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Roasted Cauliflower “Rice”

An easy way to sneak in extra vegetables into your day! Try this as a side dish with your next meal. Alternatively, you can also experiment and make this the star of your dish in different ways such as cauliflower “fried rice”, red beans and “rice”, or a “rice” casserole. 

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Ingredients:
16 oz fresh cauliflower
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
1 tsp fresh lemon juice 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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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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Turkey, Kale & Oat Meatballs

A healthier take on the classic meatball. A great way to sneak in more vegetables into your diet, inside the meatball! Serve over spiralized zucchini and a homemade tomato marinara for a vegetable packed meal. 

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Ingredients:
½ cup quick-cooking rolled oats
6 oz kale, stems removed and leaves roughly chopped (about 4 cups)
1 clove garlic, finely minced
¼ cup chopped yellow onion
1 large egg
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan
¼ cup skim milk (optional)
1 tsp salt free Italian seasoning
½ tsp salt
1 pound lean ground turkey Continue reading

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Marinated & Roasted Mustard Pork Loin

My new go-to for pork marinade! This would work not only for pork loins, but also pork chops or cubed pork for kebabs! Oven roast or grill after marinating for delicious and tender pork. I love to serve this dish with roasted veggies like potatoes and brussels sprouts.

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Marinade Ingredients:
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp dried italian blend seasoning
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Pork Roast Ingredients:
1-2 lb pork loin
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1-2 Tbsp Dijon mustard Continue reading

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Grandma’s Chicken Salad

My take on the chicken salad I grew up eating from my grandma and my mom! There was never a recipe written down, it is all about “eyeballing”! Delicious as leftovers as the flavors marry. 

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Ingredients:
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
3 celery ribs, chopped small (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup parsley, chopped small
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 tsp dijon mustard
1/4 cup light mayo, more to taste
salt & black pepper, to taste
crumbled bacon, for garnish (optional) Continue reading

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Carmen’s Chicken & Dumplings

My husband’s favorite soup! I have had people asking for the recipe, never wrote it down until now. Very simple to make, yet very warming & delicious. Perfect for a rainy late fall day. This soup also freezes well for up to 3 months in a tupperware container.
Instead of raw chicken, you can use rotisserie chicken or even leftover thanksgiving turkey in this soup! Just skip the first three steps. 

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Ingredients:
1 pound skinless boneless chicken breasts
6 stalks celery (divided)
2 small yellow onions (divided)
5 full carrots (divided)
6 cups low sodium chicken broth
1-2 Tbsp italian seasoning
cracked black pepper, to taste
1 small can refrigerated buttermilk biscuits Continue reading

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