Apple Quinoa Oatmeal Muffins

About 60 percent of the nation’s production of apples comes from Washington state, including just about every variety imaginable. Did you know that? That explains why I see apples for sale everywhere I go, and they always taste so freshly picked. I had a whole bunch of honeycrisp apples that were just starting to soften, so I…

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Cinnamon Pear Pancakes

Cinnamon and pears go together like maple syrup and pancakes, and this recipe has all of the above. I love the unusual presentation of these pancakes. We didn’t grate or chop a pear into the batter. Instead, there’s a full slice of pear poking through the middle of each pancake that’s been seared with cinnamon…

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Lentil and Sausage Soup

It’s windy, rainy, and chilly, and I’m thinking that today’s a good day for making a big batch of  hearty soup. Soup is one of those cooler-weather comfort foods that makes you feel good from the inside out, especially if it leans towards the healthy side. Today I’m making a pot of one of my favs-…

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Power Breakfast Baked Oatmeal

Here’s a breakfast dish worth getting out of bed for. Baked oatmeal is becoming a popular replacement for the traditional not-so-healthy bacon and egg casserole, and for good reason. This version is packed to the brim with power-house ingredients, and gives me all the energy I need to get through a weekday. You’ll want to use old-fashioned…

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Butternut Squash Soup with Apple and Bacon

Happy Halloween! Amongst all the sweets and treats that are so tempting this time of year, I like to try and at least make Halloween dinner healthy. Last year I enjoyed a big bowl of Butternut Squash Risotto. This Halloween I’m keeping the savory flavors of butternut squash, and adding in some Granny Smith apples…

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Sloppy Joes

Football season is in full swing, and on those chilly Sunday nights I’m usually craving just one thing-  something warm, comforting, and FAST. I’m talking on the table in 20 minutes. How about Sloppy Joes as a blast from your childhood? This is the best version I’ve had- packed with so much flavor and tenderness;…

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Vegan Walnut Date Banana Bread

I have brunch on the brain, and the best way to quickly curb that craving (and use up those ripe bananas at the same time!) is with an extra large slice of this guilt-free Vegan Walnut Date Banana Bread. This recipe is as clean as can be- no butter, no dairy, no salt, no sugar…

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Pumpkin Cookies with Buttercream Frosting

Fall has arrived in your cookie jar! This time it’s taken the form of deliciously soft pumpkin cookies with buttercream frosting. Pumpkin is incredible. Not only is it a nutrition powerhouse (yes, even when baked in cookies), but it’s ridiculously versatile. Is there anything this vegetable can’t do? I’ve put it in crepes, muffins, scones,…

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Pressure Cooker Pasta Bolognese

There are a million reasons why I love cooking with my pressure cooker. For one thing, it cuts WAY down on time. I have a to-die-for Bolognese Sauce that tastes like magic, but takes up 8 hours of my day! That’s fine when I’m having a lazy Sunday at home and stirring every hour or…

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Peanut Butter Brownies

I’ve been eye-balling all the Halloween candy pouring out of grocery stores lately, and finally cracked and bought a bag of Reese’s peanut butter cups. Disclaimer- I had no intention of giving them away to trick-or-treaters. I mean, I would, if we had trick-or-treaters, but my neighborhood isn’t set up for easy door to door…

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Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

In the mood for some big, soft, and ultra chewy chocolate chip cookies today, (and usually every other day of the week). But today I made it happen. We have a winning combination of cornstarch, 1 extra egg yolk, melted butter, and brown sugar to give us this gloriously thick and tall chocolate chipper. PLUS…

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Asian Meatloaf

I’ve heard meatloaf get such a bad rap- not sure why, I’ve always been a fan. I used to ask my mom to make a big meatloaf for dinner with a side of mashed potatoes and corn. Here with this Asian-style meatloaf, I’ve taken the same idea of an easy to throw together dinner and made…

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