Parsnip-Potato Chowder

It’s the perfect time of year for soups, and why not try something a little different such as this Parsnip-Potato Chowder? When I taught a cooking class recently, very few people in the class had ever cooked or tried parsnips.  Parsnips are root vegetables, and they are related to the carrot family. Parsnips resemble carrots but are paler in color and have a slightly sweeter taste. Parsnips provide an excellent source of vitamin C, folic acid, B vitamins and fiber. Combine parsnips and potatoes with a touch of fresh dill, milk and vegetable broth to create a comforting and flavorful chowder. This soup tastes so rich without using any cream, and my kids even enjoyed it. For added flavor, sprinkle with crumbled bacon and fresh chopped dill.

Hearty Comfort Food: Traditional Beef-Sausage Lasagna

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My brother-in-law, Eric, requested that I give him some hearty “manly” recipes on my blog. I promise Eric, as summer nears, I will offer up more grilled meats as I am one girl who can, and loves to grill. But, since we’ve had a cool snap down in Alabama this week, I thought a Beef-Sausage Lasagna would be appropriate and truly comforting. I decreased the fat as much as possible using egg whites, low-fat cottage cheese and lean ground beef. This recipe is hearty and very delicious. 

Easy Low-Fat Appetizer: Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

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This is one of my all-time favorite dips, and it’s low in fat and so high in flavor! I have made this numerous times for parties and showers, but I brought it up to the baseball field for my son’s 5:30 game, and everyone went nuts over it. I like to use rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes that are already chopped. These are less fat since they’re not packed in oil, and they can be found in the produce section of your local grocery store. This recipe is so quick, light, simple and delicious. What else can you ask for?

Easy Low-Fat Appetizer: Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

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This is one of my all-time favorite dips, and it’s low in fat and so high in flavor! I have made this numerous times for parties and showers, but I brought it up to the baseball field for my son’s 5:30 game, and everyone went nuts over it. I like to use rehydrated sun-dried tomatoes that are already chopped. These are less fat since they’re not packed in oil, and they can be found in the produce section of your local grocery store. This recipe is so quick, light, simple and delicious. What else can you ask for?