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Fresh Vegetable Soup is vibrant, hearty, and full of fresh, wholesome flavors.  It’s perfect for lunches, cold winter nights, rainy nights, or anytime you are looking for a delicious homemade meal!  This soup will fill you up without the “heavy, too full” feeling. The recipe can be found here. I like to use frozen corn because I think it tastes better than canned corn, but you can use either.  If you are using frozen corn, start by cooking the corn according to package instructions.  If you are using canned corn, drain and set aside. Next, chop the onion, carrot, tomato, bell peppers, and zucchini.  Peel and chop the potato.  Mince the garlic.  I like to do all my prep work before I start cooking so it doesn’t slow me down once ready to assemble! Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.  You will be … Continue reading

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I.  Love. Sweets.  Candy, cake, cupcakes, pie, cookies, you name it!  I would rather skip dinner and go right to dessert, then go back and have dinner.  That’s how much I like sweets. I recently made some homemade candy bars as a treat to bring to work for Valentine’s Day.  These can be treats for any time of year, no special occasion needed, it just happened to be around Valentine’s Day for me 🙂  If you like to treat your coworkers (or family or friends) from time to time, I would highly recommend trying any of these recipes! First up is Homemade Snickers Bars.  These taste so similar to a Snickers bar you won’t be able to tell the different!  The nougat is soft and chewy, the chocolate is rich and melts in your mouth, and the caramel so smooth. The recipe can be found here. Start by lining a … Continue reading

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Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday, February 25th this year.  Traditionally, the days leading up to Lent, people would binge on rich/fatty foods in anticipation of fasting or limiting intake of certain foods.  Mardi Gras translates to Fat Tuesday and is celebrate the day before Ash Wednesday, making it quite the celebration! New Orleans is famous for its Mardi Gras parties.  I’ve been to New Orleans and enjoyed some awesome food but have never participated in the Mardi Gras festivities…maybe someday I’ll get back!  I want to celebrate Mardi Gras this year with a delicious feast.  I’m thinking traditional New Orleans foods with a little twist!  I’ll be making Muffuletta Dip and Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. I got my inspiration for Muffuletta Dip from a traditional, and signature, New Orleans sandwich that features olive salad, salami, and cheese.  This is essentially a Muffuletta sandwich in dip form.  It’s bold, tangy, and … Continue reading

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Fajita or Burrito Bowls are a super simple, healthy, and filling dinner that come together in little to no time!  I personally like how tasty and customizable they are.  You can make them ahead of time, double the recipe to have leftovers, add and any vegetables or toppings you choose. My version of a Fajita Veggie Bowl is incredibly easy to make!  You start by making a batch of rice, either white or brown, whichever you prefer. While the rice is cooking, slice a few bell peppers and a large onion.  I like to use 2 different colors of bell peppers and a white onion.  Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the peppers and onion and sauté until tender. Add a packet of fajita seasoning to the skillet along with 1 cup of water.  Stir to combine and bring to a simmer to allow the liquid … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day is a week away and I’m sure you’re busy making plans.  Whether you opt for a nice homemade meal or dinner at your favorite restaurant, you can’t skip dessert.  Calories don’t count on holidays, right?  Regardless of where we eat on Valentine’s Day, we always have dessert at home.  You can kick your feet up, snuggle up with your loved one, and gorge on delicious sweets 🙂 Your local Festival Foods will have a variety of desserts and chocolates ready to go! 5-inch Round Classic Chocolate or White Vanilla Bean Curly Cakes Abdallah Assorted Chocolates Frosted Brownies Chocolate Dipped Long Stem Strawberries Mini Sweetheart Devil’s Food Cakes (available in 3 varieties) Cream Puffs Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes Ice Cream Valentine’s Day Themed Candy …and more! We like to make a few desserts of our own as well as get a few desserts from the store to have throughout the … Continue reading

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Creamy Hummus Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes is something we tried recently.  We both like pasta and we both like hummus, so why not try them together, right? It’s savory, delicious, and light.  You’ll be satisfied without the heavy feeling of being too full.  The hummus replaces traditional pasta sauce, so you have a creamy and slightly nutty flavored sauce.  The sun dried tomatoes are roasted with garlic so they are tender and give off great flavor.  This recipe is a winner in our house! The recipe can be found here. Start by bringing a large pot of water to a boil and cooking the pasta according to package instructions.  Reserve 1 cup of pasta water before draining, then set the reserved water and noodles aside. In a large skillet, heat the sun dried tomato oil over medium heat.  Add the sun dried tomatoes and garlic, and sauté for about … Continue reading

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We’ve been eating a lot of meatballs at our house lately!  Our idea was to take traditional dishes and turn them into meatballs.  The idea is you get the same great taste but in bite-sized morsels.  The recipes I’m going to share with you today are easy to assemble, wonderful weeknight dinner options, crowd pleasers, and make great leftovers!  The fight at our house is no longer “what’s for dinner” but “which are we going to make first” 🙂 Orange Chicken Meatballs are everything you love about a classic takeout meal!  The flavor is incredible – you will think you are eating orange chicken from your favorite Chinese restaurant but with fewer calories and fat.  I like to serve the Orange Chicken Meatballs on top of Cilantro Lime Rice.  You could serve these with rice, noodles, or as is. The recipe can be found here. Start by preheating the oven … Continue reading

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Are you ready for some football?  The Super Bowl is right around the corn and I’m sure you’re busy getting ready to host a party or determine what you are going to bring to someone else’s party.  It’s always fun to plan food that’s themed for a special event and try to make something unique. When I host an event, I like to have a variety of snacks to choose from; something warm, something hearty, grab-and-go type snacks, and at least one dessert item.  This year for the Super Bowl, we are providing the following food options to our guests: Buffalo Chicken Dip with Tortilla Chips Fresh Popped Popcorn from Lauri’s Pop-Corner Pepperoni Pizza Rolls Mini Loaded Potato Skins Ranch Snack Mix Football Cupcakes   The Buffalo Chicken Dip is available from the deli at your local Festival Foods.  You can always order online ahead of time to guarantee availability.  … Continue reading

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Looking for a warm, healthy, and filling breakfast on a cold winter morning?  Look no further than Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal!  It cooks up perfectly in little to no time, only takes one pot, and will leave you feeling very cozy 🙂 It’s the perfect combination of warm and fluffy oatmeal, apples, and cinnamon.  Even better, the recipe is vegan, if you lead a vegan lifestyle. The recipe can be found here. Start by chopping the apples into small pieces.  You essentially want to dice the apples.  A portion of the apples are going into the oatmeal to cook in the Instant Pot.  The rest of the apples will be used as topping. Add the oats, almond milk, 2 of the chopped apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, and nutmeg to the Instant Pot (this is where the one-pot concept comes in).  I use old fashioned oats, but you … Continue reading

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Ratatouille (pronounced rat-tuh-too-ee) is an incredibly colorful and healthy dish!  Ratatouille is typically a stewed vegetable dish that’s packed with fresh product; anything from tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, squash, bell pepper, onions, etc.  You can include all of the vegetables listed above or just a few.  Personally, I like to use onion, zucchini, yellow squash, and tomatoes. The recipe can be found here. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spray a 6×9 baking dish with olive oil spray and set aside.  You can also use an 8×8 baking dish if you don’t have a 6×9 baking dish.  The shape of the pan really doesn’t matter, just pay attention to cooking times because it will vary by a few minutes if you use a larger pan that listed in the recipe. Slice the tomatoes, zucchini, squash, onion, and basil (and whatever additional vegetables you are using).  You want the sliced to … Continue reading

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