Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins These pumpkin muffins are so fluffy and flavorful! I know pumpkin is often thought of as a fall treat, but you can enjoy these anytime! Using just 1 large bowl will help you save time by not doing as many dishes. As a mom with school aged kids, I need all the time saving tricks I can get! Pumpkin is full of good nutrients including fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C. I used Greek yogurt for this recipe instead of buttermilk since I have it around the house…

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Garlic Chicken Pasta

Garlic Chicken Pasta

Garlic Chicken Pasta I am always searching for a new recipe with a creamy sauce for pasta.  Alfredo sauces are so high in fat and so are most cheesy sauces.  This recipe gives you a lot of cheesy for a little less fat and Calories since its main ingredient is chicken broth! It is truly a satisfying comfort food that the whole family will enjoy! Serves: 6 Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 15 minutes Ingredients 3 Tbsp Butter 3 Cloves minced garlic 3 Tbsp Flour 1 ½ cups Chicken broth 1…

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Chicken and Veggie Fried Rice

Chicken and Veggie Fried Rice

Chicken and Veggie Fried Rice I love a good fried rice, but they can be so loaded with fats and sugars!  This recipe that tastes great, but is also pretty healthy.  It is a new twist on an old ethnic favorite which has more vegetables than usual! I love all kinds of food and this one really hits the spot if you love the flavors of Asia! If you like this recipe you might also like this Butter Chicken! Cooking and Prep time, about 40 minutes Makes 6 (pretty large)…

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Chicken Sausage Jambalaya

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

Makes 6 Jambalaya Servings Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 30 min (stove top option)-4 hours (slow cooker option) This jambalaya was a hit with my whole family!  This one dish meal is gluten-free, high-protein, and delicious and it will leave you completely satisfied!  1 jalapeno in the mix gives it some flavor, but not too much spice.  If you are concerned about the spice, you can always just leave it out! Ingredients 4 Cloves minced garlic ½ White onion, skin removed 1 Jalapeno, stem and seeds removed 1 Red…

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Oatmeal Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

peppermint cookies

Oatmeal Peppermint Chocolate Cookies A perfect Holiday Treat.  These peppermint cookies are healthier using avocado in place of butter, but you won’t be able to tell at all!  These mint cookies are the perfect flavor for the month of December. Makes 32 Peppermint Cookies Total cooking time: about 30 minutes Ingredients 1 Whole Avocado 1 cup Brown Sugar 1 Egg 1 tsp Vanilla Extract ¼ tsp Peppermint Extract ¼ tsp Salt ½ tsp Baking Powder ½ tsp Baking Soda 1 cup Oats 1 cup All-Purpose Flour 2 Tbsp Unsweetened Baking…

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Chicken Tacos

Chicken Tacos

Chicken Tacos! For those of you who know me, you know I just LOVE tacos.  We eat them almost every week, but I do not eat the same tacos every week.  We use a variety of proteins like shrimp, fish, beef, and chicken.  These chicken tacos are my husbands favorite (I think because of the sauce)!  It is a super simple sauce with mayo, salsa, and cumin that goes really well with the slightly spicy chicken.  I hope you enjoy this one as much as my family does! Serves 6…

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Turkey and Ground Beef Gyros

Ground beef and turkey gyro

These Gyros are a perfect addition to any family meal plan since even the kids will love them!  You reduce the amount of red meat you are eating by mixing ground beef with ground turkey.  Because of this mix, they have the perfect balance of flavor. I am in love with Mediterranean style foods and cooking!  Mediterranean cooking uses a lot of herbs and spices.  This recipe includes garlic and oregano for its main flavors.  There are so many benefits to eating this way!  One of the major benefits is…

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Anti-Inflammatory Baked Chicken

Anti-inflammatory Chicken Strips

Anti-Inflammatory Herbs and Spices Lately, I have been working with a lot of clients to incorporate an anti-inflammatory diet.  They have Arthritis, Heart disease, Diabetes, Ulcerative colitis, IBS, Chronic ulcers, Sinusitis, and many other conditions that cause pain and unpleasant symptoms.  I was thrilled when this study came out showing scientific evidence that adding herbs and spices to foods can significantly reduce inflammation markers in the blood! There are many studies that show beneficial effects on these inflammatory markers (TNF and IL factors) especially with curcumin, the extract from turmeric…

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Lettuce Wraps

Asian lettuce wraps

Lettuce Wraps Trying New Recipes If you know me, you know that I can’t just follow a recipe.  I almost always modify it to increase the nutrition or to fit the tastes of my family.  I was bored and looking for something new to try.  I LOVE Asian food and a friend posted this recipe for lettuce wraps and I thought I would try it.  The recipe I used as a base was this one.  My modifications included adding more vegetables and decreasing the amount of turkey.  I also modified the…

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Ground Turkey and Veggie Meatloaf

Turkey and Veggie Meatloaf

Ground Turkey and Veggie Meatloaf I have to admit that when I was growing up, when mom said we were having meatloaf, I did not have a happy heart!  Meatloaf was definitely not my favorite food.  I think mostly because many recipes for meatloaf don’t have very much flavor.  This ground turkey and veggie meatloaf is the opposite.  It smells amazing when it is baking, and it tastes just as good as it smells! Ground turkey is the main ingredient in the meatloaf, but you will love how the added…

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