Small Batch Guacamole {Chipotle Recipe}

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It is so hard to resist table-side Guacamole, isn't it? If you are an avocado person, and you see the little cart with the cilantro, jalapeños, onions, tomatoes, salt, and like 500 avocados, it's pretty much a done deal. The first question is not "Should we order it?" but rather "How hot?" {Usually followed by, "Medium?"} Making Guacamole looks … [Read more...]

Healthy Nachos for One {or Two!}

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Healthy food that does not taste healthy? My favorite. Filling up a whole baking dish, settling in for a Netflix binge session, and shoving nachos in my face? Done. The Walking Dead: Season Four, you're mine. These nachos may be one of my upcoming staples for 2016. They are great for weeknights and it's easy to keep the ingredients in … [Read more...]

Cornbread {Greek Yogurt}

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People often ask me how to get their kids started in the kitchen. In my opinion, baking is fun for kids because the whole is so different - and so much more delicious - than the sum of its parts. Think of baking as an arts and crafts project, made with items you have in your pantry, that you get to EAT, rather than figure out how to display for a … [Read more...]

Grits Casserole {Healthy}

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I have been wanting to post this recipe for a long time. It is one of my staples, and I am forever searching through my electronic files for it, using the search term - wait for it - "mushrooms," because the original recipe had a braised mushroom topping. But I don't braise anything when I make this dish, and it has absolutely nothing to do with … [Read more...]

Kale and Spinach Greek Yogurt Dip

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Spinach dip is always a fan favorite. And when I found Trader Joe's Reduced-Guilt Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip, I thought I had found a little plastic bucket of heaven. The ingredient list is actually pretty natural on that product - you know how I dislike extra "filler" ingredients. I could sit down and eat this dip with crackers and veggies … [Read more...]

Snow Day Snacks: Cheesy Beer Bread

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The cold will end soon. I think. I mean, it has to, right? But the silver lining to the cold is, of course, the excuse to make and eat comfort food, whenever the mood strikes. The downside to THAT is picking up groceries at the store. Is anything worse than a grocery store line before a storm or cold snap? This Cheesy Beer Bread is so … [Read more...]

Middle-Eastern Kale & Brussels Spro...

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We are in the holiday home stretch! Buffets and cookie exchanges will soon be in the rearview mirror - after one last gasp this week. This Middle-Eastern Kale & Brussels Sprout Salad is a great one to help get back on track - so pin, bookmark, and print away to get a head-start on healthy eating for the new year. I had never tried raw … [Read more...]

Twice-Baked Potatoes

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While we are all still in Thanksgiving mode, and in between trips to the fridge for one more bite of cold stuffing, let's briefly discuss this little two-in-one gem. Twice-Baked Potatoes are a great accompaniment to any meal, and are a classy and composed way to serve (and eat) both mashed potatoes and potato skins at the same time. In the … [Read more...]

Garlic-Parmesan Soft Pretzel Knots

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Uh, yeah. Homemade Garlic - Parmesan Soft Pretzel Knots. There are few herbs I like better than garlic, and I still can't believe I can make pretzels in my kitchen. This recipe, combining these two favorites, takes a little hands-on time, but each step is easy, and soooo worth it. I just took the pretzel dough part of the Mini Pretzel … [Read more...]

Broiled Avocados with Chipotle + Cheddar

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Broiled. As if you needed another way to enjoy avocados. This recipe has made the rounds on blogs and Pinterest, and if you haven't tried it yet, now is your big chance. All you need is an avocado or two, some shredded cheddar cheese, and one chipotle pepper with a bit of adobo sauce (the deep red liquid that chipotles in adobo come in). If you … [Read more...]