RECIPIES My Favorite Things – Stuffed Mushrooms December 17, 2018

Hey, something without sugar!  These stuffed mushrooms are perfect for a holiday party, or any party really.  They whip up together easily and make a good sized batch in one round.  They remind me of a potato skin, but with a really smooth and creamy consistency.  My little elf wouldn’t stop eating them once she...

PALEO, RECIPIES, WHOLE30 Papaya Boat December 16, 2018

If you’re not someone who gets excited about breakfast, this may be something to try.  It comes together quickly and tastes delicious.  It’s light and won’t leave you feeling full and heavy.  Papayas are full of antioxidants and can help to fight inflammation.    This recipe can be Whole30 (below), or can be modified to...

RECIPIES My Favorite Things – Chewiest M&M Cookies December 15, 2018

My husband claims these cookies are good enough to buy from a restaurant or store.  And while he may be slightly biased, I have to admit, they’re pretty good.  There’s a nice crunch on the outside, but a really great chewiness on the inside of the cookie. I made mine larger than the recipe calls...

RECIPIES Salty Chihuahua December 14, 2018

I found this recipe a few years ago on the Eating Well website, and it’s one of my favorites.  I’m not a drinker, really, but a grapefruit and vodka (Absolut Ruby Red is my most favorite) on special occasions really hits the spot.  It’s really refreshing and not heavy with alcohol “flavor”.  When I found...

ABOUT, RECIPIES My Favorite Things – Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Meringues December 12, 2018

If you’re really looking for something festive, these meringues are the perfect Christmastime dessert.  They’re inexpensive to make and you can make many in one batch.  If you’ve never had a meringue, they’re light and airy, but the chocolate and peppermint really give them a holiday flare.  They look fancier than they are to make!...

RECIPIES My Favorite Things – Lemon Bars December 10, 2018

I love lemon.  Anything lemon flavored is going to make my list of favorite things for sure, but these are AMAZING.  For anyone who may not enjoy even the smidge of tartness, I’d take a pass on these.  They are creamy and tart with lemon flavor, but nice and sweet from the powdered sugar and...

PALEO, RECIPIES, WHOLE30 Tomato and Cucumber Salad December 9, 2018

I’ve been really digging tomato and cucumber salad lately.  I’ve been having it as a snack in the mornings, or if I have it after the gym I’ll throw a half an avocado for extra calories.  I use Primal Kitchen’s Italian Dressing, which keeps it clean for a Whole30, but the base of the dressing...

PALEO, RECIPIES My Favorite Things – Paleo Chocolate Brownies December 8, 2018

The next favorite thing is also decadent and delicious, and yet again so simple.  These are the chewiest brownies I’ve ever had, and there’s way less guilt around eating them.  I use mine as brownie bites, but you can leave them larger if you don’t need mini versions.  I used 1/2 semi-sweet and 1/2 bitter...

PALEO, RECIPIES My Favorite Things – Dark Chocolate Pudding December 6, 2018

My first favorite thing is decadent and delicious, yet so simple, you can make it for a small dinner party, or as dessert bites for a larger gathering.  It’s also “versatile”, which means you can make it as dark or as sweet as you prefer.  The ingredients come together quickly, and the hardest part is...

PALEO, RECIPIES, WHOLE30 The Most Comforting Veggie Soup December 2, 2018

These winter months can be really stressful.  Cold, rain, sleet, snow, no sunshine, hip hip hooray!  During these long days, I just want to cuddle up and have a nice warm bowl of soup.  Unfortunately, my favorites aren’t always the quickest to make (think boiled chicken), and with all the added sugar in canned soup,...