Sweet and Sour Shell Mac and Cheese

Bring creamy comfort food back into your life with this mac and cheese that is high in flavor while keeping calories, saturated fat and sodium in check. The trick is whisking together a lightened up Bechamel sauce, with lowfat milk and flour, while skipping the...
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Shamrock Farms® Cheesy Noodles with Peas and Carrots

Post sponsored by Shamrock Farms cottage cheese, written 100% by me. In the interest of eating fresher, cleaner, I created this new take on cheesy, creamy noodles—with cottage cheese. Think fettuccine Alfredo minus the food hangover. Shamrock Farms cottage cheese has been my favorite cottage...
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Apple-Cinnamon Whole-Grain Pancake Muffins

Sponsored post No time for pancakes? No problem! This recipe allows you to bake all of the batter at once in muffin tins so you can go about with your morning. These fluffy muffins serve as a delicious hot breakfast right out of the oven,...
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Grab-and-Go Mini Breakfast Casseroles with Cheddar and Spinach

Sponsored post I love a good breakfast casserole, but not the dose of greasy saturated fat from butter and sausage found in traditional recipes. In this version, I add the flavor back in with earthy scallions, spinach and garlic-and-herb seasoning. Two of these mini casseroles...
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Oven-Fried Onion Bloom with Tangy Dipping Sauce

If you’re like me, you love a good deep fry. I was born and raised in Wisconsin, after all, where I was no stranger to Friday fish fries and deep-fried cheese curds. I’ve enjoyed the deep-fried onion blooms found on restaurant menus across the...
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Green Sneaky Bean and Winter Fruit Smoothie

Smoothie satisfies, even in the off-season Clean Eating Smoothie Usually I don’t bother with creating smoothie recipes. If you stick to the basics—bananas, summer berries, milk and yogurt—you’re bound to have delicious success. But how about during the winter months when fresh, local, seasonal fruit is...
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Recipe: Chilled Corn Soup with Tomatoes, Avocado & Feta

Whenever I list corn as a healthy food, people never fail to stare with a mix of amazement and concern. “Isn’t corn fattening?” Ah…No. You’re entering a carb no-hater zone. Virtually all vegetables offer nutritional benefits. As for corn, one medium ear is about 100 calories,...
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