Oven Roasted Maple Glazed Carrots Recipe with Fresh Thyme

Fall is the perfect time for root vegetables flavored with natural sweeteners and this maple glazed carrots recipe is so incredibly simple! I grew up in New England and developed a love of maple syrup at a very early age.  Since my northern family knows how much I love this delicious sweetener, they sent me a TON for Christmas! YAY!  Not only did I make this delicious maple glazed carrots recipe but I have enough maple syrup to use every day for the next 6 months.  Probably more!  If you love maple as much as I do, check out my recipe for maple … [Read more...]

Healthy Quinoa Salad Recipe with Spinach and Apricots

This healthy quinoa salad recipe was a delicious last minute creation that I threw together after a haphazard inventory of my pantry.  I had fresh spinach and wanted to use it for something other than green smoothies.  I had a container of quinoa so I headed to Pinterest to find some quinoa salad recipes.  Since I didn't have any of the other ingredients most of them asked for,  I decided a little improvisation was needed. Lo and behold, a new salad recipe has been added to my monthly menu rotation! This post contains affiliate links. If … [Read more...]

German Cucumber Salad Recipe – Gurkensalat

My husband has a very strong German heritage so this weekend, we had friends and neighbors over for an Oktoberfest party.  This German cucumber salad recipe was the perfect side dish to go with our grilled Bratwurst and all the delicious side dishes provided by our guests.  All you need to do is slice up cucumbers and onions, add a simple oil and vinegar mix and stir in a ton of chopped, fresh dill.  The resulting Gurkensalat is full of flavor, nice and crunchy, and absolutely delicious! If you are looking for more Oktoberfest recipes, you … [Read more...]

No Bake Pumpkin Balls That Are Totally Guilt Free!

Yesterday I whipped up a batch of these no bake pumpkin balls and I have been eating them morning, noon and night ever since.  Yes, even for breakfast.   You know why?  Because if you are looking for healthy pumpkin recipes, look no further than these bite-sized morsels!  And you know what's even better?  They are incredibly easy to make.  Just mix a few ingredients, roll into balls, cover with cinnamon and sugar and you are done!  Easy and delicious with absolutely zero guilt when I inhale a few at 6 AM! After you finish eating them all, whip … [Read more...]

Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

I decided to make this healthy homemade peanut butter fudge recipe because I have about 8 jars of peanut butter in my pantry.  Why? Because I am the type of person who stocks up on healthy food when I find a good deal.  I found a buy one get one free sale recently on natural peanut butter and I could probably make a years worth of PB&J sandwiches with it and never run out. This week,  I have been scrolling through Pinterest looking at nut butter recipes for inspiration.  I found a paleo fudge recipe online that looked easy enough and … [Read more...]

Avocado Cilantro Crema Recipe

After recently trying avocado cilantro crema for the first time, I can tell you that this stuff is like crack! Several years ago, my husband and I were out exploring a new farm to table restaurant.  They had Pommes Frites on the menu which I had never heard of before.  You know what Pommes Frites are?  Basically it is a fancy word for French fries. The amazing thing about these Pommes Frites was not that I had never seen a French fry before.  What really amazed me was that you could choose from dozens of dipping sauces for them!  And only … [Read more...]

Easy Spring Roll Recipe with Soy Ginger Dipping Sauce and a #NaturallyFresh Giveaway

This post is part of the blogger program by Naturally Fresh® and The Motherhood, who compensated me for my time and the development of this recipe. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them. I imagine a lot of people decided a few weeks ago that they were going to start eating healthier.  With the new year comes a renewed determination to be as healthy as possible.  Then, a month later we are invited to a huge football game party only to be tempted with fattening fried foods and snacks … [Read more...]

Zucchini Carrot Slaw and a Zucchini Recipe Collection

This zucchini recipe collection has been sponsored by Foodie.com but all opinions expressed here are my own. For years I have been struggling to grow zucchini and squash in my garden with almost no luck at all.  Every year the dreaded squash bugs have destroyed my plants before I can actually get any zucchini from them.  This year, I tried using 2 different organic approved pesticides in my garden out of sheer desperation and it seems like it may be working!  I have managed to pick about 6 yellow squash so far this season and … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Creamy Carrot Soup with Coconut

I am compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own. It is amazingly easy to reduce the amount of meat you eat if you begin exploring the idea of serving soups, salads and sandwiches for dinner. I have a particular fondness for smooth, rich soups that typically involve heavy cream or half and half, which I usually don’t ever have on hand. This recipe for carrot soup uses coconut milk instead, which is easy to stock in the pantry for last minute meals. Loaded with Vitamin A from the rich carrots and … [Read more...]

Creamy Tomato Soup with Basil

I was provided with one or more of the products shown in this post for review purposes but all opinions expressed are my own. Do you have a food that you crave when you are not feeling well, stressed out, or just want a bit of "yum" in an otherwise dreary day?  My comfort food has always been a grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup.  In fact, I think I ate that meal almost every single day for my second pregnancy.  Other foods did not appeal to me at all but a gooey grilled cheese sandwich and a can of tomato soup hit the spot.  Well, … [Read more...]

Fight a Cold Naturally with Spicy Lemongrass Soup and Kleenex! #KleenexTarget

This discussion on how to fight a cold naturally is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign withPollinate Media Group™ and Kleenex but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #KleenexTarget  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO For the last 14 years I have been working as a pharmacy technician at our local pharmacy.  I am pretty sure that in those 14 years I have seen about 12  million people suffering from colds and flu.  Inevitably they ask me "What can I take to get rid of this cold?".  Well, I hate to tell you this but there is NO magic pill … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday Recipe: Mango, Black Bean and Rice Salad

I have been compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own. In order to save both time and energy, I try to find recipes that use as little cooking as possible!  Time is short and there are lot more enjoyable things to do then spend hours in the kitchen.  Come check out my recent meatless Monday recipe on the SC Johnson Greener Choices blog.  It uses black beans for a protein boost, fresh vegetables and the tropical flavor of mangoes for a little added sweetness. Make the rice ahead of time for … [Read more...]

Blueberry Salsa Recipe for Healthier Snacking!

We are in the height of blueberry season here in Georgia and this blueberry salsa recipe is the perfect way to celebrate!. I have been getting some off my bushes this year. (whatever the birds leave me!) I am also finding North Carolina blueberries at 2 pints for $3.00 so I have been stocking up. Freezing blueberries is very easy.  Just spread them out on a cookie sheet and set the entire sheet into the freezer overnight.  Once the berries are frozen, just dump them into a plastic freezer bag or other freezer safe container and they will last … [Read more...]