Healthy Strawberry Crisp

I am loving this warmer weather! Spring has officially sprung and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve been craving lots of fruit lately since it started warming up. This dessert is perfect for the transition from winter to spring. It’s kind of like a cobbler which is perfect for when it’s chilly outside but the tartness from the strawberries screams summer.

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Spicy Southwestern Black Bean Burgers

I’ve been trying to incorporate more vegetarian meals in our diet. It’s actually pretty challenging to come up with ideas since there are so many options with meat. I really like black bean burgers, but it has to be one that’s made really well. None of those frozen things. There’s a local restaurant here called Sesame and they’re actually known for their beef and elk burgers but they also happen to make a killer black bean burger. They have an option where you can get it over greens as a salad and they have super yummy toppings. The last time I was there I had it topped with goat cheese and sauteed mushrooms. Yea, its pretty awesome. That meal is actually what gave me the idea to make them myself but I wanted to try a southwestern version. The creamy guacamole pairs perfectly with the slightly spicy flavor of the burgers.

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Banana Blueberry Walnut Muffins

Are you tired of muffins yet? I should probably lay off on all of the muffin recipes but it’s just so hard because they’re so fun (and easy) to make! And I’ll just be honest and admit that I just really love muffins. I also love making them with ripe bananas because you don’t really need to add much sweetener since the bananas give off so much of the sweetness. I thought it would taste weird to combine banana and blueberries in a muffin but it actually is a great combination. My favorite go-to muffin is banana chocolate chip but in an effort to be healthier I reached for the fruit instead. The toasted walnuts really add great flavor as well. So overall just a really yummy muffin!

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Apple Blue Cheese Almond Salad with Apple Balsamic Vinaigrette

This is by far my favorite salad that I make at home. I’m not even kidding when I say that I’ve eaten it multiple times a week for the past few weeks. I probably could eat it every day. Also, I recently found out that it pairs perfectly with a glass of chilled chardonnay. 

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Kale with Toasted Almonds and Italian Cheese

I realized that lately I’ve been eating a lot of kale. It probably has something to do with the fact that we buy a huge bag of it from Costco so I basically feel forced to consume it with every meal so we eat it all before it goes bad. But that definitely isn’t a bad thing and it’s fun to think of ways to incorporate it into my meals. For example, this morning I made a smoothie bowl for breakfast and added kale to my smoothie. For lunch, I made a tossed salad with it and for dinner, you guessed it, this kale almond cheese concoction. 

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Lemon Blueberry Chia Muffins

I am kinda into these warmer temperatures we’ve had lately. While part of me is super excited to have mid-70s weather in the middle of February but the other part of me is like wait… this is not normal. Yea, you know cause of the whole global warming crisis.. we’re still worried about that right? It feels like nobody is really talking about it that much these days when it used to be a huge concern a while back. Who knows. I’m not here to start a heated discussion (pun?) so I’ll get to talking about these muffins.

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Arrabbiata Lentil Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Kale

Please tell me I’m not the only one that completely stuffed their face last night.. And when I say stuff my face I mean I could not even control myself. I was like an unsupervised kid in a candy store. I think it’s because I’ve been so good lately and have been really trying to be stricter on myself in what I eat. I told myself that last night would be my cheat meal and that I deserved it. And I took FULL advantage of it. But thats okay. It was back to the grind this morning and I was fully okay with it. 

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Buffalo Blue Cheese Chicken Meatballs

If you’re like me you are more concerned about what appetizers you’ll make for the Superbowl then the actual event itself.. I’ll admit it. Now if the Panthers were playing it would be a different story. But they’re not so let’s talk about these meatballs. It’s like everything you love about a hot wing. The spicy buffalo sauce, tangy blue cheese and carrots all in one little bit sized treat! They actually taste like they should be bad for you. That’s how good they are. But the best part is there’s less than 40 calories in each meatball and they’re pretty filling. The most I could eat in one sitting is 4 and I was pretty full after that. 

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