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Whole30 Challenge

I’m back! After about six weeks of no blogging I am rested up and ready to go. For the past few months, I’ve been toying with the idea of changing things up, diet-wise. I have always been pretty set in my food philosophy. I cook my own meals with whole, organic ingredients and prioritize whole grains and veggies with the occasional treat. However, over the past year, I have not been feeling like myself. I’ve been sluggish and plagued by constant stomach aches. My sleep habits went from decent to terrible and I’ve been breaking out like I’m hitting puberty all over again. After some blood tests to rule out [...]

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Blog Birthday GIVEAWAY

Today is my 2 year blogoversary or blog birthday. I decided to start posting recipes on the internet two years ago when I had the day off for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2011. What started as a way to share some recipes with friends and family grew into a hobby which grew into a lifestyle that I love more and more everyday. Cooking, photography and writing have become a cherished part of my daily routine. Some days I look forward to coming home from work and trying something new, be it developing a new recipe or trying to figure out photoshop. Other days, my enthusiasm wanes and I [...]

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Cooking for the week: 5 Healthy Dinner Recipes

Greetings! The holiday season is upon us! Parties, gifts, decorations, shopping, it’s all ramping up in the next few weeks. After the indulgences of Thanksgiving, I’ve been making an effort to cook some simple, healthy dishes. Last week, I made Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili as well as Bok Choy Fried Rice. I spend the weekend cooking up some goodies that you will see over the next few days. But first, I thought I would start the week with a roundup post of some healthy weeknight dinner recipes. These tasty dishes are all quick, tasty and filling and utilize a variety of fresh veggies, whole grains and lean protein. [...]

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Freezer Fridays: Pesto

Hello everyone! I wanted to welcome you all to a new series I’m doing called Freezer Fridays. One of the best strategies for ensuring you always have healthy, home cooked meals on hand is to cook ahead and freeze servings of your favorite dinners. There is nothing more depressing (or take-out inducing) than coming home from a long day at work and realizing you have nothing to eat. Sometimes, I don’t walk in the door until 7:30 and the thought of making a meal makes me want to cry. The solution: Freezing! My lovely friend and reader Caroline recently suggested that I promote freezing and feature some freezer friendly recipes. [...]

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2011 To Do List: Bring Lunch to Work

Packing your own lunch is a great way to stick to those resolutions to eat better and save money. I always try to pack lunch, but generally only average about 3 days each week. It can be frustrating and stressful to run around trying to pack lunch in the morning so I recommend doing it the night before so you can grab your lunchbag and go. So next time you don’t feel like making lunch, remember that there are some great advantages to brown bagging it. Benefits of Packing Lunch 1. Saves money. If you spent $7 a day on lunch that adds up to $45 per week, $180 per month and $2160 [...]

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