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Baked Tortilla Chips

This week has been a rather interesting one, and rather stressful (aren’t all interesting weeks equally stressful?) In fact, today I’m down with a cold and actually have some down time at home. After sitting around drinking the eleventy-fifth cup of tea, I decided perhaps some spice would help the clear the stuffy head so my thoughts aren’t so scrambled. It actually did manage to help the general stuffiness, but I’m no further in deciding if I should take the new job, if I’m ok with no longer being single, or if I should have planted thyme instead of rosemary. 😀

These Baked Tortilla Chips are both low fat and delicious…. especially warm right out of the oven. Be forewarned, these are not only incredibly easy to make, but also rather addictive! There are quite a few variations floating about, but I stuck pretty much to the easy recipe.



Purple Power Shakes


I’ll admit it…. I’ve been way too busy to even think about cooking! And suddenly I realized I was at the end of my first week in this challenge and had cooked, well, nothing from my cookbook. I’ve been so thrilled with the vacuum seal method I found on pinterest recently that I’ve been eating out of a jar for most of my meals! This is quite easy, and will be a staple in my fridge from now on. But, back to the recipe of the day. With forgetting this project already and having very few ingredients on hand I’ve opted for something sweet and easy. 🙂

Cuppuccino Cream Parfaits seem to fit the bill and are deceptively fancy despite their EASY prep. While I’m cooking my way through a Betty Crocker Cookbook, this exact recipe can be found here. It looks scrum-delicious! And I had out everything ready to mix and taste, BUT ALAS, that will have to wait as I do not have whip topping. 😦

So it’s time for a tried and true recipe I created this fall. I make several variations of this particular smoothie for breakfast , but it usually contains blueberries.

Purple Power Smoothie


1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt

1/2 cup orange juice

1/3 cup frozen blueberries

3 frozen strawberries

a few frozen raspberries (optional)

handful of fresh baby spinach (optional)

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)

Add the yogurt, frozen berries and orange juice to blender and mix thoroughly. Add the spinach and after pulsing, add the optional vanilla protein powder. Enjoy!

Note- it’s important to use frozen berries, it give the smoothie the cold frozen consistency without needing to add ice and watering it down. Also, don’t have blue-berries? Substitute any frozen fruit!


Hope you all had a very happy holidays and are into the swing of the New Year. Instead of resolutions, I made life changes starting on the first. Any resolutions or changes you are making? Leave a comment below!