Southwest Chicken, Bacon and Potato Soup

SONY DSCIt won’t stop, you guys.  All things comfort.  All day.  Every day.  I’m not sure if its the damp, cold weather happening around here or the fact that theres a precious tiny little human growing inside of me but COMFORT FOOD, I will find you.

And soups are at the very top of my comfort food list these days. It’s December, after all-seems only appropriate.  As I’ve told you in the past, soups are one of my very favorite dishes to create because there are just no rules.  Soups are so forgiving.  Throw in what you’ve got in the fridge and with a few of the right aromatics, spices and garnishes you’re practically good to go.  This soup right here?  This Southwest Chicken, Bacon and Potato Soup?  You just must.   Continue reading

Sweet and Sticky Salmon + Coconut Rice Bowls

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Guys, you know I love a good Asian dish.  And you know that my husband is a bit meh about that whole deal-he’s an Italian food junkie.  But these salmon and rice bowls?  His fave.   Totally worthy of your meal rotation, promise!

The coconut rice is a total winner around our home.. .my kids adore it and it pairs wonderfully with basically any protein.  So I started these bowls with a base of that sweet, perfectly cooked rice.   Continue reading

Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Garlic Lime Sour Cream

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It’s funny.  Sunday, in my brain, is supposed to be for ‘Sunday Meals’.  You know, the fancy, time-consuming meals you can’t get accomplished during the week.  But rarely does it end up being that way around here.  Sunday is typically the day I go out during nap time and get my meal plan/shopping done for the week.  It sounds silly, but that little mission takes time,  so I am always rushing back home to get dinner on the table before it’s too late.  Sunday dinners usually need to be low maintenance and ultra quick for me.  And often times that means firing up the grill to throw steak or fish on and often times it’s paired with these Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges.  Insanely quick.   Continue reading

Thai Chicken Pineapple Kabobs with Coconut Rice

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Right here we’ve got a bunch of my favorite flavors all muddled into one fabulous, stand-out meal.  The tiny bit of peanut butter in the marinade takes the flavor of this juicy, smokey chicken straight over the top….the pineapple adds the perfect hint of sweet acid and the coconut rice just simply turns this number into a home run.  So yum.

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Sweet Mango Refresher

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I had a sick little boy last week.  Poor guy had a super sore throat and it was such a struggle to get him to eat because of the pain.  So thats when this Sweet Mango Refresher was born.  Complete success.

I wasn’t quite sure what to call this one.  It’s like a cross between sorbet, frozen yogurt and a slushy all in one.  My kids call it ice cream.  I call it a bowl of refreshing bliss.   Continue reading

Maple Mustard Pan-Roasted Salmon

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How was the weekend?  It’s officially spring, friends..congratulations..you’ve made it!  I’m feeling awfully grateful that ‘technical’ winter is behind us…now if we could just get these temps (and random bouts of snow) out of the equation.

So with spring comes lighter food, which I am feeling so ready for.  You know I’m all about soups, stews and gratins but there comes a point in time when a change of food is in order…and around here our changes in food tend to come and go with the seasons. Continue reading

Winter Chop Chop Salad

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I sit here today with a big fat leftover bowl of this on my lap and a giant forkful in my mouth. It’s a good thing this blogging deal isn’t live and in video…you would question so very many things about me; including but not limited to: my upbringing (potentially questioning whether or not I was raised by wolves), if, in fact, I actually feed myself real human food on a regular basis (because the shoveling would lead one to believe genuine starvation could be a factor in this picture) or, if I treated myself to take out for lunch (from a very fresh, hip, homegrown-type of joint). Continue reading