Grilled Avocado Smoky Chipotle Guacamole

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Grilled Avocado Smoky Chipotle Guacamole

This is a pretty traditional guacamole recipe with a smoky twist. You get that smoky flavor from the slightly charred avocados, smoked paprika, and chipotle pepper. I like regular guacamole, but I LOVE this one. It is the best guacamole I have ever had.  As summer winds down, you can bring this to your last couple of barbeques OR to your first fall football get-togethers!  Read more

Chicken Fajita and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

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Chicken Fajita and Roasted Sweet Potato SaladI’ve made it my goal this summer to create the most flavorful salads I could possibly dream of—to make salad-haters turn over a new leaf (yep, pun dorkily intended).  This salad accomplishes that task perfectly. There is so much flavor here your taste buds just might explode—chicken fajitas with sauteed onions and bell peppers, roasted sweet potato chunks, and dressing made with jalapeño AND blue cheese. This is not the easiest salad you will ever make, but it is so (SO) worth it.  Read more

Chocolate Toffee Coconut Macaroons

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Chocolate Toffee Coconut Macaroons

Coconut macaroons are one of the easiest cookies I’ve ever made (and they just happen to be gluten-free). These are the perfect cookies to make if you have a random bag of flaked coconut sitting in your fridge like I pretty much always do. The buttery caramel flavor from the toffee bits complements the toasty coconut really well. My husband ate all of these in two days. Read more

Biscoff-Filled Browned Butter S’mores Cookies

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Biscoff-Filled Browned Butter S'mores Cookies

I can’t go the whole summer without s’mores. I made a s’more on my gas stove the other day (do you guys do that?) and it was great. However, I found myself with a lot of extra graham crackers and I seem to have a limit on how many stove s’mores I can eat before I get sick of them! One thing I pretty much never get sick of, though, is cookies. With this in mind, I set out to create the most decadent s’mores cookie I could imagine. Obviously this meant adding Biscoff. Read more

Baked Chili Mustard Chicken

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Baked Chili Mustard Chicken

If you don’t like mustard, you should skip this recipe.  Though, I guess since mustard is in the title, you probably don’t need the additional warning. I love the tangy, vinegary taste and happen to have at least three kinds of mustard in my refrigerator at all times. I have been making a variation of this chicken for a couple of years now whenever I am craving a light, flavorful meal. As many of my dinner recipes are, it’s also stupidly easy and you probably have all or most of these ingredients in your kitchen.  Read more

Chili Garlic Roasted Vegetables (aka the BEST roasted veggies)

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Chili-Garlic Roasted Vegetables (aka the BEST roasted veggies)

 Ok. Two things. One: I know these aren’t all veggies as bell peppers are a fruit (!) but let’s just pretend for now that they are veggies because I like saying ‘roasted veggies’. Two: saying these are the best is a little extreme, BUT these were honestly so good that I found myself sneaking “tastes” behind my husband’s back before dinner (yeah, I am ashamed…sorry hubby!) Read more

Chocolate Banana Muffins (gluten-free with dairy-free option)

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Muffins

I don’t like to think of these as gluten-free muffins; I prefer to think of them as muffins that just happen to be gluten-free. If you have ever tried commercially produced gluten-free muffins, cakes, or other bready foods, you might be inclined to skip these muffins. Trust me, don’t! These are the opposite of crumbly, rock-hard, bricks that you sometimes find in gluten-free stores or bakeries. These babies are fluffy, light, and super moist. I am gluten’s #1 fan and even I don’t miss it in these muffins. Read more

Healthy Italian Turkey Meatloaf

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This is one of my favorite I’m-too-lazy-to-cook meals. Do you have any of those? We just moved into our new house and we are still opening boxes, hanging pictures, cleaning, and finding room for all of our stuff. It’s exciting and all, but sometimes I just want to get back into a routine! Having time to cook something healthy and still make it to the gym helps me to do that. This meatloaf comes together in about ten minutes, thank goodness! Read more

Gluten-Free Blueberry Coconut Crisp

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Gluten Free Blueberry Coconut Crisp

A few years ago, a gastroenterologist diagnosed my husband with non-celiac gluten sensitivity after a particularly bad bout of fatigue, achiness, and stomach issues. For those of you who are curious about gluten sensitivity and would like to know more, I find this to be a helpful resource. Gluten is a protein substance found in wheat, barley, and rye. Essentially it means that those who are intolerant to gluten cannot eat common foods like bread, pasta, soy sauce, beer or anything made with any of the aforementioned grains.

Since then, I have been learning about gluten-free baking and cooking and experimenting with different recipes for him. I have found that the easiest baking recipes to make gluten-free are those that aren’t traditionally ‘bready’ in texture or where flour is not the main ingredient. The blueberry crisp made below is made with an all purpose gluten-free flour and gluten-free oats to create a crispy, crunchy topping. I promise that nobody will know it is gluten-free! Read more