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Loaded Nachos with Beefless Ground

My family loves Mexican food. We've consumed our fair share of fajitas from El Agave and one more than a few occasions have used the kitchen island to set up a taco bar. We also love meat, especially red meat. But in my quest to be a positive role model for my daughter, I started making small changes to improve my overall health. I have restricted myself to one can of Diet Coke per day and increased my water intake. Instead of eating chips and dip for lunch (my absolute favorite snack), I … READ MORE>

pumpkin bread recipe

Mom’s Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Food can trigger some pretty awesome memories. Whenever I eat a caramel apple (which is rare), I think about the times my friends and I used to "run" the Pikes Peak Ascent (PPA). We felt we deserved, or better yet, were entitled to the richest, most fattening thing we could stomach and for whatever reason, we felt loaded caramel apples from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory were the bomb (yup, I said that). If you're not familiar with the Pikes Peak Ascent, it's a 13.32 mile race with about an … READ MORE>

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Chicken and Noodles

Give me a pot of chicken and noodles and I'll be your friend forever. Seriously, forever. Last month B and I were in Iowa celebrating a late Christmas with my family. Instead of doing the traditional Christmas dinner, I made the executive decision to serve a couple of soups instead. My original plan was to make chili and potato soup but laziness got the best of me. The chili was simple enough but potato soup? My official potato peeler was back in Kansas and I wasn't in the mood to cover … READ MORE>

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Quick and Easy Lunch with Herdez Cocina Mexicana Frozen Bowls

Thank you to Herdez for sponsoring this post! #HerdezFrozenBowls There are a few things you will never hear come out of my mouth: I love spiders, getting eaten alive by mosquitos was fun and I was so busy I forgot to eat. The spider that found his way in my bed didn't live to tell about it, I chose function over fashion and wore a mosquito net while hiking in Glacier National Park and I'm pretty busy at the office but I never forget to eat. I get too "hangry" for that too happen and why I … READ MORE>

black eyed pea and corn dip

Black Eyed Pea and Corn Dip

Zoo dip. That's what my boyfriend and brother called this. You see, neither one is very cultured when it comes to food and if they don't see a chunk of meat or a potato, they get a bit confused. At first I took offense, after all, it's hard work throwing things into a bowl and mixing them together (that would be sarcasm) but then I got the last laugh because the two of them were having their share of my black eye pea and corn dip. The dip was a hit with the guys and with some of the … READ MORE>

black beans and roasted corn taco bar

4 Ingredient Roasted Corn and Black Beans

Last week I shared with you an easy way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. I like to do a simple taco bar with all of the traditional fixins plus a few items that are a little bit more unique. One item that has been a continued hit is my simple 4 ingredient roasted corn and black beans. The great thing about this recipe is you can treat it as a side dish, or you can add it to your tacos to give it some extra flavor. For my vegetarian friends, they can make a taco that has "meatiness" without the … READ MORE>

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Cinco de Mayo Taco Bar

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Wet-Nap but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #showusyourmess  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV Some people have favorite holidays, I have favorite FOOD holidays. Aside from Thanksgiving and Easter, one of my favorite food holidays is Cinco de Mayo. Not only do I love, love, love Mexican food, it's an easy holiday to celebrate with friends. One of my favorite things to do is set up a Cinco de Mayo … READ MORE>

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Beef and Black Bean Enchiladas

After a month or two of winging dinner, I decided it was time to start menu planning again. In theory, menu planning sounds easy, right? I mean, you write down what you're going to make for dinner each night, shop for the ingredients and then stick to the plan. Not so much. Especially when you're like me and realize you've picked 4 chicken recipes in a row or that all your food has the label of "Asian." That's exactly what happened when I sat down to create my menu for the week so I went back … READ MORE>

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Spinach Artichoke Dip – Easy Dip Recipe

The Better Chip provided me with product and/or compensation for this post, however the opinions I shared are my own. When I was younger, each Sunday afternoon was spent at my Grandmother's house. She'd cook a huge meal and our entire extended family would hang out together. I remember her making all of our favorite foods (I loved her green beans) and afterwards, we'd all just hang out and talk. You know, without cell phones, iPads or other electronic distractions. For years I've been … READ MORE>

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No Bake Cranberry Energy Balls with Strawberry Glaze

I created my healthy #Outshine No Bake Cranberry Energy Balls with Strawberry Glaze as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars by Crowdtap. This year I have one of those dreaded decade birthdays. Not the over the hill one but the second best, the big 4-0. Having one of those big blow out parties where everyone eats and drinks too much really isn't my style. I much prefer to create memories that I will remember (instead of ones I want to to forget) so I decided a backpacking trip in Glacier … READ MORE>