What foods do you look forward to during the Christmas holiday season? Sweets? Breads? Good old-fashioned family recipes? The Christmas season is a time when most of us struggle through, eating chocolates, candy, and everything that isn’t nutritious. Feasting from favorite potluck dishes at annual family holiday gatherings seems to pack on the pounds all at once. Festive parties and daily snacking on sweets help to increase those pounds even before Christmas Eve. One thing that works to combat this pack-on-pound festivity eating is to replace the normal breakfast or dinner with a vegetable/protein shake.   A simple nutritious shake recipe is: Banana Beet ShakeRead More →

Pumpkin Fruit Dip

                      Pumpkins, orange and red leaves, candy corn, apple cider – autumn things that bring comfort and good memories to mind make me feel excited this time of year. October colors, holiday foods, and festive candles create home nesting feelings. It makes a homemaker eager to decorate with the rich season of beauty in home and garden. It’s no wonder that I couldn’t wait to attend my friend’s double baby shower for her two daughters’ little pumpkins soon to be born. The shower menu was a season’s delight for those who love this time ofRead More →

Oatmeal is a good nutritious food to keep in the kitchen cupboards. It makes a great breakfast blended with fruit and toast on the side. Serve it with or without milk. Recently, a friend handed me a copy of a new popular oatmeal idea – Skinny Overnight Oats in a Jar! I hadn’t ever heard of it before. There’s no cooking required. It’s a breakfast loaded with fiber, vitamins, and nutrients. Families in a hurry every morning should take note of this idea. It’s quick and filling. The recipe my friend gave me called for: 1/4 cup quick oats 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 1/4Read More →

Lentil soup always seemed quite blah to me. Then I saw a recipe with lentils, red wine, and kale. I prefer spinach over kale so I decided to try it. It was so good! The hubs loved it and requested that I make it again. I knew this recipe would stay on my recipe-favs-list. The catch is this: hubs said don’t change anything. He knows me well – I do like coming up with twists to already-tried recipes. This one is so good, however, that it’s worth fixing over and over. I hope you enjoy it!   Spinach, Chicken Sausage & Lentils Recipe Type: MainRead More →

The best kitchen decor is the kind that comes with a story. It serves a purpose in your kitchen and is a great conversation piece. I found the perfect gadget holder one day when I pulled up at a vintage shop. One of the vendors had pulled out several old vintage items from her trunk to show the shop owner. While the owner was making her decision on which things she wanted to keep for the shop, I studied two chair springs. Thinking that I could make use of them somehow in my kitchen or upcycle them to sell, I knew I just had toRead More →

You can eat this omelet and still maintain your gluten-free and dairy-free lifestyle. It’s creamy-delicious and filling.         Daiya Cheese and Spinach Omelet Recipe Type: Breakfast Cuisine: American Author: Angie with kitchenhospitality.com Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 5 mins Total time: 10 mins Serves: 1 Vegetarian omelet Ingredients Daiya cheese, mozzarella style (a small handful) 2 eggs or egg whites 2 handfuls raw spinach, chopped 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil Instructions Put the Coconut Oil onto a heated griddle, medium temperature. Add the chopped spinach then the eggs. Let the eggs set a few seconds then scramble them into the spinach. SprinkleRead More →

Healthy omelets are filling and satisfying and great for a Sunday morning. When eating such an omelet for breakfast or brunch, you can make it through the day until dinner. Last Sunday morning I prepared a turkey and kitchen garden omelet for Hubs and me. The ground turkey was a left over. I went out to the herb and veggie garden just outside my kitchen and got a mini green bell pepper, a few basil leaves, and a couple of tomatoes from my Roma tomato plant. The Coconut Oil began to sizzle on the griddle, and the bell pepper and tomatoes were added first. NextRead More →

                      One of the Labor Day weekend breakfasts I made for the hubby and me was especially delightful. The food was really good as it was my favorite – veggie cheese omelets with ground turkey and cilantro and gluten-free waffles topped with a tad of butter and local honey. Yum!                   The delightful part was watching the our two little kittens, brother and sister, play inside the basket on top of the kitchen scale in the herb garden. We just knew they were going to tip theRead More →

Quinoa is a new healthy foods staple for this southern girl’s kitchen. It looks like “Ke-no-a”, right? See, you thought so, too! But it’s “Keen-wah” I found out. Now I feel better about using the staple because in my neck-of-the-woods stomping grounds in Southeast Texas, “keen” means you’ve got good sense. A person who eats quinoa does have good sense I think. First of all, it doesn’t take long to cook it. Second, one cup uncooked quinoa turns into about four cups cooked. Mixed with a medley of vegetables and lite soy sauce, it makes a filling dinner, and there’s plenty left over for lunches.Read More →

Since I started my AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge, I’ve been having nutritious chocolate shakes for breakfast. I love chocolate! It’s kind of like having chocolate milk for breakfast. My breakfast shake packets ran out (I shared them with my hubby and forgot to order more in time). This morning I needed to come up with a healthy meal. It didn’t take long to figure out what. Broccoli omelet! I like steamed broccoli. The best way to cook broccoli is boil it in water for five minutes, turn off the burner, cover the pot, and let it set for 20 minutes. You get tender broccoli that isn’tRead More →