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Thai Peanut Chicken Ramen Noodle Salad

Crispy romaine is shredded and served as a base for noodles, crunchy cucumbers, shredded carrots, chopped cilantro and basil, creamy avocado and peanuts. Oh, and of course the chicken! A slightly spicy peanut dressing is drizzled over the salad to complete a satisfying, healthy salad that you’ll want to eat all week long, on repeat all summer.

If you haven’t been able to tell, I have a ramen thing. I ate a ton of that cheap, 99 cent packets with the dried noodles and flavoring packets when I was a kid. It was my favorite lunch. And I could cook it myself. What can I say, I am a kid of the 90’s. Now that we’ve all come to realize how unhealthy those little flavored packets are (how can so much sodium possibly be shoved into one tiny packet!?), I’ve turned to homemade ramen. Well, actually that took a long time, before I became a little more…

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Chicken Cashew Crunch Salad with Sesame Dressing

A bright, fresh salad that is anything but ordinary. It has a satisfactory crunch thanks to dried chow mein noodles, cashews and cabbage. Chicken brings it all together to make it a filling, healthy dinner, where no one will walk away hungry.

I find it quite fascinating how our bodies naturally gravitate towards certain foods certain times of the year. Winter time, I generally crave comfort, hearty meals that are full of carbs. As I am sure most of us do. We have to store that extra fat or replenish those calories after being in the cold and burning through stored energy. So naturally, when the weather changes, the warmth begins to float through the air, my cravings then turn away from stick-to-your-bones meals, towards lighter, fresher meals. It’s such a natural process that most of the time we don’t even notice that it’s happening. But sometimes…

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Chorizo and Potato Tacos with Super Crunch Salad

Flavorful chorizo and crispy potatoes are spooned over corn tortillas and piled high with a lettuce and cabbage salad. These will be your new go-to Taco Tuesday tradition.

I hope you aren’t all sick of salads yet, because I have a few more to come. At the moment at least, I am sure I’ll make more as the summer progresses. I guess technically this isn’t a salad, but it has a salad topping. So, yeah. Moving on. We are typically traditional taco people. I’m talking ground beef, veggies all in a hard shell taco. The kids love it, I love it, it’s great. But, once in a while, I like to try to mix things…

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Chicken Shawarma Naan Salad with Sweet Potato Fries

Naan acts as a killer vessel for hummus, chicken, sweet potato fries, spinach, cucumbers, avocado, tomatoes, and feta cheese. A fantastic dinner, or great lunch. Incredibly satisfying and filling makes the time to cook and prep all worth it.

Chicken seems to my jam lately. I’m all into chicken dinners these days. It’s always been my favorite type of meat. And that’s coming from someone who could eat meat once a month and be happy. Since my husband is a huge meat person, I compromise as meal planner and do about half vegetarian and half meat meals throughout the week. That way…

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Three Cheese and Bacon Hand Pies

Savory hand pies filled with three different types of cheese, rosemary and bacon. Encapsulated in a buttery, flaky crust, what’s not to love?

What is it about hand pies that makes food that much cuter and desirable? I don’t know, but I’m loving it. It’s almost like a test to see how many amazing flavors you can pack into one little treat. Do you serve it for snack? As a side dish? Or as an appetizer? Or maybe even a midnight snack? The choices are endless! I vote all of the above. And don’t even get me started on…

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Falafel Naan Wraps with Golden Rice

A dinner you will want to have over and over again. Fresh naan is a base for golden rice, veggie and chickpea falafels, shredded lettuce, sliced cucs and a drizzle of yogurt sauce. Meal prep and you could have this all week!

I am so so SO excited to share this recipe with you. Do you remember how I shared the naan with you a few weeks ago? Well, I was just trying to warm you up and get you ready for this dinner. Because dammnnn you need this. Tonight. Right now. This is one of those meals that I could barely contain my excitement for when I put it on the weekly menu. It’s dangerous going into a first-time dinner with high expectations because those can fail miserably. But, I just had the feeling. My mind was seriously…

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Indian Coconut Butter Cauliflower

This is a healthier version of butter chicken. Coconut milk makes it rich and creamy while cauliflower is subtly swapped for the chicken. This is an easy, satisfying weeknight meal that will please all at the table.

This dish is for all of those who are still in, what it may seem like, the the throes of winter. We got a big enough snow storm Monday to cancel school. And it has been spitting snow off and on for a few days this week. I know out west is getting hit hard. I feel you people! I find the snow to be beautiful, and I really don’t mind it a whole lot, but I am definitely ready to retire my…

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Chop Suey

Chop suey with a new face lift. This transformed dish is now bursting with more flavor and is the perfect comfort food dish for the colder months. Hamburger, pasta and tomatoes come together to make your new favorite dish.

This is actually a recipe I posted years ago, but I felt it needed a serious update. It is a favorite recipe in my family, one that my oldest requests all year long. I try to save it for the colder, winter months because it is an ideal comfort food. It also makes excellent leftovers. Over the years, I have tweaked the recipe nearly every time I make it. I finally found the perfect changes that result in a super flavorful meal the first night. Generally..

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Chicken Curry with Zucchini Noodles

Healthy, satisfying curry that is filled with fresh vegetables, zucchini noodles and chicken. Served with flatbread for a dipping vessel, and you have yourself the perfect weeknight meal. Quick and easy, this will satisfy any curry lover, or on the fence curry questionables.

Now that the weather is finally on the downward trend for cooler temperatures, I am diving headfirst into the comfort/cold weather foods. Soup is pretty much on the menu weekly, and the carb/meat dishes are making their way to the top. Hot cider is a regular, since it’s not quite time for hot chocolate. The viewing of the last of the colorful leaves is a daily enjoyment. And the time change is the real signal for the winter days to come. I don’t know about you..

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Chicken Coconut Curry with Rice Noodles

Healthy, quick and satisfying, this curry is a great way to welcome fall with its warm flavors and end of summer veggies.

I don’t know about you all, but I live for the change of seasons. I love all seasons equally, but I get tired of them as they progress. So, I am always super happy when a new season comes rolling in. Living in New England, the season change can be very subtle, like soft butter spread over warm toast. It slowly slides in, with small temperature changes, summer blooms fade away, and the air begins to move from the heavy moisture to crisper, cleaner smells. Other times, the change of season is like bam! a rock just got thrown into a pond disturbing the ever-still water and causing a ripple effect. The temperatures drop drastically over night, causing...

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