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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Bacon Jalapeño Poppers

Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

Bacon Jalapeño Poppers This jalapeño poppers recipe is truly one of my favorite appetizers or snacks!  I love the spicy taste of the jalapeño with the creamy texture of cheese and the bacon on top makes it absolutely irresistible!!! This time of year, all kinds of peppers are being harvested her in New Mexico.  Of course we love our green chile here, but I also love jalapeños!   Jalapeños are a vegetable that is really popular further south in Mexico.  They are a medium spice pepper with tons of amazing flavor! …

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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, 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! The researchers used a particular blend of herbs and spices to create this effect.  These herbs and spices likely have their own unique benefits, but when they are combined…

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are not “healthier”.  They are simply my favorite cookies ever of all time!!! Real Cookies It seems like everyone is always searching for a “better for you” dessert, right?  Let’s face it, we all LOVE dessert!  You might find black bean brownies, avocado cake, and low carb everything.  But how do these desserts taste?  Well, in my humble opinion…TERRIBLE!!!  When it comes to dessert, I am a purist.  Give me the real thing so I can enjoy it.  Enjoying it means slowing down a little,…

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Strawberry Basil Breakfast Cookies

Strawberry Basil Breakfast Cookies Because who doesn’t want a breakfast cookie for breakfast?!  This summer I have an overabundance of basil growing in my garden.  I am not tired of it yet, and so I am experimenting with it in a lot of ways!  These strawberry basil breakfast cookies were one of my experiments, but they really were delicious.  I do get bored with breakfast sometimes, and so I always like to try new things.  I am delighted when they come out really yummy! Ingredients for Strawberry Basil Breakfast Cookies…

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Easy Bar-B-Q Salmon

Easy Bar-B-Q Salmon Confession I had never eaten fish until college when my then boyfriend (now husband) decided he was going to change that.  He took me to Red Lobster.  I remember thinking it was “fine”.  I didn’t love it.  I didn’t hate it.  I thought maybe it would be nice to try to cook it myself sometimes.  This Bar-B-Q Salmon recipe was the beginning to a new love for fish. About 8 years ago when my son was 1 year old, I kept reading about all of the amazing…

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Easy Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

Easy Caprese Salad This caprese salad is so easy and delicious!  I love making different kinds of salads in the summer using the fresh vegetables right out of my garden.  There is nothing like the fresh taste of home grown tomatoes and basil. This salad is full of flavor and is a good sources of protein when using fresh mozzarella cheese.  My mozzarella this month came from this cheese maker, and was absolutely amazing! Makes 4 Servings Ingredients 4 Small chopped tomatoes, or about 40 cherry or snacking tomatoes, quartered…

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Lime Coconut Shrimp and Black Rice

Lime Coconut Shrimp and Black Rice This amazing Lime-Coconut Shrimp gets an super food boost when you use black rice.  With a hint of the tropics you can make this slightly more spicy if you decide to add some red pepper.  This recipe is easy, delicious and full of nutrients! Black rice contains more fiber and more protein than brown rice.  It also gives you some great antioxidants!  These antioxidants help to protect your cells from damage and are linked to lower risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other…

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Sweet Potato Falafel Salad with Crispy Chickpeas

Sweet Potato Falafel Salad with Crispy Chickpeas This recipe has a few pieces to it, but don’t get overwhelmed.  It is pretty easy, and it is super delicious!  Start to finish plan for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  To make it easier the night of, you can start with making the crispy chickpeas.  You can do this ahead of time also, they keep well in the refrigerator for up to 7 days!  Then make your falafel.  Last, assemble your salads. This salad is vegetarian and gluten-free–now that is hard to do! …

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