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Sweet Potato Melts

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 7th, 2017| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian

Basically it's an open-faced grilled cheese made healthy.


 I'm totally obsessed with gooey, melted cheese in almost any form. However, eating that daily would not be good for my health nor my wardrobe. So, I keep my consuming of grilled cheese and pizza to the weekend. To

Healthy Green Bean Bake

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 1st, 2017| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian

All of the flavor of the original but not one bit of canned goods involved!


My kids have always been fans of the classic green bean bake. I have to admit that I also like it, but it always feels a lot less like eating a veggie

Oven Broiled “Fried” Pickles

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 11th, 2017| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes

This recipe validates that healthy snacks still are delicious snacks.


I am not a huge fan of fried food. Everyone else in my family is. Many a family dinner at a restaurant includes starting with a fried appetizer that delights them. I have no problem with that,

Baked Cauliflower Tots

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 28th, 2017| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes
Tater tots. It is the childhood favorite side that seems to be appearing everywhere lately. That even includes Think Tasty, as you'll be seeing a new recipe that utilizes them in a recipe that will be shared in two weeks. But I digress. Tater tots may be a flavorful side

Fresh Fruit Salad Wrap

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 26th, 2017| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Sandwiches
In the world of sandwiches, I consider myself to be the queen of wraps. I prefer almost all sandwiches (except for grilled cheese) to be served in some sort of wrap- lavash, flatbread, flax seed tortilla, or something similar. I've covered this numerous times, so I won't bore you with

Zucchini Ricotta “Meat”balls

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 14th, 2017| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Tapas Monday, Vegetarian
So, if I made sausage meatballs as a treat for my husband, it should seem obvious that I made something veggie based as a treat for myself. Don't get me wrong, I found the Cheesy Sausage Balls to be quite tasty. But after eating 4 or 5 of
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Grapefruit and Mango Salad with Avocado Dressing

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 27th, 2017| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
Wrapping up the second week of our vegetarian series, I am sharing a salad recipe. Maybe it seems like a cop-out because most salads are vegetarian, but I will defend this choice for two reasons. One, I served this salad with Twice Baked Butternut Squash in order for us to
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Twice Baked Butternut Squash

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 25th, 2017| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian
I have written about winter squash numerous times, and I hope that the possibilities are limitless. I do adore the squash for its flavor and adaptability. Plus, it's still full of flavor in the middle of winter, unlike many other pieces of produce.

On its own butternut squash doesn't always feel
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Crockpot Chicken Taco Soup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 13th, 2017| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews
As I was nearing the end of this crockpot series I was beginning to draw a blank on new ideas. Then I took a deep breath and considered all of the options out there. I mean, there are entire blogs built around crockpot cooking, I couldn't possibly be out of
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Crockpot Southwest Chicken

by Michele Pesula Kuegler January 4th, 2017| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Tapas Monday
Our first Monday in our new home was a bit busier than usual. I was wearing the dual hats of my work life, as always. Added to that I was still settling myself into our home. With our daughter just home from college, I wanted to be available to help
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Hotel Veggie Soup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler December 2nd, 2016| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews, Vegetarian
As I learned at the beginning of our hotel stay, I need to keep others' appetites in mind when cooking. This concept doesn't just apply to hotel cooking, so I'm not sure why I spaced it when making that first hotel meal of loaded sweet potatoes. Either way,
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Loaded Sweet Potatoes- Hotel Style

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 30th, 2016| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian
As I mentioned in Monday's post, I'm currently living in a hotel. It's a nice hotel with a decent gym, reasonable breakfast options, and indoor pool and jacuuzi- so no complaints about the hotel. But I don't have a kitchen. I do have a fairly large refrigerator, considering