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Marie & Daphne In The Kitchen

Daphne and I whipped up some of my basic meatballs for dinner the other night on Facebook Live.  This is one of those dishes I can make with my eyes closed!  It’s easy, healthy and tasty – what more could you want?!?

I served it over rice with a side salad, but you could also put these in a traditional tomato sauce over pasta.  For the complete recipe grab a copy of my cookbook on Amazon. In The Family Plate cookbook you’ll also find my tomato sauce recipe and a variation – Middle Eastern Meatballs!

Meatballs are super kid-friendly and very quick to put together for a weeknight meal, plus they make great leftovers! How do you make your meatballs?

In the video I also discuss ways to make your meatballs gluten and dairy-free without losing flavor! Enjoy!



Casseroles, Yes You Can

July 21, 2013

Today is My Love Affair With Cheese’s 4th Birthday!  Happy Birthday, Cheese! Many thanks to all my readers, especially those who comment.  Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to spread the love!

We have big news in our household! My husband has agreed to Meatless Mondays.  I had to them explain to him that fish is also considered a meat, so lunch could not be a tuna sandwich. I’ve been trying to institute Meatless Mondays in my own routine for a few months and unless we are out of town I have been very successful.  I really like it because it forces me to think outside the meat-eating box.  I have to come up with new things for dinner like a few weeks ago when I made this Mushroom Frittata which we really enjoyed.  I also like to cook a big meal and then enjoy leftovers for a few days, so it’s great to have a meatless meal among the bunch.  I really try not to make pasta for Meatless Monday so that I can broaden my horizons a bit.

I went through my recipe cards and found a recipe for Zucchini Casserole that I had all the ingredients on hand for.  It’s pretty simple to put together and needs to bake in the oven for 45 minutes, so I wanted to do it Sunday night because on Monday after work it would just take too long.


Zucchini Casserole ready to go in the oven

I adapted this recipe from one on  I figure for a dinner portion, this casserole will give you 6 adult sized portions.  If you want to make it as a side dish, perhaps 10 servings is more reasonable.  I plan to serve this tonight with a big salad and maybe a cold soup.  I’m really curious to see how my 2 year old likes it!

For the recipe click here: Zucchini Casserole


Zucchini Casserole out of the oven

Zucchini Casserole out of the oven

Let me know if you try this recipe and what you are having for Meatless Monday on Facebook or Twitter.


Don’t these look yummy?


Courtesy of

I’ve made these frozen bananas quite a few times and they really are a nice sweet treat.  They couldn’t be easier to make, and they are a refreshing bite of fruit and chocolate on a hot day.  They can also be red, white & blue as seen here to fit in with your Fourth of July festivities.

I know we’ve all heard it before, but it’s worth repeating…

Holiday Survival Guide:

  • Do enjoy the company of family and friends tomorrow.
  • Do bring a dish you prepared and know is good and good for you.
  • Do remember it’s a one-day holiday.
  • Do fit in exercise so you get a healthy start on the day.
  • Don’t go for that old mainstay of flag cake – try something new!
  • Don’t eat to avoid talking to your family.  Go for a walk instead.  Or play with the kids at the BBQ.
  • Don’t use this one-day holiday as an excuse to go off the rails till Monday July 8th (I’ve been there, believe me, it ain’t fun coming back from that)

Happy Independence Day everyone!  Let me know on Facebook or Twitter how you spent the day – the good and the bad!

Here are my frozen bananas – still tasty but not nearly as well art directed as Skinnytaste 🙂

With nuts, I didn't have sprinkles on hand

With nuts, I didn’t have sprinkles on hand

Marie’s Menu 10/7

October 8, 2012

Here’s what’s on my menu for the week!

Beef Stroganoff – made this a few times last winter after I discovered the amazing blog Skinnytaste.  We ate it with noodles or rice and it made wonderful leftovers!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork – Made this only once before with some minor tweaks.  I don’t know what “liquid smoke” is and I don’t plan to buy it for a measly 2 tsp, so I just leave it out.  I feel that my slow cooker tends to work a bit faster than Gina’s, so I really need to keep an eye on the pork before it gets dried out.  Served this on whole wheat bread (for a sandwich) with some baked waffle fries and Green Giant carrots.  I hope the leftovers don’t dry out – because I have A LOT of leftovers.

Spinach and Feta pie – special request from my husband.  Plan to make this tomorrow. Also doing some minor subsititions here.  No fresh parsley (hubby no like) and I’m swapping Asiage cheese for Parmesan (which I already have in the fridge).

Asian Turkey Meatballs – Delish!  Smelled so good when I was baking them earlier. The dipping sause really makes it feel like a fancy dish!  Will probably serve with rice or Cous Cous and some veggies.

Overnight Oats in a Jar – I have tried this several times with all different kinds of fruit and really anything works.  This time we’re using blueberries and raspberries.  Hoping the baby likes it too as he needs more fruit in his diet!

Mushroom Soup – my recipe! We “mine” as in “stolen from my mother-in-law”.  2 points per serving and super easy if you buy the pre-sliced mushrooms (I do!).  I will post it soon!


September 11, 2012

So it’s not a new year’s resolution – but it is a September resolution. Time to get back on track! I remember from a Weight Watchers many moons ago that our leader said we will lose more weight in the time between Labor Day and Christmas than any other time of year. With that in mind, I’m making a vow to put down the M&Ms and get back in the saddle.

I was doing pretty well since I’d gotten a WW meeting started in my office. I’d lost a few pounds, but was mostly just maintaining since losing 12lbs earlier this year. All in all, I was ok with it as I’d been super busy with work, moving and being a mother.

Once the WW meetings ended and we started eating take-out food every night during packing and unpacking, I somehow lost my way. (There were far too many debits from Seamless Web on my debit card!)

I’m about to embark on a new phase of my life (more on that later) that is all about health. Healthy body, healthy mind, and healthy life. No more excuses.

Being so happy in my personal life as a mother and wife has inspired me to be happy 360 degrees of my life. For years I’ve been saying I want to achieve my goal on WW – and now I am finally going to do it. Like I said, no more excuses.

Today, I opened the WW app and dared to count points. An egg salad sandwich at Starbuck’s is a whopping 13 points – and you know what I always say – coulda had a Big Mac! A muller yogurt (the corner ones they have those delicious commercials for) is 4 points! Oh the things we learn when counting points!

Tonight I prepared 2 servings of Skinny Overnight Oats in a Jar from my favorite website I’ll have 2 healthy breakfasts waiting for me. Gotta love that convenience. Gina and her WW recipes have been a god send! I’ll keep posting my favorites as I start cooking more (in my new kitchen!) and get back to basics.

Truth be told – I’ve lost all my “baby weight” but I haven’t lost the weight that I gained before becoming pregnant. The weight that took me a year to lose before my wedding. The unhappy weight. Now that I’m happy there’s no need to carry around these extra unhappy pounds, right?

Nothing new here really, just a new commitment. A new outlook. A new phase. There’s 15 weeks till Christmas! 15 weigh-ins to make a difference. Who’s coming with me?

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