At Home with Vicki Bensinger

In-Home Culinary Classes
Smoked Chicken and Bacon White Bean Chili

Smoked Chicken & Bacon White Bean Chili

I have so much fun trying to recreate dishes.  Super Bowl was Sunday and even though we didn’t watch the game, I always like to get in the spirit of the evening by cooking up football grub. 

Skinny Loaded Sweet Potato Bites

Skinny Loaded Sweet Potato Bites

SuperBowl is this weekend and so many of you will be having lots of guests in your home to watch it on the big screen.  SuperBowl & grub food are synonymous with each other but not all the food has to be a heart attack waiting to happen.  Actually you can slim down so many of your favorite grub dishes to make them heart smart and waist friendly without sacrificing taste. 

Homemade PlayDough

Homemade PlayDough with JELL-O!

When my kids were little they loved to play with PlayDoh so much that we started making our own.  It didn’t matter what the weather was like outside, they simply enjoyed mixing all the ingredients together, then playing with it for hours creating anything imaginable. When they were done we’d place the Homemade PlayDough in a Zip-Lock baggie or small plastic container with lid, until they were ready to play with it again. 

Healthy Smoothie Gummy Bites

Healthy Smoothie Gummy Bites for the Whole Family!

My kids are adults now, but I can remember when Gummy Snacks were introduced – that makes me sound ancient!  It was the rage – even my husband and I would enjoy a snack or two, or three, with the kids. 

Veggie Hash

Veggie Hash – taking breakfast to a new level!

Most Sundays when my son is in town, if he’s not already going with a friend, he will call to see if my husband and I would care to join him for breakfast at his favorite spot. Inevitably he orders the same thing, the Veggie Hash.

Roasted Edamame

Roasted Edamame – the healthy snack!

It’s that time of the year again when many of us in colder climates will find ourselves indoors watching football games, movies, or just hanging out and keeping warm. Oftentimes that means snacking on foods, many of which have zero nutritional value causing havoc in our bodies and with our moods. 

Grilled Grouper with a Quinoa Mélange

Grilled Grouper with a Quinoa Mélange

In my previous post I mentioned that my focus this month is to give you ideas to jump start the new year using nutritious and sustainable ingredients.

For the recipe I’m sharing today I used a small Butternut Squash, fresh Spinach, and Quinoa to pair with a fresh filet of Grouper.  This recipe was so simple anyone can prepare it without any effort at all. 

quinoa tart

A Healthy Start to the New Year!

(photo taken by Steve Adams Studio for Where Women Cook Magazine)

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a wonderful time bringing in the New Year surrounded by family and friends.  While the door has closed to 2015 and a new one has opened to 2016 many talk of their resolutions for the coming year.