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Roasted Vegetable Tart

  A delicious & healthy summer side-dish that will steal all the attention at the next backyard barbecue!   Convincing the men in my life to eat vegetables is almost as difficult as convincing myself to stay away from chocolate. My mom makes a wonderful tomato pie that the boys love (recipe to come)! We wanted to give the pie …

Basil Pine Nut Pesto Sauce

  A great pesto sauce pairs deliciously with so many different foods! Pour it over pasta (or zoodles), use as a base sauce for homemade pizza, add flavor to roasted vegetables, pour over grilled chicken, pork chops or pork tenderloin, use in The Midwest Skinny Pesto Chicken Tacos. The list is endless!     The …

Almond Joy Cookies

Calling all Chocolate Chip Cookie lovers!! Put a unique twist on your traditional chocolate chip cookies, with this Almond Joy Cookie Recipe. Laced with Coconut Flakes and Sliced Almonds, stuffed with Bittersweet and Semi-Sweet Chocolate- this cookie will melt in your mouth! This cookie is gooey on the inside,  yet the toasted coconut flakes bring perfectly …

Hosting My First Dinner Party

  Last weekend was my first time ever hosting (& cooking) a dinner party in my own home, all on my own. My mom and I always cook together – and hosting is one of our favorite things!- but she’s always there to put out any fires I cause and save the day! Taking what …

One-Pan Paprika Roasted Chicken

  As the snowy cold air makes its way to Indiana, a spicy dinner dish sounded like the perfect warm-me-up! This one-pan paprika roasted chicken with roasted carrots, mushrooms and red potatoes is super healthy yet full of flavor! It’s even good enough (& fail-proof enough) for company! So go ahead, throw a dinner party. …

Marinara Sauce

Marinara Sauce

  Tomato and Basil are soul-mates. Winter, Summer… no matter the season, they’re the perfect couple- and my favorite flavor combination.   Okay fine, twist my arm. I’ll also add to that combination some toasted bread and a plate of olive oil & balsamic topped with salt and pepper. And if you insist… a generous pour of …

Sweet Green Smoothie

I weirdly LOVE my veggies. While I still have the “normal” cravings of chocolate and the anything-dipped-in-peanut-butter snack…. I also experience “weird” cravings of raw purple cabbage and cauliflower dipped in mustard.   One thing I do not crave, is drinking veggies that taste like… veggies. Smoothies are the hottest new recipe on pinterest. There are over 3 …

Chicken Bow Tie Salad

Last weekend I had the pleasure of hosting a baby shower for my dear friend Allie. She is having a little girl, expected January 2015, named Caroline Faye. (Lots of shower pics to come in my next post!)   This recipe-Chicken Bow Tie Pasta Salad- was the main dish we served at the shower. I …