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Homemade enchilada sauce

Enchiladas are the beautiful type of meal that is hard to mess up. This is why they’re a gem for cooking newbies; just wrap something in a tortilla, cover it with sauce and cheese, and bake it. It will be delicious. It’s kind of like a stir fry: you add whatever you want, and somehow,…

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The Best Pasta Salad You Will Ever Have in Your Entire Life

It’s a bold statement, but this truly is the best pasta salad ever. We went to our little cousin’s birthday party last weekend, and while it was a blast to hang out with the fam, swim with Livi and hear her sing “Happy Birthday,” the star of my heart was a pasta salad. Not just any…

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Sweet potato chicken salad

For having a husband who flies planes for a living, I don’t really love flying. I see it as a necessary evil, and while I don’t have full-blown panic attacks or anything like that, it’s not my favorite thing. With every sound I’m convinced that something will happen, and each flight usually involves at least…

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Polenta Pesto Lasagna

I’m not sure what happened to me this week, but I’ve been extra inspired to try out new recipes. Sometimes I don’t post any recipes because I’ve been living off salad beasts and egg burritos, other times, I have so much I want to cook and share! This is one of those times, so I’m…

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PRO Meals: Salmon Cakes

Happy Monday! Anything exciting happening this week? I’m not sure what we’re up to today, but the weather’s been gorgeous so I’ll probably see if some friends want to meet up at the splash pad or zoo. I do know that we’re having these salmon cakes for lunch, though. Recipe to follow! Around the House I’m kind of…

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Sweet and spicy cucumber salad

Hiiii, how’s your August going so far? 😉 I love hearing about your goals and what you’re reading this month. Be sure to check in tomorrow morning for the August workout calendar! (If you subscribe to my newsletter, you’ll get it first thing in the am.) It’s been a great day over here. I got…

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Healthy buffalo chicken salad

and baked chicken nuggets! It’s been quite a while since I’ve had a nugget– so long in fact that I didn’t think I missed them. It’s all about the dipping choices, anyway 🙂 Buuuut, then I made this awesome new salad and in the process created some healthy, gluten-free nuggets! Liv and I have been…

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Homemade nut cheese

Whenever I see a food that looks AMAZING, I can’t.get.it.outta.my.mind until I get my fix. It happened recently when a green smoothie -I’ve been thinking about the blended salads I used to make so often!- and again when I read Gena’s post about nut cheese. It’s been quite a while since I’ve had nut-based cheese…

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Sweet Potato Pesto Pasta {gf with an easy Paleo/vegan option}

Last night was girls’ night since the Pilot had a late flight. When Liv woke up from a 3-hour nap (I finished up some to-dos, and even got to read and paint my toenails! Hallelujahhhhh), we had an awesome lunch together. I’d been wanting to make her something with fresh basil since she loves picking…

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Cranberry Quinoa “Stuffing”

Why must turkey be the official Thanksgiving mascot? It makes me sad because I know so much work goes into preparing an entire turkey, but to me, the meal could do without it. This is also coming from the girl who prefers deli meat over roasted. *Hides head in shame* We were at Eclectic Cafe…

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Mini Goat Cheese Chili Relleno Casseroles

Hi 🙂 Catching up from the long weekend? I ran my first postpartum half marathon. I’m wicked sore, but am happy to be back in the game. Thank you again for all of the wonderful birthday wishes, too! Chili rellenos were never my favorite Mexican dish. If I was going to have Mexican, which was…

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Cook and use an entire pumpkin: seeds to skin

It started off with a desire to make Liv some baby food, a voluptuous glass of Malbec and a lot of gluten-free crackers, and then this happened. The Pilot was flying Monday night, and usually when he flies late, after Liv’s asleep I’ll either call up girlfriends to come over, catch up on blog stuff…

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