Love on a Plate

My mom was born in 1924 on a family dairy farm near Rolla, MO. She and her identical twin sister were numbers 3 and 4 of what would become a family of 9 surviving children during the depression years. When my mom talked about scratch cooking it had little resemblance to what we call scratch... Continue Reading →

Beef ‘n’ Noodles

Recipes included: Beef 'n' Noodles, Steamed Baby Carrots What's for dinner? How about beef 'n' noodles covered with rich, beefy gravy? Add some buttery, spicy baby carrots for a company-worthy meal that comes in at... wait for it... under 400 calories. To increase the healthy-eating quotient with a kick of added fiber and nutrients and... Continue Reading →

Planning and Organization

Included recipes: Barbie Taters, Southwest Chicken Salad I hear you groan. Admit it. "Planning and Organization" sounds like the dreaded four-letter word that starts with 'w'. In reality, planning and organization will save you a ton of time and w*** while making it easy day-to-day in keeping with your positive eating plan. It allows you... Continue Reading →

Mmmm Hummus

Included recipes: Basic Hummus, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Cilantro-Lime Hummus, Kalamata Hummus Hummus is everything. Okay, some hyperbole there but not too far off. It's a high protein/high fiber delicious side to a meal, served on warm pita or naan wedges or slice of whole wheat toast. It's a great addition to sandwiches and burgers.... Continue Reading →

Have it Your Way

Included Recipe: Pasta Pomodoro When you cook your own meals you can make choices that serve your taste buds and calorie requirements. You don't have to settle for what's in the grocery freezer department. One of my complaints about prepared entrees such as Smart Ones or Lean Cuisine is that they are too small to... Continue Reading →

I Can Has Cheezburger?

Included recipes: Swiss Cheese & Mushroom/Onion Burgers, Horseradish Sauce (In case you don't understand the title, go to right now. Come back after a laugh or 3. Never enough of those.) This post isn't about cats, though. It could be. But it isn't. It's about cheeseburgers. Right at the top of my Favorite Foods list... Continue Reading →

Living for the Scale

About that negativity thing... I know I keep pounding on this because I think it's really important. It is for me anyway and I suspect it is for most all of us on this roller coaster. How can it not be growing up in our culture that demands such fealty to an impossible ideal? So... Continue Reading →

Why Calorie Counting?

In my long experience, calorie counting the only thing that works to keep me aware and in control. I see promises all the time about just count carbs or fat grams, just eliminate sugar and white foods, just don’t eat after 2PM, on and on. Tried ‘em all, well not the don’t eat after 2PM... Continue Reading →

Make it Once, Count it Once

Included recipes: Tuna Salad, Instant Pot Mini Frittatas The problem with calorie counting is having to figure out the calories for everything in every meal. It’s measuring and/or weighing every damn thing. Tedious and just not sustainable over the long haul. But it’s essential to know what you are consuming if you want to lose... Continue Reading →

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