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Recipes I've Shared:

No Speghetti Parmesan

Replace speghetti with speghetti squash. You won't believe how tasty it is and the healthy substitution will have you making it over and over again as you strive to reach your weight goals! A secret is you might choose to top this dish with feta cheese one time (1/2 cup) and walnuts or sunflower kernels the next. If you've got a few extra calories to work with, add all three for variations on the below dish.

Meringue Pears

This is low calorie, less than 75 calories. It looks good, tastes great and is a light complement to any dinner.

Lamb Curry with Apples

Talk about delicious. This is a quick, nutritious and impressive dinner. Serve this dish with a green salad, some fresh fruit, or "Meringue Pears" recipe from my cookbook, "Fit"full Desserts. Add cups of steaming tea and you have a wonderful meal!


Very Good (7 ratings)
French Toast Casserole

This French toast is perfect for a crowd--no more standing over a hot stove while one person at a time eats breakfast.

Apple Crisp

My husband loves things like crisps, upside down cakes and bars. So I try to make sure they are not only made with love, but also healthfully. I've revised this apple crips recipe to be a healthy alternative with a generous portion size for guiltless enjoyment.

Meat Loaf Times Three

Few of us have time to make one meal, let alone three. Here is a quick, easy and efficient way to make three meals out of one. Nutritional calculations are for all ingredients for all three meals. This is a grab and cook meal!

Low Fat Carob Cream Cheese Frosting

The sister recipe to this is "Low Fat Honey Cream Cheese Frostning." It is found in my "Fit"full Desserts cookbook. Both of these frostings are also ok for your canine companion to put on homemade doggie treats. Absolutely low cal and delicious.

Low Fat Honey Cream Cheese Frosting

Recently I experimented with and used two treat tasting frosting recipes - Honey Cream Cheese Frosting and Carob Powder Cream Cheese Frosting. The Carob is included in my "Fit"full Desserts cookbook.

Pumpkin and Cream Cheese Layer Cake

From the Garrod side of the family, a dessert favorite. Took calorie, fat, sodium counts down as much as possible.

Whidbey Island Scampi

Whidbey Island is in Puget Sound about 35 miles north of Seattle. Pacific Northwest fare is similar, but here is a traditional island dish sure to keep your weight in check and your tastebuds asking for more. Serve with a Riesling wine.

Easy Turtle Candies

My daughter loves to cook and so when inspiration hits her, she prepares fantastic candies for the holidays. Here is one of her recipes. Pop one of these into your mouth for decadent flavor to satisfy your sweet tooth without ruining your diet.

Irish Carrot Soup

Add a cold day and a hot soup and you have a winner. This recipe is from the Garrod side, a little bit Scottish, a little bit Irish. Enjoy!

24-Hour Salad

This is an amazingly delicious family recipe we had at almost every summer barbeque, picnic, reunion or shower. You couldn't go wrong bringing this dish to pass and it never lasted long.

Cheesy Ham and Egg Spread

This was another favorite, easy to make, recipe for quick family lunches. Time was important in our always busy and on-the-go family. Makes 12 delicious open-faced, toasted snacks, or lunches.


Very Good (6 ratings)
Tomatoe Egg Sandwich Filling

Naturally nutritional and low in calories, a favorite of the adults in our family!

Peanut Butter Breakfast Spread

For a tasty snack, spread this mixture on fruit wedges.

Cream Cheese Nut Sandwich Filling

This recipe was not only popular choice for a snack sandwich, but also great on a bagel or English Muffin. For reduced calorie purposes this recipe is on an English Muffin half, with reduced calorie cream cheese, unsalted nuts.

Peanut Crackle Sandwich Filling

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were a favorite in our household, not just with the kids, but the adults as well. My husband would have his with tomato soup. This sandwich filling recipe is a twist on an old favorite.

Tuna and Cheese Sandwich Filling

Cheese adds zip to this family stand-by for after school snacks. A tradition for adults and kids. Quick and easy and can be made ahead, also a great lunchbox treat.

Cheese Date Whizz Sandwich Filling

When you have kids or grandkids, you need variety and sandwich fillings like this are just what I used. My kids loved this one.

Basic Whole Wheat Bread

This recipe makes six loaves so you can stock up and have homemade bread for your family. I made a lot of homemade bread when my kids were growing up, and they helped. It is one of the items they "ask" me to make when I visit. You can freeze this bread and warm in toaster oven, microwave or regular oven. The secret to this recipe is to have EVERYTHING from the bowl to the towel "cozy warm". This packages up great for food gifts or parties.

Chocolate Eclair Torte

There was one Midwestern friend who was a great cook. She shared many of her recipes with me and I worked them into our family dinners. This one has the great eclair taste, but in a torte so you can manage your serving size.

Broccoli-Cauliflower Salad

This is one of those recipes you had a friend write out for you at a shower, or party or get together. It crosses generations and is a great addition to any table or family gathering.

Quick Yeast Rolls

Our good Midwestern friends served up these rolls when we visited. The smell of the rolls baking are enough to make great memories. Needless to say, I had to have the recipe to use for my own family.

Cheesy Broccoli Delight

A great way to get kids to eat their vegetables, especially broccoli which has a stronger taste. Adults will love this as well and it was a standard recipe served to our kids as they were growing up. It is simple and quick and a great side dish for busy working parents.

Jiffy Pineapple Dessert

This recipe uses a "Jiffy" brand yellow cake mix , but whle not sure where I got this particular recipe (I think a friend), it became a wonderful treat everyone loved. It contains milk and so is a great dair y dessert if you have children.

Creme DeMenthe Slush

My husband's mother worked for 25 years in an upscaled restaurant that served all types of bar drinks. This recipe is one of those.

Pocket or Pita Bread - Version Two

I loved making homemade breads of all types when raising my kids. This one was a favorite and can be stuffed with anything you can creatively think up. Great fun for kids and adults alike.

Meatballs and Sauce

This recipe was a great hit with our kids as they were growing up. It was also fast and easy to fix in an evening OR to have simmering in a crockpot. Also great for parties. Fabulous as leftovers.

3-Bean Hot Dish

A Garrod family staple. It was easy to make with ingredients one might always have on hand. Here is the less fat, less calorie version. I use turkey bacon in this recipe, but you can use regular bacon. Mom Garrod would turn in her grave if she knew I was using turkey bacon.

Wholegrain Bagels

Wake up to the smell of "fresh" bagels right in your own home. This delicious recipe has been a family standard for years. Basically, because I love making breads of any kind.

Lake LaQueenie

This recipe is great for guests and actually comes for friends in Wisconsin. This was one of my favorite dishes when we got together at their house, and of course, I had to have the recipe!!! Use low sodium products, and lean meats, low fat cheese to reduce calories, sodium.

Waldorf (Red) Cake

My husband's sister made this cake a tradition in her extended family. She would bring it to special occassions when the whole family would get together. It is moist, delicious and worth the effort. You'll wow your family and guests.

Chop Suey

The Garrod family had this dish frequently. While Mom Garrod has passed on, her recipe lives on in her handwriting and when we make it, we are definitely thinking of her. It is a simple, healthy recipe and easy to make if time is a concern.



Recipe Collections I've Shared:

    Breads
    From traditional to sweet breads, you'll find a whole world of baking.
     
    Creative Snack Foods
    It is hard to find snack foods that are both appealing visually as well as tasty. Search no more, as this cookbook will explore all types of delicious snack foods that are even ideal for company.
     
    Comfort Foods
    Memories start with mom's specialties, and grandmas Food memories comprise those that made you happy, or marked a special time in your life. Great food, good company, great ambiance make great memories.
     
    Soup, Salad and Sandwich Sensations
    Sometimes you just want a soup, and sandwich, or a salad, and sandwich, or all three. A light, filling meal, filled with nutrients is what this cookbook is all about.
     
    Main Dish Pastas
    Pasta is my weakness. This cookbook shows how to enjoy pasta without sacrificing your figure.
     
    Tour of the World Cookbook
    Tour the world from your kitchen. Recipes to bring you global flavors from Germany to Mexico to the Mediterranean.
     
    Simply Muffins
    This cookbook is all about muffins, simply muffins! For every taste and style.
     
    FIT"full" Desserts
    Don't give up desserts! You'll find recipes to coincide with a healthy lifestyle and that meet your get FIT requirements in this cookbook. ENJOY!
     
    Crock Pot Meals
    Want a hot meal waiting for you when you get home from work? Then you can't beat crock pot meals for sensory pleasure!
     
    Party Foods
    Ideas for party theme foods, dips, sauces and specialty drinks.
     
    Eggciting Creations - breakfast, lunch or dinner
    Have an urge for eggs? Tired of the same old recipes? Create eggciting dishes morning, noon or night with Eggciting Creations Cookbook.
     
    Cookies and Bars Galore
    Cookies and bars are easy to make, and these will fit right into your healthy lifestyle. Freeze some for later, take them on a hike, or pop them in your lunchbag.
     
    Crazy Casseroles - One Dish Wonders
    Whether a quick meal is what you want, or a one-dish meal for a friend or you just wish to save time and dishes, go crazy with these one dish casserole wonders! Big on taste, small on mess and preparation!
     
    Garrod - Mathia Family Recipes
    Being the first in my ancestry to be born in America to German immigrants, this cookbook has recipes I grew up with as a Mathia, as well as traditional recipes of my husband's family and those our children grew up eating. Many originals!
     
    Rice Raves - meals using rice
    A variety of rices and ways to prepare a wonderfully, healthy meal at your fingertips.
     
    Cheesy Wonders - from vegetables to main dishes
    Cheese can ruin a diet, but giving it up can be hard. This cookbook shows how to keep cheese in your menus, keep the fat at bay, and continue to loose weight without sacrificing the cheesy dishes you love!
     
    Use of Herbs in Cooking - Sides to Main Dishes
    Dishes in this cookbook use herbs creatively for taste and presentation. From side dishes to main dishes, herbs greatly enhance the dining experience.
     
    Kid Friendly and Fun Recipes
    Teaching kids to cook and have fun doing so is an art, as well as a skill they'll take with them for a lifetime. Kids can easily master everything in this cookbook!
     
    Super Sauces and Delectable Dips
    A great sauce or dip can add tons of "taste value" to a meal and be more satisfying than if you didn't add that extra touch. Sauces and dips can be part of a healthy eating plan. Enjoy!
     
    Hearty, Healthy Breakfasts
    My favorite meal of the day is breakfast. Often breakfasts can be packed with calories and unhealthy. This cookbook focuses on hearty, healthy breakfasts.
     
    Pacific Northwest Recipes
    Living on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound, Washington State, Pacific Northwest recipes are a "way of life". From salmon, to Penn Cove mussles, shrimp, crab, oysters its all here in this cookbook. Feasts for the fit.
     
    What's For Supper - Chicken Challenges
    Have you ever wondered "what else can I do with chicken?" Then this cookbook is for you with recipes to address all your chicken challenges.
     
    What's For Supper - Sea Faring Foods
     
    Healthy Holiday and Celebration Foods
    Family, friends, acquaintances all become bigger than life during the holidays. Food speaks volumes and keeping family and friends fit and happy is the best combination. All holidays, all foods.