Cans Get You Cooking

Tuscan Spinach and Bean Soup

I'm all about fresh food first.  However, I don't always buy things fresh because of price or convenience or if I think I won't use it before it goes bad.  I use some frozen, but I use canned as well.  And some foods I use exclusively canned.  For example--beans.  Let me tell you a story:  Once upon a time I was still learning to cook and I thought one day that I might make something with a bag of hard beans.  So I bought the bag and then they … [Read more...]

25 Mouthwatering Paleo Meals

mouthwatering paleo recipes

We're all trying to eat a little healthier right now, aren't we? I have been making a pretty terrible attempt at eating better but it's just so hard in the winter. It's cold and...cold. So you just don't really feel drawn to eating a salad. I actually tried eating Paleo last fall and it was pretty hard. The Paleo diet is no grains or legumes, no dairy, no sugars and no processed foods. The hardest part was the last of energy I had for the … [Read more...]

20 Delicious Apple Recipes


It's almost my faaaaaaavorite time of year!!  I adore the fall...everything about it.  Sometimes I sit and think (cuz I'm weird like that) about if there's anything I don't like about the fall and I just can't!  The fall is the PERFECT season!  The food is the BEST.  The leaves changing color, the cooler, crisp air, the fun holidays.  School starts up, our routine is back in swing, we are getting ready for the winter.  I just love, love, love it. … [Read more...]

20 Ways to Use Tomatoes


I bought three tomato plants this year. I absolutely love garden fresh tomatoes and I've missed having my own garden space so much. The soil where I live is terrible for growing things, so I decided to try growing tomatoes in some large containers. I made one stupid mistake though--back in April, I went to Costco and saw they were selling tomato plants three to a flat and I thought I'd buy them there. I was so stupid and DIDNT check the labels of … [Read more...]

Low-Carb Turkey Taco Salad

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It's that time of year again--eating healthy.  It's so hard sometimes, isn't it?  I've been struggling to find healthy meals that aren't super boring.  We typically try to each lower-carb meals when trying to eat healthy because there's something about eating refined carbohydrates that just defeats weight loss. But here's one way to do taco salad that is really healthy.  Taco salad can end up being pretty unhealthy if you douse it with … [Read more...]

15 Minute Chicken Florentine

chicken florentine

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Frozen Foods Institute and the Frozen Food Roundtable for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. I post lots of recipes and cooking ideas on my site.  That must mean that I spend hundreds of hours cooking my meals, right?  No way.  I learned when I was first married, that the longer a meal took to make, the worse it probably would turn out for me.  (Read:  I never make … [Read more...]

Tomato Basil Grilled Chicken

tomato basil chicken

One of my favorite combinations is tomatoes, basil, and a yummy balsamic reduction.  Throw some cheese and kosher salt in there and it's even better--but I'll take it or leave it.  Since summer is nearly here and I'm finally going to stick to a diet, I've been firing up the grill almost every day for dinner. Barbecue grilled chicken tastes so much better to me than indoor grill pans so yay for warm weather!  Plus it's pretty healthy so it's a … [Read more...]

Chicken Chili Recipe and a Giveaway!

Chicken Chili with Black Beans and Corn

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of McCormick & Company for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. With Fall in full swing, soups in the crockpot are my go-to dinner. I think I make soup at least once a week, if not more. With a crockpot (possibly one of the greatest inventions ever next to electricity) all I have to do it throw a bunch of ingredients in a pot and flip it on. Then at dinner time, I don't have to wonder … [Read more...]