Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Midweek Links - Kicking the Sugar High

I ate all kinds of wonderful things this Christmas. Most of them were either sweet or fat-filled, or both. So, I've been rummaging through my cookbooks and hunting around the internet for some healthier treats to eat this week as I come down from what feels like a month-long sugar high.

This chef salad from Vignettes looks delicious. I love the way she displays it because this would make for a perfect serving dish for New Year's guests.

This low-fat chili from Comfy in the Kitchen has made more than 1 appearance in my kitchen already. It's delicious - and that goes a long way considering what some of the low-fat alternatives I've eaten taste like.

My sweet tooth is not entirely gone, but I have been trying to find more recipes that use honey as a sweetener or that use less refined white sugar in them. This honey-sweetened Meyer Lemon Curd from The Nourishing Gourmet is going on my to-do list. Our grocery has Meyer lemons out now, and I've been curious to try doing something with them.

And if you didn't get enough poultry for Christmas, this Honey-Mustard chicken from Growing Home looks like it will be all kinds of yummy. I'll be trying this one out later on this week!


  1. I can't get rid of my sweet tooth. I went to bed eating sweets and woke up to grab more. Gotta stop!
    I am hosting a Best of 2011 blog hop and would love to have you link up a post.

  2. Oh these all sound great! Thanks so much for the link :-) Happy New Year!

  3. Thanks for including the recipe, Amy! I was pleasantly surprised to see it listed here!

    Vignettes is a new-to-me blog....thanks for sharing! That Chef's Salad just might be what we're having for dinner tonight. :-)

  4. My mom has recently (therefore all of us :D) have been eating healthier. Mom has been doing much less carbs and no sugar or honey allowed. Although she has been using Stevia powder because that registers a whopping 0 on the glycemic index chart. She's noticed that the stevia doesn't produce a craving like many other sweeteners will. It's pretty readily available and natural. You can actually grow stevia yourself if you wanted to go to all that work of drying the leaves and grinding them into powder. Anyhow, all of that to say that there are ways to tickle your sweet-tooth without giving up on being healthy. I have found fugde recipes, cookie recipes, and I've made up our own recipes to suit our needs. There are tons of recipes for honey and agave nectar too. In fact here's a link for healthified peppermint patties: I definitely really want to try these!!! Also a great website to check out for healthier recipes if you love to cook is: In another comment I'm going to leave our favorite and easy Black bean soup recipe! So filling and realtively easy. It can be hard to go sugar-less (meaning less of it) at first but dark chocolate pieces are always a great little treat without too much sugar. I hope you can find some great recipes that will work for you :)

    In His Love,
    Maiden Princess

  5. Here is our favorite Black Bean Soup Recipe! Found it online and with a litte tweaking we've made it a regular in our menu :D

    Spicy Black Bean Soup

    1 Tablespoon olive oil
    1 large onion, finely chopped
    4 med. garlic cloves, minced or garlic powder about 1 teaspoon
    45 oz canned black beans, DO NOT DRAIN (three 15 oz. cans)
    1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, or to taste
    1-1 ½ tsp ground cumin
    14 1/2 oz fat-free chicken or vegetable broth
    8 ounces of jarred salsa, medium or mild according to preference
    11 oz can of yellow sweet corn
    1 (2 rope) pkg. Butterball smoked turkey sausage, cut into bite sized pieces (optional)

    Coat the bottom of large stockpot with olive oil. Add onion and garlic and sausage. Cook, over medium heat stirring frequently, until onions are soft but not brown, about 5 minutes. Place one can of beans in blender; add red pepper flakes and cumin and half the broth . Cover and blend on high until smooth, about 30 seconds. Pour mixture back into stockpot. Once more same process, add can of beans and remaining broth in blender and puree until smooth; add to stockpot. Stir third can of beans (do not puree first), salsa, and corn into stockpot. Bring to a boil, lower heat to medium and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.

  6. I have been dieting all 2011 and after loosing and being able to maintain my weight thus far I keep a close eye on what I eat and over Christmas I certainly did. But I did let my self enjoy a few bad things in the last few days!!

  7. Jacinda - I tried the chef salad and it was really good!

    Shanda and Jolouise - I try to be good, but for Christmas I can't stay away from the sweets. They're such a nice treat. :)

    Maiden Princess - Thanks for the soup recipe. I like black bean soup a lot in the winter. I had seen that Peppermint Patty recipe, and it's on my to-try list, but I haven't gotten to it yet. You'll have to let me know how they turn out for you!