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We recently committed to a vegan diet for about 2 weeks and have to admit, it was delicious!  We had done this once before, but enough time had passed that we wanted to try some different foods and see how we could handle meals without any meat, once again.  We both lost weight, our bodies felt great, and we enjoyed creating recipes. It might be surprising, but some types of food you already eat are vegan, like pasta, if you skip the cheese and use a red sauce.  If you’re up for the challenge, I recommend starting with a week of vegan eating.  If it works out well, try for another week.  Baby step your way into it!  We don’t plan on going vegan by any means.  We love food too much and would miss some of our favorite meals!  BUT… we do plan on incorporating more vegan meals into … Continue reading

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With the temperatures starting to drop I’ve been craving something warm and hearty for dinner.  My criteria is the dish has to be hot, filling, seasonal, and something good enough (and big enough) to have leftovers.  I ended up with the following: Pumpkin Dinner Rolls Apple Cheese and Beer Soup Banana Cookies with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting   The Pumpkin Dinner Rolls are homemade.  Sure, you can buy store-bought rolls if you prefer but there is something about the smell of bread baking in the oven that gets me every time.  The bread is fresh (literally right out of the oven), warm and so easy to pull apart to eat. I recommend using a stand mixer to make these rolls but it’s OK to mix by hand if you don’t have a stand mixer – you’ll just get quite the arm workout! Heat the milk in a microwave safe … Continue reading

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Is anyone else questioning why they live in MN with the weather we are having this week?  If you are looking for a quick 30-minute meal, that is also warm and hearty, to get you through the cold weather I have the perfect solution.  It’s Chicken Taco Soup. The soup is loaded with chicken, beans, corn, and tomatoes, and is packed full of flavor.  Most of the item you probably already have in your pantry, so it’s easy to whip together during the week.  It’s the perfect hot meal on a cold winter night! The recipe can be found here. I like to turn this into a one-pot meal (who wants to do more dishes?) so I use a large soup pot for all ingredients.  Start by cooking the ground chicken until done.  Drain any excess water.  I like to use a paper towel to absorb some of the water.  … Continue reading

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French Onion Soup has always been one of my favorite soups.  Traditional French Onion soup is a soup based on meat stock and onions, served with croutons or bread and grated cheese on top.  Usually beef stock is used but my recipe calls for chicken stock.  The reason I use stock is it creates a slightly thicker liquid as opposed to broth, and the chicken stock yields better flavor in this dish (in my opinion). This is by far the best French Onion Soup I have had!  It’s worth the time spent caramelizing the onions to have the perfect flavor.  I can’t begin to describe how yummy this soup is…I literally have no words because I can’t stop eating the soup long enough to talk…so let me describe how to make it instead 🙂 The recipe can be found here. Start by slicing the onions.  The recipe calls for 8 … Continue reading

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I recently had a bowl of Butternut Squash Bisque at a restaurant while traveling and it was one recipe I knew I had to remake!  It took a few tries, but I have something luscious and delicious to share with you. Soup is such a popular fall dish; it warms the body and curbs those comfort food cravings as the temperatures start to drop.  This Butternut Squash Bisque is thick, creamy, rich, and healthy – great for a cozy dinner!  I’m calling this recipe “bisque” instead of “soup” because it’s so thick and creamy. The recipe can be found here. I start by chopping all the veggies and doing some prep work.  This was the longest part of making the bisque and admittedly was my first-time preparing butternut squash, so it took some getting used to.  If you’ve never cut squash before, start by cutting off both ends, then cut … Continue reading

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Chicken Gnocchi Soup is the perfect comfort food!  It’s creamy, hearty, and delicious with lots of veggies and chicken in every bite.  This soup is wonderful on a cool night or when you’re looking for something a little more filling. The recipe can be found here. Gnocchi is basically a mini dumpling made from potato and flour.  They are dense, soft, and small in size.  They are yummy in soup and add great texture.  You can typically find gnocchi in the pasta section of the grocery store and sometimes in the freezer section by other frozen pasta. This soup is pretty simple to make.  Start by melting the butter with the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or stock pot. Add the onions, carrots, and garlic, and cook until translucent.  I like to buy matchstick carrots, so I don’t have to chop them.  It makes prep work much easier. … Continue reading

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My new favorite slow cooker chili recipe is for Buffalo Chicken Chili.  It has the perfect amount of spice, a creamy base, tender chicken in every bite, and only take about 10 minutes to assemble.  Then…set it and forget it!  There is so much flavor packed into this recipe, you’re sure to like it! The recipe can be found here. Start by adding the chicken to the base of the crock pot, then layer all other ingredients on top – beans, corn, tomatoes, chicken broth, Ranch dressing mix, buffalo wing sauce, onion powder, garlic powder, celery salt, dried cilantro, and salt. Stir to combine all ingredients.  Then place the brick of cream cheese on top. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.  Once 4 hours have passed, remove the chicken and either shred or cube, and put back into the crock pot.  Stir and cook for another 30 minutes. … Continue reading

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Fall will be here before you know it.  The leaves are already starting to change colors, the weather is cooling down, and our appetites are changing from light and refreshing foods to warm and comforting foods.  One of my favorite recipes for fall (or winter, but I’m not ready for those cold temps yet) is Chicken Wild Rice Soup.  The recipe can be found here. This flavorful soup is hearty and delicious, and loaded with fresh vegetables, chicken, and wild rice.  It’s an incredibly satisfying meal on a cool fall day.  Here’s how you make it: Start by making the wild rice according to package instructions.  The rice can then be set aside until you are ready to use. Next, chop your veggies – onions, celery, leeks, mushrooms, carrots, parsley, and thyme.  This will help speed up the cooking process if all ingredients are ready to go.  I like to put each veggie in a bowl, so I … Continue reading

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The cool and crisp fall weather has arrived much too soon but it’s perfect weather to begin cooking hearty soups and stews with fragrant herbs for your family meals or prepping some chili for a crowd to watch football. This is a classic Minnesota soup made with wild rice made especially easy if you use Rotisserie chicken from our deli, moist and full of flavor our Rotisserie chickens are useful as an ingredient in many recipes (think chicken quesadillas) as well as a main course. We call our recipe Minnesota Wild Rice Soup it has lovely rich flavor and one of my favorite fall recipes. Another of our favorite soups is Hearty Italian Soup made with our very own fresh Italian Sausage – available either Hot or Mild, easy to make for a quick meal during the week, we like to serve with a fresh baked baguette. Taco Soup is all the … Continue reading

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Not a cloud in the sky and the temperature is cool and crisp fall weather has arrived albeit much too soon but it is perfect weather to begin cooking soups and stews with fragrant herbs and preparing food for a crowd to watch football. This is a classic Minnesota soup made with wild rice made especially easy if you use Rotisserie chicken from our delis, moist and full of flavor our Rotisserie chickens are useful as an ingredient in many recipes (think chicken quesadillas) as well as a main course. We call our recipe Minnesota Wild Rice Soup it has lovely rich flavor and one of my favorite fall recipes. If you’re planning on watching football on Sunday you’re going to need some bites along with that beer. Grab our boneless buffalo wings in the deli and whip up this easy blue cheese dressing to accompany the wings. This dressing is best … Continue reading

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