Thursday, January 24, 2013

Spicy Peanut Chicken and Noodles

  If you love noodles but hate the carbs that come with them, this recipe is for you. I try to keep it low carb most days. Eating high carb meals gives me stomach aches and makes me feel tired and sluggish. The problem is, I love carbs! It's a struggle, but meals like this give me my carb fix with doing damage. This noodle dish is creamy, spicy, sweet, crunchy, and satisfying. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Low Calorie Black Bean & Quinoa Crunchy Tacos

  Okay, confession time. This is a big one, so brace yourselves. My favorite fast food item? Beef crunchy tacos from a certain well known chain restaurant, that not a soul living in CA would dare call Mexican food. I wish I was kidding. The soft warm meat-like filling, crunchy shell, and shredded cheese make my heart skip a a beat and make my stomach cry out with gratitude. The only downside? They're 170 calories each, with 10 grams of fat. I could easily polish off one of those variety boxes of 12, without help. Alright that might be a slight exaggeration, but I really do love them.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Stay Up to Date Via Email!

I have recently changed my domain to

I purchased this domain in 2009, but I've always used a Blogspot redirect address. I honestly didn't know before what to do with my original domain without using a website with a built in template, and Blogger was super easy to use. Since changing my domain certain things are a little off, such as the feedburner. Hopefully you are still able to receive emails with my latest recipes, but if not I've added a tool on the sidebar that says "Get New Recipes in Your Inbox!" All you have to do is type in your email address and every time I post a new recipe you'll get an email. It's a little confusing because I technically have two separate feedburners for my website, I'm currently working on merging those? If you know how or have any experience with this comments are more than welcome.

I think it's simple, but I can also see how it would be overkill. So do what works best for you. I've been using Bloglovin' a lot lately as a way to keep up with my favorite blogs. I used Google Reader for years but always found the the layout and amount of unread posts to be overwhelming. I suggest that site over Google Reader if you get overwhelmed easily, I know I do. I'm very visual, and having to click from blog to blog and see things in bold all lined up makes me anxious. Anyway, I'm glad to be back to blogging and keeping up with some of your amazing blogs! 

Feel free to comment with your blog address and let me know if I'm not following you back. It's always fun to find new blogs. Hope you're all well! Thank you for your continued support, I am working on some fun new recipes I hope to share soon.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Pasta & Italian Meatballs

*This is a reposting of a previous recipe from 2011, I lightened it up a bit and calculated the calories*

There's absolutely no way you could see these pictures without a little drool dribbling down your chin. Or is that just me? I'll own it, because this dish is divine. I highly recommend not using Bucatini noodles, and instead using spaghetti or angel hair pasta. In fact, given the fact that I am gluten free most days I would substitute quinoa spaghetti pasta for the noodles and call it a day. I would also, sadly, pass on the white bread. Anyway the Bucatini noodles look great and I remember thinking they would absorb the sauce well, but they were chewy and disappointing. Since these pictures I have made the dish using spaghetti or angel hair pasta and we have enjoyed it more that way.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Like Me on Facebook!

After three years of writing this blog, I have finally become more involved on the web. I created a Facebook page where you can like and follow me, get sneak peeks of recipes, and even make recipe requests or suggestions! Please take a moment to go over there and like Healthy and Homemade if you have a Facebook account (don't we all, really?) I will probably offer a better glimpse into my personal life over there, so go check if out even if it's just to snoop. I don't mind.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Crock Pot Beef & Veggies

Oh my yum. I love this recipe, I've used a similar method in the past with seasoning packets. This time I mixed it up a bit by throwing the veggies right into the crock to save some time. What I learned? Use less onion, otherwise your eyes will burn when you enter your home for about a day. This is a simple and healthy meal, great served over rice, mashed potatoes, or steamed veggies. Hearty and healthy, perfect for those cold rainy days.