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 experimenting with new low carb recipes.  Please "like" Make the best of everything on Facebookfor new low carb updates!! Here is another installment in my " eating lighter" campaign.  And I should just state that I am NOT anti bread!  I LOVE bread!  I am just trying to be pro vegetable!Do you peel your cucumbers?  I sometimes do.  If the skin tastes bitter I will defiantly peel it.  If the cucumber is organic, I will always leave it on.  There is so much nutrients in the skin, … [Read more...]

Zucchini pizza cups


These are Zucchini pizza cups.  These cute little cups might just be the same thing that I always make for dinner, but transformed into a new shape.  If you are a reader of this blog, then you know I LOVE zucchini. Just in a last month or so I have also made Zucchini Pizza  and Zucchini egg roll wrapper calzones. When this idea popped into my head, I couldn't resist. How to make Zucchini Pizza cups1) Cut zucchini into 2 inch segments. 2) use a melon baller to scoop out each zucchini piece, … [Read more...]

Salsa Shrimp Salad


If you read my blog regularly, you know that I have been trying to eat healthier.  I have been attempting new recipes and trying to eat more vegetables.  I think I might try posting more of these recipes I am attempting. ( well I guess it depends on how they turn out. sometimes my lack of following directions can come back to haunt my dinner plans!) Last week I made " Salsa shrimp salad".  " Salsa shrimp salad was so full of flavor, that you Don't need any salad dressing with it!I got the idea … [Read more...]

Summer zucchini pizza


Summer zucchini pizzaThere is no flavor combination quite as amazing as caramelized onions and zucchini.  I feel like I am always putting these two vegetables together, but in different ways, all the time. And its no lie, that when I do my Sunday grocery shopping, that I will often purchase 6 or maybe 8 zucchinis for the week.Now that I live in Iowa, I go to farmers markets often, the zucchini has been plentiful this year. Its funny that I have never posted this before, because its one of my Go … [Read more...]

Egg Roll Wrapper Calzones


Lately I have been trying to make recipes healthier so I can loose my baby weight  get in shape for summer!I was watching The Hungry Girl, a show on the Food Network where the host made apple pies using egg roll wrappers instead of using pie crust!  What a great way to have a tasty treat while saving a bunch of calories!An Egg roll wrapper is about 80 calories. I decided to dig a little deeper into this Egg roll wrapper concept.  I made calzones with the egg roll wrappers.  I LOVE … [Read more...]

Heart shaped potato skins!


Now presenting another heart shaped treat from my kitchen! Also, I won't be offended if you all think I have completely gone off the deep end!My husband was surprised last night when he came home to find yet another heart shaped meal in January!And I know I said " healthy" Valentines day treats for my Valentines day food extravaganza. But I served these with a very colorful salad. These actually turned out much nicer than I thought they would. I cut a potato into slices. ( Two of these slices … [Read more...]

Valentine Pasta Dinner


Hello. Welcome to Valentines day season 2012!  I have only been blogging for about a year now, and I have decided that Valentines day is by far my favorite time of the blogging year! Its all about the love people!This is the first post for 2012's " Valentines day food extravaganza!" I have been brainstorming Valentines day food for some time! If you have any fun Valentines day food that you would like me to share with my followers and Facebook followers, please e-mail … [Read more...]