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Can we agree that July is the best month of summer? The weather’s warm, there’s still plenty of summer left, and the produce is literally amazing. During hot summer days I crave all things fresh, flavorful and colorful. What’s in season in July? This month stock up on plenty of: #AKZucchiniWeek is coming soon, so start
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Step outside of your oven (literally and figuratively), and let’s make easy Grilled Cod! A mild, firm-bodied fish, cod is ideal for cooking on the barbie. It can hold together on the grill grates (just use a gentle touch and a flexible spatula like this one). Not ready to take the plunge and cook the
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Well, hello gorgeous! It’s already been one hot summer here in Chicago and I’ve been dreaming about all my healthy smoothie recipes to sip on. In fact, my daily summer breakfast of choice is typically a smoothie or shake because it’s refreshing, there’s no cooking involved, and I can make them as healthy as I’d
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Grilling season is upon us, and I’m taking full advantage with easy, breezy Mediterranean grilled Chicken Kabobs. During summer, we are meant to be in flip flops, eating easy skewer recipes like this one (or Shrimp Kabobs with Pineapple), and wiping away the watermelon juice that’s running down our chins. These Greek chicken kabobs have
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Does anyone remember my very famous street corn pasta salad? Well that’s exactly where this incredible cilantro pesto is adapted from (the original version uses cashews). It’s vibrant, herby, fresh, flavorful and unbelievable on just about anything you can dream up. In fact, I even put it on my date night shrimp pasta and it
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I’ve been dreaming about this pasta salad ever since publishing it on the blog last year. It’s perfect for the summer and pairs great with this honey mustard grilled chicken, my maple glazed salmon, or even a really good steak. And if you’re vegetarian, I suggest adding a can of chickpeas to make it a
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In which an old ingredient learns new tricks: Cabbage Stir Fry. Thinly sliced cabbage sautéed with ground chicken (or with beef) and carrots in a light and flavorful Chinese-inspired stir fry sauce, this quick, healthy dinner will have you rethinking the possibilities of our friend, Mr. C. Although cabbage is a common ingredient in Asian
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Calling all the colors! Empty your refrigerator of vegetables and juice some lemons, because this rainbow-bright healthy Sheet Pan Chicken with Rainbow Vegetables is here to be this week’s easy dinner winner. I should let you know that it’s here to be next week’s easy dinner too. The thing is, once you realize that you
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New recipes cycle through the kitchen often around here (occupational hazard of writing a food blog), so when one stops us in our tracks, I know I’ve hit on something special. This Jamaican Curry Chicken is one of those unique recipes. In fact, Ben, who has the happy (or unhappy depending upon the day) task
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Over the past few months, we’ve been celebrating pantry staples and sharing a few of our favorite ways to use them. (Remember my chickpea round up?) Today we’re talking all about those glorious black beans. I’ve been cooking with black beans ever since I can remember. My mom used to add black beans, chickpeas and
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Pull out the bibs, keep your napkin at the ready, and grab the barbecue sauce, because today we are making one of my favorite crock pot recipes: Crockpot BBQ Chicken! Moist, saucy, and brimming with that sweet ’n smoky BBQ flair, this slow cooker BBQ chicken is one of those prized and precious dinners in
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They’re here. The most delicious healthy peanut butter cookies that taste like a peanut butter cup and peanut butter cookie dough had a baby. Plus, they just so happen to be grain free, gluten free, dairy free, naturally sweetened and made in one bowl. BOOM! I mean, these healthy peanut butter cookies are just RIDICULOUSLY
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Let’s take it easy with a quick, healthy side like this Arugula Salad with lemon balsamic dressing. This flexible recipe goes with just about anything (chicken, seafood, pizza, and even brunch recipes like quiche all taste fab with arugula). It’s simple, endlessly customizable, and the bright dressing makes it the best arugula salad you’ll ever
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A few years ago I fell in love with peaches. Not that they weren’t good all those years before, but it wasn’t until after having some sort of peach pie or crisp that I really committed to loving them like I’ve never loved a fruit before. Except maybe Honeycrisp apples; those sweet crunchy things lure
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Meet the great cookie equalizer: Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies. Whatever the members of your household might agree (or not agree) on, everyone can rally around a soft, chewy cookie that’s made of wholesome ingredients, especially when said cookie includes peanut butter and chocolate. This recipe is based on my 5-star Healthy Oatmeal Cookies. Like
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Eating a lot at night is something you might always do. At night, you don’t have a lot of tasks to finish. You also feel like eating is a reward for working hard during the day. The problem is that eating a lot during this time could lead to stomach problems. It takes a while
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I would like to thank the inventor of the chopped salad, then double thank the inventor of the BLT. We’re combining both works of genius into a big, beautiful salad today: BLT Chopped Salad with feta and corn! It’s super summery, creamy and crunchy, and, unlike just about every salad I’ve ever ordered in a
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It’s almost July and we’re just getting started with all of the amazing summer BBQ recipes. With Fourth of July just one week away what better time to try out a new grilling recipe, use summer produce in a seasonal salad, or finally try that delicious, nostalgic dessert? I put together over 50 incredible, healthy
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This Black Bean Corn Salad is so embarrassingly easy to make (no cooking!), summery fresh, and even good for us, it feels 100% like cheating. Let’s get away with it. You know when you want to bring a side to a potluck but you don’t actually want to spend *that* much time making it? You
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Have you heard of ‘nice’ cream before? It’s basically a simple banana ice cream made by food processing a frozen banana until it resembles a creamy soft serve. It’s quick & healthy, too! Takes about 5 minutes from start to finish, is made in your food processor, is nutritious and dairy free. I love making
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Welcome Gluten Free Zucchini Bread, oh harbinger of summer! Made with almond flour, honey, a warm blend of spices, and chocolate chips if you dare (and I think you do!), this easy zucchini bread is mega moist, fluffy, and healthy too. Every year, the first loaf of zucchini bread I bake feels like a mini
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The 4th of July is right around the corner, and I can think of no better way to celebrate than with a beautiful feast of traditional burgers, brats and maybe something a little different like this STICKY GRILLED GINGER CHICKEN. Lately, we’ve been getting most of our groceries from our local ALDI. It’s conveniently less
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I have a pan of comfort food for you today in the form of Broccoli Rice Casserole. It’s a fully-loaded nine square inches of all the best parts of an old-school casserole—the creamy, cheesy inside, the scrumptious mix of veggies and rice, and the irresistibly buttery, crispy topping—and exactly none of the worst parts. This
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Anyone remember my blueberry avocado quinoa salad from last year? So fresh and full of flavor thanks to juicy plump blueberries, sweet summer corn, creamy avocado and an absolutely amazing cilantro lime dressing. Today, I’m sharing the recipe for the dressing because it is FABULOUS. Toss it in a pasta salad, pour it over roasted
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Grilled Chicken Tenders are the culinary bridge between my inner kid, who was a picky eater and ordered chicken fingers in every restaurant, and my outer adult, who is picky about her chicken fingers: the chicken must be moist and juicy, the flavor on point, and I’m probably in a hurry so please don’t ask
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I’ve been wanting to write this post for a long time, but alas, motherhood is much busier than anticipated. Quite frankly, these past 5 months have flown by as I’ve watched Sidney change and grow every single day before my eyes. It’s wonderful, and I’m so lucky and grateful to be home with him during
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