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...]

Cheddar Broccoli and Chicken Stuffed Baked Potatoes

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Baked potatoes play the leading role in this easy recipe.  Homemade cheddar sauce is made in minutes and then used as a sauce to top off crispy skinned stuffed potatoes.  Cheddar Broccoli and Chicken Stuffed Baked Potatoes are a great way to mix up your usual "meat and potatoes" dinner. I'm the queen of the fast food take out window.  If you know me in real life....you also know my love for fast food french fries, cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets and milkshakes.  I'm totally aware of what … [Read more...]

One-Pot Spaghetti and Meatball Stew

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Spaghetti and Meatball Stew comes together all in one pot with a rich, tangy tomato sauce for an easy family meal.  Hearty and filling, this is fantastic served with a green salad and crusty bread, loaded with butter, for dipping.   I like meals that I can cook in one pot....because doing dishes on a full stomach really blows.  I know you all agree because I get tons of requests for easy, one-pot meals.  So, I do my best to minimize the work on the back end for all of us by throwing … [Read more...]

10-Minute Samoa Cannoli

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Crispy cannoli shells are stuffed with sweetened ricotta and crushed "Caramel Delite" Girl Scout cookies for a unique twist.  These Samoa Cannoli take just 10 minutes to make and 30 seconds to devour.   I find it ironic that Girl Scout cookie season is the exact same time as "Holy crap, I have to lose 20 pounds" season.  Really.  Just as soon as I get into the swing of healthy eating and working out semi-regularly....the doorbell rings.  And I always hope it's a present or something … [Read more...]

Easy Lobster Bisque

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Rich and decadent, Lobster Bisque is the perfect way to celebrate this Valentine’s Day.  Easy to make and inexpensive, your special someone will think you spent hours in the kitchen.  Lobster is fancy pants.  It is.  If someone serves you lobster, in any form, you tend to gasp a little.  Even if it’s just an internal gasp but it’s there.  You’re a little impressed.  Unless you’re allergic to shellfish then your gasp has a completely different meaning.  But other than the fact that your … [Read more...]

Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet

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This easy, one-pot dinner is a copy of the popular Hamburger Helper version.  Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet uses "from scratch" ingredients to recreate this classic comfort dish in minutes.  Flavorful and kid-approved, this is clean eating at it's finest.  Cheesburger Macaroni....those two words were my favorite to hear when I would ask my mom "what's for dinner."  I absolutely LOVED Hamburger Helper's Cheeseburger Macaroni.  It was so simple and cheesy and filled with carbs.  And browned … [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...]

White Chocolate Macadamia Coconut Butter

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A popular flavor for cookies is now a creamy, sweet coconut butter.  This "sorta" healthy spread will kill any sweet cravings and won't blow up your diet.  White Chocolate Macadamia Coconut Butter is easy to make in minutes....I'll show you how! I wish cookies were part of a nutritious diet.  I would look like Giselle if that were the case....minus the 12 foot legs.  I'm a little shorter than she is, and slightly stubby.  But if I could eat cookies with reckless abandon I would not have … [Read more...]

Pepperoni Pizza Dip

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Extra cheesy, creamy and tangy....Pepperoni Pizza Dip is just like your favorite pizza without the crust. Serve this treat at your Super Bowl party this Sunday and your guests will be hooked after the first bite. Like any normal person, I'm a pizza lover.  I like it all, any topping, any cheese, sauce, no sauce, veggies, meat-lovers....I will eat just about anything.  Put an egg on it....I'm there!  But I don't always love the crust.  Scratch that....I don't like the crust at all.  When I … [Read more...]

Sausage and Giardiniera Pizza

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Pickled vegetables and spicy sausage are a match made in pizza heaven.  An unlikely combination, this Sausage and Giardiniera Pizza will be a big hit on Pizza Friday...guaranteed! Chicago is one of my favorite places to visit.  The city is simply stunning and the food is a culinary lover's dream come true.  They have it all....from deep dish pizzas and caramel corn to their italian beef sandwiches doused in beef juices, you will not leave there hungry.  Their fine dining isn't too shabby … [Read more...]