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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Vegan Vegetable Pot Pie is my new favorite dish!  It’s a great comfort meal that’s packed with vegetables and a wonderfully flaky crust.  Very cozy and delicious 🙂 The recipe can be found here. Start by making the Vegan Pie Crust.  The recipe can be found here. Add the dry ingredients to a food processor and pulse a few times to mix together.  Then add the butter and shortening to the food processor and mix together for about 10 seconds.  The dough will be pretty flaky at this point. Slowly pour in the cold water while the food processor is running.  The dough should start to clump together.  Remove the dough to a flowered surface and use your hands to form the dough into a ball.  Use a rolling pin to roll out a piece of pie crust large enough for a 12-inch pan. Place the crust in a pie … Continue reading

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Air Fryer Chicken Potstickers are super flavorful and surprisingly easy to make!  Plus, they are super versatile because you can fill them with anything you want.  Potstickers cooked the traditional way are amazing, but have you ever considered cooking them in an air fryer?  It’s a great way to get a crispy crust without too much added oil. The recipe can be found here. Start by combining the ground chicken, water chestnuts, green onion, minced onion, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, and ginger in a bowl.  Stir until well combined or use your hands to combine (this is almost easier to blend everything together). Place 16 potsticker wrappers on the counter.  You can also use wonton wrappers if you don’t have potsticker wrappers, they will work just the same.  Add a scoop of the chicken mixture to the center of each potsticker.  You should have enough to add a small … Continue reading

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We recently purchased an air fryer to see what the hype is all about – it’s pretty awesome!  Our first meal consisted of Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings and Air Fryer Homemade French Fries. Both the chicken wings and french fries were crispy on the outside and tender on the side.  Plus, they are so easy to make! You’d never guess you could have delicious chicken wings and french fries for a fraction of the oil traditionally used to cook these items.  That’s because air fryers require less oil than when frying food, making it a great appliance to use to cut calories and fat.  Generally speaking, air fryers product healthier alternatives to fried food.  Give it a try! Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings have great flavor in each bite!  The lemon flavor really stands out without being overpowering and the skin becomes crispy, creating a nice crunch.  … Continue reading

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Cabbage rolls are a delicious dish consisting of cooked cabbage leaves that are wrapped around a variety of filling.  They do require quite a bit of work to make so I thought why not make the same delicious dish in casserole form.  No rolling, no stuffing, just mix and bake… This leaves you with Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls. I also wanted to make the dish vegetarian or vegan.  In the case of this recipe, it is vegan, not just vegetarian.  However, you can add ground meat to the recipe if you aren’t looking for vegan or vegetarian. The recipe can be found here. The first step is to cook the rice according to package instructions. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9×13 pan with olive oil spray. Cut the cabbage into quarters.  Remove the core and slice into strips.  Also chop the onion and bell pepper. Drain and … Continue reading

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We love to grill, and we love seafood, so we combined the two to create Pineapple Shrimp Skewers.  These are prefect for a lighter dinner and come together so quickly!  Plus, you can customize the skewers to different tastes by adding different fruits or veggies to accompany the shrimp.  They are sweet yet citrusy, and very delicious! The recipe can be found here. Start by combining the coconut milk, hot sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, and orange juice in a bowl.  Pour into a Ziplock bag, then add the shrimp to the bag and toss to coat.  Seal the bag and place in the fridge to marinate for 1-2 hours.  Make sure the shrimp is thawed and shelled before placing in the bag! While the shrimp marinates, soak wooden skewers in water.  I like to fill a drinking glass with water and place the skewers inside. Once the shrimp is … Continue reading

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