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Oct 212014
Pecan Crusted Sweet Potato Fries

I’m a big fan of oven roasted potatoes, or oven fries.  Drizzling a little oil on some chopped up potatoes and roasting them at a high temperature creates a nice crunchy potato, similar to a French fry, but way healthier.  However, this only works with white potatoes, like russet, red skinned, etc.  Sweet potatoes don’t roast the same way.  The outside will brown [...]

Oct 152014
Skinny Crock Pot Loaded Potato Soup

It’s been cold and dreary around here for the past few days.  I’m thinking a big bowl of loaded potato soup is in order to warm my spirits.  I love potato soup.  It’s thick, hearty, cheesy, and typically has chunks of salty bacon.  What’s not to love? Today I’m making my skinny crock pot loaded potato soup.  [...]

Oct 092014
Thai Pasta Bowls with Sesame Garlic Sauce

Disclosure:  By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the National Pasta Association and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest.  I was not compensated for my time.   Did you know that October is national pasta month?  I’m celebrating by making these spicy Thai pasta bowls with sesame garlic [...]

Oct 022014
7 Layer Chicken Taco Dip

Well, it’s football season.  Personally, I’m not that in to sports.  I am, however, really in to the parties that go along with sports.  Any excuse to meet up with friends for drinks and appetizers is fine by me. Taco dip seems to be a staple at game day parties.  Everybody loves this Mexican inspired appetizer.  There are many different ways [...]

Sep 232014
Drunken Punk'n Latte

Everybody loves a pumpkin spice latte, right?  I certainly do! You can find this pumpkin flavored coffee drink at just about any coffee shop this time of year.  I’ve tried just about every version that there is.  So, when I came across a bottle of pumpkin pie flavored vodka, I knew I had to come up with an adult version of the [...]

Sep 172014
Oatmeal Raisin Yogurt Popsicles

Disclosure:  I was asked to participate in the California Raisins. Sweet. Naturally. campaign as a member of the Healthy Aperture Blogger Network.  I was compensated for my time. As kids are getting back into the swing of things at school, many parents are searching for healthy after school snack ideas.  Naturally sweet California Raisins are a great healthy snack [...]

Sep 102014
Fruity Quinoa Salad with Sweet Apricot Vinaigrette

I love putting fruit in salads.  Whether it’s salad greens, pasta salad, or even cold quinoa salad, fruit just adds a nice sweet pop of flavor. This fruity quinoa salad with sweet apricot vinaigrette recipe doesn’t skimp on the fruit.  It calls for mandarin oranges, strawberries, and grapes.  And, it even has fruit in the dressing.  Apricot preserves [...]

Aug 282014
One Pot Wonder Cajun Chicken Alfredo

Red Lobster has a Cajun chicken linguini alfredo that my husband likes to get when we eat there.  It’s got pasta and chunks of chicken in a garlic parmesan alfredo sauce that’s been kicked up with Cajun spices.  It’s delicious, don’t get me wrong.  But, the calorie count on that dish is through the roof. [...]

Aug 202014
Italian Sloppy Joes

Italian sloppy joes are a cheesy, Italian variation to the traditional sloppy joe sandwich. This recipe starts with an Italian-style meat sauce that is slightly sweet and tangy.  The meat sauce gets spooned over toasted hamburger buns, and topped with grated parmesan and sliced mozzarella cheese.  Then, the sandwiches are placed under a broiler until the [...]