Lightened Up Cappuccino Cheese Muffins

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Lightened Up Cappuccino Cheese Muffins are a great treat for people watching their weight! I know, I know. The last couple of weeks of this blog have been filled with one decadent treat after another. Each one has been a diet killer in its own right. "So what about the dieters?", you ask. "What's a poor soul to do if s/he isn't eating cheesecake, ice cream trifle, cheesecake mousse, delicious cookies, and all those other treats? Good news friend's. I feel for you. No really, I might be cooking, baking and photographing all sorts of fattening treats, but I've been dieting hard. Really hard. Like, one bite to make sure the cheesecake is good. We're in this together. And that's why I made … [Read more...]

Grilled Chicken in Mustard Sauce

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The best supper is the one you can make in minutes! Quick and easy grilled chicken in mustard sauce will become your new family favorite! People often ask me how I became a cook, baker, and most importantly, a recipe developer. Every time, without hesitation, I answer that it boils down to my mother and her creativity in the kitchen. I’m sure that if I had grown up in a house where my mother followed recipes without experimenting at all, that I wouldn’t have ever attempted to experiment, and eventually start creating my own recipes. It’s funny though, that while I completely credit my mother’s creativity for my own kitchen accomplishments, I’ve developed a completely different style in … [Read more...]

Award Winning Turkey Veggie Meatloaf

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Turkey Veggie Meatloaf is a quick and easy, kid friendly supper that will sneak those veggies into your menu in the most delicious way! Remember the big Hanukkah recipe contest I hosted with CookKosher? Well. I know that I should have posted the winner a while ago, but life got overwhelmingly hectic, and lots of other things got in the way. But today is finally reveal day! The contest asked you to post your best recipe to CookKosher.Com's ever-growing database of kosher recipes, submitted by home cooks just like you. There are two winners of this contest. One will have their recipe featured in an upcoming cookbook as part of the "Made Easy" cookbook series, and the other winner … [Read more...]

Red Wine London Broil Salad + A Taste of Pesach Review and Giveaway

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Red Wine London Broil Salad makes an elegant appetizer, a delightful side, or a lighter main - making it perfect for Passover or year-round. Adapted from the hottest new cookbook, A Taste of Pesach. The hottest new Passover cookbook is the newly released A Taste of Pesach, and I'm super excited to review it today. Plus, I'm sharing an awesome steak salad from the book, and one lucky person will win a copy! A Taste of Pesach started as a fundraising campaign for a local Yeshivah. A bunch of women gathered their favorite Passover recipes together and mailed them out in the form of a pamphlet. Six years and tens of thousands of fans later, they've compiled the best of their yearly … [Read more...]

Roasted Vegetable Potato Salad

Roasted Vegetable Potato Salad

Roasted Vegetable Potato Salad is a totally different take on Potato Salad that's perfect as a Passover Recipe or for all year round! It's that time of year again, huh? I keep trying not to think about Passover's imminent arrival, about all the work that has to be done before it comes, but the world just won't let me forget it! All of my local groceries are busy hiding the bread, crackers, and other such chometz (non-kosher-for-Passover) foods down the hall, behind the partition, down a steep flight of stairs, and through a radioactive screen. Ok, I am exaggerating slightly, but I kinda resent having to go searching for some bread if I want to make a sandwich. You can probably guess … [Read more...]

Grilled Chicken and Portobello Wraps with Garlic Mayo

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Grilled Chicken and Portobello Wraps with Garlic Mayo are a healthy supper that's easy to make and delicious to eat! So you might have guessed, based on the (in)frequency of posts lately that I've been crazy busy. Nothing new for me, you say? Well sadly, I've found myself the kind of busy where I am cooking less frequently than usual. And that means...eating or ordering out. Not the best option when you're dieting, but one of the more diet friendly options you can usually find is a grilled chicken wrap. Problem is, no matter how healthy they say it is, you just know there's gonna be hidden calories all over the place, right? Second problem, it's painful to pay a restaurant to … [Read more...]

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

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Roasted Red Pepper Dip is easy to make, is healthy and the perfect party dip! Raise your hand if you love dips. Shabbat challah and dips go together like...peanut butter and jelly? My personal favorite has always been hummus. I like the dips full of mayo too, like creamy basil dip or creamy eggplant dip. But then I went on my diet, and couldn't quite indulge in endless amounts of hummus or mayo based dips. (Who should, really? So calorie dense!) So I started making my mom's old classic - roasted red pepper dip! Here's the thing though. I grew up enjoying it, not as a healthy dip, but just as one that my siblings and I enjoyed. It wasn't until I was an adult on a diet that I realized … [Read more...]

My Weight Loss Journey with Start Fresh: Week 5

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So I finished my first month of my Weight Loss Journey with Start Fresh! So my total weight loss for the month... Did you enter my giveaway for a free month on Start Fresh? It ends tonight at midnight - don't miss it! I'll admit, it wasn't the easiest week for me. I had a day off for New Year's, I was out sick one day, and I was snowed in another. Being home and bored doesn't make for easy dieting. I was tempted to cheat a few times, but I had my plan and stuck with it! I started asking myself... "Am I hungry, or am I bored?" As you can imagine, I was bored most of the time. One of my delicious food discoveries of the week was my Skinny Mocha Frappes. I also made a version with just … [Read more...]

Skinny Mocha Frappe

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  Trying to lose weight? This Skinny Mocha Frappe recipe will help you stick to your resolutions! So 2014 is here, and lots of us are probably trying to eat healthy, lose weight, yada yada yada. If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that I'm in the middle of week 4 of my new diet. It's been great so far, and I am definitely adjusting to the whole "eat healthier" thing, but everyone needs a treat now and then, right? Well, my diet might be structured, but I had to come up with a way to treat myself within my diet plan. So I came up with this drink. You know the one you spend $5.95 on at a cafe or restaurant? Yep, same thing. Except it costs pennies in … [Read more...]

Roasted Green Beans with Onion Garlic

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Roasted Green Beans are a delicious side dish that's perfect for someone who's eating healthy! You know how I said in my last post that I find myself eating lots of the same foods, turning to old favorites, and keeping my food under my new diet pretty simple? Well then I started to think to myself...maybe some of these old favorites are simple, but who's to say y'all wouldn't enjoy some of these recipes? Well I took an informal poll on Instagram and Facebook, asking if you folks were interested in the recipe for these roasted green beans. Turns out, lots of you wanted it! So tonight I am sharing one of my favorite veggie recipes. And by that I mean, this is how my mother always … [Read more...]