Food and Nutrition

See some of my favorite dishes and recipes right here! I’ll also do honest, non-biased, and unpaid reviews of new foods and food related products as I continue to change, evolve, and improve my diet.


One Pot Italian Pasta

Featuring recipes this month from Healthy Girl Kitchen, here’s one for Italian pasta! As you hopefully have noticed, this recipe (like many others) is vegan friendly! One-pot Italian Pasta (vegan) Ingredients 16 oz pasta of choice I used whole wheat rotini 5.5 cups water 2.5 cups marinara sauce 1/2 cup kalamata olives 1/3 cup sun-driedContinue reading “One Pot Italian Pasta”

Mexican Quinoa

As previously mentioned, this month’s recipes are Healthy Girl Kitchen! Here’s another one pot recipe too enjoy!! I cannot wait to make this one!! Mexican Quinoa (one pot) Ingredients 2 cups quinoa 4 cups water 2 cups bell pepper diced 1 15 oz can of black beans rinsed and drained 1 cup frozen corn 1Continue reading “Mexican Quinoa”

Prosciutto Veggie Egg Cup

Here’s a great recipe from cleaneatsandtreats.com that uses prosciutto as the egg cup/muffin holder – genius! Enjoy! Prosciutto Veggie Egg Cup  Ingredients 4 eggs 4 egg whites chopped mushrooms halved grape tomatoes chopped red onion diced bell peppers chopped spinach or kale 1 pkg Applegate prosciutto pepper to taste Directions Spray muffin tin generously withContinue reading “Prosciutto Veggie Egg Cup”

Steamed Asparagus

Want to know how to serve great asparagus? Along with grilling it (see our post about grilled foods from July 2021), a great way to serve asparagus is steaming it! Since asparagus is in season, here’s a simple recipe from the Food Network Kitchen! Steamed Asparagus Ingredients 1 pound medium asparagus, stalks trimmed and peeledContinue reading “Steamed Asparagus”

Mini Egg Cupcakes

Here’s a great Easter treat from Food Network Kitchen… and also a great way to reuse your egg cartons!! Mini Egg Cupcakes Ingredients For the cupcakes: 1 cup all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest 1Continue reading “Mini Egg Cupcakes”

Breakfast Sushi

For you sushi lovers… ok, maybe not! But I’m sure this recipe for breakfast sushi is going to be a favorite! Another great find from our friend veganiina on Instagram! Enjoy this anytime!! Breakfast Sushi Ingredients 1 tortilla 2 chocolate spread or nut butter (nutella) 1 banana Shredded coconut (optional) Directions 1. Spread the chocolateContinue reading “Breakfast Sushi”

Fluffy Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes

For yet another tasty, healthy, and yummy breakfast (or anytime) meal, try these fluffy blueberry vanilla pancakes! This delicious recipe is also from veganiina on Instagram! Ingredients 100g (1/2 cup) whole-wheat flour 2 Tbsp brown sugar  1 tsp baking soda Pinch of salt 175ml (3/4 cup) almond milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 handfuls ofContinue reading “Fluffy Blueberry Vanilla Pancakes”

Creamy Vanilla Yogurt Oats

This months recipes are breakfast/anytime treat inspired! Here’s a yummy recipe from veganiina on Instagram! Enjoy! Creamy Vanilla Yogurt Oats Ingredients 60g (2 oz) quick oats 300ml water (1 ¼  cups) Pinch of salt  1 tsp vanilla extract 1 tbsp maple syrup 100g plain soy yogurt (3.5 oz) Directions 1. Add the oats, water, salt,Continue reading “Creamy Vanilla Yogurt Oats”

Bang Bang Cauliflower

Just in time for that superbowl party… a great recipe for a healthier version of chicken wings! Thanks to jessicainthekitchen.com, this vegan friendly recipe for bang bang cauliflower should be a hit!! YUM!! Ingredients Bang Bang Sauce 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise 1/4 cup sambal oelek or any other chili paste (including sriracha) 2 tablespoons mapleContinue reading “Bang Bang Cauliflower”

Leek Potato Soup

The last of our 3 soup recipes to kick off 2022 is Leek Potato Soup – thanks to SimplyRecipes.com. Looks like a seriously hearty meal that will stick to your bones! Enjoy! Ingredients 3 large leeks 2 tablespoons butter 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock 2 pounds potatoes (Yukon gold or Russet), peeled, diced intoContinue reading “Leek Potato Soup”

Fennel Soup

Continuing with our soup theme, here’s a recipe for Fennel Soup – courtesy of NY Times Cooking! Looks like something I’m going to have to try this winter! Enjoy! Ingredients 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ½ large or 1 medium onion, diced 2 stalks celery, sliced 2 pounds bulb fennel, trimmed, washed and dicedContinue reading “Fennel Soup”

Cream of Broccoli Soup

To start off the recipes for 2022, we’re going to feature soups! Here’s a great recipe – courtesy of allrecipes.com – for Cream of Broccoli Soup! Enjoy! Ingredients 5 tablespoons butter or vegan butter, divided 1 onion, chopped  1 stalk celery, chopped 3 cups chicken/vegetable broth  8 cups broccoli florets 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour (optional)Continue reading “Cream of Broccoli Soup”

Gingerbread Men Cookies

Here’s the third of three (3) recipes for December that feature gingerbread… the list would be entirely incomplete without one for gingerbread men! I found this recipe from tasteofhome.com and it looks great! Happy Holidays!! Ingredients 1/2 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar 1/3 cup molasses 1 large egg, room temperature 2Continue reading “Gingerbread Men Cookies”

Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Here is the second of three (3) gingerbread recipes for the month of December… I found this recipe from lovefromtheoven.com. Enjoy! INGREDIENTS ¾ cup unsalted butter softened 1 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg ¼ cup molasses 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon if you like a strong cinnamon flavor, increase to 2 tsp total ½ tsp ginger if you like a strong ginger flavor, increaseContinue reading “Soft Gingerbread Cookies”

Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Since Thanksgiving just passed and it’s now December, here’s the first of three (3) recipes highlighting gingerbread! Enjoy! I found this delicious looking recipe for Gingerbread Cake from theviewfromgreatisland.com Ingredients 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar 3 large eggs 1/3 cup molasses 1/2 tsp salt 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp ginger 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/2 tsp clove 1/2 tsp allspice 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour forContinue reading “Gingerbread Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting”

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Since October and Halloween just passed and we are into November with more fall foods, here’s a great recipe from prettypies.com for delicious pumpkin cheesecake bars! Ingredients Crust 1 1/3 cup pepitas – or any seed or nut you like 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 2 Tbs buttery coconut oil – or virgin coconut oilContinue reading “Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars”

One-Pot Cincinnati Chicken Chili

Celebrating my home state of Ohio, here’s another recipe that’s a play on a fan favorite (or cult favorite Skyline Chili)… it’s a healthier version of Cincinnati’s Chili. Ingredients 2 pounds lean ground chicken or turkey* 1 small onion chopped 1 red pepper chopped 2 cups chicken broth 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato paste 1 1/2 teaspoons vinegar 1 teaspoons worcestershire 2 tablespoons chili powder 2 teaspoons ground cuminContinue reading “One-Pot Cincinnati Chicken Chili”

Healthy Protein Buckeyes

Continuing the celebration of my home state of Ohio, here’s a play on one of my favorite recipes – buckeyes!! INGREDIENTS 1 cup drippy, all-natural peanut butter (I used Kirland All-Natural) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 scoops vanilla whey protein powder (I used Designer Whey Vanilla) 2 tablespoons honey, organic 1 cup dark or dairy-free chocolate chips 1 tablespoon coconut oil INSTRUCTIONS Combine peanutContinue reading “Healthy Protein Buckeyes”

Savory Waffle with Ham & Egg

For this month, I’d like to share recipes that celebrate my home state of Ohio and the Midwest! To kick things off, here’s a play on a “hearty” breakfast (the “slam” breakfast Denny’s). Ingredients 4 thick slices Canadian bacon or deli ham4 eggs4 frozen whole grain waffles (We like Van’s Gourmet Multi-Grain. Each waffle packsContinue reading “Savory Waffle with Ham & Egg”

Bruschetta

Found this tasty looking recipe for Bruschetta on Instagram! I believe this is a recipe by alphafoodie. Pretty classic and simple… it also looks amazing!!! I can’t wait to try this one!! Ingredients Ripe Tomatoes Extra Virgin Olive Oil Fresh Basil Leaves Black Pepper Fresh Mozzarella (optional) Balsamic Glaze (optional) Salt Sourdough Bread (sliced) DirectionsContinue reading “Bruschetta”

Caribbean Cottage Pie

I came across the interesting and delicious looking recipe from the Washington Post – a Caribbean version of Shepherd’s Pie (I’m guessing because of the plantains). Enjoy!! Ingredients For the topping 3 green plantains (about 2 1/2 pounds total) 1/2 cup cold water, plus more as needed 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more asContinue reading “Caribbean Cottage Pie”

POTICA

Lastly from kneadygirl.com, here’s an advanced recipe for Potica! I’ve had this as a kid growing up and never knew what it was called… but I know it’s an absolutely delicious treat!! Enjoy! Ingredients Bread Dough 2 teaspoons Dry, Active Yeast 1/2 Cup Warm Water 1 Tablespoon Sugar 1 1/2 Cups Milk 5 Egg YolksContinue reading “POTICA”

Sweet Potato Buns

As promised, the second of three recipes highlighting kneadygirl.com, this time an intermediate recipe. This recipe can use whatever your preference – sweet potatoes or yams – the only change might be in the color of the buns Sweet Potato Buns Ingredients 1 Tablespoon Dry, Active Yeast 1/4 Cup Sugar 2 Cups Warm Milk (110Continue reading “Sweet Potato Buns”

Honey Oat Bread

Kicking off the recipes for this month – highlighting kneadygirl.com (I found her recipes on Instagram from a friend) – is a beginner recipe for Honey Oat Bread Ingredients 1 Cup Rolled Oats 1 1/4 Cups Boiling Water 1/4 Cup Honey 2 Tablespoons Butter 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt 1/2 Cup Warm Water 2 teaspoons Dry,Continue reading “Honey Oat Bread”

Grilled Foods

Since we’re in the prime of summer, here is a link from Eat This Not That, that shows some foods that are great when grilled!! Enjoy!! 30 Surprising Foods That Taste Better Grilled | Eat This Not That

Spicy Plantain Black Bean Tacos

I found this great recipe from the minimalist baker that is simply amazing! Who doesn’t love tacos? Add black beans and plantains and you’ve got the sexiest taco around!! Bring a different energy to Taco Tuesday!!! Spicy Plantain Black Bean Tacos Ingredients PLANTAINS 2 very ripe large plantains* (peeled and cut on an angle intoContinue reading “Spicy Plantain Black Bean Tacos”


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