Lighter & Healthier

Hatch Chile Ranch Dressing

Hatch chile ranch dressing

Hi. I made hatch chile ranch dressing. And then nearly had to cage-fight my 4-year-old for the last spoonful in the jar. This is probably where most “normals” would back up and explain a back story that makes them sound more normal and less dramatic – and definitely less violent. But I have no back [...]

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My Favorite “Salad Chicken”

My Favorite Salad Chicken: Mojo Brined Grilled Chicken Breast

Since I started training for the half marathons on my calendar later this year, I’ve been (mostly) trying(ish) to keep my nutrition in check. That just means aiming for a better balance of calories, eating 6-10 servings of veggies and fruit a day, and eating more chicken breast at lunch than I have in my [...]

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Grilled Chile-Lime Fish Tacos with Cucumber-Mango Salsa

10 years ago, if you’d told me that I’d move to the far west, cookie-cutter suburbs of Houston and judge most of the restaurants frequent-visit list by the quality of their playground and not necessarily the food, I might have laughed in your face. Probably would have, actually. All those margaritas I made with Mrs [...]

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DIY: Fresh Cherry Sauce for Ice Cream and Yogurt

DIY: Fresh Cherry Sauce

The first time I made it, I called it “Cheater’s Cherries Jubilee.” For a few nights more in a row than I’ll admit on the internet, I pitted ~2 dozen cherries into a small bowl, dropped a piece of orange peel in, and popped it in the microwave for 90 seconds. I scooped the still-warm, [...]

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