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.


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”

Egg Toast

Simply another “egg”celent dish that I came across on Youtube! Definitely practice with this one, you’ll see what I mean in the pictures! My egg folding skills need some work, and a smaller pan would help too, LOL! Enjoy! Egg Toast Ingredients 2 eggs Cheese (1 slice) Bread (1 slice cut in half) Filling (ifContinue reading “Egg Toast”

Spaghetti Squash Chicken Pad Thai

Man!!! I love Thai food!!! This Pad Thai adds more veggies and decreases the sugar!! Enjoy another great recipe from MFP!! Spaghetti Squash Chicken Pad Thai Ingredients 4 cups (620g) baked spaghetti squash, patted dry 2 teaspoons avocado oil 1 pound (450g) chicken breast, chopped 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper 4 large egg whites 1/2Continue reading “Spaghetti Squash Chicken Pad Thai”

Sweet Spice-Roasted Butternut Squash Oatmeal

Tired of the same old oatmeal? Overnight oats just not cutting it anymore? Why not try this savory play on oatmeal!! MFP comes through again!!! Sweet Spice-Roasted Butternut Squash Oatmeal Ingredients 2 1/2 cups (600 ml) peeled and cubed (1/2-inch) butternut squash 1 tablespoon (15 ml) safflower oil 1 teaspoon (5 ml) ground cinnamon 1/4Continue reading “Sweet Spice-Roasted Butternut Squash Oatmeal”

Butternut Squash Breakfast Casserole

A good breakfast casserole is one of my favorite things to make, and there are countless versions to breakfast casseroles!! I came across this version of a breakfast casserole with butternut squash and wanted to share! Enjoy! Butternut Squash Breakfast Casserole Ingredients 2 pounds (907g) butternut squash cubes 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium yellowContinue reading “Butternut Squash Breakfast Casserole”

Lemon Garlic Chicken

Lemon Garlic Chicken Ingredients 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon canola oil 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin into cutlets Salt and pepper 1/3 cup (40g) all-purpose flour, plus 2 tablespoons 1/2 cup (120ml) chicken broth 1 medium lemon, juiced 1 clove garlic, minced 1 green onion, sliced Directions Place a cast-iron skillet overContinue reading “Lemon Garlic Chicken”

Air Fryer Truffle Fries

Who doesn’t love fries right? Well, here’s a way to have healthier fries with less grease and or oil… enjoy!! Air Fryer Truffle Fries Ingredients 2 medium russet potatoes 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 1 1/2 tablespoons Wondra flour 1/2 teaspoon truffle salt Directions Cut the potatoes lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices. Cut each potatoContinue reading “Air Fryer Truffle Fries”

Vegetable Fritters

These can be a great alternative to traditional hash browns or even used as a vegetarian pattie! Don’t forget to see the tips at the end! Enjoy! Vegetable Fritters Ingredients 5 cups water 1 1/2 cups carrots, shredded (about 2 1/2 medium carrots) 1 1/2 cups zucchini, shredded (about 1/2 large zucchini) 1/4 cup whole-wheatContinue reading “Vegetable Fritters”

Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge

I came across this awesome looking recipe for peanut butter fudge from someone (LoraKnowsHomes.com) who saw one of my recipes and liked it. I checked her site out and this recipe jumped off the page!! Hope you enjoy it!! Ingredients 1 1⁄2 Cups granulated sugar 3⁄4 Cup unsalted butter (do not substitute) 5 Ounce canContinue reading “Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge”

Fluffy Banana Pancakes

Maybe not the same as my family recipe buttermilk pancakes, but still tasty nonetheless!! And with 5 ingredients (the extract is optional), you know exactly what you’re eating!! Definitely a fan of these!! If you have kids, they’ll enjoy making them too!! Found this recipe from a guy (plant based Ben) that transitioned to anContinue reading “Fluffy Banana Pancakes”

Vegan Waffles

I came across this recipe and simply had to share it!! Here’s a great waffle recipe from The Simple Veganista! Simple and easy, with only 5 ingredients! I can’t wait to make these!! Enjoy! Vegan Waffle Recipe (from The Simple Veganista) Ingredients 1 ½ cups (210 g) spelt flour (light whole wheat, all-purpose flour, orContinue reading “Vegan Waffles”


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