Thursday, February 22, 2018

No Bake Almond Butter Pecan Energy Bars


Energy bars - yea or nay?

I know there are many out there that aren't considered very healthy (lots of sugar, etc.), but there are a few I do enjoy. However, relying on those premade versions can get a little expensive. I thought I would finally attempt to make my own and save a little money. Plus, it would be nice to have complete control over the ingredients.

The result is these vegan almond butter pecan energy bars. They are delicious, filling, and a snap to put together on a weekend morning.

Disclosure: I received a free box of Wholesome Pantry snacks from ShopRite. I received no other compensation and the opinions contained herein are my own and reflect my experience with the products. Your own may differ.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Smoked Mozzarella Baked Chicken Rollatini

In this simple, healthy classic dinner for two, chicken breasts are filled with spinach, roasted red pepper and smoked mozzarella.

Maybe Renato and I are just old married people now, but we prefer to keep things kind of low-key for Valentine's Day. We never really bought into the idea of spending a fortune for one day to say "I Love You." For us, it's about all the little things we do for each other every day. Like when Renato fills up my empty water bottle because he sees it's empty. Or, when I get up early during the week to get breakfast ready and let him stay in bed a little longer.

This Valentine's Day we're planning a quiet dinner for two at home. Many times making a simple meal together means more than a fancy one out on the town. Simple can still be special. This year on the menu is smoked mozzarella baked chicken rollatini.

Disclosure: I received cheese from Calabro Cheese Corp. to facilitate this recipe. I received no other compensation and the opinions contained herein are my own and reflect my experience with the products. Your own may differ.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Keeping My Healthy Promises

Ideas for maintaining your healthy lifestyle goals throughout the year.

I don't like to say I make New Year's resolutions. Rather, I prefer to call them promises to myself. It's been about a month and so far, so good. That's why I feel like it's a good time to share how I approach "resolutions" and share how I am doing on my top two promises for a healthier me.

Disclosure: I received a box of Wholesome Pantry snacks from ShopRite to facilitate this post. I received no other compensation and the opinions contained herein are my own and reflect my experience with the products. Your own may differ.
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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Creamy Chipotle Avocado Dip


Just in time for the biggest football game of the year, I have a dip recipe that works with pretty much anything - chips, vegetables, meats, you name it. And, relatively speaking, it's kind of healthy too.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Slow Cooker Chickpea Curry

Minimal prep. maximum flavor. This vegan slow cooker chickpea curry filled is healthy, hearty, and chock full of aromatic spices.| Local Food Rocks

Minimal prep. Maximum flavor. My kinda dinner!

This vegan curry filled with pantry staples is healthy, hearty, and chock full of spices. Perfect for eating next to the fireplace on a snowy, cold winter evening.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Connecticut Winter Farmers' Markets 2018


Yes, you can still buy local eats in winter. No, you won't find tomatoes and strawberries, but you can find cold stored root vegetables, greenhouse greens, mushrooms, meat, and dairy, as well as jarred sauces, jams, condiments, maple syrup, honey, and more.

To assist in your search for locally grown ingredients during these cold months, I've compiled a list of winter farmers' markets going on around the state.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Sesame Ginger Edamame Spaghetti

This quick and simple vegetarian sesame ginger edamame spaghetti recipe is packed with protein, low in carbs, and full of flavor. | Local Food Rocks

You are probably thinking: "What? A recipe with spaghetti in January? Isn't that a bad idea considering it's the time of year when people swear off carbs and head back to the gym?"

Well ... yes and no. This is a recipe using a new-to-me ingredient that actually fits into health goals. This spaghetti is made from organic soybeans. Just soybeans. That's it. So, it's ridiculously full of protein, low in carbs, gluten-free, and best of all, it's really delicious.

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