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Spicy Sesame Noodles with Roasted Chicken

I had leftover roasted chicken to use up so I decided to make a spicy sesame noodle dish with chicken, carrots, bell pepper, fresh basil, and cilantro. I made a sesame and soy dressing that made this dish extra...

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Banana Oatmeal Bread

I had two very ripe bananas that needed to be used up so I decided to bake a banana oatmeal bread from Cooking Light. I adapted the recipe a bit by using both whole wheat and regular flour, both...

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Vegetable Loaded Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing

I needed to clean out the refrigerator so this salad has a little bit of everything in it. I usually make my House Salad but I think I will be making this one more often because I loved that...

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Low Fat Buttermilk Dill Dressing

I made a simple salad filled with vegetables and decided to make a quick and easy buttermilk salad dressing to go with it. I found some fresh dill in the refrigerator and decided it would be the perfect dressing...

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Vegetable and Kale Soup

We had yet another rainy day here in Oregon so I made a big pot of vegetable soup. I decided to add some kale, because I love it in soups, and some white cannellini beans for protein. This soup...

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Blueberry Lemon Surprise Muffins

I recently day dreamed about making blueberry muffins with a bit of lemon curd floating inside so I decided to make them this weekend with my kids. The lemon curd blended in with the cake instead of floating in...

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Cream Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers

We had friends come over to celebrate Cinco de Mayo last night. We had a fantastic time hanging out, drinking margaritas, and eating tasty food. I made Chicken Tortilla Soup and we had loads of chips, salsa, bean dip...

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Steak, Anaheim Chile, and Scallion Tacos with Guacamole and Cotija Cheese

My friend Stephanie sent me an e-mail that featured healthy and tasty Mexican recipes from Eating Well (thank you Steph). They had a steak taco with grilled scallions and chiles that looked amazing. I re-created my own version of...

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Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I love all potatoes but one of my very favorite dishes is roasted garlic mashed potatoes. They are so flavorful, creamy, and delicious. I love rich and buttery mashed potatoes but when making them at home I try to...

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Asian Inspired Braised Beef Short Ribs

My rib loving sister was visiting us so I decided to make her some ribs. We picked up some beef short ribs at the store and decided to marinate them in an Asian style sauce then braise them in...