Spinach, White Cheddar, Apple Salad with Nuts, Berries & A Honey-Cider Vinaigrette

While a few simple alterations and ingredient swaps could have this Spinach, White Cheddar, Apple Salad showing up in it’s Fall Sunday best, this version still says Spring to me– so that’s what I’m rolling with. Crisp, sliced apples, walnuts, berries, and shredded sharp white cheddar on a bed of fresh baby spinach. A homemade honey vinaigrette is drizzled over top and it’s all lovingly tossed together at the supper table into a complete meal in your salad bowl.

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Crispy Oven Fried Chicken

If you grew up in the South that you grew up with Fried Chicken as a staple in your childhood diet. You probably grew up making it or it was a rite of passage with Grandma’s ‘secret’ recipe being shared after you were a lawfully wedded women and welcomed into the female fold of adulthood. Over the years I’ve learned all kinds of secrets from some of the most southern of Southern belles, and I’ve eaten some toe curling-ly good crispy chicken over the years. Tips ranged from smashed corn flakes or mashed potato flakes for breading to lard or Crisco for frying in. Much to my mothers’ chagrin I’ve broken a bit with tradition and have put my own spin on one of the most infamous of chicken dinner recipes. Fake out your friends, your family, even your taste buds with our crispy oven fried chicken.

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Baked Teriyaki Salmon with A Sriracha Cream Drizzle

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Salmon and broccoli are both super foods that energize the mind and body and provide them with key nutrients and minerals, essential for your health, which is one of the reasons we love pairing the two together. This Baked Teriyaki Salmon with A Sriracha Cream Drizzle does exactly that- combining good for you, oven-baked salmon fillets with a simple, homemade teriyaki marinade. This makes it perfect for anyone interested in controlling the ingredients going into their sauces, like lowering the sodium or using less sugar. A hint of spice from the sriracha cream drizzle offers a bright burst of bold flavor that pairs perfectly with the teriyaki sauce. Serve this classic fish over a bed of white rice with a generous side of steamed broccoli for a filling meal that’s low on calories but loaded with bold flavor and essential mind and body benefits.

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3 Ingredient, No-Bake Apple ‘Protein’ Brownies

Every year the hubs and I go on a ski trip. It’s usually our mutual anniversary present to ourselves. This year, we decided that we were old enough, and grown enough, that we didn’t need a ‘vacation’ all to ourselves. We decided to make it a family affair, with all three older kids tagging along. For me, that also meant meal planning ahead of time, and even some cooking, because that ‘oops’ moment where you forgot to pack that one ingredient and now you can’t make dinner is a lot more expensive when your party goes from 2 to 5 people. And snacks. Oh my sweet Lord, the snacks! Every 30 minutes, one of my teens is crying they’re hungry, and if you don’t feed them right away? That Snickers commercial we’ve all seen? My hangry boys make that look like a caricature. So I made and brought snacks. As many snacky things as I could get my hands on. Thank God for the snacks! And that was part of the prayer/mantra I repeated while my knuckles were white because I was gripping the door handle so hard on the last hour leg of our trip to the ski resort this weekend.

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Black Pepper & Parmesan Kale Chips

It’s that time of year again for our older kids. We’re over half way through the school year, and the scheduling sheets are coming home for parental approval for their course load next year.We usually let the kids pick their own electives, making sure to talk to them abut why they’re interested in that, etc. It’s almost always a well-thought out decision, and thankfully not an ‘I heard it was an easy A’. Other than them actively considering their options, we do have two other requirements. One, that they take a foreign language in high school, whichever most appeals to them, and stick with it until they graduate. It’s an invaluable life-skill, and a great way to expose them to a different culture. Luckily, this rule’s never been a sticking point, and we’ve all learned a lot about Germany in just a few years. Turns out two of them have a knack for it.

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Make-Ahead Homemade Oatmeal Muffin Mix

My family loves a good grab and go breakfast. A muffin fits right into that category, and into their small, yet capable hands. Something else they love? A snack to tide them over until dinner. Oh, the snacks. Luckily, a healthy, hearty muffin fits in there too. And with all these lean, lanky growing boys with limbs akimbo, a go-to muffin mix is something I make sure to keep on hand in the pantry

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BLT Salad Bowl

The youngest son has eaten ‘salad’ since almost the first day he could eat table food. And by salad, I meant plain chopped lettuce devoid of any fixin’s or toppings, or dressing of any kind. In the years since, his love for lettuce in a bowl has only grown and if it’s on a bed of green leaves, he’s game to try it. Thankfully, since he’s regressed with almost all other green veggies. More on that another day. 

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Crispy, Oven Baked Green Bean Fries

Have you ever had the opposite of a picky eater? A kid who from the get-go has eaten their greens and loved them too? I’m talking one of their first foods being salad, and the less dressing the better. Son # 4 would eat green beans like they were French fries. Something I, obviously, encouraged. And then I got to thinking, why not? Let’s just roll with that.

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