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Crock Pot Quinoa & Veggie Chili with Potatoes.

I grew up eating crockpot chili. I also grew up eating lots of potatoes – in case you forgot, I’m from Idaho (insert potato joke here…). For this recipe I decided to combine the two.  Sure, it’s 95 degrees outside, but it’s never to hot for chili IMO.

I have a few chili recipes on the blog already, but this one might be my new favorite.  I see new recipes as constant works in progress – I’m always tweaking the flavor each time I make them, whether it be by adding different spices or different ingredients.  Isn’t that what makes cooking fun?! I think so.

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Animals · Appetizers · Popular · Quick Meals · Recipes · Sea Turtles · Vegetarian

Baked Eggplant Parmesan, without the Parmesan 

I’m sure a lot of you are going to see the word eggplant and immediately stop reading this post…but wait! Before you go, hear me out. Eggplant isn’t my favorite vegetable either, it’s spongy and bland. But when you prepare it the proper way – like with loads of cheese, bread crumbs and marinara sauce – it can be rather tasty!

Poor little eggplant, just needs a little T.L.C…

Don’t we all?!

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One Pot Garlic Havarti Pasta.

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I’ve been craving pasta lately…(okay, let’s be real. I ALWAYS crave pasta. This is nothing new).

And not just any pasta, I’ve been yearning for pasta with thick, creamy white sauce.  I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a huge red pasta sauce gal.

“What do you mean?!” Bryan would say…“You put red sauce on everything…”

Okay, while he may be right (please don’t tell him I said that), for some reason I only like red sauce when I’m dipping breadsticks into it or smothering it on top of pizza (which already has some on it).

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Warm Quinoa & Chickpea Salad.

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Even though it’s almost always summer in south Florida, sometimes I crave big bowls of warm comfort food.  And lately I’ve been feeling super fatigued – a few nights ago, Bryan said to me, “Mandy, you need to stop working so much.” And today when he left for work he said, “please do something fun today.” 

He’s right (shhhhhhh don’t tell him I said that).

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Healthy Green Smoothie.

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This may come as a surprise to y’all, but I am not a huge fan of spinach.  Shocking, right? I don’t know what it is about it, but it’s never been a type of green that tickles my fancy.  Perhaps it’s the boring, bland taste…or the large and obnoxious tasteless stems…

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