{Lighter} Chicken Fajita Casserole

{Lighter} Chicken Fajita Casserole

Hi there! I am Megan from The Housewife in Training Files. I am so honored to be a contributor to My Cooking Spot! What an amazing little blog this is.

{Lighter} Chicken Fajita Casserole

I have a special place in my heart for quinoa and for many reasons. You can even say I am tad bit obsessed. And for good reasons!  A quick cooking, gluten free whole grain that is a nutritional powerhouse. It contains more antioxidants, protein and fiber than any other grain; which is the perfect reason for me to substitute any recipe that calls for rice, couscous and even pasta!

{Lighter} Chicken Fajita Casserole

When I think of winter, I immediately curse Mother Nature, kidding, sorta. No really; I immediately think of comfort dishes. Cheesy, gooey dishes that are so rich they keep you full and happy for hours on end!  One evening I was feeling like a bit of a fiesta so I set out to make a lighter dish that was a way less time consuming than making a full Mexican spread.  Let’s be honest, I had a margarita calling my name. [Read more…]

The Best Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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Be Thankful for Vegan Pumpkin Pie.

That spicy and creamy custard filling. That flaky and rich buttery crust. You know what I’m talking about… pumpkin pie! The time is finally here to indulge in this classic taste of the holidays.

Wouldn’t you love to gratify those taste buds of yours while also choosing the healthiest and cleanest version of this pie? With so many diet restrictions these days, I am always looking for ways to make our favorite recipes enjoyable by all. So, when my clients began asking for a vegan, flax free pumpkin pie, I knew I had my work cut out for me. Thus this journey began, to construct a pie void of all the above ingredients, but of course, not while compromising that classic and delicious taste.

Voila! From my kitchen to yours… vegan pumpkin pie. Enjoy

I decided to make my crust from scratch, but you could easily buy a frozen one.

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Ginger Asian Pear Crisp

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It’s that time of the year when the number of farmers markets in Seattle plummets down to just a handful of hearty markets which run year round. One of my favorites, the University District Market recently pivoted its location from a parking lot to the street. I wasn’t so sure about the move when I first heard about it – but the with new addition of some of my favorite vendors from the Broadway Farmers Market, it’s now holding the title of my favorite market in Seattle.

My original thought for this month’s farmers market sourced recipe was to make a simple apple crisp. However, after walking the new market and spotting oodles of pears in the many booths convinced me to try just a little something different.

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I’ve never actually eaten an Asian Pear before, so I figured what better time to try baking with some. The Mair Farm-Taki booth had both some excellent looking pears and fresh ginger, so I came up with this special spiced crisp. This final version came with me to a little dinner party and it turned was a huge hit. Even better, the single portion I had left made a fantastic warmed up breakfast the following morning.

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Pumpkin Spice Syrup – A Healthy Alternative To This Fall Favorite

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Autumn is in full effect here. Though, Las Vegas isn’t gifted with changing trees or sidewalks blanketed in fallen leaves, we still can see the presence of fall. The morning air is cool and crisp and the moon is revealing herself a little earlier each passing night. Regardless of where you reside during this transition of the seasons, you undoubtedly feel the shift occur within your body and mind. The desire to turn inward, snuggle up and contemplate mother earth nestling down. This is a time for grounding and reflecting, and what better way than to warm up with a cup of coffee or tea. That steam meeting your lips while you inhale that all too familiar aroma of fall. Cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, mmmm. I bet you’re thinking of that famous Starbucks pumpkin spice latte.

Well, lemme tell you why we should stay away from this all too enticing beverage of choice. For starters, the syrup they use doesn’t even have pumpkin in it! Their syrup consists of condensed milk, high fructose corn syrup, artificial and natural flavors and annatto.

How about I save you from my lengthy speech about all these ingredients and just give you my very own healthy and delicious recipe alternative. This pumpkin spice syrup will change your holiday season, enjoy!

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