Apple pie breakfast oats recipe

Nothing says comfort like warm apple pie. While it is very tasty at any time of the day, it doesn’t make for a nutritious breakfast. If you love apples and need to feed a family (or want to make a week’s worth of breakfast ahead of time to simplify busy mornings), try this apple cinnamon steel-cut oatmeal. Its crunchier texture makes for a hearty start to the morning. Be sure to add a glass of milk for a protein boost.

Apple pie steel-cut oats

Spinach ‘brownies’ an unlikely treat

The first time my friend Katherine said she was bringing spinach brownies to an event, I thought she had to be kidding. Spinach brownies?

The name is a bit of a misnomer, but that’s part of the fun. So they aren’t really brownies — they’re just cooked in a brownie pan, and have the same shape and consistency as brownies. They also get snapped up quickly at parties — so quickly you would think there was chocolate involved.

Turkey wild rice quiche makes leftovers a treat

Looking for something different to do with your turkey leftovers? This quiche recipe may fit the bill. In addition to being delicious fresh, it also freezes well. Serve it at your holiday party or keep it all to yourself. Take it to a different level by experimenting with add-ins such as other vegetables and even hot sauce.




Turkey Wild Rice Quiche Florentine 


Holiday Blessing Mix

During the holiday season, I look for ways to show my family and friends my appreciation for them. It can be easy to become consumed by the materialism of Christmas and forget the real reasons for the season — peace, love and thanksgiving. By taking time to create something special for family, friends and co-workers, I find myself focusing more on the thanks, prayer and joyful messages that touch us during the days leading up to Christmas. 

Each ingredient in this snack mix symbolizes something associated with the holiday season.

Hearty Autumn Stew

It can be confusing making sense of foods labeled “all natural”, “100 percent natural”, “organic” – the list goes on. What does make sense is that most of us know we feel better when we eat well. We also know foods that are free from preservatives, additives, chemicals, hormones, etc., are better for us. So it’s best not to get hung up on the terminology. Instead, look at the ingredients list and stick with whole, naturally grown foods.

Roasted vegetables give lighter flavor to Thanksgiving

Looking for something a little different, and perhaps a little healthier, to serve your Thanksgiving and holiday guests as a side dish? Look no further than this roasted vegetable recipe that is high in potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber. It can be made ahead of time and reheated but is also excellent straight out of the oven. With just 7 grams of unsaturated fat, this is a lighter, fresher option to that tired, heavy green bean casserole.

Roasted Vegetables with Balsamic-Lemon Vinaigrette

Serves 10

Chili: A healthy meal with endless varieties

Everyone has a favorite chili recipe. Traditional Texas chili is filled with beef and a variety of peppers and spices — the hotter the better! Did you know that in the 1880s, a San Antonio, Texas, market set up stands to sell chili or “bowls o’red,” and the women who sold it were called “chili queens”? A bowl o’red cost 10 cents and included bread and a glass of water. These stands became a major tourist attraction, and San Antonio chili was featured at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.