Chicken Fricassee

It’s the time of year for healthier comfort food! Sometimes that means a warm bowl of soup, a cozy casserole or a mug of hot cocoa. No matter what you’re in the mood for, there are easy ways to lighten up your favorite comfort food dish. Chicken Fricassee is a classic stewed chicken dish with…

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Broccoli Mac and Cheese Cups

Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? We’ve taken classic mac and cheese and made it a bit healthier with a lighter cheese sauce and loads of broccoli (but equally delicious). We also baked them up in a muffin tin to make them into portion-sized cups, perfect for school lunches! You could easily use other vegetables…

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Bacon Pea Salad

There’s just something super nostalgic about bacon pea salad. It reminds me of being a kid and making this and macaroni salad on a hot summer day. My dad would grill burgers and we’d sit down as a family at the kitchen table in our house that was not air conditioned and enjoy every last…

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Banana Walnut Pancakes

I love pancakes and waffles. I know you’re supposed to have a favorite between the two, but I love them equally, and for different reasons. Pancakes are fluffy, soft, nostalgic and have that beautiful layer of browned goodness on the outside. While waffles have nooks and crannies to hold syrup and that trademark crunch on…

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Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potato Topping

Nothing screams comfort food like a piping hot casserole dish filled with a savory beef and veggie filling and a smooth, creamy sweet potato topping. It’s time for Shepherd’s pie. While this might not be the traditional version, the filling has all of those yummy Shepherd’s pie ingredients and flavors with a bright and colorful…

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Five Bean Chili

I absolutely love building recipes out of pantry staples like beans, tomatoes, pasta, rice, grains and flavorful stock. This recipe is the perfect example of that, as it features five different types of beans, crushed and diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Plus, it uses three different spices – chili powder, cumin and smoked paprika –…

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Black Pepper Rosemary Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin is a lean cut of meat that has about 29 grams of protein per serving and only 4 grams of fat! When paired with a green salad and Baked Sweet Potato Wedges or Sweet Potato Fritters, it makes for a delicious, balanced meal the entire family will love! Pork tenderloin cooking tips Pork…

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Slow Cooker Potato Soup

It’s a new year and many of us are looking for ways to lighten up our meals and incorporate more whole, nutritious ingredients into our recipes. While this is a positive thing, it’s important not to go overboard and restrict ourselves just because it’s January. One of my favorite tips when making lifestyle changes is…

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Green Bean Casserole

Is it really that time of year?! The time to start planning our menus and all of the festivities that surround the holidays. I LOVE it, I just can’t believe we are finally here! Food is obviously a large part of holiday festivities and I’m always excited to make dishes for my family that they…

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Sometimes I’m in the mood for an easy, cheesy family favorite casserole, and this chicken enchilada one is always on my radar! It can be made in advance, is perfect for leftovers and is also easily customizable. So, are you in? This version calls for layered whole wheat tortillas with chicken, pinto beans, peppers, sweet…

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