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Project Food Blog Entry #1:

There is a ridiculous number of talented food bloggers out there, so it begs the question: why me?

Quite simply? Because food is me. There is nothing I love more than cooking a legendary meal and sharing it with the people I love. Nothing more in the world.

Food is never far from my mind and was part of the reason I decided to start a blog in the first place. I wanted to share my love of food and nutrition with the world. My background in Nutrition allowed me to learn about how food affects our bodies, but my passion for food has allowed me to learn about how food affects our souls.

The kitchen is where I love to spend my time and you can often find me there – usually in sweatpants armed with a glass of wine. Oh, and a camera, an obvious necessity for a food blogger!

I strive to feature food and recipes that are simple, healthy and delicious on And remember, eating healthy doesn’t mean eating perfectly.

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review: annie’s creamy tuna skillet meal

In my 27 years of existence, this was the first time I’ve tried tuna helper. I must admit, these “helper” meals have always intrigued me. Apparently when you grow up eating good,  wholesome foods you miss out on culinary adventures like hamburger helper. I’m so appreciative that we ate the way we did and I wouldn’t change it for the world but I decided it was time to see what these meals were all about.

The Annie’s version was my first choice, and really the reason I was even interested in trying them. Unfortunately I don’t think the Betty Crocker version would have done it for me.  Corn syrup, trans fats and artificial flavors? No thanks.

The meal was actually quite good and I love that I had a few lunches ready to go for the week. But it is important to be mindfull of the serving size, because when prepared, one serving has 320 calories + tuna. I easily could have eaten two servings but with that said, it was quite filling. I added some cooked peas to mine as well, which add a bit of color and up the hot dish quotient that much more.

Is it something I’ll be eating once a month? Probably not, but I’m sure I’ll be ready to try the cheeseburger macaroni variety in a few years or so. ;)

tandoori chicken

With some new spice additions to my collection (garam masala and hot curry) Indian food was on the top of the list. Alongside some side dish pouches from Trader Joe’s I decided that the main event would just have to be chicken tandoori. After searching a few recipes to get the general idea, I hit the kitchen with my new spices and some greek yogurt.

The taster is a master griller, so thanks to him, the chicken was grilled to perfection. You know, the crispy crust and juicy inside? And it was just the main dish that those pouches needed. Now you can easily have Indian night at home and it doesn’t even require hours slaving over the stove!

Tandoori Chicken - 2-3 servings

  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 4 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp hot curry powder
  • 2 tsp smoked spanish paprika
  • 1 pound chicken thighs

Combine the yogurt and spices. Add chicken and toss to coat the chicken.

Marinate for 4-24 hours.

Heat grill to medium. Cook about 20 minutes, until cooked through. Flipping after 10 minutes.

Served with dal, punjab eggplant and baked naan drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with zaatar (recipe inspiration from RhodeyGirl)