20121207_cranberry_thumbs1

No-Bake Chocolate Cranberry Thumbprints

I’m trying REAL hard not to become date obsessed. I always see them out during the holiday season, so I picked some to experiment with and am now wondering why they aren’t more popular.

Or maybe they are, and I’ve just been living under a rock?

Regardless, I’ve been having fun and all my experiments have been delicious! Even the kids think so. Ryan went nuts for these small cookies, eating most of them after school on Friday before I could even grab my camera! Read the rest of this post »»

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20121206_Ham_salad2

Ham Salad in a Pinch

I am seriously on reserves in my house. The fridge is EMPTY. I don’t even have a bag of spinach or baby carrots, 2 things I’m rarely without.

Thankfully my pantry is normally pretty stocked and that includes my freezer. I pulled out a baked ham for dinner the other night and have frozen bags of peas and broccoli for backups.

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20121205_clementineSmoothie1

Simple Clementine Smoothie

I go through smoothie waves. Some months I’m making them almost daily and then for some reason, I forget to even consider them an option. Normally I rediscover the yumminess when my fridge is empty and I’m scrounging around for a half decent breakfast, like today.

The fridge may be empty but I happen to have a full fruit basket of ripening clementines and bananas. Both of which are not going to last much longer. So I decided a quick, refreshing smoothie was in order. Read the rest of this post »»

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20121129_trailMixSalad

Trail Mix Spinach Salad with Quinoa & Cheese

Sometimes my food ideas come from strange places and motivations.

Yesterday I realized I needed to post one more Laughing Cow idea this month. So I wanted to come up a with a fun cheese inspired lunch. Then I opened the pantry and saw the quinoa. I don’t know why I don’t use it more, it’s SO good! My brain starts churning…

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No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coated Cashew Balls

It’s holiday cookie season! I love this time of year because it forces me to get creative in the kitchen. Sure, I could make all the standard cookie recipes out there but where’s the fun in that? I’d much rather experiment and come up with fun, healthy ways to indulge while still getting some good stuff in the kids.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against all the traditional baked goods out there. Give me a standard chocolate chip cookie or double chocolate brownie and I’m good to go, but in a way I find baking that stuff at home boring and well, monotonous. It’s what everyone bakes. It’s what every store carries. Read the rest of this post »»

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20121124_TurkeySalad

Leftover Turkey Salad with Cranberries and Walnuts

It’s that glorious time of year when my house is full of fabulous leftovers. Two days ago I cooked a 22 pound turkey with all the fixins: mashed taters, gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, corn, harvest salad. It was good. Maybe my best Thanksgiving to date!

My stock and soup has already been made and we’ve been eating plates of leftovers for almost every meal. Today it was time to have a little fun. Read the rest of this post »»

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Posted in: 6 WWP, 6 WWPP, Dinner Ideas, Leftover Ideas, Lunch Ideas, Sandwich Ideas, The Laughing Cow Ideas
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20121119_almond_oat_pancakes

Banana Almond Oat Pancakes

Update: Click here to see me make these on video with the 2 year old!

These were born from a recent brinner night. You know, Breakfast for Dinner. We’ve been having brinner at least once a week lately and it’s really a nice change. We save a bit of money, time and, for the most part, calories. Plus it’s just easier to prepare with stuff you have on hand instead of defrosting a piece of meat and trying to figure out sides. Oh and the kids love it! Especially pancakes.

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20121111_pizza1

Spaghetti Squash and Portobello Mushroom Pizza

I’m not sure how this idea popped into my head. I had leftover spaghetti squash. I had some Portobello mushrooms. So I decided to put the 2 together for a quick lunch.

The result was super tasty, but the texture combo of the mushroom and squash was what I really liked. It was meaty and filling yet extraordinarily light.

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