broccoli, cheese and rice casserole

This is a great casserole for a cold wintry night. Of course I can’t tell you that from experience right now because it was a warm and humid 76 degrees the night we enjoyed this. But I can imagine that if we ever get cold winter weather this would be the perfect side dish to any meal! It’s lightened up a bit with brown rice, fat free milk and light cheese. Give it a try!


recipe adapted from: 

1 c. uncooked instant brown rice

1/2 c. chopped onion

1/4 c. fat-free milk

4 ounces light Velveeta

2 tbls. butter, softened

1 (10.75) can condensed fat-free cream of chicken soup

Salt and pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, and spoon into a 2-quart casserole. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes.


pumpkin spice cream cheese

Yay! More pumpkin!! Even though it’s still a warm 70 degrees outside, fall cooking continues in this house! Try this delicious pumpkin cream cheese. It’s great on a bagel or toast, yummy used as a fruit dip, and I think it would be awesome swirled into a cheesecake! It’d be a great fall gift for someone as well, who wouldn’t love a jar of this yummy goodness??


recipe adapted from:

8 oz. 1/3 less fat or fat free cream cheese, softened

1/2 c. pumpkin puree

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

2 tbls. brown sugar

1 tbls. maple syrup


Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and beat until smooth.

cilantro lime shrimp

Man, oh, man was this shrimp good! I LOVE the combination of cilantro and lime in almost anything! Shrimp is such a great and fast weeknight dinner option. You can literally whip this up in less than 10 minutes. Not only is shrimp super fast but it’s also great for you! Low in calories, tons of protein! Try it with some brown rice or some crispy garlic toast to soak up all the yummy juices!


recipe adapted from:

2 tsp. olive oil

2 lb. shrimp, shelled and deveined

6 cloves garlic, crushed and roughly chopped

1/2 c. chopped fresh cilantro

1 lime

salt and pepper

1 tsp. chili powder


Heat a large frying pan on medium-high heat. Add oil to the pan, when oil is hot add shrimp. Season with salt, pepper and chili powder. When the shrimp is cooked on one side, about 2 minutes, turn over and add garlic. Sauté another minute or two until shrimp is cooked, careful not to overcook. Remove from heat. Squeeze lime all over shrimp and toss with cilantro. Serve hot.

*That’s it! Super easy!! Try it sometime this week 🙂