Chorizo, Caramelized Onion, and Kale stuffed Sweet Potatoes

It’s cold outside. For real. And it had the nerve to practically blizzard today.

Chorizo, Kale, and Caramelized Onion Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

It’s the type of week where you don’t want to leave your house, so you start raiding your pantry and seeing what you have to make so you don’t have to leave your house to go to the store.  Continue reading

BBQ turkey chickpea burgers

You’re probably thinking about three things right now.

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1. How am I going to maintain my resolution to get fit/lose weight/eat better?

2. I spent way too much over the holidays, I need to save a little more this month.

3. How am I going to do both of those with the Super Bowl/Olympics coming up, and sports party season in full swing?

The magic solutions to all your problems? Turkey chickpea burgers. Continue reading

Best-ever Butternut Squash Soup with Garlic Croutons

“Best ever? Right.”

Best-Ever Butternut Squash Soup with Garlicy Croutons!

That’s what you’re probably thinking. And given my propensity to exaggerate based on what I’m currently feeling at any given moment, I’d doubt myself too.

Until I try the soup, that is. Continue reading

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Confession: You are going to be seeing a lot of apples in the next few weeks.

Confession: I am totally obsessed with apples right now.

Apple Pie Oatmeal - fast and healthy! From www.theculinarycapers.com

I already told you about my terrible habit of buying a million (or like…20) apples every time I go to the farmers market. But now you get to find out what exactly I do with all these apples. Sort of simultaneously with me figuring out what exactly I do with all these apples. Continue reading

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

I know obesity is a problem in our country. But for some reason, I still found it shocking when I read that the average American gains 1-3 pounds a year after age 20.

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It might not seem like a lot, but think about it, if you are a 5’5″ female with a weight of 130 at age 20, by the time you’re thirty, you could be up to 160 pounds.  Continue reading

White Chicken Chili

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Like we need an excuse to drink margaritas, and munch on chips and salsa, right?

But if you’re looking for a lighter way to celebrate, try this white chicken chili.

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I hadn’t made a white chili before, but it’s basically a standard chili without tomatoes…probably pretty obvious to those in the know, but I was always a little intimidated by the idea of a white chili. Continue reading

Oatmeal Pancakes

Oatmeal is great. Healthy, hearty, and easy. But let’s be real, pancakes are way better.

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So when I found this recipe for oatmeal pancakes I was super excited. Gone was my guilt for wanting fluffy, syrupy pancakes every day of the week.

I can have my (pan)cake and eat it too. Continue reading

Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo

Happy New Year, everyone! Wait….what? I’m 9 days too late?

Yeah. I has been a while since I last posted, hasn’t it? Unfortunately, I’ve been holed up with the stomach flu since Friday night.

Trust me, the last thing you want to do when you have the stomach flu is update your food blog. Bleh.

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Thankfully, I’m now fully recovered and eager to share some recipes I’ve been stockpiling over the past few days. My illness actually came at a really appropriate time. Heading into 2013, I had decided my theme for the year is “Transformation” part of this including living a more healthy lifestyle. And now that I’ve spent the first week of 2013 in sickness, I am better ready to appreciate the health. Continue reading

Palestinian Musaka’a

If there was a reason for me to consider vegetarianism, this would be it.

Unfortunately, pulled pork exists, so that’s not really an option. But hey, a girl can dream, right? Continue reading

How to Make Tomato Sauce from Scratch

Hello world! Can I have your attention please? I’m the girl bouncing up and down with the wooden spoon in her hand, grinning like a fool. Yes, that one, right there.

Everyone listening? Great! Now stop what you’re doing. Unless you are mid-surgery, or putting out a wildfire or something really important like that. Watching Season 2 of Downton Abbey for the 3rd time does not count.

Now, everyone go buy a lot of Roma tomatoes. I mean, a LOT of them. 10 pounds or more. Why? Because I just figured out how to make tomato sauce from scratch. And guess what?

It’s SO much better than anything you will find in a store. Taste-wise of course, but also in terms of added ingredients, sodium, oils, and all those other things that sneak into our sauces while we’re sleeping.

Embrace the joy of the ripe tomato.

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