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    Easy Homemade Smoothie Bowls

    A recent food trend has been acai bowls or smoothie bowls.  They are super yummy and filling.  Most often they are also packed with vitamins and minerals and very heart healthy.  The place that is close to my house is one of my most favorite places to treat myself to…but, one bowl is $9 and for that much, I can make my whole family their own smoothie bowls at home.  While it is super convenient to have someone else make one for you, I do enjoy creating them at home where I can control the ingredients. The key to smoothie bowls is to make sure the thickness of the puree…

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    Hello Fresh: Is It Worth It?

    As a nutritionist I am constantly meal planning and trying new foods in an attempt to create meals full of flavor, but at the same time are as nutritious as the can be. Most often, I find myself meal planning for individuals who have had bypass surgery and now need to be on a low sodium, low cholesterol diet. Or someone who was recently diagnosed with diabetes and is feeling overwhelmed with being forced into a complete lifestyle change. It is definitely one thing to make a life style change when it is a choice; it is another thing entirely when an individual feels forced because of a medical condition.…

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    Quick Instapot Lasagna

    My family has absolutely no Italian heritage, but my boys could eat anything pasta and/or anything with cheeses and marinara til they die. When I cook a recipe and can make it super quick in my instapot, everyone is happy. This recipe takes less than 30 minutes start-to-finish and is a definite crowd pleaser. If you want the vegetarian/vegan version or the gluten-free tips then scroll to the bottom. Enjoy! ingredients: 1lb original pork sausage, I prefer Jimmy Deans (regular hamburger meat works well too) olive oil 45 oz jar marinara sauce, my family prefers Prego Original 16 oz low fat cottage cheese 1/4 cup dried onions pinch of red…

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    Moroccan Chili and Couscous

    Back before Pinterest, I watched the Food Network channel religiously.  Rachel Ray, Giada, and Sunny Anderson were some of my favorites.  I especially loved Rachel’s 30 Minute Meals.  If I could make an amazing meal for my family in the time it would take my boys to watch 2 Curious Georges then it was a huge win for me.  I hoarded recipes like crazy.  It would drive Matthew nuts because our DVR would fill up with all of the food shows I recorded.  Now, I mostly create my own recipes and when that fails I search Pinterest.  BUT, I have my favorites from the good o’le days…and Moroccan Chili and…

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    Creamy Pasta Primavera

    Sunday dinners are some of my most favorite family time; especially now that we have church in the morning. I have plenty of time to prep and cook. This week I had a bunch of fresh veggies that I needed to use up before they went bad, so I thought that pasta primavera would be perfect. And…being that while my boys do like vegetables, they snub their noses as what they call ‘exotic vegetables’…also known as squash. I also know that adding cheese helps ease their snobby attitudes. This creamy pasta primavera recipe was a hit, hands down. Keep scrolling for the recipe. Ingredients: 1lb farfalle pasta 1 medium zucchini…

  • Katie Marie

    Life Update

    I’ve been thinking about where to start, turning it over in my mind over and over…and over. I guess I just start at the beginning. I have worn glasses for the past 25 years. Having difficulty seeing without corrective lenses is the norm for me. In fact, my eyesight has become so distorted (thank you pregnancies and children) that I have to wear contacts in the shower so I can see. Glasses/contacts are an accessory that everyone in my family has…well, except my brother who is a lucky duck and was able to have PRK done last year. Recently I had my annual eye exam to update my contact and…

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    Copy Cat Cafe Zupas Chicken Enchillada Soup

    I am a sucker for just about any creamy soup, combine that with Mexican food flavors and I would do just about anything for a taste. Cafe Zupas just has yummy food in general. If I had to absolutely pick between Panera Bread and Cafe Zupas, I wouldn’t even bat an eye saying goodbye to Panera. Their Chicken Enchilada Soup is definitely in my top 3 faves…and even though a new location opened up less than 5 miles away, I just cannot justify eating there every other day…so…of course I had to figure out how to make it at home. Besides, there are plenty of poor souls who either haven’t…

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    How to Decorate a Rental: Family Room

    I’ve moved…it wasn’t something we were actively considering.  Mr and I had been tossing around the idea of selling our house for the last year.  We had outgrown it, as well as we really wanted to take advantage of the seller’s market at the moment.  Some friends of ours were looking for someone to rent their house quickly, and because we had tossed around the idea of selling for a while, and because our friends’ house is larger than our current house…we jumped on their offer.  We have packed up the first house we’ve ever owned, moved it all to the new house (which, thankfully is less than a half…

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    Paleo Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops

    Growing up, pork chops and applesauce was a staple meal in my house.  It brings back a lot of memories, but it is also a very simple flavored meal.  When I saw some amazing cuts of pork chops at my local butcher I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.  This recipe is a zhuzhed up version of my childhood applesauce and pork chops.  Not only are the ingredients in season, which makes me super happy, but this recipe is Whole 30, Paleo, and Keto all rolled into one.  It may look complicated, but it is ALMOST as easy as grilling pork chops and pouring applesauce on top.  Keep…

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    Birthday Giveaway

      It’s my birthday week…more specifically, I am a Halloween baby.  Growing up I absolutely loved my birthday.  I loved getting cake, presents, and candy.  I loved having dozens of visitors and wishing them a Happy Halloween.  As I’ve grown older, my birthday doesn’t hold as much of an appeal as it used to as a kid.  Now that I am a mom, Halloween has become a different kind of special.  It is so fun watching the boys become excited about dressing up and getting candy.  The one thing that has not changed for me over the years is that as much as I love getting presents, I love giving…