Healthy Recipes

Skinny Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with a Healthy Chocolate Frosting

Skinny Dark Chocolate cupcake

These skinny dark chocolate cupcakes have a rich chocolate taste that will thrill any chocoholic. They have only 139 calories and even have a dark chocolate frosting! When you are trying to cut calories, rich dessert recipes may seem like a thing of the past, but think again! With this healthy chocolate cupcakes recipe, you…

Roasted Beet Salsa with Tangerines and Red Onion

If you are looking for a switch from the normal pico de gallo, try this Roasted Beet Salsa with tangerines and red onion. It is hearty with a hint of sweetness and very low in fat. One of my favorite things to do each week is make a trip to my local Farmer’s market. The…

Fresh Pumpkin Puree – How to Make this Fall Staple

Fresh pumpkin puree

Pumpkin puree is a staple in Halloween and Thanksgiving cooking. From pancakes to smoothies, to fudge and cookies, this creamy part of the pumpkin adds an earthy flavor to all your fall recipes.  You can buy it at the supermarket, of course, but here is one of my latest cooking tips – make your own fresh…

Light Seafood Chowder – Healthy Fish Stew for Summer

creamy New England seafood chowder

This light seafood chowder is brimming over with the flavors of white fish, succulent seafood and healthy vegetables for a summer time soup that reminds me of days on the coast of Maine. I spent my summers in Maine doing things that Mainers do when the temperatures get hot, even though it is only for…

No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

This No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie has been lightened up for a gluten free, dairy free and vegan treat.

Always a hit at pot luck dinners and summer barbecues, these no bake peanut butter chocolate oatmeal cookies have been made more healthy with a few easy substitutes.  But don’t let that fool you – the flavor still rocks! No bake desserts are super easy to make, and come together in a flash without heating…

Oven Baked Rainbow Trout with Parmesan and Panko

These oven baked rainbow trout fillets are crispy on the outside with a tender center that is seasoned with Dijon mustard and light mayonnaise. I used to fish a lot when I was younger and catching some lake trout and cooking them for dinner was a real treat of mine. I recently found some trout…

Make Grilled Pineapple for an Awesome BBQ Side Dish

Grilled Pineapple

Grilled pineapple is always delicious, but this honey and cinmamon glaze with olive oil makes it extra special. I love to serve it with chicken dishes and it also makes a refreshing summertime dessert with ice cream. For me, no other fruit says summer in quite the same way as pineapple does.  There is a…

Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers with Barley and Ground Turkey

Barley Stuffed Peppers

These Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers are loaded with ground turkey, barley and fresh vegetables. They are super easy to make and so healthy and delicious. Stuffed bell peppers are a favorite meal of mine – because they are fun to eat, very easy to make, and always look so pretty on a dinner plate! They are…

No Bake Sweet Potato Energy Balls – Gluten Free Healthy Snack

Taking a bite of these superfood energy balls

These no bake sweet potato energy balls are a powerhouse of nutrients in one delicious bite. The balls are naturally sweet with a bit of a kick from fresh ginger and are the perfect way to add healthy nutrition to your snack time. This recipe is vegan and gluten free. The savory sweet potato balls…

Easy Mediterranean Chicken Salad – Healthy & Full of Flavor!

Mediterranean salad with cooked chicken

This easy Mediterranean chicken salad features tender, boneless chicken breasts that are marinated in a lemon balsamic dressing that is full of the flavor of fresh herbs and garlic. This dish is the perfect summer salad that gives a big dose of Mediterranean flavors! Summer has arrived and that means it’s salad time. I love using…

Keto Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese

Bowl of keto bacon salad

Looking for a lower carb but still great tasting salad to take along to a barbecue or pot luck supper? This keto broccoli salad with bacon and cheese is hard to top. Every time I bring it along to a party, it disappears! The salad is so easy to make and the bacon and cheese will…

These Awesome Layered Pudding Pops will Make You Feel Patriotic

Plate of layered pudding pops

Summer is almost here and cold desserts are really desirable right now. These layered pudding pops with their red, white and blueberry stripes are perfect for a 4th of July or Memorial Day barbecue party. I enjoy making pudding pops instead of juice pops.  The texture comes out more like a creamsicle than a Popsicle and I…

Southern Coleslaw Recipe – Quick & Easy Side Dish for Summer

This Southern coleslaw recipe is so bright and colorful and filled loads of flavor from fresh vegetables and home grown parsley. It is a quick and easy side dish that is perfect for your summer barbecues and parties. When my family asks me to make this Southern style coleslaw every time we have a barbecue,…

How to Make a Colorful Greek Chopped Salad for Summer

This Greek chopped salad has a summer time taste that pairs well with grilled meats or fish and it makes a really popular pot luck take along. The salad is full of bite sized ingredients that are so pleasing to the eye. You’ll be transported to the Mediterranean with every bite! Summer is the time…

Baked Chicken Paprika Drumsticks – Whole30, Paleo, Gluten Free

Plate of smokey paprika chicken

These baked chicken paprika drumsticks have a smokey taste and they are fork tender and spicy. The recipe is super easy to make and the fresh herb and spice rub takes just minutes to prepare. The recipe is a Whole30 recipe and fits into the Paleo diet, as well. My husband loves really spicy food…

Roasting Red Peppers – How to Roast Red Peppers in the Oven

dish of roasted red peppers

Roasting red peppers is super easy to do and gives you a great tasting result that is so different from the pepper’s natural taste.  This cooking tip gives you four ways for roasting peppers and works with both sweet bell peppers, and spicy chili peppers. If you have never eaten a roasted red pepper, fresh from…

Gluten Free Date Bars – Maple Syrup Oatmeal Date Slice Recipe

Maple syrup date square

These gluten free date bars are chock full of healthy, good for you ingredients, but have a flavor that is still rich and decadent. The taste reminds me of “mom’s cooking” with home cooked dates, oozing with maple sugary sweetness. To this day, they are still one of my bar recipes. The gooey date filling pairs perfectly…

Skinny Shrimp Alfredo – Healthy Shrimp & Fettuccine Recipe

Plate and bowl of shrimp Alfredo

This skinny shrimp Alfredo recipe has been slimmed down from the traditional dish to save lots of calories without skimping on the flavor. The sauce is creamy and silky without the need of heavy cream and limiting the cheese gives plenty of taste but a light finish. It is one of my favorite shrimp recipes.…

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars – (Gluten Free & Vegan) Sweet Breakfast Bar

strawberry oatmeal bars

Fresh strawberries combine with old fashioned oats in these gluten free strawberry oatmeal bars. The bars have a buttery crumb crust, a sweet strawberry filling inside and a tasty and crunchy crumble on top. They are a great way to use up fresh strawberries for a dessert that everyone will love. I have included both a gluten free and vegan…