Broccoli, Cheese, and Rice Casserole

Broccoli, Cheese, and Rice Casserole

Here’s how I usually celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  I’m out running errands with my kids.  As I push my cart down an aisle at Target, I notice a little girl with an adorable green outfit.  While passing, I smile and compliment her cute green hair bow.  I keep shopping and stop by a woman who has on some lavish green nail polish.  I naively continue on my way until a boy runs pass me with a green shirt on.  I stop.  It’s St. Patrick’s Day!  I quickly scan myself and my kids searching for any sign of green.  Nope.  No green.  Since I want to spare my kids from a pinch-happy child at our library class, I head to find some green stickers or green ribbon or green face paint.  Just something GREEN, people!  I’m usually unsuccessful and decide to take the risk and head to the library anyway despite being green-less.  We get home, a few pinches later, and I promise myself to remember next year’s St. Patrick’s Day.   Am I the only mama out here forgetting the green?  Well, whether you remember or not, at least you can sneak some green into your day by making this quick and easy Broccoli, Cheese, and Rice Casserole.         I love cooking with fresh vegetables.  Not only do they have a bold dynamic flavor, but the colors pop.  Especially broccoli!  I mean look at how beautiful and bright the green is!  What?  Doesn’t everyone get giddy over the vibrant colors in their food?  Apparently, neither does my husband.  Whenever I cooked with broccoli, I started noticing that...
Grilled Tuna Cheese Sandwich

Grilled Tuna Cheese Sandwich

Don’t believe a grilled tuna cheese sandwich could be healthy?  Well, prepare to deceive your taste buds with a little twist on the classic grilled cheese.  I sneak in an avocado, Greek yogurt, and coconut oil and make this sandwich full of whole grains, Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and protein.  This crunchy, cheesy sandwich will become one of your families favorite lunches.     There are a couple key tips in making these sandwiches finger-lickin’-perfect.  When choosing canned tuna, purchase tuna packaged  in olive oil like Genova Tonno Solid Light Tuna.  Olive oil helps contain nutrients better than water and also adds more Omega-3s.  Also, most pre-packaged pickles have yellow coloring added.  Is that really necessary? Make sure to read the ingredients on the pickle relish.     Coconut oil is considered a ‘high heat’ oil meaning it cooks hotter at a lower temperature than other oils.  Since you’ll be ‘frying’ this sandwich with coconut oil, start with a lower heat or you’ll burn your sandwich.  Coconut oil has been proven to cause weight loss, improve metabolism, reduce cholesterol, and even improve memory.  The rich aroma and sweet, light flavor is an added bonus too.  I love Nutiva Coconut Oil.     Most store bought breads have tons of additives, chemicals, and preservatives.  For best taste, quality, and nutrition, read the ingredients and purchase whole wheat bread with pure, simple ingredients.  I purchase Aspen Mill’s at Costco.  The ingredients are 100% stoneground whole wheat, water, honey, salt, and yeast.  I love pre-packaged foods with ingredients like this!   Print Grilled Tuna Cheese Sandwich Ingredients 1 large ripe avocado mashed 1/4 cup Greek...
Creamy Potato Soup

Creamy Potato Soup

When the weather is cold, it’s time to whip out the comfort food.  Creamy, cheesy, and flavorful soups always hit the spot for me.  AND isn’t it a must that potatoes be involved?  Well, you’re going to fall head-over-heels for this Creamy Potato Soup that I originally shared on Pretty Providence.  Can I let you in on a little secret?  It’s healthy too!  Your eyes might be surprised at some of the ingredients, but your mouth will thank you for making it.     Many people think ‘coconut milk‘ is some exotic ingredient, BUT you’ll find it right next to regular milk in the grocery dairy section.  It’s high is GOOD fats and a great substitute for heavy whipping cream.  It also does not taste ‘coconuty’.  It’s really rich and creamy and you won’t be able to tell a difference.  Trust me, I’m looking out for your tastebuds and health!   Print Creamy Potato Soup Ingredients 32 oz natural or organic chicken broth 1 medium sweet onion diced 4 large potatoes peeled and diced 1 head of cauliflower washed and cut into florets 1 cup original coconut milk 3 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper Instructions In a large pot, bring chicken broth to boil. Add onion, potatoes, and cauliflower. Cover and reduce heat but keep broth boiling. Boil for 20 to 25 minutes until potatoes and cauliflower are soft. Pour contents into a Vitamix blender and blend on high until smooth. Return to pot. Add coconut milk, cheese, salt, and pepper. Stir until cheese has melted. Serve warm and...
Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Nurses sometimes forget what is and isn’t appropriate to talk about while eating.  At work, we can talk easily about all sorts of gruesome and disgusting details while enjoying our lunch.  However, I’ve learned my morbid and nasty stories are not as welcomed in normal dining circumstances.  Shocking, right?   So, I’m going to let you peacefully eat these creamy mashed potatoes with your eyes before I talk with you about something a little uncomfortable and unpleasant.  You’ll want to keep reading because ‘it’ starts shortly after birth at a 3% rate,  exceeds 50% by the age 50, and reaches over 90% by the age 80. So, most likely you, your spouse or child are being affected.   Thanksgiving and Christmas would not be the same without this traditional dish.  I’m pretty sure creamy mashed potatoes were on the menu for the first Thanksgiving feast.  Since your Thanksgiving feast must be complete, here’s some mashed potatoes for you with a healthy tweak.  You might be surprised by some of the ingredients, but trust me…. these mashed potatoes are fluffy, cheesy, creamy and oh so tasty.   Print Creamy Mashed Potatoes Ingredients 6 large red potatoes washed and cut into 1 inch chunks (you can peel them all, if you prefer no skin) 1 head of cauliflower cut into florets 1 cup plain yogurt 1 cup shredded cheese my favorite is Colby Jack 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper Dried parsley for garnishing Instructions In a large pot, bring 8 cups of water to a boil. Add potato chunks and cauliflower florets into boiling water. Boil for 25 to 30...

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