Roasted Garlic, Spinach and Cheddar Tart

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This is another gem from the “Pie for Dinner” issue of Bon Appetit. and it does not disappoint! It is a bit of a time commitment, however, but worth every minute. Whether  the you’re in the mood for a cheesy custardy dinner or the perfect centerpiece for brunch, then this is for you. It’s also ridiculously satisfying to eat a pie made of things your boyfriend can’t stand (or is that just me?).

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Chicken & Leek Pie

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Pie for dinner? Sounds like a plan to me! Once the February, 2015 Bon Appetit came to my door, I’ve been obsessed with all of their pie recipes. During a visit home my mother and I decided to try our hand at the Cock-a-Leeky Pie. It tasted like the most delicious GIANT chicken pot pie. This is now my go-to recipe to warm up my belly on those “frigid” California nights 🙂

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Roasted Chickpea and Feta Kale Salad

This New Years Resolution-worthy kale salad is one of my favorite quick dinners.  It is healthy and the roasted chickpeas make it filling.  Not to mention the fact that the roasted chickpeas are an addictive snack on their own.  The spiciness of the red pepper flakes add just enough of a kick to balance out the feta cheese.

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Slow Cooker Chicken and White Bean Chili

I was in Mammoth Lakes, California, with a group of friends for New Years Eve.  We had a great time skiing, snowshoeing, and snowboarding on the short trip.  I did not grow up around mountains (we traveled from frigid Minnesota to tropical climates), but I always love going to and seeing the mountains covered with snow.  The air is fresh and it leaves me feeling refreshed.  This is what I was working with:

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One night we made this chicken and white bean chili after a long day on the slopes.  This recipe made enough to feed six hungry adults, with some for leftovers.  It is healthy and uses my favorite kitchen tool – the slow cooker.  We served this chicken chili with the blue cornbread muffins.

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Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

Quinoa is healthy and versatile, but I do not eat is as much for breakfast.  Around the holidays, there’s so much baking and dessert-eating that I try to balance it out…a little bit.  So, I made this quinoa breakfast bowl.  This quinoa breakfast bowl is not only filling, but flavorful as well.  And it has bacon. BACON.  You can’t go wrong with bacon.  Toss in whatever veggies you want as well. So easy, so good.

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Lightened Up Turkey Pot Pie

If your Thanksgiving was anything like mine, you had lots of leftover turkey.  I also had leftover russet potatoes from the mashed potatoes (you know I’m all about the sweet potatoes), so I made a game time decision and baked up this leftover turkey pot pie!  Something about pot pies remind me of childhood and this one was no different.  Except that my body doesn’t need all of those extra calories that are normally in pot pies.  I decided to lighten up this pot pie with only one pie crust and chicken broth. Repurposing leftovers is one of my favorite things to do.  This recipe would also work well with leftover chicken or one of those rotisserie chickens you can find already cooked at the grocery store.  I like to give you options.  No excuses.

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30-Minute Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Have you recovered from Thanksgiving yet? I’m still working on it, so I’m liking this cauliflower soup right now.  Lots of veggies and not a lot of work – just how i like it! Although I made this Meatless Monday soup with vegetable broth, you can use whatever you have at home.  Only have chicken broth? That’s okay, I won’t tell anyone.  As a side note, I pretty much always have some type of broth in my pantry and you should too.  You never know when you’re going to want some and although I live walking distance from a Trader Joe’s, I don’t want to make unnecessary trips to the grocery store.  Now, if you’re not a huge cauliflower fan, I still think you should give this soup a try.  I typically do not think cauliflower has much flavor, but this soup is on a whole different level and a tasty way to get some veggies into your diet in between all of the holiday unhealthy food!

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