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Mar 4

chipotle sweet potato chili

I came up with the recipe when I saw a sweet potato chili recipe on Pinterest. I love my mom’s chili but wanted to change it up a bit. This is a play on the chili I grew up with. I love how hearty it is and it’s even better the next day. Yay for left overs. AND it’s healthy and adaptible. It’s really a win Win WIN.

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Can’t wait to dig into the Large pot I have cookin’ on the stove. Yay for clean, healthy, hearty meals that come together quickly.

 

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Oct 7

blueberry coconut parfait

It’s been forever since I have done a recipe. This one was just too simple and yummy and HEALTHY to pass up. I had to share. I am currently over halfway through a (mostly) whole30. I feel so great and am loving lots of new recipes that I have been trying. I am writing another “a few of my favorite recipes” to share a few of those said recipes.

blueberry coconut parfe Hope you enjoy this yummy recipe! I just finished eating a bowl of it and am very glad there are leftovers in the fridge for later! :)

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Oct 19

pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

People, it’s officially fall. And I am overjoyed at that fact. It’s finally starting to look and feel like fall here in NC. The weather is staying in the high 60′s to low 70′s and the leaves are starting to turn colors and fall off the trees. pumpkin-chocolate-chip-cookies I was talking with a friend at church and we were saying how we are ready to wear a chunky sweater and boots, with a scarf around our necks, and a hot pumpkin spice latte in our hands. It’s not quite that cold out, yet. But we are eagerly awaiting that time. But for now, I will stick with pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. pumpkin-chocolate-chip-cookies-3 I found this cookie recipe a few weeks ago and have been waiting to try it out. The first week seemed like the perfect time to try it. It was a big hit with the family. They were soft and chewy without being too “cakey”, like lots of pumpkin cookies can tend to be.

chocolate-chip-cookies-2 I was going to take the pumpkiny goodness to some friends who are moving, but I don’t think there are enough to take the cookies over to them. I can’t show up with 5 cookies on a plate. How lame would that be? I guess we will have to suffer through the rest of the batch.

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Oct 1

lasagna soup

Sunday evening was one of those nights were I had no idea what we were having for dinner. I had spent the afternoon at a friends baby shower, which was way too much fun. I came home and had no motivation to cook. I set out looking for a soup recipe but wasn’t having any luck. You see, my husband isn’t really a soup fan, so it has to be something hearty with meat. lasagna-soup-3 After searching Pinterest high and low, I decided to just start cooking. My original thought was some sort of chicken barley soup. Then I thought maybe a tomatoey soup with grilled cheese croutons. But I finally landed on a lasagna soup. I am so glad I did. It was divine. The hubby even like it. A lot! YAY! lasagna-soup-2 This soup is hearty, filled with lots of veggies and meat. It’s a one pot stop and delicious. I love that it has all those lasagna flavors – basil, oregano, garlic, and parsley. It’s creamy, dreamy, and cheesy. My small appetite Jobie ate two bowls of it. This is defiantly a recipe I want to remember. lasagna-soup-4 My friend Keri has a vegetarian lasagna soup that I have been dying to try but I don’t have a food processor. It is on my list of recipes to try once I get a food processor. And yes, I know, someone who cooks as much as I do should own a food processor. Someday. For now, I will stick with this yummy recipe.

lasagna-soup-6 lasagna-soup-5 Okay, I know this picture really has nothing to do with this post other then the fact that Ruthie has the Lasagna Soup all over her face, but seriously, look how bad this picture is of her. I love it. It makes me laugh so hard. She just recently discovered her nose. It’s a new favorite pastime. Anyway, enjoy the yummy soup and think of this picture while you’re making it – because it’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.

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Sep 20

greek yogurt pancakes

I had ever intention of making Blueberry Buckle Muffins this morning to share with y’all. I had the muffin tin all ready to go. Then, Ruthie fell in the sink. Yes, quite literally. Hank got soaked outside from the rain, therefore getting water and mud all over my floor. Not only that but every other step I was crushing more blueberries on the floor. It was my own fault because I gave each kid a pint of blueberries to eat out of. You can only imagine the mess. So, that left me looking for something a little less involved. So here we are. Greek Yogurt Pancakes.

We love pancakes in this household! There are many mornings that we eat pancakes, so I am always looking for different variations of them. I came across greek yogurt pancakes and have tried my fair share of them. I think I have FINALLY come up with a good protein packed pancake with greek yogurt that actually tastes good and has a light and fluffy texture, like a pancake should. butter pancakes greek yogurt pancake greek yogurt pancakes These do fluff up quite a bit and spread out on the pan, so start a little on the small side when pouring your batter. If you don’t, you will end up with them all running together, creating one giant pancake. plain greek yogurt pancakes syrup and pancakes This recipe was adapted from Julia’s Album. As shared on Frugally Sustainable.

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Sep 17

vanilla cake with raspberry buttercream filling

This week is birthday week in the Lugg household. My Mom’s birthday is the 12th, mine is the 13th, and my sweet baby girl’s is TODAY, the 17th. This year marked some BIG milestones – 50 years, 25 years, and 1 year! So we celebrated the 76 years of life with a giant flaming cake and a yummy steak dinner.

vanilla-cake-with-raspberry-buttercream-filling vanilla-cake-with-raspberry-buttercream-filling-1 I am so glad my mom was able to be here to celebrate our birthday week. Growing up I always liked sharing my birthday with my mom. I am just so glad my daughter gets to share in the fun too. vanilla-cake-with-raspberry-buttercream-filling-7 vanilla-cake-with-raspberry-buttercream-filling-8 vanilla-cake-with-raspberry-buttercream-filling-12 Look at all that smoke! And our matching shirts! LOVE! vanilla-cake-with-raspberry-buttercream-filling-10 vanilla-cake-with-raspberry-buttercream-filling-9 We did make Roo-Roo her own little cake, and she LOVED it!!! She was so cute eating it one finger-dip at a time. She would do this cute little giggle in-between each bite. What can I say, she’s like her mama! Loves her food and her sweets. vanilla-cake-with-raspberry-buttercream-filling-2 vanilla-cake-with-raspberry-buttercream-filling-3 vanilla-cake-with-raspberry-buttercream-filling-4 She then decide that one finger at a time would not do. She went right into a face plant. She continued to eat the cake like that until brother joined in on the fun.  vanilla-cake-with-raspberry-buttercream-filling-5 vanilla-cake-with-raspberry-buttercream-filling-6 I am so thankful the Lord gave me such a great mom and sweet daughter. I am one blessed girl with a giant plate of yummy cake and the best people in the world to share it with! vanilla-cake-with-raspberry-buttercream-filling-14

This recipe was adapted from Perry’s Plate.

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Sep 2

peaches ‘n cream muffins

I have a recipe for Autumn Pear Bread. It’s one of my favorite fall recipes. I had some left over peaches that needed to be eaten the other day. So I set out to find a peach muffin recipe. I searched pinterest, but didn’t really find anything promising. peach muffin You see, I am picky about my muffins. I want them to be more like a quick bread and less like a soggy sponge. And then, I remembered my pear bread recipe. It would be the perfect thing to adapt to make peach muffins. peaches n'cream muffin These muffins have great flavor with both the cinnamon and the nutmeg in them. They are dense, yet fluffy and chalked full of yummy, juicy peaches. This is a great way to use up all of these summer peaches we have lying around. peach muffins As shared on Frugally Sustainable.

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Aug 30

creamy, cheesy, chicken quesadillas

Many nights in high school I would eat dinner at my friend’s house. They made the best chimichangas and they were served up along side homemade chips. The best homemade chips you will find! The other night I made the chimichangas and thought fondly of my high school days and the many nights spend around their table. chicken quesadillas As I was cooking up the chicken this time around I thought, “Why not turn this filling into quesadillas?” So I made the filling, put it in the fridge for the next night and set out to make quesadillas. And boy were they good! The sauce is the perfect balance of creamy and cheesy and the crisp shell is the perfect complement to the soft ingredients inside. creamy chicken quesadillas These make for a great quick dinner or perfect for an appetizer for a night of mexican food. I hope you enjoy this yummy, quick meal. I know my whole family does.

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Aug 21

blueberry lemon pancakes

I love lemon and blueberry together. I guess I get that from my father. And the love of pancakes, well, I guess I get that from my mother. So naturally, I love blueberry lemon pancakes. They are a great way to start your morning or excellent for an easy, quick dinner. blueberry lemon pancake I also love that my kids get some fruit along with the yummy goodness of pancake. Although when it comes to blueberries, I definitely don’t have to twist anyones arm. My kids DEVOUR them! I actually have to make sure they don’t eat too many of them. They will literally eat an entire container in about 2 minutes! lemon blueberry pancake The first time I made these, I didn’t add in the lemon zest. They were lacking a little of that fresh lemon taste. The zest made it perfect!

blueberry lemon pancakes We all love these fluffy pancakes filled with a burst of blueberry and lemon flavor. Slather them in butter and top them with some slightly warmed maple syrup. Enough said.

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Aug 14

powerhouse monster cookies

These cookies are C-R-A-Z-Y good! I like most cookies but these are definitely near the top of my list of favorites. I love that they are a powerhouse when it comes to super foods with out losing any of that yummy cookie taste. I made these when a family in the church came over for dinner and their four kids, couldn’t get enough. I also took these cookies to our church anniversary celebration. I am even baking up a batch as I type this post. And I know I am going to be hard pressed to not eat 5 right when they come out of the oven. I love eating warm cookies that are soft and gooey. healthy monster cookies I love that they are a take on the monster cookie – meaning they are chalked full of nutritious ingredients but still loaded with yummy stuff. Yes, there is still lots of sugar in them but, they are a cookie after all. IMG_0439 I am so glad I came across this inspiring recipe over at monster cookies2

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Aug 12

mexican black bean and corn salad

I love this mexican black bean and corn salad. It’s a great addition to any mexican dish. I love it as a side or an addition to any burrito bowl, quinoa mexican salad, or tacos. corn and black bean guacamole The vibrant and diverse colors communicate the flavor of the dish as well. I love the combo of the white wine vinegar, garlic, and lime – the flavors complement each other so well. corn and black bean salad The colors makes it appear as such a happy salad. It adds so much color to your plate with the yellow corn, green pepper, black beans, and you can even add purple onions for yet another color.

For a quick guacamole, simply mash up an avocado or two and add in some mexican black bean and corn salad and salt. It makes for a great, quick dip for chips or a great topping for tacos. ENJOY.

 

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Aug 3

peanut butter chocolate chip breakfast bread

I am one of those people who LOVE the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. I don’t know too many people who don’t but maybe that’s because they are just the people I roll with. There are just some mornings I need more of a dessert for breakfast and this does the trick. I love that we can enjoy something sweet and chocolaty in the morning and know that we are putting good things in our body too. IMG_9383 This recipe whips up quickly and is devoured even faster than it’s made. Baked right, it has a cake-like, moist texture that is filling enough without being too heavy.

My household enjoys this yummy breakfast bread and my little man LOVES helping me mix it up. His favorite part is of course helping me put the chocolate chips in, but only because I let him sneak a few for himself.  IMG_9409 This recipe is adapted from Elana’s Pantry. Also, be sure to check out practical-stewarship’s version as well.

 

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Jul 31

crockpot balsamic chicken

The other night I needed a quick, healthy dinner. I was going to be out all afternoon and wanted to come home to dinner being done. So I thought I would do my crockpot balsamic chicken. It’s tangy shredded chicken with a hint of sweetness and an asian flare. Serve it up with a little cooked broccoli and rice and there you have a complete meal. Hope you enjoy this recipe.

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Jul 24

bbq chicken quinoa salad

I decided to take a little nap this yesterday afternoon, which in turn meant I woke up about 30 minutes before we usually eat dinner. So I needed something quick. I had some chicken that I needed to use up and an avocado. So naturally my story ends here: bbq chicken quinoa salad. bbq quinoa salad 3 I had made a take on this dish before and I remembered it being very yummy so I set out to recreate something similar. This time I added lettuce to make it a salad and added some grilled onions and mashed avocado with lime juice. bbq quinoa salad Oh, and I haven’t done any bragging about quinoa yet. Let me spend just a moment here. I love quinoa. It cooks up quicker than rice and can be substituted for rice in most recipes. Because it has lots of protein and is a super versatile ingredient, it has quickly become a staple in our house. The only downside to quinoa – its very hard to clean up off the floor because of how moist and soft it is (much like cooked rice is). However, this is a side-effect I am willing to deal with. bbq quinoa salad2 With this dinner coming together in about 30 minutes, it was a great solution to my problem. So if you are in need of another flavorful, easy dinner to add to your list of quick-fixes – here you go. Enjoy.

As inspired by Shiksa in the kitchen and shared on Metamorphosis Monday.

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Jul 19

tazo passion tea lemonade

Tazo Passion Tea Lemonade is one of my go to drinks at Starbucks. It’s cheap, low in calories, and very refreshing. I love the sweet and citrusy combo. I have made this drink at home before with Crystal Light but I was looking for something a little more healthy.
IMG_9820 IMG_9831 I love how quickly this drink comes together and how yummy it is. It just makes any day feel like summer – and not the muggy summer I am experiencing right now – but one of those perfect California nights, where the air is dry and the breeze is crisp.
IMG_9826 And to make this drink even more fun, add a cute, striped paper straw to it. It’s sure to make any day brighter.
IMG_9835 Can you see I enjoy the simple things in life? My mother has always said I am easy to please, just get me a roll of washi tape or put a cute straw in my drink, and I am one happy camper.
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Jul 16

baked donuts with chocolate buttercream frosting

One night while Ian was gone last weekend, I really wanted buttercream chocolate frosting. I wanted breakfast for dinner, and so naturally, that lead to donuts for dinner. IMG_9681 IMG_9660 As I was making these Job kept telling me thank you (which for him looks more like blowing me kisses). While they were in the oven I got a thank you. While I was putting sprinkles on his, another, and then again after I gave him his VERY own frosted donut. They were a big hit with my kiddos. It made daddy being gone a little more bearable. IMG_9684 IMG_9667 And seriously, look at Job’s face here. He can NOT wait to consume the WHOLE thing!  IMG_9688 I found this recipe and knew I wanted to make it my own. So I went to work in the kitchen. After a few tries and tweaks, I think I got it. So here you go. Enjoy.

Shared at Metamorphosis Monday and Savvy Southern Style.

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Jul 11

no bake cookies for one

I really wanted a giant chocolate chip cookie, but in fear I would eat the whole pan, I decided to come up with an alternative. No-bake cookies. These have a great chocolatey flavor infused with a perfect peanut butter compliment. There is a hint of coconut flavor if you add the coconut, but it’s very subtile.  IMG_6483 I love no-bake cookies but, to be honest, I love most cookies. However, I have a history with these cookies. My high school English teacher, Patti Frisk, would make them for our birthdays. Yes, she made cookies, or something yummy, for every high school student and the class on their birthdays. She blessed many with her sweet spirit and yummy cookies.

IMG_6485 So as I thought of my high school teacher and began to miss her dearly, I began thinking up this recipe. So, for those hot days that you don’t want to turn your oven on, or missing your high school teacher, or a day you just need some yummy chocolate … here’s a great recipe to try.

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Jul 6

vegan raspberry coconut crumble bars

I hope you all have a great 4th of July celebration. We decided to venture to downtown Raleigh, and let’s just say it was CRAZY and the fireworks were far from spectacular.  But that’s okay, we got an extra day with daddy, and we don’t mind that at all! IMG_9082 This morning, I woke up very tired and in need of a yummy breakfast. This is what I came up with. I remembered these super yummy cranberry bars I had made last thanksgiving from Daily Garnish and knew I wanted to come up with a version of that with a good summer flare. I had some leftover raspberries and blueberries that needed to be eaten and so they were the natural choice.

IMG_9084 These raspberry coconut bars have a great balance of sweet from the crumble and tart from the raspberry. I love the hint of coconut flavor the coconut oil and shredded coconut give these bars. This is a bar that tastes fresh, while still being filling. They are actually quite unassuming in their ability to fill you up thanks to the hearty almond meal. My husband, who usually eats a decent amount, was full after two squares!  IMG_9088 These crumble bars are great served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream too, but then they aren’t vegan… but I don’t mind that too much. Feel free to enjoy these for breakfast, a snack, or dessert. They really are great any way you serve them (especially hot out of the oven)! IMG_9093

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Jul 4

crockpot carolina bbq pulled pork

I couldn’t write a post on pulled pork today with out saying “HAPPY 4th of JULY!” I hope you find yourself having some fun with friends and family with some yummy food too. We are just getting ready to head out to see some fireworks downtown Raleigh. But for now, I will leave you with this yummy recipe I cooked up today.

Since moving to the South, my husband and I have come to love pulled pork. Not just any pulled pork though, it has to be Carolina pulled pork, and more specifically, North Carolina pulled pork. You see, here in the South each region has its own version of this tasty dish and our favorite is the tangy vinegar-based version with a hint of spice and sweetness.

IMG_9002 IMG_8984 This is a very easy recipe as you just throw everything in the crockpot and let it cook all day while you get stuff done and have some fun. This is probably our absolute favorite crockpot meal and it’s one we have made often here in NC. It’s perfect served up on a slightly toasted hamburger bun or served over cooked rice or quinoa. And if you have any leftovers, it freezes beautifully for an even quicker dinner another night.  So next time you get the hankerin’ for some pulled pork, give this recipe a try. It’s sure to please. IMG_8987 IMG_9011 IMG_9006 This recipe was inspired by the little cookbook that came with my crockpot.

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Jul 1

royal raspberry cake

Every year, around the 4th of July this cake always comes to mind. It’s the perfect cake to take to a BBQ and it goes quickly. This is a good old fashioned cake with a great moist texture. I love the lightly sweetened cake with the nice tart notes from the raspberries. The glaze, well, that’s just the perfect sweet ending to it all.

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I always add blueberries to the top of this cake for the 4th of July, but the rest of the year, I just stick with straight up raspberries. It makes for a very festive cake. I hope you are able to make this delicious cake this week. I know your family and friends will enjoy it. IMG_8940 IMG_8953 And if you are feeling very festive, you can decorate your lovely cake with some washi tape bunting! Have I told you how much I love washi tape? And washi tape bunting? It makes everyday feel like a party!

IMG_8964 IMG_8974 I grew up with my mom making this cake every summer from the raspberries in our garden. We would all go out and pick the raspberries and she would make us this lovely cake. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family did growing up. It brings back some very lovely memories of the summers of my childhood. Maybe it can become apart of you sweet memories too.

As shared on Savvy Souther Style.

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Jun 29

quinoa fruit salad

My whole family loves fruit. It’s sweet, sticky, and fresh. What’s not to love, right? We are always trying different ways to eat it like in a shake or blended and frozen in popsicles. I wanted to add a little protein to our fruit fascination and came up with this lovely little fruit salad.

IMG_8597 I tried this one, with chopped mint in it, but it was a no go for us (Ian’s brother and his wife can attest). The mint became the dominant taste and just didn’t compliment the dish very well.

IMG_8586 It is slightly sweetened with honey and just a hint of tart from the lemon juice. It functions as a perfect side to a summer BBQ or a great side dish to take to a potluck or picnic. It would even make for a fresh breakfast treat.

I really like the versatility of the recipe – being that the only stipulation is some kind of fruit. I have made it with blueberries, mangos, and kiwis in it also. I just use a combination of what I have on hand at the time and it makes the salad feel different each time I make it.

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Jun 28

no rise pizza dough

This is my go-to pizza dough recipe. It is the one my mom has used all through my childhood and it’s a family favorite. Because it doesn’t have to rise, you can have homemade pizza on the table within 45 minutes of that first craving. I have tried LOTS of pizza dough recipes and I always com back to this one.

It’s hands down my favorite because not only is it quick to make but it also is a great base recipe to add all kinds of complimenting herbs and toppings to. I have used all sorts of combinations of whole wheat flour, bread flour, all purpose flour, and unbleached flour and they have all turned out great. I’ve  also added all sorts of herbs to the dough to enhance the character of the dough and  diversify the flavors of the pizza. Just a few to try are basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, garlic powder, thyme, and various combinations of them. Have fun with this dough and get creative! You will not be disappointed!

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Jun 26

super yummy chewy granola bars

I love a good, sweet, chewy granola bar. I first had these yummy granola bars at a friend’s house. They were so good I took the recipe down. Over the years this granola bar has changed as our family has changed and grown. I was looking for something that was nutritious and delicious yet very quick to throw together. It’s really a win, win. IMG_8243 IMG_8259

I know this recipe has lots of honey in it, but it’s a must. It’s what holds the whole thing together. The original recipe had brown sugar in it along with the honey, but I upped the honey a bit to make them more “chewy” and just omitted the brown sugar all together. I feel good about giving my family this treat and a pan of these usually disappears in this house (of 4) in just a day or two.
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I love them even more if I can make they yummy and chalked full of nutritious foods. This is a recipe my whole family loves and it’s super versatile too. Sometimes I am in the mood for dark chocolate or more of a fruity twist with dried raspberries or craisins. I will also add lots of nuts and seeds to provide a salty compliment to the sweet honey. Right now our favorite combos are dark chocolate chunks with shredded unsweetened coconut OR freeze dried raspberries with pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and unsweetened shredded coconut. You can see I did a pan of half the chocolate and half the raspberry.

IMG_8402 IMG_8383 Just use this as a base and start adding in lots of things your family loves! I have suggested a few things in the “optional garnish” part to help you get started. Have fun and let us know how they turn out!

 

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Jun 24

thai chicken slaw

Here in the south they are all about slaw, or as I call it, coleslaw. Let me just tell you right here and right now, I am not all about slaw. It’s just not really my thing. I don’t like mayo. And I don’t like mayo on cabbage. Who thought of that anyway? I am however, all about this thai slaw. No mayo. Just lots of yummy thai-inspired flavors.

I had the inspiration for this dish from Pioneer Woman’s Thai Chicken Wraps. They are divine. You really should go and try them. Last night though, I wanted a salad and so, the thai chicken slaw was born.

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Jun 22

the chia seed egg

I have come to love Chia Seeds. They are a great little food full of lots of nutrition! In one tablespoon they have 6g of Fiber, 2.9g Omega-3 fatty acids, and 3g protein. That’s a big punch of goodness in such a small serving. I also love them because you can use them as an egg substitute. When you let them soak in water for a few minutes they magically go from crunchy little seeds (much like a poppy seed) to a squishy, egg like consistency. Who would have known?

I love to use chia seed as an egg replacement when I am cutting a recipe in half or when I’m out of eggs. Because let’s be honest, it’s mighty hard to cut an egg in half. For example, this morning I did not have any eggs but I wanted to make pancakes for breakfast. Thankfully however I had chia seeds on hand. Though it has minor impact on the texture the taste is near indistinguishable – even my husband approves.

They are also great thrown with your granola, sprinkled on top of your salad for a little added crunch, or even blended into your smoothy. I hope you find this as a helpful tool in your food prep toolbox!

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Jun 21

almond meal chocolate chip cookies

I am a cookie addict. There, I said it. Warm chocolate chip cookies are my weakness. They are so yummy. I have to make small batches of them to keep myself from eating all 5 dozen in a day or two. This batch makes one pan full, which is perfect for those who can’t stop themselves.

These cookies have a great slightly nutty taste due to the almond flour. I love that this recipes uses both butter and coconut oil. They keep true to the buttery goodness of a chocolate chip cookie while having some added nutritional goodness from the coconut oil. The dark chocolate has just the right amount of bitterness to balance out the sweetness of the cookie. I recommend you go and bake up a batch of these as soon as you can. IMG_7841 IMG_7856 IMG_7863 IMG_7865

(as adapted from the nourishing home)

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Jun 19

pecan crusted tilapia with a balsamic vinegar drizzle

Yesterday was our 3rd anniversary. So to celebrate I made this pecan crusted tilapia. This whole eating fish thing is all new for me. I thought this was a good way to ease into it. And to my surprise, it was quite tasty.

I thought the fish was great on its own, but I though it may be even better with just a little something extra… and I was right. This balsamic drizzle is to dye for! I even like it as a dressing. Go ahead and whip up a batch of this “no guilt” fried fish. It’s super yummy and healthy. IMG_7780 IMG_7803 IMG_7811 IMG_7830 IMG_7831

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Jun 16

biscuits

Every once in a while, its just a biscuit kind of day. We have had thunderstorms passing through for days now and its been very muggy and dreary. After almost a week of grey skies, it was time for some comfort food. It was time for biscuits. These are super fluffy, moist, and full of buttery goodness. They pair great with gravy, butter, honey butter, or jam. I would urge you to hurry up and go and get your hands all floury and whip up a batch of these biscuits. IMG_7505 IMG_7514 IMG_7521

(adapted from Deals to Meals)

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Jun 14

bruschetta

I have been on the search for the perfect bruschetta since I had it at Macaroni Grill, on a date with my hubby. It was so yummy, and the very dish that keeps us going back over, and over, and over again. I have tried a few times recreate it, and its fallen short. It was missing something, but I just couldn’t figure out what it was.

The other night we had our church small group over for dinner. A good friend of mine brought bruschetta. It was heavenly. I asked her for the recipe and she sent it my way. Hers was a warm bruschetta, with yummy melted mozzarella on top. Very delish. What I didn’t know while eating it was that it held the secret ingredient in it. It was the missing link! I needed to taste that yummy, warm, gooey, delight to figure out what mine was missing – oil packed SUN DRIED TOMATOES! It was love at first taste. MMM MMM good.

If you like bruschetta, hey, even if you don’t, you should try this recipe. It’s so yummy. Hey, and if you’re like me, you can skip it as an appetizer and eat as your straight up dinner. You won’t be disappointed. I promise.

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Jun 13

yellow cake with chocolate buttercream frosting

Today we are having people over and I was on the hunt for a good yellow cake with chocolate frosting. I was just in the mood for cake. And a gathering is ALWAYS more fun with cake, right? This was originally a cup cake recipe from Krissy’s Creations, but I adapted it for my purpose – a giant slice of cake. The cake itself offers a refreshingly moist texture with a nice, dense composition. The frosting is a light and fluffy consistency but does not lack a full, milk chocolatey flavor.

So if you are in the mood for a moist yellow cake with some fluffy, yet rich and sweet chocolate buttercream frosting, this cake will be sure not to disappoint!

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As shared on Frugally Sustainable.

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Jun 12

the best chocolate chip cookies ever

I do not take the words “the best” lightly. I usually stay away from recipes that start with “the best”. But these chocolate chip cookies, they need “THE BEST” in the title for sure. These chocolate chip cookies have a perfect combination of sweet dough infused with bitter dark chocolate, with a hint of saltiness running through and through. They are ooey, gooey in the center with a nice crispy outside. These are sure to make any chocolate chip cookie lover happy. I am sure you will have a hard time stopping at just one. And if you want to take this recipe OVER THE TOP, in the best sense possible, serve a warm cookie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream atop. You will not be disappointed. 8IMG_7607 2IMG_7616 2IMG_7605

(recipe adapted from Tidy Mom) Shared on Metamorphosis Monday.

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