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  • My Favorite Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

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    I can't believe that in six plus years of writing this blog that I haven't shared my favorite homemade spaghetti sauce recipe with you! I started making this recipe my first year out of college when I was in my first "real world" job and apartment. I can vividly remember sitting in my apartment and [...]

  • Ancho Chile & Cinnamon Brined Bone-In Pork Chops

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    I feel like pork chops don't get the love they deserve. The pork chops of our youth were either thin cut and cooked until they were way overdone, fried or dare I mention Shake & Bake? (<--- AHH! I swear I could taste that seasoning as I typed the words!) Luckily, I had parents who were pork [...]

  • Stuffed Spaghetti Squash with Italian Sausage and Veggies

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    I had a spaghetti squash that had been sitting on my counter for over a month. (Did you know they can last for 1-3 months?) I was getting kind of tired of looking at it (wasn't doing much for the decor of my kitchen counters) so I decided it was time to find a new and creative use for [...]

  • Shrimp, Asparagus and Avocado Salad

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    This Shrimp, Asparagus and Avocado Salad is a delicious summer dish that can be shared with friends or enjoyed as a light dinner. It's packed with fresh vegetables and herbs and finished with a lemon dijon vinaigrette. I made this Shrimp, Asparagus and Avocado salad a few weeks ago for our teacher training graduation party. I [...]

  • Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili (Beanless, Whole30 & Paleo) + Kohl’s Giveaway

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    If you're looking for a "set it and forget it" recipe for a delicious beanless chili, then do I ever have the recipe for you! This chili is packed with hunks of sweet potato and carrot along with ground lamb or beef and lots of warm, comforting spices. I guarantee that you won't miss the [...]

  • 15-Minute Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Pasta with Barilla Pronto

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    I get asked all the time how I find the motivation to cook dinner after long days when dinner prep usually starts after 8 p.m. Three secrets. I love it. It's my creative outlet and helps me unwind and feel like I'm doing something to nurture myself. A well stocked pantry and fridge. Make it [...]

  • Spinach, Mushroom and Black Bean Enchiladas

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    September brings the arrival of so many fall things...apples, pumpkin, crisp mornings, changing leaves and FOOTBALL! I am a Georgia girl and one thing we don't mess around with is our football! I spent every Friday night cheering on the field at home and away with my high school team. When I went off to [...]

  • Southern-Style Tomato Pie

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    One of the saddest things about the end of summer is the end of tomatoes that are bursting with flavor. I can hardly bring myself to buy grocery store tomatoes during the off-season because they are so far removed from the real thing. We have enjoyed a great tomato season here in Charlotte and my [...]

  • The Best Flank Steak Marinade

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    One of my most prized kitchen possessions is this old, beat up notebook stuffed full of recipes. You see, back before the era of Pinterest recipe organization was a little more old school. I would spend hours upon hours going through cooking magazines and cutting out recipes and going through online sites and blogs and [...]

  • The Most Adventurous Thing I’ve Ever Cooked {Provencal Braised Octopus Recipe}

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    This dinner looks pretty delicious, right? It was actually the most adventurous thing I've ever cooked! Last week I received a text from my fiance that there was no need to go to the grocery because he'd already been shopping at Whole Foods. I arrived home to a fridge that looked like it had been [...]

  • The Best Easy Homemade Pad Thai Recipe

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    A recipe for easy homemade pad thai featuring a delicious homemade pad thai sauce. Whether you're a lover of all things Thai and ethnic food related or you've never tried your hand at this kind of thing before, this recipe is accessible and easy.  After years of making homemade pad thai and being asked for [...]

  • Three Ingredient Pot Roast {Recipe}

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    It's comfort food season here in Charlotte. Last week we endured a stretch of arctic air and this week it's a four days of rain and 40 degree temperatures. The weather, coupled with the sadness of taking all the holiday prettiness down and the realization we have a few more months of this weather, has left [...]

  • Cider Brined Pork Loin Stuffed with Butternut Squash, Apples and Cranberries

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    This post is sponsored by ALDI as a part of the Healthier Holiday series. Check out my first post featuring healthy holiday appetizer ideas.  It’s the season of holiday parties, family feasts and indulgent meals. The good news is that indulgent doesn’t have to be synonymous with diet-breaking butter, cream and cheese. Indulgent can mean [...]

  • Acorn Squash Stuffed with Brown Rice, Kale, Cranberries and Pecans

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    This recipe for stuffed acorn squash with brown rice, kale, cranberries and pecans is a delicious and creative use for acorn squash that can be prepared ahead of time and easily reheated for lunches and dinners throughout the week. I am in full fall food mode and have been buying up all the winter squash [...]

  • Southwestern Shrimp Taco Salad {Recipe}

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    One of my favorite things about visiting my family is being in my dad's kitchen. There is always something good in the works and on this trip it's been homemade sourdough bread, homemade yogurt (tutorial coming soon!) and an awesome taco salad. Last night we cooked a Southwestern Shrimp Taco Salad that my dad has [...]

  • How To Cook Perfect Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts + Recent Eats

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    Hi there! I hope everyone is having a great week. One of my friends is teaching a monthly yoga class at the Ritz Carlton. For just $20 you get a 75 minute vinyasa class in their 18th floor yoga studio with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the city, as well as access to the amazing [...]

  • The Best Homemade Chicken Enchiladas

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    The Best Homemade Chicken Enchiladas. Say goodbye to canned enchilada sauce and get ready to experience a whole new level of taste and flavor with homemade Mexican cuisine.! I have a chicken enchilada recipe for you that will change your life for the better. I first started making this recipe about five years ago after [...]

  • How to Make Delicious Pizza Using FlatOut Wraps

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    If I had to list five of my favorite foods the list would include pizza, ice cream, cheese, cupcakes and peanut butter. Not exactly all the healthiest choices but very delicious! Recently, I've discovered an easy, lighter alternative to pizza that makes a great lunch or weeknight dinner. FlatOut pizza! I have been using FlatOut [...]

  • Honey Balsamic Glazed Chicken Breasts {Recipe}

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    Several years ago I received a copy of the Canyon Ranch Nourish cookbook from a friend as a gift. It has become one of my favorite cookbooks and I have made more recipes from it that any other cookbook on my bookshelf (with the exception of The Gourmet Cookbook...we spent a lot of time together [...]

  • A Day of Meals with MorningStar Farms {Giveaway}

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    I have been buying veggie burgers since I was in college. MorningStar Farms was one of the first brands that I ever tried. 10 years ago they were one of the only brands of veggie burgers! When I first started eating veggie burgers I ate them like a straight up burger. Over the years I [...]

  • Parmesan Panko Chicken Tenders {Recipe}

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    Today I have an easy, crowd pleasing chicken recipe to share with you. I've been making variations of this breaded chicken since I started cooking and this parmesan panko version has become my go to. What I love most about this Parmesan Panko Chicken is how quickly it cooks and how versatile it is. You [...]

  • Easy Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin {Recipe}

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    Hi and happy Tuesday! I know it's cliche to talk about the weather but it's been 30 degrees and raining in Charlotte for the last three days. I'm really over the winter and really ready for spring. You know what else we can talk about? WHERE IS FLIGHT 370!? I have been following this story [...]

  • Easy Baked Tofu Tutorial

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    I always keep a package of firm tofu in the fridge for an easy, meatless protein. One serving of tofu averages 10 grams of protein. Let me give you a little comparison here... - 1/2 cup serving of raw firm tofu contains 94 calories - 4 oz ground beef contains 331 calories - 1/2 cup of [...]

  • Spinach and Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Meatloaf

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    This is a recipe repost from my original blog, Bakin' and Eggs. I am slowly migrating my favorite recipes over to this site. This chicken meatloaf has been a favorite for almost five years!  One of my favorite things that my grandmother cooked when I was growing up was meatloaf. It was a traditional beef-based [...]

  • Lemon Parmesan Salmon {Recipe}

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    Salmon is a grocery staple for me and I almost always end up eating it for lunch or dinner at least once a week. I have my tried and true simple recipe down but I'm always looking for ways to switch it up. I found a winner last week! This one was totally self-developed based [...]

  • Chicken Marsala Macaroni and Cheese {Recipe & Contest}

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    Today I have a very special recipe to share with you! I was invited to participate in the Colombo Wines 12 Days of Marsala Recipe Challenge. I was tasked with developing a recipe utilizing either their sweet or dry marsala wine. Colombo provided me with the wine and ingredients and I got creative from there! [...]

  • Crab Cake Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

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    I had a bag of big, beautiful portobello mushrooms from Whole Foods just begging to be stuffed with something delicious. I typically do a spinach artichoke stuffing with portobellos but I wanted to try something new and a little more exciting. On my way to the grocery store I got the idea to use a [...]

  • Brie and Apricot Chicken & Missin’ the Kitchen

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    I miss cooking so much. I miss sitting down on Sundays, planning out my menu for the week and grocery shopping. I miss actually having someone to cook for. I miss the process of cooking. One of my favorite things in the world to do is settle into the kitchen, turn on music and get to [...]

  • Creamy Shrimp, Prosciutto and Mushroom Pasta

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    The cooking streak continues thanks to a great Whole Foods restock on Sunday. For those of you who like to see the goods... Here you have it. Spinach penne pasta (coupon), sour cream, nutritional yeast (bulk), oat bran (bulk), eggs, gluten-free bread, tortilla chips (staple!), coffee, canned corn, canned pumpkin, cilantro, parsley, grapes, wild caught [...]

  • Chicken and Bok Choy Stir Fry with Spaghetti Squash

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    Good evening. I'm apologize for being a bit whiney last night but sometimes a girl just needs to be whiney. I'm sure that most of you can relate. It's like my favorite Pin of the week... I think I was on my broomstick yesterday and not using my angel wings. ;) So, while I was [...]

  • Blog Direction + Green Coconut Curry Recipe

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    I have been a little sporadic with posting lately. It's not that I don't have a ton of ideas for things that I want to post about (lacrosse ball mobility, active v. dynamic stretching, a stability ball core workout, a yoga for runners video, recipes, etc.), it's more that I am lacking the time to [...]

  • The Weekend + Crockpot Salsa Chicken Recipe

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    I don't have too much to report from the weekend. It's been very low-key. Saturday morning involved CrossFit. The second I checked the blog and saw this WOD I abandoned plans to practice  yoga and headed over to the new gym instead. This is an ideal WOD for me for an all over good workout. [...]