Home Cooking


Tonight we were in the mood for a “meat and potatoes”, home style meal.

So of course we lightened it up a bit –

The meatloaf is 4 ounces of lean ground turkey breast, 1 t. diced onion, 1 t. diced sweet peppers, 1/8 t. chopped garlic, ground black pepper and Creole Soul Seasoning. We baked them in muffin pans and drained off any excess fat. About 240 calories each.

The mashed potatoes are actually Green Giant Mashed Cauliflower with Olive Oil and Sea Salt. (heat and serve) About 80 calories in 1/2 cup.

Swanson Beef Gravy – 1/2 cup has 15 calories and I used just under a 1/2 cup.

Fresh steamed Green Beans – 50 calories

Tonight’s entire meal, a full plate is 625 calories!

#YUM #LightenUP #HealthierHomeCookin #AuthenticallyMark


Meatless Monday: Indian


Today we got up early and and headed out to Webster Farmer’s Market; we stocked up on lots of fresh produce and used some of it for tonight’s Meatless Monday Dinner, Indian style.

On the top left you’ll see Chuck’s favorite- Saag (or Palak) Paneer, a spinach dish with cubes of farmer’s cheese. I lightened it up by replacing the butter with a small amount of vegetable oil, just enough to open up the spaces and we replaced the full fat milk 1% milk.

On the top right is Aloo Gobi which is typically made with cauliflower, white potatoes and peas. I lightened up this curry dish by removing the butter, and swapping out the white potatoes for a much lighter and more vitamin packed butternut squash.

And the last dish is the protein packed Chana Masala a great flavorful dish of chick peas, tomatoes and onion. Low in fat it has lots of fiber and protein.

These HUGE portions of all three items totaled just about 600 calories with the paneer making up about 120 calories of this and the chick peas being a slightly larger piece at about 300 calories.

(and we made enough for several more meals!)

#AuthenticallyMark #MearlessMonday #LightenUp #BigBoldFlavors

Be Prepared – Early Riser

Tomorrow is an early day, I have an 8:30 am meeting with means up an out pretty early. And  know I have multiple site visit and meetings throughout the day.

I need to make sure I have everything together to set myself up for success.

I took a small screw top plastic container and measured in my egg whites, added turkey sausage crumbles, low fat feta cheese, some diced peppers and mushrooms for some fresh veggies and crunch and then ground in some fresh black pepper, sea salt and a touch of garlic.

All set to hit a nonstick pan while I make my coffee and I’m all set.

A banana for the car ride a little later

Some fresh turkey, hard boiled egg, celery bites,cucumber slices and low fat cheese – easy grab and go between appointments.

A couple strawberries and roasted almonds for the drive home and I’m all set for my hectic day; prepping everything the night before gets me a few minutes more sleep and keeps me on track for the day.

#HealthyEating #GrabAndGo #MakeItEasy


Yes, the taco socks my coworker Bri gave me for Christmas, and I wore today, inspired me to make tonight’s dinner.img_3806

Diced roast turkey, warmed in a homemade taco sauce (fresh tomatoes, garlic, green onion and spices), low fat mozzarella cheese, low fat sour cream, guacamole and we used bibb lettuce as our taco shells.

A side of spiced red beans was another protein with little fat and good, slow burning carbs.

LOTS of flavor, lower fat and really filling!

#TacoTuesday #HealthyEating #LeanProteins #BigFlavor