You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello

…goodbye to cupcakes anyway, and hello healthy cookbooks!
Well, not until I make cupcakes for work first!


Okay…I am good on sweets now.  At least until February, when of course I have to bake plate after plate of Valentine treats!  But for now my family and I are all making healthy choices!

I pulled out The Skinnytaste Cookbook again.  I used this many times in 2015 but put away as October came around and I was in the baking/sweets/candy mode.

January always brings about a desire to make changes for the better.  So instead of eating at my favorite Mexican restaurant (for the millionth time in last 2 months) I stayed home and made the Buttermilk Oven “Fried” Chicken.  I made this a few times last year and my family really liked it.  This time I followed the recipe in full (I usually take short cuts) and the chicken was so moist and was just enough with my sweet potato. Give this a try if you want great flavor, fewer calories, and don’t want to feel as if you are giving up on taste.


Recipe for Chicken is here on my blog as well as cupcakes.  Here are links to both.

(My husband took this pic…teasing me that this is his new beer/food blog!  He thinks he is so funny!)     Not bad for a first try!! 🙂IMG_1753[1]

The SkinnyTaste Cookbook…Yum

We have been cooking out of our new cookbook for the last couple of weeks: The SkinnyTaste Cookbook.  Sounds delicious, I know. I am discovering on many of the recipes, there are a lot of ingredients and I am always tempted to take shortcuts. Since I have never been a detail person, shortcuts are easy for me. This became more evident in my first few years of marriage.  I learned to sew and make curtains for our home. They looked professional, from afar, but I would never want someone to look at the detail work on the other side, or see if the seams were perfectly straight!  I think I have the same attitude in cooking. When it says “one tablespoon” does it really mean exactly one tablespoon, or can I eyeball it?  And if I don’t like an ingredient, can I just leave it out? What difference does it really make?

IMG_5782[1]I discovered it really does make a difference!  It’s just sometimes I don’t want to chop, dice, sautè, cream, etc. And I don’t want to purchase 5 seasonings just for one little teaspoon of each. I just want it to be done!  Like the day I realized that my baked beans tasted amazingly better when I added all the onions and peppers that I was always eliminating. All those seasonings and flavors make a difference, who knew??? 🙂

Below are some of our favorite recipes we have tried from this cookbook. Everything has been tasty so far and thankfully we are discovering we can make a delicious, healthier version of some of our favorites.  While there is certainly lots of dicing, chopping, a teaspoon of this and a teaspoon of that and usually a quick run to the store, it is well worth it. Especially the time spent with my girls in the kitchen talking and laughing as we are figuring out these new meals together.

Olivia chose to make the Western Omelette. Very tasty and easy to grab and heat up in the morning.

Teriyaki-Glazed Pork Chops with Pineapple Salsa

Cubano-Style Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

We also made Buttermilk Oven “Fried” Chicken and Skinny Chicken Parmesan, but I forgot to take pictures!  Everyone loved both of these dishes and we will certainly make them again soon.