This spicy version of minestrone uses mostly canned food. Leave the meat out for a hearty vegetarian meal.
I‘m not too proud to admit that preparing this recipe is going to require a can opener. Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be. Anybody who will eat chopped romaine lettuce stored in a vacuum-packed Mason jar every day for lunch obviously doesn’t need gourmet food at every meal, although I wouldn’t mind if didn’t affect my waistline.
There are those days. Surely you have them, too–days when you just don’t have the energy or motivation to cook a nice meal. Not always, but I frequently prefer to throw something together at home rather than eat out, even if it’s not fresh and/or fancy. I know, I know. Canned beans, canned vegetables, and condensed soups often contain too much sodium, but they usually have fewer calories and more nutrition than the hamburger and french fries at the local drive-thru.
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Muddy Buddies (aka Puppy Chow) get a makeover
Do you ever crave a quick and easy sweet treat that won’t leave you feeling guilty and defeated?
I’m excited to share the newest addition to my collection of “Skinny Secret“ snacks which already includes Apples in a Bag, Homemade Greek Yogurt, and Cannoli Cones, among others. It only takes a minute or two to put together and adds extra fiber to your diet in a deliciously crunchy way.
The secret ingredient is Fiber One’s new chocolate squares cereal. Add a small amount of peanut butter, microwave just long enough to soften, and shake it up in a little bag with minimal powdered sugar. Click here to see more pictures and recipe
Comfort food for when you feel like eating meatloaf and potatoes but don’t have the energy or the time to prepare it.
Are you like me? I’m always looking for simple but tasty recipes to keep in my back pocket for those days when I’m too exhausted to cook.
This is one of my favorites and belongs in the category of super simple supper recipes. In my life, such recipes must contain few ingredients, use few pans and utensils, and take only a few minutes to cook. In other words, they help keep me out of the drive-through. Click here to see more pictures and recipe
Get out your bread machine for this easy recipe using a Jiffy cornbread mix.
Just in case you haven’t finalized your Super Bowl party menu, here’s an idea for your consideration.
These aren’t the famed corny dogs of the Texas State Fair, but they are a great substitute for those of us who would rather not eat the fried version more than once a year. I try to buy hot dogs lower than 100 calories a piece which brings these in just under 200 calories per swirly dog. Makes a great lunch with my salad in a jar.
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Fried shrimp with a crumbled saltine coating makes for extra crunch.
Fried food is an endangered species in my kitchen, but these shrimp are on the protected list.
I have a tradition of serving fried shrimp on New Year’s Day for our annual celebration with friends–when the party is at my house. Once in awhile we might have them on someone’s birthday, but they are a rare and special treat.
Because it’s pretty basic, I never thought about putting up the recipe until my daughter-in-law requested it. So this one’s for you, Susie.
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