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...]

Baked Gnocchi Bolognese Skillet

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Baked Gnocchi Bolognese Skillet uses leftover Bolognese sauce or your favorite jar sauce to come together ridiculously fast. So hearty and filling, your family will think you slaved for hours making this saucy, cheese skillet of heaven. (Even though you only used FOUR ingredients.) I'd love to say that leftovers don't exist in this house but the fact is.....they do.  And they die a slow death in the back of the refrigerator, quickly forgotten and turning into something that looks like it … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Mediterranean Tuna Wrap

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Heart-healthy and satisfying, this Mediterranean Tuna Wrap is loaded with good for you veggies, beans and protein. Rolled up in a multi-grain wrap, this is the best portable lunch on the planet. Sandwiches are easy.  So easy they get boring because you end up making the exact same thing every single day.  And taking leftovers to work the very day after you just had them for dinner takes a little of the excitement out of your short mid-day break.  Even working from home, I get caught in … [Read more...]

Loaded Taco Tater Tots

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Seasoned ground beef, cheese and your favorite taco toppings all piled high on a mountain of tater tots.  A great game day "snack" or busy weeknight meal the kids will love.  Ready in less than 30 minutes. My friend just had a baby, her third.  She now has three kids....4, 2 and new.  She's busy and I'm sure...tired.  I haven't visited the newbie yet because we get sick whenever we have a visit planned and nobody wants to be "that" person...you know the one who should be quarantined but … [Read more...]

Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Peeps

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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...]

Baked Sausage Spinach and Gnocchi Skillet

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Tender gnocchi baked in a savory cream sauce with spicy sausage and spinach, comforting and hearty.  This dish is cooked in one skillet for easy clean up....what's more comforting than that? It seems like I'm on an italian food binge lately.  I promise I have other recipes coming but right now...things are coming from the boot. And today it's gnocchi.  Have you had gnocchi?  If I were Giada, I would describe these as "little pillows in my mouth".  But I'm not Giada so I won't even dare … [Read more...]