Shrimp and Chorizo Skillet Paella with Quinoa

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Slightly spicy with a hint of smoke, this one-pot meal is deliciously simple and is packed full of healthy, whole ingredients.  Quinoa replaces the traditional rice in this recipe to boost protein and fiber. I've been making a version of this recipe for years.  When I was teaching myself to cook and got a little adventurous I whipped up a recipe I found in Cooking Light.  It was easy and quick and a definite home run with my family.  I would make it ahead of time and it was always better … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Maple Balsamic Pork Tacos with Celery Root and Apple Slaw

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These super easy Maple Balsamic Pork Tacos are made in the slow cooker and topped with a simple, make-ahead slaw that's crisp and bright.  A great dinner for a busy weeknight. You know by now that I'm a huge fan of my slow cooker.  I love that I can have a real dinner on those days when I'm a baking fiend.  And as much as I tell everyone "Cake is perfectly acceptable for dinner"....it's really not.  And after a day full of tasting batter and eating frosting, I look forward to something … [Read more...]

Italian Baked Eggs

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A twist on the traditional "Eggs in Purgatory" recipe, Italian Baked Eggs are easy and the perfect lazy weekend breakfast, lunch or brunch.  Leftover sauce, marinated artichokes, eggs and cheese are baked to perfection for the most comforting egg dish ever. Eggs are king in my house.  We go through dozens in a week and before I start hearing how they raise cholesterol levels and yada yada yada....remember, I run a food blog.  We're not just eating them willy, nilly....we have them for … [Read more...]

Mediterranean Tuna Wrap

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Heart-healthy and satisfying, this Mediterranean Tuna Wrap is loaded with good for you veggies, beans and protein. Rolled up in a multi-grain wrap, this is the best portable lunch on the planet. Sandwiches are easy.  So easy they get boring because you end up making the exact same thing every single day.  And taking leftovers to work the very day after you just had them for dinner takes a little of the excitement out of your short mid-day break.  Even working from home, I get caught in … [Read more...]

Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Marmalade Sauce (and an AirFryer Giveaway)

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Crispy and crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, this Coconut Shrimp is as healthy as it gets.  Dipped in the Spicy Marmalade Sauce, this is a party in your mouth! During the month of December, I'm an online ordering fool.  I think I may have purchased all but 2-3 gifts online this year and then I peer out the window like a nosey old woman every day waiting for the UPS truck to drop off my packages.  Even though nothing was for me, I still get excited to see him pull in the … [Read more...]

Slow Roasted Pork with Sauerkraut, Fennel and Apples

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Inexpensive pork shoulder is roasted slowly with fragrant fennel, apples and sauerkraut until fall-apart tender.  A great way to start the new year and an amazing Sunday dinner option.  This recipe can also be made in the slow cooker for quick weeknight meals. Happy New Year to you!  I hope your holidays were festive and sparkling...whether that be from glitter or champagne.  Who stayed up to see the ball drop?  Or did you do something else to ring in the New Year?  I will confess....I … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Split Pea with Ham Soup

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Comfort food at it's best, this healthy, veggie packed Split Pea with Ham Soup recipe is simmered all day in the slow cooker.  A great dinner for a cold winter's day and perfect for those of us trying to get a little healthy in the upcoming New Year. It's over.  Christmas is over.  I definitely have the post holiday blues, all the planning and decorating is irrelevant now.  All the gifts have been given and unwrapped and played with or worn.  It's hard to believe how fast it went by.  Now … [Read more...]

Homemade Hash Brown Casserole

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A holiday favorite, Hash Brown Casserole is traditionally made with canned cream of chicken or mushroom soup.  Not this version, all the ingredients are from scratch for a healthier, lower sodium side dish you won't feel guilty about feeding your family.  Still rich and creamy, but an elevated version of the classic dish. One of everyone's favorite side dishes and still topped with cornflakes, of course. :-) You know I'm all about the sides.  Holiday dinners always have the most stellar … [Read more...]

Riesling-Cranberry Glazed Spiral Ham

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A sweet and tangy glaze made from Riesling and cranberries is the perfect companion for your holiday ham this year.  This spiral ham is easy and fuss-free, and is excellent paired with the same Riesling you used to make it! Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by CuttingBoard.com.  I received a cutting board to review in this post as compensation. If you're still looking for the perfect holiday gift for someone who loves to cook or spends a ridiculous amount of time in the kitchen (like … [Read more...]

Skillet Brussels Sprouts with Apples, Pecans and Pomegranate

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An easy one-pot side dish excellent for entertaining.  Sauteed brussels sprouts and apples are cooked until golden and topped with crunchy pecans and pomegranate seeds.  Beautifully festive and a healthy alternative to other calorie laden sides. Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by Lunchbox.  This site will receive compensation for the article, however, my opinions and comments are my own. I used to become ridiculously scattered anytime I had to plan a holiday meal.  I'm not a good … [Read more...]