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Feb 05

Cooking For Heart Health

Take a look inside my kitchen as I experiment with the many fun ways you can cook with 100% grape juice.Crushing On ConcordsConcord grapes are truly special as they are one of few native crops to the United States. But Concord grapes have a short harvest season and don’t travel well, so they can be hard to find fresh. The good news is that you can enjoy the Mighty Concord…

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Feb 02

Slow Cooker Cha Cha Chicken

I gave one of my most popular recipes a few upgrades! Replace the flour with cornstarch to make a gluten free version. 1 cup all purpose flour½ teaspoon kosher salt1 large package boneless skinless chicken thighs (approx 1.75lbs)2 teaspoons olive oil1/2 cup barbecue sauce (Trader Joe’s Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce recommended)
Juice of one orange
1/4 cup 100% apple juice or apple cider
½  red onion, sliced
1 green or red bell pepper,…

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Jan 12

Paris-Inspired Omelet

This omelet’s name is derived from one of our favoritemovies, Disney’s Ratatouille. Once I suggested“Let’s make an omelet like Remy does,” the kids weresold. We make it with basil ( just like in the movie),but anything goes!2 large eggs1 tablespoon waterKosher salt and black pepper1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil1 ounce shredded cheeseHeat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Combineeggs and water in a bowl, season with salt and pepperto taste…

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Dec 28

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

I’m proud to say this recipe has been approved by family, friends and kiddos alike. An easy, healthy and tasty chicken dinner where the slow cooker does all the work! Serve with pasta, polenta, potatoes or some crusty whole grain bread. Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Serves 6 ½ cup all purpose flour½ teaspoon kosher salt1 large package boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 1.5 pounds)2 teaspoons olive oil½  cup marinara sauce…

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Dec 23

Gingersnap Smoothie

Spices like ginger and cinnamon help with digestion and blood sugar control. Sip on this shake after a meal or add a scoop of protein powder for recovery snack.Serves: 1 

½ frozen banana3 graham crackers1 teaspoon ground ginger1 tablespoon honeyPinch cinnamon1 cup vanilla soy milk
Combine ingredients in a blender – blend until smooth. 
Nutrition Information Per Serving Calories: 324Total Fat:  6 gramsSaturated Fat: 1 gramCarbohydrate: 60 gramsFiber:  3 gramsProtein:  9…

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Dec 21

Sipping Holiday Happiness: White Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate is in high demand after my kids come in from playing in the snow. Instead of reaching for packets of processed junk, I’ve partnered with fairlife ultra-filtered milk to create a healthier version. This easy recipe will also add a sweet touch to any holiday table. White Hot ChocolateThis classic beverage is made healthier with more protein and calcium thanks to fairlife’s unique filtration process. The creamy texture…

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Nov 30

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

These versatile pumpkin muffins work for breakfast, school lunches, bake sales, and even dessert. They are probably one of the most popular recipes I’ve ever made – everyone loves them. Makes 18 muffins 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg, beaten ½ cup canola oil ½ cup applesauce 1…

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Nov 15

Apple Cinnamon Crostada

Swap this version for a traditional apple pie recipe and save 165 calories per serving! Serves: 6Crust:1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour½ teaspoon kosher salt1 teaspoon sugar6 tablespoons cold butter, diced Ice water (about 2 tablespoons)Filling:3 medium apples, peeled and chopped3 tablespoons sugar¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water1 egg, beatenSparkling sugar (optional)Place flour, salt and sugar in a food processor fitted with a steel blade and…

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Nov 07

Immunity Soup (aka Roasted Turnip & Turmeric Soup)

I absolutely love recipes created out of what I have around the kitchen. This soup was inspired by turnips from my CSA and the remaining butternut squash from my garden. My oldest daughter was home with a cold and I wanted to make something to help. While there is no such thing as a cure for a cold – this was pretty close – made with antioxidant rich vegetables, inflammation…

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Nov 03

Breakfast Reboot: Hot Multigrain Cereal

  I’ve got high standards for breakfast! I want to start my day with something easy, tasty and not loaded with sugar. I’ve been working with the folks at fairlife and recently created this delicious recipe my entire family adores. Hot Cereal UpgradeI have fond memories of steamy bowls of instant cream of wheat mixed up by my mother on chilly mornings. I decided to reinvent this breakfast classic by…

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