Spicy Zucchini Tomato Bake

Cheesy Zucchini Tomato Bake

Mom did it again and dropped off a zucchini the size of a baseball bat — click here to see her harvest from a few years ago.

I love it!

Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables because it’s so versatile and makes a great recipe bulker, increasing serving sizes of things like chili without adding much to the calorie count. Read the rest of this post »»

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Homemade chocolate syrup!

Homemade Chocolate Syrup That WILL Fool Your Kids!

I’m SO excited to share this idea with you!

I’ve been experimenting for months. First, I started making homemade chocolate milk with cocoa powder and maple syrup but my kids never went for it. The grittiness of the powder  never seemed to go away even if I simmered the milk to incorporate. Read the rest of this post »»

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Spicy Slaw

Spicy Slaw

I’ve been wanting to post this idea for weeks! Which is rare because I normally get an idea, make it, share it and then move on.

That’s right, I rarely make the same thing twice. It’s just how I’m wired. I love to constantly try new foods, cooking methods, spices, etc. Read the rest of this post »»

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Beets and Basil

Beets and Basil

This is such a basic idea I almost wasn’t going to share it but then I figured, why not?

Sometimes I think we overcomplicate food. This is a reminder to myself to keep it simple.

The reactions from the family were pretty typical. Read the rest of this post »»

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Guac-Turkey Burgers

Guac-Turkey Burgers

I might as well apologize now. Avocados may take over my blog. I’ve fallen in love.

I really didn’t think it was possible. I tried to like guacamole years ago but I never saw the appeal. I knew the health benefits of avocado and tried them with The-9-Year-Old when he was a toddler. We were both unimpressed. Read the rest of this post »»

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Avocado Mango Salsa

Avocado Mango Salsa

The California Avocado Commission sponsored FitBloggin‘ this year and now I’m completely smitten with avocados. Did you know an ounce of avocado has only 50 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals? Read the rest of this post »»

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Apple and Walnut Yogurt Parfait

Apple and Walnut Yogurt Parfait

I’m back from FitBloggin and SO happy to be home in my own kitchen. Don’t get me wrong, traveling and eating out are GREAT but I’ve been overindulging in the food department and my body simply does not like it anymore.   Read the rest of this post »»

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The Smoothie to Cure All Chocolate Peanut Butter Cravings!

The Smoothie to Cure All Chocolate Peanut Butter Cravings!

First, let me tell you this is probably the last you’ll hear from me for at least a week. Tomorrow I’m off to Savannah, Georgia, to host the annual FitBloggin’ conference. It’s easily the most emotional, stressful, fun week of my year and for as much as I freak out over every detail, I simply can’t wait to see all my blogger friends. After 5 years it’s truly turned into a family reunion and I feel so blessed to have such an amazing group of people in my life. Read the rest of this post »»

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Minted Mandarin Orange and Beet Salad

Minted Mandarin Orange and Beet Salad

Have I mentioned my beet obsession? I think I have. Multiple times. I’m sorry. After not eating them for, ummm, I don’t know, 36 years or so I have a bit of catching up to do.

Last night I made my latest super fun beet salad idea as a side to homemade pizza in hopes it would deter me from eating too many slices. It didn’t really work, but hey, I loved the salad all the same. Read the rest of this post »»

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Asian Inspired 3 Bean Salad

Asian-Inspired 3-Bean Salad

This is going to sound funny because I’m sharing an idea that  uses three canned food items, but the more fresh foods I keep on hand the more inspired I am to whip up dishes. With the addition of my herb garden (which is really flourishing), I’m making an effort to keep things like fresh garlic, lemons and limes on hand. I don’t want to admit it, but juice from a fresh lime is WAY different than the bottled stuff. Same with garlic! Read the rest of this post »»

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Tuna Salad with Zucchini and Strawberries

Tuna Salad with Zucchini and Strawberries

It’s going to sound strange, but I actually made this salad for breakfast yesterday. I just happened to spy the zucchini and strawberries in the fridge and the idea hit me.

Actually, that’s only partially true. At first I envisioned a light zucchini and strawberry salad, then the tuna idea came when I started to brainstorm protein options.  Read the rest of this post »»

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Pistachio and Dried Cherry Stuffed Pork Loin

Pistachio and Dried Cherry Stuffed Pork Loin

I’ve been exited to share this idea with you all week because, of course, my family was unimpressed. Ugh. Sometimes they are so infuriating. This dish came out amazing! I’m serious, I loved every bite, and it was fun. Such an easy way to spruce up a boring pork loin.

See, here’s the problem. I bore EASILY. Read the rest of this post »»

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