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Quinoa Beet Kale Apple Walnut Goat Cheese Salad Recipe {Progressive Eats}

Quinoa Beet Kale Apple Walnut Goat Cheese Salad - a healthy winter salad perfect for lunch or dinner

This Quinoa Beet Kale Apple Walnut Goat Cheese Salad is the perfect winter salad for lunch or dinner.Making new friends as as kid isn't easy, and as an adult, I think it's sometimes even harder. We have our set of friends that we've known for years and are comfortable with. Plus, we're short on time, so why bother, right?I have to admit I went through that phase for a while because it was just easier. Like many people, I hung out with people who had kids that were doing the same … [Continue Reading...]

Copycat Panera Creamy Tomato Basil Soup Recipe

Copycat Panera Bread Creamy Tomato Basil Soup - so creamy and delicious, just like Panera's!

This Copycat Panera Creamy Tomato Basil Soup is so creamy and delicious, you'll want to make it time and time again.Do you like Panera Bread? I have to admit I was never a big fan and hadn't been there in a while, but my son likes their tomato soup. So, last week when he was on Spring break, I took him to Panera Bread for lunch as a special treat. I was pleasantly surprised to find a few new additions to their menu, including a brothy Lentil Quinoa Bowl served with a Cage-Free Egg which I … [Continue Reading...]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Steel Cut Oatmeal Breakfast Bake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Steel Cut Oatmeal Breakfast Bake - this healthy breakfast is filling and hearty, perfect for a cold winter morning.

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Steel Cut Oatmeal Breakfast Bake is a hearty breakfast for a cold winter day.It's been freezing the past few weeks - in the single digits and teens, and if you count windchill, it was negative 6 degrees the other day. I have to admit February is the toughest month for me to get through. The novelty of snow has worn off and 25 degrees feels warm. Honestly, if we didn't have our cute little puppy, there have been a lot of days lately when I probably wouldn't have … [Continue Reading...]

Puppy Love #6: Enjoying The Simple Things In Life

Australian Labradoodle 17 weeks old

Here's some Puppy Love from me to you, on Enjoying The Simple Things In Life.Puppies just want to have fun. It seems so simple and so basic, but it's a great reminder for me that it's ok to just have some fun. There doesn't have to be a reason, or a purpose, or a goal to everything.It's hard for me, as I'm very goal-oriented, and like to check things off my list, so unless something has a meaningful purpose, I probably won't "waste my time" doing it.But, I'm missing the point … [Continue Reading...]

10 Symbolic Chinese New Year Recipes

10 Symbolic Chinese New Year Recipes - Celebrate Chinese New Year with these symbolic foods for a prosperity, longevity, unity, fertility, luck, happiness, and good fortune

Ring in the Chinese New Year with a few of these Symbolic Chinese New Year recipes.Today is Chinese New Year and it's the year of the Goat, Sheep or Ram. Food is a very important part of Chinese culture, so for Chinese New Year, it is especially important to eat foods that symbolize good things to come, including prosperity, surplus, long life, wisdom, peace, luck, fertility, happiness and family unity. Try some of these symbolic recipes to ring in the New Year! CLICK HERE to check out … [Continue Reading...]

Chinese Marbled Tea Eggs Recipe

Chinese Marbled Tea Eggs - these beautiful eggs are flavored with star anise and soy sauce

Tomorrow is Chinese New Year and I've got one more recipe to share with you ~ Chinese Marbled Tea Eggs. Marbled Tea Eggs symbolize prosperity and fertility in the Chinese culture, so it's only fitting that they be served for Chinese New Year.As you might have read in my Coconut Sticky Rice post, there are lots of traditions celebrated and symbolic foods eaten during the Chinese New Year, which lasts for 15 days.A few years ago, I made these Chinese Marbled Tea Eggs as part of an … [Continue Reading...]

Recipe for Homemade Chicken Soup Full of Love

Chicken Soup Full Of Love - there's no better way to show how much you love someone than making this rich chicken soup with chicken and vegetables. Made with roasted chicken bones and chicken wings, it's rich with minerals. Turmeric and kelp make this extra nourishing and healing.

Make this Recipe for Homemade Chicken Soup Full of Love for a loved one to show how much you care.There's no better way to show you love someone than by cooking for them. I truly believe that. When you cook for someone, they know you've taken the time to shop for the best ingredients, prepare and cook the food, and shared it with them.Recently, one of my friends had a horrible cold when I saw her at church and I offered to make her some chicken soup. Rich chicken broth has long been … [Continue Reading...]

My Mom’s Coconut Sticky Rice Cake for Chinese New Year

Mom's Coconut Sticky Rice Cake - this is a recipe handed down to me by my mom - it's like rice pudding and is perfect for celebrating Chinese New Year

I fondly remember eating My Mom's Coconut Sticky Rice Cake growing up. It's the perfect ending to a Chinese meal - not too sweet and full of coconut flavor.Recently, my mom gave me a copy of all her treasured recipes she's been collecting over the years. Some of the recipes are original recipes she came up with, some are recipes my dad specializes in, some are recipes my mom got from friends, and others are recipes my mom modified to make them her own. Some recipes have multiple variations … [Continue Reading...]

Puppy Love #5: Forgive and Forget

Australian Labradoodle 16 weeks

Here's some weekly puppy love from me to you, including my thoughts on Forgive and Forget."We need lots of love to forgive, and we need lots of humility to forget. Humility completes forgiveness, before we forgive somebody we need to know that we too need forgiveness, and it is here that humility of the heart comes in" - Mother TheresaSo, you might be wondering what puppies have to do with forgive and forget. Well, first off, when they make a mess in the house instead of outside, you … [Continue Reading...]

12 Healthy Comfort Soup Recipes

12 Healthy Hearty Soups - a beautiful collection of healthy soups to warm your soul

Warm your belly up with these Healthy Comfort Soup Recipes.We’re in the thick of winter here in the Northeast and we're buried in several feet of snow. When it's freezing cold out, there's nothing better than a bowl of hearty soup to warm you up. I’ve put together a roundup of 12 Healthy Hearty Soups for Parade Magazine’s food site. There's a nice variety of comfort soups in this collection, including some vegetarian, some vegan, and some dairy-free recipes. For meat lovers, try the Hearty … [Continue Reading...]

Sugar-Free Low-Carb Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse Recipe {GIVEAWAY: Sugar-Free Mom’s New Cookbook}

Sugar-Free Low-Carb Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse - just 145 calories! The perfect Valentine's Day treat!

This Sugar-Free Low-Carb Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse is secretly healthy, the perfect treat for chocolate lovers.Valentine's Day is this Saturday and I've got the perfect chocolate dessert for your loved one that is healthy and sugar-free too! After all, what's Valentine's Day without some chocolate. This recipe for Sugar-Free Low-Carb Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse comes from my friend Brenda Bennett's new cookbook, Sugar-Free Mom: Naturally Sweet and Sugar-Free Recipes for the Whole … [Continue Reading...]