Lemon Garlic Roasted Broccoli

Lemon Garlic Roasted Broccoli | Looking for a simple and delicious side that comes together in less than 30 minutes? Try out this wonderful Lemon Garlic Roasted Broccoli, which is light, tasty and super easy to make! // @speckledpalate for @mycookingspot

I think it’s safe to say that spring has officially sprung.

Because of this, I’m on the hunt for all kinds of fruits and vegetables.

As the days get longer and warmer, I find myself craving more whole foods, especially those of the vegetable variety. And since we’ve got a newborn at home, I’m on the lookout for simple recipes to make in a flash since I don’t have as much time on my hands for cooking these days.

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Cinnamon Apple Chips

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Hi all, Cat from The Rustic Willow here. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you all are eating loads of green things today. I’m here to share a recipe with you that uses green apples–so I guess I’m in the holiday spirit.

I’ve been on such a health kick lately! I think it’s due to the fact that I recently moved to Colorado and everyone has such an active lifestyle here–it’s contagious!

Usually when I try to eat healthier, snacking is my downfall. I can prepare healthy meals all day long, but I’m always craving some ice cream or chocolate. I decided to finally tackle apple chips for a healthy snack instead! I’ve always wanted to try them but I kept putting them off. I’m not sure what I was afraid of, because these are so easy to make!

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Strawberry Pina Colada Smoothie


Strawberry Pina Colada Smoothie

This Strawberry Pina Colada Smoothie may look like a cocktail, but I promise you, this vegan, gluten-free treat is meant for breakfast!

So after the sugar fest that was Tuesday’s s’mores recipe, I decided I need to clean up my noshing habit a bit and try to snack a little bit on the healthier side. So, of course, I’m here to share the tasty results of my latest experiment with you!

Let me just put this out there; in case the name of my blog didn’t give it away, I adore sweets and desserts – chocolate, ice cream, cupcakes, brownies – they’re mostly my favorite things to eat in the world. I rarely skip dessert when we go out for dinner, and I almost always have some sort of sweet snack somewhere in the house. I’m also a wannabe gym rat, and I have a pretty good grasp on moderation.

When I’m on my game (meaning meal prepping, lifting/working out 3-4 times a week, and generally giving 100% to my healthy life regimen), I make smoothies for breakfast every morning for myself and my husband, so I feel like I’m pretty good at coming up with tasty flavor combinations. Pina Coladas are one of my favorite cocktails to indulge in, so I figured it would make for a killer smoothie since the ingredients are fairly similar.

Then, I decided to toss some strawberry puree in the mix, and all of a sudden it became a Lava Flow, and I immediately wished I was on a cruise ship in the middle of the ocean, listening to steel drums and soaking up some sun by the pool. [Read more…]

Oranges, Balsamic Candied Pecans & Herb Salad

Orange and herb salad with lemon vinaigrette

Hi, Marcella Rose here!  I often find that I make some of my most exciting recipes out of necessity.  Needing to use this or that before it goes bad or to make room in the fridge or because “surprise!”, you have guests staying for dinner.  It’s where I shine because you really have to be creative to make it work.

It is a skill that was honed while being a ranch cook 45 miles from anything for 5 years.  I would open up a cook book and decide on a recipe only to find out that we don’t have half the ingredients.  I got really good at substitutions and clever ways around things and it made me feel empowered.  I didn’t need to be limited by recipes. So strict and to the point.  Why not let your palate decide?  You know what you like, what flavor combinations taste best together.  So tonight why not take off the saddle, untie the reins and just run free?  Make something up, be spontaneous, and try something new! Who knows what could happen, you could invent a new favorite dish!

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