"Homemade" Chicken Noodle Soup

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"Homemade" Chicken Noodle Soup

Ok - so it's a simplified version of "homemade". I'm not making my own broth or anything here - let's not get crazy. But it's quick to put together and much better than anything out of a can. My 17 year old daughter asked for this recipe yesterday to make for the family she is currently staying with in her year abroad in France. Here is a picture of what she made (#proudmom).  1 tablespoon butter 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 clove garlic 1/2 cup chopped celery 4 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth 1 (14.5 ounce) can vegetable broth 1/2...

Lentil & Kale Soup

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Lentil & Kale Soup

Lentil & Kale Soup Best. Soup. Ever. Hot soup in the summer? With this rainy, cool weather we have been having it just feels right. INGREDIENTS ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 medium yellow or white onion, chopped 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 4 garlic cloves, pressed or minced 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon curry powder ½ teaspoon dried thyme 1 large can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, lightly drained 1 cup brown or green lentils, picked over and rinsed 4 cups vegetable broth 2 cups water 1 teaspoon salt, more to taste Pinch of red pepper flakes Freshly...

Grasshopper Pie

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Grasshopper Pie

My mom has been making this for holidays since I was a child. She still makes it every Thanksgiving and Christmas and the grandkids love it. It's a great festive color and I will be making it today. It's pure junk food but so good! 18 Oreos 5 T. melted butter 24 marshmallows 1/3 cup milk 2 T. green creme de menthe 1/2 pint heavy whipping cream green food coloring if you like the color more intense Combine crushed oreos and butter and pat into a 9 inch pie pan. Melt marshmallows with the milk over a low heat. Cool...

Vegan Split Pea Crockpot Soup

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Vegan Split Pea Crockpot Soup

This fat-free and vegan soup has tons of flavor (really!). My vegan daughter always requests this when she wants comfort food. With a crusty baguette, it is very satisfying. The addition of potatoes makes it thicker and heartier than most split pea soups. 2 cups green split peas (uncooked) 8 cups vegetable broth 2 cubes boullion (vegetarian) 2 potatoes (chopped) 2 ribs celery (chopped) 2 carrots (sliced) 1 onion (diced) 2 cloves garlic (minced) 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon sage 1 teaspoon thyme 3 bay leaves Place the split peas, vegetable broth, and bouillon cubes in your...

Chicken with Peanut Sauce & Sweet Potatoes

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Chicken with Peanut Sauce & Sweet Potatoes

Before you retire the grill for the season try this! Chicken tossed with a sweet and spicy peanut sauce. Pack it into foil and toss it on the grill. It's a no mess dinner. You probably won't have leftovers - but it's even better the next day.  Ingredients: 1/2 cup unsalted natural creamy peanut butter 1/2 cup light coconut milk 4 T. rice vinegar 2 T. chopped cilantro 2 T. honey 2 T. fresh lime juice 2 T. fresh minced ginger 2 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce or tamari 1 tsp red pepper flakes 2 cloves garlic, minced Olive oil cooking...

2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

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2-Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

  This recipe is super complicated and time consuming....NOT! It's so easy and everyone loves it. I'm a latecomer to the Crockpot Party but I love mine now. I've served this at a dinner party and everyone wanted the "recipe" haha. 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 lbs total) 2 jars Donkey salsa (one mild, one hot - they don't make medium) (optional: fresh lime wedges, avocado, cotija cheese) I like to par-grill the chicken before putting it into the crockpot to get out some of the juices. But you can put the chicken in raw if you want...

Avocado and Tomato Salad with Sunflower Seeds

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Avocado and Tomato Salad with Sunflower Seeds

Avocado and Tomato Salad with Sunflower Seeds Have you ever paired sunflower seeds with avocado? Delicious! This recipe is so fresh and easy. 1/2 avocado, cubed 1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half 1/4 cup roasted sunflower kernels  juice from 1 lime 1/2 tbsp honey 1/4 cup fresh, chopped cilantro  1/4 tsp salt Put everything in a bowl and toss until well combined.

Planking

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Planking

Want a solid, strong core? Of course you do! Then think about adding a planking routine to your workouts. I noticed a significant difference in my core strength when I added a plank to every workout - currently up to 4 minutes extended arm. My next goal is to incorporate a weighted vest for part or all of the time. I wanted to find out why this simple exercise is so effective so I went to fitness professional (and one of my all time fave Elite Instructors at Lifetime Athletic), Missy Vacala.  Which muscles does a plank work? When planking...

Coconut Curry Recipe

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Coconut Curry Recipe

  This coconut curry has broccoli and chickpeas and a creamy coconut curry sauce that comes together super fast. Add cubed firm tofu or chicken if you like! 1 can coconut milk 2 tablespoons red curry paste (or more to taste) 2 small heads broccoli 1 green pepper chopped  1 small red onion chopped 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons cold water optional: minced garlic  As is this isn't very spicy. I like to add red chili oil or cayenne pepper to pump it up. DIRECTIONS Saute broccoli, pepper, onion (and garlic if...

Cucumber Margaritas

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Cucumber Margaritas

Have a juicer? If not - get one! They are so great for making healthy fresh juices from leafy greens, cucumbers, lemons and fruit.  Also - you can make these delicious cucumber margaritas with it. 2 parts white 100% agave tequila 2 parts triple sec 1 part fresh lime juice Mix these ingredients together in a pitcher. Garnish glass with pink sugar. Pour tequila mixture over ice and top off with fresh cucumber juice.

Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kebabs

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Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kebabs

Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato KebabsServings: 8 Calories: 147 • Fat: 7.5 g • Carb: 3 g • Fiber: 1 g • Protein: 18 g • Sugar: 0 gSodium: 104 mg • Cholest: 2.5 mg Ingredients: 1 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped 1 clove garlic 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste 3 tbsp olive oil 1-1/4 lbs skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes 24 cherry tomatoes 16 wooden skewers Directions: In a food processor pulse basil, garlic, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper until smooth. Slowly add the olive oil while pulsing.  Combine the raw...

How to Wear a Silk Slip Dress

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How to Wear a Silk Slip Dress

This 90's staple is making a major comeback. Slip dresses cropped up all over the runways for Spring 2016. Length is key. Too short looks too ready for bed; midi or floor-length looks more modern. Slips lend themselves to layering. Try wearing one under a skirt or another dress, so you can see a bit of lace poking out underneath the hem.  1. With a turtleneck layered over it.  Feeling cold this winter? Make like Kate Moss from the 90's and combine the best of two worlds: The cozy turtleneck and the body-clinging slip dress.  2. With a shirt layered over it. ...

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