Tuesday, June 28, 2011


I love food. If you haven't figured that out yet, well, I do. I really do try to eat very clean and healthy, but I'm not going to lie, I have a sweet tooth. It takes every ounce of will power I have not to bury my face in the bowl of M & M's we have for Lily Rain every time I walk by it. I'm always looking for "guilt-free desserts" that make me feel better about my indulgences. So, Russ and I have developed a plan - we eat our "sweet treat" on Sundays. This helps me look forward to it and work hard not to mess up during the week.

So, I have a wonderfully healthy & easy dinner recipe and a "healthy" dessert. :)

Tonight we had burritos, or 'ritos, as LR likes to say. They are VERY tasty and might be a little high on sodium, but very nutritious and low fat.

In a skillet, brown a pound of ground beef or turkey. We used 93% lean ground turkey. Drain it and add chopped up peppers to the mix. I buy the prechopped jazz because I can't stand cutting and chopping. Add 2/3 of one jar of salsa and a can of Mexican rotel tomatoes. Let that mix sizzle up.

Preheat your oven to 350 and put a little bit of your left over salsa in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Spread it around just to lightly coat the bottom. Take tortillas (we used whole wheat) and spoon 3 large tablespoons of the mix onto the tortilla and roll it into a burrito. Place it seam-side down onto your baking dish. Make the rest of our burritos. Top them with the remaining salsa and as much Mexican style cheese as you wish. You could even leave out the cheese for an healthier option, but let's not get out of control here :)

Bake your burritos for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy! This is really good with spanish rice and corn. We LOVE the streamfresh southwest style corn with this.

And isn't this the cutest little kitchen helper you've ever seen?

Now, for the best part....drum roll please....4th of July Strawberries!

See, I told you it was healthy!
I saw these on, you guessed it, a baking blog (grin and bake it), a while back and just knew I had to try them. Well, I needed a snack to take to the lake with my girlfriends tomorrow, so I thought this would be perfect. I feel a tad bit guilty because my good friend, Christine, is trying really hard to eat right and work out. She told me she was bringing watermelon and hummus. Boo. But like I said, it's strawberries, sooooo healthy!

I had quite a bit of candy wafers left over from my pretzel bites the other day, so all I needed for these glorious little berries was blue sugar! So, all four of us piled into the car to go to Hobby Lobby on the hunt for blue sugar! Too bad it was LR's bedtime and she was a little bit dramatic during the whole event, but we made it through it. And when you see how cute these are, you will agree that it was all worth it.

Melt your wafers in a bowl. Make sure your bowl isn't too shallow because it makes it hard to dip the berries. Wash and dry your strawberries. Make sure they are really dry or the chocolate won't stick to it. Put your blue sugar in a bowl. Have a place ready to set your strawberries.

I just put mine on a baking sheet. It's easy as 1-2-3. Dip your berries, then dip the trip into the sugar. Set aside to dry. Boo-ya! "Healthy", easy, wonderful, cute dessert! This little treat honestly took 10 minutes to make. I hope you try it and I hope Christine isn't too mad at me. :)


  1. We must stalk the same blogs. I just saw those strawberries that night and was thinking how great the looked. I'm jealous you have already tasted them.
    I discovered this sweet treat recently and find that it both satisfies my sweet tooth and fills me, plus it uses frozen yogurt instead of ice cream so it helps with calories/fat.....this makes 1 serving, so I guess double/triple ingrediants if Russ and LR are joining you:
    1 cup frozen vanilla yogurt (I use publix brand), 3/4 cup milk,1 tbsp carnation malked milk mix, 1 cup strawberries. Mix in blender and you have a DELICIOUS strawberry smoothie!

  2. Definitely going to add both of these to my list of things to cook! Looks delicious!