My Cooking Guidelines

Every time I watch the Food Network show “Chopped” I get inspired to go through the fridge and re-imagine all the ingredients.  However, my fridge never really has that many things to re-imagine!  So instead of trying to make a new wonderful creation every night that will end up a hot mess, when I cook I follow these self-made guidelines:

  1. Must be easy, aka cannot dirty 8 bowls, need 40 ingredients, and require 3 hours to make.
  2. Must be healthy, when I ask my husband what he wants for dinner, he usually says “something healthy.”  Don’t get me wrong, I still make unhealthy, drowning in cheesy goodness meals, but for the most part I try cooking with fresh veggies and low fat options.
  3. Must be tasty.

So, today when I asked my husband what he wanted for dinner and he told me, “something healthy,” I realized my plan for pizza would have to wait until tomorrow night.  Instead of pizza, I grabbed some mushrooms, onions, tofu and broccoli from the fridge, mixed them with some low sodium soy sauce and grilled them on our little indoor “griddler.”  I through some romaine lettuce on a plate to complete a pretty yummy, healthy, and very quick meal.

I also made some yummy “healthy” chocolate cupcakes from a recipe I found on

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