All posts by Lauren Lobley

Pumpkin Hummus for Parties, Snacks, and Holidays

Pumpkin Hummus for the Holidays

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It’s American Thanksgiving, and what better ingredient to work with at this time of year than pumpkin! This recipe for pumpkin hummus will make for the perfect addition to your holiday table this year. It’s a definite show stopper, but it only takes a few minutes to put together. Score!

As far as what to dip in your pumpkin hummus, the options are pretty limitless.…

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Balsamic Reduction

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Balsamic Reduction

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I’ve learned the secret to enjoying the wonderful Brussels sprout: caramelize them! When I was little, I hated Brussels sprouts. They smelled like, well, we don’t have to say what they smelled like. But it was enough to turn me off ever wanting to eat them.

Thankfully, my palate has changed, and as an adult I truly enjoy this little sprout.…

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Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash

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This recipe for quinoa stuffed acorn squash is not only delicious, but is also so hearty that you can serve it as a meal. It’s a great side-dish for the holiday table or any time of year if you’re just craving that autumn feeling.

When it comes to nutrition, the little acorn squash packs a punch. It is high in fiber and full of vitamin C, vitamin A, thiamine, potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, phosphorus, and calcium.…

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Spicy Kale and Cauliflower Rice

Spicy Kale and Cauliflower Rice

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When I’m craving a big ol’ bowl of rice, this recipe comes to the rescue. Not only does it satisfy my craving for those pesky carbs, but it also packs a big dose of nutrition and killer flavors all into one dish.

And, if you’ve got little ones around who you are trying to get to eat their veggies, this recipe would be a hard one for them to turn up their noses at.…

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Healthy Homemade Pecan Butter

Healthy Homemade Pecan Butter

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I’m kind of obsessed with pecan butter. It’s creamy and sweet, and yet there is no sugar in it. Something about those pecans just makes everything taste sweeter.

And since my husband, Ted, likes pecan butter so much (and often polishes off a batch before I’ve had a chance to fully enjoy it), I’ve invited him into the kitchen with me this week to learn how to make it.…

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Shiitake Mushroom and Leek Saute

Shiitake Mushroom and Leek Saute

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I have a strong affinity for mushrooms β€”the culinary ones, not the other ones. I especially love cooking with shiitakes, and this recipe is one of my favorite ways to use them. Shiitakes are not only full of vitamins and minerals, but also possess some amazing anti-inflammatory and disease-preventing properties.

This recipe can stand on its own, but can also serve as a hearty side dish or even as a co-star in an entree featuring a protein like fish, chicken, or your favorite vegan alternative β€” if you eat those things, of course.…

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Peach Raspberry Iced Tea

Peach Raspberry Iced Tea

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It’s summertime and there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a cold beverage. Make your tea more interesting this summer with this refreshing recipe for peach raspberry iced tea. It’s great to have in the refrigerator, is pretty enough to serve at parties, and is so simple to make it’s almost silly.

And the best part? It’s sweetener free! So you can indulge all you want and stick to your healthy eating goals.…

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Oven-Roasted Tomato and Spaghetti Squash Pasta Salad

Oven-Roasted Tomato and Spaghetti Squash Pasta Salad

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The other day, I was at my cottage, miles away from a grocery store, and had to prepare dinner for my husband and my dad. There wasn’t a whole lot in the house, so I had to get creative. I ended up making one of my most favorite recipes yet!

Here is the recipe for my new favorite take on roasted spaghetti squash.…

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Mango, Grapefruit, and Strawberry Guacamole

Mango, Grapefruit, and Strawberry Guacamole

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I’m a fan of taking recipes I already like and making simple changes to make them a little different. I love me some traditional guacamole, but when I added mangoes, strawberries, and ruby red grapefruit to it, it took it to another level.

This recipe is not only beautiful and perfect to serve at dinner parties, but it’s also incredibly tasty and healthy.…

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Baked Halibut with Leeks and Cherry Tomatoes

Baked Halibut with Leeks and Cherry Tomatoes

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My dear friend Liza Utter and her husband Tom has us over for dinner a few years ago, and Liza made us a main dish that was so incredible I simply could not believe my taste buds. She graciously gave me the recipe as soon as I asked for it β€” and now I’m giving it to you.

If you like fish and great flavor (that looks more complicated and fancy than it actually is), you are going to love this dinner!…

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Homemade Pesto

Homemade Pesto: The Answer to Making Dinner in a Pinch

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Having homemade pesto in the freezer at all times is a must in my home. It’s so easy to pull it out of the freezer when you need to make dinner in a pinch. It can dress up just about anything you have on hand and adds a wonderful flavor that keeps your food from being boring β€” all while being healthy and nutritious.…

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Puttanesca Sauce: An Easy Way to Dress Up Dinner

Puttanesca Sauce: An Easy Way to Dress Up Dinner

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Don’t you just love it when a few simple ingredients come together to give you an amazing burst of flavor? That’s how I feel about puttanesca sauce.

With only about six ingredients (plus a few spices), you can create a meal that is incredibly flavorful, and perhaps best of all, it only takes a few minutes to put together. It’s the perfect meal for the family any night of the week, especially if you are starved for time or aren’t the biggest fan of cooking!…

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