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Zero Point Spicy Chicken Chili

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Zero Point Spicy Chicken Chili is packed with lean ground chicken, peppers, onions, and corn for a hearty chili that is only 226 calories and zero Freestyle Smartpoints. I don’t know about you, but the minute the new Weight Watchers zero point food list came out, I couldn’t wait to make some zero point chili. Now to be honest, having a hearty soup like these with 0 points made me a bit nervous. However I was [...]

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Red Pepper Cashew Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower

Let’s have a cupcake together. Today I wanted to show you some interesting places in my little corner of the Philippines, and I still want to do that, but I’m going to throw a little psycho-babble in there because my head is messy right now. Are you ok with that? If so, welcome to my places. I’m going to be making a few changes. Because between the classroom, the shelter activities, my blog, my freelance work (currently working on [...]

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Spicy Peanut Soup with Sweet Potato + Kale

Dessert today is brought to you by those end-of-fall sweet, juicy, ruby red apples that are just completely irresistible. Organic Honeycrisp, I’m looking at you. Today these apples are coated in cinnamon sugar and conveniently topped with a healthy, wholesome crumble that is made with oats, pecans, whole wheat flour, and coconut oil. I don’t even like coconut oil. Except now I do. FLIPPING OUT. Five minutes to snacky apple deliciousness = five minutes to happiness in my house. [...]

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Yummy Salmon Burgers with Slaw

Today’s green pasta party and $300 giveaway – woot woot! – is sponsored by Oliviers and Co., makers of olive oil, vinegar, and most importantly, that heavenly basil spread. Sometimes I need, want, just completely love green foods. This is one of those major big times since I’m still coming down from two weeks of vacation where, for me, green foods take a back seat to grilled pork and freshly caught and fried Walleye tacos. So I’m ready, guys. [...]

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TND – Movin’ to the country, gonna eat a lot of peaches

I am feeling press ganged by Fall. First it was the early appearance of pumpkin spice flavored specialty items. It used to be you had to wait until September or October to get your hands on something apple caramel flavored, or spiced with pumpkin pie. This year they started appearing in July. Then on the last Sunday in August, I walked into the grocery store and was confronted with serried ranks of Halloween candy on display a precise 60 days [...]

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Low Carb Cinnamon Apple Pancakes

[unable to retrieve full-text content] Low Carb Cinnamon Apple Pancakes pack in so much delicious apple and cinnamon flavor and are surprisingly low in carbs, paleo friendly, and gluten free. In my opinion, the combination of cinnamon and apples makes the very best addition to pancakes. I am getting hungry just thinking about it, especially since we are in the prime of apple season. As kids we would go apple picking every year and come home with mountains of apples that [...]

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Happy Birthday Afton

This is an update from Lindsay and Bjork on their sweet baby boy. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers, and thank you to all of you who are lifting them up in this time. – Jenna Introducing our perfect baby, Afton Bjork Ostrom, who was born on December 31, 2016, and who left this world peacefully, laying skin-to-skin in the arms of his mommy and daddy, surrounded by pure love in the early morning hours [...]

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Sugar Free January Product Guide

The thing about caramelized brussels sprouts is that they are a) adorable, b) delicious, and c) healthy, because they’re like baby cabbages disguised as beautiful food. On our Washington, D.C. weekend getaway, I found various forms of brussels sprouts on every restaurant menu. Caramelized, roasted, chopped, sauteed, braised, you name it. And obvi, I ordered all of them. But there was only one that really made my heart flutter, and that was the caramelized brussels sprouts. How can a [...]

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Sugar Free January Meal Planning Guide

This is my perfect food. But I have to admit, things didn’t start out so well. In fact, there were a few tears and a lot of vaccuuming after attempt number one: Good bye, new Pyrex baking dish. My self confidence plummeted after these horrendous results. But luckily I have strong determination when it comes to making food with peanut butter, chocolate, and candy. And so I tried again. This time, I used more safe kitchen practices, such as [...]

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TND – Slàinte mhòr!

For reasons that escape me, and baffle everyone – myself included – I managed to pass out of teen-hood without having ever read a Diana Gabaldon novel.  This is shocking and bewildering because the Outlander series is exactly the kind of epic historical sprawl that I devoured in high school.  My best guess as to how this situation came to pass is that I read the cover flap, decided that they were all about the Highland Uprising of 1745, [...]

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