Galveston Island Pleasure Pier: Affordable Family Fun

Galveston Island Pleasure Pier: Affordable Family Fun

You should probably know before I begin this photo bomb of a post that I did receive a family 4 pack of tickets to the Galveston Island Pleasure Pier in exchange for writing this, but we were headed that way anyway and I can't wait to share the fun we had with you! Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier: Affordable Family Fun!   We live on the island, but we don't always take advantage of its many amenities because either we just don't have time, I've decided to lock down on our budget for the week, I'm just too busy, the tourists are taking over, or any old excuse will do. We've always wanted to go to Galveston's Historic Pleasure Pier since it opened, but I always had an excuse. That's just silliness. Last week was Spring Break for the babies and this was going to happen. This had to happen. Bubby's "dream carnival" was just down the street and we'd never even stepped foot on this fun amusement park over the ocean. That all changed on Friday and I can't even begin to tell … [Continue]

Fried Ground Turkey & Rice Burritos

Fried Burritos are a delicious low sodium meal!

Fried Burritos: A Surprisingly Heart-Healthy Dinner Option   My family loves Mexican food and although I'm not a huge fan of fried foods, they absolutely love fried foods of any kind, including burritos. Since I try to keep things on the healthy side and completely low sodium, I have perfected my recipe for fried burritos to satisfy their love of fried and spicy foods and combine it with my love of only serving them heart-healthy dishes. The coolest thing about this recipe is that the filling I use for this flavorful dish is also the same one I use for stuffed peppers and party dips, so making a big batch that you can freeze for later is an added bonus! Print Fried Ground Turkey & Rice Burritos Author: Christy Recipe type: Main Cuisine: Mexican   Ingredients 1 lb lean ground turkey 1 can low sodium tomato soup 1 pkg Mrs. Dash Taco Seasoning 1 cup precooked brown rice 1-4 oz can green chiles, undrained 1 cup water ¼ cup red onion 4 … [Continue]

Spicy Vegetarian Potato Soup

Vegetarian Spicy Cream of Potato Soup

Sometimes being a vegetarian can be a little tricky. If you don't eat meat for whatever reason, you really don't want to eat any kind of meat at all. That includes chicken or beef stock. That's meat. When you want comfort food like vegetable soup or potato soup, you might think you're getting a vegetarian "meal in a can", but look closely at that label. Most canned soups that you'd think were vegetarian (hello vegetable soup) actually contain beef or chicken stock. In fact, stop what you're doing and Google either one of those soups and I guaran-dang-tee you 98% of them include some sort of meat stock. Weird, right? Well, I don't use meat stock in my vegetable soups because well...it's supposed to be just vegetables and I'm a vegetarian. If you're in the same boat as me, you're going to love this recipe for Vegetarian Potato Soup. It's got a nice kick to it because I like things spicy, and it's creamy, delicious, and very satisfying all by itself. Print Spicy Vegetarian Potato … [Continue]

Low Sodium Crock Pot Chicken Chili

Hearty and Simple Low Sodium Crock Pot Chicken Chili

My family loves chili and I rely on my Crock Pot to help me out during the week. Since chili is so versatile, I make some variety of it once a week and freeze the leftovers for nights when I forget to take something out to fix for dinner (what...I'm the only one that does that?). This hearty, low sodium chicken chili is always a favorite and it practically makes itself because all you do is dump the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning and a full meal is magically ready when it's time to eat. It really doesn't get better than that, does it? Print Low Sodium Crock Pot Chicken Chili Author: Christy Recipe type: Crock Pot Prep time:  10 mins Cook time:  4 hours Total time:  4 hours 10 mins Serves: 6   Ingredients 1 lb frozen chicken breasts or tenders 2-8 oz cans no salt added tomato sauce 1-15 oz can of low sodium pinto beans 1-15 oz can of no salt added diced tomatoes 2 tbsp cumin 1 tbsp chili powder 1 tbsp Mrs. Dash … [Continue]

Lower Sodium Vegetable Egg Rolls

Delicious Vegetables Egg Rolls that are lower in sodium than the traditional recipes

We love oriental food in my house, but because we watch our sodium intake, we typically eat it at home due to the high sodium content this cuisine usually presents. Egg rolls are a great side for stir fries, perfect party appetizers, and they're great for lunch all by themselves. When I make egg rolls, I usually make a big batch and keep a couple out for lunch the next day and freeze the rest in baggies for another meal. This recipe for lower sodium vegetable egg rolls is my favorite, but you can easily add chicken or pork if you'd like. Print Lower Sodium Vegetable Egg Rolls Author: Christy Serves: 12 egg rolls   Ingredients 1 pkg egg roll wrappers 1 tsp ground ginger 2 cups shredded cabbage ½ cup shredded carrots 4 green onions, finely chopped 2 tbsp low sodium Soy Sauce 2⅓ cups cooking oil (I use Canola for frying) Instructions Heat ⅓ cup Canola oil in a large frying pan on the stove top. In a large mixing bowl, toss the … [Continue]

French Toast Crunch Marshmallow & Chocolate Bars

French Toast Crunch, cereal bars, marshmallow bars, chocolate bars, dessert recipe

Before I share this recipe, I should probably tell you that General Mills did send product, recipes, and some fun stuff to facilitate this post, but more importantly, I should probably tell you that #FrenchToastCrunchIsBack and you know you're as excited as I am! This is not my typical recipe, I know that, so I thought I'd just address the elephant in the room before continuing. Although we eat healthy most of the time and I do completely limit my children's intake of sweets, they like the sweet things too, y'all, so I indulge them when I'm moved to do so. Those indulgences often include homemade cereal bars because I can slip protein and/or fiber in, making me feel a little bit better about the whole thing. But let's get back to this recipe, mmmmKay? You remember French Toast Crunch from your childhood, right? The little toast-shaped, maple-flavored bites of deliciousness packed into a cereal box? Yes, those. They're back but lower in sugar (only 9 grams) than their 1995 product … [Continue]