Loaded Healthy Nachos with Beef and Homemade Tortilla Chips

loaded healthy nachos with ground beef homemade tortilla chips

  Consider these something you didn’t know you needed, but now will never be able to live without. Sort of the way of all nachos, though. I seem to consistently forget how much I love a good cheesy pile of nachos — and instead order fajitas (what’s my deal with fajitas?) — and then someone in my…

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Healthy + Easy Baked Eggplant Parmesan

healthy easy baked eggplant parmesan

  You know how everyone’s strictly in summer-mode and has turned their ovens into temporary storage? That is so great. I just haven’t managed that well. I got this craving, and…anyway, eggplant parm. I don’t turn down for anything.     So here we go: All the makings of the best baked lighter eggplant parm. I’m…

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Lighter Fried Fish Sandwich with Creamy Coleslaw

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Did you grow up eating McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwiches? Any kind of fried fish sandwiches? I sure did. Thousands of them, give or take one to two sandwiches. The tally is so startling it convinces me that even if I never get the chance to eat another, I’ll still—on the eve of my [hard rockin’] eighty-fifth…

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Simple Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce

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Remember my grilling phase?  It was the one I found myself engulfed in just before my “Felicity” phase (still in full swing, by the by), if that helps to jog your memory.  Well, it’s seen quite the resurgence since I got home from San Antonio—where I’d only days before scarfed a serious amount of seriously…

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Slow Cooker Italian Chicken and Marinara

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The grill—which I use nearly the whole year ‘round as it is—will be sharing my affection this spring and summer. Because my slow cooker isn’t going anywhere Not when it makes meals like this one. All saucy and comforting. I have to say—I don’t usually like slow cooker recipes that require pre-cooking. It just seems to…

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Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Chicken and Dumplings

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Years ago, when I thought about assembling dinner quickly- in 30 minutes or less, let’s say- I [quite lovingly] pictured peanut butter and fluff sandwiches and bowls of cereal. Come to think of it, I still do. Peanut butter oozing out from under an unbearably heavy mattress of marshmallow. The bread- an afterthought, really. And…

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Crispy Battered and Fried Tofu

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Yes, I battered and deep fried my tofu. I took health, good and proper gal that she is, dressed her scantily, and sent her to the swimming pool. When she came out her skin was crisp, deeply bronzed and glowing. She was more tender inside. Happier, somehow. And I loved her more. There are lots…

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Slow Cooked Barbecue Pork with Mango Slaw

  Dear Mum, I made pulled pork last night, and…well…I just feel sour about it. No, not because the pork was bad.  In fact, it was sweet and saucy and smoky all at the same time. You know how I love that. And no, not because I will now have homemade barbecue sauce underneath my…

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Creamy Chicken and Cornbread Casserole

  When I made this casserole for our big Sunday supper, Daniel smiled into his plate. He chewed and mmm’ed and then looked up at me, and with the sunniest grin, said, “I want you to make this for our children.” Me: …[pause]…Ooo…Here’s the only snafu: You know that we don’t have any of those…

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