A healthy sweetheart meal

Celebrating Valentine’s Day often includes chocolate, cookies, candy and decadent meals. It can be tough for couples and families to enjoy the holiday while trying to watch their waistlines or keep their New Year’s resolutions to make healthier choices. You don’t have to give up on the new, healthier you just to celebrate the holiday. Try this delicious, healthy meal at home to share with your friends, family and sweetheart.



Bacon, lettuce and tomato bruschetta

Slow cooker oatmeal recipe

My good friend Milton warmed a few hearts when he offered to cook breakfast during our annual camping reunion of friends, family and hangers-on.

Now, this group has numbered as high as 30 or 40 at a meal, so it can be quite an undertaking to take on chef duty. This time, however, we had dwindled to a smaller crowd and only about a dozen or so were expected at breakfast.

Milton’s crowd-pleasing masterpiece: “Oatmeal With Stuff.”

4 healthy substitutes for your game day party

The “biggest game of the year” will be watched by millions on Sunday, Feb. 1. This big game day usually includes a party or two, complete with traditional game day foods such as chicken wings, potato skins, chips and dip, brownies and a variety of other delicious, but not so healthy options. If you’re watching your waistline and either hosting or attending a game day party this weekend, try one of these tasty alternatives:

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.