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One-Pan ChickenThighs & Vegetables

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Winner winner chicken dinner!  This recipe could not be more perfect for this chilly weather, when all I want is something fast and warm!

Don’t be afraid have some fun with changing up the ingredients in the one-pan recipe too!  Your options are endless. This recpie is just one I have found to be my personal favorite!   This is also a really great recipe to adjust to what veggies are in season.

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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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Citrus Endive & Eggplant Salad

Citrus Endive and Eggplant Salad

As I am sure most of you know by now, I love to make warm salads with roasted vegetables. I was inspired to make this particular salad because I really wanted to experiment with roasted endive. Endive is a member of the chicory family, which includes radicchio, escarole, frisee and curly endive. It has a crisp texture and a sweet, nutty flavor with a pleasantly mild bitterness. It’s delicious both raw and cooked. Read more

Salmon Quinoa Burger

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I am one to crave a big juicy burger from time to time, but really who isn’t! Below is a recipe that allows you to enjoy those same delicious flavors without the regret! The salmon and quinoa also provide a fantastic boost of protein and vitamins for a healthy heart.

Turkey burgers and black bean burgers are always some of my favorite choices when I go out to eat, but there is always a risk of them being too dry! This Salmon Quinoa Burger definitely does not fall into the same category. The fresh ingredients create a beautifully moist patty, that is heightened by the amazing vegetable toppings!

Give it a try!

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Healthy Pizza’s on the Grill

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The idea of making pizza dough might be intimidating or just plain time consuming to some. The recipe below is a one that doesn’t take any pre-planning or overnight rising of the dough. It’s an awesome recipe, that is perfect for the grill!

Pizza’s on the grill are also a fantastic idea to get kids involved in cooking or for any party. All you have to do is prep the ingredients and the cooking is up to the guests, no hostess stress involved! Making individual homemade pizzas was always a wonderful memory for me growing up. Read more

Warm Quinoa & Vegetable Salad

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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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Harissa Hummus with Pomegranate Molasses

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I have been making homemade hummus for years now and I will never go back to the pre packaged products! I get that it’s just easier to grab the container at the grocery store, but let me open your eyes to the advantages of making your own! Read more

Superfood Smoothies

Superfood Smoothie

Getting your wisdom teeth out is definitely no joke, especially for a foodie! I must say though, it made me think out of the box when it came it eating! Below are a few superfood smoothie recipes that are packed with flavor, but also protein and nutrients to prevent any crash through the day! Read more

Avo- Nashville

Avo

3001 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209

Avo is unbelievable. The talent running this restaurant puts me in awe. It’s incredible to see a menu that is entirely plant based, but tastes nothing like your typical vegetarian and vegan ingredients. Just to add to the use of creativity in the combination of flavors and textures, the restaurant is committed to heating nothing above 118 degrees. Read more

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