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Pinto Bean Soup

I don’t know WHAT came over me yesterday. I just felt like cooking ALL day. It started with the Tropical Pineapple Core Smoothie. Then the toddler and I made some Homemade Whole Wheat Thin Crust Pizza Dough for lunch. And the whole time I had this soup on the stove.

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Tropical Pineapple Core Smoothie

I came up with this idea a while back when researching what foods aid in reducing swelling. I discovered that pineapple contains an enzyme called Bromelain which is an anti-inflammatory agent. People believe that it can aid in everything from asthma to cellulite. I’m not going to hop on the alternative medicine soapbox here (as I’m not an expert and don’t claim to be) but I do believe food should be our first source for nutrients. Read the rest of this post »»

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Taco Night! – The Video

My favorite dinner of all time! I’ve always been taco obsessed. I remember begging Mom for taco night as a kid. I think it’s the hands on approach and the ability to keep going back for seconds. :) Whatever it is, nothing beats an easy laid back taco night!

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Apple Bran Muffins

I love being a blogger. People just send you great ideas! This one came from Krista S. She sent a muffin recipe she found online and adapated. I, of course, changed it slightly to use what I had on hand and make the toddler happy. He declared “I don’t like raisins in my muffins!” So we skipped them and the pecans and stuck with a simple apple muffin.

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Pom Berry Sauce

I love having a houseful of people willing to be experimented on! My in-laws were in town this weekend and unlike the husband they appreciate my food ideas. :) This was the second experiment I tried out on them, I’ll post the other one later this week.

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Taco-ish Soup with Couscous and Avocado

I totally don’t know what came over me this morning. I was hungry but I didn’t have a big desire to cook yet i wanted something homemade, warm and satisfying. So I whipped this up with what I had on hand. Notice it required no produce prep. :) You could replace some of the spices with fresh ingredients like onion, garlic and some peppers but I just didn’t have it in me. I wanted something uber convenient and this took a whopping 15 minutes to prepare. You can’t beat that! Read the rest of this post »»

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BreadEndCrumbChicken

Bread-End Crumb Chicken Nuggets

Before you watch this video I have to tell ya a story. Now… I specifically make chicken into chicken nugget style for the toddler. Everyone knows toddlers like breaded chicken, right, RIGHT?!? Mine does so why not make a healthy nugget at home? (Ok, so I like them too but that’s besides the point.) Well all of a sudden when we sat down to eat dinner after this video the toddler declares he doesn’t like them. EVEN THOUGH he’s been eating them for weeks!

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Old Fashioned Blueberry Oatmeal

I’ve been playing around with this oatmeal idea for a few weeks. I tried quick, instant and rolled (old fashioned) oats and honestly, I liked the rolled best. They only take a few minutes more to prepare and the texture is much better, in my opinion. Plus they seem to fill me up longer.

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Pork Chops with Simple Mushroom Gravy

Oh My WORD! I am SO happy with the way this meal came out. Inspired by a mushroom craving (mom is nodding her head in disbelief as I used to LOATHE mushrooms) I defrosted some boneless pork chops and and went to town. Honesty, I didn’t exactly know what I was going to do. I just started chopping, searing and mashing.

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Sweet Chicken with Orzo

I don’t know what I was thinking. I had a rough day. I probably shouldn’t have recorded but I did anyway. For some reason I knew it would make me feel better. And it did. :)

Now let me tell you about the video so you know what to expect if you want to watch it. It’s long. The toddler shows up about 5 minutes in and he’s, ummmmm, all toddler. It’s about the only way I can describe it. This video is truly a look at how we make dinner most nights, disheveled and unorganized. But FUN! it worked out in the end. Everyone actually enjoyed this meal, husband included. I was quite surprised. If you remember the husband has that whole fruit/dinner thing. It is a sweet dinner. :) Read the rest of this post »»

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Naked Chicken Parm Idea

My parents were coming and I needed something quick and easy for dinner. I already had a batch of sauce that I made earlier in the week. So I ran to the store and picked up some boneless chicken breasts.

I’m calling this “Naked” Chicken Parm because I’m leaving the chicken bread-less. I often wondered why Chicken Parm HAD to be made with a deep fried breaded piece of chicken. Then I realized, hey, I’m making the rules here. It’s my kitchen and I’m not making it that way anymore. Read the rest of this post »»

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Makin’ Banana Pancakes

Out of all my ideas this is one of my absolute favorites. It’s so fast and easy. Honestly, I can’t believe I made it up! LOL The toddler loves them and they freeze really well (just pop a frozen one in the microwave for 25 seconds!). Oh and the pancakes have no added sugar, are whole grain, low fat and only one a point a piece!

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