Back to school: Making the grade with a healthy lifestyle

What can the educational institution, with its share of cooties and hand sanitizers, crayons, crashes and crushes, teach us in terms of living the best lives that we can? Follow along, and put your own luscious lesson plan together, based on these … [Read more...]

Macy’s Giveaway and a Your Lighter Side Milestone (Fan Share Closed)

Thank you, Macy's! Source Things are shaking around Your Lighter Side Headquarters as we near the holidays, and I couldn't think of anyone more amazing to celebrate with than you and the Magic of Macy's! Macy's asks: What's cooking for the … [Read more...]

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Turkey Breasts

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Delicious stuffed turkey breast is perfect for grilling or oven baking. It was in roughly 2003 that we first tried our hand at smoking a turkey (we named him Tex). The mesquite coals, smoky and sumptuous, caressed the 12 pound bird as we waited in … [Read more...]

Product Review: Mountain Zevia

I am not typically falling over out of my shoes to get hold of diet colas sweetened with stevia, but Mountain Zevia (the Mountain Dew iteration, a caffeinated lemon/lime beverage) is pretty amazing. The caffeine kicks in pretty quickly (thank yew … [Read more...]

Low carb success story of splendulescence: Meet Jennifer

Jennifer seriously knocked my socks off with her seriously sweet success when she shared that she had lost 200 pounds with friends at a low carb board. I immediately wrote to her and asked--nay, begged-- her to tell us about how she managed to lose … [Read more...]

Cup-o-Taco

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OK. So maybe you're not old enough to have seen the film "The Jerk". Never fear! Iif you have any ramekins sitting about looking for their 'special purpose' (or just some quality, oven-proof dishes) and have a hankering for some quick, hearty and … [Read more...]

Cheesy Meatball Soup

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Meatballs are so absolutely wonderful, beefy, round and unassuming. … [Read more...]

Veggie Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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Let me first start out by saying I hate chicken. I hate it. I do. … [Read more...]

Cheesecake Truffles

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It's time for your just desserts. Need a little finger food with flair? The patty shape of this recipe makes it super fun. You can, however, elect to roll the desserts into small ball shapes instead (see image below). A bit of sour cream make … [Read more...]

Turkey Taco Shells

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Beef taquitos? Chicken Doritos-type chips? Now turkey taco shells? Welcome to the future of your snacking, noshing, and all around food loving, o carnivores. With Thanksgiving coming down the pike, why not put your leftovers to good use after … [Read more...]

Sun-Dried Tomato Alfredo Sauce

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Coupled with the ever so naughty stuffed chicken breast, you can get saucy any time. Paired here with veggie stuffed chicken breasts. There are times my cautious teens still don't get it. They still think things like alfredo sauce are … [Read more...]

Cheese Chicken Dorito Chips

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You knew it had to happen. When you turn me loose, caffeinated, in the kitchen, I'm going to chew sugar free bubble gum and kick recipe butt. Well guess what: I'm all out of bubble gum. … [Read more...]

Hot Cheesy Chicken Artichoke Dip

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Mm. The best letter of the alphafrickenbet when it comes to this decadent dip. Featuring sexy, healthy ingredients, you can be sure that you're not only enjoying comfort food, you're also feeding yourself healthfully to boot. … [Read more...]

Sesame Chicken

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Don't chicken out on this amazing dish There's something about sesame seeds that makes you feel you're enjoying a little bit of love on your tongue. For this recipe I've used both sesame seeds and coconut flour for the breading, but I also throw … [Read more...]

Sam’s Kicked Up Chicken Wings

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A really supremely cool guy, Sam contacted me to let me know about this amazing recipe he's concocted at home and wanted to share. At first I was ecstatic. Chicken wings? Hells to the yes. Chicken wings with horseradish mustard? Hells to the yes … [Read more...]