Favorite Cookbook

by Koko on March 12, 2015 · 0 comments

in Cooking


Have you ever found a cookbook that you can’t stop cooking out of? Like every week you open it and find new recipes to try? Well I’ve found it. The Skinnytaste Cookbook.


Although I LOVE cookbooks and have a ton (thanks mom), I generally prefer the ease of online recipes. I can pop open the computer or iPad and just go rather than maneuver a book around the kitchen. Most weeks I find my dinner inspiration from the hundreds of blogs I follow, but recently it has been from my new favorite cookbook.


Some recent favorites from her blog and the book:

Thai Chicken Peanut Lettuce Cups

Seattle Asian Salmon Bowls

Rustic Italian Gnocchi Soup (made with Tortellini in our case)

Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup

Coconut Chicken Salad with Warm Honey-Mustard Dressing

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie


But seriously folks, every recipe is superb. I love the pictures, how her recipes are written and her healthy take on delicious food. Highly recommended!




I’m an oatmeal girl through and through. I’m either making oatmeal or a green smoothie before work each and every morning. Q on the other hand is a breakfast sammie guy. He loves his egg, cheese, and breakfast meat on English muffin sandwich. And I’ve been a bad wife recently and I’ve been letting him eat grocery story pre-made sandwiches! Oh the shame! So this weekend I took it upon myself to make him the best breakfast sandwiches ever.


These sandwiches are SO easy and can be frozen individually for a quick morning heat up on the way to work. I made a dozen sandwiches, half with sausage and half with bacon. I labeled the sammies so Q has his pick each morning.





Best Waffles

by Koko on March 2, 2015 · 0 comments

in Breakfast, Cooking, Recipe


It is my family’s tradition to have waffles every Christmas morning. Mom preps the batter the night before and as soon as we wake up on Christmas she starts up the waffle machine. We serve them with fresh berries, maple syrup, butter and whipped cream.


About once a month, Q and I make waffles for Sunday breakfast. I follow my mom’s tried and true recipe to a tee and it never disappoints. The only downside of this recipe is you have to prep the batter the night before so that it can rise. We use our Griddler with waffle inserts to make the waffles. My mom uses an old school Waffle Maker. Both turn out wonderfully (although mom’s always taste better).




Gelson’s Turkey Chili

by Koko on February 23, 2015 · 0 comments

in Cooking, Recipe, Soups & Chilis

gelson's chili

I like to call this chili “man chili” aka the opposite of “Koko chili.” “Koko chili” consists of lots of beans, broth, tomatoes, and then some meat thrown in. Examples of my kind of chili are Spicy Slow Cooker Chili or Easy Weeknight Black Bean and Turkey Chili- yes they have meat, but they have so much MORE. On the other hand, “man chili” is mainly meat, some beans and not a whole lot of broth. Yes, you can spice it up with some avocado, cheese and sour cream, but at its heart, it is man food.

For the Super Bowl a few weeks ago, I decided to make Q his “man chili” aka this Gelson’s Turkey Chili. I served it over brown rice and with some homemade corn bread. And Q could not stop talking about the fact that THIS is what chili should be like.