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Spaghetti with Spicy Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

Spaghetti with Spicy Shaved Brussels Sprouts Bacon makes everything better. It’s true. At least in my world. Pairing bacon with Brussels Sprouts and pasta well that was inevitable in my house. Sadly, Brussels Sprouts tend to get a bad wrap. If I was a betting girl, I’d bet that those people planted firmly in the dislike camp were served Brussels sprouts at one point in their life that were boiled to a soggy sphere state. Which is GROSS. I’ve had them that way (thanks Mom) and until I started roasting and sauteing them I was also stubbornly planted in the dislike camp. I’ve since proudly defected and am in the bring on the Brussels camp. Roasting and sauteing is the way to go.  Adding all that to pasta and give it a zip of zest and a sprinkling of spice well it’s just really really nice.

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Flourless Chocolate Cake with Boozy Berry Sauce

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Boozy Berry SauceIf you’re gluten free you’re probably familiar with flour-less cakes and can sing their praises with the dessert choir. If you’re not familiar with gluten free desserts this might be new to you. You may even have your eyebrow raised and be thinking how can you make a cake without flour? You can, you really really can. Once you have a bite of one you’ll be singing the praises along with the rest of the choir. Flour-less is fantastic. Not convinced? How about if I told you the cake portion only takes 4 ingredients? 4 ingredients that are staples in most kitchens. You probably have everything you need.

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Raspberry Nutella Frangipane with Pistachios

Raspberry Nutella Tart
I believe in moderation. So since I’ve been a VERY good girl this week and put in the time with my workouts I’m rewarding myself with a tart. A raspberry Nutella frangipane topped with powdered sugar and pistachios (insert smile and sigh). I’m not going to eat the entire thing (although I could, I really could). If I did that, that would require me to be on the treadmill even more hours of the day than I already am and I’m so not willing to do that, which means one (okay maybe two) slices for me. You know for being so good and all.

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Roasted Curried Cauliflower Soup

Roasted Curried Cauliflower Soup
Have I mentioned lately that one of my new favorite vegetables is cauliflower? ‘Tis true. I might have a problem considering I buy a head of it every time I’m at the market. Every. Single. Time. I kid you not. I guess there are worse things to be enamored with. 9/10 I roast it up with just a simple drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of salt, pepper and chili pepper flakes. Because spice is nice.  I’ve also heard that spicy foods help to speed up your metabolism. I can use all the help I can get so woot. Winner winner roasted curried cauliflower soup dinner. Okay so maybe that doesn’t exactly rhyme but you know what I mean.

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Chicken with Charred Lemon and Gnocchi

Chicken with Charred Lemon and Gnocchi
I’m not sure about y’all but we eat a lot of chicken. That means a girl has to have a plethora of chicken recipes in her culinary arsenal to keep the family’s taste buds from turning on her.  Her meaning me. Hence, I’m always looking for new inspiration in the chicken department and am willing to try new recipes. Some are definitely better than others if you know what I mean. I get inspiration from ingredients at the market, from flipping through the magazines with all the pretty pictures that make me want to make every recipes in the pages, from restaurants. You name it. Inspiration can come from just about anywhere.

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Mushroom Marsala Chicken Pot Pie

Mushroom Marsala Chicken Pot Pie

P0t pie. It’s a funny name isn’t it. I mean I suppose the initial portion of the recipe is made in a POT. It is a savory PIE. So if we’re going with logic I suppose it makes sense BUT the name still throws me. What can I say. I don’t let the name stop me from eating it though. Oh no. I love me some pot pie. Especially when it’s flipping freezing outside and I need all the help I can to warm up. I love making chicken pot pie after we’ve ROASTED CHICKEN. I typically will roast two at at a time. Why not, you’ve already got the oven on yeah? Then I get the added benefit of a take two meal. You know a meal made using leftovers. It’s a beautiful thing.

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