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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Meatless Monday: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

I’m making today Taco Monday.  Any day can be a taco day in my book.  Occasionally, we are going to do special “Meatless Monday” posts where we post main dishes that are vegetarian.  Although we typically try to buy the grass-fed, free-range meat, it never hurts to eat less of it.  Meatless Monday does not mean we won’t post meatless dishes any other day of the week, we just are drawing attention to a meatless main dish.  Now, sweet potatoes are my favorite food. I would eat them with everything if I could.  They’re also a superfood, so I’m assuming I don’t have to closely abide by that “everything in moderation” thing… These tacos are quick and easy to make, which makes them a perfect weeknight meal as well.

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Turkey, Quinoa, and Arugula Meatballs

These turkey, quinoa, and arugula meatballs are a filling and healthy main dish.  Serve them with a salad or roasted vegetables on the side and your favorite condiment.  I frequently eat these with Trader Joe’s garlic mustard aioli, but also like them with barbecue sauce.  Quinoa, a protein and fiber-rich superfood, will keep you full.  Haven’t heard of it? The United Nations declared 2013 the International Year of Quinoa (it’s a thing) and you can find numerous articles about its benefits. So, time to get on the quinoa bandwagon if you aren’t on it. Arugula, a superfood full of vitamins and antioxidants, ramps up the health-factor of these meatballs even more. Healthy food can taste good too! DSC00397 Continue reading

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Having gone to college in the South, I love good barbecue.  So, I’m excited to share this pulled pork recipe with you guys.  The slow cooker is great because once everything is in there, you can go live life for a few hours and come back to a delicious meal.  I especially like to use it during busy weeks.  This recipe is super quick and easy, but is sure to satisfy your other BBQ-loving friends.  If you’re still looking for something to barbecue for Fourth of July, make this and thank me later. Let me know what y’all think!

Side note: If you don’t eat pork, you can easily substitute boneless chicken (breasts or thighs) or a beef roast in this recipe.

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