Category Archives: Light

Back To School Roundup

It’s that time of the year again! Back to School! New teachers, new friends, new clothes, new school supplies, maybe even a new school! This time of year is always so exciting not only for kids, but parents and teachers as … Continue reading

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Raspberry-Cream Cheese Muffins

I first made these muffins last Sunday morning for Mother’s Day. They were gone within ten minutes of putting them on the table! Everyone raved about the tart and juicy raspberries just bursting out of these muffins. Since I forgot to bring … Continue reading

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Honey Oat Quick Bread

Few things on Earth are better than the smell of homemade bread baking in the oven. The incredible smell wafting from the oven is enough to make one weak in the knees. Since there is no yeast involved or bread machine … Continue reading

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Cream of Roasted Carrot Soup

If you are looking for an elegant first course for your Easter Sunday feast, look no further than this rich and creamy roasted carrot soup. With only 170 calories per serving, this soup is certain fill you up without weighing you … Continue reading

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Grilled Eggplant and Goat Cheese Salad

Since the weather has been warming up here in Central Illinois, Andrew and I have been taking advantage of the unusually high temperatures by firing up the grill and dining al fresco each evening. This light and simple salad is … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers

Here’s one vegetarian burger the whole family will love! You’ll even forget that they’re healthy for you. Packed with 7 grams of protein and only 210 calories each, these satisfying burgers are sure to be a hit. Hearty patties packed with black … Continue reading

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BBQ Chicken and Blue Cheese Pizza

Oh pizza…I swear I could eat you everyday of my life it is wasn’t for the havoc you would wreak on my hips. Of all of the comforting foods out there, pizza is one of my biggest downfalls. There is … Continue reading

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Maple-Nut Granola

If you’ve never made your own granola, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make. Just combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl, mix in the wet ingredients, and bake until golden brown. The best part is that … Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

We finally got our first snowfall of the year yesterday. Apparently we had been in a “snow drought” so far this winter according to the local evening news. Peoria went 317 days without an inch of snow, almost beating the … Continue reading

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Chocolate-Cherry Heart Smart Cookies

Chewy, fudgy oatmeal cookies studded with chocolate chunks and plump cherries. Oatmeal cookies are one of my favorites this time of year. They are so fat, chewy and comforting. For this recipe, I added a splash of cherry flavoring to the dough to intensify the … Continue reading

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