Strawberry Smoothie

I haven’t made a smoothie in ages and now I’m addicted to this one. This strawberry smoothie is one of the simplest smoothies that I’ve ever made. I think for a while there I wanted to add every healthy ingredient I had into one glass. Honestly I think the fewer the ingredients the better because I’m more likely to make it and it’s still delicious. So strawberry and yogurt it is. There is some banana going on too, but I don’t taste it. The frozen banana makes the smoothie thick. Plus it makes it more filling, which is obviously a …

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Part Whole Wheat Waffles

I love when my husband makes us breakfast on the weekends. Weekend breakfast time is the best.  It’s a time to slow down, when we cook together and enjoy each other’s company over delicious food. (And when I say we cook, I mean that he cooks and I watch, we’re together at least.) And since calories don’t count on the weekend, we look forward to taking a break from our usual week day yogurt or oatmeal and splurge on delicious calorie filled breakfast items. In my opinion, my husband’s breakfasts are better than what we’d have at a restaurant and …

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Swedish Meatball Pasta Bake

This is the kind of comfort food dish that you make on the weekend. Think Swedish meatballs meets a casserole and that’s what we’ve got going on here today. Nifty, right? I tend to prefer casseroles in the winter time. Maybe it’s because they tend to be heavier and ideal for cold nights. Which means if you’re counting calories then save this recipe for a day when calories don’t count (like the weekend or on vacation 😉 ). As a heads up, this recipe takes a bit of time to make, which is the real reason why I suggest making …

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Moroccan Style Chickpea Soup

I’ve been eyeing the The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook for a while and my husband surprised me with it the other day.  I was so excited to try a recipe that I made something the very next day. Since it’s January in CT, it’s only fitting that I try a soup recipe first.  Ironically, it was in the 60’s this past weekend, which is an actual heat wave for this time of the year.  Nonetheless, we still enjoyed eating this soup. It’s not the prettiest bowl of food, but then again, I find that most soups don’t necessarily look as good …

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Vasilopita – Greek New Year’s Cake

Happy new year! I’m sharing a very special family recipe with you today.  Vasilopita is a traditional Greek cake served on New Year’s Day (or thereabouts).  A coin is hidden in the cake and it’s said that whoever gets the coin in their slice has good luck for the year.  It’s a fun family tradition that I’ve done for as long as I can remember. This cake is part of a story of greedy kings and excessive taxes. It was used by St. Basil as a way to give taxes back to the people after the king was convinced to …

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