Mom’s Enchilada Bake

 Posted by at 6:00 am on May 5, 2017  Comments Off on Mom’s Enchilada Bake
May 052017

Day 5: Cinco de Mayo recipes. Yes. This recipe is similar to the one I grew up eating…. My mom is a great cook. She doesn’t do it much anymore, because we are all cooking for our own families, but she is good.

This recipe is fun to make, and a crowd pleaser, AND tastes incredible. It’s easy to make, and you can make it a day in advance, then throw it in the oven, and off you go, carpooling, gardening, or taking a nap!

Mom’s Enchilada Bake

1 pound lean ground turkey or beef

1 small sweet onion, diced

1 tbsp. dried basil

1 tbsp. cumin

Kosher salt to taste

1 tsp. smoked paprika

1 tbsp. chili powder

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 1/2 cups chicken broth

1 cup salsa

1 cup sour cream

2 cups sharp cheddar cheese

20 corn tortillas, cut into bit size pieces

Sliced olives, optional


In a large skillet brown your meat, in a little olive oil if you need, add the diced onion, and cook until the onion is tender. About 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the seasonings. Cut your tortillas.


Like this….


Then place your other ingredients into the skillet and toss gently to coat.


Pour or landslide your mixture into a lightly greased baking dish, 9×13 is the perfect size. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes, and top with more cheese. Serve with salsa, guacamole, rice and whatever you’d like! Happy Baking!


Coconut and Lime Tres Leche Cake

 Posted by at 6:47 am on May 4, 2017  Comments Off on Coconut and Lime Tres Leche Cake
May 042017


A creamy coconut cake, with a hint of lime, caps off Day 4 of our Cinco de Mayo recipe week. It’s so good…. and calorie free says my husband (ha!ha!ha!)

I started with a basic white cake…. I used a cake mix, and 1 oz. coconut extract. Baked until light and fluffy, golden brown. Remove from the heat and poke with holes, I know, seems kinda crazy, but you want the three milk flavors to saturate the cake.

Tres Leche mixture

2 cans lite coconut milk

1 can Sweetened condensed milk

1 lime, zested

1 cup heavy cream

Whisk together and let stand for a few minutes. Pour slowly over the warm cake, allowing the milk to soak all the way through.

Cool cake completely, and top with whipped cream, and another lime zested. You’ve got your perfect Coconut Lime Tres Leche cake. Happy Baking!IMG_6216

Cool cake completely, and top with whipped cream, and another lime zested. You’ve got your perfect Coconut Lime Tres Leche cake. Happy Baking

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Sweet Corn Fritters with Spicy Sour Cream

 Posted by at 3:45 pm on May 3, 2017  Comments Off on Sweet Corn Fritters with Spicy Sour Cream
May 032017


Day 3: Cinco de Mayo recipes on the blog. Today’s recipe was inspired by the sweet corn I found at the grocery store, and I decided I needed to do something with it! So, here you go. These little babies are gluten free, and could also be dairy free if you choose to omit the cotija cheese or sour cream sauce.  And let’s face it, anything fried in anything is great.

Sweet Corn Fritters

1 1/2 cups sweet corn, fresh or frozen but thawed

3 eggs

1 cup gf flour mix, or all purpose flour

Salt and pepper to taste

3 green onions, diced

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 tsp. baking powder

1 garlic glove, minced (optional)


Mix together all ingredients listed above. The batter will be thick, and slightly moisten a bit if you let it stand 10 minutes before frying. Heat a skillet to medium, adding in just enough oil to satisfy your needs of fried crispy goodness. So, if your skillet is too hot, the inside of the fritter will be doughy. So make sure you cook them medium to low heat, and don’t flip until they are golden brown, about halfway cooked. If you can cook a pancake, you can cook these. My stove, I cooked them about 1-2 minutes per side.


I like to drain my fritters, or anything fried for that matter on a small wire rack. They edges remain crispy, and yummy.



Spicy Sour Cream Sauce

1 cup sour cream

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp. Kosher salt

1 tbsp. Sriricha sauce or your favorite hot sauce

Limes, cut into quarters

Cotija cheese for garnish

Whisk together the sour cream, cumin, salt and hot sauce. I like to make this before I do the fritters, and let it chill in the fridge. The flavors come together perfectly by the time you are done frying the fritters. Garnish with lime wedges, and cotija cheese.


Coconut Key Lime no bake cheesecakes

 Posted by at 9:40 am on May 2, 2017  1 Response »
May 022017

Day 2: Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

You had me a coconut and key lime.

This no bake dessert is perfect for ANYTIME. Really. These no bake cheesecakes, not too sweet, not too tart. Just perfection in a small glass. I like to use these mini trifle bowls. But any small glass or jar you have at home would be perfect. Be sure to check out my cookbook, 101 Gourmet No Bake Desserts for another 101 recipes for summer.




Coconut Key Lime Cheesecake
(adaptation for 101 Gourmet No Bake Desserts by Wendy Paul)
2 (8 oz) pgs. Cream cheese, softened
14 oz. lite coconut milk
½ cup coconut sugar
1 tsp. coconut extract
2 limes, zested
1 (3.5 oz.) pkg. Royal Delights Coconut Key Lime pudding powder
1 cup grated unsweetened for garnish
1 ½ cups coconut cookies
6-7 tbsp. melted butter
2 tbsp. coconut sugar
Cream together cream cheese, coconut sugar, coconut milk and coconut extract, zested limes, and pudding powder. Whisk until smooth and light. Set aside.
To make the crust: place coconut cookies and coconut sugar in the food processor and pulse until desired texture. Add butter and mix together. Place the crumbs into the bottom of your 6 oz. tumblers or mini trifle bowls, or small cheesecake pans. Tap down to secure. Top with pudding, I like to pipe the pudding in using a piping bag, then grated lime zest, and unsweetened coconut. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Make up to 1 day in advance.

Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos and Cilantro Lime Caulirice

 Posted by at 1:38 pm on May 1, 2017  Comments Off on Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos and Cilantro Lime Caulirice
May 012017
Bang Bang Shrimp Tacos and Cilantro Lime Caulirice

Day 1: Cinco de Mayo recipes. Hey! This week is all you can eat Mexican at our house and Cinco de Mayo is on Friday! FRIDAY! So I’m sharing a few of my favorite recipes with you each day this week, starting with this Asian fusion taco. That counts as Mexican food, right? And this […]

How to make the perfect Buddha Bowl

 Posted by at 1:38 pm on March 12, 2017  Comments Off on How to make the perfect Buddha Bowl
Mar 122017
How to make the perfect Buddha Bowl

I had the pleasure of presenting at the Salt Lake Home Show this weekend, not only once, but twice. I choose to share some of my new healthy recipes, which I was hired to create and make for Core 7 Fitness. It’s called Core 7 Fuel. Stay tuned for the release of their new e-cookbook, […]

Cauliflower Rice Pilaf

 Posted by at 2:49 pm on March 9, 2017  Comments Off on Cauliflower Rice Pilaf
Mar 092017

I LOVE it when veggies not only are good for you but taste really good too. Almost like a cheat meal, without any cheating. Here’s to a new year, eating healthier! And feeling better in our bodies. Cauliflower Rice Pilaf with Asparagus Serves 6 1 medium head of cauliflower, washed and dried or pre chopped […]

Unicorn inspired treats on Studio 5

 Posted by at 1:50 pm on March 9, 2017  Comments Off on Unicorn inspired treats on Studio 5
Mar 092017
Unicorn inspired treats on Studio 5

Every little girl’s dream. To have a rainbow or unicorn themed birthday party. I was so excited for this fun assignment from Studio 5. You can get the recipes here.     Simply make your cupcake batter, then divide into 4 bowls evenly. Use your favorite food coloring to get the desired colors. Remember that […]

Core 7 Fuel: Deseret News Home Show recipes Oct. 8-10

 Posted by at 10:52 am on October 8, 2016  Comments Off on Core 7 Fuel: Deseret News Home Show recipes Oct. 8-10
Oct 082016
Core 7 Fuel: Deseret News Home Show recipes Oct. 8-10

I always have a new project in the works. This time it’s all about making comfort foods healthy, and being satisfied with what you eat while training, or working out, loosing weight or maintaining weight. All meals are under 400 calories, high protein, clean carbs and good fats. The perfect combination. And for the first […]

Home Fries

 Posted by at 8:33 pm on October 7, 2016  Comments Off on Home Fries
Oct 072016
Home Fries

  Did you see the post on Tomato Jam? Well, that’s a recipe YOU need to make. Or have a friend make for you. And then, make these home fries to go with the tomato jam. You’re welcome. Home Fries  – serves 6 8 medium Idaho potatoes, washed and cut into wedges 1 tsp. dried […]