Coconut Lemon Meltaway Cookies

Coconut Lemon Meltaway Cookies

I'm not one known for having a sweet tooth...and as much as I LOVE to cook, I do not enjoy baking.  So when I found the recipe for Coconut Lemon Meltaway Cookies (gluten and dairy free} and found they were NO bake I had to give them a try! The cookies are the easiest cookies […]

The Best Healthy Oven Fried Chicken

Oven Fried Chicken

Hello Everyone! A favorite meal at the Charmer House is Fried Chicken but not the deep oil fried version!  In 1996 I found a recipe that turned out to be The Best Healthy Oven Fried Chicken in Cooking Light Magazine. It seems I've always been on a diet my whole  life, but a true test […]

A Yummy Healthy Breakfast

Avocado and Egg Breakfast

Hello everyone! Yesterday sticking out of our mail box was my Good Housekeeping Magazine.  Immediately started roaming through it when I spotted the article Never Diet Again!  Haven't we all heard that before. Since I've lost 55 pounds over the last year I don't need to be on a diet and just looked over the […]

Creamy Pork Tenderloin Stew

Creamy Pork Tenderloin Stew, Gluten & Dairy Free version also

It is bitter cold here in Chicagoland!  The wind chill a whopping -30 below and our furnace has not shut off trying to keep the Charmer warm inside.  Such a hard task for our furnace since the Charmer was built with NO insulation in the walls.  We pulled out an oil filled heater in the […]

Baked Oat Meal Breakfast Casserole

GF/DF Baked Oat Meal Casserole

I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and enjoyed your time with family and friends. Late Christmas Eve I was looking for something to make for breakfast.  Even though I went gluten & diary free over a year ago...I'm still adjusting to not having anything "CHEESY" Looking through Pinterest I found a […]

Chicken and White Bean Soup {Quick & Easy}

Chicken and White Bean Soup

I've been trying to incorporate more fiber into our diets. We love soup anytime of the year, but especially during winter.  I typically make Chicken Noodle soup, but decided to change it up a bit and make Chicken and White Bean Soup. Legumes (beans) add great protein and fiber to a diet.  I also wanted […]

Penne Pasta and Light Brussel Sprout Ragu

Penne Pasta and Light Brussel Sprout Ragu

With the new year having arrived we've been eating healthier.   We really eat very little processed or fast food.  Our only fast food  indulgence is a subway every now and then.  The hardest problem in incorporating more fruits and veggies. While surfing my favorite food blog, Skinny Taste, I found a recipe Penne Pasta with […]

Slow Cooker Chicken a la Criolla

Slow Cooker Chicken a la Criolla

You might not know it, but I love Latin food. So when I find a new recipe that I can make in my slow cooker - well I just couldn't find a reason not to.  Slow Cooker Chicken a la Criolla had me at hello. It has such great flavor and is healthy too. There […]

Peppermint Cheesecake

peppermint cheesecake

I'm hoping all of you had a great holiday with your family, we did!  We were able to stay up all day!!!! I ran out of time before I could share our Christmas dinner dessert...Peppermint Cheesecake. The Peppermint Cheesecake is a lighter version, but with full flavor.  I've always made these as squares, but  this […]

Slow Cooker Warm Cranberry Zinfandel

Slow Cooker Warm Cranberry Zinfandel

After a week of being sick together Mr. Charmer and I managed to be up quite a bit today. Our low energy levels didn't keep us from getting some holiday activity done. My energy level wasn't up to tackling grocery shopping and will be heading out early tomorrow.  I'm not even sure what's left in […]