Chocolate Spritz Cookies

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These chocolate spritz cookies are a delicious treat. They’re soft and not too sweet - just how I love my cookies. I’m happy to be partnering with OXO to share this spritz cookie recipe. OXO is one of my favorite brands when it comes to small kitchen gadgets. Their quality is always great in my experience, and all their products come with a lifetime warranty. I recently met an OXO representative at a conference, and I asked her, “Does the lifetime warranty apply to a salad spinner that my toddler son played with ALL the time until he broke it?” She said yes, it would have been covered. Too bad I didn’t know that back then, but happily the replacement I bought years ago is still … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Berry Sauce

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This easy berry sauce is my favorite topping for pancakes. I love the fruity flavor even more than plain maple syrup. Topping your weekend breakfast with berry sauce is a great way to add fruit to the meal and cut back on the amount of added sugar. It makes a beautiful presentation as well. This berry sauce is also a delicious addition to plain yogurt. You can even use it as a topping for fish or as a fruity salad dressing. Just mix it with a little olive oil and salt to dress a salad. If you have more berries than you can handle after a berry-picking excursion, this is the perfect recipe to make. It freezes well, and you can warm it up on the stove when you’re ready to use … [Read more...]

Deviled Eggs

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This recipe for deviled eggs is a great addition to an appetizer spread. High in protein and flavor, deviled eggs are satisfying and filling. If you’re dyeing eggs for Easter, this is the perfect thing to make when you’re ready to eat them. I recommend using natural, homemade dyes so you don’t have to worry about chemicals seeping into your eggs. Deviled eggs are not an exact science, so I suggest tasting the filling as you go and adjusting the flavors to your taste. You can easily adapt this recipe to make them spicy with cayenne pepper or salsa. Add a little crunch with finely diced bacon or vegetables. I like to garnish them with chopped chives, but other fresh herbs are wonderful too. … [Read more...]

Roasted Asparagus

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Roasted asparagus is one of my favorite early spring recipes. Barbara Kingsolver gave me a newfound respect for asparagus after I read her book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. She talked about how a carefully tended asparagus bed can keep producing for over twenty years, and it’s a specialty she's been sure to grow everywhere she lives. I loved her description of the harvesting process, which is challenging and simple at the same time. I don’t have quite the same commitment to asparagus that Barbara Kingsolver has, but I do love to include it on our menu often during the spring. It's delicious roasted, grilled, or sauteed. This roasted asparagus recipe is one of the easiest ways to prepare … [Read more...]

Mango Chia Pudding

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I recently bought my first package of chia seeds. I’m not sure what took me so long to get on board with this nutrition powerhouse. Chia seeds have many health benefits, including a significant dose of fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium. This mango chia pudding is just one of the many ways you can incorporate chia seeds into your diet. You can add them to smoothies, and they can be mixed with water to use as an egg replacer. A reader also told me that you can grind them up and use them in place of xanthan gum in gluten-free baking. I’m looking forward to trying this. Check out this post from Wellness Mama for several other ways to use chia seeds. This mango chia pudding … [Read more...]

Korean Beef Tacos

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Korean Beef Tacos are a popular food truck specialty. When I saw this recipe from A Year of Slow Cooking, I knew I wanted to adapt it for my family. The results were fantastic, and it was hard to stop eating these. The meat is incredibly flavorful, and the Asian slaw adds just the right texture. This slow cooker beef couldn’t be easier to make. This recipe makes a big batch, and the leftover meat can be frozen for a delicious dinner on a busy night. I recommend using organic, grass-fed beef if you can find it. This is one of the more expensive meals I’ve posted, but it’s a treat worth enjoying once in a while. If you’re hosting a crowd, these Korean Beef Tacos would be a fun dinner to … [Read more...]

Chicken Soup Recipe

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Chicken soup is one of the best comfort foods around. It’s an easy, one-dish meal that warms you up and makes you feel better when the winter chill sets in. This homemade chicken soup recipe is the perfect thing to make when you have leftover chicken. You can use brown rice, whole wheat noodles, or any type of grain to make your chicken soup hearty. I’ve been using a quinoa-rice blend that I got at Costco, and it adds a great texture. You can include other vegetables like green beans or broccoli if you have them on hand. Try this soup the next time someone in your house is sick, or freeze it ahead of time for a day when you really need it. [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:91] Chicken Soup Recipe … [Read more...]

Applesauce Bread

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This homemade applesauce bread was a happy accident. I had some pumpkin puree in the fridge that I wanted to use up one day, so I decided to make pumpkin bread. I pulled my mixing bowl down from the cabinet and started gathering the ingredients. Then I looked at my pumpkin bread recipe, and I realized that it called for 2 cups of pumpkin puree. I only had half a cup. Note to self: Read the recipe first next time! This kind of thing is always happening to me. Usually an empty egg carton is the culprit. But anyway, I decided to turn my pumpkin bread recipe upside down and hope for the best. I used applesauce to bolster the wet ingredients and I adjusted the seasonings. The results were … [Read more...]

How to Cook Beans

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Beans are one of the most affordable protein sources available. High in fiber as well as many essential nutrients, beans are a great staple to include in your meal plan each week. My family loves Mexican food, so I try to keep cooked beans on hand in my freezer at all times. Canned beans are certainly convenient, but I use dried beans instead for several reasons. Why Bother Cooking Beans from Scratch? It saves money. At my local Stop and Shop, a 15.5 ounce can of beans costs $.79. This is approximately 2 cups of beans. A package of dried beans at Stop and Shop costs $1.50, and this yields about 8 cups of cooked beans. In this example, a cup of canned beans costs $.40 and a cup of homemade … [Read more...]

Raspberry Chocolate Truffle Recipe

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Clean-eating desserts are so important to have in your arsenal of recipes. I don’t think I could have embraced the real food lifestyle without them. During the holidays, healthy desserts are especially helpful. I seem to encounter tempting treats everywhere I turn in December. This raspberry chocolate truffle recipe is an amazing combination of healthy and delicious. It’s hard to believe that it has no added sugar, but I use my secret-weapon sweetener. Date paste is one of the healthiest sweeteners out there because it’s straight fruit with no added anything. When I realized that my date paste had the perfect flavor and texture for a truffle, I got to work in the kitchen. It took a few … [Read more...]