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toddler approved healthy smash cake recipe

Healthy Smash Cake Recipe – No Added Sugar Gluten Free First Birthday Cake

You may have noticed that I've recently started posting recipes again. Hooray! My year+ absence from recipes wasn't entirely because ...
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Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes Since I'm back to publishing recipes (hooray!) and Thanksgiving is almost here, it's the perfect time to ...
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healthy vanilla cupcakes with greek yogurt recipe

Healthy Vanilla Cupcake Recipe

Our Little Gnome recently turned 1 - how is it even possible?! I created a healthy first birthday cake just ...
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sweet potato farro vegetarian chili recipe

Vegetarian Chili Recipe with Sweet Potato Black Beans & Farro

Farro is a favorite in our family! Even our toddler enjoys eating farro. It's an ancient type of wheat  that's been ...
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Easy pumpkin pie cake recipe with Greek yogurt

Easy Pumpkin Pie Cake with Greek Yogurt

The past two years, I've heard people saying the pumpkin pie/pumpkin spice craze has gone too far, but I couldn't ...
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baked green plantain chips recipe

Baked Mariquitas Green Plantain Chips with Greek Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Green plantains will always hold a special place in my heart; the night I met the wonderful man who is ...
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strawberry shortcake cupcakes with whipped cream

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake Recipe with Whipped Cream Frosting

I love strawberries so much! They are absolutely, hands down, my favorite fruit. Where I grew up, u-pick strawberry were fairly ...
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Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies Recipe

As regular readers know, I'm not big on desserts but I occasionally give in and make something for my husband. I'd ...
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Shallot & Onion Greek Yogurt Dip

Shallot & Onion Greek Yogurt Dip

Low-quality filler ingredients, non-nutritive sweeteners, and chemical additives do not agree with my stomach. Unfortunately, these silly and, in my ...
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DIY Spiced Cinnamon Honey Favors - Cinnamon Infused Honey Recipe

DIY Spiced Cinnamon Honey Favors – Cinnamon Infused Honey Recipe

When I was a kid, my mom and I would set up a special night to hand make Valentines. We'd ...
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Cinnamon Spice Meringue Cookies

Cinnamon Spice Meringue Cookies

I love making meringue cookies. They're a favorite of mine whenever we need to bring something to a get together ...
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Sparkling Cranberry Greek Yogurt Muffins

Sparkling Cranberry Greek Yogurt Muffins

Welcome to my first recipe post in forever! Today I'm sharing how to make delightful sparkling cranberry Greek yogurt muffins ...
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easy homemade blanched almond flour recipe

Easy Homemade Blanched Almond Flour/Meal

When I was taking restaurant entrepreneurship classes in college, one of my professors loved emphasizing the importance of overlapping ingredients ...
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Wedding Anniversary Small Batch Cupcake Recipe

Wedding Anniversary Small Batch Cupcake Recipe

It's our anniversary - hooray! Literally. Today is our actual second anniversary! It's kind of like our first, though, because we ...
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bakery style oatmeal cookies recipes

Bakery Style Oatmeal Granola Cookies Recipe

My husband definitely knows how to get me to make him some treats! Whenever he starts daydreaming aloud about Oreos ...
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Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cupcakes - Greek Yogurt Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cupcakes – Greek Yogurt Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Why do so many recipes make 18-24 cupcakes? Unless you're throwing a party, what do you do with all those ...
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Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Haystack Cookies

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Haystack Cookies

Remember last week's preview of dark chocolate almond butter haystack cookies? Well, today's the day for the recipe! These no-bake cookies ...
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Pinto Bean Kale and Veggie Soup - Vegan/Vegetarian Friendly!

Pinto Bean Kale and Veggie Soup – Vegan/Vegetarian Friendly!

It will probably never cease to amaze me that people think preparing homemade, healthy food is more expensive than eating ...
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Paleo & Vegan Chocolate Banana Bites

Paleo & Vegan Chocolate Banana Bites

What is it about bananas and chocolate that makes such a great combination? I'm actually not even a big banana ...
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Honey Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe

Honey Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe

When I didn't publish a recipe last week, I offered a preview of deliciousness to come: these honey cinnamon soft ...
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Mint Tea Homemade Marshmallows

Mint Tea Homemade Marshmallows

I basically can't resist anything minty. When I was a kid, I loved picking wild mint at my grandparents' house ...
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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Curried Beans and Lentils

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Curried Beans and Lentils

We are very proud to announce we are now the owners of ... a slow cooker that actually works!! For ...
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Greek yogurt cake batter dip - no cake mix healthy cake batter dip

Greek Yogurt Cake Batter Dip – No Cake Mix Cake Batter Dip

Our Friday night grocery shopping trips have turned into a significant source of recipe inspiration, but I'm beginning to suspect ...
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Homemade Cinnamon Honey "Graham" Crackers with Greek Yogurt Recipe

Homemade Cinnamon Honey “Graham” Crackers with Greek Yogurt Recipe

We tend to do our grocery shopping on Friday night. It sounds strange, but it's a time that works for us ...
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mostly make-ahead roast potatoes

Mostly Make-Ahead Roast Potatoes

Everyone feels like they don't have enough time, and when people don't have enough time they have to cut activities ...
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Greek yogurt gingerbread muffins

Spicy Gingerbread Muffins with Greek Yogurt

Spicy Gingerbread Muffins with Greek Yogurt Gingerbread muffins definitely are not just for Christmas. Gingerbread baking is such a warm, comforting ...
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Greek yogurt pumpkin pie bars

Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pie Bars

This recipe for Greek yogurt pumpkin pie bars may be healthier, but please do not delude yourself: these are not actually ...
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pumpkin oatmeal cookies

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies – Egg Free Almond Butter Pumpkin Cookie Recipe

Flying from Hawaii to the eastern side of the Mainland US is hungry business. International flights ply you with  semi-edible food-like substances ...
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Vegetarian Pumpkin Lentil Curry Recipe (with Greek yogurt!)

Vegetarian Pumpkin Lentil Curry Recipe (with Greek yogurt!)

I found pumpkin!! Yes, after weeks of searching, I finally got my hands on some pumpkin. Yahoo! As I wrote ...
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Chocolate Chip Sweet Potato Bread with Greek Yogurt

Chocolate Chip Sweet Potato Bread with Greek Yogurt

Apparently there's a pumpkin shortage going on. No joke! I read the pumpkin pie type of pumpkin crop is down about 50% ...
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Aztec Chocolate Blocks - Paleo Chocolate Gelatin Squares

Aztec Chocolate Blocks – Paleo Chocolate Gelatin Squares

I constantly struggle to eat enough fat. You don't have any sympathy, do you? But it is a problem for ...
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meal prep oven roasted veggies

Weekly Meal Prep Oven Roasted Veggies

As part of our nutrition journey, we're trying to get better at weekly meal prep. Spending a chunk of one ...
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Salted Lime Mexican-Inspired Roasted Onions

Salted Lime Mexican-Inspired Roasted Onions

As a lot of you already know, Papi Chulo is not a big onion person. Even when enjoying his beloved ...
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Soothing Ginger Rice Recipe

Soothing Ginger Rice Recipe

As I've mention before, I've always had an easy to upset stomach. Twisty roads, fatty or spicy foods, non-nutritive sweeteners, ...
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Quinoa Sweet Potato Kale Superfood Skillet Recipe - Vegetarian Friendly

Quinoa Sweet Potato Kale Superfood Skillet Recipe – Vegetarian Friendly

Papi Chulo and I assumed from day one that we wouldn't be able to spend our first anniversary together. In ...
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Paleo Maple Pecan Meringues Recipe

Paleo Maple Pecan Meringue “Cookies” Recipe

Meringue cookies are one of my favorite desserts to make and eat. The ingredients are simple and inexpensive, they keep well, ...
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Orange Creamsicle Protein Gelatin Squares - Easy Workout Snack Recipe

Orange Creamsicle Protein Gelatin Squares – Easy Workout Snack Recipe

This recipe is easy, but it's tasty and makes a fantastic pre/post/mid workout snack. Or, really, just an anytime snack! ...
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How to Make Creamed Honey (with lavender!)

How to Make Creamed Honey (with lavender!)

For years I assumed that creamed honey was somehow whipped until it became creamy and spreadable. I imagined it was ...
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Pre-Workout Cottage Cheese Oatmeal Protein Pancakes - No Protein Powder!

Pre-Workout Cottage Cheese Oatmeal Protein Pancakes – No Protein Powder!

I have eaten these protein pancakes every single morning for over a month with the exception of one single morning ...
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Sesame Cilantro Carrot Salad (Paleo & Vegetarian!)

Asian-Inspired Sesame Cilantro Carrot Salad (Paleo and Vegetarian!)

Finally - another recipe! It's been two weeks since I've posted a recipe because last week I shared why I ...
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Slow Cooker Lechon Asado Plantain Nachos

Cuban-Inspired Slow Cooker Lechon Asado Plantain Nachos

Oh, Papi Chulo. ¿Estas celoso? Don't worry, I will make these again when you are home. I can't wait to ...
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Mango Coconut Quinoa Salad

Mango Coconut Quinoa Salad

Quinoa has been gaining popularity for years. I know I've been aware of it for at least 7 - but ...
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Paleo Almond Butter Breakfast Cookies

Paleo Almond Banana Breakfast Cookies (Gluten Free, Flour Free, Grain Free)

Seeing something labeled a "breakfast cookie" usually makes me laugh out loud. It seems like a lot of the recipes ...
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Easy Cuban-Style Black Beans and Rice

Easy Cuban-Style Black Beans and Rice

I'm pretty sure I could serve my husband black beans and rice every day and he'd be fine with it.  The ...
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Paleo Chai Spice Grain Free Granola (Gluten Free, Oat Free)

Paleo Chai Spice Grain Free Granola (Gluten Free, Oat Free)

I have to bring all of the snacks on the airplane. All of them. Or, at least, all of the ...
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Mashed Paleo Purple Sweet Potatoes with Lime and Coconut

Mashed Paleo Purple Sweet Potatoes with Lime and Coconut

I don't tend to post my crafting and culinary failures. I know some bloggers do, and some people think they ...
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Greek Yogurt Caramelized Onion Bacon Dip (No Mayo!)

Greek Yogurt Caramelized Onion Bacon Dip (No Mayo!)

You know that situation where 1) you suddenly find out about an event you need to attend and 2) that ...
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Paleo Chocolate Pistachio Date Rolls - Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten Free Snack Recipe

Paleo Chocolate Pistachio Date Rolls – Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten Free Snack Recipe

Don't you love recipes that are easy, delicious, and at least mostly good for you? Dates do have a lot ...
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Paleo Chocolate Coconut Granola

Paleo Chocolate Coconut Granola – Grain Free, Oat Free Granola Recipe

A few months ago, I noticed this neat product called "Renola" at the Commissary. It's granola without any oats or ...
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Paleo Pistachio Muffins - Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free Muffin Recipe

Paleo Pistachio Muffins – Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free Muffin Recipe

Let's be honest; most Paleo muffins are things you eat because your friend brought them to the gym and you ...
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Paleo Pecan Stuffed, Bacon Wrapped Dates

Paleo Pecan Stuffed, Bacon Wrapped Dates

I'd never eaten a bacon wrapped date until a few nights ago, but now I'm not sure where they've been ...
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Orange Chocolate Dipped Almonds with Treat Bag Printable

Orange Chocolate Dipped Almonds with Treat Bag Printable

Today I decided to give in to my desire for chocolate and use it as an opportunity to create a ...
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Grapefruit Meringue Baked Alaska - Paleo Dessert Recipe

Grapefruit Meringue Baked Alaska – Paleo Dessert Recipe

I love grapefruit, but buying a bag of them at Costco was a pretty bold move. They're delicious and juicy ...
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Spaghetti Squash with Italian Bell Pepper & Broccoli - Paleo and Vegetarian!

Spaghetti Squash with Italian Bell Pepper & Broccoli – Paleo and Vegetarian!

I think a lot of people misunderstand the Paleo "diet." It has a reputation as being all bacon and burgers, but that really ...
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Paleo Avocado Tuna Salad with Bumble Bee New Year New You

Paleo Avocado Tuna Salad with Bumble Bee New Year New You

You know how you don't go see the sites in your town until company comes to visit? This post is ...
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Paleo Chocolate Avocado Green Smoothie Recipe

Paleo Chocolate Avocado Green Smoothie Recipe

At first glance, this smoothie simply seems thick and chocolaty. It is both of these things, but it's also secretly ...
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white chocolate cranberry cookies made with cream cheese

The Softest White Chocolate Cranberry Cream Cheese Cookies

We've been keeping it pretty low-sugar and low-carb around here for the last few weeks, but it is, after all, ...
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kale cranberry salad with homemade orange dressing

Kale Cranberry Salad with Mandarine Orange Vinaigrette – Vegetarian and Paleo

I may or may not have purchased a huge bag of mandarin oranges at Costco under the assumption that they ...
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Chipotle Greek Yogurt Pasta Salad

Chipotle Cheddar Southwestern Pasta Salad (With Greek Yogurt!)

Friends tease me about adding Greek yogurt to everything. They have good reason to! I do try to swap Greek ...
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Paleo Oven Roasted Asparagus w Mustard Sauce

Roast Asparagus with Paleo Mustard Shallot Sauce

I wrote "Brussels sprouts" on my shopping list the other day, but at the store I put asparagus in my cart, ...
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fluffernutter cookies with homemade fluff

Fluffernutter Sandwich Cookies with Homemade Marshmallow Creme

Recently, I was scrolling through Pinterest looking at all sorts of whoopee pies and sandwich cookies when I realized that I'd ...
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slow cooker ginger applesauce

Slow Cooker Ginger Applesauce

One of the (many) great things about fall is all the wonderful fresh apples. Back in South Carolina, I loved heading ...
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recipe for cake-like fluffy peanut butter cookies

Perfectly Puffy Peanut Butter Cookies

Sometimes I wonder how food conventions start. I mean, when was it decided that cheddar cheese (well, most of it) ...
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Black Rice Coconut Mango Pudding

Black Rice Mango Pudding

When I saw black rice at the store the other week, I bought it without a specific plan. I knew ...
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garlic cheese crisps

Baked Garlic Cheese Crisps

I really love cheese. My family still laughs about how I made up my own mealtime blessing as a small ...
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easy black bean hummus

Black Bean Hummus

Papi Chulo started asking if I could make black bean hummus sometime around Thanksgiving. I told him I could and would, but it ...
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Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Pretzel Bark

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Bark

This peanut butter cup chocolate pretzel bark is super delicious and would make a great gift, if you can stand ...
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feta mint watermelon salad

Watermelon Lime Feta Mint Summer Salad

When I created this dish, I didn't really stop to think about how it's similar (in some ways) to the ...
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feta mint israeli couscous salad recipe

Feta Mint Israeli Couscous Salad

I think of grocery store herb plant purchases as one use wonders. It seems like most of the plants I ...
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Slow Cooker Lechon Asado (Cuban Pork Roast)

Slow Cooker Lechon Asado with Pork Tenderloin

Let me begin by admitting that nothing can truly compare to slow-roasting a pork shoulder or whole hog, but sometimes ...
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Plantain Nut Bread Drop Cookies w Pecans

Plantain Nut Bread Drop Cookies

Have you ever eaten banana nut bread that was dense or oily? Yeah, me too. It's not so awesome. These ...
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Paleo Lemon Ginger Asparagus Soup

Paleo Lemon Ginger Asparagus Soup

Winter weather where I live means lots and lots of rain. Sure, it could be worse. It could be freezing, ...
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double chocolate sandwich cookies - homemade oreos recipe

Homemade “Oreos” – Double Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

One measure of recipe success for me is how hard I have to fight to keep enough of the finished ...
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Cuban-Inspired Sweet Plantain Lasagna

Cuban-Inspired Puerto Rican Sweet Plantain Lasagna

Cuban-inspired Puerto Rican lasagna? That seems like about three contradictions in one, doesn't it? Well, Puerto Rican sweet plantain lasagna, ...
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Homemade Eggless Funnel Cakes

Homemade Eggless and Dairy Free Mini Funnel Cakes

Ahhh, aren't funnel cakes true love? A hot, fresh funnel cake covered in sugar and cinnamon is such an amazing ...
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Grown-Up Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Grown-Up Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Macaroni and cheese has always been one of my very favorite foods. I prefer the baked variety with a nice ...
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Acorn Squash With Paleo Sausage Cranberry Stuffing

Roasted Acorn Squash with Paleo Sausage Cranberry Stuffing

Pumpkin steals all the fall squash glory. Don't get me wrong - I love pumpkin and can't get enough of ...
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Cookie Dough Dip with White Beans

Chocolate Chip Heath Bar Cookie Dough Dip (Made with Beans!)

I guess I've been on a sort of dessert kick lately - it is that time of year! Last year ...
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Super Secret Ingredient Healthy Double Chocolate Brownie Batter Dessert Dip

Super Secret Ingredient Healthy Double Chocolate Brownie Batter Dessert Dip

With a name like "double chocolate brownie batter," how on earth could this be even remotely healthy? A sneaky little ...
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Oatmeal Pancakes for Breakfast

Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Pancakes Recipe

I love pancakes but, let's be honest, the average pancake has about as much nutritional value as a biscuit slathered ...
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Greek Yogurt Pumpin Pie Dip Recipe

Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pie Spice Fruit Dip

I absolutely love cooking with pumpkin, and even though the thermometer doesn't think it's fall, I'm determined to start celebrating ...
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Skinny Spinach Dip -Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip Recipe with Spinach & Feta Cheese

Skinny Spinach Dip -Greek Yogurt Veggie Dip Recipe with Spinach & Feta Cheese

I love dips. I don't eat potato chips very often, but I love them with dip, and I adore eating ...
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A chicken and potato curry using only spices you can find at a regular grocery store!

Greek Yogurt Curry Chicken

Do you know how frustrating it is to love curry and cooking curry, but find yourself hours away from the ...
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honey cinnamon roasted pineapple - roast these pineapples in the oven instead of on a grill!

Roasted Pineapple with Honey Cinnamon Glaze – Easy Dessert Recipe

Pineapple is everywhere in Hawaii. On the mainland I'm used to seeing The Pineapple in grocery stores. There is usually ...
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