Monthly Archives: October 2015

Chicken Corn Chowder

I love soup.  Especially when it’s getting cold outside.  But honestly, I can eat soup even when it’s 100 degrees out.  I make lots of different one (hopefully will post some more soon!!).  But this was delicious.  I made a few changes – I used fresh herbs (parsley and thyme) instead of dried.  I used the suggested substitution of a can of creamed corn and some frozen corn.  Using a store bought rotisserie chicken (one of my favorite short cuts!!) made this come together really fast.  And I didn’t think it needed cheese – which is weird because I love cheese.  But the flavors just didn’t call for cheese to me.  YUM.

http://www.bunsinmyoven.com/2011/02/18/corn-and-chicken-chowder/

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Zoodles and Swoodles

I love the new non-noodle obsession.  I’ve made zoodles (zucchini noodles) and swoodle (sweet potato noodles).  I currently have a cheap zoodler that I picked up for less than $10 on amazon.  It works great for zucchini, not so great for sweet potatoes.  It’s manual – and the sweet potatoes are just too hard.  I’m putting the new attachment available for my Kitchen Aid mixer on my Christmas list!

The trick with zoodles is to make sure they are really dry before you cook them (I salt them and lay them on paper towels).  And then when you cook them – only cook them minimally so they don’t release their water.

This is my favorite recipe so far:

http://gi365.co/food/creamy-roasted-red-pepper-zucchini-noodles/.  Creamy-Roasted-Pepper-Zucchini-Noodles-GI-365-1

 

Potato & Carrot pancakes

Kid Friendly: Carrot and Potato Pancakes
Kid Friendly: Carrot and Potato Pancakes

These were delicious!  And it reminded me of something I grew up on.  My mom used to make potato pancakes – deep fried until they were nice and crunchy.  This recipe is a healthy twist – half of the potatoes are replaced with carrots – and I only lightly fried them, and then baked in the oven to make sure they were cooked through.  I think the best part of this recipe was the dipping sauce – but then again, we are all suckers for Indian flavors.  Get the recipe here:  http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/potato-carrot-pancakes-curry-sauce

 

 

Why I meal plan

I have a love-hate relationship with meal planning.  I do love pouring over new recipes – or anticipating family favorites.  I even enjoy making the shopping lists.  But I don’t particularly like grocery shopping, I hate unpacking and putting groceries away, and I hate how much time it all takes.  But it gets quicker with practice – and the payoff makes it all worthwhile.  I am not one of those militant 21 Day Fixers that put a weeks worth of perfectly portioned foods in the fridge ready to go.  I sometimes envy the discipline these people have – but the truth is I don’t have that much room in my fridge, and I really like my food freshly packed for the day.  So I concentrate on having a weeks worth of food planned – and then each day I decide what deliciousness we will have.  The plan is there, the food is there – it makes it easy to stick to the plan and not give in to something less healthy.  So join me on Sundays for your weekly meal planning – you’ll be glad you did!

Easy Mexican dinner

I don’t know about your family, but mine loves Tex-Mex foods.  Usually if I don’t know what to make and I ask for suggestions, it’s either Mexican or Italian.  This dish is super fast and easy – especially if you short cut and use rotisserie chicken.  Perfect for a weeknight meal.  Toppings are flexible – some of us love guacamole, some salsa – and I have 1 that wants no extra toppings at all.  So I leave the toppings to the side and everyone gets a custom bowl.  My kids like to eat it with chips.  I try to be healthy and avoid the chips…but sometimes I give in :-).  It’s all good – cooking at home is always healthier than takeout!

Recipe here.

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Hi!

Hi…I’m Carolyn!  I’m a busy working mom of 2 teenage boys – and I love to cook and I love to be healthy (most of the time!).  I believe that if you’re healthy most of time…you can indulge occasionally.  So yeah I eat a lot of salad and grilled lean meats.  And I exercise.  But I love wine, chocolate and indulgent ingredients.  So it’s all about balance.  I obsessively search Cooking Light and Pinterest for delicious healthy meals.  I feel its important to expose my family to all kinds of flavors and ingredients – some work out, some don’t.  But who wants to eat the same thing every day?  So it’s all about balance.  Eat well.  Exercise.  And indulge (occasionally).