FREE Homemade Stock from Scraps

The words “Free” and “Homemade” and “Scraps” usually don’t go together. “Free” could mean worthless, “Homemade” can be overwhelming, and “Scraps” mean trash. But you CAN make Free Homemade stock with ingredients you will have in your kitchen at some point, and it’s easy to make. The key to FREE is the scraps. Don’t throw … Continue reading FREE Homemade Stock from Scraps

Air Fryer Cornish Hen

Air fried Cornish hen is crispy and flavorful. The flavor comes from brining and compound butter. No oil! Only spray oil needed.

Baked Blooming Onion

When I think blooming onion, I think CALORIES. Thousands of calories.  But it’s SO good. So I came up with a recipe that’s a fraction of the calories, and it’s delicious. My Baked Blooming Onion is sweet and spicy, without the oily aftertaste. With just a few ingredients you can make this recipe for a … Continue reading Baked Blooming Onion

Salmon En Papillote

Salmon En Papillote, or Salmon in parchment paper, is the easiest and best tasting weeknight meal. And, it’s an easy clean up night too. This method of steaming the salmon in parchment paper creates a juicy and flaky piece of fish. This meal is easy to assemble and makes such a statement when you serve … Continue reading Salmon En Papillote

Grilled Cauliflower Steak

Grilling up veggies sounds boring, right? But have you tried grilling up a Cauliflower Steak?  Cauliflower is a blank canvas begging for some flavor. It’s actually really easy, but impressive to serve. This is a low calorie, low fat (depending on your oil and topping choices), delicious veggie side that will be a staple in … Continue reading Grilled Cauliflower Steak

Easy Homemade Butter

Homemade butter is easier than you think. And no, you don’t have to churn the butter. It takes only one ingredient and ta-da, butter. That mysterious ingredient is heavy cream. All you have to do is whip it into butter. Yep, that’s it. Here’s how it’s done. Pour a pint of heavy cream in a … Continue reading Easy Homemade Butter

Easy Homemade Chicken Stock

I make chicken stock almost every weekend. Impressed? Don’t be. This is the easiest thing to make at home, and you will use it for almost every meal. I bet you have most of the ingredients already in your pantry. The most important ingredient is time. But, if you’re home cleaning or watching a movie … Continue reading Easy Homemade Chicken Stock

Baked Onion Rings

Onion rings is a delicious side to almost anything, but they can be greasy and heavy. My oven baked onion rings takes care of both of those issues because they are not fried, but give the same deliciousness. And best of all, you probably have all of the ingredients right in your pantry. With just … Continue reading Baked Onion Rings

Egg Cloud

Here’s a fun way to make your morning eggs. An Egg Cloud is fluffy, light and airy. Eggs are so flavorful that you can eat them plain, or you can add more flavor with cheese, veggies, or herbs. I made these plain, but feel free to personalize yours. Servings: 2     Prep Time: 5 … Continue reading Egg Cloud

Taco Spaghetti Pie

Spaghetti? Yes, you can have the occasional spaghetti dish using portion control. So if you’re going to have spaghetti, you might want to spice it up a bit. This is my low fat Taco Spaghetti Pie. I make homemade pasta once a week, and I try to make a different pasta dish every time. I … Continue reading Taco Spaghetti Pie

Ground Turkey Rolled Pizza

I have to admit that I’m a food show junkie. I watch every food show from Food Network to Rachael Ray. I love to learn new recipes and techniques. I got this idea from watching a Rachael Ray episode. I love her show! She made a turkey rolled meatloaf, but I’m in the mood for … Continue reading Ground Turkey Rolled Pizza

Curry Chicken and Rice

Curry. I love to eat it at restaurants, but (and keep this between us)I’m a little intimidated to make it. Between the unfamiliar ingredients and the unbelievable silky taste, I thought this was a bit beyond my cooking skills – but Hubby asked me to make it, so I tried. Turns out, it’s not so scary, … Continue reading Curry Chicken and Rice

Rack of Lamb

Presenting Rack of Lamb is SO impressive, but secretly it’s really easy. You can personalize your lamb with herbs and sauces. I’m not a fan of mint, but I love herbs. I used a ton of herbs from my garden, Dijon mustard, and extra virgin olive oil, to compliment the natural yummy taste of lamb. … Continue reading Rack of Lamb

Salmon Wellingtons

Salmon is one of my favorite foods to cook and eat. I try to stay away from fatty foods, but salmon is the good kind of fat, which is good news! Cooked right, salmon is juicy and flaky. I love to Wellington mine (if I can use that term as a verb) for two reasons. … Continue reading Salmon Wellingtons

Angel Bites

Watching your weigh doesn’t mean you can’t have dessert. A little bit of heaven every once in awhile is actually a good way to stay on your weight-loss course. If you deny your sweet tooth completely, you are more likely to go cray-cray on sugar and sweets, and make really bad decisions. Instead, try this … Continue reading Angel Bites

Smoked Salmon

Salmon is an impressive meal to serve, but it is SO easy to make. Salmon is meaty, fatty (good fat), and flavorful. You might even feel like you’re cheating on you diet. No worries, you not.  I add a bit of flair to my salmon just for that extra wow. 1 pound salmon (feeds 4) … Continue reading Smoked Salmon

Chicken a l’Orange

I just love a big bright orange. Duck a l’Orange is one of my favs, but it’s comes at a calorie price. So I make lighter version of Chicken a l’Orange. It still takes decadent but with a LOT less fat, less sugar, and a LOT less calories. 1 tablespoon I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter 2-4 … Continue reading Chicken a l’Orange

Tri-fold Chicken

Tri-fold chicken…sounds so fancy, right?. Really, its just chicken over rice, but with a twist. It’s all about the presentation! Thin chicken breasts (one for each person) 1/2 cup flour Pinch salt and pepper 1-2 tablespoons dried italian season 1 teaspoon cumin (optional) 1 teaspoon cayenne (optional) 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil Cooking spray Rice … Continue reading Tri-fold Chicken

Lighten Lo Mein

Lo Mein is one of my go-to meals when I want a easy but flavorful meal. It’s one of those meals you have all the ingredients (or you will after this recipe). It can be prepped early in the day, and then cook fast when it’s dinner time. The flavors build as you eat it, … Continue reading Lighten Lo Mein

Skinny Mini Frittata

I love a frittata for breakfast. They are easy to make and you can add just about ANY veggie you have in the fridge. A frittata can be heavy and full of unnecessary fat, so I made my skinny-mini frittata for a healthy light breakfast. 1 tablespoon I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter 1/2 chopped onion … Continue reading Skinny Mini Frittata

Strawberry Balsamic Chicken

When you think of dinner, you don’t automatically think strawberries. This recipe will change your mind. It’s sweet and tangy, and fills the room with a fresh and inviting aroma. You can make this sauce for burgers, steak, or pork chops – but I love chicken! 2 chicken breasts 1/2 sliced onion 1 sliced yellow … Continue reading Strawberry Balsamic Chicken

Lighten Up Ravioli

Ravioli is one of those meals that is so comforting, and you can personalize it with different fillings and sauces. I made a lighten up version of this ravioli. I made it with homemade lasagna pasta, but it can be made with store bought lasagna pasta or with wontons wrappers. RAVIOLI & SAUCE Pasta of choice … Continue reading Lighten Up Ravioli

Square Potatoes

We all know potatoes are round or oval, so why not plate them in an unusual way? Red potatoes 1 tablespoon I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter 1/3 cup fat free milk Chives Salt Large pot Water Strainer Potato masher (or large fork) Scrub the potatoes under water, and pat dry them Cut up potatoes … Continue reading Square Potatoes

Rolled Stuffed Chicken

Chicken is so versatile. It’s like a blank canvas for any flavor you want. It’s the best to use to experiment with new recipes and new ways to plate. And I don’t get bored with chicken. It is one of the best meats to eat when watching your weight. This rolled up stuffed chicken not … Continue reading Rolled Stuffed Chicken

Vegan Brownies

Vegan brownies made with brownie mix and black beans. No egg or oil! Brownie mix Can black beans Water Baking dish Drain and rinse beans. Put back into can and add water. Put beans and water into blender and puree. Mix into brownie mix. Bake according to box. Cool and eat!

Cedar Salmon

Cedar Salmon is one step above ordinary baked salmon. I’m always looking to add taste but not calories. I found it here! Fresh salmon Gourmet Cedar Cooking Wraps 2 tablespoons minced fresh herbs (thyme, oregano and basil) 2 tablespoons oil 1 lemon Salt and pepper Baking sheet Parchment paper Put cedar paper in water for … Continue reading Cedar Salmon

Dijon Parm Pork Chops

This meal is low in carbs but tastes delish! Thin cut boneless pork chops 2 tablespoons fresh herbs 1 tablespoon Houston One Spice Pork Season 1/3 cup dijon mustard Pinch salt and pepper 2 tablespoons oil 1 cup of freshly graded Parmesan cheese 2 cake pans (or wide bowls) Baking sheet Rack Preheat oven to 400 … Continue reading Dijon Parm Pork Chops

Chicken and Rice

Chicken and rice = so boring, right? Try changing up how you plate it, and add fresh elements. 1 cup brown rice 2 cups water 1-2 chicken breast 1 tablespoon oil 1 chopped onion 1 chopped pepper 1 teaspoon salt 1-3 chopped garlic cloves 1-2 cups homemade veggie stock 2 tablespoons fresh herbs (chives) 2 forks … Continue reading Chicken and Rice

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