Egging for Easter

Easter is around the corner and with that brings all kinds of fun activities for kids and adults. While Easter marks the end of the “Holiday Season,” it also celebrates the introduction of a new season, spring. Easter provides the perfect opportunity for kids to go on Easter egg hunts and open baskets delivered by the Easter bunny. But this day is also significant for bringing families together and celebrating the end of winter. While decorating and coloring eggs is an enjoyable Easter activity, so is devouring those delicious (and sometimes devilish) delicacies. But you don’t have to buy an egg dyeing kit to produce beautifully colored Easter eggs. Eco egg dyeing is a great way to introduce your children …


Get ‘Dutch Oven’ Cookin’!

Delicious, Healthful Recipes and Tips for Preparing Food in a Dutch Oven Summer eatin’ is simply the best. It’s that time of year when we have access to a plethora of fresh fruits and vegetables, when we’re able to sip refreshing lemonade to cool off from the heat, and when we can enjoy some outdoor cooking! One way to prepare food in the great outdoors is by using a Dutch oven. A Dutch oven is a thick-walled ceramic, clay, or cast iron pot with a tightly fitted lid. It’s traditionally used atop burning charcoal. Maybe this is a little out of your comfort zone? No need to be intimidated, though. Local and self-proclaimed “Dutch Diva”, Terry Bell, has given us …


Mexican Cauliflower Rice

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this nutritious spin on a classic Mexican side dish! Cauliflower makes an excellent low-carb replacement for rice in this traditional recipe. Each serving has only 120 calories, which is less than half the calories in the traditional white rice version. Enjoy this dish served next to enchiladas, tacos or your favorite entrée. Time: 15 minutes Serves: 4 Serving size: 1 cup Ingredients: 1 head small/medium cauliflower 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon ghee 1 small onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely minced 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/2 cup chicken broth (or vegetable broth) Fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish   Instructions: Grate the cauliflower using a box grater or …


Comfort Food Gets Healthy!

  They call it comfort food for a reason — you feel good when you eat the foods you love! Unfortunately, a lot of those dishes are packed full of calories, fat, and cholesterol. Rather than giving up your favorite recipes, try making healthy substitutions — you’ll maintain the flavor and a healthy diet.   Peach Cobbler Fruit cobblers are a great dessert. The secret to keeping calories and cholesterol low is in how you prepare the batter — only a little margarine is necessary, and you’ll never miss the eliminated sugar with sweet peaches to fill the void. Try Everyday Health’s 1-2-3 Peach Cobbler 271 calories; 4 grams of fat; .5 mg cholesterol Breaded Pork Chops If you oven-bake …


5 Super Easy Crock Pot Dinners

  When you get overwhelmed or in a slump and just don’t feel like cooking, why not grab your trusty crock pot and make her do all the work?! These are all chicken dishes, can be served in different ways to add variety, and have less than 5 ingredients! Plus all you need is your crock pot so your clean up is super simple and if you use crock pot liners it is even easier! 1. BBQ Chicken 3-4 Chicken breasts (boneless,skinless) 16 oz bottle of BBQ Sauce (we like Sweet Baby Rays) 1/2 cup Zesty Italian Dressing 1/4 cup brown sugar Mix together ingredients. Put in crock pot. Cook low: 4-5 hours or on High 2-3 hours Shred with …