Chopped Italian Pasta Salad

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Loaded with veggies, pepperoni and fresh mozzarella, this Chopped Italian Pasta Salad belongs on your picnic table this spring and summer.  Simple to make and bursting with zesty flavor, a great side dish for any barbecue. Pasta salad is a wonderful thing.  Really...it's so simple to make that sometimes we overlook the obvious.  Like how I should have shared my favorite pasta salad recipe with all of you a long time ago.  But it's one of those things that's so simple to make I forgot … [Read more...]

Spinach Artichoke and Chicken Quesadilla

Spinach Artichoke Quesadilla

Crispy, cheesy quesadillas filled with spinach, artichoke hearts and rotisserie chicken.  Yes, that's right....rotisserie chicken from your local grocery store.  These Spinach Artichoke and Chicken Quesadillas come together quickly and easily making them perfect for busy weeknight dinners.   Let's be real for a second....or 300 seconds.  However long it takes for me to come clean here.  As you may know, I used to work outside the home...in a real office cubicle.  And, almost, … [Read more...]

Pina Colada Chia Seed Smoothie

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All the tropical flavors of a Pina Colada blended into a quick and healthy smoothie.  This Pina Colada Chia Seed Smoothie is ready in minutes and will keep you feeling full for hours. The weather hit 70 degrees the other day and all I wanted to do was sit on the beach.  I was peeling off layers of clothing as the morning wore on because I forget how to dress for warmer weather. It's so amazing to me how 70 degrees in early April feels like a sweltering, sweaty day.  BUT 70 degrees in … [Read more...]

Quick Pistachio Snack

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Fool yourself full with a quick pistachio snack using pistachios still in the shell.  Follow the Pistachio Principle and make up your own combination for a filling treat that won't fill you out. In this house, we're nuts for pistachios. :-)  Seriously though...if my family could choose just one natural snack to eat for the rest of their lives it would be pistachios.  And they must be in the shell.  Two bowls...one for the nuts...one for the shells.  It's the best form of portion control … [Read more...]

Mango-Ginger Glazed Ham

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Brighten up your holiday spread with this Mango-Ginger Glazed Ham.  Just four ingredients are used to create the fruity glaze and is a great twist on the traditional holiday ham. Ham is a staple in my life.  I've been making an entire spiral ham at least twice a month now since before Christmas.  I like to eat it right off the bone, still in the roasting pan, dripping fat and juices down the front of my shirt.  I'm super classy like that.  By the time dinner rolls around I've eaten like … [Read more...]

Spicy Singapore Noodles (Singapore Mei Fun)

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A favorite take-out dish ready in minutes, Spicy Singapore Noodles are healthy and easy to make.  Bursting with spice, this recipe will be on the table in less than 30 minutes.   I just returned home from the most amazing experience.  I attended my first conference....the International Association of Culinary Professionals Conference in Washington, DC.  I never imagined I would be considered a "culinary professional."  To many people, I'm "just a blogger."  But to the IACP....I fit right … [Read more...]

Asian-Style Pan-Roasted Pork Chops

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Savory and a little sweet, my favorite combination.  These Asian-Style Pan-Roasted Pork Chops are marinated in a wonderful sauce that turns into a sticky glaze.  This dish pairs well with a simple green salad and makes a great weeknight dinner. Sometimes simple weeknight meals are actually the result of a phone call to our local chinese restaurant.  What's really awful is that I'm home all day long....cooking all day long....but occasionally things don't work out like I had envisioned and … [Read more...]

Spicy Skillet Chicken Aglio e Olio

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Turn boring chicken breasts into something spectacular and healthy.  Spicy Skillet Chicken Aglio e Olio is quick and simple but is a party in your mouth.  Hot cherry peppers lend a little heat to a classic pasta "sauce". I talk a lot about "when I started this blog" but one thing I never mentioned was my workplace emails.  Not the type that go back and forth between myself and my clients but the emails I sent to my friends down on the cubicle farm.  The emails that contained invitations … [Read more...]

CopyCat Apricot Macadamia Kind Bars

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Crunchy macadamia nuts and apricots are blended with puffed rice, honey and coconut for a splendid creation that will keep you energized and satisfied.  Sweet, crisp, buttery this take on the popular Kind bars is simple to make and great for on-the-go snacks. I've been searching for Apricot-Macadamia Kind Bars for months.  I used to stockpile them and eat them when I realized I hadn't eaten all day.  Ironic as it sounds....being a food blogger and everything.  Sometimes I don't have time … [Read more...]

Stir-Fried Beef Peppers and Snow Peas with Cauliflower Rice

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Cauliflower Rice makes an amazing substitute for white rice in this healthy, quick stir-fry dinner.  Stir-Fried Beef, Peppers and Snow Peas are cooked in minutes and in one skillet, a great meal for busy nights. I try to keep politics out of here....which is kinda funny because it's a "soapbox."  But today, I have to share my feelings on something.  Something that, it seems, the entire world loves. And devours......are you ready?  I hate Zoodles.  Don't know what Zoodles are?  They're … [Read more...]