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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Candy Cane Chocolate Fudge

When thinking up holiday gifts, everyone likes food.  This candy cane chocolate fudge is festive, smooth, and just the right amount of sweet. This is an easier fudge recipe than some you’ll find, but it takes a little bit of effort. Your loved ones are worth it though, aren’t they?  Wrap up this fudge with a colorful ribbon and you have an easy gift.  Or, bring this to a holiday party and make lots of friends.  You can’t go wrong.

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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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Greek Zucchini Bruschetta

Bruschetta is one of my all-time favorite appetizers.  However, sometimes I need a break from carbs.    I was trying to figure out how to get the essence of the bruschetta taste I love without using bread. Enter this greek zucchini bruschetta.  Made with Feta cheese and zucchini instead of bread, this is a fun take on an old favorite!  My boyfriend and I may or may not have eaten this for lunch one day.  Appetizer, lunch, whatever!  This might be all I can handle after stuffing myself on Thanksgiving. Something light and healthy sounds perfect.

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Roasted Garlic and Lemon Chicken

IMG_2450As a retail manager, Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the busiest time of year for me. I rarely spend holidays with my family, but I did get to have a quick visit at home last week where we had a faux thanksgiving. My mom and I did some holiday shopping and then spent a few hours in the kitchen making a few favorite recipes and experimenting on an amazing pasture raised organic chicken from TrueCost Farm. We ended up with delicious new dish and a few tweaks for the next time.

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Scarboro Fair Wild Rice

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Wild rice is a staple in Minnesota. Its hard to go into a grocery store or co-op without encountering the locally grown grain. This recipe is a staple from Lunds’ deli, one of the grocery stores in Minneapolis. Its insanely easy and just as yummy! Its a great dish to warm you up as the weather gets colder.

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