook.  I totally forgot about…