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Egg Fried Rice

photoDon’t let the “FRIED” in the name of this dish fool you. Fried rice can be a very healthy meal. You only use 1 tablespoon of oil for the whole dish, it’s full of nutritious, whole-grain brown rice, and

In our house we like to have a few meatless meals a week both to save money and to try to decrease our saturated fat consumption. Egg fried rice is a FANTASTIC meatless meal since you still get protein from the eggs. It’s also super-fast and SUPER inexpensive. Those two things combined mean this recipe is becoming a regular go-to for busy weeknights.

This is the perfect recipe to introduce your family to brown rice. Your family won’t be able to tell the difference! The key to GREAT fried rice is using cold, left-over rice. If you try to use fresh rice, you’ll end up with a gummy, gooey mess.

Also, don’t let the recipe limit you! EXPERIMENT with different veggies. I like to use up whatever leftover veggies are in the fridge. And don’t be afraid to try out some fruits too! Pineapple is delicious in fried rice.

Click through for the full recipe and the nutritional information.
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Cajun Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

Cajun Sweet Potato Shepherd's PieShepherd’s Pie isn’t something you see a lot of in the Deep South.  In fact, until yesterday, I’d never tasted it.  Since I’m a meat and potatoes guy at heart, the idea of  a “pie”  made of those two things had always intrigued me.

Last night was a clean-out-the-fridge night so that I wouldn’t waste money by letting meat and produce go bad sitting on shelf.  So when I found sweet potatoes, zucchini, squash, and bulk Cajun sausage it seemed like the perfect time to finally try a Shepherd’s Pie.  The result was so DELICIOUS that I’ve already added the ingredients to my grocery list so I can make it again!

Want to use this recipe for Meatless Monday?  Simply replace the sausage with a can of drained black beans.  Now you’ve got a hearty vegan dinner! 

Experiment with different veggies.  Mushrooms, tomatoes, or eggplant would all be super TASTY in this.  Or trade out the sweet potatoes for roasted and mashed butternut squash.  The possibilities really are endless!  Have fun and make it your own.

Click through for the recipe for this SUPER healthy and VEGGIE packed casserole.  I promise you won’t be disappointed! Continue reading

Smitten with SWEET Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes are one of my ABSOLUTE favorite foods.  I eat them MULTIPLE times per week, EVERY week! 

Not only are they super DELICIOUS, they are incredibly NUTRITIOUS as well!

Part of my Sunday ritual is to cook up a big pot of Sweet Potatoes to have in the fridge for the upcoming week.

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The skinny on WHOLE GRAINS

Are you confused about the difference between whole grains and simple or refined grains?  Not sure how to tell if something is whole grain?  You’re not alone!

Click through for a quick explanation of why WHOLE grains are so important to your HEALTH as well as a list of some of the more common & REALISTIC grains available.  You’ll also find a recipe for one of my favorite, super SIMPLE, extremely versatile whole grains! Continue reading