Pasta Cotto Casserole

June 15, 2015

The past few weeks, I’ve been on a food-freezing mission.  Call it nesting or OCD—though I don’t think that I’ve really changed much either way—I simply wanted to prepare our little family for the newest arrival and instant changes....

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Preparing for Baby: Freeze-Ahead Meals

June 1, 2015

For all of us who’re parents or soon-to-be parents, time can slip by so easily.  And before we know it, we’re calling up for take-out and falling into a ho-hum routine of our usual go-to spots.  Wouldn’t it be great if we could access...

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Vegan Quinoa Pasta Salad

May 18, 2015

When the weather gets warmer, my taste buds get a little finicky. I don’t want anything hot or filling, and sometimes the usual protein sources aren’t very appealing either—chicken, meat, fish. Then it hits me, quinoa!...

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Mom’s Green Chile Enchilada Casserole

May 4, 2015

My mom and I have always been close, like two rolled enchiladas on a combination plate. And thankfully through my teenage years, I never went through that rebellious stage of pushing her away. She was, and still is today, my best...

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Gluten-Free Boeuf Bourguignon Stuffed Peppers

April 27, 2015

If you’re the main cook in your family like I am, then you probably take turns entertaining everyone’s latest cravings and dietary restrictions. Last year, my mother-in-law gave the vegan lifestyle a shot for a few months, before...

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Tom Kha Kai

April 13, 2015

For those of you who don’t know, I’m the queen of soups—hot, cold, creamy, brothy, mystery—all soups. With the right ingredients, soup can promote great health. I’m talking about a well-balanced meal in a bowl. It doesn’t get better...

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Curried Cashew Chicken

March 16, 2015

If you made those delicious Curried Cashew Kale Chips last week and you saved the leftover sauce, then you’re in for a real treat. You can whip up this meal in about 10 minutes. But no worries if you didn’t, the sauce ingredients and...

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Chunky Chicken Pad Thai

February 23, 2015

I grew up on New Mexican cuisine, but it’s fun to step outside of my comfort zone and try new things in the kitchen. Plus, it broadens my skills and challenges me to learn different cooking techniques. This week on The Monday Menu, you...

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Gluten-Free Beef Stroganoff

February 17, 2015

Back in October, I mentioned that I love a good challenge in the kitchen. I also mentioned that one of my favorite challenges is to put a healthy twist on a classic recipe—a recipe makeover, if you will. And this week on The Monday...

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Stuffed Turkey Burgers

January 5, 2015

Who doesn’t love a burger fresh from the grill? And turkey is just the right main ingredient to make your burger healthier. To guarantee moist grilled patties, I prefer mixing turkey breast and thigh meat together. For your cardio or...

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