Winter Squash Farro Salad with Crispy Kale

Just in time for New Year’s resolutions, this winter farro salad has become one of my favorite meatless meals, mainly because it’s filled with high-nutrition yet scrumptious seasonal flavors. There’s roasted butternut with a hint of maple syrup to bring out the natural sweetness of the squash, crispy and savory…

Easy 15-Minute Pomegranate White Chocolate Mousse

Just in time for New Year’s Eve celebrations, I had to post this recipe for white chocolate mousse. The white-as-fresh-snow mousse, topped with cinnamon and vivid red, in-season pomegranate seeds, looks really pretty and so festive this time of the year. It’s really perfect for the holiday season.

Calvin’s Christmas Cookies (Dog Treats)

I really wanted to add to my list of homemade dog treats in time for Christmas this year. Because – unlike most individuals on my holiday shopping list – my beagle Calvin is so easy and uncomplicated. He’s thrilled to receive the simplest of things: some crispy, tasty cookies! And he has a…

Healthier Creamy Spinach Dip

Now that we’re in the swing of the holiday season, the timing seemed perfect for a healthier update to one of my all-time favorite classic appetizers: creamy spinach dip! The vibrant green of the spinach and the deep red of the sun-dried tomatoes in this yummy dip are so festive…

Cider-Glazed Roasted Root Vegetables

I hoped to have this recipe posted in time for Thanksgiving. Because, yes, the roasted-for-hours turkey may be the star of the show for the Thanksgiving meal. But I think this recipe is the perfect cold-weather side dish to really allow the vegetables to have their shining moment too! The…

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Stew

I am not sure how it took me until now to realize the greatness of the slow cooker. You do a few minutes of work chopping things and tossing them into the slow cooker early in the day. Add a few things later on. Stir once in a while, when…

Curry Spice Sweet Potato Hummus

I was ordering a veggie wrap from a local sandwich shop recently and was offered the option of several different types of hummus, including sweet potato hummus. First, I love that I live in an age of so much variety that I can stop into a little suburban to-go restaurant and have…

Vanilla Maple Baked Stuffed Apple Parfaits

As I sit down to type up the recipe for these baked stuffed apple parfaits (I really love these as a quick, sweet, nutrient-rich breakfast or snack), I’m looking at my napping beagle Calvin and cracking up. Because, as much as I love these baked apples, this recipe is most certainly…

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