Homestyle apple slaw

Homestyle apple slaw

Sick of the same old slaw?  Me, too!  Try this version using cole slaw mix, tart apples, Litehouse homestyle ranch dressing and fresh mint.  I like the savory flavor or ranch dressing over the overly sweet stuff that’s traditionally used in cole slaw. Chopped cucumbers and apples gives it a great texture and mint adds just the right freshness.  Enjoy slaw as a side dish or on top of your favorite sandwich.  Memorial day is just around the corner! This recipe is perfect for spring and summer picnics or BBQs.  #sponsored


1 (16 oz bag) cole slaw mix

1 cup Litehouse Homestyle ranch dressing

2 pink lady apples, chopped

1 cucumber, chopped

½ cup fresh mint, cleaned, dried and torn into small pieces


Place cole slaw mix, apples, cucumber and mint in a large bowl.  Add Litehouse homestyle ranch dressing and toss lightly.  Serve cold.


Makes 8 (1 cup) servings.  Nutrition facts per serving: 218 calories, 18 grams fat, 2.5 grams saturated fat, 2 grams protein 11 grams carbohydrate, 1.6 grams fiber, 15 mg cholesterol, 350 mg sodium


Southwestern Broccoli Slaw

Southwestern Broccoli Slaw

I’ve been a fan of broccoli slaw for a long time.  This is a simple combination of ingredients that’s not only colorful, but really nutritious.  Broccoli slaw adds a crunchy texture and is high in vitamin C, potassium and folate.  Black beans add a nice dose of fiber and protein.  Paired with sweet mango and savory Litehouse home style ranch dressing, this salad is great for a picnic, brunch or shower.  Quinoa or bulgur could be added to make it a complete vegetarian meal.  #sponsored Litehouse dressings have a fresher taste and are “sold in the cold” (refrigerated section) with your favorite fruits & veggies.  Cause nobody wants warm salad…


1 (10 oz.) container broccoli slaw

1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained & rinsed

1 mango cut into 1” chunks

1 red bell pepper, cleaned and diced

¼ cup red onion, minced

1 avocado, peeled and chopped into chunks

Juice from 1 large lime

¾ tsp. cumin

¾ tsp. oregano

½ cup Litehouse home style ranch dressing

½ cup chopped cilantro


Place the broccoli slaw in a large bowl.  Add canned beans, chopped peppers, cilantro and onions.

Whisk lime juice with cumin and oregano and set aside.

Add chopped mango and avocado to the broccoli slaw.  Pour lime juice mixture over the mango and avocado and lightly toss.

Add ½ cup Lighthouse home style ranch dressing to the slaw mixture and toss until fully coated and serve cold.
Makes 8 servings.  Nutrition facts per serving:  153 calories, 3.59 protein, 11 gm fat, 1.7 gm saturated fat, 12.2 gm carbohydrate, 5.1 gm fiber, 4 mg cholesterol, 432 mg sodium

Coconut spice chicken

Coconut spice chicken

A few things you should know about me.  I love to play in the kitchen, but am terrible at following recipes.  To come up with one that includes measurements and ingredients that I would have on hand, well- this is just not my norm.  I also love a challenge.  So, when I read about Siggi’s recipe challenge, I figured, what the heck?

To my surprise, my recipe was chosen to be voted on for their upcoming cookbook.  Using as much social media, email and other communication I could think of, I won!  I have to say, this is one of the tastiest, most versatile chicken recipes you’ll find.  I used it in a chicken pita recipe (bread compliments of my husband).  I hope you enjoy it!  #siggis #ambassador


1 (5.3 oz.) cup of SIggi’s 2% milk coconut yogurt

½ tsp. ground cumin

½ tsp. ground coriander

¾ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

1 Tbsp. ginger paste

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 ½ Tbsp. olive oil

1 lb. chicken breast or chicken tenders


  1. Turn your oven on to broil and move the oven rack so it is 6” away from the broiler element.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, place 1 (5.3 oz) container of Siggi’s coconut yogurt.
  3. Add cumin, coriander, salt and cayenne pepper and blend.
  4. Add ginger paste, minced garlic and olive oil. Whisk all ingredients together.
  5. Dredge each piece of chicken in the yogurt mixture until fully coated.
  6. Place the chicken on a broiling pan and broil for 10 minutes.
  7. Check the chicken after 10 minutes. Once it has started to brown, flip the chicken over and broil for another 10 minutes until done.

Serves 3-4.

Hakuna Potata

Hakuna Potata

Eat potatoes!  No worries.

I don’t know about you, but I’m real tired of the low carb diet phase. Sure, Atkins may be dead (literally and figuratively), but any number of carb bashing diets keeps popping up at any given time.


Rather than avoid carbs, why not embrace them for the awesome macronutrient they are?  Yes, they raise your blood sugar, but they’re what your body and noggen need for fuel.  And potatoes are complex carbs- meaning they break down more slowly and don’t raise blood sugar as quickly as simple carbs like jelly beans and soda.  Potatoes boast a decent amount of fiber as well as potassium.  And while French fries are not the healthiest way to eat a potato, you can try this simple recipe without the guilt.



3 Russet or other baking potatoes

non-sticky cooking spray (Olive oil type)

1/2 tsp. Seasoned salt

1/2 tsp. Rosemary



Pre-heat oven for 425 degrees.

Clean and peel potatoes, then cut them into wedges

Spray a baking pan with non-stick spray and spread the wedges out on the pan.

Sprinkle the potatoes with seasoned salt and rosemary.

Bake for 30-40 minutes until potatoes are crispy, but not overdone.


Makes 4 servings.  Nutrition facts per serving: 107 calories, 1.5 grams fat, 2.1 grams protein, 25 grams carbohydrate, 1.8 grams fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 299 mg sodium


Kale apple salad with lime dressing

Kale apple salad with lime dressing

When shopping with my daughter the other day, she spotted a beautiful bunch of kale and asked if we could get it.  What kid asks for kale?  Normally, we eat more kale in the winter in soup, but I love a good kale salad.  I think many people don’t like it is because of the texture.  Kale can be a bit unruly and bitter, but if you massage it in a Zip lock bag before using it, it softens the texture and sweetens it a bit.

I came up with this recipe like I do many others- I looked around my kitchen to see what was available.  In this case, it was kale, apples, dates, limes and nuts.  What came out was really simple, but totally delicious.  I think it tastes better on day 2 when the ingredients have a little more time to mingle.


1 large bunch of kale, cleaned and torn

1 Pink Lady or Honey Crisp apple, cleaned, sliced and cut into 1″ pieces

1/2 cup fresh lime juice (or juice from 1 lime)

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup chopped cashews

1/4 cup chopped dates


Place the cleaned kale in a Zip lock bag (gallon sized) and add 1 tsp. olive oil.  Massage the kale for 2-3 minutes to soften the texture.

Place the kale in a large bowl.  Add the chopped apple, dates and cashews.

Whisk lime juice and olive oil together, then drizzle over the kale mixture.

Makes 8-10 servings of salad.  Nutrition facts per serving:  142 calories, 9 grams fat, 4 grams protein, 14 grams carbohydrate, 2 grams fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 39 mg sodium





Super Simple Salmon

Super Simple Salmon

In an effort to eat more salmon, I decided to take it to the grill. Salmon is a great source of omega-3-fatty acids, which are not only good for your heart, but also your noggin.  Eating just 2 servings of fish per week may ward off dementia.  Below is a great recipe to try this spring:


1 ½ lb salmon fillets (about 4 pieces), skin still on

juice of 1 lemon

¼ cup olive oil

2 tsp. dill or tarragon


  1. Whisk lemon juice and olive oil together.  Add dill or tarragon.
  2. Marinate fish in lemon juice mixture for ~15 minutes.
  3. Line your grill with foil before pre-heating.
  4. Spray foil with cooking spray
  5. Place salmon on grill, skin side down
  6. Grill for 5-7 minutes per side until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Makes 4 servingsPer serving: 228 calories, 17 grams fat, 17 grams protein, 38 mg cholesterol, 0 grams fiber, 330 mg sodium.

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