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Apple Parfait

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 14th, 2019| Desserts, Healthy Cooking, Recipes

A moderately healthy dessert that lets the apples shine






Apple Parfait



A moderately healthy dessert that lets the apples shine



  • 2 apples (peeled, cored, & diced*)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups vanilla Greek yogurt


  1. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add apples, and saute for 1 minute.
  3. Add

Apple Soup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler November 5th, 2019| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews




Apple Soup



The perfect pairing for grilled cheddar cheese sandwiches



  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 celery stalks (diced)
  • 20 baby carrots (diced)
  • 5 cups diced apples (peeled & cored)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 4 cups chicken broth*
  • 1-1/3 cup apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • salt & pepper


  1. In a medium-sized stock pot,

Very Berry Smoothie Bowl

by Michele Pesula Kuegler August 8th, 2019| Breakfast Dishes, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Vegetarian

Basically it's a bowl of fruit pretending to be ice cream






Very Berry Smoothie Bowl



Basically it's a bowl of fruit pretending to be ice cream



  • 1 diced banana (frozen)
  • 3/4 cup frozen berries
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • Cereal or

Healthy Ramen Slaw

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 25th, 2019| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads

Cabbage & ramen - who knew they were meant to be paired?






Healthy Ramen Slaw



Cabbage & ramen- who knew they were meant to be paired?



  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tb. olive oil
  • 1 14 oz.

Asian Slaw

by Michele Pesula Kuegler July 23rd, 2019| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads, Side Dishes




Asian Slaw



There's nothing boring about this slaw recipe!



  • 2 carrots (peeled)
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 5 scallions
  • 1/2 red pepper (seeds removed)
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 2 Tb. soy sauce
  • 1/2 Tb. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. rice wine vinegar
  • black pepper


  1. Julienne carrots, celery, scallions, and pepper into 2-inch strips.
  2. Combine in a large bowl, and add sprouts.
  3. In

Cinnamon Sugar Peaches

by Michele Pesula Kuegler June 25th, 2019| Breakfast Dishes, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes, Tapas Monday




Cinnamon Sugar Peaches



An incredibly versatile dish with a simple recipe.



  • 3 peaches
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 Tb. cinnamon-sugar mixture*


  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Cut peaches in half, discard pit.
  3. Place cut side up on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until warm and slightly tender.
  5. Combine yogurt and cinnamon-sugar

Recipe: Chilled, Stuffed Tomatoes

by Michele Pesula Kuegler May 7th, 2019| Healthy Cooking, Main Dishes, Recipes, Vegetarian




Chilled, Stuffed Tomatoes



A vegetarian main dish perfect for a hot summer night



  • 2 ears corn
  • 1 Tb. sugar
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1-2 tsp. dried basil


  1. Bring pot of water to boil.
  2. While heating, remove husk from corn.
  3. Add corn and sugar to boiling water. Remove from heat, and let stand

Tastes Like Spring Pea Soup

by Michele Pesula Kuegler April 4th, 2019| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Soups & Stews, Vegetarian

Full of veggies & yumminess






Tastes Like Spring Pea Soup





  • 1 Tb. olive oil
  • ½ medium sweet onion (diced)
  • 14.5 oz. can vegetable broth
  • 1-½ cups frozen peas (thawed)
  • 1 cup frozen spinach (thawed and squeezed dry)
  • 1 Tb. lemon juice
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt


  1. Heat

Grapefruit and Mango Salad with Avocado Dressing

by Michele Pesula Kuegler March 5th, 2019| Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Salads
[caption id="attachment_164140" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Ignoring winter with this flavorful salad[/caption]



Grapefruit and Mango Salad with Avocado Dressing





  • 1 head Boston lettuce
  • 1 large red grapefruit
  • 1/2 medium mango (peeled)
  • 1 avocado (peeled & pitted)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 Tb. plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • salt & pepper


  1. Tear lettuce into bite-sized pieces and

  2. Cut

Roasted Okra with Dipping Sauce

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 14th, 2019| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes

Crispy okra + slightly spicy dip = MmmMmm




Two weeks into my stay in Hot Springs, I wanted to cook with ingredients that are local. Sadly, although the weather is nicer, it's not harvest time. However, I still wanted to work with an ingredient that's hard to find in

Green Bean Fries

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 12th, 2019| Appetizers, Healthy Cooking, Recipes, Side Dishes

My favorite sort of fries




I've been making these fries for quite some time, much to my own happiness. The rest of my family is less excited but are glad to nibble on them as well. While they may prefer "real" fries, if given the choice, these are my

Overnight Apple Oatmeal

by Michele Pesula Kuegler February 7th, 2019| Breakfast Dishes, Healthy Cooking, Recipes

A healthy breakfast, ready in no time.




As I mentioned earlier this week, I am currently situated in Hot Springs, Arkansas. As most of my family and friends pondered, the question is why. The answer is fairly simple. Both my husband and I have the ability to work remotely;