Category Archive: Healthy Cooking – Yummy!

Recipes for calorie counters.

Alternative to Canning Tomatoes

An easy alternative to canning tomatoes.   Canning your own sauce is awesome for the freshness, but I hate canning. It’s hot, messy, and time consuming. Not to mention, buying the tools gets expensive. An old friend of mine taught me this alternative way to canning tomato sauce. I’ve been doing it for years. It’s …

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Easy Hummus Recipe

As I mentioned on Facebook, I’ve never made hummus, so I researched online recipes. I’m sure you can agree, when you Google Hummus, it can be overwhelming. I just used the common ingredients; chickpeas, tahini sauce, and lemon juice, and added in some of my own yummies. Since making it, the hardest part was deciding …

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Kale Salad with Dijon Dressing

Kale Salad, Photo by Jenny MacBeth

Okay, kale, it’s green. IT’S GREEN. It’s also very bitter. This is the first time I’m eating it raw. I’ve had it cooked in butter, and that’s always a good thing. I read an article of the benefits of eating lots of kale. Which, I already knew, but it’s GREEN. It said that kale is …

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Bruschetta Dip. Great for Parties.

  WOW your friends with this cool and easy dip. It’s awesome for picnics. This yummy idea was inspired by, Monica Sieber from Pittsburgh, PA. Thanks girl. We love it! You’ll Need: 3 (14.5 oz.) cans of diced tomatoes 2 (8 oz.) bricks of cream cheese 8-10 garlic gloves, crushed 1 cup of fresh basil, …

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Three Minute Microwave Gourmet Breakfast

  I don’t know about you, but I usually wait for the weekends to make a gourmet breakfast. No time to waste during the week. I usually hit the snooze button for the umpteenth time before I have to drag my butt out of bed. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I love …

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Top Secret’s Benihana Ginger Salad Dressing by Todd Wilbur

  Recently, our friend Val sent in a request, “Dear Girl, I just love the ginger dressing you get from Hibachi restaurants.  Any ideas?” Why, yes I do! Whenever I eat at a Japanese restaurant, I look forward to the ginger dressing; always requesting extra. I even use the dressing for dipping crusty breads, and …

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Frozen Fruit Smoothie

  We’re big on fruit smoothies. I make one just about every day. I would really like to add beer, but this is for breakfast after all. Ha! SAM’s Club has yummy produce. I buy bulk fruits, clean them, and toss in a Ziploc freezer bag. We always have blueberries, strawberries and bananas on hand. …

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Sesame Peanut Dressing

  Dedicated to our friend Ron. Ron said, “I’m looking for a good sesame, peanut dressing. Can you come up with something for me?” Me in response, “Hells yay!” I too love sesame and peanut’y tasting dressing. I’m actually shocked that I didn’t try this before. So, after a few failed attempts, I came up …

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Low-Cal Salad Dressing

  Since the girl likes to eat A LOT, she needs to watch what she eats. On occasion. Actually, this healthy twist is a fully awesome alternative to regular store bought salad dressings. Put a few spritz on your salad using a Misto with extra virgin olive oil. This will help hold the seasons to …

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Indian Cooking Class 1 – Khichari

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My friend Margaret and I attended a free Indian cooking class at Northland Public Library. I highly recommend it. The Indian cook, Ann Manchella, prepared Kichidi (that’s the way she spells it. Most common is Khichari), a rice dish widely known in India as a comfort food. Ann demonstrated the preparation of the dish and …

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