Carrot Ginger Chopped Chicken Salad

  There’s nothing but selfish ambition going on with this Carrot Ginger Chopped Chicken Salad! It’s true, the intentions for this salad was about me and my desire need to get more veggies in my diet. Anyone else with me?! Now day in and day out I would say that I overall have a consistently […]

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Lemon Asparagus Spaghetti Squash

  Hello Lemon Asparagus Spaghetti Squash! You are light yet satisfying and are ushering me into the world of fresh spring and summer recipes! Thanks in part to the sun actually deciding to come out of hiding this week in Portland!! It is truly a miracle since both Portland and Seattle have had a record breaking […]

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Sweet Potato Power Breakfast

I typically eat the same things for breakfast every week. Do you? It’s usually pretty healthy, but certainly nothing fancy.  We’re talking oatmeal, yogurt, and Minnie Mouse pancakes because well…my sweet toddler LOVES Minnie! She’s pretty famous around here so weekly Minnie pancakes happen often using the most delicious pancake mix in the HISTORY OF […]

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Red Pepper Couscous with Balsamic Chicken

We had an epic snow day week in Portland recently. From a city that sees mostly rain (we’re basically Seattle’s hippy cousin) 12 inches of snow was a big deal! Businesses close, kids don’t go to school and parents with school aged kiddos go a bit crazy. So I’m told…But not us, because when you […]

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Best Dark Chocolate Brownie

May I introduce to you, the Best Dark Chocolate Brownie! After months of taste testing, this version of my dark chocolate recipe totally deserves its title as BEST. Friends, I must say it’s rough being a brownie tester. I mean, it’s truly been unfortunate that we’ve been eating multiple versions of these brownies every week […]

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Loaded Pulled Pork Casserole

We have a mini gong in our living room that we bring out for football season. That’s right, a gong! When our team scores our daughter who is 2 1/2 has the privilege of ringing the gong and screaming, TOUCHDOWN!!!!  As you can imagine, it’s a pretty big hit!  Pun intended.  Ha!!  And while the […]

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Garden Rigatoni Baked Pasta

Sometimes, I just want a big bowl of comforting pasta. And I mean a HUGE bowl of pasta and nothing else.  No healthy salad to go with it, no veggie, no fruit.  Just pasta, and maybe some bread….and I will enjoy every massive carbohydrate bite! Because, it’s comforting, and sometimes “adulting” is hard and well, […]

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Coconut Mango Rice Bowl

Good things always come in bowls.  Like a bowl of ice cream and Lucky Charms and Cesear salad.  Pretty much all of my current pregnancy cravings… All foods that I love and either can’t have or shouldn’t have.  So what’s a girl to do? Make a dish that fulfills my sweet and savory craving that […]

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Blueberry Citrus Salad

Friends, you NEED this Blueberry Citrus Salad in your life!  Because it’s practically been summer in here in Portland and I’ve I’ve got my 90’s summer playlist on Pandora playing non-stop.  We’re talking temperatures in the 90’s!! Whew!  I’m totally a hot weather loving girl.  Send me to a tropical beach or a hike in […]

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Sun-dried Tomato Chicken Wrap

I love lunches that look and taste delicious.  I love lunches that I can whip up in a minimal amount of time, take little effort, yet look like I was slaving in the kitchen.When I need to be on the go, I love lunches that I can throw in my not so cute adult lunch […]

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Raspberry Green Tea Lemonade

When it’s sunny in the Northwest you better believe that everyone is outside and acting like it’s summer.  In the springtime, Portlanders like myself are not ashamed to pretend it’s 80 degrees out, when in fact it’s only 65 degrees.  We are so bold as to wear short sleeves, break out the BBQ and order iced […]

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Mandarin Arugula Flat Bread Pizza

While I adore and am  passionate about eating whole foods and nourishing my body, there is a side of me that is also a pizza and beer kinda gal.  Take me to a pub, give me an iced cold Blue Moon and a cheesy pizza with a football game on and I’m one happy girl!  Then […]

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Tortellini Minestrone Soup

  I grew up in a wheat field about 25 miles south of Spokane Washington.  Whenever we had errands to run such as grocery shopping, banking, Target runs, Dentist etc. we called it, “going to town.” Yes, it’s true, we called it that. This meant that it was economical to accomplish at least two, preferably […]

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Banana Caramel Pecan Ice Cream

Banana Caramel Pecan Ice Cream, you have won me over! Friends, you will not believe how EASY this is to make.  So easy in fact, that you could have this every day, and enjoy to your hearts content without too much guilt. Because, it’s January after all and everything and everyone is all about resolutions […]

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Sweet Almond Pesto Salad

I’m convinced that any dish with pesto in it is incredible! In my world, pesto trump’s all other sauces. I mean, how many sauces do you know can have the starring role in multiple, completely different recipes? How many sauces do you know require little time to make, freeze incredibly well, and can be found […]

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Rosemary Cream Mushroom Pasta

This Rosemary Cream Mushroom Pasta recipe is for the mushroom lovers. Cue the choir, “hallelujah!”  To the mushroom haters, sorry I promise to offer non-mushroom dishes in the future. My husband is one of those mushroom haters.  He claims it’s because he went to school next to a mushroom farm. He really did. I guess […]

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Butternut Squash Carrot Soup

My affection for squash is not just a temporary whim that lasts September through November.  No, my love for squash runs deep, as in year round! Did you know they store exceedingly well in the pantry for months?! No squash is left out in my world. I gladly will accept squash in all shapes, sizes, […]

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Vanilla Orange Pistachio Parfait

  So THIS Vanilla Orange Pistachio Parfait as of late has become my guilt free, mommy-only, while child is napping, treat. I’m sharing it here. Shhhhh… don’t tell my toddler and her friends! You’ll want to make this Vanilla Orange Pistachio Parfait for so many reasons: It’s fast! Enough said. It’s healthy! Hello, to sticking to […]

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White Chocolate Cherry Bites

I’ve got quite the girly girl on my hands. My little one is all about tutus, doll houses, and her “Princess Baby” book.  If you were to step inside my house on any given day you would find baby dolls, or affectionately known as, “beebees” scattered across the house. You might also find, baby doll […]

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