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Spring Pea, Pesto & Ricotta Dip to Usher in the Season

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Now that the ice and howling wind is giving way to warm breezes and crocuses peeping out of the ground, it’s time to get serious about spring flavor. So long, comforting winter stews and roasts. Hello, vibrant and fresh everything!

Some time ago, I discovered an exceptionally delicious flavor combination that The Barefoot Contessa seems to use a lot in the spring. She combined spring peas, herby pesto, and pine nuts all together into a beautiful and delicious salad that hit all the high notes of the flavors of the season. That’s what gave me this idea. It’s a good one!

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Healthy Breakfast Recipes For Every Day Of The Week

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Last week I shared with you my love of The Great British Bake Off (and Paul Hollywood) but the pièce de résistance of that story was the one point miracle muffins I made.

Earlier this week I had a very early meeting the next morning and I was chatting with a friend about how hard it is to be responsible with breakfast when you’re jetting out of the house early to make a meeting. As someone that works from home, I am so impressed with those of you who succeed at this feat every morning on your way to work. I usually can pull together a healthy meal on my own schedule, but if I am rushed it takes every ounce of self control not to run for a drive-through, 1,000-calorie breakfast burrito at the closest fast food joint.

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Easy Weeknight Korean Beef & Sweet Potato Bowls

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My weekdays are usually pretty filled to the brim. You’ve probably assessed this from the themes of productivity and goal setting on the blog. No standing over a hot stove or nine course dinners for me.

But I also hold myself to a higher standard than a simple frozen meal or a bowl of cereal (not that there is anything wrong with that!). I just get so much joy out of putting a meal on the table that I don’t want to rob myself of that. It’s a creative outlet for me. I think I probably have too many creative outlets but is that really such a bad thing?

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Miracle Muffins: Just One Weight Watchers Point Each!

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The snow in Central Oregon is up to my eyeballs.  Like most writers, I am prone to exaggeration. But this is not that. We had 51 inches of snow in a five-day period and are expecting another 3 inches this afternoon. I stand 65 inches tall so the snow is literally up to my eyeballs.

This means that I am spending a lot of time indoors. Of course I am using these snow days to write and to catch up on my quilting.  But I’m also deeply immersed in another favorite cold weather pass time: binge-watching stuff on Netflix.  continue reading

Savory Salmon Cakes (AKA Pantry Recipes for the Snowbound)

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Having lived in Wisconsin, Colorado, and Connecticut, I’ve told my share of Snowmaggedon jokes over the years.

My tongue in cheek taunts were winks at people who live in temperate climes, the people who race to the mini-mart in a panic and empty the shelves of bread and milk at the merest dusting of white stuff and never learned to use the business end of a snow shovel.  

You know, Floridians.  Or anybody who never learned to ice skate.

Don’t be offended. I’m just kidding.  This is just something people from frigid climes do to keep the blood circulating in February. However, I’ll admit there is an unspoken element of pride in our teasing. Deep in our hearts, residents of the Frozen North believe we are made of sterner stuff than the rest of you. Blizzards build character, dontcha know.

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Healthy Chocolate Desserts for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and I’m thinking about options for a little sweet treat. (I’ve already shared some ideas for home-cooked meals and DIY gifts.)

Maybe you’re excited to have a special event and splurge a little on the calories. Or maybe you just came home from a vacation to Hawaii where you used up all of your ‘splurge guilt-free’ cards. It could happen to anyone.

No matter the motivation, I’ve rounded up a few recipes that are chocolate and don’t break the bank on calories.

And on that note, haven’t scientists affirmed that chocolate is, in fact, healthy for you? Bless them and bless their work.

The best part about these recipes is that no one will even know that they are actually healthy. It’s just so sneaky. I love it!

 

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For the Love (of Food): 5 Home-Cooked Valentine’s Dinner Ideas

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Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating those you love – whether it be your spouse, your girlfriends, your family, or yourself. Regardless of who you’re showering with love this year, the dinner you celebrate with should be indulgent and rich, right? (I know, I know, I’m usually saying that we should eat healthy but Valentine’s Day is a special holiday that deserves special treatment).

Instead of making reservations at a crowded restaurant, why not set up an intimate dining experience in your own home, complete with candlelight and the timeless music of Frank Sinatra? Skip out on the busyness that comes with a restaurant’s atmosphere, say no to a pricey prix fixe that doesn’t live up to the hype, and ditch the waiter who interrupts your conversation every 10 minutes.

The best news is, you don’t need to miss out on great food just because you’re staying in. We’ve collected some of the most romantic meals for you and yours. Don’t be shocked if people can’t believe it’s a home cooked dinner and start digging around to try and find take-out containers.

Let’s not stop the celebration with a delicious dinner. Pour yourself a nice glass of wine, eat some dessert (guilt-free), and pop in a favorite rom-com.

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Go Pro with These Three Healthy Super Bowl Recipes

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It’s almost time for the Super Bowl (and the Puppy Bowl and Super Bowl commercials, take your pick of which one you’ll spend your time watching!)

No matter which you are watching it’s almost guaranteed you’ll be eating something. Because food and the Super Bowl go together like chips and salsa. (Or chips and guacamole, but more on that later!)

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Cauliflower and Avocado Wraps with Easy Tzatziki

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I am always so conflicted this time of year. After the holidays, I typically aspire to be less indulgent when it comes to what I eat. But it’s so darn cold and all I want is comfort food!

Usually, I dive right in to my zero point chili or chicken and veggie stew on the regular, but recently I’ve been needing to spice things up.

So that’s exactly what I did. Bring on the smoked paprika and the cumin, baby!  continue reading

Asian Pear Salad with Basil, Toasted Almonds and Creamy Ginger Dressing

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I don’t know about you, but the holidays have left me feeling like a partridge in a pear tree. And not in a good way.

With all kinds of health and wellness goals and resolutions circling around social media this days, I decided I would join in on the fun and make a healthy salad that actually tasted good.

One that I would actually look forward to making again and again instead of it serving as a repentant, guild-laden, self-inflicted punishment following the fattening flurry of gingersnaps and eggnog and cheesy green chile casseroles and homemade ravioli (more on that later!).

I know what you’re thinking. Salad can never be as good as gingersnaps.

You might be right.

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