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...]

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...]

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...]

20-Minute Skinny Beef Stroganoff

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Hearty and satisfying, Skinny Beef Stroganoff takes just 20 minutes to make and won't add inches to your waistline.  This lightened up version uses no butter or sour cream and  is just as tasty as it's full fat version. I hit a wall....and have a little confession.  Last week, I couldn't button my pants.  I had to use an elastic band, a trick I learned during pregnancy, to close my pants.  I'm a little ashamed but let's face it I deserved it.  My pants slapped me in the face with the … [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

White Choc Macadamia Butter

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...]

Bacon Wrapped Buffalo Chicken Tenders with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

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Dipped in hot sauce and wrapped in bacon, these Bacon Wrapped Buffalo Chicken Tenders have half the calories of the fried version.  Serve them with this light Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce for the tastiest, guilt-free game day snack ever. Bacon gets a bad rap.  It's true.  Sure, some versions are loaded with sodium....and fat....but if you use it in moderation and in a way where you render off most of that fat it can be your friend.  It can make something you don't really love much taste … [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...]