Roasted Potato and Paprika Chickpea Salad

I just returned from ten days in Spain, where I did a LOT of eating, and am officially in detox mode. This salad is a great summer salad because it has a light and refreshing dressing, but the potatoes and chickpeas help make it filling!

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New Favorite Dinner

As I’ve probably mentioned before, I find easy healthy recipes that I like and then I tend to make them a LOT for dinner on weeknights. This is a new discovery, and we’ve already made it three times. In addition to being delicious, it all cooks in one pan and makes for easy clean up. Plus, you can alter the toppings to your liking, and can also serve it in tortillas if you want to make tacos. So go ahead, make it once. And I promise you’ll start making it all the time!

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A New Take on Toast

So I have a pretty strict morning ritual. A granola bar and a smoothie made with almond milk, banana, kale, chia seeds, lemon juice and zest, frozen mango and strawberries, and soy yogurt. However, this summer, I have a bit more time, so I decided it was time to spice up my morning ritual. I saw this article on BuzzFeed about all sorts of different interesting toasts you could make. My new favorite, which I’ve been eating the last few mornings, is whole wheat toast, smeared with fat free cream cheese, topped with sliced strawberries and chopped mint, and then finished with a drizzle of honey.

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Dave’s favorite has been whole wheat toast covered in a layer of fat free refried beans, topped with a dollop of salsa, and finished with a fried egg.

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No matter what your usual morning breakfast ritual is, I definitely recommend spicing it up and trying some of these takes on toast. We’re trying two new ones each week. Next up, whole wheat toast with hummus, pomegranate seeds, and walnuts for me; chickpeas, tomato, and fried egg on whole wheat toast for Dave.

Tarragon and Mustard Chicken with Shallots and Tomatoes

Last year I finally got a dutch oven and was so excited to use it. And then I promptly forgot I had it and stopped using it. So in a recent effort to use all the kitchen gadgets I have (I used my popsicle maker last week), here is a delicious and pretty healthy dutch oven recipe that Dave found a few months ago.

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Crock Pot Lentil and Sweet Potato Stew

Continuing with healthy recipes, here’s a lentil and sweet potato stew that can easily be made in the crock pot. The most work you have to do for this is some chopping, and then remember to throw it all in the crock pot. If you have a long work day, you can also start this at night and stop it when you wake up.

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Carrot Parsnip Soup

The last few weeks have been a bit hectic, so it’s been hard to have time to make dinner. But this soup is one of the easier soups to make. It is also a one pot soup, meaning not a lot of clean up. Plus it’s healthy. So if you’re like me, and ate a lot of Valentine’s Day cookies, this can help undo all that eating.

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Farro and Carrot Salad

One of my favorite bloggers, and now cookbook authors, is Deb Perelman who writes Smitten Kitchen. I’ve made a lot of recipes from her blog over the years, and I’ve loved every single thing. So I was really excited to try out the recipes in her cookbook, which my mom got me for Christmas. I was so fired up, I wanted to make something right when we got back to town, before I’d had time to go through and plan what to buy. Based on the ingredients I had, I was able to adapt one of her salads into my own creation. And although I’m sure the original version is scrumptious, my salad turned out delicious as well. This week is the third week in a row that we are having this for dinner. And for those of you looking for a new cookbook, I highly recommend picking this one up (I think my mom found it at Costco).

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