DIY Instant Oatmeal Cups

If you are in a hurry in the morning, or often run late and have to skip breakfast, make these easy instant oatmeal cups and stash them in your desk at work for a quick, hearty, and warm breakfast! You can either make these in paper cups with lids, or for a more sustainable option, make them in glass mason jars! Experiment with your own flavor combinations, but remember to use dry, shelf stable ingredients. 

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Pumpkin Spice & Flaxseed
½ cup rolled instant oats
2 tsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp flaxseed
1/8 tsp pumpkin spice
Nutrition information: 248 calories, 6 g total fat, 40 g carbs, 9 g sugar, 5.5 g fiber, 8.5 g protein Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Apples

A delicious dinner that cooks away in the slow cooker while you are at work! Use your own favorite all purpose seasoning for the pork loin, or experiment with your own. Serve with a brown rice pilaf and steamed vegetables for a hearty, filling, and healthy meal.

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Ingredients:
1 pork loin (about 2 pounds)
3 Tbsp all purpose meat rub, as desired (see sample recipe below)
1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 apples, sliced
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
cracked black pepper, to taste Continue reading

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Pumpkin Spice Energy Bites

An easy to prepare, healthier snack option perfect for fall! Use as an afternoon pick me up when you find yourself slowing down on a cool fall day. Also great as a healthier dessert alternative!

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Ingredients:
2 cups rolled oats
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp almond butter (or peanut)
1 tsp vanilla extract (or almond)
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree Continue reading

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Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Mushrooms and Carrots

A simple to prepare slow cooked meal! Perfect for a fall evening meal. Great on its own, or serve with a fresh salad for a light vegetable side. 

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CL Sept 2016: Slow Cooker photographer: Jennifer Causey; food stylist: Torie Cox; prop stylist: Claire Spollen

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 tsp sherry vinegar
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
cooking spray
3/4 pound carrots, peeled & cut into 2-inch pieces
1/2 pound baby bella or shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and caps quartered
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 fresh thyme sprigs
2 fresh oregano sprigs
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 (6-oz) bone-in pork chops
salt & black pepper, as desired
1/4 cup dry white wine
6 oz whole wheat egg noodles
2 Tbsp heavy cream
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves Continue reading

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Layered Greek Dip

My new go-to dip recipe! Quick to throw together and a great hit at parties! You can make this up to 24 hours ahead of time to let the flavors meld together. Serve with pita chips and cucumber slices for a light and refreshing appetizer. 

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Ingredients: 
1 8oz package cream cheese, softened
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1-2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups prepared roasted red pepper hummus (or plain)
Garnish: diced cucumber, diced tomato, crumbled feta cheese, sliced kalamata olives, sliced green onions  Continue reading

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Burger on a Salad

In need of a quick and light dinner during the week? I always have some type of ground meat in my freezer (beef, chicken, turkey), so turning them into grilled burgers and serving it over a salad is one of my go-to quick weeknight dinners! I have included a couple variations, but most of the time I just throw together whatever fresh vegetables I have in house into the salad! It is also a great way to mix up a leftover burger for lunch the next day. 

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Greek: chopped romaine lettuce or mixed greens, peeled & sliced cucumber, chopped tomato, diced red onion, crumbled feta cheese, drizzled with bottled greek dressing or homemade tzatziki sauce

Asian: shredded cabbage and kale, diced red pepper, chopped cucumber, chopped sugar snap peas, slivered almonds or peanuts, drizzled with bottled asian dressing (or homemade with mashed garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, olive oil, sesame oil)

Mexican: chopped romaine lettuce, corn kernels, black beans, diced avocado, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped tomatoes, mix salsa and light ranch together for the dressing

American: Chopped romaine lettuce, chopped tomatoes, diced red onion, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped dill pickles, reduced fat thousand island or honey mustard dressing

Adapted from Beef It’s Whats for Dinner Recipe Collection

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Greek Chicken Skewers with Fresh Oregano Pesto

A delicious Greek take on a grilled chicken skewer. Add in zucchini slices to the skewer for more veggies. Serve over orzo tossed with olives, lemon juice, and feta crumbles. 
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Ingredients:
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 32 cubes
24 cherry tomatoes
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray
1 lemon
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup fresh oregano leaves
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

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