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Avocado Cream | alidaskitchen.com

Avocado Cream


Avocado Cream is an easy recipe made with avocado, Greek yogurt and simple flavorings. Packed with protein and healthy fats, this simple condiment will become your new favorite topping for toast, tacos, burgers and more! {gluten free}

Avocado Cream | alidaskitchen.com

Back in my college days, one of my favorite go-to meals was a Boca Burger.  My girlfriends and I would share a box, and we each had our own way of eating them.  Some would top them with barbecue sauce, some used cheese.  My favorite topping was salsa.  Served with a salad, our Boca Burger meals were healthy, easy and super tasty!…

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Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake | alidaskitchen.com

Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Simply Potatoes for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake is an easy meatless breakfast casserole filled with broccoli, cheddar, eggs and shredded hash brown potatoes! {gluten free, make ahead}

Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake | alidaskitchen.com

With the many celebratory and holiday brunches on the horizon, quick and easy crowd-pleasing recipes are a must.  Overnight casseroles, such as baked French toast or egg bakes, are always popular.  This Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast is one of our favorite brunch recipes!  It is easy to make and satisfies the sweet portion of our menu. To satisfy the savory side, I have been experimenting with different varieties of meatless egg bake recipes to come up with a savory breakfast casserole the whole family will love. Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake has become a favorite that will be featured regularly throughout this busy brunch season and beyond.

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Stovetop Spinach Macaroni and Cheese | alidaskitchen.com

Stove Top Spinach Macaroni and Cheese #WeekdaySupper

 Stove Top Spinach Macaroni and Cheese is an easy mac ‘n cheese from scratch made on the lighter side with the healthy addition of spinach and without any butter.  {can be gluten free)

Stove Top Spinach Macaroni and Cheese | alidaskitchen.com

This Stove Top Spinach Macaroni and Cheese is one of my favorite go-to recipes for quick and easy weeknight meals.  The kids love pasta and cheese, I love that it is made on the lighter side (without any butter) and takes less than 20 minutes to make.  …

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie | alidaskitchen.com

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

For a quick and healthy breakfast, this easy Strawberry Banana Smoothie recipe is thick, creamy and delicious! {gluten free}  

Strawberry Banana Smoothie | alidaskitchen.com

This Strawberry Banana Smoothie has been my little taste of sunshine this winter.   Bursting with juicy fresh strawberries, bananas and a protein boost from Greek yogurt, it is easy to make and always delicious!   The strawberry and banana combination is always a favorite and when whipped into a smoothie, becomes perfect for busy mornings, any time on-the-go or for an afternoon snack pick-me-up!…

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Mexican Quinoa Skillet | alidaskitchen.com

Mexican Quinoa Skillet

Mexican Quinoa Skillet is an easy, one-pot meal using common pantry ingredients, made in less than 30 minutes.  {vegan, gluten free}  Thank you to CansGetYouCooking.com through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network for sponsoring this post.

Mexican Quinoa Skillet | alidaskitchen.com

Move over frozen pizza, pasta and take-out!  We have a new easy weeknight dinner solution that is delicious, quick to make and healthy too. This Mexican Quinoa Skillet has become my new go-to dinner for busy nights,…or lunches or any time really, because it’s just so good and my kids love it!…

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Pizza Quinoa Bites | alidaskitchen.com

Pizza Quinoa Bites #SundaySupper

Pizza Quinoa Bites are healthy, cheesy mini pizza muffins made with quinoa and your favorite pizza toppings.  Perfect for a healthy appetizer, snack or light dinner! {gluten free}

Pizza Quinoa Bites | alidaskitchen.com

One of my most requested party recipes are quinoa bites.  From the Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites to the Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites, quinoa bites are always a fan favorite!  They make great finger food appetizers, which is especially perfect this time of year for game day parties.  While I am not necessarily a football fan, I am a football party food fan!  So in preparation for the big game, I thought it would be fun to channel one of my favorite game day foods (pizza) into a fun little bit-sized treat that is a little healthier ~ Pizza Quinoa Bites!…

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Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake | alidaskitchen.com

Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake #SundaySupper

For a cheesy, healthy casserole that is easy to make, this Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake is sure to become a family favorite! {gluten free, kid friendly}

Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake | alidaskitchen.com

After making Caprese Chicken Quinoa Bake last summer, I have been looking forward to making more quinoa casserole recipes. While I am excited to share many of them with you soon, this Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake recipe is one of my kids’ favorite meals. They get so excited,  you would think I’m serving cookies for dinner!   But alas, it’s just a deliciously cheesy, tomato-ey chicken quinoa casserole that is so simple, delicious and healthy too!  …

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Easy Skillet Granola | alidaskitchen.com

Easy Skillet Granola

This recipe for Easy Skillet Granola is a delicious way to start the day…and takes minutes to make!  It is also vegan and can be nut free and gluten free.

Easy Skillet Granola | alidaskitchen.com

As much as we love granola, it is not something that we buy very often.  It is challenging to find granola made without nuts, and with nut allergies at home…well it just makes sense to find something else.  I actually never realized how easy it is to make granola at home until making this Easy Skillet Granola recipe!…

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Top 14 Recipes of 2014 on Alida's Kitchen | alidaskitchen.com

Top 14 Recipes of 2014 on Alida’s Kitchen!

Top 14 Recipes of 2014: A collection of the 14 most popular recipes of 2014 featured on Alida’s Kitchen!

Top 14 Recipes of 2014 on Alida's Kitchen | alidaskitchen.com

Today I am sharing my favorite post of the year…reader favorites!  I have gone back to calculate the 14 most popular recipes on Alida’s Kitchen from 2014 according to YOU! I learn so much about readers based on reviewing your favorite recipes. As you will notice, what I have learned is that Alida’s Kitchen readers enjoy easy, family friendly recipes with a healthy twist…which is exactly my mission for the blog.  So for that, and for another incredible year, I thank you!!!  I have exciting plans for 2015 and am so grateful for the opportunity to share the recipes we love with you!

And now…presenting the Top 14 Recipes of 2014:

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Black Bean Jalapeno Hummus | alidaskitchen.com

Black Bean Jalapeno Hummus

This easy recipe for Black Bean Jalapeno Hummus using black beans in lieu of garbanzo beans, results in a healthy dip (or spread) the whole family will love! Thank you to Pompeian for sponsoring this post as part of the Pantry Insiders program. 

Black Bean Jalapeno Hummus | alidaskitchen.com Black Bean Jalapeno Hummus is an easy recipe for a healthy hummus made with black beans and jalapeno peppers.  This recipe is part inspired by my Jalapeno Hummus recipe and otherwise inspired by my love of black beans.  Even though hummus is traditionally made with garbanzo beans (chickpeas), in this recipe it was fun to mix things up a bit.  You can definitely taste the black beans, which goes amazingly well with the spices and jalapeno peppers. The tahini rounds everything out, giving it that hummus flavor that we all know and love….

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Marshmallow Popcorn Bars | alidaskitchen.com

Marshmallow Popcorn Bars

Marshmallow Popcorn Bars are a salty, sweet, chocolate and minty combination that are easy to make.  They will make a fun addition to your holiday treat platter this year!

Marshmallow Popcorn Bars | alidaskitchen.com

When it comes to movie theater snacks, everybody has their favorites.  One of my friends favorite snacks is an interesting concoction.  She dumps a box of mint-filled chocolate candies into a warm bucket of popcorn and lets it get all melty, gooey good. It seemed like such an unusual combination at the time, but these days flavored popcorn has become so popular! With holiday baking in full force, I was inspired to transform this favorite snack into a treat fit for the holidays.  Marshmallow Popcorn Bars are salty, sweet, chocolate, mint and super tasty!…

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Black Bean Corn Edamame Salad | alidaskitchen.com

Black Bean Corn Edamame Salad

Black Bean Corn Edamame Salad is a little spicy, packed with vegetables and protein, and tastes delicious!  Thank you to Pompeian for sponsoring this post as part of the Pantry Insiders program.  Black Bean Corn Edamame Salad | alidaskitchen.com

 

With the holiday season quickly approaching, I like to have healthy, easy recipes on hand for easy lunches and quick weeknight dinners.  This Black Bean Corn Edamame Salad is made with simple, wholesome ingredients that are naturally flavorful.   This salad is delicious for a light meal yet can be made heartier with the addition of cooked quinoa (I use 2 cups cooked for this recipe) or shredded rotisserie chicken. This salad recipe is very flexible and the ingredients can be adjusted to taste….

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Roasted Garlic Hummus | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #Halloween #glutenfree

Roasted Garlic Hummus #SundaySupper

Roasted Garlic Hummus is a healthy dip (or spread) made with roasted garlic, and other simple ingredients, that takes only minutes to prepare. {vegan, gluten free}

Roasted Garlic Hummus | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #Halloween #glutenfree

With Halloween just around the corner, there are visions of candy corns and chocolate bars dancing in my head.  While sweet recipes are always a favorite of mine to make (and eat!), this year I am feeling the need to balance the sweet with some healthier savory, ghoulish delights, such as this Roasted Garlic Hummus.  Roasted Garlic Hummus is a perfect accompaniment for dipping veggies, crackers, or pita chips during your Halloween celebration,…with enough garlic to ward off those vampires!…

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Slow Cooker Applesauce with No Added Sugar | alidaskitchen.com

Slow Cooker Applesauce {no added sugar} + #Giveaway!

Slow Cooker Applesauce with no added sugar is a healthy household staple that is simple, delicious and easy to make homemade!  {gluten free, vegan}

Slow Cooker Applesauce with No Added Sugar | alidaskitchen.com

Lately I have been experimenting with slow cooker recipes.  I love the ease of using the slow cooker for busy weeknight meals, waking up to a warm breakfast and even for desserts!  While a slow cooker is a time saver in the kitchen for cooking easy recipes, it is also key for cooking household basics.  A slow cooker offers an easy option for cooking simple pantry staples, such as beans, steel cut oatmeal, and applesauce, all from scratch with very little effort.    Don’t have a slow cooker at home?  Looking to upgrade your slow cooker?  No problem! Today I’m giving one away to a lucky reader…see below for entry details! 

This apple season, our slow cooker has been getting quite a workout making all natural Slow Cooker Applesauce from scratch!  This is one of the easiest recipes that yields such an amazing and delicious result.

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An easy recipe for Roasted Cauliflower that tastes good! | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #PantryInsiders #cauliflower #glutenfree #vegan

Roasted Cauliflower #PantryInsiders

An easy recipe for Roasted Cauliflower that is made with heart-healthy olive oil, garlic and seasonings and tastes delicious! {gluten free, vegan} #pantryinsiders

An easy recipe for Roasted Cauliflower that tastes good! | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #PantryInsiders #cauliflower #glutenfree #vegan

The other day Adam came home from school and told me he had cauliflower for lunch…and that it was so good!  I have never really eaten cauliflower, much less made it at home, so I saw this as a great opportunity to broaden our horizons.  If school can make roasted cauliflower taste delicious, then hopefully I can too!…

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Halloween Baked Potato Skin Pizzas | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper

Halloween Baked Potato Skin Pizzas #SundaySupper

Make fun, spooky and healthy pizzas with these Halloween Baked Potato Skin Pizzas that use a baked potato skin for the crust and are creatively topped with your favorite pizza toppings. {gluten free} 

Halloween Baked Potato Skin Pizzas | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It is fun, carefree and just feels less stressful most other holidays. We are starting to get into the Halloween spirit! This past weekend, we visited a pumpkin patch, decorated the house with Halloween decorations and started to talk about costumes.  And then of course there are the Halloween recipes! I love to make pumpkin everything, candy-inspired treats and even decorate my food for Halloween.  These Halloween Baked Potato Pizza Skins are always a favorite.  They are healthy, fun and the kids love them (adults do too!)   …

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Balsamic Glazed Filet Mignon | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #WeekdaySupper

Balsamic Glazed Filet Mignon #WeekdaySupper

Give your weeknight supper an upscale twist with this Balsamic Glazed Filet Mignon cooked to perfection, covered with a simple honey balsamic glaze. Who knew a fancy meal could be so simple, easy and delicious!

Balsamic Glazed Filet Mignon | alidaskitchen.com  #recipes #WeekdaySupper

I always say a birthday isn’t a birthday unless there is cake. Well, today is my birthday, but I have no cake to share with you.  Instead, I have one of my favorite birthday meals to share. Whenever we go out to eat for special occasions, I almost always get a filet.  For years I tried to achieve restaurant perfection at home, but my steaks never measured up…until now.  After a little persistence and experimentation, this Balsamic Glazed Filet Mignon satisfies all of my steak cravings at a fraction of the cost.  It is fancy yet simple and quick to make on this weeknight birthday.

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Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #tailgating #glutenfree

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites #SundaySupper

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites are healthy, spicy little mini muffins made with quinoa, cheese, vegetables, and shredded chicken soaked in a lighter, seasoned buffalo sauce. {gluten free}

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #tailgating #glutenfree

With tailgating season upon us, bring on the tasty munchies!  While I am not necessarily a game watching fan, I am definitely a fun food fan! I especially love coming up with bite-sized finger foods that are a bit healthier yet super tasty (like these Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites)  With this in mind, I wanted to come up with a fun recipe combining another tailgating favorite, buffalo chicken.  As always, it was a natural transition to come up with Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites.

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Creamy Avocado Turkey Wrap

For a healthy, protein-packed lunch for back to school, try this Creamy Avocado Turkey Wrap featuring an avocado and Greek yogurt spread, your favorite vegetables, cheese and slow roasted turkey breast.  Thank you to Hillshire Farms (through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network) for sponsoring this post!  #HillshireNaturals

Creamy Avocado Turkey Wrap | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #backtoschool #hillshirenaturals

As we are getting into the swing the new school year, we are developing many favorites throughout the day.  While playing in the sandbox at recess or nature walks for science time would seem to be obvious choices, it was fun to learn that my preschooler’s favorite thing about school is LUNCH!  This Creamy Avocado Turkey Wrap has become a recent lunch time favorite.  It is easy to make, packed with protein, and just plain delicious! …

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Vanilla Mixed Berry Smoothie | alidaskitchen.com

Vanilla Mixed Berry Smoothie

Vanilla Mixed Berry Smoothie is an easy recipe for a delicious smoothie that tastes like a berries and cream dessert.  This is one of my favorite smoothies! {vegan, gluten free}

Vanilla Mixed Berry Smoothie | alidaskitchen.com

With school in full swing, to say that mornings are hectic is an understatement.  I wake up before the crack of dawn to get in a quick workout before the kids are awake.  Then I get home, hop in the shower, get the kids fed, dressed and we’re out the door.  Sitting down for a leisurely breakfast is definitely not in my future for the next…15+ years?  Healthy, easy breakfast recipes are key, like this Vanilla Mixed Berry Smoothie!

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Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip | alidaskitchen.com

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Transform a classic dip into a bold and zesty party favorite with this easy to make Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip!  Thank you to MIRACLE WHIP (through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network) for sponsoring this post.  

Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip | alidaskitchen.com

Many, many years ago, I was asked to bring appetizers to a Labor Day party. I chopped some veggies, concocted a couple dips on the fly and was good to go.  The dips were a ranch dill and a spinach artichoke.  They were both creamy, easy to make, and used the same secret ingredient.  …

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Pizza Frittata | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #glutenfree #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

Pizza Frittata #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

Pizza Frittata is everything delicious about pizza with a protein-packed, egg-based crust.  Made in minutes, this fun twist on pizza is perfect for a quick dinner, last minute meal or any time you want a healthy pizza fix!

Pizza Frittata | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #glutenfree #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

When life gets busy, we always default to frozen pizza for dinner.  It is easy to have on hand, and what can I say, we love pizza!  While frozen pizza can be a simple dinner solution, sometimes I just want the taste of pizza but would rather have something healthier and with more protein.  Enter Pizza Frittata….

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Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes - Alida's Kitchen

Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes #PantryInsiders

A popular side dish gets lightened up with these fluffy Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes. {gluten free}

Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes | alidaskitchen.com

The other night we were looking to make an easy side dish to go with our steak dinner. Mashed potatoes are always a tasty pair with steak, but I wanted to come up with something lighter and healthier.  Since August is National Olive Oil Month, I have  had olive oil on the brain lately.  It seemed like the perfect opportunity to swap butter for olive oil to make some tasty Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes.  …

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Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #beef #SundaySupper

Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew #SundaySupper

No browning of the beef is required for this easy Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew recipe. Simple, healthy comfort food that the whole family will love! {gluten free, dairy free} 

Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #beef #SundaySupper

This Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew is my absolute favorite beef recipe.  It is a simple recipe made with wholesome ingredients that is pure, healthy comfort food. Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew  is packed with beef, lots of vegetables, is easy to make and is just delicious.  What could be better?   Well, my friends, it gets better.  What if I told you that all that you need to do is mix up a simple sauce, cut the vegetables, cube the meat, and that’s it.  There is no browning of the meat required…just put everything in the pot and then pop it in the oven!  A few hours later you will have perfectly browned and tender beef and vegetables….

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Healthy Coconut Banana Cookies | Alida's Kitchen #recipes #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Healthy Coconut Banana Cookies #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Healthy Coconut Banana Cookies are chewy, fruit-filled cookies made without any added sugar or butter.  They are vegan, nut free and can be gluten free.   

Healthy Coconut Banana Cookies | alidaskitchen.com

This recipe for Healthy Coconut Banana Cookies recipe is inspired by one of my favorite healthy cookie recipes – Healthy Banana Cookies.  These cookies are naturally sweetened with dates and bananas, which is always a delicious combination.  I decided to give that recipe a coconut twist by using coconut oil and adding some coconut.  Coconut was such a tasty addition that goes so well with the banana.  …

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Strawberry Greek Yogurt Pops | alidaskitchen.com

Strawberry Greek Yogurt Pops

Strawberry Greek Yogurt Pops are simple two ingredient creamy frozen fruit bars with a healthy protein boost from Greek yogurt.

Strawberry Greek Yogurt Pops | alidaskitchen.com

Every year I say I’m going to make frozen fruit bars.  I bought a fancy pop mold and have a cookbook devoted to frozen pops, but we always end up buying frozen fruit bars from the grocery store.  That is until I discovered an easy recipe for frozen fruit bars made with only two ingredients and no fancy equipment required.  These Strawberry Greek Yogurt Pops are so easy to make, that my entire family (toddler included) can help! …

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Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites - Alida's Kitchen #recipes #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites are healthy, cheesy bite-sized mini mac and cheese muffins made with quinoa, inspired by the popular jalapeno popper.  {gluten free}

Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites - Alida's Kitchen #recipes #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

My family loves quinoa, especially in the form of  quinoa bites.  They are  always helping me come up with new recipes ideas for them, such as Adam’s latest suggestion is quinoa bites with chocolate chips. While a dessert recipe is definitely in the works, today I am excited to share one our latest favorites – Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites.  This recipe combines two of my most popular recipes (Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites and Jalapeno Popper Pasta) into tasty, cheesy, bite-sized quinoa mac and cheese muffins with a jalapeno popper twist.  They are also gluten free….

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Grilled Honey Lime Chicken #SundaySupper - Alida's Kitchen

Grilled Honey Lime Chicken #SundaySupper

Fire up the grill for this easy recipe for Grilled Honey Lime Chicken!  A simple combination of honey, lime, soy sauce and garlic results in a tangy-sweet, delicious and healthy meal. {gluten free, dairy free}

Grilled Honey Lime Chicken #SundaySupper | Alida's Kitchen

Grilled Honey Lime Chicken is fresh and light with a delightful balance of honey, lime, soy sauce and garlic.  This is one of our favorite meals for the summer because it is easy, healthy and everybody loves it!  The marinade takes minutes to mix together, then just pour it over the chicken in a zip-top bag and pop it in the refrigerator until it is time to grill.  As with any citrus marinade, the marinade acts quickly so the chicken can be grilled within 15 minutes thought I have also let the chicken marinate overnight for a great make ahead option.  …

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Lighter Chipotle Beef Tacos #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Lighter Chipotle Beef Tacos #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Lighter Chipotle Beef Tacos are an easy recipe for a healthier beef taco. {Gluten Free}

Lighter Chipotle Beef Tacos #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Back when Mike and I were first married, I tried to cook dinner every night.  At the time, I was still working and often ended up at the office much later than he was. He could tell how tired I was after working 10+ hour days and wanted to help with dinner.  He has always made a mean frozen pizza and used to cook a lot during his bachelor days. He told me he used to make tacos all of the time – meat plus a seasoning kit.  Oy!  I was excited for tacos, but my first thought was…where are the vegetables?  He is very good at following a recipe, so we decided that I needed to come up with a healthier beef taco recipe that is easy to make….

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Pinot Noir Dark Chocolate Truffles | easy to make dark chocolate truffles infused with Pinot Noir wine #SundaySupper

Pinot Noir Dark Chocolate Truffles #SundaySupper

Pinot Noir Dark Chocolate Truffles are easy, decadent homemade truffles,infused with Pinot Noir wine that melt in your mouth and are made on the lighter side!  

Pinot Noir Dark Chocolate Truffles | easy to make dark chocolate truffles infused with Pinot Noir wine #SundaySupper

Every holiday, or any occasion really, Mike surprises me with truffles. He insists the truffles are for me and usually refuses when I offer to share.  With both Father’s Day and his birthday coming up, I wanted to make something to surprise him (early because, well…I know he reads the blog regularly.  Hi Honey!)  I have had a ‘healthified’ dark chocolate truffle recipe bookmarked for years, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to make it….

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