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Surprisingly Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip

At every single one of my family holiday parties you can always count on there being Spinach Artichoke Dip somewhere in the line up of appetizers. Believe me, I am not complaining! I love the stuff, but how could you not? The dish is packed with all different kinds of cheeses.

I know that eating healthy isn’t the first thing on your mind when at a holiday party, but I decided to create a new healthier version of my moms oh so famous Spinach Artichoke Dip. It never hurts to cut out a few calories without even knowing it! Read more

Warm Quinoa & Vegetable Salad

Quinoa Vegtable Salad

There are so many people and hands that go into creating one dish. We easily forget about this. Our society has come to a point that if we can't directly see or feel something, its not there. I fell in love with food because of the story it tells. Not by cooking exactly, but by the story of how the ingredient came upon the plate has always fascinated me. We fail to remember the artisans of cheese, the farmers of the organic carrots, or even the coffee roaster who provide you with the robust aroma and satisfying jolt of caffeine every morning.   These are the hands that need acknowledgement because, end of the day, my part is simple. My role is to take these beautiful ingredients that are given to me and unify them to become one piece of art.

Next time you are in the kitchen, I encourage you to stop to reflect on the love already put into these ingredients

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Sweet Potato & Red Pepper Skillet

Sweet Potato Skillet

Sweet Potato SkilletThis is what I call my “cleaning out to fridge skillet.” Honestly, I do not think it can get much better than a one pan meal in our chaotic lives! I urge you to try mixing up the vegetables too, like I said, whatever happens to be in your fridge will work. I also recommend adding bacon, sausage, or ground turkey if you are a meat lover!

I love this recipe because of how versatile it can be. Who said breakfast is only made for the morning? This is a cold Sunday night in pj’s kind of skillet! Read more

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