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...]

Butternut Squash Apple Sauce


Its still 90 degrees out.  But its after Labor Day.  When Labor day is over you're not supposed to wear white and you can start making Autumn butternut squash recipes.   I will also wait anxiously for Starbucks to start their "Pumpkin Spice Latte" season. I have a 10 month old son.  I have been making homemade baby food for him since the spring.  Making my own baby food has given me a whole new appreciation for mixing vegetable and fruit flavors.  In our house, we mix zucchini with pears, … [Read more...]

Kiwi Frozen Yogurt Sandwiches


I had two kiwi in my fridge to use up.  I thought about making a Kiwi vinaigrette.  Unfortunately, I don't have any ( non wilted)  lettuce in the house. I decided to make some dessert.  We rarely eat desserts in our house. Unless Greg can convince me to get a McFlurry with him. He tries to convince me to eat McFlurries with him more then he would admit.   I finally had to put my foot down and tell him that I will never get into the shape I want if we keep doing that. We just happened to … [Read more...]

Bell Pepper Scoop Chips


I know that on my Facebook page I  have mentioned that We LOVE The Chicago White Sox in our house.  Sometimes on game night ( game night is almost every night during the summer).  We will make a " snacky" dinner and just eat it as we watch the baseball game. My son is 8 months old, so we can get away with not eating around the table some nights.   I have a feeling next year will be different. The other night for dinner I made a few " skinny dips"   I wanted our " snacky" dinner to still be … [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...]

Star Tortilla Chips


If you read my blog, then you know that I might have gone overboard with the "Homemade tortilla chip"Last fall I made a simple " Homemade tortilla chip" recipe. Then around Valentines Day, I made Heart shaped tortilla chips.This past spring I taught my readers how to make a Tortilla cup that looks like a rose.Naturally, I decided to be redundant yet again, and made some Tortilla chip stars in honor of the 4th of July. I did switch up the recipe a little bit.  I added cinnamon and sugar to these … [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...]

Nonfat sugar- free pie cups


Yes.  This little pie cup has NO sugar.  NO fat added.  and is an AMAZING little treat!  This is literally just a few calories! I happened to have blueberries from Costco that I had to use pronto !  ( What?  we didn't eat all the blueberries from Costco?) I know right? I placed the blueberries in a saucepan and added just 1 other ingredient.  Lemon Juice. NO sugar was needed!! Blueberries have a wonderful flavor already, they DON"T need extra sugar!  and NO splenda needed either! I … [Read more...]