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  • Soft and Caky Pumpkin Muffins with Dates and Nuts

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    These soft and caky pumpkin muffins are studded with dates and nuts. They’re perfect alongside coffee or tea for breakfast or an afternoon snack!  The fall cooking and baking bug has officially got its teeth in me. I am finding myself craving time in the kitchen and feeling all sorts of creativity and inspiration flowing. [...]

  • Ina’s Apple Pie Bars – Easier Than Apple Pie!

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    I baked Ina Garten’s Apple Pie Bars on Sunday afternoon and it’s safe to say that it’s the best baking recipe that I’ve tried in a long time. Ina + Apple Pie = two things you just can’t go wrong with. I inadvertently messed up on the recipe but I think that made the bars [...]

  • Kale and Quinoa Salad with Roasted Chickpeas and Pepitas

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    When we moved a few months ago some friends of ours delivered dinner to us on moving night. They brought us a vegan veggie soup and a kale and quinoa salad that we are now obsessed with. These friends of ours are kale salad connoisseurs and after years of eating kale salads from restaurants all [...]

  • My Favorite Easy Chicken Parmesan Recipe – Ready in 20 Minutes!

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    I have been making this easy chicken parmesan recipe since college! It’s one of my go-to chicken recipes because I almost always have the ingredients on hand, it’s ready in 20 minutes and it’s crazy delicious! I actually can’t believe that I haven’t shared this recipe before now. I have not been posting many recipes [...]

  • Sourdough Bread: A Step-By-Step Guide for Home Bakers

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    This post has been a long time in the works but I finally have a complete step-by-step guide to the process of baking sourdough bread ready to share! A few notes before we get started… Don’t be intimidated! My dad encouraged me for years to bake my own sourdough bread but the process just seemed [...]

  • Whole30 Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower Topping

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    A recipe for Whole30 Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower Topping that is hearty, delicious and easy to prep ahead of time.  I didn’t know I liked shepherd’s pie until recently. I was intrigued by a recipe that my friends over at Fat Loss Foodies shared a few months ago and decided to give it a go. [...]

  • Thai Red Coconut Curry with Chicken and Veggies {Whole30 & Paleo}

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    I’m so excited to share my recipe for red coconut curry with you! It’s been one of my favorite easy at home Thai-inspired dinners for many, many years. When I did my first Whole30 last year, I was so pleasantly surprised to find that my favorite red and green curry pastes were Whole30-compliant. If you’ve [...]

  • You Must Make This Dinner + Recent Eats

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    It’s an amazing Friday over here because it’s currently 70 degrees and sunny. I’m going to zoom through this post so that I can get the girls outside and take advantage of it before rain and clouds set in for the next 5 days. Let’s talk about food. I made a dinner last night that [...]

  • Lemony Chicken and Kale Soup

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    I whipped up this lemony chicken and kale soup to have on hand for lunches this week. It’s light, brothy and packed with veggies but also super comforting and hearty. I primarily made it because I’ve been freezing! You guys know that if left to my own devices, I’ll go with a salad nine times [...]

  • Matcha Chai Spiced Sugar Cookies

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    You guys are going to L-O-V-E this recipe for Matcha Chai Spiced Sugar Cookies! They might be one of my best sweet creations to date. (Although I think I’ve said that about quite a few recipes…what can I say? I just love to bake!) I started baking chai spiced sugar cookies last holiday season. I [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Thanksgiving Eve + Pumpkin Crunch Cake Recipe + The Best Turkey Trot

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    I hope you guys had a great Thanksgiving. If you’re needing a quick 30-minute “do anywhere with no equipment” workout in, don’t forget about my Torch the Turkey workout! :) We traveled to Beaufort, South Carolina to celebrate Thanksgiving with Tanner’s mom. Before we left on Thanksgiving eve, we taught our annual Butterball Boot Camp [...]

  • Brussles Sprout and Kale Salad with Butternut Squash, Pears, Goat Cheese and a Balsamic Date Vinaigrette

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    This shredded brussels sprout and kale salad features roasted butternut squash, sliced pears, toasted pecans and honey goat cheese and is topped with a chopped date and balsamic vinaigrette. I was challenged to create a healthy holiday recipe by Bon Appetit and ALDI for an Instagram project (head on over to Instagram to check it [...]

  • Soft & Cakey Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

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    A recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip bars that are soft, cakey and full of pumpkin spice flavor. I first baked these pumpkin chocolate chip bars back in 2009 and posted the recipe on my old blog. Last week a reader reached out and told me that baking these pumpkin chocolate chip bars is an annual [...]

  • Maple Apple Spice Cake

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    Apple cake is one of the desserts I look forward to most every fall. I developed this recipe for Maple Apple Spice Bundt Cake in fall of 2013 and it immediately became my favorite apple cake. It’s now a staple in my fall/holiday baking rotation. Fresh apple cake reminds me so much of my childhood. My [...]

  • Peaches & Cream Egg White Oatmeal

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    Good morning! You know how life seems to ebb and flow? There are good times, bad times and a lot of mundane in between. Over the last few weeks I’ve come to realize that I’m smack in the middle of one of those good times and feeling a deeper sense of peace and ease right now than [...]

  • Dairy-Free Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

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    We had pancakes for breakfast on a Thursday morning and it was kind of the best thing ever. I made these dairy-free blueberry buttermilk pancakes last Sunday morning and knew I had to recreate them again this week to photograph and share with you because they were so amazing. We “mmm’d” our way through them [...]

  • Spiced Zucchini, Carrot and Banana Bread (Or Muffins!)

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    I’ve had the baking bug lately and this spiced zucchini, carrot and banana bread is my favorite thing that I’ve baked over the last month or so. I can also easily be turned into muffins or mini loaves. It all started when I set out to make banana bread to take along on my beach trip [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • The Best Basic Granola Recipe

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    A basic granola recipe with a short ingredients list. This granola is the perfect balance sweet and salty; chewy and crispy. Oats, brown sugar, honey and coconut oil are studded with plump raisins for a delicious breakfast or snack.  Every time I go visit my parents my dad always has a container of homemade granola sitting [...]

  • The Most Addictive Avocado Toast Ever

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    I have been so obsessed with this avocado, sauerkraut and scrambled egg toast combination that I couldn’t wait one more day to share it with you. It’s been on heavy rotation for breakfast, brunch, lunch and late night dinners. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, it’s always the right time for this [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Homemade Tahini Turmeric Dressing

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    This homemade tahini turmeric dressing is a delicious way to break away from bottled dressings when you’re making salads at home. Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds and turmeric is a spice well-known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. The bright yellow color of the dressing is reminiscent of honey mustard thanks to the turmeric [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Homemade Almond Milk {Video Tutorial}

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    When I was in the initial planning stages of my Whole30, making my own almond milk was honestly not something that really interested me. I assumed it would be a cumbersome process that wasn’t really worth the time or effort. Was I ever wrong! I did a lot of research and reading online about making [...]

  • Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili (Beanless, Whole30 & Paleo)

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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 [...]

  • Overnight Banana Chia Pudding

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    A recipe for banana chia pudding that is gluten-free, Paleo and Whole30-compliant. A great option for a healthy make ahead breakfast! I owe chia pudding an apology. Two years ago I tried it, hated it and bashed it right here in this very same space. Luckily, one food mantra I’ve always adhered to is, “always [...]

  • The 10 Most Popular Posts of 2015 (All-Time)

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    Yesterday I shared the the 10 most popular posts of 2015 that were actually written in 2015. Today I’m sharing the top 10 posts of 2015 for all-time. These 10 posts got the more views than any other posts on Peanut Butter Runner and 9 of the 10 were not even written this year! For [...]

  • Cranberry Orange Muffins with Streusel Topping and Orange Glaze

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    Today I’m sharing a recipe for Cranberry Orange Muffins with Struesel Topping and Orange Glaze that would make a great gift or addition to your holiday breakfast table. They’re easy to make – no mixer required! – and are bursting with tart fresh cranberries, crunchy pecans and zesty orange flavor. Let’s talk about the muffins. [...]

  • Pear & Cranberry Cream of Wheat & Oatmeal Bowl

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    There’s nothing like a big bowl of oatmeal to warm you up on a cold morning. Temperatures in Charlotte have been dropping down into the 20s overnight so breakfast has been all about warm foods. After spending last winter drinking green smoothies while shivering in front of a space heater I decided that while smoothies [...]

  • Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

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    I mentioned a month or so ago that I was going to start embracing my slow cooker more this fall to help with dinner on long days and so far I’m on a good roll! First I made Chicken Tikka Masala, then Balsamic Pork Tenderloin and this week was White Chicken Chili. This is not [...]

  • 5 Favorite Fall Recipes

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    I am always a little sad to bid farewell to long summer days and all of the amazing fresh summer produce but this year I found myself eagerly welcoming fall. I am loving everything from the cooler days to the stunning foliage to warm and hearty meals. It seems like fall is the season that [...]

  • Pumpkin Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Cream Cheese Swirl

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    This recipe is sponsored by Chiquita. If there’s something I love, it’s a good challenge! Especially when it comes to cooking and being in the kitchen. I really enjoy creating my own recipes whether it’s for a simple dinner using what I have in the fridge/pantry or something more involved to share publicly that involves [...]

  • Warm Brussels Sprout Salad with a Poached Egg

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    Hold on to your hats because I’m about to write something that’s going to make you wonder if you’re reading the right blog. This fall I am testing out some changes to my diet. I’m swapping smoothies for oatmeal and salads for soup and warm veggies. I know, I know. Totally goes against everything you’ve [...]

  • 15-Minute Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Pasta

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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 [...]

  • Honey Almond & Coconut Granola

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    For the last year I have been so hooked on granola! I love it for snacking and for topping my smoothies. The granola gives my smoothies serious staying power and keeps me full considerably longer than when I leave it off. After trying just about every granola brand and variety offered at Whole Foods (and [...]

  • Watermelon, Feta and Arugula Salad with Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

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    I have a wonderful summer salad to share with you today! Remember how I wrote in my last post that I have been loving watermelon lately? Well, I decided to try it out in salad form. A friend of mine hosted a pot luck last night and asked me to bring a salad. As I [...]

  • Banana Egg White Oatmeal Recipe + Tons of Recent Eats

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    How is it already Thursday? This week has flown by but in a blur of many things I love…teaching, training, friend dates, marketing and social media…but not much blogging (or working out). Everything ebbs and flows so I’m not stressed about it. It all evens out in the end. I’m here today to catch you [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Healthier Super Bowl Snack Ideas: Sweet Potato Nachos and Loaded Hummus Plate

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    Whether you’re a die-hard football fan or just in it when your team is winning or when it serves as a fun social outlet, Super Bowl Sunday brings a day of eating, drinking and parties. When I was growing up we ate dinner every night at the table but on Super Bowl Sunday we ordered pizza and were [...]

  • Armenian Lentil Soup with Eggplant and Apricots

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    This recipe for Armenian Lentil Soup is vegan and gluten-free. It’s full of tomatoes, eggplant, apricots, peppers, onions and lentils along with some really fantastic spices like cayenne pepper, cinnamon and cumin. For the last few weeks I have been making soups to have on hand to eat throughout the week. It’s such a treat [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Healthier Holiday Dessert: Vanilla Pomegranate Parfait

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    To wrap up my “healthier holiday” series with ALDI I have a beautiful, festive and lighter dessert to share with you. But first…let’s remember the appetizer and main courses. For the appetizer we had four bite-sized skewer combinations. The main course was pork loin stuffed with butternut squash, apples, cranberries and topped with a cider gravy. [...]

  • 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 [...]