Chickpea Tabbouleh

Can we talk about how much I enjoy Thug Kitchen for a minute? If you haven’t checked them out yet, be warned, it’s NSFW, but I just find their mix of creative, healthy eats and epic profanity hilarious.

Chickpea tabbouleh

And they have the goods to back up that potty mouth. This chickpea tabbouleh, for example, is delightful. Light, but filling – the perfect lunch to ensure you stay full but stay awake for the rest of your afternoon.  Continue reading

BBQ Chicken, Asparagus, and Apple Naan Pizzas

This has to be my new favorite pizza flavor combo ever. EVER.

BBQ Chicken, Asparagus, and Apple Naan Pizzas

I’m a super big fan of fruit on pizza, just ask my suspicious-of-anything-fruity-on-pizza boyfriend – I’m always tormenting him by begging to get pineapple on my half.

And the use of naan as a crust? Not to toot my own horn, but that was genius. No pre-baking necessary, and it results in this soft and chewy crust. Everything you love about naan, now in a pizza. 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

Easy Homemade Pad Thai

If you follow the blog, or have the insider scoop to my life in general, you will have heard that I gave up potatoes and cheese for Lent.

Today, I consumed ice cream, a cupcake, and three oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. So as you can see, abstaining from typically fatty foods is going about as well as could be expected.

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The upside to not having my old standbys as an option until April is that I’m experimenting with other types of cuisine. Thai, Indian, Chinese – no one from these countries seem to mind a noted absence of potatoes and cheese.

And while I do find these categories wonderfully delicious, I usually bypass them for my stereotypically American choices of cheeseburgers, fries (and/or tater tots), and pizza.

So imagine my delight when I discovered how easy it can be to make Pad Thai.  Continue reading

Super Green Juice

Ok, so let’s be real.

It’s February. Valentine’s Day happened, and you’re still munching on that box of chocolates, because – whether you gifted yourself, or received them from someone else – calories given with love don’t count, right?

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And we’re really past the point where we can say we’re all still on our New Years resolutions (but kudos to those of you staying strong and still with it!) so maybe it’s time to consider something different.

I’ve always said that I will sneak spinach into my children’s smoothies if/when I have them. What’s that? You don’t want to eat the spinach salad mommy just spent 30 minutes making? Well, let me go fix you a smoothie! *Cackles wickedly* Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

This is not one of those healthy white bean cookie dough dips.

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Maybe I will make one of those one day. But not today.

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Today, I sit with my spoon, and I try very hard to remind myself that I made this dip for a Super Bowl party. Not for my dinner tonight. Continue reading

Blueberry, Basil, and Goat Cheese Tarts

When I made these tarts, it was 2 degrees outside. Not 2 degrees Celsius, which would be 35 degrees Fahrenheit, but 2 degrees Fahrenheit, or -16 degrees Celsius.

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So, really freakin cold. No matter what country you’re in.

I seem to take cold weather, and snow in particular, as a personal challenge to see how much food I can make in one day. Continue reading

Quinoa Bites with Southwestern Spiced Dip

The Super Bowl is almost upon us.

I have to be honest, I’ve never had a vested interest in who wins. Ever. Going to live games is fantastic, I love that. Especially when you get caught up in a 20 minute wave.

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But when it comes to watching games on TV, it’s just not my thing. For me, football season is exciting for another reason.

The parties. 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