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Luscious Japanese Daifuku Cakes

No Comments | Written on February 27, 2015 at 4:29 pm , by

No, that’s not a typo and we didn’t sneeze. Daifuku means “great luck” in Japanese and is a type of cake served in the country. If you’ve never tried them, you’ll love the wonderfully dense flavor and delicate lightness to the dessert. Try them the next time you’re having a dinner party, as they’re a wonderful dessert to enjoy while people are having conversation. As a single serving dessert idea, they also make a great item to bring along to your next potluck. Serve these with some coffee or green tea on the sides and people will love them!

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Crockpot Tender French Beef Stew With a Twist (Healthy Beef Bourguignon)

No Comments | Written on February 12, 2015 at 11:40 am , by

By now, you’ve probably had a dozen and a half French beef stew recipes. However, they can be loaded with butter and fat, which does serious damage to our waistlines. We really don’t know how the French can stay so slim. Well, maybe we do. It could have something to do with recipes like this one.

Try out our healthier version of the classic French recipe and let us know what you think! This simple crockpot recipe is perfect for people watching their weight, or those who want their meals to have a bit more nutritional pop.

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Comforting Chicken, Barley, and Carrot Soup

No Comments | Written on February 3, 2015 at 2:36 pm , by

This is THE soup for this awfully cold weather. With barley, chicken, carrot, and a flavorful broth in the mix, it’s a delicious and hearty way to get your vitamins and minerals during these months. This recipe is a perfect way to use a rotisserie chicken, and this is a great replacement for the boring old chicken noodle soup when you’re sick.

Feel free to substitute things like quinoa or noodles in place of the barley, the soup will still be delicious! Make a vegetarian version by omitting the chicken altogether and subbing in vegetable broth instead of the chicken broth.

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Unbelievable Banana Crepes with Homemade Nutella

No Comments | Written on January 28, 2015 at 10:04 am , by

In the spirit of clearing out the pantry and not leaving the house during the snowstorm, we bring you another few-ingredient recipe that you’re sure to love. This time, it’s banana crepes with homemade chocolate hazelnut spread. We love the  simplicity of this recipe, and by creating every component you know exactly what goes into your food. Serve this with a glass of skim milk and some hash browns, and you can have a filling breakfast or snack while the weather outside stays blustery.

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The Best Winter Ratatouille Ever?

No Comments | Written on January 22, 2015 at 9:26 am , by

Ratatouille may sound foreign, and it is! It’s a French vegetable dish that makes a wonderful winter dinner. This recipe is a classic, and we didn’t do much to the original, because it’s pretty much perfect. When served as a side, meatless main course, or even as a healthy snack, this versatile dish is fantastic. Plus, you can transition this dish from winter to the warmer months, as it can also be served cold.

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Simple Roast Chicken With Herb Crust and Seasonal Vegetables

No Comments | Written on January 15, 2015 at 9:26 am , by

Roasting a chicken on a bed of seasonal vegetables is one of our favorite winter pastimes. There’s something so comforting about the routine of it. So, while we usually give you twists on classics, we thought we’d stick to the basics here. This is the best tender and juicy roast chicken and vegetables recipe we’ve had in awhile. With a bed of veggies being basted by the caramelizing juices of the roasting chicken, your home is going to smell unbelievable. What’s even better is this one-dish meal can be made simply during the week or dressed up for the weekend.

Feel free to experiment with this basic recipe. Our version does an herb oil/butter on the top of the chicken. But a dry rub can also work, just make sure the inside of the chicken is stuffed with something like citrus to keep it moist. You can even whip up a barbecue sauce and use that in place of the herbs. There’s a reason this meal idea is a classic, and we hope you love it as much as we do.

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Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Fresh Berry-Pomegranate Sauce

No Comments | Written on January 8, 2015 at 8:55 am , by

Panna cotta is a traditional Italian dessert made when you blend cream, egg whites, and honey. This recipe adds some vanilla bean to the mix, and creates a wonderful depth of flavor. The addition of a fresh berry and pomegranate sauce really ups the elegance of this recipe.

Perfect for a more formal get-together, this creamy dessert is one of our winter favorites. For a fun twist on this recipe, you can even make it into a mold of your choosing.

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Spicy Kung Pao Chicken Stir-Fry

No Comments | Written on January 7, 2015 at 8:55 am , by

Chinese food doesn’t just have to be something you order in when things are hectic or you’ve spent a long day at the office. The recipes are surprisingly simple to prepare, and come out tasting like they came from the place down the block. This Kung Pao Chicken Stir-Fry makes a wonderful main course, and one of our favorite ways to enjoy this quick Asian recipe is by enjoying it in lettuce wrap form!

This flavorful meal can be adjusted to your personal spice preference. If you’re anything like us, you like to add a bunch of spicy Thai peppers to the recipe. Just make sure that you have some ice water or cold milk on hand to help you cool off!

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