Easy, Healthy Meals from Pantry Staples

Old Mother Hubbard Went to the cupboard,

To give the poor dog a bone:

When she came there,

The cupboard was bare,

And so the poor dog had none.

 

Old Mother Hubbard couldn’t find a bone for her dog, but what do you do when your cupboard’s are bare and you need to get [...]

Dreamy Creamy Healthy Banana Spilt

A heat wave is taking the country by storm, but no need to succumb to high calorie, fat-laden ice cream to cool off. Indulge in this decadent banana spilt to satisfy your sweet tooth and beat the heat. At the risk of being called blasphemous for creating a banana spilt ice cream without true “ice [...]

Healthy Back-to-School Lunches

Can you believe that school is starting back in five short weeks? My baby is going to Kindergarten and my special little boy is going to be in 4th grade! Where does time go? If you need tips for packing healthy back-to-school lunches, check out my guest blog post on Color Wheel Meals. Check out [...]

Healthy Lunch Series Tip #3: Make Edible Art

I hope you are enjoying this series of blog posts on making healthy lunches for your kids. If you missed the first two posts in the series, make sure to check out Everything Tastes Better on a Stick and Cookie Cutters Are Your Friend.

Today’s tip revolves around something I definitely struggle with: creativity. Making [...]

Convenience vs. Healthy Choice

I’ve been counting down the days for summer, because for the first time ever, my kids will be in day camp. I love spending time with my kids more than anything in the world, but after the past three summers of having them hang around the house, saying “I’m bored” approximately 3,000 times a day [...]

Discover who you are and success will follow

Check out my latest blog post for Working Mother magazine on finding diet success by being true to who you are and discovering what works for you. Would love to hear what you think.

Healthy Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

This weekend my home town, Fort Mill, celebrated with their 2nd annual strawberry festival. My son sang with the school choir at the festival (well, actually he lip synched because he felt embarrassed) and my daughter had her picture in The Herald while petting a sheep at the petting zoo.

Between the strawberry recipe contest [...]

Digging for Ways to Teach My Kids About Nutrition

Researchers with Saint Louis University found that children who were served fruits and vegetables from a homegrown garden were more than twice as likely to eat the required five servings a day as those who rarely or never ate homegrown produce. In addition, children who grow up eating fresh-from-the-garden produce are more likely to enjoy [...]

Artichokes: Chock full of goodness

Did you know that vegetables are the number one food eaten in homes during the last three Super Bowls? The NPD Group market research firm that tracks Americans’ eating habits found that while pizza, beer and wings are popular, vegetables top the list. I was thrilled to finally read a positive statistic about Americans’ diets.

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Chicken Cacciatore Made by a Cacciatore – Secret Family Recipe Lightened Up

Given that my last name is Cacciatore, you would think that Chicken Cacciatore would be part of our family’s regular repertoire of meals. However, traditional chicken cacciatore can be high in calories, especially when served over pasta, so I hadn’t prepared the beloved family recipe in years.

I bought fresh mushrooms at Trader Joes last [...]