Pumpkin Chia Pudding

Pumpkin Chia Pudding

After staring at a can of pumpkin puree for the last few months, I thought I should get down to actually using it. But, I am too lazy to go to all the trouble of making a pie crust, so I opted for something that can be whipped up in a few minutes and “cook” without supervision in the fridge. Alas, pumpkin chia pudding was born.  Since I had no yogurt in the fridge, I used some canned coconut milk to boost the creaminess of the pudding and the combo of these two flavors really worked!  Chia pudding is so easy […]

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Latin Adobo Chicken Tacos

latin adobo chicken tacos

Craving some sort of pulled “meat” wrapped in a tortilla for supper, but not having pork or beef in the house, I took a chance on chicken breasts. After a brief google search, it became apparent that some sort of Latin inspired recipe was going to take center stage.  Luckily, I had some canned beans, Adobo sauce (I knew it would come in handy one day!), frozen corn and even some fresh toppings just waiting to be devoured. And thus Latin Adobo chicken tacos were born!   The recipe was super easy to make especially since I used my crockpot- […]

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Whole Wheat & Sesame Crackers

whole wheat sesame crackers

I have always wanted to try to make my own crackers and thought the upcoming holiday parties would be the perfect time to try. Of course, the recipe had to be easy and contain ingredients I already had in the house. After a brief google search, Martha Stewart’s whole wheat and sesame crackers peaked my interest. They were easy to make and tasted great (a kind of savory shortbread cookie). Unfortunately, they did not hold up under the pressure of slathering them full of toppings. (Keep you eyes peeled for the cheese ball recipe that knocked the socks off everyone […]

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Hearty Sausage and Mushroom Sauce

hearty sausage and mushroom pasta sauce

I love a thick, hearty meat sauce when the weather gets cold. I also like saving money and sneaking in more vegetables to meals. This hearty sausage and mushroom pasta sauce satisfies both! Since mushrooms have such a hearty taste and have the same texture as ground meat, they blend perfectly with the sausage meat. By using the mushrooms, you can use less meat and save money. By using sausage, the meat is pre-flavored and quick to whip up.   Of course, you can use any pasta you prefer- long noodles, penne, rigatoni (my personal favorite), whole wheat, even gluten […]

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Creamy Rapini Linguine

creamy rapini linguine

This creamy rapini linguine dish was a recent creation from our kitchen. We love rapini but sometimes struggle to create a dish that is well balanced without too much tartness. We also tend to eat a lot of broccoli- which can get boring.  So to change things up a bit (and use what we have in the fridge) our cream sauce got a makeover! Another vegetarian recipe: Easy Peasy Dahl Soup Rapini also goes by the names broccoli raab or rabe. It is a cruciferous vegetable and although it may look similar to broccoli, it is more closely related to turnips. It is slightly […]

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Easy, Fiber & Protein Packed Granola

easy fiber protein packed granola

  In this easy, fiber & protein packed Granola you can use any nuts or dried fruit that you like (or have on hand). I happened to have sliced almonds and cashews but you could try pecans, walnuts or anything else. I love coconut, which it why I included it. If you don’t or have another tasty ingredient, throw it on in! You may be tempted to leave out the oil or sugar but think twice. The sugar caramelizes while slow roasting and the oil turns the mix crunchy with a great bite. Adding the dried fruit at the end […]

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The ONLY secret ingredient you will need this year

secret ingredient for health

I have an amazing recipe I’d like to share with you that has been inspired by my recent social feeds. It contains a secret ingredient that helps squash food cravings and cut down on portions, both of which help with weight management! But first, a little background on what I saw on my feeds that stirred up some emotions and motivation to share this secret ingredient. First I scrolled past what looked like a dessert, but the description indicated it was a protein cake mixed with protein whip cream topped with protein pudding for someone’s breakfast. Then I saw a […]

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[Recipe] Easy Oven Doughnuts

easy oven doughnuts

Easy Oven Doughnuts 40 mins Serves 12 large OR 12 medium + 12 small Ingredients: 2 3/4 cups flour 1/4 cup cornstarch 1 cup sugar 1 tbsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1 cup buttermilk 8 tbsp melted butter 2 eggs + 1 yolk Cinnamon sugar topping: 1 cup sugar 2 tsp cinnamon 4 tbsp butter Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 400oF. 2. Whisk together all the dry ingredients in a bowl then whisk together all the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. 3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until the dough starts to […]

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[Recipe] Luscious Rice and lentil pilaf

rice lentil pilaf

Luscious Rice and lentil pilaf   With hints of cinnamon, cumin and coriander, this pilaf warms hearts and bones. The ingredients are not only inexpensive but are easy to find and likely already in your pantry. Paired with a side salad, this meal is completely balanced. You could even use the yogurt dressing on the salad!  Total time: 50 mins Serves 6 Ingredients YOGURT DRESSING: 1 cup plain yogurt 2 tbsp lemon juice 1/2 tsp minced garlic 1/2 tsp salt RICE AND LENTILS: 1 1/4 cups green or brown lentils, rinsed Salt and pepper 3 tbsp canola oil 1 1/4 […]

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[Recipe] Easy Ratatouille

easy ratatouille

  If you are in need of a quick and easy meal that will also help clear out some veggies in the fridge, then Ratatouille may be just what you need! This version includes chickpeas as a source of protein but you could use tofu or edamame if opting for a vegetarian dish. Of course, if you prefer chicken or fish, those would both compliment the flavors well. This recipe contains traditional vegetables but you could use just about anything you have in your fridge, freezer or pantry. Frozen green beans, canned or frozen corn even fresh cauliflower could all work […]

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