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Pasta with Pesto, Fresh Tomatoes, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Chicken and Mozzarella Cheese

kitchen sink pesto pasta

This Kitchen Sink Pasta with Pesto, Fresh Tomatoes, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Chicken and Mozzarella Cheese makes a hearty meal. Today's recipe is for a pasta dish that I threw together on July 4th for lunch. I didn't intend on making lunch for the boys that day because I was cleaning through mounds of paperwork and trying to catch up on all the office work. I had asked the boys to figure things out for lunch (a.k.a. take-out). After some deliberation, they decided on pizza and were just about to … [Continue Reading...]

Kale Salad with Feta, Garlic Panko Crumbs and Fried Slow Poached Egg Recipe

Kale Salad with Feta and Garlic Panko Crumbs and Poached Egg © Jeanette's Healthy Living

This Kale Salad with Feta, Garlic Panko Crumbs and Fried Slow Poached Egg is seriously addicting. Recently, I clicked on a link for Mei Mei's food truck in Boston and discovered their Amazing Kale Salad menu item. I don't even know how I ended up on their site, but that kale salad description intrigued me - their kale salad is topped with not only a slow poached egg that's then fried, but it's served with crunchy garlic panko crumbs and feta cheese. I invested in a circulator earlier … [Continue Reading...]

Oven Roasted Tomato Pesto Recipe

Oven Dried Tomato Pesto © Jeanette's Healthy Living

This Oven Roasted Tomato Pesto makes a nice stir-in for pastas when you're looking for a quick and easy meal. I can't believe how quickly the summer has flown by. My oldest son has been working in the city this summer and this is his last week. It was his first time living in the city and a good way to see if he likes the city life. We've missed having him around this summer, although he's made it up to Connecticut a bunch of times. There's definitely something special about having all … [Continue Reading...]

Gluten-Free Chocolate Oatmeal Pancakes and The Hershey Story

Gluten-Free Chocolate Oatmeal Pancakes © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Today, I've got a special treat for you ~ Gluten-Free Chocolate Oatmeal Pancakes, inspired by a recent visit to The Hershey Company. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in the world of Hershey. For those of you who aren't familiar with The Hershey Company, it's one of the oldest chocolate manufacturers in the U.S. (founded in 1894 by Milton Hershey) and is located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. I fondly remember visiting Hershey when I was a kid and was excited at the prospect of … [Continue Reading...]

Blueberry Cranberry Walnut Aged Goat Cheese Salad Recipe

Blueberry Cranberry Aged Goat Cheese Walnut Salad © Jeanette's Healthy Living

This Blueberry Cranberry Walnut Aged Goat Cheese Salad offers a beautiful balance of sweet, tangy and creamy all in a bowl. I don't think I've met a person yet that doesn't like blueberries. They're one of the rare fruits in nature that have a brilliant blue color and they're just plain cute and fun to eat. Our farmer's market has been carrying fresh blueberries for a couple of weeks now and there's always a line at the stands that sell them. I shared a picture of all the blueberries at our … [Continue Reading...]

Acai Banana Kale Smoothie Recipe

Acai Banana Kale Yogurt Smoothie © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Power up your morning with this Acai Banana Kale Smoothie, packed with antioxidants. This summer, the twins have been working out feverishly, which has had a trickle down effect on my husband and me. Funny how that works. Not only are they working out, but they're also trying to put on some weight, so they've been eating a big breakfast each morning (read my recent Refried Bean Breakfast Bowl post) and drinking protein shakes after their workouts. My husband and I, on the other hand, are … [Continue Reading...]

White Peach Sangria Recipe

White Peach Sangria © Jeanette's Healthy Living

White Peach Sangria is perfect for summer entertaining when you're looking for a refreshing drink featuring fresh fruits in season. My husband is a huge fan of sangria, whether it's red or white. Sangria is just a mixture of wine, liquors, fruit juices and fresh fruit. The wine doesn't have to be expensive since it's mixed together with juices, so it's a fairly economical summer drink if you're entertaining guests. Recently, we celebrated  the last night with our relatives from Taiwan … [Continue Reading...]

A Healthier Muffuletta Sandwich #MakeThatSandwich

Muffaletta © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Today, I've got a Healthier Muffuletta Sandwich for you, lightened up so you can enjoy the full flavors of a Muffuletta without the guilt. Have you ever heard of a Muffuletta? It's a popular sandwich that originated in New Orleans among Italian immigrants. Think of it as a giant sandwich, traditionally made using a large, round flattened loaf of bread with a texture similar to focaccia, except lighter. Sometimes Muffuletta is misspelled Muffaletta, but no matter, we're talking about the same … [Continue Reading...]

Hawaiian Shaved Ice with Mango and Coconut Milk

Shaved Ice with Mango and Coconut Milk © Jeanette's Healthy Living

This Hawaiian Shaved Ice with Mango and Coconut Milk is a great way to cool down on a hot summer day. It's been so hot lately that I've been craving shaved ice. I used to have a hand crank shaved ice machine, but gave it to a friend a number of years ago because her kids loved shaved ice. So, I "upgraded" this time to an electric ice shaver. Shaved ice is very popular in Asian where it is served with all sorts of interesting toppings, including sweetened beans, tapioca pearls, little … [Continue Reading...]

Testicular Cancer in Teenage Boys

Testicular Cancer in Teenage Boys

Did you know that testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in males between the age of 15 and 35? I had no idea until I had my own physical exam this past week. My doctor just happened to mention it since I have four boys, three of whom are in this age range. According to the National Cancer Institute, testicular cancer is most common in young or middle-aged men. Most testicular cancers begin in germ cells (cells that make sperm) and are called testicular germ cell tumors. There … [Continue Reading...]

How To Pit Cherries with a Chopstick

How To Pit Cherries with a Chopstick © Jeanette's Healthy Living

This easy and inexpensive way of pitting cherries with a chopstick is a trick that's good to have in your back pocket when cherries are at their peak. Have you ever wondered how to pit cherries without a cherry pitter? Well, recently, I made Healthy Fruit Punch Popsicles with fresh cherries and needed some pitted cherries. Although I have a lot of kitchen gadgets, one of the few I don't own is a cherry pitter. But, a few years ago, I learned a trick. You can use a chopstick to pit cherries. … [Continue Reading...]