Thanksgiving 101

Thanksgiving is a time of year for giving thanks, spending time with loved ones, and, of course, enjoying wonderful food. Every year my entire family gets together and we each bring our “designated dish”. One of my uncles brings the turkey and/or ham, my aunt brings a cheesy potato casserole and yummy pumpkin rolls, my…

Sweet Treats and Beta-Carotene

There’s nothing like seeing that beautiful pop of orange in a green salad or in a vegetable stir-fry. What makes this unique vegetable color so vibrant? Beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is the red-orange pigment found in fruits and vegetables, especially carrots and pumpkin. This nutrient is converted by our bodies into vitamin A which helps improve eyesight,…

Patty Pan Squash

I had never heard of patty pan squash until my uncle brought some over for us from his garden this last summer. I wasn’t sure what to do with this strange vegetable and so I had to do a lot of research on how to prepare it. Do I serve it as a side dish? Is…

Not your average stack-ups

This week I wanted try this spin on one of my family favorites: Mexican stack-ups. Normally we make these with corn chips or rice as the base, but I wanted to try to introduce a new flavor to this classic dish. I love sweet potatoes and I have been wanting to try to make sweet…

Halloween Party

It’s that time of year again when we’re really getting into the Halloween spirit with Halloween parties, Trunk-or-Treats, and getting ready for the big night of trick-or-treating for all of the little ones! This pumpkin fluff recipe is my go to Halloween party recipe because it is quick and easy to make and it contains…

The Pick of the Patch: Pumpkin Seeds

One of my favorite activities during the fall season is pumpkin carving…mostly because I love roasting the seeds! Believe it or not, these little fellas are packed full of nutrition. Two tablespoons of shelled pumpkin seeds contains ~112 calories, 10 grams of fat, 0 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of protein and they are a…

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Pumpkin puree is a very versatile ingredient. It can be used as the main ingredient, like in a pumpkin pie. It can be used for extra flavor, like in a Pumpkin Spice Latte. It can also be used in a recipe as a fat substitute. Now I do think that fat is necessary in the diet,…

It’s Fall Y’all!

Okay, I know that the first day of fall was technically September 22 but it’s hard to get in the fall spirit down here in Texas when the weather is still in the 90’s. It’s now October and this Texas heat isn’t going to stop me from enjoying my annual pumpkin spice everything obsession. To…

The Perfect Noodle

If you’ve never had spaghetti squash before, I’m sure you’ve at least heard of it. With only 10 grams of carbohydrate per cup, it’s no wonder this winter squash has grown in popularity over the last few years as a low carbohydrate alternative for our favorite pasta dishes. Not only does it significantly reduce the…

A Happy Tummy is a Healthy Tummy

I was at the store the other day buying my multivitamins and I couldn’t help but notice the abundance of probiotic supplements on the shelf. Probiotics are live bacteria that live in our gut and are beneficial for our digestive health. Research on probiotics is becoming more and more popular because those little bugs in…

Fiesta Time!

Having been born and raised in Texas, chips and salsa are a household staple. I used to go out and buy a jar of salsa and a bag of chips almost weekly until I discovered how easy it was to make my own chips and salsa! One of the nice things about this snack is…

Welcome Back!

Hey there! Long time no see. So I have a confession…I may have left all of you hanging for the last two years, and for that I am terribly sorry.  To help make up for it I will share some of the things that have happened between then and now. I believe I left off…