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  • Grilled Plantains with Brown Sugar Butter Glaze

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    These grilled plantains with brown sugar butter glaze are a delicious way to enjoy ripe plantains and make an easy summer side dish or dessert!  I know I've bragged on my dad's cooking many times on my blog before but I have to do it again today. Whether it's baking bread, making homemade yogurt, serving up [...]

  • Roasted Broccoli Tutorial: Crowns and Stems

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    Roasted broccoli is a staple side dish in our house. I'm sure many of you are already on the roasted broccoli bandwagon but today I'm going to walk you through a new prep method I learned from my dad that includes roasting the crowns and stems of the broccoli! Broccoli seems to be one of the [...]

  • Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Chili Garlic Vinaigrette

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    I think it's safe to say I've been on a big sweet potato kick this year. Mashed, roasted, baked...breakfast, lunch, dinner. I love that sweet potatoes taste amazing, are simple to prepare and pack a nutritional punch. Did you know that one medium sweet potato only has around 100 calories and contains nearly four times [...]

  • Braised Red Cabbage with Red Onion, Apples and Balsamic

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    I'm happy to finally share the recipe for one of my favorite side dishes, braised red cabbage with apples. It's a delicious, slow-cooked mix of red cabbage, red onions, balsamic vinegar and paper thin apples. I think I got hooked on braised red cabbage back in college after dining at Houston's in Atlanta. Has anyone [...]

  • Roasted Okra with Sriracha Aioli {Recipe}

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    Growing up in the south has given me quite an appreciation for some of our regional specialties including grits, greens, cornbread (my favorite recipe here), banana pudding, pimento cheese, pulled pork and okra just to name a few. Today we're going to talk about okra. What exactly is okra? Well, it's edible green seed pods that grow [...]

  • Lemon Feta Potato Salad {Recipe}

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    This lemon feta potato salad is light, bright, simple and packs a punch of flavor. Potato salad is one of those foods that tends to put people in opposing camps. You're either a fan or it's not your thing. One of the things that can turn people off of potato salad is the mayonnaise, as [...]

  • Mixed Berries with Balsamic, Basil and Mint

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    Happy Friday! A day of rain and thunderstorms has left behind a cool, crisp morning with lots of sunshine and everything looking bright and green. I mixed up my favorite green smoothie combo for breakfast. I just love this mix! 1/2 banana 1/2 cup frozen mango 1/2 cup frozen peaches 1 tablespoon almond butter 3 [...]

  • Mediterranean Lentil & Couscous Salad

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    I have a recipe to share with you today for a Mediterranean Lentil and Couscous Salad that can be prepared ahead of time to serve as a side dish or to have on hand for lunches for the week. I have been making this recipe since 2011 so I can assure you it's tried and [...]

  • Grocery Restock, Cranberry Sauce Recipe, Tuesday Eats & Details On A Yoga Retreat

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    Hi and happy Wednesday. I so enjoyed reading your comments on my last post about your travel mishaps. Smooth travel is definitely never a guarantee but I think it's worth it! :) As I mentioned in my last post, I spent most of Tuesday catching up and getting back into the groove. Here's a look [...]

  • Baked Lemon-Thyme Risotto

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    Risotto is one of my favorite "let's make dinner feel fancy" foods. It always seems like more of a treat to me than a typical rice/quinoa/cous cous side dish. Now, call me crazy but I love to make risotto the traditional way where you commit to constant stirring for 30 minutes. Give me a glass [...]

  • Mexican Quinoa V2 + Strong & Confident

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    I really loved all of the pet discussion today about food and training. I try to keep the blog mostly focused on food/fitness/lifestyle and try to not go overboard with the pet pictures/posts. I do consider owning a pet to be part of my lifestyle so I'm happy that the food post was well received. [...]

  • Mexican Quinoa

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    You request, I listen! Here is the recipe for the Mexican Quinoa. I think it's apparent that quinoa is one of my new favorites. I discovered it during my 68 Days of Gourmet project on Bakin' and Eggs. This recipe is responsible for the start of my obsession. I touched on the health benefits in [...]