Quick Valentine’s Day Dinner Pizza Recipe

Valentine's Day is fast approaching!This year Valentine's Day is on a weekday.How about making a heartfelt, homemade dinner that is also quick to make?!?Pizza is the answer.Making a batch of dough isn't hard at all, either. It just requires some waiting time while it rises. If you don't have time for that, you can always buy pre-made dough!Easy-peasy!For this Valentine's Day dinner, you have the option of two pizzas:I Love You PizzaHeart shaped pepperoni pizzaWill You Be My Heart-ichoke PizzaWhite artichoke pizzaThis year for Valentine's Day, go the simple route and fill your Valentine full of love and Heart-ichokes!Whole Wheat Pizza Dough adapted from Eating Well Ingredients3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day Party Food!

I just love the colors that are associated with St. Patrick's Day.  Who doesn't love rainbows, glitter, pots of gold, and lots of greens!?!For your St. Patrick's Day Party this year, how about you serve up these healthier party foods that your guests will love!Menu:Rainbow Vanilla Pudding topped with Homemade Whipped Cream Shamrock Mini Pizzas Rainbow Fruit PlateRainbow Pudding adapted from Kid's Kitchen Ingredients3/4 cup sugar 1/3 cup corn starch 1 cup 2% milk 2 cups whole milk 1 egg 3 egg whites 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 teaspoons vanilla extract gel food coloring (Americolor) - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet 1 cup heavy whipping cream 1 teaspoon powdered sugar 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extractHow-ToStir … [Read more...]

7 Healthy Back-to-School Lunch Ideas

In our house the new school year begins in August.  This means the first week of August leaves me little time to buy back-to-school supplies, clothes, AND go grocery shopping for lunches. Like all parents, I want my kids to have a successful school year. If that's going to happen they're going to need healthy lunches to keep their brains fueled throughout the school day. Fresh fruits and veggies along with a filling sandwich or wrap is always the base of my kids lunches. Add in a sweet treat and a bottle of water and they have a healthy, nutritious lunch.Today I have 7 Healthy Back-to-School Lunch Ideas that will give you a head start on giving your child a successful school year through a full belly and fueled brain./1/ BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad Wraps - This chicken salad can be … [Read more...]

The Best Greens for You

It's the New Year!  Time to start fresh and be your best self yet!  Did you make a resolution to eat better this year?  I know I did!  One way I'm doing that is by adding more greens into my diet.  Salads, wraps, sandwiches.  Whatever I can do to get more green in my diet - I'm trying!  Are you looking to add a little more green in your diet this year?  Great!  I'm sharing the best greens for you along with some easy recipes.  Kale - The superstar.  It seems like everyone is talking about kale lately.  It can help stimulate your immune system and is full of vitamins A, C and K.  It also helps with vision and blood clotting.  It can be seen in salads, on top of pizzas, in casseroles and everywhere you would use regular lettuce! Recipe Ideas:Kale Pesto Kale, Apple and Banana … [Read more...]

Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

Beaujolais Nouveau Day!  Have you ever celebrated Beaujolais Nouveau Day? On the 3rd Thursday of every November, France celebrates – Beaujolais Nouveau Day.  At 12:01am (by law!), the year’s vintage is released and the French celebrate with fireworks and parties. In 2014, Beaujolais Day is Thursday November 20.   I love the idea of this event, which celebrates the harvest and abundance.Beaujolais is a region of France known for growing the Gamay grape (from which Beaujolais is made). Gamay is like a cousin of Pinot Noir.  There are many rules about how the grapes are grown, when they are harvested.  Because it is the first wine of the harvest and made quickly (6-8 weeks as opposed to a traditional 6 - 24 months for other wines), Beaujolais Nouveau is lighter, fruitier and a … [Read more...]

Homemade Pizza Dough

Summer is here and its time to start thinking of easy dinner recipes.  I don't know about you, but we seem to be busier during the summer months.  I am always on the lookout for quick and easy meals for our family.  One of our absolute favorites is homemade pizza.  Its easy to make, the kids are able to help in the kitchen and its perfect for a lazy summer evening.The great thing about homemade pizza is you can add any toppings you want to make it your own.  We love lots of veggies on our pizzas, but maybe you're a meat lover.  Once you have the basic pizza dough recipe down you are able to create any type of pizza you and your family can dream up. To make your basic pizza dough you will need:1 package yeast 1 cup warm water 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon … [Read more...]