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There are some restaurant menu items which always disappoint me, and one of those is Fettuccine Alfredo. I’ll admit, I don’t eat out much, but the times I have the sauce was either sickeningly rich, or tasted like water. Fortunately, I’ve come up with a version that’s full of flavor, but not over the top with cream, butter and cheese. More fat doesn’t always mean more flavor. Even better, the dish is all made in one pot.

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Sweet Potato Bread

We are trying to go awhile without going to the store, so I’m trying to be extra-vigilant about kitchen waste. Tonight I have my dehydrator filled with ginger, celery, oranges, and even blobs of cranberry sauce so they didn’t go to waste. I cut and froze two apples because they were starting to get a little mealy. They will end up in smoothies. Three soft bananas ended up in the freezer as well. My girls like them blended up with a wee bit of milk and protein powder as a frosty treat. I had three uncommitted sweet potatoes getting a little rough looking, so used them for sweet potato bread!

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No Bake Creamsicle Pie

I buy giant bags of chocolate chips from Costco, and if I don’t have something sweet on hand, my family will dig into the bag. Simply to prevent my chocolate chip stash from being pillaged, I try and make one dessert a week.  An easy go-to is my homemade brownie mix, which yields a decadent, fudgy treat. If you want something lighter, this Creamsicle Pie is a lightening-fast offering. This pie is airy, flavorful, and tastes exactly like a Creamsicle. [continue reading…]

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I’ve been making my own hummus for years, and started feeding it to my kids as soon as they were able. My mother accused my then-toddlers of having garlic breath because of their love of hummus! I make so many variations with roasted bell peppers, sun dried tomatoes, rosemary, and the list goes on. I found another fun way to eat hummus with this Layered Greek Dip. You can buy the hummus, but store bought is expensive, and homemade is just better. Plus, it’s easy!

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My 13 year-old daughter Anna isn’t picky, and even eats raw onions. But she has this funny quirk, where she doesn’t like tomatoes, but likes them on BLTs, and they’re a must on hamburgers. And my North Carolina girl gasps with joy when offered a fried green tomato. However, even the sweetest summer tomato by itself or in a salad is unpalatable to her. It’s the same with oats. She won’t eat oatmeal, but begs for overnight oats. Anna gets teased about not knowing the pleasures of Coco Puffs and other junk cereal, but her breakfast chocolate treat, chia seeds and all, is more satisfying, and actually healthy!

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