Pumpkin Cheesecake by Chef Michael

Chef Michael and Patricia

  Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Pumpkin Spice cream cheese topping     For the crust:   1 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs 3 tbsp. Sugar 3 tbsp. butter, melted   Mix crumbs and sugar, add butter; press firmly onto bottom of a 9-inch spring form pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.   For the Cheesecake:   5 – 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened 1 cup granulated sugar ¼ cup light brown sugar 2 eggs 1 – 15 oz. can 100% … [Read more...]

Apple Immune Booster

apple immunity drink

  It seems like everyone around me has a cough. Perhaps it's spring and the pollen is causing all the respiratory issues? I found an immune boosting drink that taste really good, is super easy to make and seems to be keeping me feeling great despite the coughs and sneezes all around me. Mix in a shaker: 1/2 cup bottled water 1/4 cup organic apple juice 1 Tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar 1/4 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon pinch of sea salt dash of cayenne … [Read more...]

Kale Smoothie

kale smoothie

First of all, don't judge a smoothie by it's name! This is REALLY good! I have been eating so bad for the last month that I've decided to eat clean for the next 5 days. To me, this means eating only what God made in it's purest form. Except for coffee. I don't have the desire to deal with the withdrawal headaches so I will still drink my morning cup but without cream and sugar. Yes, I'm even giving up wine. I'm trying not to panic. It's only 5 days!!!! Following is one of my favorite healthy … [Read more...]

Honey Roasted Cinnamon Chickpeas

Roasted Honey Cinnamon Chickpeas

  Oh my gosh, these are so good!! They are perfect to make with Fall and holiday season coming. Nothing like a mouth watering healthy snack. INGREDIENTS 15-ounce can organic garbanzo beans 1/2 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon sea salt DIRECTIONS 1.Preheat oven to 375 °F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 2.Drain and rinse the chickpeas in a colander. Place them on a towel to dry … [Read more...]

Hawaiian Poppy Seed Sliders

Hawaiian Poppy Seed Sliders

  Last Christmas I attended a party that was pot luck. There were all kinds of yummy dishes there but one in particular that was so good that I seriously had to force myself not to go back for more. They were a pan of "Hawaiian Slider Sandwiches". The neat thing about these is they are so easy to make and perfect for any occasion! So I figured with football and holiday season quickly approaching, I would share the recipe. Hope you enjoy them! Ingredients: 2 -12 packages of … [Read more...]

Snickerdoodle Dip

Snickerdoodle Dip

  Even though we both practice eating healthy...most of the time, we also enjoy a little sweet treat from time to time.  This treat is mega yummy! Ingredients 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened to room temperature ½ cup butter, softened 3 Tbsp brown sugar 1 cup powdered sugar 1 & ½ tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp cinnamon 1-2 tsp sugar (for taste) About ½ cup crushed toffee bits, plus more for garnish Instructions In a medium bowl, beat together the cream … [Read more...]

Black Bean Salsa

Black Bean Salsa

We love this salsa!             Mix together: 2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed 1 can of whole kernel corn, drained and rinsed 1 can Rotel tomatoes (mild) 1 16 oz. can of diced tomatoes 1 1/2 cups picante 1 medium red onion, chopped 1 small bunch cilantro, chopped 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons cumin 2T Olive oil Juice of 3 limes Let sit in the refrigerator for a while before eating. This is good with chips, … [Read more...]

Grilled Hazelnut Salmon

Grilled Hazelnut Salmon

  This is a light, healthy and yummy salmon dish for summer.   What you will need: 4(6-ounce) skinless salmon fillets, about 1 inch thick 1 tablespoon hazelnut oil 1/3 cup finely ground hazelnuts 2 tablespoons all purpose flour ½ teaspoon kosher salt   Brush rounded side of salmon with 1-tablespoon hazelnut oil. In 9-inch pie plate combine ground hazelnut, flour and ½ teaspoon kosher salt. Dip brushed side of salmon into nut mixture to coat.  … [Read more...]

“Skinny Girl” White Sangria

Skinny Girl White Sangria

  We found this delicious “Skinny Girl” inspired cocktail. It will be perfect for the upcoming summer months. It is simple to make and without the added sugar it is good for your physique and makes you feel better on those hot sticky days! Seriously what is wrong with having a beverage to help get you through those hot stressful days?   Enjoy: 1-2 bottles of white wine. Sauvignon Blanc is perfect. 2 ripe peaches, sliced. 1-pint raspberries. 2 kiwis. Several … [Read more...]

Spinach Salad Recipe

Spinach Salad

  So easy to make!!! 8 cups chopped spinach (1 bag) 1 cup halved cherry or pear tomatoes 1/2 cup corn (frozen, canned, or cut off the cob) 1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken 1 large avocado, sliced 1/3 cup crumbled goat or feta cheese 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts   This is perfect for a high protein healthy meal! … [Read more...]