Easy holiday sweet potatoes

It does not get much easier than this.  Sweet potatoes with no boiling or peeling required!


Wash your potatoes and toss in the slow cooker for 3-6 hours.  The more potatoes, the longer they need to cook.  They are ready when fork tender and mash-able.

Remove from slow cooker and (while still hot) peel with a fork!  Yes, a FORK!  

sweet pot 2

sweet pot 6


The skin will fall right off.

sweet pot1Toss in a bowl with some butter and half & half!  Just eye-ball it.

sweet pot 3Whip with the mixer.  Hot potato steam warning!

sweet pot 5Beautiful and EASY!  Ready for your holiday table

sweet pot 4I sprinkle mine with hot pepper flakes but I know the normal folks will use brown sugar.

Now go sign up to bring sweet potatoes to Thanksgiving Dinner!





How much does it really cost?

Meal Planning with 5 dinners in 1 hour really does save me money. Numbers don’t lie. I shopped at Sprouts Farmers Market which is almost like a Whole Foods but not quite as expensive. Nothing I bought was on sale which was a bummer but it really didn’t make that much of a difference. I mean 5 dinners for 4 people (adult people…I have teens…..they eat a lot) for only $58.66 that is only $11.73 per meal or $2.93 per person per meal which is a whole lot less than a greasy drive thru dinner!

sprouts receipt

sprouts groceries



I highlighted what I had to buy.  I have most spices, oils, rice, frozen vegetables, butter, etc on hand.  I buy most of those in bulk at Costco.  They have a good organic selection. I don’t count staples in my overall cost but I would add in the vegetables and rice so add in about $5.00 to the total for the week if it makes you feel better.  I know I have some readers that are counting every penny.  :)

classic sample menu


I did my usually prep and it took only an hour WITH videoing each recipe and taking pictures along the way.  YOU can do this in an hour!  The trick is getting out all ingredients and opening all your cans and packages first!

Here I am posing with all the ingredients.  Doesn’t everyone take pictures with their groceries?


A birds eye view of Crispy Baked Pork Chops being assembled. 

crispy baked pork chops assembly

When I was done, my fridge looked something like this.  I have been doing this for 4 years now and I still think this is a kodak moment.  Is it wrong I have more pictures of food than my kids on my phone? 

full fridge 

  This is the 5 dinners in 1 hour plan  in a nutshell.  It is by far the easiest way (in my opinion) to cook.  Just look at this deliciousness!  All I had to do was pop the Monte Cristo Sandwiches the oven and bake, toss my salad and add some fruit!  EASY because I put in the time on Sunday afternoon.  A whopping 60 minutes to be exact.  That 60 minutes saved me a few hours during the week.  I only messed up my kitchen ONE time!

monte cristo sandwiches

    BONUS!  Not everyone was home for dinner one of the nights (busy life of teens) so I ended up with 3 tv dinners to freeze for later.  

honey sesame chicken leftoveers


Give our sample menu a try! It’s FREE!  

Health & Wellness Series Intro

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Do you have the guts to be healthy?  I am not talking about bravery here.  What is happening inside your gut can determine your overall health.  80% of your immune system is in your colon, your “gut”.  Candida spread like wild fire and took up camp in my body making me so sick I could barley walk to my mailbox without getting winded. You can read more about my story and what I did to lose weight and regain my health HERE.

me before after

“Yeast-Fungi contributes to more pain, disease and disability than any other health condition.  The general public unwittingly digests foods and prescription medication without realizing the harmful effects to their bodies.”  ……Douglas M. Cox, D.C. D.A.B.C.O

candida in colon

This is what it looks like in your colon.

What is the so-called “yeast”?  It is called Candida Albicans. Candida Albicans is a fungus that is normally present in the colon.  The fungus also can travel through the blood stream and affect any part of your body.  Symptoms of brain fog and fatigue are typical symptoms of overgrowth but there are several more I will list below.  Most people have it and don’t even know it.  Feeling tired is NOT NORMAL! For some reason the people that feel great and have tons of energy seem to be “not normal” when in fact that is how we are supposed to feel.

Here are some typical symptoms of an overgrowth:

  • Fatigue!
  • Brain fog and poor memory
  • Food and chemical sensitivities
  • Feelings of anxiety, panic attacks, feeling “blue”
  • A.D.D & A.D.H.D
  • Palpitations
  • Irregular bowels
  • Chronic flatulence
  • IBS/Heartburn/GERD
  • Acne/Eczema
  • Eye fatigue, spots in front of eyes, burning or tearing eyes
  • Ringing in the ears or ears that constantly itch
  • Irritability, mood swings
  • Frequent urination
  • Frequent vaginal yeast infections, persistent vaginal  itching
  • Headaches
  • Irregular menstruation, PMS

I am sure you are wondering why this is all the sudden an epidemic and how can ALL these issues be linked to it.  Stick with me here.  I have learned so much over my last 6 years of research, trial and error along with what my doctor taught me, and I will share it all with you.  Just can’t cram it all into one post or you would be here for weeks reading.   To sum it up,  Candida confuses your immune system causing it to go auto-immune.   Check out this article to learn more.      

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Stay tuned for my next post: How does this happen?  Where did it come from?

sugar enemy

Wellness Tip #1  CUT SUGAR!!  You must cut sugar.  Sugar is food for Candida and Cancer.  I did it cold turkey but my husband needed help so he used Plexus Slim to help cut his cravings. The man can eat 3 pieces of pie at lunch!  He is lean and fit but can put away a cake in a day.  Candida loves sugar.  Cut it from your diet unless you want to feed the beast!

10 School Lunches in 15 minutes *Repost*

Two of my kids take their lunch to school every day and EVERY morning I make them.  Well now that does not make much sense does it?  I make all our dinners at once, why am I making 2 lunches every morning???

I spent 15 minutes and here is what I have ready for the rest of the week.

6 ham & cheese sandwiches
4 PB & J sandwiches
9 baggies of sliced oranges
10 baggies of grapes
10 cheese sticks
10 prepackaged bags of pretzels

Here is how I did it in 15 minutes-

I got out 10 baggies and 10 pieces of bread
then layered with sliced ham & cheese.  Spread PB on 4 slices.
I put jelly on the second slice for the PB & J.  Topped the ham & cheese with bread. Zipped up the bags.
Line them up in a plastic container.  (This is a clear shoe box)
Sliced oranges into half moons.  Plucked grapes off stems and bagged both in zipper bags.
The cheese comes individually wrapped so no prep there.
I am keeping everything in the refrigerator but the sandwiches can be frozen.
We have extra mustard and mayo packets from fast food places that I toss in if they want it.
Pretzels came individually packaged.
My kids like water in their lunches so I keep small water bottles on hand.
Ahhhh.  Isn’t she beautiful?  I am so excited, I may get to sleep an extra 5 minutes or maybe I will put on real clothes to take the kids to school instead of my pajamas! LOL!
This could all be tossed in a crisper drawer for easy reach for little ones.

Slow Cooker Beef Tacos

WE LOVE TACOS!!  Really I mean, I could eat them every day.  My kids love them and they are so easy to make.  This recipe is one of our favorites using a beef roast and your slow cooker.  Dump all ingredients in the slow cooker and walk away.  After work you will have about 5 minutes of dinner prep time.  That’s it!  Easy!  Faster than the drive thru!

slow cooked shredded beef tacos


2 lb beef roast (any cut you like)

1 C. frozen chopped onion

1 T chili powder

1 T dried oregano

1 t minced garlic

4 oz can diced green chilies

14 oz can diced tomatoes


To Cook:

Place first 7 ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours.  Shred meat with 2 forks and serve on flour tortillas with shredded cheese, salsa, avocado and sour cream if desired. 

Jalepeno Steak

Steak + Jalepenos = YUM!!

I think this is a marriage made for even a concrete cowboy.   Good ole steak with a  spicy twist.    We LOVE this recipe!  Double, triple or quadruple it and freeze for easy steak dinners in the weeks ahead.  OH my yes!  I think we will be adding this to our Memorial Day recipes. 

grilled jalepeno steak

Jalapeno Steak
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  1. 1 1/2 lbs top sirloin
  2. 4 jalapenos
  3. 1 tsp minced garlic
  4. salt and pepper to taste
  5. 1/4 cup lime juice
  6. 1 tbsp dried oregano
To Assemble
  1. Chop jalapenos (omit seeds for less spice) and garlic.
  2. Mix all ingredients in large zipper bag.
  3. Zip and mix around.
  4. Let steak marinate. 2-24 hours.
To Cook
  1. Grill steak on indoor grill 5 minutes per side or until desired doneness.
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Slow Cooked Tuscan Bean Soup

I really love this soup.  It has great flavor and there is nothing better than hot soup waiting for you after work on a cold day.



2 C. dry cannellini beans

1 C. frozen chopped onion

4 t minced garlic

2 bay leaves

1 t dried rosemary

1 t dried thyme

1 parmesan cheese rind (opt)


Assembly Directions-

Rinse beans in colander and add to large zipper bag.

Add next 6 ingredients to beans.  Zip to seal.


Cooking Instructions-

Add bean mixture to slow cooker along with

64 oz low sodium chicken broth.

Cook on low for 10 hours, remove cheese rind then add ¼ C. heavy cream & ¼ C. grated parmesan cheese about 15 minutes before serving.

Sprinkle with real bacon bits if desired.



Asian Spiced Tilapia

We love tilapia!  It is inexpensive and easy to make.  Here is one of our favorite recipes.


4-6 tilapia filets

1 ½ t Chinese 5 spice powder

3 T tamari

3 T honey


Assembly Directions-

Add tilapia filets to 9×13 baking dish.

Mix next 3 ingredients in a small bowl and pour over tilapia.

Cover with plastic wrap.


Cooking Instructions-

Bake uncovered in a 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Asian Spiced Tilapia


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