Smoked Gruyère Macaroni and Cheese

Gruyere Mac and Cheese | Pick Fresh Foods

My version of grownup Macaroni and Cheese will make the kid in you jump for joy! It is rich, creamy, loaded with smoky Gruyère cheese, bacon, and topped with fresh bread crumbs.   Sunday, it’s a wonderful day and also a day I don’t look forward to for a couple of reasons. First, it means tomorrow […]

Fresh Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa | Pick Fresh Foods-6

Sweet and spicy come together in this delicious Fresh Pineapple Salsa recipe. It pairs perfectly with grilled chicken fajitas or as a stand- alone salsa.   The beginning of the April is always busy here in our house. Both of my kids have April birthdays, only 10 days apart. So, over the weekend we celebrated my […]

Cinnamon Sugar Baked Yogurt Donuts

Cinnamon Sugar Yogurt Donuts | Pick Fresh Foods

  Here we are again with another snow day. So, what are we going to do? Get ahead and do upcoming homework? Clean house or that closet your mother keeps telling you needs to be organized?  Well, first we are making some donuts…Cinnamon Sugar Baked Yogurt Donuts!!! Before I get to these delicious donuts, I […]

Baked Rigatoni in Meat Sauce

Baked Rigatoni | Pick Fresh Foods-17

My daughter loves reading books. She can normally reads 1-2 books a week. I’m not talking little books either.  She is into the young adult dystopian genre. Those books are easily 300+ pages.  Well, for her birthday she wanted to see Divergent the movie. She has read the entire series and when she heard there […]

Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie + One Year Anniversary

Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie | Pick Fresh Foods

Today is my one year anniversary of starting Pick Fresh Foods!! It’s hard to believe it has been a year. Time sure does fly when you do something you love. I started this blog after we moved to Colorado; I didn’t know anyone and wasn’t working. Nutrition education is my forte’ and I wanted to […]

Shortbread Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars| Pick Fresh Foods

I think Pat Green says it best:  ”everybody gotta get away sometime…forget about yourself for a while…”   This Texas girl loves some Pat Green and for me those lyrics ring true. Getting out of town, spending time in the mountains, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life was simply invigorating. We enjoyed […]

Lasagna Soup

Lasagna Soup | Pick Fresh Foods

Aww, the joy of being able to hang up your coat for the winter. We have had beautiful weather here…nearly 70 degrees! I always feel bulky heading into work. I’ve got my coat on, tote bag, lunch bag, and coffee. So, losing one of those items felt good. I was in a class with my […]

Crock Pot Shredded Beef

Crock Pot Shredded Beef | Pick Fresh Foods

When you are busy or working a lot, nothing is better than getting home and dinner is already done.  Now it would be nice if I had a little fairy that would come in while I was away and cook up something tasty. Oh, and while she’s there she could clean up the house and […]

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie | Pick Fresh Foods

I’m a sucker for kids trying to raise money or selling things. I’ve done a good job of making it through the gauntlet of girl scouts selling cookies at the entrances of our grocery stores. That is, up until Friday when I had to make a quick stop at the store. The temperature dropped to the low […]

Quinoa with Edamame and Mushrooms

Quinoa with Edamame and Mushrooms| Pick Fresh Foods

I am a seriously obsessive person. I know I am and there is nothing I can do to stop myself. Okay, so my son has this little wooden puzzle box. You know, like a brain teaser. Well, he dropped it on the floor! Now, I’ve got to get these pieces back in the box. It’s […]

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad | Pick Fresh Foods

For the longest time, I was confused with sweet potatoes and yams. When I was a kid, I wouldn’t dare eat a yam. Really, the only time I ever saw them was at Thanksgiving. My mom would make a candied casserole with canned yams. She’d layer brown sugar, marshmallows, and pecans all over those yams. […]

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins | Pick Fresh Foods

I just love the weekends! They are the best for quality family time, relaxing, and sleeping in. When you are the parent of a young child you do not have the luxury of sleeping in. Kids seem to have this alarm clock in their body that wakes them up bright and early. Seriously, everyday my […]

Southwestern Chicken Skillet Dinner

Southwestern Chicken Skillet | Pick Fresh Foods

My husband walks into the kitchen and his expression says it all…Did a bomb explode in here?! Stuff is everywhere! Drawers opened, bottles and containers on the counter, measuring cups and bowls stacked in the sink. Ugh! All I can do is shrug and give my mom’s favorite saying…a messy cook is a sign of […]

Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Apple Salsa

Glazed Pork with Apple Salsa | Pick Fresh Foods

My kids think I’ve gone crazy. I’m on a mission to get these sick germs out of my house. I’m disinfecting everything! I’m walking through the house with my can of Lysol, cleaning and spraying knobs, switches, hand rails, and anything else we frequently touch.     My son was studying when I walked into […]

Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie

Blueberry Pineapple Smoothie | Pick Fresh Foods

I’m finally back…congestion and fatigue had me down for several days. It was one of those things I saw coming. I’m in class and kiddos are sneezing and coughing all over the place. Used tissues are left on the desks, fallen on the floor…germies are everywhere. It hit me on Saturday. I took a super […]

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies | Pick Fresh Foods

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies are the standard cookie in our house. They are the family favorite and the most requested. Of course, I love them because it’s another chance to use oatmeal. With that said, every now and then it’s nice to mix things up. A good chocolate chip cookie isn’t always easy to achieve. […]

Strawberries N’ Cream Oatmeal

Strawberries N' Cream Oatmeal | Pick Fresh Foods

I love breakfast! So much so that, I went to bed last night dreaming of what I would have in the morning. A bowl of oatmeal…loaded with sweet bright red strawberries and creamy yogurt. Yep, that would be it! Now, if you know me, you know I love my sleep. My guys are night owls, […]

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

Southwestern Quinoa Salad | Pick Fresh Foods

I have a slight quinoa addiction. I love it in everything! Add this protein-packed seed to beautifully-colored vegetables and you can easily transform a simple salad into a complete meal. This delicious Southwestern Quinoa Salad is made with black beans, yellow bell pepper, sweet onions, fresh garlic, grape tomatoes, cilantro, and lime juice.  I seem […]

Dark Chocolate Doughnuts

dark chocolate donuts

I’m so excited to share this recipe with you. I actually have something else that I was going to post today. However, with Valentine’s Day around the corner and the fact that these Dark Chocolate Doughnuts are AMAZING, I just couldn’t wait!! You have no idea of the amount of restraint I had to have […]

Three Bean Turkey Chili

Three Bean Turkey Chili | Pick Fresh Foods

There are certain foods that always come to mind when the weather begins to turn cold. You know, when the clouds come in and you feel the chill in the air?  That’s when I want a hot bowl of my Three Bean Turkey Chili.    I’ve been making this chili for years! It is quick, […]

Carrot Cake Muffins

Carrot Cake Muffins a| Pick Fresh Foods

Every time I think of carrot cake I think about my mom. When I was young, I would watch her grating carrots on a metal standup grater. She’d hold that grater and grate with such focus. I was always so amazed how those carrots could be transformed. She turned those carrots into a fantastic cake. […]

Easy Red Tomato Salsa

Easy Red Tomato Salsa | Pick Fresh Foods

This is one of those recipes that once I learned I will never forget. I actually got this recipe when I was working in a little Mexican restaurant. For the short period that I worked there I picked up a few really great recipes. Well, I never actually got the recipes. I figured them out […]

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls | Pick Fresh Foods

Who’s ready for Broncos vs Seahawks? The Superbowl is just around the corner, so it’s time to start planning! Pizza is a favorite in our house. So, I made these so you don’t have to miss one minute of the game. Load up a basket or tray and you will have some happy football fans in your […]

Piña Colada Smoothie

Pina Colada Smoothie | Pick Fresh Foods

Ah, the green smoothie…either you love them, hate them, or are afraid to try them. Why would you want to have a green smoothie? Well, they an easy way to increase leafy greens in your diet. Leafy green vegetables are low-calorie, low-carbohydrate, and low on the glycemic index. Best of all they are full of vitamins, […]

Creamy Skillet Lasagna

Creamy Skillet Lasagna | Pick Fresh Foods

These cold winter days call for some “stick to your ribs” kinda food. Lasagna is one of our favorites, but it takes a some effort to prepare.  So, on a busy weeknight I make my Creamy Skillet Lasagna. It has all the flavors of a lasagna that took hours to make.   I love this meat […]

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies | Pick Fresh Foods

As a parent you think you know your kids pretty well. But every now and then they will do or say something that surprises you. Seriously, pre-teens can be tough to understand! Erik Erikson’s psychosocial theory of development says at this age (12-18) children explore their independence and develop a sense of self and personal identity. So, […]

Fiesta Roasted Chickpeas

Fiesta Roasted Chickpeas | Pick Fresh Foods

At the bookstore I like to stroll down the cookbook and diet book aisles to see what is new. Today, I flipped a few pages of a diet book and saw that their plan allows you have a 10 pecan halves or 15 “small” peanuts as a snack. This is funny to me. Who really […]

Tropical Pineapple Smoothie

Tropical Pineapple Smoothie | Pick Fresh Foods

Sometimes you just need to mix things up a little to change your mood. The weather can make me feel lazy or an overall blah. So, when I see that I am getting into a funk first thing I do is turn on some upbeat music. Then, I open all the blinds and let as […]

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup | Pick Fresh Foods

Woo hoo! It’s finally Friday!! It was just a 4 day week, but seemed to last forever. My guys are definitely looking forward to getting some extra sleep over the weekend. You can add me to that list too! I substituted for a Drama/ Improv class at our Middle School and after a few weeks […]

White Chocolate Vanilla Latte

White Chocolate Vanilla Latte | Pick Fresh Foods

“Baby, it’s cold outside”… I love that song and it always seems to stick in my head right around this time of the year. So, when it’s cold outside there is no better time for a nice warm cup of White Chocolate Vanilla Latte…   I admit it…I am addicted to caffeine. So every morning […]


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