BLT Quiche

Quiche -- can you think of any other food that is so versatile? Easy, elegant, inexpensive, and perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Truly one of my favorite dishes and this quiche has been gracing my repertoire for years. I honestly don't even remember where I found the inspiration - maybe Cooking Light or the Food Network. I have made this so many times and always with astounding reviews. I mean, what's not to love??? Bacon (yes, please!), Leeks, and of course tomaotoes - and don't forget the cheeeeeeese!!!!!

Stuffed Pepper Soup

Hi everyone - Yes, I know it has been a loooong time since I posted. A couple reasons for that, but first and foremost I'm glad to be back in action! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday/winter break. My boys headed back to school today, somewhat reluctantly, but not gonna lie - I was looking forward to a day to make a dent in my to-do list without distractions. 

I spent most of Sunday in my kitchen and this soup was on the menu. Unfortunately I have a couple friends going through some health issues right now, so of course I wanted to make them some meals. Some people are good at helping with childcare or rides, etc., but obviously food is where I try to make a difference. Nothing like having a fridge full of healthy, yummy food and this soup fits the bill. Fresh bell peppers, brown rice, lean ground beef and spices = a hearty mouthful of yumminess! Perfect for this arctic weather we are experiencing here in New England. I doubled the recipe for you guys - this freezes great and it is a recipe the whole family will love, so you might as well save time and make a big batch! 

Before we get to the recipe, I wanted to share a few changes you will see around here... First, I haven't blogged in ages.  A couple reasons: 1. My old laptop had one foot in the grave and did not like it when I blogged, so thankfully my birthday falls 3 days after Christmas and the hub bought me a new MacBook Air (I'm in love!). I'm still getting used to it, but obviously I'm back in business! 2. I have been focusing on growing my fitness business. For those of you that do not know - 7 months ago I decided to take the leap and become a fitness coach! This has been an amazing journey and I will be sharing more about that on here. 

You will still find the same great recipes (well, I hope you think they're great;), PLUS I will be adding fitness related posts. Food is and always will be my first love and I am so excited to start sharing even more healthy lifestyle tips. Being a Fresh Mama is more than just eating healthy - gotta move those bodies, too!

My 3 Day Refresh Experience

Hi Everyone!

I know it's been a while since I've done a blog post - first it was Thanksgiving, then I embarked on my 3 Day Refresh Cleanse after Thanksgiving and my brother is here visiting from Sweden! Super busy, but I have been receiving so many questions on how the cleanse works, I figured I would just share here, so you could learn a bit more. In more news, I  kicked off a weekly healthy snack feature on my Fresh Mama Fitness page, so make sure to tune in on Sundays for healthy snack ideas like this:

Sliced cucumber and hummus sprinkled with chili powder

8 Tips to Survive Holiday Temptations

So we've all heard the stats... the average American gains 7-12 pounds between Halloween and New Years. Ummmm, not sure about you, but that is not how I want to end 2014!!!! Obviously I absolutely love food (have you met me? I mean I talk about food all the time!!!). I get it, the holidays are nuts -- plus, in our family we have multiple birthdays in December. Yikes! However, you can't let the craziness be an excuse to leave your health and fitness goals behind. So here are my top tips to help you make it through the holidays with confidence and start 2015 on the right foot!

A beautiful veggie and hummus plate with watermelon radishes!

Weeknight Dinner in Under 10 Minutes: Caprese Flatbreads

Ok, here's a meal you need on your meal plan next week! With Thanksgiving coming, who wants to be cooking heavy, complicated meals? I sure don't! This meal was inspired by an appetizer we had at a restaurant over the weekend, of course Evan (my Caprese salad lover) devoured it and declared I needed to make it at home. I know most of my recipes are from scratch, but if you don't have time to make your own bread, pesto, and balsamic glaze, then just buy some (I did!-- Sssshhhh)... I bought all ingredients at my local Trader Joe's.

FMCC: Granola, Egg Muffins, and Everything but the Kitchen Sink Veggie Soup!

Wow guys! Guess what??? We are just a few days away from the Fresh Mama one year Bogiversary!!! I cannot believe it!!! So many amazing things have happened since I took that leap almost one year ago and decided to start sharing my recipes and kitchen tips with you guys. Now the blog has an even more exciting feature as my fitness business is thriving and I cannot wait to share more of that on here.  I truly hope you have enjoyed the recipes and posts -- I know its a few days away, but I wanted to say thank you by throwing a KIND bar giveaway! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for all your support and make sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the page!

I apologize that you haven't seen much action on here with new recipes -- I was in a rut, tried a couple recipes over a few weeks and NOTHING panned out. However, I made a couple REALLY good recipes last week and took photos, so keep an eye out on some upcoming blog posts! But today, you can enjoy all the great recipes we made at FMCC (Fresh Mamas Cooking Club) last week.

Homemade Applesauce: 3 Ways

Our apple picking days are almost over here in New England. Luckily, I went a couple times this season -- first a few weeks ago as a work outing -- apple picking and local fruit wines! Yum! I ended up with tons of apples because my co-worker doesn't like apples, so she gave them to me (whaaat??? weird, right???  but it worked to my benefit!). I made tons of applesauce with these!

Me and my girl Brie! (photo courtesy of Tracy Torteson)
So pretty
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