Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian-Style Christmas Eve

As a cook, sometimes I itch to veer away from the traditional holiday roast and make something different. This year I decided to scratch that itch. My search led me to a Southern Italian tradition called “Feast of the Seven Fishes” in which Italians “fast” on Christmas Eve. At first I was appalled at the idea, but the more I read about this […]

Whisk Lickin' Good

Some of my fondest memories as a young girl is licking the beaters after mom was done making cakes, frosting, and yes, homemade whipped cream. While I now avoid those goodies most of the time, I still enjoy licking my beaters once in a while and Thanksgiving is just the occasion! So let me introduce my pride and joy, Whisk […]

Brussels Sprouts Eating Contest!

When I was a young girl our family used to have brussels sprouts eating contests to see who could fit the most into their mouth at one time. My brother won at almost 20, then promptly ran to the bathroom to throw them up. Today we have discontinued that silly tradition, and despite our early years, no gag reflex has tainted our love […]

Do the Stuffing Swap! Bye Bye Bread

Can you say Nummo!! This Herbed Wild Rice Stuffing with Mushrooms and Onions turned out so good I don’t think I will ever go back to a the classic bread variety! The mushrooms gave it a nice meaty texture and flavor, and the herbs just screamed Thanksgiving! Gluten free, dairy free and soy free, this is a fantastic holiday addition […]

Cranberries are a Girl's Best Friend

Why do we wait for Thanksgiving to enjoy the amazing cranberry? It is so amazingly good for you I don’t even know where to start! Between the antioxidants and anthocyanins (those healthy pigments that bust apart free radicals), these berries are an amazing food for disease prevention in general. They are also well known for their ability to prevent bacteria from […]

A Fresh Take on Candied Yams

Lip Smacking Yummy Candied Yams are another delicious request from one of our Good Decisions community members, Dianna! I left the skins on the yams but some family members protested this and suggested that I peel the yams before par boiling next time. Personally, I would torture them with the skins all over again since they contain so many nutrients and fiber. That said, […]

Healthy Pecan Pie? Really?!

I am so happy with how this gluten-free Bourbon Maple Crust-less Pecan Pie turned out! It was a big hit with the family and while it is a much healthier version, it is still a decadent hit of sweet. Thanks to Dianna for requesting this healthy version of pecan Pie! At first I was unsure how to turn an uber sweet, […]

Protein vs. Carbs: What Do You Need For Energy?

I’m sure you’ve realized that the food you eat on a daily basis can either elevate or depress your energy levels. Your food choices also play a role in whether you are focused and motivated, or calm and sedated. So what will actually provide you with sustained energy? Protein or Carbs? To experience this firsthand, pay attention to what you have for […]

Radio Interview: How Good Decisions Came To Be

This is the story of how Good Decisions came to be! Listen to my radio interview with Sonia Williams of Women’s Radio Network to hear about: How we are taught to soothe uncomfortable emotions instead of managing them Listening to your inner voice Waiting until you are hungry to eat ….and more!   https://gooddecisions.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Danielle-Brooks-WRNW1-10.10.mp3 WRNW Interview with Danielle Brooks   If […]