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Healthy Spaghetti Squash with Lemon, Thyme, Asparagus, & Ricotta

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So what’s this big trend around Spaghetti Squash?  This gorgeous yellow squash is available year-round in most grocery stores and can be considered both a summer or winter squash.  By adding this vegetable to your table, you will easily get hooked on this delicious treat and the several health benefits it can bring to your body.

That moment you realize you may have waited a little too long shed that winter coat and jump into that new tiny bikini… this summer squash might just be a life saver!   With only 42 calories and 10 carbs in a 1-cup serving of cooked spaghetti squash, this vegetable is a safe addition to any diet!

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Quinoa Risotto Stuffed Acorn Squash

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The ultimate healthy comfort food, this stuffed acorn squash gives you the creamy texture and rich taste with out any regrets. Delicious for lunch… dinner… or special event, this dish is a unique blend of flavors that will leave a memorable impression!

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Balsamic Strawberries, Figs & Goat Cheese Crostini’s

Balsamic Strawberries, Figs & Goat Cheese Crostini

EAT RED AND SAVE LIVES!

This June, you can join Chef Mario Batali and the culinary community to help (RED) #86AIDS by  eating (RED).

Launched with The (RED) Supper hosted by Chef Batali with Anthony Bourdain in New York City on June 2.  To continue spreading the word, (RED) will be hosting events in several cities around the Nation to help make a difference!

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Savory Beet & Goat Cheese Galette

Savory Beet & Goat Cheese Galette

Recently, in the world of Food Blogging, a new trend is experimenting with a pastry called a Galette. In my research, I have seen everything from sweet to savory when it comes to flavors. Me being a more savory girl myself, I’ve decided to create a savory Galette with beets, potatoes, and goat cheese. Overall, beets and goat cheese are one of the best combinations in my opinion and have become very popular in many restaurants! The earthiness of the root vegetable is a fabulous pairing with the bright and creamy flavors of the goat cheese.

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Mexican Corn on the Cob

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At culinary school I had I learned more about food than I could have ever imagined, but nothing has tested me more than starting my own food blog. Recipe testing can be one of the most exciting, rewarding, yet frustrating jobs. The most difficult challenge that I face is that the possibilities are endless! For me, it’s either making the most of what is in my pantry or casually strolling around the grocery store until an ingredient inspires a dish. From my experience so far, my favorite and most memorable dishes have simply allowed one ingredient be the star of the show.  Whether it is jazzing up that one ingredient with spices or herbs, my new moto is “The simpler the better!”

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Balsamic Asparagus Breakfast Pizza

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It’s quickly coming to the end of asparagus season!  So let’s eat them up while we can! Nothing is better than pizza and breakfast,  so to combine the two might just be the most brilliant food idea ever thought of. In this pizza I chose to showcase the asparagus because, let’s be honest, we need to savor it for the short amount of time we do have it! Read more

Pistachio Crusted Chicken with Roast Asparagus Salad with Pomegranates & Goat Cheese

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Oh, the go to chicken dish! Everyone has one…but why not change it up? This Pistachio Crusted Chicken will bring a new flavor to the table with no added time.

I have also found that the addition of pistachios is a terrific way to add a little more nutrition and also protein to your diet. This Pistachio Crusted Chicken would be a great addition to your salad at lunch to help maintain a full feeling throughout the day and cut back on some snacking! Pistachios are a wonderful source of potassium and vitamin K and the key to maintaining a low cholesterol and healthy heart! Read more

Smashed Avocado Toast

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When I moved in Savannah, GA naturally one of my biggest worries wasn’t moving halfway across the country, but was making sure that I lived walking distance from a coffee shop. My spot was called Collins Quarters. The open, airy, and modern space was the perfect environment to read and write.

Not only is the Mocha Lavender Latte unbelievable, but Collins Quarters actually has some of my most favorite dishes in Savannah.  My favorite dish, that I still crave till this day, is their Smashed Avocado Toast with a poached egg. On two slices of crispy thick sourdough, the creaminess of the avocado and poached egg is cut by the freshness of the heirloom tomatoes and pepperiness of the radishes. Read more

Kale Salad with Beets, Avocado, and Goat Cheese

Kale and Beet Salad

The spring weather today has inspired me to create this colorful fresh kale salad! The combination of fresh crisp kale and beets against the creamy avocado and goat cheese just might be deadly!

This salad is the perfect pop of color to any table, whether it’s for lunch, dinner, or served as a side!

I mean look at these beets! It amazes me that something this beautiful can come from nature itself! Not only delicious raw, these Zebra beets are also fantastic roasted. Read more

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