Saturday, January 9, 2010

My first GIVEAWAY!!!!

It is cold here and I am bored. To tears. Like for real, I have cried a few times and threatened my kids I was hitting the road.

Anyhoo, I was just reading Shannon's blog (which I highly recommend reading) regarding recipes and cooking for your family and had a fabulous idea. Since most of us are trying to feed our families creative, fun and healthy meals, I thought I would share the most amazing cookbook.

Ellie Krieger's, "The Food You Crave" has been a staple in the Coco house for the past six months. Recipes such as, savory chinese chicken salad, sesame teriyaki chicken thighs, sweet and sour brisket, confetti chili, lamb stew with orange, lemon-garlic marinated lamb chops, shortcut collard greens, dirty broccoli, asparagus with lemon and tarragon, poached salmon with lemon-mint tzatziki, baked shrimp with tomatoes and feta and a homemade green goddess salad dressing are all tried and true and loved in my kitchen. The recipes are delicious AND healthy.

SO, to start 2010 right, I am having my first GIVEAWAY EVER!

Leave a comment with your favorite healthy recipe. If there is a link to the recipe, please include it or if you can direct us where to find the recipe, that would be super-duper. Just give us the recipe in some way or another. Got it?

I will draw one lucky winner on Wednesday, January 13th.

You don't have to become a follower and you don't have to mention this giveaway on your blog. Just help Coco and other mommy (and future mommy) bloggers out and leave a recipe that we can all enjoy, in the comment section of this teeny tiny little Saturday post.

I can't wait to see what I will be cooking in 2010!!! Exciting stuff. Is it sad that I am so excited to see what you peeps leave for me to cook. My life is boring. So, so, so sad and boring. I'm in a funk so help me get out of it!!

ta-ta for now!

p.s. thank you Momma to the A's!
I was going batty this morning, with this freezing weather and being couped up with Damion and Reagan. Read your blog and I just got out stuff for some water play. SOOO glad you posted those pics. You have officially saved me today!!!! And my kids.


Anonymous said...

we haven't left the house in four days it's so freaking cold. FOUR DAYS! With a toddler and an infant. Spoon. In. Eye. For real.

So loving this giveaway. Our fav. healthy meal is a turkey chili that's quick and easy. I got it off the side of a Saltine box. No joke. I'll try and find the link and be back...

FROGGITY! said...

ME! i want the cookbook! (haha! but seriously, i do. no need in masking reality.)

we are really bored here, too. i could go outside... it's pretty... but it's dang cold! the water idea is a good one...

Clare said...

We are freezing here also, I think it's 6 degrees at noon!
I get almost all my recipes from but this is our favorite:
I serve it with black beans and tortillas. Then later in the week I make soup out of the leftover. Two cans of low sodium chicken broth, one can each of chili beans and kidney beans, one can of mexicorn, one can of Rotel and the rest of the pork. Combine all ingredients and cook 20 minutes or until hot. Then top with strips of tortilla and a little bit of sour cream, delicious! All canned so it's easy for us on a work night.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Deelsu said...

I can't remember where in the world I found the recipe but I make it all the time now for me. Brad isn't as crazy about it as me. I wouldn't think it would be kid friendly either. it is:

Sesame Encrusted Salmon over spinach

* toast sesame seeds in a skillet
--remove and mix half of the seeds in with a few tbs. of flour.
* take salmon fillets and coat each side of the fillet in the seed/flour mixture..
* with a few tsps of olive oil heat skillet and cook fillet on each side for 5 minutes.
* remove from heat and set aside.
* take the rest of the seeds and fresh spinach and saute over stove.

* sever salmon over spinach.
YUMM..and super healthy too! As Dr. Perricrone says.. salmon is the key!

The Rural Socialite said...

I want this cookbook real bad.

My favorite healthy recipe right now is a kind of modified fruit crumble:
Put a bag of frozen or canned fruit (any kind) into the bottom of a pie pan. If you're using frozen, it's best if the fruit is thawed somewhat.
On top, sprinkle:
1/2 c. oats
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 T. flour
Microwave 2 T. margarine to melt it, and pour it over the top of the whole shebang. Bake it at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. It's a great alternative to a calorie-laden cobbler.

Jodee Leader said...

I am cold and bored too! My ass is going to be the size of Texas if spring doesn't get here soon. We are eating non-stop!

Here is a recipe for you:

suburban prep said...

A number of years ago I found a recipe for Tiramisu in Cooking Light and it has been my family's favorite ever since.

msgb245 at gmail dot com

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

These are some of my favorite recipes on my blog:

I can't take credit for them, though, since they're from my friend Holly who guest blogs with me!


Momma to the A's said...

Yipeee! A giveaway. I love giveaways!! I also LOVE to cook, and always love to try something new. Hubby wants to lose weight bad so this would be a great new cookbook.

Here is one of my favorite recipes that I call healthy. It may not be new to anyone, but here it is:

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

In a crockpot (L.O.V.E. the crockpot) place 4 chicken breasts, cover with a can of black beans (drained), and a jar of your favorite salsa. I like to use a BIG jar of salsa. Cover and cook for 6 hours. Shread chicken & place back into crockpot, and the salsa goodness, with 1 C cheddar cheese (I add 2 cups, but I guess that would make it a little less healthy). Mix up and let the cheese melt. I try and find whole grain tortillas to serve the chicken tacos in. You can add all the toppings you want (Sour Cream. chives, more cheese, etc.). This is easy & YUMMY!!!

Hope you guys had fun with the water play and the make-up came out!! I did bow my head for you on that last one!

Vintage Junky said...

Sorry, I don't cook. The Mr. does that. I bake. Very fattening stuff.... but congrats on your very 1st giveaway! I will be looking back here for some healthy recipes though... I am thinking about taking over the cooking and the Baby doesn't like


Merry Mack said...

If I don't win, I might have to go get this. I am never crazy about what she does on tv, but I trust you. Hey, I ate your chicken salad and I have never eaten that before. Anyway, here is my favorite healthy recipe and it literally takes 15 min. to get in on the table for the family.

Clare said...

BTW, the pork isn't spicy, my 18 month old eats it just fine. So, you can add some spice if you all like spicy.

Eve said...

My favorite recipe is this one I found from all called garlic dill potatoes. it is so yummie and everyone in our family loves it.

Shannon said...

I'm going to print out your blog post with the comments to give me ideas for next week (I already made out my list for this week - hope they're all good).

Anyway, thanks for the shout out about my blog. My favorite healthy recipe is actually in that blog post and it's for Chicken Fajitas. Everybody loves them and if you use wheat tortillas and low-fat cheese, it's healthy.

Healthy recipes my family likes

Would love to win the cookbook and have even more to try.

Meg said...

Hi i came over from Mod Podge Rocks. I really love muffins but the ones in the bakery are definitely not light and healthy. I have a recipe that's much lighter but still tastes as moist as a typical bakery muffin.

Here's the basic recipe you can add any fruit you like.

And one using cranberry sauce as the primary moisture adder

Nice idea to share all these recipes in the comments!

Cheryl said...

I got a great healthy recipe. I was on one of my favorite sites when I came across this recipe. I knew I had to try it. It was definitely a winner for us.

Creamy Zucchini Boats

Hopefully the weather will start improving soon. At least we have hope of seen Spring, right?

Shannie said...

I love to cook, but just don't ever do it... I hate to clean up the kitchen at night. Eh. All day long I'm cleaning the damn kitchen. By the time dinnertime rolls around, it's time for Mama to sloooow down. I'm lazy like that. And I have a newborn. (Forget the fact that I've only cooked two or so times a week since my 4.5 yo was born. We'll pretend it's bc of the newborn, k?)

Anyway, I'm trying to start cooking more. I'm tired of takeout or eating out. And I'm really, really tired of seeing my kids eat chicken nuggets. So.... I'm anxious to read all the recipes, too.

I have some yummy go-to stuff I cook, but I'm one of those people that just cooks... I never use (or exactly follow) recipes. So, I'll have to figure out how to put some of my faves into a recipe for you.

This is fun! We're bored over here, too. And seriously... Recipes are one of my favorite things to read! (Even though I hardly cook anymore!) I can read a cookbook like a novel. And have quite the extensive collection.


timmonstimes said...

A very easy spin if you want to spice up chicken breast. Bake chicken breast on 350 for 25 minutes. Take out and pour picante sauce on top of each breast. Put back in the oven for 5 minutes and then take out again and sprinkle with cheese (of your choice) and put back the oven until cheese is melted. It is delish! And really easy :)

starnes family said...

I better win.

Sara and Trey said...

Okay, this lady really bugs me on her TV show, so I haven't tried any of her recipes. BUT....if you say they're good then I trust you.
Sign me up, baby!

Donatelli98 said...

I want to win Coco! I have two kids who complain about pretty much everything I make (other than pasta). Healthy recipe -

Shredded PorK Burritos:
Slow Cook Pork Roast in crock pot for 6 to 8 hours - until it shreds itself
Add in fresh chopp cilantro
Packet of Taco Seasoning
Salsa (homeade preferably!)
Mix and place in tortilla or taco shell or put on top of salad

Victoria said...

A favorite in my house is Bob Greene's No Cheese Vegetable Lasagna that I saw this time last year on tv. Recipe and video of it here:


Live.Love.Eat said...

Yay for you with your 1st giveaway!!!!!

It's a toss up but here are a couple:

Raspberry Balsamic Chicken

Buffalo Chicken Wrap Healthy Makeover

LittleEagle said...

One of our favorite health meals is Rachael Ray's turkey tacos. You can add your favorite vegies and serve them with steamed tortillas or wraps.

Nickolay said...

If you like Buffalo Chicken, here is a link to recipe I have used and it is really good!


Belle (from Life of a...) said...

I got this on a blog sometime ago. It's healthy AND easy. (I NEED TO WIN!)

6-7 cups of oats
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
I throw in a handful of nuts or dried fruit if I have any...sometimes a dash of cinnamon...depends on how I feel. Mix it all up spread out in a jelly roll pan and put in a 170 degree oven 8 hours or so. I put it in right before I go to bed. YUMMY with yogurt.