Poached Pear stuffed Pork Loin


It's fall people.  Crunchy leaves, pumpkin lattes, apple pie.   And all the food bloggers are all like " what do you prefer?  Pumpkin or Apple?  "Apple or Pumpkin?" Companies come up with pumpkin and apple Everything like nothing else fall even exists!    They don't mention squash, parsnips, dates, sweet potatoes or PEARS!  Oh my goodness!  I love pears! Forget pumpkin.  Fall is Pear season!  USA pears have 10 types of pears that are being harvested now!  They're so good!  I chose to use a … [Read more...]

Traveling to Disney with small children


A few weeks ago, I traveled all the way to Disney World with my husband and two sons. ( ages Almost 3 and 9 months)  When I told people that we were planning this trip, the most frequent response was "You're Crazy"  And I will admit, I never thought that I would take children, this young, to Disney.   ( My husband travels often for his job, so we found ourselves with free flights and hotels with his points...We thought.  Why not?) And I will say, this trip was a challenge.  But, it was also a … [Read more...]

Acorn Squash Shepherds Pie


Twice baked Acorn Squash Shepherd's Pie is a great new light twist on a classic comfort food.   Not only are these adorable to serve at any meal, but acorn squash has much fewer calories than potatoes, even sweet potatoes.  I am a little surprised that the members of my family haven't turned orange.   We have been getting our fix of beta carotene lately.  Lots of baked sweet potatoes, and a TON of Acorn Squash.  Acorn Squash has been on sale for .99 in my town for about a month now!  I can't … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Flourless Cookies


  OMG you guys, you have to try these.  They are so good!   In August, I posted an original recipe, Flourless Sweet Potato Brownies, and they instantly became popular on the web.  Yesterday, I had some leftover Baked Sweet Potatoes in the fridge, so I broke them out and decided to try a flourless sweet potato cookie.   I also added dark chocolate pieces and chopped almonds.   I really think that adding the chopped almonds was the secret to making these so good.   Adding Crunchy … [Read more...]

Busy Nights made easier with Plated


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Maple-Mustard Almond Crusted Chicken


So I am finally back in the Swing of things after Two weeks of kind of being on a hiatus! Week 1- went to Disney with my family. Week-2 unpacked, put the house back together and took care of sick children.  There just isn't time for blogging when little ones need to be held all day. The weather was also dreary, which makes picture-taking more difficult.  Winter is coming.  I am going to have to do all my picture-taking during the day.  If you blog, you understand. :) Ok Rant … [Read more...]

15 Healthy Fall Snacks and a Cash Giveaway!


I just got back from Florida and I had lots of crunchy leaves in my yard!  ( Built in kid activity! )   Anyway, I had a great time in Florida, but I am ready for the prettiest time of year here in the Midwest,  FALL! I am going to keep this post short, as I am doing this giveaway with a group of other bloggers, and I am a little late getting this up.  ( due to having flights cancelled. etc.) Here are 15 Healthy Fall Snacks!  for you to enjoy! I love some of these more than others, but … [Read more...]

Flourless Mini Apple Pies


So, I am kind of on a Flourless baking kick lately.  Why? 1) Flourless recipes often call for ingredients one wouldn't usually use in baking, I think it's totally fun to try them out.  ( dates, sweet potatoes, peanut butter) 2) I seem to always mess up my baking soda/ baking powder ratio.  Seriously, I don't know why I can't ever get it right!  and with flourless baking, you don't need to worry about that! So here are my flourless apple pie bites.  Baked apples?  I might like them even … [Read more...]



A few months ago, I shared with you how I made Zoodles.  ( Zucchini Noodles.)  And ever since I have been thinking about possibly making noodles out of other vegetables as well.  I thought about carrots, or sweet potatoes.  But I REALLY wanted to make butternut squash noodles.  I really love butternut squash! So one day, when I was about to roast a butternut squash in the oven ( for baby food)  I used my trusty vegetable peeler, and peeled some "Boodles"out of my squash.  I prepared them … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Breakfast Cookies


A few weeks ago, I shared with you how I served my toddler Healthy Ice Cream for breakfast.   Well, this weekend he got cookies for breakfast.   You should have seen how excited he got when my husband warmed up these healthy cookies and served them for breakfast.  These cookies are filled with Healthy ingredients, and contain NO SUGAR!  These cookies are sweetened with dates and apples.  Dates taste exactly like caramel, they make a wonderful sweetening agent for these cookies.    I … [Read more...]