Light Potato Leek Soup {sponsored}

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My family has been doing Meatless Mondays for years. In fact, we eat several meals a week sans meat. We're by no means vegetarian, but going meatless is great for our budget! Plus, I like the way plant based meals make me feel...full, but not overstuffed. Perfect for nights when we're on the … [Read more...]

9 Quick & Easy Weeknight Dinners

9 Quick & Easy Weeknight Dinners #shrinkingjeans #recipes

I'm a busy person.  I'm sure you are, too. I work part-time, write here part-time, I have three kids with various after-school commitments and homework to oversee, with lots of errands and appointments and working out to do. My calendar is full full full, just like yours. So when it comes … [Read more...]

Finding the recipe for healthy comfort food

Recipe for comfort and health

Three people (and one dog) make up my household. Subject One is a 32-year-old male, a Type 1 diabetic, who doesn’t eat coconut or bell peppers – or onions for that matter. Subject Two is a 31-year-old female (aka me) who doesn’t eat mushrooms, raw sushi, or any steak that isn’t considered … [Read more...]

5 Superfood Smoothies for Your Pregnancy

5 Superfood Smoothies for Your Pregnancy #shrinkingjeans

A friend once told me that when you’re pregnant you feel all the same things you felt before, but in the extreme. And she was right. When I’m tired, I’m terribly tired. When I have to pee, I have to pee NOW. And when I want a piece of cheesecake, I mean I want it this very second even though it’s … [Read more...]

Heart Healthy Cauliflower Crust Pizza Recipe


Heart Health Month is still going strong! Last week we suggested some winter friendly workouts to get your heart pumping. This week we’re talking heart-healthy nutrition. Campbell Soup Company is dedicated to helping women care for their hearts by providing delicious, heart-healthy foods and … [Read more...]

The Paleo Diet: part 4 my favorite recipes

fruits-veggies paleo 4

I’ve been asked by The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans to provide a little insight into the Paleolithic Diet.  I need to preface this series by stating I am in no way an expert on eating Paleo.  I am not a nutritionist nor a dietitian.  I consider myself “paleo-ish” because I am not strict in … [Read more...]

Cinco de Mayo – Ole!

It's Cinco de Mayo- Ole!!!! First, a quick history lesson on what Cinco de Mayo actually is.  According to, "Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: Indian-style

Happy Meatless Monday! Have you ever had a cuisine that you loved, but that you didn't dare try making yourself, for fear of royally screwing up? That's me with Indian food. I love it, but find all the spices and various daals intimidating. So until very recently I only indulged in my … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday: the salad edition


Hey, ladies and gentlefolk! We are now two weeks into our annual extravaganza, our New Year's Weight Loss Challenge! How are you holding up? Are you losing pounds like nobody's business? Are you struggling a bit? Are you so sick of that lunchtime salad that you're ready to throw in the … [Read more...]

Welcome to Meatless Mondays!

We're starting a new series here at Shrinking Jeans - Meatless Mondays! I won't be coming at you every Monday - there are too many other great writers here for me to hog all the attention - but I hope you'll take in what I say, let it ruminate, and make ALL your Mondays meatless! If I can do it … [Read more...]

salad days

In the summer, when it gets hot, we practically live on salads. Yes, we, as in all of us! From the nearly five year old to the nearly fifty year old. How do I come up with things that please a range of tastes, are healthy, and are hearty enough to be the main course? I experiment. A lot. I use the … [Read more...]

Crock Pot Beef Stew


When I walked into my mom's house today, the yummy smelling goodness hit my nose like a ton of bricks.  I walked into the kitchen and saw that my mom was cooking in the crock pot. As I'm sure all of you moms out there know, crock pots spell E-A-S-Y, which for those of us who are busy, is a good … [Read more...]

Menu Plan Your Butt Off! {January 22}


MONDAY:  Three Cheese Manicotti. TUESDAY: Enchilada Casser-Ole! WEDNESDAY: Chicken Breasts with Tomatoes and Olives. THURSDAY: Shrimp Sandwich Wrap with Curry Yogurt and Spinach. FRIDAY: Homemade pizza night! I don't have our recipe (yet!), but here is a yummy, health(ier) … [Read more...]

Recipe: Dijon Shrimp


I'm a huge fan of seafood, especially shrimp.  It's one of my favorite types of seafood to cook at home because it's quick, easy, and is a great fit with my Weight Watchers food plan. I recently came across this recipe for Dijon Shrimp.  Unfortunately, I don't remember exactly where I found it, … [Read more...]

It’s The Most Wonderful, But Busy Time of Year

I don't know about you, but I feel like I am meeting myself coming and going lately. We go to school through December 21 and that doesn't give me much time before Christmas to get a lot done. I've been trying to not let cooking right go by the wayside. I have found that at busy times like … [Read more...]