Greens & Beans

This recipe is from an episode of Bizarre Foods Delicious Destinations with Andrew Zimmern. It is an Italian dish that is more popular up north in the Pittsburgh area. Pittsburgh Post Gazette The original recipe included sausage, which I din’t have, so I made it as a side dish. Next time I will add smoked…

Super Quick Spinach Salad

Spinach salad is a great option for a quick lunch or dinner. Start with spinach and then add hard boiled eggs, purple onion, tomatoes & bacon. Spinach is the perfect base for a salad because it is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin…

Mexican Shrimp Salad

Hot summer nights are good for cold salads that don’t require a lot of work. This Mexican Shrimp Salad is the perfect pairing of cool creamy avocado, crunchy vegetables and spicy shrimp. It is super quick to put together and is filling enough to be a meal. Start by cooking your peeled & deveined shrimp,…

Broiled Parmesan Tomatoes

One of my favorite traditions during the summer is my weekly visit to the Umbrella Market. Every Wednesday night from May until August local vendors bring their goodies to Five Points Plaza. There is an abundance of local vegetables from many different farms. Asparagus Tomatoes Peppers – Red, Yellow, Orange & Purple Sweet Onions Corn…

Cucumber & Pineapple Salad

Summer is the time for fresh vegetables and quick, healthy dinners that don’t require a lot of work. This cucumber & pineapple salad takes advantage of the abundance of fresh cucumbers and the juicy goodness of sweet pineapple. When combined with crunchy purple onions and spicy jalapenos, you have the perfect side dish for any…

Pecan & Cranberry Kale Salad

It has taken me quite a few tries to make a good kale salad. Kale is a tricky vegetable to master. My first time is was completely inedible. The kale was tough and way too chewy. Why all the fuss over trying to perfect a kale salad? At just 33 calories, one cup of raw…

Fresh Mango Salsa

Recipe & Picture Courtesy Of: Hallie Foster Dunn INGREDIENTS 1 – ┬áMango Washed & Diced 1 – Red Bell Pepper – Diced 1/2 Purple Onion – Diced 1/4 Bunch Cilantro – Rinsed & Chopped Splash Of Lemon Juice Splash Of Lime Juice DIRECTIONS Mix all ingredients together. Store in an airtight container for up to…

Chicken & Vegetable Soup

Recipe Courtesy Of: Hallie Foster Dunn INGREDIENTS & DIRECTIONS 2 ┬áChicken Breasts – Cook In Crockpot On High For 4 Hours – Shred Meat With 2 Forks Drain Broth & Add To Separate Soup Pot Add 2 Boxes Of Low Sodium Chicken Broth Cabbage – Chopped Carrots – Sliced Red Bell Pepper – Chopped Purple…

Roasted Corn & Pepper Slaw

Sunday evening dinners at our house tend to go a little southern. I like making more traditional foods that I grew up eating. Cole slaw is one of those side dishes that I watched my Mom & Grandma make for just about every meal. Traditional southern cole slaw is made with cabbage that has been…

Honey & Mint Fruit Salad

I have to admit…I don’t love fruit. It is a struggle for me to eat it on a daily, much less a weekly basis. You can put any vegetable in front of me and I will eat it, just not fruit. As much as I don’t like fruit, I love to buy it. I get…

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

If someone told me I could only eat 1 food for the rest of my life…hands down, it would be french fries. I love the crunch of the crispy skin and the satisfying creaminess in each fry. I have been hesitant to try sweet potato fries because honestly, why mess up a good thing? In…

Skinny Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are one of the most comforting foods around. However, they are not one of the most healthy. Made with potatoes, loads of butter, whole milk, sour cream and cheddar cheese…definitely not a dish to eat when you are trying to eat healthy. These mashed potatoes skipped the fat and extra calories and instead,…