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Farro is something I was recently introduced to and it’s the star of these recipes.  It’s a grain that makes great salads when used as the base or when added to leafy greens.  It’s hearty, has a slightly nutty taste, holds up well with dressing, and makes a great meal.  Farro is something I find myself craving because there is such a wide range for its use, and it can be completely customizable when added to other dishes…. like salads 😊 I’d like to share with you a handful of new recipes I’ve been working on over the past few months, all-encompassing farro.  I will admit, I went on a bit of a farro-kick, but the end result did NOT disappoint!  Here are the recipes: Apple, Gouda, & Farro Mixed Greens Salad Cilantro Lime Farro Mediterranean Farro Salad Summer Farro Salad with Apples, Pecans, and Arugula Thai Peanut Farro Salad Butternut Squash & Farro Salad Greek … Continue reading

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If you haven’t checked out the Meat Counter at your local Festival Foods, I highly recommend it!  You can find plenty of standard meat options; beef, chicken, seafood, etc. …things you would expect to see.  BUT you will also find some specialty items you might not be familiar with.  My favorite items to buy are the encrusted chicken breasts.  They come in a variety of flavors; pecan, parmesan, buffalo, and tortilla are the most common.  If you are lucky, you might find a different flavor from time to time.  They are sold individually or pre-packaged as a pack of 2, depending on the store location. You can typically find some of each in our freezer for a quick and easy weeknight meal.  Most commonly, I will bake the chicken breasts and serve them with a side salad or slice the chicken to eat on top of a bed of lettuce.  You can play around with different flavor combinations … Continue reading

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Summer is fast approaching and one thing I look forward to eating more of is salads.  There is something about a big bowl of leafy greens with all the fixings that screams summer.  It’s a healthy meal and is light and refreshing on a hot day.  You also don’t often feel like you overate with a salad, and you can customize the ingredients to match your tastes. I want to share 4 of my favorite salad recipes with you: BLT Chicken Chopped Salad Grilled Chicken Arugula Salad with Strawberries & Feta Doritos Taco Salad Spinach Salad with Fruit & Maple Dressing   All are simple to make, delicious, and large enough to feed a family of 4.  If you leave the dressing off, you can portion out the ingredients to have lunches prepared for the week or dinner a couple night during the week (just add the dressing when you are ready to serve). … Continue reading

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If you aren’t familiar with Beyond Meat, it’s a plant-based “meat” that is quite tasty and gives you the texture and juiciness of ground beef.  I use it in a lot of recipes but recently tried it in a taco salad.  It was colorful, zesty, and packed full of flavor.  I didn’t miss the meat and don’t think you will either!  So, I recommend adding Beyond Meat to your next salad to give it that high quality, premium, restaurant feel. If you keep reading, you will learn about my recipe for a Vegan Beyond Meat Taco Salad.  The recipe is for a vegan meal.  All ingredients in the recipe are vegan conscious.  If you are not vegan, are working your way towards becoming vegan, or are simply intrigued, please give this recipe a shot!  You can substitute virtually any ingredient and make it your own to suit your taste.  There is a high chance you will eliminate the vegan … Continue reading

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Mediterranean Lemon Garlic Chicken Salad is an incredibly flavorful and filling meal for any time of year!  You want something light and refreshing on a hot summer night?  This is the perfect option.  It’s the middle of the winter and you want a meal that isn’t super hearty and heavy?  Look no further. The chicken is marinated in a lovely blend of lemon juice paired with a variety of seasonings, leaving it perfectly tender and moist.  The chicken is served with a salad, containing only the freshest vegetables, and a side of tzatziki sauce, which if you’ve tasted before, you know how incredibly light and refreshing it is.  The combination of the 3 is absolute perfection! The recipe can be found here. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper.  Reserve 1/3 cup of the dressing mixture and … Continue reading

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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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If you are looking for a recipe that is a little on the lighter side, we’ve got something that just might interest you – Thai Peanut Salad (follow the link to skip right to the recipe)- The recipe calls for flank steak but we decided to try it with chicken as well to have as an alternative.  Here is what you are going to need: 1 Flank Steak Spinach or mixed greens 1 Red Bell Pepper, sliced 1 Orange Bell Pepper, sliced 1/2 Cup Sliced Red Cabbage 2 Avocados, sliced 1 Carrot, sliced thin 1 Cucumber, peeled and sliced 1 Jalapeno, sliced Sesame Seeds 1/2 Cup Cilantro, chopped 1/2 Cup Peanuts, chopped 2 Tablespoons Green Onions, sliced 1 Avocado, sliced First step once  you’ve gathered your ingredients – Prepare the Thai Peanut Sauce by combining the ingredients. 1 Cup Peanut Butter 2 Tablespoons Sriracha 1/4 Cup Fresh Lime Juice 1/4 Cup … Continue reading

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Labor Day Grilling It’s time to fire up the grill for your Labor Day celebration!  I plan to spend the day outside enjoying the weather with family and friends.  Whatever you plan to do, I hope you enjoy some delicious food and get good use of your grill before cooler weather hits.  It’s the perfect day for grilling and a picnic. I have a handful of grilling ideas and side dish suggestions for you to try to have the perfect spread.  Let’s start with the meat! Brats – there are so many brat varieties available, you are sure to find something for everyone on your guest list.  My favorite is the Chicken Fajita Brat found at the Chef’s Counter of your local Festival Foods.  Other varieties available include Philly Cheese Chicken, Octoberfest, Jalapeno Cheddar, Wild Rice, and more!  Don’t forget the fresh brat buns from the bakery! Burgers – probably the most popular food to grill.  Plus, burgers … Continue reading

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I’ve been excited to write this post since I originally had the idea! Most of my posts so far have been about food but why stop there? I thought I could write about wine…delicious wine 🙂 For the winos and fitness enthusiasts out there, this is something you’ll want to try! It’s called FitVine and is considered “clean wine”. Don’t worry; I’ll explain what I mean by “clean wine” later. It started with 3 friends that wanted to create a wine that fit their very athletic and constant moving lifestyles…so they created FitVine. There are 5 kinds of FitVine available, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc. These wines are very clean tasting and have a lot of flavor but still have the alcohol content you would expect from a glass of wine. They are low in sugar and low in carbs so you don’t feel as … Continue reading

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Every time I shop at Festival Foods I have to checkout the Meat Department because they always have a large assortment of prepackaged meal options. You can find bratwurst, burger patties, marinated chicken, pork chops, and much more. One of my favorite things to buy is Crusted Chicken Breasts. They are available in a variety of flavors and are easy to make for dinner because all you have to do is bake them. I bought 2 different flavors during my last trip to the store, Parmesan Crusted Chicken and Tortilla with Cheese Crusted Chicken. I thought it would be fun to do a taste test to see which one we liked better. The first night we had the Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breast with a Caesar salad and corn bread (from the Festival Foods Bakery). To make the chicken I preheated the oven to 375 degrees. Then placed both chicken breasts … Continue reading

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