Friday, January 20, 2017

May I Ask You A Question? Reader Survey 2017


At the start of every New Year, there is always that aura of reassessment, change, improvement, blah, blah, blah. I don't usually buy into it - you can start fresh anytime, doesn't have to be at the start of January.  But this year, it's sticking with me a bit. Maybe that's why for the last few weeks I've been mulling around the idea of doing my first ever Blog Reader Survey.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Healthy Baked Ginger Oatmeal Muffins


This week has been a whirlwind. We are lucky that most weekday mornings in our house are fairly leisurely. But, this week, it's been a grab-n-go scenario. That's why I was so glad I planned ahead and made these baked oatmeal muffins over the weekend. They are perfect for busy mornings for when you want a healthy and satisfying breakfast you can eat on the go.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Peppercorn Chai Mixed Nuts


Happy 2017! I'm starting off the new year with a recipe for a healthy snack.

Nuts are one of my go-to snacks. Loaded with protein and healthy fats, they can help curb your hunger pangs without making you feel guilty about having a little snack. Plain nuts are good, but I like a little more flavor. The only problem is that I find most flavored nuts you buy in the store are generally full of not-so-good-for-you ingredients that negate the health benefits. Needless to say, I make my own.

Disclosure: I received one free month of Raw Spice Bar to facilitate in recipe creation. I received no other compensation for this post and the opinions contained herein, are my own and reflect my experience with the products. Your own may differ.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Strawberry Jalapeno Glazed Pork Tenderloin


When I saw the jar of Smuckers Strawberry Jalapeno Fruit Spread in this month's Degustabox, I nearly brushed it aside. Then, I saw that this jam is sweetened with honey. Ok, interesting. I figured I would give it a try.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Cranberry Apple Quinoa Pilaf with Orange Honey


Cooking with fresh cranberries at this time of year just feels right. Their vibrant ruby color creates a festive mood. In this case, paired with tri-color quinoa, apple, and a touch of honey, they help create a healthy, protein-packed dish that is not only a delicious side dish for your dinner or holiday table but also makes for a great light lunch option too.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Beer Salted Hazelnut Dark Chocolate Bark


First off, beer salt. It's a thing. Second, I have been using this stuff on everything, including dessert.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Gift Ideas for the Food Lovers On Your List


I don't want to gloat, but I am in fact nearly done with all my holiday shopping. Crazy I know. It's really only because my list has gotten much smaller in recent years and I typically give homemade baked goodies as gifts to almost everyone anyway. However, if you are still hunting for gifts for the food lovers on your list I have a few suggestions.
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