• Food Information

    The Health Benefits of Chocolate

    Chocolate is my favorite treat. I most especially love dark chocolate. So today I’d like to share a few health benefits of chocolate and a couple of interesting facts. Remember all good things in moderation. 🙂 Dark chocolate is good for your heart. It helps by lowering blood pressure and reducing cholesterol. Chocolate releases endorphins which makes you happy. 🙂 Chocolate contains flavonoids which help protect your body from environmental factors. Want to learn how Hershey’s makes chocolate? Watch the video on their website here. “It’s a common myth that chocolate aggravates acne. Experiments conducted at the University of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Naval Academy found that consumption of chocolate…

  • Fitness

    How to Easily Add Greens To Your Diet

    Greens are a super food, full of nutrients and fiber. Getting enough greens can be difficult but there are sneaky ways to get them in. Here are a few tips to help you get them into your diet. One way I like to incorporate spinach is with pasta. You can do this by boiling your pasta as directed and, in the last minute, toss two big handfuls of spinach into the boiling water. When you drain the pasta the spinach will be mixed in already. You’ll be surprised how it cooks down. This way you can get two cups of spinach into your meal without really noticing. You can top…

  • Recipe

    Cheesy Vegetable and Rice Casserole

    This is a recipe you can go to when you have vegetables to use up at the end of the week. I take whatever I have left over, like a few servings of steamed broccoli or green beans, and mix it in with the base of this recipe. It’s based on a recipe from the Food Network. Ingredients: 3 Tbs butter 2 Tbs flour 1/2 Pound, sliced cremini mushrooms 1 Onion, diced 4 Garlic cloves, roughly minced 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (use less if you don’t like spice) 1 1/2 Cups milk of your choice 1/2 Cup vegetable broth (I use better than bouillon brand) 2…

  • Recipe

    Recipe: Banana Blueberry Crockpot Oatmeal

    How would you like to wake up to a steamy hot bowl of oatmeal? This recipe is a slow cooker version of the Brunch Oatmeal Bake and is extra easy to make the night before. It’s also versatile so you can change up the ingredients with what you have on hand. Ingredients: 1 1/2 Cups oatmeal, rolled or steel cut 3 1/2 Cups water 1 Cup milk 1/4 Teaspoon salt 2 Tablespoons sweetener (brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, etc…) 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon 1 Banana, browning preferable, sliced 1 Cup frozen or fresh blueberries 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, optional 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract, optional Method: Rub coconut oil along base of…

  • Cheesy Hashbrown Bites
    Recipe

    Cheesy Hashbrown Bites

    I love breakfast, every time I visit my family in Pittsburgh eating breakfast together is a way to reconnect. When they visit me I make my oatmeal bake and brunch egg bake. Now I have a new item to add to my menu! This hashbrown bites are easy to make and a great way to use up left over baked potatoes. Ingredients: 5 Potatoes, baked and refrigerated 1 Medium red onion 2 Cloves garlic 2 Eggs 1/2 Teaspoon seasoned salt 1 Cup shredded cheese (your choice) Olive oil, for the muffin tins Supplies: Food processor with grating accessory or hand grater Muffin tin with 12-18 muffins Method: Be sure to…

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