Red Quinoa South Western Lettuce Wraps with Chipotle Sour Cream

Making simple food swaps can make a huge impact on your diet and your health. By skipping the flour tortilla and using a crunchy lettuce leaf instead you skip the empty calories and fat and add vitamins. These South Western Lettuce Wraps are so flavorful and filling, you won't miss the tortilla. 

These make a wonderful lunch or a light and healthy dinner. The quinoa cooks up in less than 30 minutes while you chop the veggies. 

Red Quinoa South Western Lettuce Wraps with Chipotle Sour Cream Recipe #glutenfree #vegetarian



Fish Tacos with Pickled Purple Cabbage Salsa #weekdaysupper

All you need to add a ton of flavor to fish tacos is this slightly spicy and tangy pickled salsa.
If you've ever wondered how to make your own  fermented cabbage aka sauerkraut I've got good news  for you, it's crazy simple. In fact, it's perfect for the beginner when it comes to fermenting or pickling. It's practically fool proof, requires minimal ingredients and a mason jar and lasts for months and months in the fridge at your disposal for adding flavor and beneficial probiotics to lots of foods. 

Let's start with tacos shall we?

Fish Tacos with Pickled Purple Cabbage Salsa #weekdaysupper



How to Find, Save and Organize All of Your Recipes Using Yummly

There are so many great recipes out there on the Internet that it can be daunting to try and save them in an organized manner. One of my favorite ways, and pretty much the only way I organize all of my hundreds upon hundreds of recipes is by using Yummly. 



Quinoa, Oat and Pecan Blueberry-Peach Crumb Bars #SundaySupper #glutenfree

Peaches and blueberries are one thing I could never ever tire of.  In the peak of summer their natural, juicy sweetness is second to none. Aside from enjoying them as is I've always loved baking them into a lightly sweetened, crumbly bar or pie. This treat is a combination of all three. 




Individual Steak and Egg Breakfast Pizza's on a Hash Brown Crust

If you've been reading this blog for a while you probably know that I eat red meat seldomly and am very picky about which sorts of cuts I choose and where it comes from. My body lets me know when I'm in need of a serving of lean red meat by cravings, fatigue, weakness and an insatiable hunger. I've found that although I'm not a huge meat eater when my body does crave it, it's lean beef that I want, not white (chicken or turkey) which believe it or not, when vitamins and minerals are concerned there is no comparison.


Simple Pickled Cabbage and it's Many Health Benefits #SundaySupper

We look forward to summer's harvest all year long. The tomatoes, the zucchini the herbs and the corn. The peaches, rhubarb and fresh multitude of berries so naturally sweet and amazing you can't pop them into your mouth fast enough. And then, just like that, it's gone. The warmth dwindles from the summer sky and the abundant lush gardens along with all their habitants shrivel away in golds and yellows until next year. 



Candied Orange Beef and Broccoli with Shitake Sauce

This recipe is not only simple and super fast to make but totally legit (my teenager would die if I used that term in public...... or is it back in style?).  Frozen dinners and take out have nothing on this Chinese classic. Aside from slicing the meat against the grain (a feat I was always a bit wary of as a not so often meat eater) and chopping a few veggies, there is nothing complicated or time consuming to this dinner making it a perfect weekday meal. Serve on top of whole grain brown rice and the whole family is happy.

Candied Orange Beef and Broccoli with Shitake Sauce



30 Days of Healthy, Simple Back to School Lunch Box Ideas

The start of the school year is always an exciting time. After a long, lazy summer and family vacations the kiddos (and the parents) are more than ready to go back to school. New friends, new teachers, new backpacks and pencil boxes and a new start for making healthy choices for lunch. 

Somewhere during the middle of the school year last year I got discouraged and just plain lazy when it came to making the kids lunches. After a long day at work and coming home to home work drama, sports practices and games and then of course dinner I lost interest in packing 4 lunches, including my own and jumped on the cafeteria band wagon.

The kids all but begged me to make them lunches again after a few weeks of greasy pizza, mystery burgers and a salad bar that I'm sure McDonalds would cringe at not to mention after they stood in line for 10 minutes they literally had 5 minutes to scarf down their food.

Enter mom guilt #742,129

I'm back on the I can do this lunch box thing train and have been scouring my brain and the web aka Pinterest for simple, healthy and even fun lunches for the darlings. I'm so excited by this list that I'm sure it will last well into the school year with only a sandwich or so a week being involved!

I put together a list of my favorites on Mode Media (formerly known as Glam/Foodie) and hope you will stop by to check it out and if you like it give it some love (click the cute little heart and help a sister out).

Check out Back to School Healthy Lunch Box Ideas
by Gwen Wilson at Mode


Cotija and Roasted Corn Guacamole ‪#‎IsabelsBirthdayBash‬

This fork smashed guacamole recipe is a long time family favorite and is served at almost every get together. It's a crowd pleaser for obvious reasons and makes me happy because it takes only a few minutes to throw together. I for one, could eat a big bowl of this along with some salsa and tortilla chips as the main course for lunch or dinner. 


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