Cheesy Baked Tomato Bisque

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A blanket of melted, crusty cheese covers a creamy, velvety smooth tomato bisque worthy of entertaining.  Easy enough to make in just under 30 minutes, Cheesy Baked Tomato Bisque could also be added to the list of family favorites for weeknight dinners. Creamy soups are my absolute favorite thing on the planet.  I know for a fact that they're not, in any way, healthy when you order them in a restaurant.  And sometimes they're not so healthy when you order them at my house. :-)  But … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Jellied Cranberry Sauce

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If you're a fan of cranberry sauce shaped like a can like I am, you will love this sliceable jellied version. Much better tasting than the canned version and without any added gelatin. Disclaimer: This post sponsored by ALDI markets.  Compensation will be provided to The Suburban Soapbox for this post, however, all opinions and statements are my own. It's here! Thanksgiving is pretty much here....ok, so it's tomorrow but I'll be cooking all day long so I kinda count it. Except, I will … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Apple Walnut Goat Cheese Ball

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Tangy, creamy goat cheese is whipped with cream cheese and then rolled in a mixture of spiced up walnuts and apples.  A showstopper on any cheese plate or crudite tray this holiday season. I'm a cheese freak.  I could spend an hour in the cheese section of my grocery store, just sniffing around and looking for that perfect wedge or wheel.  I love when they give out samples because that means....free lunch.  Kinda.  I have to go back a few times and maybe throw on my shades and a hat so … [Read more...]

Spicy Cinnamon Maple Roasted Almonds

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Almonds tossed in a mix of spices and maple syrup before roasting are a great way to kick off any holiday party.  Sweet with a tiny bit of heat make this crunchy snack incredibly addictive.   Almonds are a staple at my house.  We usually buy a gigantic bag of raw almonds at Costco and work our way through it pretty quickly.  They go in smoothies, on top of yogurt, in my mouth.  They're simple and quick and a good way to avoid the bag of chips that may or may not be hidden somewhere deep … [Read more...]

Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Peeps

Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Peeps | The Suburban Soapbox

Sticky, sweet Rice Krispie Treats are given a bath in a layer of dark chocolate then decorated with candy eyes and bones for an extra special spin on the usual snack.  A quick, last-minute treat that's fun and impressive. Dark and creepy never tasted so sweet. Is there anyone who doesn't like Rice Krispie Treats?  I'm sure there are a few of those weirdos out there....they hang with those people that don't like chocolate or sweets.  Who ARE these people?  Where do they come from?  I just … [Read more...]