Baked Potato Bar


Presenting a fun spread for a get together does not have to be difficult.  I made this DIY Baked Potato bar a few Fridays ago because I had a three other mom's coming over for a play date.  The best thing about this Baked Potato Bar is that I already had most of the ingredients AND all I had to do was throw some baked potatoes into the oven about an hour before the play date was supposed to start! Who doesn't like a baked potato? I wrapped each potato in foil and popped them in the … [Read more...]

Zucchini Nachos


 A sarcastic comment made by my brother Brad a few weeks ago inspired this idea.  My mom and I were sitting around discussing new recipe ideas like taco sushi, when Brad piped in and said" Geeze Kristen, why don't you just transform every food item into everything its not"Well, I guess that's what I do.  Turning a vegetable that pares traditionally with Mediterranean flavors with Taco flavors. Transforming a healthy vegetable into a chip.  Sounds like fun!   The best thing about eating … [Read more...]

Mom’s Mushroom Risotto.


My husband has been in the Netherlands for work this past week for work.  I packed up my son and drove from my home in Iowa to the Chicago area to spend some time with my parents, brothers, , niece and nephews, friends and my new almost sister in law!!I always have a great time when spending time in the Chicago area.  Starbucks,  the restaurants and Shopping! Oh the Shopping!  Oh the traffic.  The traffic!!  Then I remember, that I don't shop much and I am happy as can be living in Iowa where I … [Read more...]

Cucumber Subs


I am always looking to switch up lunch. Its fun to think of ways to " Think outside the sandwich bread". Sandwich bread is often 90 calories a slice, and full of carbs. We can do better than that, can't we? I decided to try this cucumber sub. I honestly didn't know how it would turn out. If you're interested in more low carb lunch ideas. Check out my post 12 NON Bread lunch ideas. Another great recipe is my Tuna Melt on an Apple Slice. This cucumber sub isn't the most perfect situation … [Read more...]