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Light Fried Vietnamese Vegetarian Spring Rolls

No Comments | Written on March 4, 2015 at 4:59 pm , by

Don’t you just love that it’s March, and the weather outside is still ridiculously cold and dreary? Anyway, we’ve decided to fully embrace Spring, even though it’s not officially here yet. That includes preparing some lighter faire to help us get ready for the warmer weather. Spring rolls are one of our favorite Asian appetizers to enjoy normally, and this vegetarian version is just perfect for Lent! Even the meat eaters are going to love this simple starter.

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Fresh Avocado and Spinach Breakfast Sandwiches

No Comments | Written on March 3, 2015 at 11:38 am , by

We love breakfast, and we sometimes overdo it. Instead of continuing to overeat, we have put a spin on the traditional breakfast. These delicious breakfast sandwiches make a healthy alternative to the usual English muffin sandwiches, and they’re guaranteed to fill you up! With the healthy fats from avocado and the nutrients from the spinach, you’re bound to get your day started off on the right foot!

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Light and Airy Tofu Tacos

No Comments | Written on March 2, 2015 at 9:58 am , by

We know, we know. When tofu’s in a recipe, it’s usually bland and has the consistency of soaked cardboard. However, we’ve finally found a recipe which includes tofu that actually tastes good! These tacos are a wonderful meatless way to enjoy some delicious Tex-Mex flavor without piling on the calories. Serve these with some low-fat cheese, Greek yogurt, and freshly prepared guacamole on the side for a surprisingly healthy meal idea. If you’re feeling like making it a first atmosphere, you can prepare some whole fruit margaritas and really get the party started!

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Party-Ready Pickle, Pepper, and Cheese Skewers

No Comments | Written on February 26, 2015 at 3:00 pm , by

There’s something about hosting or attending a party and having to bring food that gives people the shivers. It really doesn’t have to be that crazy, you can whip up just a few items with simple ingredients and people will love it! Also remember that the party is not so much about the food as it is about the company and conversation. That being said, these simple  skewers make a wonderful appetizer people can pick up and snack on without slowing down the party!

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You Can’t Deny This Baklava

2 Comments | Written on February 26, 2015 at 9:08 am , by

Baklava is such a wonderful dessert that comes from Greece (or Turkey, depending on who you talk to). We love it because it’s loaded with wonderfully sweet flavors, and is lighter than something like a brownie. This makes a wonderful winter dessert if you’re getting tired of all the cakes and pies but still crave a sweet dessert. This goes wonderfully with your favorite tea or coffee, and we like to enjoy it as a weekend breakfast.

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The Mini Pizzas of Your Dreams

No Comments | Written on February 24, 2015 at 11:24 am , by

We can’t get enough of pizza, and might actually be in love with the easy recipe. However, it can be really easy to go overboard with America’s favorite food. Instead of calling the local delivery place and ordering yourself a greasy pie, why not prepare these simply scrumptious mini pizzas? They’re a perfectly portion controlled way of enjoying the cheesy deliciousness.

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Baked Mostaccioli with Ground Turkey

No Comments | Written on February 23, 2015 at 2:34 pm , by

We absolutely LOVE mostaccioli, and the cheesy baked variety is our specialty. However, we completely know what a calorie monster the classic Italian dish can be, and don’t care to partake in that on a daily basis. Instead of packing on the pounds with the traditional version, why not give this lightened up pasta recipe a try? This makes a wonderful main course for potlucks, as everyone can help themselves. Plus, you can actually cook this recipe and store it until you’re ready to enjoy. Don’t worry, we tell you exactly how to do so below!

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Sassy, Spicy Slow-Cooker Chicken Vindaloo

2 Comments | Written on February 20, 2015 at 12:00 pm , by

We can’t get over Indian cuisine. There’s something about the combination of spices, vegetables, and meats that’s purely intoxicating. We often  go to our local Indian restaurant and spend way too much money, mainly because it’s a treat of food that we can’t make at home. Or can we? Try out this chicken Vindaloo recipe that’s made in a slow-cooker!

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The Simplest Fruit Tarts Ever

No Comments | Written on February 19, 2015 at 9:08 am , by

We love fruit tarts, and these simple little desserts are like bites of heaven. Serve these as part of your dessert tray during a quiet weekend brunch, or bring them to your next church potluck for an elegant sweet treat! We love to prepare the bases in advance, freeze them, and then fill with fresh fruit just prior to serving. Vary this recipe as you like, it’ll be a hit!

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Irresistibly Nutty Waffle Fruit Cups

No Comments | Written on February 18, 2015 at 4:40 pm , by

If there’s anything we love more than a waffle recipe, it’s a waffle cup that’s stuffed with fresh fruit. This recipe might look like something you buy in Europe from a fancy pastry shop, but it’s an unbelievably simple breakfast or dessert that you can pull off at home. All you need are a few simple ingredients you probably have at home. If you don’t have one of the shallow waffle presses, feel free to make this a crepe on a griddle instead!

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