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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Across Latin America

Hispanic Heritage Month is a wonderful time that Latinos unite in spirit across the globe to honor our traditions, our heroes, our culture and our roots. This multicultural quilt of colors, languages, flavors and sounds are what making our Latino community so rich.  Let’s celebrate! So to celebrate, join us as we virtually travel through […]

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Spiraled Greek Salad

Sharing food with friends, family and even strangers is something our whole family enjoys doing. I love potlucks but sometimes the food options are not always healthy so I have been trying to take a nutritious dish to these types of gatherings. Recently we’ve been going to quite a few so I’ve been known to […]

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Our Lunch Packing Routine That Changed Our Life

Anyone else looking through Pinterest for lunch ideas? I have been pinning like a mad woman since our kids are starting school next week and it helps them when I have a list of ideas for them to choose from when THEY make their own lunch.  Yes, your kids can make their own lunch. Moms, […]

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Strawberry Bacon & Pecan Salad

I’ve been on a salad kick ever since we got back from our vacation.  So I’ve challenged myself to have one salad per day for a meal. I’ve been trying lots of simple and yummy combinations and this strawberry bacon & pecan salad is my all time favorite. Here in Quito we can get strawberries […]

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Broccoli Cranberry Apple Salad

I love broccoli salad but I avoided it for some time because it was loaded with this delicious creamy dressing. That is until I figured out that I could substitute all the mayo with some greek yogurt to make it healthier. I do this for all of my creamy dressings, I mix in greek yogurt […]

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How to Make Beans in the Crockpot

I was in a pinch one day when I was trying to make some soup and all I had was dried white beans. Ugh, I hate when I don’t have all of my ingredients, for some reason this happens to me ALOT. I heard stories from friends who had to cook their dried beans all […]

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Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken

One day I was complaining on Facebook about forgetting to once again defrost my meat then a friend shared this awesome secret with me–just stick your whole chicken (frozen or defrosted) in the crockpot and add salt.  Let me tell you that secret has saved many of our  family meals. One of my favorite ways […]

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Easy Christmas Appetizer: Lil Smokies Wreath

  Today my little guy was busy decorating his Christmas tree that’s been sitting under the stairs all month waiting for someone to give it life. Well, at some point I saw him “stealing” ornaments from my tree.  Which after he noticed I told him it was okay. But little did I know that I […]

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Christmas Coleslaw

As you can see I don’t chop my cabbage as fine as it should be, just call me lazy.  Since I’m also too cheap to buy the bag of already chopped coleslaw our Christmas coleslaw is a bit more chunky than normal. We were having company and I had way too much to do so […]

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Fall Snack: Pumpkin Apple Sauce Crockpot Recipe

Well, this happened on accident but I always welcome delicious mishaps in the kitchen.  It was supposed to be Pumpkin Apple Butter but too much apple juice was added so it turned into pumpkin flavored apple sauce. I loved how easy it was to make our no peel apple sauce crockpot recipe and this was […]

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Fast & Fun Halloween Snacks

This may be coming early but I couldn’t help myself since I was encouraged to write a Halloween post this past week by a client, they turned out so cute in the creepy cute way, see for yourself here. My only requirements for these Halloween snacks was that they be fast and simple but fun. […]

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8 Kid Friendly Hispanic Heritage Month Recipes

I love to cook and my family loves to eat!  So, for us there’s no better way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month than eating our way through all of the yummy latin recipes! Dinner is our family time where we not only gather to eat but to enjoy each others company via questions, games and […]

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Panzanella Tuscan Salad

Who says you can’t create your own sunshine?  The skies are gray here, but I can definitely bring some cheer into our life by brightening up our dining room with a fun color tablecloth and a delicious Tuscan salad. Panzanella Tuscan salad is a rustic meal traditionally eaten in Italy with stale bread, fresh tomatoes, […]

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Piña Colada Green Smoothie

I am down 10 pounds since I first started getting serious about eating better.  At first it was two steps back and one step forward and though I’m in a better place now, I’m still in process. As a counselor, that’s one phrase that helps me get through the day–We are all in process.  As […]

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Macaroni and Cheeseburger Cups

Summer is here and for most of us this means we are cooking three meals a day for the family. So, I’m sure you’re trying  to come up with simple and good recipes to enjoy during lunch and that don’t require too much time or ingredients. This recipe is a fun twist to your traditional […]

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Tips for Sneaking Veggies in Your Meals

Children need to be offered food at least 10-15 times before they will get used to it.  So, it’s important that we don’t give up too quickly when your child spits out your bean sprouts. Sometimes it’s just not possible to make everything from scratch so it’s good to have a few favorite quick meals […]

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Healthy Skinny Alfredo Sauce

  You’re not going to believe the secret ingredient in this healthy alfredo sauce?  It’s oh so good! I’ve been trying to make better eating choices but the temptation of thick creamy sauce over a bed of noodles cravings, makes it hard. I love pasta and I love all things creamy sauciness!  But needless to say, […]

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Quinoa Gorditas with Avocado Mango Salsa

Gorditas are a typical Mexican meal that remind me of my childhood!  My mom didn’t make them much but when she did we were always begging for more. It’s basically a savory, thick, handmade tortilla topped with beans and all sort of other yumminess. In my opinion, Mexican food can be healthified!  So, here’s my […]

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