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Sun WineFest 2013 Recap

Pete and Gerrys Eggs

Last weekend, I had the distinct pleasure of attending the 10th Anniversary Sun Wine Fest event at Mohegan Sun. I've never been to such a large event and it was really quite the thrill. I was busy tweeting and sharing on Facebook and Instagram all the sights to be seen - there was just so much to look at, taste and sample. [rss-cut] There was the Grand Wine Tasting, with over 1,000 brands of wine, as well as signature dish food samples from some of the area's top restaurants. There … [Continue Reading...]

Whole Wheat Banana Pecan Cranberry Quick Bread Recipe (Power Foods)

Banana Pecan Cranberry Bread © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Last week, I found myself with more ripe bananas than you could ever imagine. We typically go through tons of bananas during the week, but for some reason, I must have bought an extra bunch here or there. Well, I kept staring at them until they started turning so ripe that I either had to freeze them, throw them out, or make banana bread. Since I already had a bunch in the freezer, and I hate throwing food out, I made three loaves of banana bread. I kept half and gave half away to a very … [Continue Reading...]

9 Layer Mexican Dip Recipe for Super Bowl

9 Layer Mexican Superbowl Dip © Jeanette's Healthy Living

This 9 Layer Mexican Dip is a crowd pleaser. Today, we've got another Healthy Super Bowl Dip - a 9 Layer Mexican Super Bowl "Quacktastic" Dip (my son loves ducks).  Yup 9 layers - you got it! This dip is really easy to make and can be made even easier by purchasing prepared guacamole and using leftover taco meat or chili. Of course, if you're feeling ambitious, feel free to make your own salsa, guacamole and pickled jalapeno peppers (just cook sliced jalapeno peppers in vinegar for a few … [Continue Reading...]

A Healthier Crock Pot Cincinnati Chicken Chili Recipe

Slow Cooker Skyline Cincinnati Chili © Jeanette's Healthy Living

A little while ago, I went for a walk with a friend of mine who brought up one of her husband's favorite meals - Skyline Cincinnati Chili. Although I've never eaten authentic Skyline Cincinnati Chili, I made a version of it a few years ago and the kids seemed to like it, so this time around, I reached out to friends and followers on Twitter and Facebook and asked for their favorite recipes. There are some spices that everyone seems to agree goes into Cincinnati Chili, like chili powder, … [Continue Reading...]

A Healthy Italian Submarine (“Hoagie”) Dip Recipe for Super Bowl

Healthy Italian Hoagie Dip © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Super Bowl is this coming weekend, and there are going to parties serving all sorts of unhealthy fare. In fact, Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest day of food consumption after Thanksgiving! Traditionally, foods served for this celebration are on the greasier, heavier side and tend to be meat heavy (think chicken wings, Italian subs and chili) and cheese heavy (like nachos and pizza). As a big football family, my kids and husband love football snacks and Super Bowl is another excuse to eat … [Continue Reading...]

Skinny Philly Cheese Steak Dip Recipe

Skinny Hot Philly Cheesesteak Dip © Jeanette's Healthy Living

This Skinny Philly Cheese Steak Dip will satisfy any hearty appetite. I know what you're thinking. Is it possible to say Philly Cheese Steak and Skinny in the same sentence? I thought the same thing when I spotted a recipe for Philly Cheesesteak Dip in the Clean Eating magazine recently. I admit I thought it sounded kind of gross at first, but knowing my meat loving boys, I took a second look through the ingredients. There were lots of veggies in the recipe - onions, mushrooms, and bell … [Continue Reading...]

Cocoa Dusted Dark Chocolate Coated Almonds Recipe (Power Foods)

Cocoa Dusted Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Last weekend, my husband and I shared a special dinner with friends at Elm Restaurant, where chef Brian Lewis showcases inventive and seasonally inspired cuisine. His menu changes each week depending on what's fresh and in season, and he and his kitchen staff are meticulous in their preparation and presentation of each and every dish, down to the smallest details. I'm a foodie at heart, so I love it when I get to sit back, relax and enjoy a delicious and beautifully prepared meal - what a … [Continue Reading...]

Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Mini Pizza Faces Recipe

Vegetarian Pizza Face (gluten-free grain-free) © Jeanette's Healthy Living

As soon as my youngest son gets off the bus, he is starving, so every afternoon I make him a hearty snack. It's actually gotten a bit out of hand and I can blame no one but myself. I started out with simpler snacks, but somehow snack time has evolved into a major event each day. Some of my son's favorite after school snacks include Buffalo Chicken Dip, Skinny Spinach Dip and Hot Chili Cheese Dip. Of course, there are days when I'm feeling a bit lazy and just lay out a plate with cheese, crackers … [Continue Reading...]

Greek Feta Yogurt Dip Recipe (Colavita Gift Basket Giveaway)

Feta Yogurt Dip with Za'atar © Jeanette's Healthy Living

I use olive oil every day in my cooking - it's a heart healthy choice, and can help reduce cancer risk. Olive oil contains nutrients called polyphenols which decrease heart disease risk factors by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, reducing blood clotting and improving the health of artery linings. Polyphenols also reduce cancer risk by lowering inflammation and cellular proliferation. But, not all olive oils are created equal. Extra virgin olive oil, which is cold-pressed only once, … [Continue Reading...]

Recipe for Gluten-Free Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Cookies {Comfort Food}

Healthy Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Cookies © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Is there such a thing as a healthy cookie? I don't know, but I can tell you that the Chocolate Cranberry Walnut Cookies that I'm sharing today are healthier than most. Leaving the healthy talk aside for a second, let me tell you that these cookies are really good, and will satisfy just about any sweet tooth without the guilt. I made these for my kids as an afternoon treat last week and they loved them, and I have to say I didn't feel half that bad giving them cookies as a snack because I knew … [Continue Reading...]

Burmese Fried Rice with Green Peas and Shallots

Burmese Breakfast Rice Bowl © Jeanette's Healthy Living

I'm always interested in learning about different cultures' cuisines, so when I spotted Naomi Duguid's latest cookbook, Burma Rivers of Flavor,  in our local library last week, I picked it up, eager to learn about the food from this Southeast Asian country that is now called Myanmar. [rss-cut] Burma (or Myanmar) is the largest country in mainland Southeast Asia, and is surrounded on its borders by Indian, China and Thailand. In fact, it is actually 30% larger than Thailand and has a population … [Continue Reading...]