Quick Stovetop Glazed Carrots

Glazed carrots

These glazed carrots are a quick side dish I threw together on Christmas day this year, and they were a huge hit!  I tend to always make either green beans or asparagus when we do Christmas day beef tenderloin, and wanted to try something different.  It came together with under ten minutes of hands-on time, and…

Healthier Crack Potatoes

Healthier Crack Potatoes

I absolutely had to share this one.  I create something I’m calling “Healthier Crack Potatoes,” and I’m still not sure if I’m proud or mortified, until this moment: Directly from my 14-year-old:  “Mom you need to make this every other night.” This was a huge hit. Yes, it’s a little shy on the veggies.  Yes,…

Best Ever Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole recipe

No marshmallows required, this is truly the best ever sweet potato casserole!  I’ve been bringing this to Thanksgiving for as long as I’ve been responsible for bringing something to Thanksgiving.  Now, it’s just expected:  I bring the sweet potatoes. Here’s the thing about this dish, though:  we all recognize it’s really dessert.  In fact, once…

Cheddar Bacon Mac and Cheese

Need a little comfort food? I can’t get enough of this Cheddar Bacon Mac and Cheese that I recently created. It is easy and comes together super quickly. Smokey, creamy, comfort-foody–it’s a great side with a steak and peas, but can stand as the main dish with a little spinach side salad. Yummy!! What you’ll…

Chicken Potato Corn Chowder

Chicken Potato Corn Chowder Recipe

Today is another chowder recipe, totally born out of the fact that I had potatoes on hand that needed to be eaten.  This chicken potato corn chowder is kid-tested and husband-approved!  I love my (turkey) bacon, corn, and potato chowder, but this one is pretty darn good, too.  I also used my “two-stage” cooking method,…

Burrito Bowl Casserole

Burrito Bowl Casserole

I created this burrito bowl casserole a few months ago, and this week when I found it in my notes, I have to admit:  I wasn’t sure how it worked.  The flavors seemed a little strange, especially for my kids.  However, I decided to give it a try again, and it’s a total hit!  This will…

Delicious Quinoa Salad

Cathy's go-to meal prep recipe from the Fixate cookbook

Happy Friday!! I hope you are ready to launch into an excellent weekend. In my house, I go shopping on Fridays and use the weekend to prep food. By the time I get to Sunday night the fridge is filled with food that we can combine in different ways for our weeknight meals and packed…

Making Peace with Dinner Time

by Cathy

There is nothing that causes moms more frustration than preparing food for the kiddos that gets rejected. Oh, and by “rejected” I mean: spit out, scrunched up nose, plate pushed away, yelling, screaming, tears. And I have gotten all of these reactions from my (most-of-the-time) adorable little munchkins. I know you’re feeling me here. I…

Guilt-Free Lasagna

Healthy, Kid-Friendly, Veggie-Filled Lasagna Recipe

guilt-free lasagna

Guilt-free lasagna?  Really?  Yes!  The thing is, we have to start looking at food differently.  Food is nourishment, food is fuel!  So, when you look at a big pan of lasagna, it’s time to start asking the right questions, so that you can feel great about eating it, and serving it to your family. My…