chicken and wild rice soup

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

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As soon as fall arrives, I’m ready for soup. Some soups are quick and easy, others can be made with minimal effort in the slow cooker, and then there are soups like this one. They take a little more time to prepare, but I still see it as a win, because this recipes make a ton and the soup freezes well. We usually eat about half of it when I make it an then I put the other half into containers to freeze. While this soup takes awhile to make, it’s not a lot of hands on time. In fact, a few weeks ago I got a cold and I picked up the ingredients at the grocery when I picked up some cold medicine. I seldom get a cold or a flu (every other year or so), but when I do it knocks me out. For the first few days…

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tomato soup

Roasted Tomato Soup

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A few weeks ago, I made a double batch of this tomato soup and friends brought over fixings for creative grilled cheese sandwiches. White cheddar and green apple? Delicious! Shallots and sharp cheddar? Yum! Grilled cheese may not be the healthiest of foods, but it sure beats a lot of options for weekend game night foods. We stood around the kitchen and dipped grilled cheese sandwiches, hot off the pan, into small bowls of this delicious soup. My kitchen is tiny and there are no seats, but not one of the eight of us moved from the kitchen. It was just that good! Usually when I make this soup, I skip the grilled cheese and pair it with a simple side salad and crusty bread. If you’ve got a grilled cheese on the brain now, try putting some of those grilled cheese fixings in your salad. Spinach, shallots, green apple,…

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Spicy Curried Chicken Salad

Spicy Curried Chicken Salad

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Several years ago I made this Curried Coconut Chicken Salad recipe and accidentally didn’t follow the directions. (Recipes with divided ingredients get me, because I’m in too much of a rush when cooking dinner mid-week.) Even with my mistakes and alterations, it turned out really well! Over the last few years I’ve continued to make a few changes and it’s become a go-to quick recipe at our house. When I make it doesn’t have a dressing; it’s more of chicken salad that you can serve over greens or use to make a sandwich. This comes together really quickly and is even better the second day, so make a chicken or buy a rotisserie chicken and eat some of the meat tonight and then make this Spicy Curried Chicken Salad for tomorrow’s lunch or dinner. In order to keep the mixed greens from getting soggy in a packed lunch, put the…

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Sheet pan veggies

I am Not a Fan of “No”

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This evening I was at the grocery store doing a little Thanksgiving dinner shopping. While checking out and I remarked to my husband, “This is probably the most unhealthy grocery haul we’ve had in awhile.” The cashier made a face and rolled his eyes. “Oh the minimally sweetened granola and the semi-sweet chocolate chips. How unhealthy!”, he mocked. That’s not at all what I was thinking when I said our groceries were unhealthy. I wasn’t thinking about what was coming down the conveyor belt. I was thinking about what wasn’t. Minimal produce. Cranberries only. No vegetables. I knew that I was picking up my CSA (community-supported agriculture) share the next day, but the cashier didn’t. He was thinking of unhealthy being the things I did eat rather than the things I didn’t. Even though I have a weekly CSA share, I still usually buy a good quantity of vegetables at…

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Butter flour

I Don’t Healthify My Dessert

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Let me lay this out there first, I have a sweet tooth. I have tried many things to help my sweet tooth. I’ve completely eliminated sweets for months. (That wasn’t fun.) I’ve used whatever natural sugar was in vogue at the time. It’s super confusing to keep up with the sweetener and natural dessert trends. Sweeteners quickly swing from being the new hotness to something to avoid. And trying to do so made me obsessed with sweets! Not really the result I was going after. So I stopped. I stopped looking for the best naturally sweetened chocolate chip cookie. I stopped looking for the best ice cream that was dairy free and naturally sweetened. Desserts full of flavor Instead I started eating dessert that is full of flavor and not ‘free’ of anything, except regrets. I slow down and savor every bite. I try to taste every flavor. Is that…

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Cinnamon Maple Walnuts

Cinnamon Maple Walnuts

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I just love the fall. I like the crisp smell of the leaves and going hiking with the rest of the leaf peepers in the mountains. And the food. With the fall comes a variety of squashes that can be seasoned and spiced to bring out the sweetness of savoriness. Fall is also a time that I put cinnamon on everything (more so than normal). Cinnamon is simultaneously sweet and spicy flavor makes it my favorite spice. Fall is coming. I want cinnamon-y snacks, but not something super sweet. Snacks are for that long stretch between lunch and dinner, not dessert. My office is full of potato chips, soda, M&Ms, and sugary granola bars. Those aren’t going to satisfy. Nuts make a pretty good afternoon snack, so I made these Cinnamon Maple Walnuts. You could probably use pecans or almonds if you have those on hand. I buy my walnuts…

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Sheet pan ginger salmon and veggies

Ginger Salmon and Green Bean Sheet Pan Meal

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I meal plan each week, but sometimes we run out of food before the week is up. Maybe we had planned to go out to dinner and didn’t or we had friends join us for dinner when we didn’t expect it. It tends to creep up on me. In the morning while I’m making breakfast, I look in the fridge and have the realization that I don’t have anything to make for dinner. This is one of the recipes I turn to when I need to pick up the ingredients after work, make the meal, and still eat dinner at a reasonable hour. It has a marinade, but don’t let that stump you. It’s a quick marinade that still adds a lot of flavor. This recipe is also great if you’ve fallen into a pattern of making salmon the same way or if you are not sure how to cook…

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Veggies for breakfast in these roasted veggie breakfast tacos

Roasted Veggie Breakfast Tacos with Mint Pepita Sauce

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Now that we’re well into fall, you’ve probably seem as many pumpkin and pumpkin spiced recipes online as there are leaves in my yard. Fall brings pumpkin mania mostly in the form of roasted pumpkin, but don’t forget about shelled pumpkin seeds. Pepitas (also called pumpkin seeds) have a nutty taste and are great for snacking either raw or roasted. This recipe uses them like a pine nut in a pesto-like sauce. Like many seeds, they have a great flavor and are highly nutritious. Pepitas are an excellent source of protein, fiber, iron, zinc, magnesium, manganese, and niacin.  The key to perfectly roasted sweet potatoes is chopping them into pieces that are the same size. I half the sweet potato, so I have an even cutting surface. Then I slice it into several vertical slices. Then I lay half of the slices down horizontally and make both parallel and perpendicular slices….

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