Power Quinoa Salad w/ Lemon Honey Viniagrette

While the hubby is away, the girls and I have been trying to fill our days with play dates, peanut butter and honey sandwiches for dinner and pbs cartoons…thank you lord for pbs kids and 30 minutes of distraction!  The other day we went to play over at a friend’s house and my friend Erica… 

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Banana Chocolate Chip Energy Bars

Over time, I have tried to become more and more conscience of the boxed food that I buy and we eat.  As I read the labels on these foods, it is harder and harder for me to feel good about buying them and feeding them to my family.  Don’t get me wrong, I still buy… 

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Apples

If you’re old people like us, New Year’s Eve looked a little something like this:  feed kids dinner, do baths, read stories, put them to bed, cook red snapper, brussel sprout salad and roasted sweet potatoes & apples, sit down for a quiet dinner and stay up until midnight playing Mexican Train.  Yep, that was… 

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Kale & Brown Rice Stuffed Red Peppers

In this week’s meal plan I included a really great recipe from Eatingwell.com for Kale & Rice Stuffed Peppers.  I loved the recipe but wanted to add and subtract a few things to make it mine.  This meal is packed with veggies.  Literally it is packed in a vegetable – which offers lots of fiber and… 

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Toasted Coconut Chocolate Popcorn

Today was a hard day.  You know, one of those days where you feel defeated before the clock strikes 10am.  We needed groceries for the week so I loaded the girls up and headed to the store and no more than five minutes into shopping my oldest began her first stand off.  It ended with… 

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In a Pinch Thursdays: Easy Schmeezy Stuffed Shells

This classic dish is one that is oh so simple and full of flavor.  It serves a crowd or you can eat off the leftovers for days (is it just me or does pasta always taste better second day?).  Enjoy:) Serves 4-5 1 12 oz box of jumbo pasta shells 2 c Italian blend shredded… 

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Black-Eyed Pea Cheddar Chile Cornbread

Every month I gather with a small group of women at our church.  They are women in different ages and stages of life who meet for 3 hours to have dinner and discuss a book (We’re reading Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands – which I highly, highly recommend!).  The lady that heads these groups up… 

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Spaghetti Squash & Spinach Cakes w/ Sriracha Dipping Sauce

The whole family was in town this weekend for my 4 year old’s big princess birthday bash!  I can’t believe she is 4 already.  She has a mind of her own, is so bright and funny.  I love just sitting around talking with her.  You never quite know what her mind will come up with…. 

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Friday w/ Friends: Kristen Guilander, RD, LD – Butternut Squash Salad w/ Ultimate Mustard Vinaigrette

  Today’s Friday w/ Friends features Registered Dietician, Kristen Guilander!  Kristen is a menu developer and a great resource for healthy living and eating.  She has compiled a list of the most nutrient packed vegetables and shared the MOST AMAZING fall/winter Butternut Squash salad.  We had it for dinner last night and it was divine…. 

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Kale & Orzo Minestrone

We had a cold front come through last night – we went from 80 degrees to 64.  Ahhhh…this is what I’m talkin about!  Spending time outside and not sweating is a top priority for me and this weather makes it possible.  It also makes today a perfect soup cookin day.  Girls are sleeping, music is… 

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