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Cheesy Bacon Chipotle Baked Spaghetti Squash

This one is sooooo good, I couldn't wait to share it with you! It's like the best pasta dish you have ever tasted, but without the pasta. Lately, I have been cutting out the starches in my diet - potatoes, bread, rice and pasta - and replacing them with vegetables. Spaghetti squash makes a great low- carb, gluten-free, low-calorie pasta replacement. 

Cheesy Bacon Chipotle Baked Spaghetti Squash
( makes 2-4 servings, depending on size of spaghetti squash)

1 large spaghetti squash, cut in half  and seeds removed
4 strips of cooked and chopped bacon
2 green onions, chopped
1 cup aged cheddar cheese, grated 
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tsp. chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
Spaghetti Squash:

Preheat oven to 375 F. Cut spaghetti squash in half .. Scoop out seeds and guts. Put squash cut side down on a large parchment lined baking sheet. Cook for about 43 minutes. Remove. Let cool. Take a fork and scrape, so that you have long strands that look like spaghetti. …

Summer Steak Salad with Grilled Pineapple and Avocado

This salad is very filling but won't leave you feeling weighed down. You could substitute chicken or shrimp for the steak. The juicy, grilled pineapple adds a nice burst of sweetness, which goes well with the buttery avocado and crunchy sesame seeds.

Summer Steak Salad with Grilled Pineapple and Avocado
serves 4

4 sirloin steaks
1 pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into quarters lengthwise
1 large ripe avocado, diced
roasted sunflower seeds
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
kosher salt
extra virgin olive oil
mixed baby greens

Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette:
makes about 1 cup

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup canola oil ( or other mild flavored oil)
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. honey or maple syrup
a good pinch of salt
black pepper

For Vinaigrette:
Combine all ingredients and blend together with immersion blender. Adjust seasoning to taste

Heat grill. Take steaks out of the fridge, about 1/2 an hour before cooking. Rub steaks and pineapple with olive oil. Season with salt and cayenne pepper…

Healthy Banana Oatmeal Bread

Looking for a healthy treat that is as yummy as it is healthy?  Well, you have come to the right place, my friend!  This banana bread is made without any flour, dairy, oil or sugar. I took a basic banana bread recipe and started playing around with it, to see if I could make a much healthier version. I replaced the flour with rolled oats, ground flax and coconut, and completely omitted the sugar. The only sweetener in this recipe comes naturally from the sweet potato and banana. I also added 1/2 cup of raisins to this loaf. I was a little worried that this was going to be a huge disaster, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well this turned out. 

Healthy Banana Oatmeal Bread

1 cup pureed, cooked sweet potato
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
1 egg
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups (large flake) rolled oats 
1/4 cup golden flax meal
1/2 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut
pinch of salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon

*Optional : 1/2 cup - chocola…

Chicken and Bacon Corn Chowder


 Nothing quite hits the spot like a luscious bowl of homemade soup on a cold, winter's night.


 What's that?

 It's spring?

PHEW! (wipes brow)

Buh Bye winter!

HElloooo spring

Chicken and Bacon Corn Chowder

4 slices thick- cut bacon, chopped
1 onion, diced
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
2 cups corn 
2 cups diced peeled potato
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups milk or cream
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
2 1/2 cups diced, cooked chicken
1 Tbsp. cornstarch dissolved in 2 Tbsp. cold water
salt and pepper to taste
hot sauce to taste

Garnish: green onions, sour cream, reserved bacon 

In a large pot cook bacon until it is somewhat crispy. Remove bacon and drain on paper towel. Saute onion, celery and peppers until softened. Add corn, potatoes, stock, milk and seasonings. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook at a low temperature until vegetables are tender. Add chicken to pot. Bring to a gentle boil and stir in cornst…

Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip

I don't know about you but I am a sucker for Buffalo Chicken anything. I think the spicy zip of the wing sauce pairs so perfectly with the tangy blue cheese. Anyone else a huge fan of blue cheese? MMMmm!   With those flavors in mind, I decided to whip up a hot, cheesy dip. Serve with crackers, pita chips, thick cut potato chips or carrot and celery sticks.

Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip
(low-carb, gluten free)

8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup hot buffalo wing sauce
about 1 cup grated aged white cheddar
1 cup diced cooked chicken breast
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 finely chopped green onions


1. Heat oven to 425 F.
2. In a medium size bowl, blend cream cheese and mayo together. Add wing sauce, chicken, blue cheese, green onions and 1/2 the white cheddar.
3. Pour into a greased medium- size casserole dish.
4. Top with remaining cheddar cheese.
5. Bake until bubbly and  cheese is browned - 15 to 20 min.
6. Serve with crackers, thick- cut potato chips, celery and…