Zucchini Nachos

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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 watched these … [Read more...]