Saturday, November 29, 2014

Recipe: Baked and Breaded Salmon

While everyone else is talking about all of the dishes you can make to stretch that turkey a little further, I have a salmon recipe that I have been meaning to share with you!

My mother in law made this one day for lunch and served it on top of this delicious salad and pasta. It was so good! I have made it several times since then. It can be served along side dishes, on top of a salad, on pasta, or any way that you would like!


-Salmon fillets
-Dale's seasoning sauce (low sodium)
-Lite mayonnaise
-Bread crumbs
-Parmesan cheese


-Preheat oven to 350F
-Sprinkle Dale's seasoning sauce on top of each fillet
-Spread a thin layer of lite mayonnaise on top of each fillet
-Cover each fillet with breadcrumbs
-Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of each fillet
-Wrap in aluminum foil, place in baking dish
-Bake for 20 minutes, or until flaky and fully cooked

Serve with sides or on a salad or on top of pasta! Enjoy!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Review: BodyBrite Oxygen Facial

Disclaimer: A friend owns this BodyBrite location and I offered to do a review of my experience.

What is an Oxygen Facial?

From the website:

In the DermaOxy O2 treatment, concentrated oxygen combined with five different herbal mixtures is sprayed on the face and décolleté. This cocktail penetrates deep and delights the skin, smoothing it from the inside out to stimulate blood circulation and cell renewal.

What happens?

The whole appointment takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour. First, you come into one of the rooms and lay down on the chair/bed. You can take your shoes off or whatever you need to do to relax. They also cover you with a warm blanket. Next, they clean your face with a wipe to remove any makeup, etc. They gently exfoliate your face before they begin the actual oxygen treatment. The serum is applied first and then the oxygen. This is the part that takes a while because they cover every inch of your face very slowly and it is so relaxing!

How was it?

I have had 3 oxygen facials since last Fall and I love it! I would definitely go more often if I could afford to. Don't misunderstand, they are affordable, but I would want to go every week! They are always so relaxing and my skin feels so refreshed for days after the treatment.

Would you recommend it to a friend?

Absolutely! I already have! If you get a chance, you should definitely head to your nearest Body Brite and check it out!

After my facial last fall. No makeup!

Please email me if you have any questions!

Recipe: Banana Oat Bread

I helped host a bachelorette party this past weekend and I made some pretty delicious food (if I do say so myself!)

I basically used this recipe with some different dimensions and added old fashioned oats (and no nuts).


-3 ripe medium bananas, mashed
-1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
-1/2 cup sugar in the raw (or sugar!)
-2 flax seed eggs (1 Tbsp milled flax seed with 3 Tbsp water, each; OR 2 eggs; OR egg whites)
-1 tsp vanilla
-1 c wheat flour (OR white wheat flour)
-1 c AP flour
-3/4 c Old fashioned oats
-1 1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1 1/2 tsp cinnamon


-Pre heat oven to 350F
-Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl and all wet ingredients in another bowl
-Mix dry and wet ingredients together slowly; it's going to look dry, but just make sure all of the dry ingredients become somewhat wet. If you need to, add a little water or applesauce.
-Pour into a greased bread loaf pan
-Bake for ~50 minutes
-Serve and devour

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Recipe: BBQ Chicken Sliders

We have been on somewhat of a barbecue sauce kick lately...

This is a super simple 'recipe' that you can make for dinner (regular size or sliders) or it would make a great appetizer or party food!


-Chicken breast or tenderloins (fresh is best, but can use frozen, just thaw it first)
-Your favorite BBQ sauce (we used Sticky Fingers brand)
-Hamburger buns (regular or sliders)


-Saute chicken in skillet until fully cooked
-Shred/pull apart the chicken (either in the skillet or take it off to do it on a separate plate)
-With the chicken still in the skillet, add barbecue sauce (as much or as little as you want...) and stir until warm
-Serve chicken on buns (even better if you toast the buns!)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Recipe: {Slow Cooker} Pesto Ranch Chicken with Broccoli & Tomatoes


-1 8 oz jar of pesto
-1 14 oz bag of frozen broccoli florets OR fresh broccoli
-1 envelope dry Ranch dressing mix, low sodium if you can find it
-1 12 oz can diced tomatoes, low sodium if you can find it
-1 package boneless, skinless chicken breasts, preferably the thin kind


If any of your ingredients are frozen, you can throw them in like that or you can defrost first.
Pour can of diced tomatoes, including the juice, into slow cooker.
Add broccoli.
Add jar of pesto and ranch dressing mix.
Add chicken on top.
Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.
Shred the chicken and stir ingredients
(chicken should pull apart easily when stirring).
[Make sure chicken is fully cooked before serving; no pink.]

You can serve it alone or on top of whole wheat pasta or brown rice.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Recipe: Easy Sweet N Sour Chicken Stir Fry


- Chicken breasts or tenders, diced (boneless and skinless)
- 1 bag frozen stir fry vegetables OR fresh broccoli, carrots, onions, bell peppers, etc.
- Brown Rice (2 cups dry, instant)
- Sweet N Sour Sauce
- Teriyaki Sauce


-Sauté chicken until completely cooked, add around 2 Tbsp Sweet N Sour sauce and 1/2 Tbsp Teriyaki Sauce
-In a separate pan, sauté veggies and drizzle Sweet N Sour sauce and a splash of Teriyaki sauce
-Prepare brown rice according to instructions, drizzle with a little Sweet N Sour sauce
-Mix all ingredients together and serve!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New Year's Day 2014 Dishes

We ended up staying at our own home for New Year's Day due to a change of plans, so I had to rush to the store and fight everyone for the last black eyed peas. I finally found some dried ones and had to cook them for 3 hours, but it was worth it.

I didn't follow a recipe for anything except the baked macaroni and cheese. I can't find the exact recipe I used, but it was very similar to this one.

For the mashed potatoes, I just peeled, diced, and boiled some russet potatoes. I then mashed them and added some milk and a little butter until desired consistency.

For the BBQ chicken, I preheated the oven to around 400* and put foil into a baking dish, then the (thin) chicken breasts. I then topped them with the BBQ sauce and baked until done.

For the collards, I filled a large pot with half water and half broth, then lots of collard greens. I turned it to medium heat and let them cook for a longgg time, at least 1 or more hours (the longer, the better..) I also added some garlic and pepper.

For the black eyed peas, I quick soaked them since they were dried. Then I cooked them in half water, half broth for at least 2 hours on medium heat. I added garlic and pepper to this as well.

What are your favorite New Year's Day dishes?

Thanksgiving 2013 Dishes

This past Thanksgiving was a good one! I made lots of yummy dishes to take to our families as well.

First, I made Quinoa Sweet Potato Stuffing and Dried Cranberry Stuffing.

I also made a great Baby Red Potato Salad...

Last, but not least, I made a delicious Cranberry Pineapple Sauce...

What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes?

Recipe: Veggie Soup

Before we moved, I was trying to use as much of our food as possible. Hence the creation of this soup.


-1 can diced tomatoes
-1 package mixed frozen vegetables (I used vegetable soup mix, surprise)
-1/2 box pasta shells
-1/2 to 1 box of broth (or water with 1 bouillon cube)
-1 Tbsp basil, dried
-1 Tbsp oregano, dried
-1 Tbsp garlic powder, dried


-Cook the pasta according to directions on the box
-Mix all ingredients together in a large pot and cook on medium heat for at least 20 minutes
-Serve hot

Recipe: Super Easy PB Cookies

Okay, time to stop being a slacker with the blog! We just purchased our first home over Christmas, so things have been pretty crazy to say the least.

I was craving peanut butter cookies the other night, but I have never made them. When I started reading recipes and they mentioned letting the dough sit in the fridge for hours...I was not happy, haha. I decided to make up my own easy recipe and they turned out delicious!

(note: I read some recipes, but I didn't follow one or see one that was exactly like this. If there is one exactly like this, I did not mean to copy it, so please let me know!)

I was about to eat that piece I broke off...but stopped myself long enough to take a picture..


-1 c AP flour
-1 c Sugar
-1 c Peanut Butter, creamy
-1 tsp Salt
-1 egg
(Optional: 1 tsp Baking Soda)


-Preheat oven to 350*
-Mix all ingredients together until a uniform dough forms
-Ball one spoonful of dough at a time and place on greased cookie sheet
-Press each cookie with a fork into a criss cross pattern
-Bake 10-15 minutes until done
-Let cool for at least 10 minutes or they will fall apart!