All posts tagged: theresa cintula

The Truth About Gravy

Whenever I’m seated at a dinner and asked if I want gravy, I have no idea what to say. What IS gravy, exactly? What is IN it? Should I view this as the curse of never wearing mini skirts again, or is this the delectable treat my life’s been missing? I consulted our Wellness Contributor, Tara Felice, and Little Mama and this is what I found out….

One-Pot Wonders: Chicken and Veggies

There is a new product out there that makes your slow cooker…slow! Tara, our Wellness Contributor, hooked me up with the Instant Pot. Well, you just will not believe this thing! It can roast a five-pound chicken in 30 minutes. (Yes, you read that right!) It replaces 9 kitchen appliances and can pressure cook, slow cook, cook rice, make yogurt, cook eggs, sauté, steam, warm, and sterilize. There are actually 14 different buttons to choose from when cooking with the Instant Pot. It even makes…

The Gastritis Diet

This past September, I found out that I had acquired “a little gastritis in the stomach.” That is a direct quote from my gastroenterologist’s nurse (nope, didn’t talk to the doctor). What is it? It is an inflammation of the stomach lining. Okay, so how do we resolve making it go away? I was told to take an acid reflux medicine by him AND my general practitioner. I did this for about a month and knew it was not helping. Soooooo, if you don’t know me by now, you will! I said to my husband, “Well, that’s not happenin’!” I, also, have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and diverticulitis, where pockets in your intestines have had food particles drop in them and get infected. To avoid another infection, I have to stay away from seeds, nuts, tomato skins, and corn. Navigating all of these different digestive issues was going to be very interesting! So onto the internet I went to research. I want to tell you, though… is a VERY slow-learning process! BUT, I’ve done it for you and now I can share what I’ve learned…

One-Pot Wonders: Pork Roast!

Spring is in the air, and this means that I am cleaning out closets and Spring cleaning! So, why worry about making dinner? Grab your slow cooker (KitchenAid Slow Cooker: to free up your time. Now I know, whenever you hear “roast” you think, “oh no, I will be all day in the kitchen.” Not a chance! Check out my recipe below! One-Pot Wonders: Pork Roast! 1 cup chicken broth (I use Swanson Natural Goodness 100% Fat Free in a can) 2 ¼ lb pork roast 2 cans of potatoes (or 5 medium potatoes cut in chunks) 1 cup frozen chopped onions (or 1 medium raw onion) 1 bag frozen peas & carrots (or any vegetable you like) ½ tsp black pepper 1 tsp paprika ½ tsp onion powder ¼ tsp garlic powder 1 tsp rosemary Pour chicken broth in bottom of slow cooker Place pork roast, potatoes, onions, and vegetables across the bottom of the pot. Evenly spread black pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and rosemary over the pork roast, potatoes, and vegetables. Cover the …

One-Pot Wonders: White Wine Chicken!

Okay, so you would like to stay all cozy and warm in your home.
You would just like to relax and not worry about cooking.
This is where the slower cooker (KitchenAid Slow Cooker:, a.k.a. crock pot, comes to the rescue!
I have a great recipe for these cold, winter days; and it’s healthy too!

Superbowl Healthy Hoagie

SUPERBOWL SUNDAY is February 7, 2016! I LOVE watching the Superbowl, new-fangled commercials, and best of all…………..FOOOOOOOD!  When my husband and I married, he never watched sports.  He followed his father and watched Westerns every weekend.  NOT in my house.  Watching sports is a very warm and cozy time for me.  I know that sounds weird, but that’s me!  Anyway, I digress.  One of my favorite foods to make for this day is my Cheddar Chicken Sausage Mini Subs.  It is a healthier version of the original I used to make years ago.  You may think it is more work to make something healthier, but this is easy!   Go for it…starting on the 50-yard line: Superbowl Cheddar Chicken Sausage Mini Subs ¾ lb Cracker Barrel 2% Cheddar cheese (that’s 1 ½ bars) 2 cups (12 oz. package) cubed chicken sausage (I use Aidell’s All Natural Smoked Chicken & Apple Smoked Sausage-it is FREE of nitrites and seedless!) ¼ cup mayonnaise (I use Cains All Natural Mayonnaise-it is free of preservatives!) 8 whole wheat hot …

Thanksgiving Dinner Planned for You!

As I said in a previous article, Fall is my favorite time of year.  Since I was a little girl, it always meant cold days and cozy nights, and being at home with my family.  It just said to me, “gotta get ready for the long winter.” Perhaps what I love most about Fall is Thanksgiving!  It is my MOST favorite holiday and my favorite meal to cook (and the easiest, if you know a few tips). Here are my easy guidelines that I created over my 30 years of making Thanksgiving dinner! The Day Before: Make the stuffing, pies, cranberry sauce, and the first step of your sweet potatoes.  Boil your sweet potatoes until tender (but not falling apart) with the skins on and then once cooked, remove skins and set in fridge for the next day. If you buy canned cranberry sauce, throw the cans in the fridge to get them cold for the big day, or if you like to make your own, you’ll want to do this ahead of time too …

“Healthy” Salt?!

Ok.  Just the name of this salt, ALONE, sounded rather intriguing: Himalayan Pink Salt (!  I ran across this when my niece sent me a cookie recipe.  This ingredient was in the recipe…I mean, the name of the salt was actually IN the title of the recipe……REALLY? !?!?!?  How special could salt be?  I have not used salt in MY recipes in over 40 years! Well, I LOVE (yeah, there I go again with the caps) to research, and some very interesting facts came of it. This salt has 84 minerals in addition to sodium.  84!!   It is high in iron, magnesium, iodine, zinc, selenium, and copper, which is necessary for your body’s health.  Big note here: Himalayan salt has all these minerals, and is NOT chemically processed or refined (as table salt is).  Himalayan Salt is naturally harvested. I just did a taste test.  Table salt has a tinny, and yes, a chemical taste to it.  The Himalayan salt tastes much better, and it may be a little stronger flavor.  So, use a little …


I’m very proud of the soda companies for stepping up their game!! Coca-Cola came out with Coca-Cola Life (, using a combination of cane sugar and stevia leaf extract, which has 38% LESS SUGAR than regular Coca-Cola.  It is not the first product by Coca-Cola to use stevia.  They also have Vitamin Water and Seagram’s Ginger Ale. Not to be outdone, Pepsi hopped on board.  They have a product called Pepsi True (  This product  also uses stevia leaf extract and sugar, making it possible for them to have 45% LESS SUGAR in Pepsi True than in their regular Pepsi. This is HUGE, as less sugar means LESS CALORIES!!!  Now, let’s see who else will step up and board the train!