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Have you ever drunk a Purple Cow?

A simple recipe for a drink I call a Purple Cow has always  made my boys very happy. It makes me happy, too, because the PC packs a healthy dose of fruit, and is loaded with potassium, vitamin C, calcium, and fiber for their growing bodies. I’ve made these for years…it’s a healthy drink (unlike… Continue reading Have you ever drunk a Purple Cow?

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Mama Steph’s Chicken-Asparagus Pasta Toss

Here is a great meal idea that I love to make for my family. It’s very quick to prepare; even on a weeknight after work, you’ll have time to make this! The flavors of the vegetables,  garlic, olive oil,  chicken and  pasta all come together to make this cheerful, healthy main dish that your family… Continue reading Mama Steph’s Chicken-Asparagus Pasta Toss

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Italian turkey-eggplant stacks

“The trouble with eating Italian food is that 5 or 6 days later you’re hungry again.” ~George Miller, British writer Admittedly, Italian food can be … filling. Rich. Luscious. Delicious. I love it.  Sofia Loren loves it. She said, “Everything you see, I owe to pasta.”       I love that she is happy with her curves… Continue reading Italian turkey-eggplant stacks

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Heart-healthier Italian sausage-rigatoni bake

Happy February, everybody!  It’s American Heart Health month, and yesterday was “Wear Red for Women” day, to remind us that heart disease kills more American women than any form of cancer, and that we need to improve our eating, get a little more exercise, and take care of ourselves! This month is especially important to… Continue reading Heart-healthier Italian sausage-rigatoni bake

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Top 7 soup recipes to comfort your body and soul

What do I want to eat when I’m cold? Soup. What do I want to eat when I’m sad? Soup. What do I want to eat when I am sick? You guessed it. Soup. I’ve shared before the connection to my childhood offers, and that’s part of the reason I love it so much. “Soup… Continue reading Top 7 soup recipes to comfort your body and soul

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Healthy fast food: spicy fajita steak & veggie saute

The delicious fun continues in my kitchen! I am on a mission: to keep us all out of the fast food drive-thru lane as often as possible. Now, I’m not saying that I (or you) will never go through a drive-thru again, nor eat in their familiar little plastic dining rooms. Of course we will.… Continue reading Healthy fast food: spicy fajita steak & veggie saute

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Quick skillet dinner: grilled chicken with tomatoes, mushrooms and garlicky spinach

Sometimes when I leave my job at KLTV in Tyler and start my 45 minute drive home, I’m so hungry and so tired I think, “maybe I’ll just run through a drive-thru for dinner….”. But running through a drive-thru, while convenient, will end up being costly by the time I get enough for four of… Continue reading Quick skillet dinner: grilled chicken with tomatoes, mushrooms and garlicky spinach

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Pumpkin-lover’s smoothie for warm fall days

We foodies are a tight-knit community; we learn from each other, encourage each other, and score tons of great recipes from each other, too! This is why I get excited about fun events like Smoothie Week 2014 on the Williams-Sonoma website! I want more smoothies in my breakfast arsenal, and I can hardly wait to… Continue reading Pumpkin-lover’s smoothie for warm fall days

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Tortellini-vegetable soup – quick, comforting, good for you!

I think I’ve found a soup recipe that is pretty close to perfect, and I am excited to share it with you! As some of you know,  I’m a person who will eat soup even when it’s 100 degrees outside. In fact, it IS 100 degrees in East Texas today. Ugh. (Cooler weather is on… Continue reading Tortellini-vegetable soup – quick, comforting, good for you!

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Grits with summer vegetable sauté

We have a good-natured joke down here in the South about a man from “up North” who visits a diner in a small Southern town and is asked by the waitress, “would you like grits with that?” and the man says, “sure, I’ll try one.”  🙂 Grits are one of the signature foods of the… Continue reading Grits with summer vegetable sauté