Veggie Quiche

This Father’s Day I decided to try my hand at making quiche for the men in my life. I made a meat lovers quiche for the boys – my husband, stepdad, and father-in-law – and a veggie version for the girls – my mother, teen, preschooler, and myself. I didn’t follow a recipe but, they turned out great!


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  • 1 frozen pie crust, whole wheat
  • 1 1/2 cups white potatoes, boiled or steamed and seasoned to taste
  • 1 zucchini, raw and quartered
  • 1 yellow squash, raw and quartered
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • 1/2 cup raw yellow corn, frozen or cut fresh from cob
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 6 eggs, raw
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • Italian seasoning to taste
  • Himalayan salt to taste

Prep & assembly:

  1. Mix eggs and cream together until slightly frothy.
  2. Stir in 1 cup cheddar cheese, zucchini, squash, carrots, corn, and spinach.
  3. Layer bottom of pie crust with potatoes, pushing down with fingers to form a base.
  4. Pour egg-veggie-cheese mixture on top of potatoes.
  5. Sprinkle remaining 1/2 cheese over top.
  6. Place pie tin on another pan to keep from dripping onto bottom of oven.
  7. Bake at 375 F for 60 minutes or until cooked through.
  8. Cool on baking rack for 15 minutes before serving.
  9. Freeze for later or enjoy now!






How I Stopped Plantar Fasciitis Pain and Kept Moving

“…I was having trouble putting weight on my foot without wincing.”

Last summer I was racing my kids down the street in flip flops when I suddenly noticed a sharp stabbing pain in the bottom of my left heel. I limped the rest of the way home to the hoops and hollers of my girls yelling, “We beat you; we beat you!!” Later that evening the pain increased and I was having trouble putting weight on my foot without wincing. I tried elevating my foot, icing it, applying heat, and massaging it – nothing worked. I took some ibuprofen and hoped it would be better in the morning. It wasn’t. Being the wise  nurse that I am, I talked myself out of going to see the doctor because nurses are always the worst patients and never follow their own advice.  Continue reading “How I Stopped Plantar Fasciitis Pain and Kept Moving”

Why MFP is my New BFF

“MyFitnessPal (MFP) has made logging my cardio minutes and keeping up with my calorie intake and expenditure a piece of cake.”

After reaching a plateau in my weight loss, I decided last week to start the next chapter in my health and fitness journey: running.  In my quest to gauge and track my diet and fitness goals, I downloaded the free version of MyFitnessPal app to my phone. MyFitnessPal (MFP) has made logging my cardio minutes and keeping up with my calorie intake and expenditure a piece of cake. I wish I had used it sooner!  Continue reading “Why MFP is my New BFF”

Food Phases: How to Deal When Your Teen Goes “Raw”

“Crap, now I have to figure out how to get protein in my preschooler AND my frickin’ teenager!”

Last month I was enjoying a rare date night out with my hubby. In the middle of dinner I received this text message from my teenager:

text #1

She’d apparently watched a documentary called Fed Up about the food industry and informed me via text that she will no longer be eating any processed foods. No more meat, dairy, eggs, bread, cooked foods, or typical teen snack foods (i.e. candy and chips) for her. Being a professional mom, I played it cool, like it was no big deal. I kept a poker face when my husband inquired if she was OK, and I didn’t let on that her text was anything out of the ordinary. Unbeknownst to the outside world, Continue reading “Food Phases: How to Deal When Your Teen Goes “Raw””

8 Ways to Give Your Child a Positive Body Image

“By the time I reached third grade, I refused to wear my Kmart Wrangler jeans because I thought they made me look fat…”

Feature photo credit: Lisa Wixed

As parents, we’ve often heard how our approach to health, food, and our body image can indirectly impact our children’s views of themselves.  Children emulate what they see and hear around them and strive to be like the adults they admire.  So how can we, as parents, give our children a healthy body image?  I’ll address this further in a moment, but first, let’s take a peek into what can happen when we don’t consider how our approach to diet and exercise affects our kids. Continue reading “8 Ways to Give Your Child a Positive Body Image”

Natural Healing: Rediscovering My Inner-hippie

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Being a stay-at-home mom of a homeschooled teenage daughter and a three year old girl can be overwhelming and physically exhausting at times, but since I began taking better care of myself six months ago (click here to read my article on how I lost 35 pounds), I am rarely ill anymore. However, during the past two weeks, the spring pollen caught up with me and I found myself suffering from an upper respiratory infection that I just couldn’t seem to shake.  The first week I took all of the typical over-the-counter (OTC) medications: Tylenol, Motrin, Theraflu, Claritin-D12, Benadryl (not at the same time, of course),  saline nasal spray  and menthol cough drops.  I drank a ton of water and mixed in my favorite go-to: Emergen-C powder powder. Nothing was working.  In fact, I seemed to be getting worse.  On the eighth day I was desperate for relief from the fatigue, the hacking cough, sore throat and stuffy nose.  That’s when  I remembered that I used to be a “hippie.” Continue reading “Natural Healing: Rediscovering My Inner-hippie”

Exercise & Bone Health

Keeping our bodies healthy is an ongoing challenge and every minute it seems that new research reveals another approach to maintaining and improving our health.  A few basic facts have managed to stand the test of time, however, and one of these is the impact of exercise on maintaining our bone health.

Growing up as a child in the 80’s, “Got milk?” was the running dairy ad on television and everyone from my generation remembers the poster of a celebrity with a milk mustache holding a large glass of white cow milk.   Click here to read the Huffington Post’s article, “The 31 Best ‘Got Milk’ ads, Definitively Ranked.”  We were taught year after year in grade school, via the U.S. FDA food pyramid, about the importance of eating dairy products because they held calcium that was good for our bones and were served a carton of milk with every school lunch. At home, my mom warned me of the consequences (I would stay short forever!) of not getting enough calcium, and encouraged me to consume at least a gallon per week with meals.


When I was twelve years old, I noticed at a family reunion that my grandmother looked a lot shorter than I remembered her being a few years earlier.  Her shoulders had begun to round forward and she appeared to hunch over as she walked.  My mom explained to me that grandma had osteoporosis and that she didn’t get enough calcium growing up.  As a body conscious pre-teen, this scared the dickens out of me and I drank my milk daily like it was going out of style! Continue reading “Exercise & Bone Health”