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TJ’s More than Mac n Cheese

TJ’s More than Mac n Cheese

Over the last few years, I have tried to cut back on processed foods in our house, and hopefully save a few bucks on our grocery bill. One item we have completely eliminated is store-bought, boxed macaroni and cheese. Once I learned the basics on how to make a cheesy béchamel sauce, I figured out [...]

Clean Eating Turkey Meatballs

Clean Eating Turkey Meatballs

I enjoy having a bowl of pasta every now and again, but have never been a huge fan of meatballs – especially those made with red meat and fried in oil. When I started “cleaning up” my diet, I made these meatballs a few times and they were excellent. They pack a serious protein punch [...]

Clean Eating Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Clean Eating Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Muffins have always been a favorite treat of mine. Since I’ve started eating “clean,” a regular muffin from a bakery, grocery store or coffee shop is definitely not on the meal plan. But these muffins are pretty much as clean as you can get and they are AWESOME. They don’t taste low-fat or “healthy” in [...]

Creamy Mediterranean Chicken and Pasta

Creamy Mediterranean Chicken and Pasta

At least twice a month, I cook a whole chicken in my Crock Pot. My family loves the tender meat and vegetables and I save the bones to make homemade bone broth for soups and other dishes. We use the leftover meat throughout the week to make sandwiches, stir-fry, and other meals. I recently came [...]

Cheesy Chicken & Corn Chowder

Cheesy Chicken & Corn Chowder

Fall to me means one thing: a HUGE bowl of soup for dinner. Soup is my favorite food, hands down, and I’ll happily eat it in any season and any kind of weather. But when there’s a chill in the air, a bowl of soup starts calling my name. The inspiration from this soup came [...]

Candy Bar Brownies

Candy Bar Brownies

When Halloween was over this year, I stashed away some leftover candy in the freezer . I had seen multiple posts on Pinterest for candy bar brownies (i.e. brownies with candy bars baked inside) and thought, “Hmmmm… I’m sure I’ll NEED to make those sometime soon.” As November came to a close and I was looking [...]

Clean Eating: Apple Crisp

Clean Eating: Apple Crisp

I’ve recently fallen in love with “clean eating.” For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term (like I was a few months ago), it’s eating little to no processed foods, avoiding alcohol, white flour, white sugar and artificial sweeteners. It’s eating a ton of fresh produce, egg whites, lean meat, rice, beans and [...]

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites with Spicy Avocado Cilantro Dipping Sauce

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites with Spicy Avocado Cilantro Dipping Sauce

I was getting tired of the same old appetizers I had been making for years for our monthly girls’ wine nights and wanted badly to try something different. I have had a bit of an obsession with bacon lately, so I wanted to somehow incorporate that into my new treat. I was perusing Pinterest one [...]

Homemade Granola Bars

Homemade Granola Bars

Granola bars make for a delicious snack. They are filled with oats, dried fruits, sometimes chocolate and they are packed with nutrients. Unfortunately, most kinds you would buy in the store are also filled with a laundry list of ingredients that I’ve never heard of and can’t pronounce. When I started a 30-day clean eating [...]

Three Ingredient Oven Roasted Pot Roast

Three Ingredient Oven Roasted Pot Roast

I know there is a sort of faux pas about using “cream of” soups in recipes or when cooking lately. This is just one of those times you will have to let down your bias and TRY it. This delicious, oven-baked pot roast recipe is a crowd pleaser, a huge hit and a delicious addition [...]