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There’s something about a good, hearty pasta dish that fills up more than just your belly. This dish is comfort food at its best. The sausage gives it that extra substance, and the bright flavors of asparagus, basil and lemon bring it to life. Whenever I make a big pot of this pasta, everyone wants seconds. It’s a summertime staple for us since it comes together in just twenty minutes and doesn’t require turning on the […] Continue reading →

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Whenever I find a healthy recipe that my whole family (toddler included) loves, I feel like throwing my hands in the air like Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act. Hallelujah! It’s a miracle, I swear. I wasn’t expecting quinoa stuffed bell peppers to make the list of healthy foods my little ones love, but oh my goodness did they love these. The mild turkey sausage and quinoa filling is flavorful but not at all overpowering for developing palates. My son even loved the taste of the sweet, softened bell peppers. It’s a great way to use up extra quinoa if you […] Continue reading →

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I’ll be honest with you, I spend a lot of time on Pinterest pinning all sorts of wonderfully festive foods. Complicated flag desserts and beautifully decorated cookies litter my Fourth of July Pinterest board. But for all my grand plans, when it comes down to holiday time I’m usually scrambling to find something that can be whipped up with zero planning. These red, white and blue strawberries are just my speed. They are quick, easy and even fun for little helping hands. My little guys loved making these almost as much as he loved eating them. They’re a stunning addition […] Continue reading →

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I love doughnuts. I mean really, really love doughnuts. When I was pregnant with my son I demanded doughnuts at all hours of the day and night. There were quite a few midnight trips to the Safeway for day old doughnuts when none of the doughnut shops were open. My husband started buying them by the dozen from Doughboys to satiate my constant doughnut need. I guess I shouldn’t have been all that surprised when I gained over 50 pounds with my son (thank goodness I was 22 with an awesome metabolism when I gave birth). Unfortunately, I don’t have […] Continue reading →

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This is by far one of my favorite side dishes to feed my kids. It is one of the only ways I can get them to load up on their veggies and give them a bit of protein all at once! My kids could eat fruit all day long but they always, always snub their veggies unless I dish them up with a heaping helping of carbs mixed in. This vegetable fried rice also makes a wonderful main dish with a little bit of shrimp or teriyaki chicken mixed in. Have you ever made fried rice? What’s your favourite flavour […] Continue reading →

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I love these few weeks before summer really begins. It’s warm but not sweltering, and the days are nice and long. As soon as the weather starts to warm up, I find myself putting food with light, bright flavors on my menu. This easy baked lemon chicken is a huge hit with my family, and pairs beautifully with some of the sweet yellow corn that’s cheap and in season. It requires very little hands-on time, and since I make the marinade in the afternoon it takes a lot of the work off my hands when it’s time to actually make […] Continue reading →

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Okay, so this may not be the health-conscious type of recipe you’re used to seeing from me, but you’ve got to live on the  wild side every once in a while. A group of my favorite ladies from Reno Moms Blog got together last weekend and had a “Favorite Things” party and potluck. I always consider gatherings a get-out-of-jail-free card for eating whatever my heart desires, and it desires this jalapeno popper dip. Always. It disappeared in no time. There probably weren’t enough of us there to justify that we ate an entire batch of jalapeno popper dip, but it […] Continue reading →

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