New Year’s Day Green Smoothie

New Year’s eve is a time for celebration. New Year’s day is a time for a fresh start.

What happens when you are so tired from celebrating the night before that you cannot embrace the day?

This smoothie is a healthy treat and can provide the energy to get a jump on those New Year Resolutions.

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Quick Christmas Morning Potato Puffs

Christmas morning demands a do-ahead breakfast. Choose something that can be prepped the night before (or well ahead), and baked in the morning like these Baked Potato Puffs.

Boil the potatoes the day before and they will be ready to go for this perfect alternative to hash brown potatoes.

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Apple Pancakes

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it doesn’t always feature the most delicious dishes. People are rushed and will grab just about any type of convenience food on their way out the door.
These Apple Pancakes take only a few minutes, are healthy, and I hope you will agree are worth the wait!

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Garden to Table: Zucchini Brownies

Tis the time of year when zucchini fills (or overfills) the gardens. This recipe is a special treat my family enjoys and is actually pretty healthy for a dessert. An added bonus–getting to eat your vegetables and chocolate at the same time.

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Maple Blue Smoothie

While working hard on edits and other aspects of publishing for the second book in my Revelation Chronicles, I’m making a lot of smoothies instead of full meals. (A lot of indy authors can probably relate!) The fact that fresh fruit is in season makes this a lot easier!

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Eggplant Chips

Fans of Starter Zone, book one of my YA LitRPG series, know that Cami and Alby are two sisters who are inscribed into a game-like realm after their world is destroyed by violence and war. Stay tuned for further announcements about the launch of Book Two, including upcoming title and cover reveals.

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Portobello Caps and Mozzarella Cheese

Portobello Caps and Mozzarella Cheese

As I gear up with writing and editing, I need these go-to quick and easy (and healthy) dishes more than ever.

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Ginger Pear Pudding with Chia Seeds

A quick and healthy snack. Garnish with fresh strawberries or your favorite seasonal fruit.

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Frozen Chocolate Banana Chips

This cool treat is easy to make and is a healthy mix of fruit and dark chocolate. #desserts #easy #frozen #chocolate

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Lentil Spinach Soup

Today in the virtual kitchen we are serving a warm, healthy soup to help fight off the cold weather. This can be a vegetarian dish if you make it with vegetable stock rather than chicken stock. #Vegetarian #soup #cooking

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Cabbage Soup

This soup is another one designed for a crock pot or Dutch oven. It makes a nice, healthy, and hot meal for a cold winter day. You can add in all types of vegetables beyond what is listed below–cherry tomatoes are a family favorite. (We still have some frozen from our garden last year!) Ingredients:…

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Butternut Squash & Cranberry Brown Rice

This is a healthy dish for the new year. It can be made with couscous or brown rice. Ingredients: 4 cups peeled and diced butternut squash 1 Tablespoon + 2 teaspoon olive oil, divided 1 teaspoon salt, divided 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided 5 oz. dried cranberries about 1 cup 2 cups water 2…

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Healthy Pumpkin Oat Bran Treats

This recipe can be used to make either muffins or bread. It is a healthier choice since it is made with egg whites instead of full eggs and applesauce instead of butter or oil. Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups flour 2 1/2 cups oat bran or 1 1/2 cups rolled oats 1 1/2 cups sugar 1…

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Wickedly Good

If you are looking for a DIY present this year, a home-made lip sugar scrub might be just what you need. Most store-bought scrubs may taste sweet, but they contain ingredients that should not be ingested. This scrub combines simple ingredients that are entirely edible. I first thought of this scrub when I read the ingredients…

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Cinnamon Crunch Chickpeas

Chickpeas (also called Garbanzo beans) are a good source of protein, carbohydrates, and fiber. They are featured in the Mediterranean diet. Ingredients: 1 can chickpeas 1/2 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon cinnamon or allspice Materials: Measuring spoons Strainer Small baking sheet Parchment paper Bowl Metal bowl Paper towels Directions: 1.  Preheat oven 375°. …

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Easy Holiday Side Dish–Carrot Salad

Carrot Pineapple Blueberry Salad Carrot Raisin Salad is a classic dish that my family served during the holidays. Both my Grandmother and her sister (my great-aunt) made this special treat whenever we would get together to celebrate. This salad takes a turn from the original by adding both chunks of pineapple and dried blueberries in…

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Cream of Celery Soup

This is a wonderfully creamy soup to serve on a cold fall/winter day. Ingredients: 1/4 cup butter 1 small yellow onion (about 1 cup) finely chopped 2 cups celery, very finely chopped 1 large garlic clove, minced 1/3 cup flour 1 1/2 cup chicken broth 1 1/2 cup whole milk 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon…

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Holiday Escape with Sol Janeiro

Tis the season for the holiday gift set bonanza, not only at stores like Sephora, Ulta, and Nordstrom, but also Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, and Target.  These items are available now and will most likely be sold out before the first snowflake falls. So each Friday I will be featuring holiday sets on my blog. I…

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Healthy Banana Bread

Adding chia seeds to this banana bread makes this an even healthier treat. Ingredients: 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar 2 egg whites 2 Tablespoon vanilla extract 2 cups bananas (about 3) 1 cup applesauce, unsweetened 3 cups flour 2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional) 1/2 cup raisins…

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Zucchini and Potato Bake

This is a family favorite and a healthy fall dish.  I hope you enjoy! Ingredients: 2 medium zucchini, (peeled if you prefer) quartered and cut into large pieces 4 medium potatoes peeled and cut into large chunks 1 medium red bell pepper seeded and chopped 1 garlic clove sliced 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs 1/4 cup…

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Walnut Raisin Spice Muffins

My family is fond of muffins and I am happy to oblige with different recipes throughout the year.  This one is perfect for fall Ingredients: 1 3/4 cups flour 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 2 eggs 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon brown sugar 1/4…

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Blueberry Spice Muffins

These are so good I had a hard time “saving” one for a photo! Ingredients: 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup sugar 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 egg, lightly beaten 3/4 cup milk 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted 1-1/4 cups fresh or frozen…

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Lip Balm Essentials

Lips are a wonderful feature to highlight. Lipliners, lip stains, lip oils, lip glosses, and lipsticks–in liquid, sheer/satin, gloss, frosted, cream, and matte formulas–help draw attention to this area of a face. Sometimes, however, lips will get dry and chapped and the last thing we want to do is draw attention to them! Cold weather…

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Mediterranean Couscous Salad

A good way to use the cherry tomatoes from the garden.  My cherry tomato fruit bowl:  blueberry, black cherry, lemon drop, and sungold. Ingredients 2 cups chicken broth 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 1 1/3 cups couscous 1/2 cup chopped green onion (scallion) 1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley 2 cups chopped peeled cucumber 3 tablespoons chopped…

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Rice Pudding

This makes a sweet and easy complimentary side dish or dessert. Ingredients: 1/3 cup rice 2 1/2 cups milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3 tablespoons sugar Raisins (optional) To serve: Choose from: strawberries, raspberries or blueberries chocolate sauce slivered toasted almonds Materials: Heavy medium saucepan Heat resistant spoon Measuring spoon Measuring…

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If It’s Not Chocolate, It’s Not Breakfast by Anne Montgomery

Looking for something healthy-yet-delicious to prepare for those back-to-school breakfasts? Anne Montgomery has you covered.

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