Thursday, August 27, 2015

Healthy Snacking with Perfectly Simple


As you may know, I am a daycare provider. My job requires a lot of energy and stamina to keep up with the pace of a houseful of children and a 10-hour workday. I try to take good care of myself because when I am a better me, I am a better caregiver. It starts with my diet. Now, I'm a food blogger, so I do my share of splurging, but I also try to balance it out with healthier eating options, like eating plenty of fruits and veggies and choosing nutritious, wholesome foods. And when I feel the need to snack, I try to choose a healthy snack like ZonePerfect Perfectly Simple nutrition bar. During the work day when I am feeling little drained, I grab myself a bar to help reenergize and keep me going. Perfectly Simple is made with simple, wholesome ingredients that refuels and leaves me feeling good so that I can go on taking care of others. #FeelGooder

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Grilled Chicken Pesto Potato Salad (Kabobs)

Grilled Chicken Pesto Potato Salad

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Can you believe that Labor Day is only two weeks away? Already? The summer has flown by! In preparation for the big end of summer weekend, I am sharing a tasty and easy grill recipe that is perfect for any type of gathering.

These kabobs are my twist on potato salad. Never had potato salad on a stick? You should really try it! All the key elements of a chicken and pesto based potato salad are here: potatoes, a creamy base, onion, tomatoes, chicken, and pesto sauce. In keeping with the fuss-free nature of the dish, I opted to use jarred pesto sauce. If you want to take the time to make your own, knock yourself out and whip up a batch!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Microwaved Horseradish-Bacon Mac and Cheddar Cheese for One

Microwaved Horseradish-Bacon Mac and Cheddar Cheese for One

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So here is the scenario—everyone is out of the house and you have a few hours to yourself. You want to spend it catching up on some unfinished business, or maybe it's going to be a lazy night in and you want to cuddle up on the couch in front of the TV. And now it's dinner time. You are not in a mood for takeout, but you don't want to invest the time dragging out and cleaning up pots and pans to make a meal for one. This bowl of smooth, cheesy, creamy, hearty pasta and cheese for one is exactly what you need. It is homemade, so you know exactly what you are getting. And you can have this bowl of goodness in 12 minutes...without dragging out the pots and pans! 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Chopped Clams and Linguine in Wine Sauce


Chopped Clams and Linguine in Wine Sauce

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I used to eat whole belly clams when I was young. One of my parent's friends had a huge backyard clambake every summer, and every year we would attend. I whole-heartedly participated in the consumption of freshly steamed clams dipped in hot melted butter. The little bivalves were tender, buttery, and tasted like the sea. Those were the good old days when I was oblivious to the world of biology.

Enter freshman year of high school.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Roast Pork and Sesame Shrimp Summer Rolls (Gỏi Cuốn)

Roast Pork and Sesame Shrimp Summer Rolls (Gỏi Cuốn)

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My mom used to make summer rolls or gỏi cuốn, a Vietnamese appetizer, on a regular basis when I was young. In our family, it was served as part of the main course. Although I loved it, I distinctly remember the preparation as an arduous, painstaking process. Every vegetable had to be hand washed, dried, and some sliced. Other things to do included boiling and slicing pork; boiling, peeling, deveining, and slicing shrimp; cooking rice noodles; and making dipping sauce. Finally, everything had to be tightly wrapped in rice paper. There was a whole lot of work involved in the deceptively simple little rolls of goodness. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Apricot Cream Cheese Dip with Bacon and Pecans


Apricot Cream Cheese Dip with Bacon and Pecans

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This was a dip I whipped together last week for our weekend guests. Even though we planned to have dinner with our company shortly after they arrived, I wanted to offer something to nosh on beforehand. But before I knew it, it was the day of and I had not prepared one. It took no time for me to decide on making a dip as it could be assembled rather quickly.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Chewy Chocolate Toffee Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Toffee Cookies

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I wonder how many of you have been successful at maintaining your summer weight. Hopefully, you have obtained better results than me. I have not been able to, nor have I tried very hard to lose a few vanity pounds this summer. Making food for this blog has not helped with the situation one iota. These cookies, for example, are fantastic but are certainly not calorie-free. But when chewy homemade cookies with milk chocolate toffee bits, white chocolate, and salted cashews are sitting on my countertop, it is pretty hard to resist! And a girl's gotta eat...