Pad Thai, but make it healthy(ish).

I’m healed enough from my surprise summer vacation – sigh – my bilateral mastectomy to start actively planning and prepping meals. My beloved husband’s favorite Thai dish is pad thai, and I wanted to make it, but maybe inject a little more nutrition into it.

Easy-Peasy Protein Waffles

This will be a little longer than usual, because I want to talk about convenience versus nutrition. Feel free to skip ahead to the recipe – I’ll completely understand.

White Chicken Chili with Honey-Jalapeno Cornbread

We’re still pretending it’s winter in New Orleans, and with temperatures dipping into the 50’s, I decided to play along this weekend. What’s more nurturing than a bowl of dressed chili accompanied by skillet cornbread?

Honey-Jalapeno Cornbread

My late mom was born and raised in southeastern Alabama, and accordingly skillet cornbread was a staple at family gatherings. When I make chili, it’s inevitable that I’ll make cornbread. And it’s worth every crumbly calorie.

Jerk Chicken + Black Beans and Quinoa

Would this have been better with chicken on the bone? Would rice have been a more natural pairing with black beans? Sure. But the thing about eating healthy – lower sugar/processed carbs, more balanced macros, and minimal sodium – is that while you may have to make some substitutions and concessions, you shouldn’t have to…

Into the unknown: Cauliflower Pizza

You know what I hate? Lengthy narratives when I JUST want to get to the recipe. So I’ll keep this short: in November, I came dangerously close to a stroke, and that’s necessitated some major dietary changes. Here’s one – a quasi-pizza with fewer processed carbs and less sodium. Was it crispy like a flour…

Shirataki Noodles & Turning 40

Last week I turned 40, continuing my streak of being one day older than Drew Brees. And like a lot of people facing milestone birthdays or anniversaries, I did quite a bit of navel-gazing. I’m 40 lbs heavier than I was at 30, and my hair streaked with silver. The realization that I’m more than…

Instant Pot Refried Beans

Who doesn’t love refried beans? The better question is: why am I not making these every other week? Now that school/work/afterschool lessons have swung into beast mode, we’re back to careful meal planning and weekend food prep. Yesterday, we made whole wheat pizza dough, whole wheat pita, refried beans, spicy pork noodles, and chile rellenos…

Copycat Egg Bites

Mornings.¬†Ugh. Weekday mornings are the worst in our house – my husband and I both work full-time, and we have three kids to get fed, dressed, groomed and prepped for school/daycare. It’s a lot. I’m always in search of the holy grail of breakfasts, the sort of dish that doesn’t make me feel like a…