Kung Pao Roasted Chickpeas

If I am being honest, at times, eating healthy and the meal planning associated with it feels like too much.  It would be a whole lot easier to just forget about it, order take out, warm something up, or eat eggs for dinner.  Not that there is anything wrong with any of those things – in moderation, of course.  If I don’t take the time to plan, I default to cycling through the same few healthy meal items on repeat.  And, believe it or not, its hard to get people stoked about zucchini noodle pasta for the 3rd time this month. I call it the dinner-time rut!  I find it…

Apricot Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

Its summer!!!   If you live in the PNW or are lucky enough to pass through in the summer, then you know that it truly is breathtaking.  I may be a bit biased but come on, you guys.  The proximity to both the ocean and the mountains makes makes for some spectacular scenery no matter where you look. Here in the PNW, that means hiking, backpacking, and camping!  So far, we have soaked in as much beach, mountains, and rainforest as our schedules allowed.  LOVE summer time in the PNW! As rejuvenating as a weekend hiking can be, it can also leave your body feeling pretty fatigued.  So when it…

The Best Turkey Green Chili

For me, on rare occasions, I will make something that just tastes like it belongs.  It feels like home.  I don’t mean the home I grew up in or even food from my background.  I mean that it is a dish that I know will be made over and over again for many many years to come.  It will be a staple in our family’s repertoire; the meal we gather around for game nights, make for parties, and crave after we have been away.  Its not something fancy, but might as well be fillet mignon.  Do you have a dish like that?  Your “home” dish? I do.  It’s this Green…

Skillet Cornbread

Cornbread is one of those comfort foods that never falls out of style or out of season.  Its the Levi’s jeans of side dishes.  It’s equally acceptable alongside a pile of barbecued ribs in the summer and a bowl of chili after the weather has begun to turn.  Like a biscuit, its even acceptable at breakfast!  This was just as true 20 years ago as it is today. I’ll admit I love cornbread.  I build entire meals around it!  Where do you stand?  Love it, hate it, or somewhere in the middle?  I don’t know that I have ever met someone who truly hated cornbread, but I have met many…
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Basil Pink Grapefruit Spritz Cocktail & Mocktail

The past few years I have been on a quest for he perfect light, refreshing summer drink.  I am not a big drinker by any means.  I am “one and done” kind of girl when it comes to alcohol (excuse the college basketball reference, ladies).  So nope, not a big drinker.  But, do you know what that means?  That ONE drink is going to be a mighty good one. So I don’t take my quest for the perfect summer drink lightly.  My perfect drink is something that can be made in large batches when entertaining and has an equally as tasty non-alchoholic version.  Basically, I need the drink to go…
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