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...]

Monte Cristo Breakfast Casserole

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Loaded with ham, turkey and gooey cheese, this Monte Cristo Breakfast casserole is the best brunch dish ever.  No need to make it in advance because you can easily assemble it in minutes and bake it right before your guests are ready to eat.   I know, it's good Friday and I'm posting about ham and turkey but let's look at this as last minute preparation for Easter Sunday. I don't think I posted any fish recipes for you at all during lent so this has probably clued you in a bit on my … [Read more...]

THE Nutty Irishman

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Creamy and nutty, the Nutty Irishman cocktail is a warm, festive after-dinner coffee drink.  So easy to make and amazingly delectable, you may be tempted to start your day with this fabulous libation. Sooooo....remember the Nutty Irishman Cupcakes from last week?  Well, some of you had never heard of their very enticing, very tempting cocktail inspiration. And being the problem solver that I am....I decided to share my version with you.  My newly created version, as far as cocktails go. … [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...]

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffin Bread

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A toastable bread with the texture and sweetness of a muffin, only healthier for you.  Loaded with whole grains, oats and fresh, plump blueberries, this Blueberry Oatmeal Muffin Bread is a great way to start your day.   Who loves winter?  Anyone, anyone, Bueller?  Today, the wind is whipping around like a tornado is going to blow through the neighborhood at any moment.  I think I may have seen a mini snownado rolling through the backyard a minute ago.  It's brutal and cold and … [Read more...]

Caramel Crunch Banana Oat Muffins

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Your family will go bananas over these grab and go breakfast treats.  The humble banana muffin is made a little healthier with the addition of whole wheat flour, oats and greek yogurt, then topped with a crunchy streusel mix and drizzled with caramel.  Caramel Crunch Banana Oat Muffins will definitely help start your day off fantastically! What to do with overripe bananas?  That's a common question here.  I bet it's the same for every one of you too.  Unless you don't like bananas.  I'm … [Read more...]

Blueberry Power Smoothie

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Thick, creamy and delicious, this smoothie is packed with antioxidants and will keep you energized all morning.  Easy to prepare and perfect for an on-th-go breakfast or snack. I'm "training" for an 8K.  It's a really tough thing for me, starting a new routine because I'm a creature of habit. And I'm running on a treadmill because it's so cold outside right now that my lungs would immediately freeze and I would probably pass out on the side of the road to be found later by one of my … [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...]

Slow Cooker Spiced Coconut Steel Cut Oatmeal

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There's nothing more comforting than waking up to a hot, creamy breakfast and this Slow Cooker Spiced Coconut Oatmeal is a cinch to prepare.  Just a few ingredients tossed into a slow cooker the night before and you'll wake up to a sweet and cinnamony start to your day. I used to eat steel cut oatmeal every day.  I'd pack in a ziplock container in it's frozen muffin-tin form and heat it up in the microwave once I got to work.  Every day....steel cut oat day.  Every day....steel cut oats … [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...]