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September 22, 2014
by Erin Clarke

Mexican Chicken Quinoa Casserole

Is there anything in life quite so beautiful as a gooey, cheesy casserole? Mexican Chicken Quinoa Casserole says, “I think not.”

Cheesy Mexican Chicken Quinoa Casserole. Healthy, easy and tastes just like a Chipotle burrito bowl!Now, ocean sunsets, the Grand Canyon, and every Tim McGraw song ever recorded might argue for the title and tiara, but I maintain that the casserole deserves recognition in the beauty department.  Oh sure they are ultra oozy, lose their shape immediately when cut, and are generally a food photographer’s worst nightmare, but their inherent value as a one-dish meal that’s comforting enough to cure a broken heart is worthy of respect. The casserole’s allure is of a deeper level—and I don’t simply mean that it has a good personality.
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September 19, 2014
by Erin Clarke

Pumpkin Parfaits with Coconut Whipped Cream

It’s Friday! Let’s go for the donut, treat ourselves to a manicure, and dig our spoons into Pumpkin Parfaits with Coconut Whipped Cream.

Pumpkin Parfaits with Coconut Whipped Cream and Gingersnap CookiesOn Friday, we’ve spent five consecutive days battling the traffic/printer/guy who microwaves his tuna melt at lunch and lived to see another weekend. Maybe we’ve fed our toddlers/hungry teens/spouses/ravaging canines three square meals a day for-approximately-ever. Whatever your reason to celebrate, today is Friday, and you deserve a pumpkin parfait party!

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September 17, 2014
by Erin Clarke

Avocado Egg Salad Sandwiches with Bacon

Time for introductions! I’d like you to meet one of the oldest, dearest dishes in my weeknight dinner arsenal, Avocado Egg Salad Sandwiches with Bacon.

Avocado Egg Salad Sandwiches with Bacon. Use avocado instead of mayo for a healthy egg salad that's loaded with fresh flavor!These glorious green sammies were one of the earlier meals I cooked for Ben after we were married, back when my blog was still a casual hobby, and Ben was not yet used to me asking him questions such as, “should I do tonight’s stir fry with farro or quinoa?” I believe his exact words when he saw me mixing hard-boiled eggs and bright avocado were, “Why are you doing that to my avocado?”

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September 15, 2014
by Erin Clarke

Curried Carrot, Apple, and Peanut Soup

September is all about the layers. We are going to need fingerless gloves, cardigans of assorted weights, skirts paired with tights, and scarves. We can’t have too many scarves. As the weather fades from warm to cold and back to warm again, we’ll sip chilled apple cider and slurp steaming bowls of Curried Carrot, Apple, and Peanut Soup.

Curried Carrot Apple and Peanut SoupAs a woman who is stubborn likes to make her plan and stick with it, I struggle with finicky September. Do I need my coat today or not? Are peaches still good or are they not? Should I be outside at the park or inside watching a football game?

In September, the answers to these questions change every hour. Thanks to Curried Carrot, Apple, and Peanut Soup, at least I know what I’m having for lunch…and dinner…and lunch tomorrow too. I’m positively smitten with its warm, lightly-spiced flavor, velvety texture, and the way it makes every part of me feel soothed and healthy and complete. {Continue reading and snag the recipe…}

September 12, 2014
by Erin Clarke

Peanut Butter and Jelly Rolls

Bust out your middle school “Best Friends Forever” heart necklaces, because cinnamon rolls and peanut butter + jelly sandwiches just became breakfast BFFs. Hello, Peanut Butter and Jelly Rolls.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Rolls. The BEST fluffy cinnamon rolls with peanut butter filling and strawberry glazePeanut Butter and Jelly Rolls are the best upgrade to your PB&J since the day Mom finally agreed to trim off the crust. We’re replacing mushy white bread with ultra fluffy, lightly buttery cinnamon roll dough, enhancing the peanut butter filling with a touch of cinnamon and brown sugar, and drizzling the whole shebang with sweet jelly glaze. If the Ritz Carlton served a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it would be these rolls. Champagne would be optional, but encouraged.

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September 10, 2014
by Erin Clarke

Chicken Bacon Ranch Fries

We’re eating fries for dinner. More specifically, we’re eating Chicken Bacon Ranch Fries for dinner. It’s totally acceptable.

Baked Chicken Bacon Ranch Fries. Homemade French fries do not get any better than this!As anyone who’s watched a dessert table and I interact can attest, I’m a sweets person. Sure, sure the queso dip is good, but after a few quick chips, I’m moving on to the pan of brownies. It’s not that I dislike savory foods—I’m just not one to ruin my appetite with them. Sinking into a level of gastronomic discomfort over nachos has never once happened to me. Being immobilized on a couch due to a superfluous third slice of cheesecake happens to me whenever cheesecake and I are in the same room. It’s who I am.

Then, I met Chicken Bacon Ranch Fries.

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September 9, 2014
by Erin Clarke

Skinny Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip

In celebration of Skinny Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip, I wrote us a song.

No Guilt Ranch Dip

My oh my, what a dippity day
Creamy ranch goodness heading our way
And it’s totally guilt-free
So dip it away!

It’s not every dip that inspires me to connect with my inner Girl Scout and rewrite the words to “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” but this Skinny Ranch Dip has secret powers. It’s loaded with the classic ranch dressing flavor that has tricked children into eating vegetables and convinced pizza lovers to smother their slices in salad dressing.

I’m also not sure what it says about me that I chose to rewrite “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” over Will Smith (“Gettin’ Dippy With It!”) or that other ’90s gem “Da Dip” (refresh: “I put your hand up on my hip; when I dip, you dip, we dip”). Perhaps I’m wholesome? Endlessly optimistic? Really love Disney sing-a-longs?

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