Cucumber Mint Spritz

The second the weather gets warm and I open the windows to a fresh breeze blowing through the house I immediately think cocktails on the patio. Anyone else? It’s crazy how the weather shifts not only my mood but also what my body craves. Bare feet, lighter meals, lots of walking, and oh yea – cocktails. While I am a total margarita (freshly squeezed with extra jalapeno – of course) or muddled mint mojito (extra lime and light simple syrup), those are more special occasion cocktails in my mind.  So when it’s Monday and I’m in my bare feet with  Brazilian Soul Radio blaring on Pandora and the breeze blowing through my house I want something a little simpler to take out and sip on the patio at promptly 5 pm (I like to think of it as a little mini work-break-happy-hour).

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Chia Pudding

One of the struggles I see so often with ladies, especially when carb-cycling (and especially on low carb days)  is not getting enough fiber! And while veggies are my favorite source of fiber it’s amazing when you cut out the whole grains how many veggies you have to consume to get that 25 + grams of fiber a day. Enter chia pudding. It’s easy to make, super low carb and super high fiber. It’s basically a low carb day lifesaver!

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Cabbage and Noodles

With St. Patrick’s Day less than a week away I figured I would share my go-to tradition of Haluski or cabbage + noodles. Haluski is a traditional Polish dish made of fried cabbage and egg noodles. It bakes up into a dish of buttery comfort food. Why I make it for St Paddy’s Day? No idea haha. Maybe because of the cabbage?? Regardless, it’s a comfort meal in my house and it couldn’t be easier. If I am getting fancy I make it with fresh egg noodles (either homemade or storebought) but you can also use dried fettuccine. And if you’re cooking up the whole pound follow the same instructions just pick up a large cabbage instead of a small one and use a little extra butter. This dish also reheats extremely well so I always make extra! Give it a try and let me know what you think. Come Sunday you’ll most likely find me with a big ole’ bowl of this stuff + a Jameson cocktail (still trying to figure out what that might be).. stay tuned!

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Almond Flour Banana Bread

Is there anything better than the smell of a warm loaf of banana bread sitting on the countertop fresh out of the oven? Yea, I can’t think of a single thing. And to be honest, it’s really the main reason I buy bananas at the grocery store. While I enjoy a slice of classic banana bread on occasion I prefer something that won’t make my energy crash on most days, so this almond flour variation has become a new go-to. If you didn’t know what was in it you totally wouldn’t even know. If you end up with extra almond flour I definitely recommend trying almond flour pancakes, swapping almond flour in salmon cakes and I’ll do my best to get my almond flour thumbprint cookie recipe posted asap – promise!

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Buffalo Cauliflower

I love football food. There’s just something so cozy about a rainy fall day, cozy blankets, a good game on the tv, candles lit and a drink in hand. And while I wouldn’t call this buffalo cauliflower a substitution for buffalo wings the flavors are quite delicious. If you’re a buffalo wing lover this might be just the way to get you to enjoy those veggies.

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Football Season Entertaining {build your own nachos bar}

Fall is officially here and with the transition of seasons comes a new reason to entertain. And that reason, my friends, is football season. Whether you’re a football fan or not I am sure we can all agree that football food is some of the best. So while I love a good game, my main focus is on what I can cook that’s both simple and tasty to keep everyone, including myself, happy.

A go-to for any party is some sort of dish that can be prepped in advance and people can sort of help themselves. More often than not that’s some kind of cheese and charcuterie board but I took a similar concept when designing my “build your own nachos bar” and I find it to be  relatively effortless, yet people pleasing way to entertain guests.

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Fajita Beef with Broccoli

No matter how busy your weeknight, we believe that everyone has time for a 15-minute meal. And this tasty combo of fajita-style ground beef cooked with tender carrots and broccoli and finished with fresh cilantro and lime only requires one skillet, 15 minutes of cooking and 5 minutes of clean-up. Who says healthy cooking has to be time-consuming?  

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Building the Perfect Cheese Board

I LOVE to entertain! And one tip I share quite often when asked about how I make entertaining look so effortless is the importance of prepping ahead. When I’m entertaining, the last thing I want is to be stuck in the kitchen all night. Prepping ahead can mean anything from slicing, dicing and chopping to cooking an entire dish before your guests arrive to my personal favorite – the cheese and charcuterie tray!

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