Melissa

kiku apple chicken salad

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We’ve been thoroughly enjoying summer and all it has to offer. Beach days, lazy hammock naps, lots of reading, early morning bluff hikes, day trips, iced tropical green tea at the local coffee shop, dinners on the deck, tea on the front porch… the list goes on and on… One of my favorite parts of…

carrot cake overnight oats jar

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Oh yes! Last night I created another overnight oats jar and this one really turned out good. It’s super healthy and the perfect way to start your day! 1 cup rolled oats (not quick cooking) 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt 1 small banana, peeled and sliced 1 smallish carrot,…

deli “rotisserie” chicken {in a crock pot}

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Another lovely, summertime Crock Pot recipe for you to try! This makes a wonderful, dinner when served with mashed potatoes and your favorite steamed veggies. Use the leftovers to make: tacos, chicken salad sandwiches, pot pie, white chicken chili, soup…. The possibilities are endless! The best part about using your slow cooker in the summer…

creamy shiitake mushroom chicken & rice bowl

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Oooohhhh…. This was SO good. The perfect, easy comfort food dish on a rainy summer day. It’s made on the stovetop, so you’re whole house won’t heat up while you’re cooking. Yay! We’ve been reading about the health benefits of adding shiitake mushrooms to our diet, so we’ve been throwing them into sauces, gravies, soups,…

grilled chili chicken tacos + watermelon salsa

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These tacos showcase all the fresh, delicious flavors of summer! They go together quickly once you grill up your chili chicken thighs. They’re perfect for Friday night dinner on the deck! My bestie, Josh, showed me how to make “food truck-style” taco tortillas one day when he was over for lunch. Pure genius! Seriously, the…

fluffernutter whoopie pie brownies

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A couple nights ago we were craving chocolate so I decided to make a batch of my favorite, easy brownies. I only had the dark, unsweetened cocoa powder so I used that. The result? These perfectly chewy chocolate brownies that are dark as night. SO good! They reminded me of the soft, cookie part of…

spicy thai peanut slaw

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We grilled some yummy, simple, herbed chicken breasts last night and since my daughter Andrea was visiting I decided to create a slaw featuring her favorite, creamy peanut sauce as an accompaniment. Oh WOW! I can’t believe I never thought to do this before. A match made in heaven! for the salad: ~ serves 6…

chicken with 40 cloves of garlic {slow cooker recipe}

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Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic is a classic, French bistro recipe. It’s really a fancy, chicken stew. I’ve made this dish several times the traditional way, and this time I decided to simplify it for the slow cooker. Guess what? It’s just as good as when I make it in the oven! Don’t let…

buffalo chicken macaroni salad

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It’s steamy hot outside today and according to the forecast it’s going to be like this for the next week. Time to pack the cooler and picnic basket and head to the beach! Whenever we go I like to bring an assortment of salads in jars, and a macaroni salad of some type is always…

spiced fig ice cream + chocolate cabernet sauce

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I think this might be my favorite ice cream recipe yet. Have I said that before? I probably have, but this time I’m serious! 😉 It’s elegant, mostly healthy and delicious! Feel free to add a little raw honey or pure maple syrup to your ice cream mixture if it doesn’t seem sweet enough to…