Protein Fuel Salad

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Happy Friday!  Happy weekend!  Here’s to the freakin weekend.  Wow, I’m sure we can all agree that I’m excited for the weekend!  I LOVE this salad!  My husband and I both had this salad for dinner and both were full, so it’s a perfect well-balanced, protein-fueled meal.  I made double, so I can have leftover for lunches this weekend.  Yum!  Maybe that’s why I’m excited for the weekend. Continue reading

Layered Chicken Quinoa Dish

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I love how the food ingredients that are in the title of this dish aren’t even shown in this photo .  I promise there is quinoa and chicken below those cheesy vegetables.  There’s just something about an assortment of cooked vegetables that I love, especially when they’re smothered in melted cheese!  You can easily eliminate the melted cheese from this dish, that just goes directly on top, but I highly recommend not to.  Unless you’re allergic of course. Continue reading

Garlic Oil Penne Pasta with Sauteed Bacon Brussels Sprouts

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I was so in love with last weeks Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Pine Nuts (and I had leftover bacon), that I had to make it again!  The flavors were wonderful and I thought they would taste fantastic sautéed with some garlic olive oil and penne pasta.  It was fabulous!  Candy pasta, melt in your mouth, delicious.  OK, enough yummy food talk, because now I’m salivating and starving. Continue reading

Crock-Pot Italian Turkey Meatballs with Marinara Sauce

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I love crock-pot meals.  Why, you may ask?  Because they do they cooking for you, simple as that!  Now, this meal does require a bit more prepping than most easy crock-pot meals, but I still got to come home from a day at work with the smell of cooked meatballs wafting through my house.  I actually prepped the meatballs the night before, so all I had to do in the morning before work Continue reading

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Pine Nuts

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All the ingredients are in the title!  How amazing is that.  It’s the small things that make me that happy.  It’s that simple, which makes it even more delicious.  A vegetable dish that tastes like candy, is what I like to call it.  I finally figured out the secret to cooking brussels sprouts that make them taste good, instead of rotten.  I couldn’t figure out why they always tasted bitter and just…off.  Want to know the secret?  K, here it is. Continue reading

Taco Quinoa Bowl

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This meal is satisfying in so many ways.  It’s tasty, light, but also filling…satisfying is just the perfect word!  This meal was inspired by Chipotle’s Burrito Bowl.  I even made a cilantro lime quinoa to match their cilantro lime white rice.  There’s always a difference between home cooked food and restaurant food.  Most restaurant food is full and salt and butter.  I never use that much salt and butter when I cook at home.  Even though I do enjoy Chipotle’s Burrito Bowl, I enjoyed mine better! 🙂 Continue reading

Roasted Rainbow Potatoes

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This potato dish makes a wonderful side dish to complete a fabulous dinner.  We ate these the other night with barbecue chicken and sautéed brussels sprouts.  There is plenty of flavor to enjoy them plain, but I dipped mine in ketchup, a craving I was having at the time.  No, not that kind of craving, unfortunately.  I made an egg scramble with the leftover potatoes and brussels sprouts the next morning.  Delicious!  I love getting creative with leftovers. Continue reading