Lighter Ways to Enjoy Pumpkin Spice Season

Back in 2003, Starbucks debuted its Pumpkin Spice Latte, with great success.  Other food  and beverage companies noticed and followed suit. Now,  fall means the Great Pumpkin Spicing of Everything. Many of the pumpkin-spiced flavored foods and drinks are heavy on refined carbs (pumpkin spice Twinkies, anyone?) And that cozy, luscious Starbucks Pumpkin Spice GrandeRead more

Budget Snack: Aldi’s Black Bean Chips and Hummus

I started shopping at my local Aldi a few months ago and discovered what has become my favorite snack – store brand hummus and black bean chips.  I will make a special trip to Aldi just to buy them. Black bean chips with hummus is no prep, enjoyable and healthy. Lately, I’ve been having theRead more

Blueberries Shine in Healthy Homemade Sauce

It takes about five minutes to whip up a beautiful  blueberry sauce that has brilliant color and a rich, deep flavor. No one will guess that the sauce is much healthier than other sweet toppings. Homemade blueberry sauce can be used as a substitute for maple syrup and pairs well with  high protein pancakes for aRead more

Authentic BBQ Sauce has Less Sugar, Great Flavor

When it comes to barbecue sauce, some popular brands contain so much sugar, they could be located in the candy aisle of the grocery store. For those of us who have prediabetes, it’s  worth reading nutrition labels. For example, a two-tablespoon serving of Sweet Baby Ray’s Original Barbecue Sauce  contains 17 grams of sugar, aboutRead more

Marinated Green Beans a Potluck Winner

At a recent summer potluck lunch, one dish was particularly popular.  People went back to the buffet for seconds of the marinated green beans, a dish that happened to be low in carbs, calories and fat. Several of us at the potluck asked for the recipe. It turned out to be so simple! 1. Canned greenRead more

Easy Veggie Omelette in a Bowl

I’m lazy when it comes to breakfast – I hate to cook eggs because I don’t want to bother with dishes.   Happily, I’ve figured out a way to make an easy veggie  “omelette” in a bowl that requires no chopping or dirty pan to scrub. My no-fuss breakfast is packed with protein, has negligibleRead more

Quick Coleslaw for a Cookout

Most coleslaw recipes are either high fat or high sugar. It takes me less than five minutes to make a slaw that is low calorie, low carb and tasty. While it’s not a stunner, family and friends always finish their servings. This slaw has a sweet-tangy taste and requires no fancy ingredients. It’s perfect  forRead more

Salad Dressing for Herb Gardeners

On these bright days, it’s a joy to go out on the deck to check on my rosemary, basil, parsley, cilantro and thyme. I have lots of herbs to harvest, so I’m searching for ways to use them. I tried a beautifully simple recipe for a lemon-herb salad dressing one night last week. It wasRead more

White Chili for Chilly Days

The days are longer now in the Midwest, still cold but teasing of spring.  What sounds good is a dish that warms, but with a lighter touch.  White Chili, anyone? White Chili is loaded with  chicken breast, onion, and lots of white beans. It’s naturally low fat, high protein and high fiber – a wonderfulRead more