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Soy Balsamic Slow Cooker Chicken
Soy Balsamic Slow Cooker Chicken

The ingredients must have come to me in my sleep. The more I use my slow cooker, the more I love it.

Cedar Planked Salmon with Cayenne Lime Butter

Cedar Planked Salmon with Cayenne Lime Butter

This salmon is so delicious on it's own. I decided to cedar plank the salmon on the grill, and drizzle it with some cayenne lime butter.

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tacos
Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tacos

After having a bite of the Chipotle Chicken Tacos my coworker brought for lunch a couple of weeks ago, this was my dinner two days later.

Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwich
Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwich

If you know me you know I am a sucker for avocado and chipotle. I used a rotisserie chicken so it's super easy to make.

Egg, Prosciutto & Tomato Muffins
Sriracha Meatballs

I'm a big fan of savory muffins. These are pretty much mini omelettes in a cup. They are perfect for weekend brunch, and even better to make ahead for the week and then pop them in the microwave.

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Broccoli Pomegranate Salad

Broccoli, Pomegranate, Feta Salad

If you're like me and are still deciding on your Christmas menu, then consider this salad. I always try to make a healthy green side to go with the stuffing, mashed potatoes and creamed corn sides that I love. Don't be afraid to use it after Christmas either, it goes well with burgers, and I imagine a lot of other things too!

This is a recipe I received from my sister-in-law several years ago, the original recipe calls for dried currants but I went with pomegranate seeds and made a few other changes along the way. 

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Serrano Creamed Spinach Stuffed Tomatoes

Serrano Spinach Stuffed Tomatoes

With the mouth watering Rib-Eye with Stout Sauce we had last week, I made these stuffed tomatoes on the side, and it was the perfect touch to a date night dinner at home. The bottom of that tomato tasted really darn good after soaking in that stout sauce.

I used my Serrano Creamed Spinach recipe as a base (I'm addicted to that stuff), scooped out a tomato and baked it. Easy as that, and it looks kind of fancy. Well, maybe it would, if you were more delicate than me and didn't crack the tomato when you were scooping the inside out. Being delicate isn't really my thing. 

Keep reading for the recipe, which will work for two overly stuffed large tomatoes or four smaller tomatoes. It may have served more, but I kept snacking on the spinach while making it.

1 10 oz. package chopped frozen spinach
3-4 serrano peppers, chopped
3 oz low fat cream cheese (or about 1/3 of a block)
1-2 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese, plus more for sprinkling on top of tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 to 4 tomatoes

Cook spinach according to package directions, drain and squeeze out excess water.

Preheat broiler.

Place spinach and all remaining ingredients in stovetop pan and heat over medium to medium low heat, stirring occasionally. Cook until heated through and cheese is bubbling.  

While spinach is cooking, cut the tops off the tomato and using a spoon, scoop on the seeds and some of the inside of the tomato.

Stuff tomatoes with spinach, sprinkle with more parmesan cheese.

Place under broiler until cheese starts to melt, approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Keep a close eye on the food under broiler, that can burn food really quick.


Quinoa Salad with Summer Veggies and Pine Nuts

Quinoa Salad with Summer Veggies

I'm soaking up all of the summer veggies while I can. Just like I'm soaking up the sunny weather we're having...the locals have put a FEAR into me of a rainy Seattle Fall, Winter & Spring. We ventured out kayaking on Lake Union yesterday and took our bikes out on the Burke Gilman Trail for a nice ride today and it was beautiful out. But the crisp, cooler air this evening is feeling like Fall. Say it ain't so! I'm hoping Seattle will have a few more nice Summer weekends to offer.

In addition to loving the summer veggies that are arriving in my CSA, I'm completely obsessed with

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Sugar Snap Peas with Crushed Red Pepper

Sugar Snap Peas with Crushed Red Pepper

I had family visiting a couple of weeks ago and the plan was to make these Curried Mussels for dinner. If you like mussels, you have to try that recipe, it's amazing!

I was at a loss of what to make as a side dish...besides the obvious frites and a loaf of French bread to soak up the sauce. Those are both a must. I threw out the question of what vegetable to make as a side on Facebook, and Emily from Cozumel Chef was to the rescue! Her recommendation was a little butter or good olive oil, snap peas & crushed red pepper. It was super simple, quick and the perfect side. I added a little ginger and garlic. My only regret was only getting one pound of Snap Peas instead of two.

Before we get onto the recipe, we need

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Zucchini & Sweet Potato Fritters

Zucchini & Sweet Potato Fritters

Two veggie posts in a row, make that two sweet potato posts...I hope you guys can handle this! I definitely can, especially when it involves two of my favorite vegetables, zucchini and sweet potatoes. 

If you have a garden, I'm sure you are loaded up with zucchinis this time of year. This recipe can help you unload some of them, along with this round up of Zucchini Recipes by Maria over at Two Peas & Their Pod. I don't have a garden, but these fritters made me wish I had one flourishing with zucchinis right now!

I'm not sure what took me so long, but I used

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