Dinner Tonight



Hi Hot Mama. Do you kill yourself to incorporate good vegetables into your family’s diet? I do. And, I have to say, when it becomes a normal part of every meal, your kids will actually eat it. But you can’t just always throw some steamed broccoli on a plate and expect a good response. Getting a little creative and trying a variety of vegetables will keep your family interested.

This recipe caught my eye because it has raisins. The sweetness of the raisins paired with the kale will be delicious. Add to that the crunch of the nuts and you can count on a clean plate!

Give this one a shot. I’m making this with a healthy version of sesame chicken tonight.

Have a great day, and make sure you VOTE!


Lunch Box

Happy Tuesday Hot Mamas! I hope you had a great holiday. Now, it really feels like fall. And with that, apple season. I love apples. Have you tried the Jazz apple? It’s the perfect combination of sweet and tart and crunch.

Preparing lunch for my daughter is a pain. She is very picky. But, one thing she loves are the apple/peanut butter combo. So, when I saw this recipe I got really excited. I may or may not include the chocolate chips (it’s a good bribe though).



2 small apples, cored and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick rounds
1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional – to brush on the apples to keep from getting brown)
3 tablespoons peanut or almond butter
2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons granola


Spread one side of half of the apple slices with peanut or almond butter then sprinkle with chocolate chips and granola. Top with remaining apple slices, pressing down gently to make the sandwiches. Wrap tightly or place in a small Tupperware box (does anyone remember Tupperware? I used to have a lunch box.)

Recipe courtesy of Whole Foods

Make a Superfood Salad

This is my new obsession. I love this salad — obviously because it is LOADED with antioxidants, but also because it has crunch, and sweet and salty goodness.

As you can probably see, this one contains broccoli, red pepper, spinach, berries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, grapefruit and more. You can build your own salad with the things that you love, and top it off with a nice, light dressing.

Last week, I bought one from Whole Foods to take to a party. This one contained tomatoes, kale, edamame, sunflower seeds, red onion, broccoli & blueberries. I couldn’t stop eating it.

Read this information about superfoods. You need to make this a part of your diet every day. Spend a lot of time in the produce area of your store. Find some vegetarian cookbooks and get ideas. Plant a vegetable garden this year. Make the effort. Not only will you be getting the nutrition that you need, you will have the lean, healthy physique that you’ve always wanted.