Alea’s Orange Spinach Salad with Orange Mustard Vinaigrette


I keep thinking my life is going to slow down and I am going to get my family on a lovely schedule. I am not sure if I hang on to this vision because I am optimistic or delusional. While I would love to have orderly evenings with plenty of time to cook three course meals, it isn't happening. So on busy nights I content myself with feeding my family "Real Fast Food" - meals that … [Read more...]

Grilled Inside Out Cheeseburgers


How about the ooey-gooey cheese-ness of your favorite burger coming from INSIDE the burger?!? Yes, please! And for those watching calories...serve it on a Sandwich Thin...I liked it better than the bulky buns!!! (And one more thing I like about the Sandwich Thins...they freeze really well. That, and they are just 100 calories per thin!) Grilled Inside Out … [Read more...]

Pepperoni Calzones


These didn't stay on our plates very long!  And, they are completely freezer friendly, so be sure to make a big batch and freeze for a future meal!  (Freeze after baking.) Pepperoni Calzones Yield - 4-6 servings Preparation Time - 30 minutes (plus time to make the dough) Cooking Time - 15-20 minutes Ingredients 1 cup water 1 Tbsp olive oil ($.10) 1 tsp … [Read more...]

Maple Walnut Baked French Toast


I started to make this meal in the 9x13 baking dish, but them switched to the smaller baking dish because I didn't want there to be any leftovers...and I know that with a 9x13, we'd have lots of leftovers.  And from my past experience, baked french toast meals and egg casserole meals just taste better right out of the oven. And not leftover. So I went with the smaller 8x8 … [Read more...]