Spicy Salmon and Avocado Poke Bowl

A bowl packed with nutrition and bursting with flavor, this spicy salmon and avocado poke bowl makes for a quick, healthy and satisfying weeknight meal. Poke was all the rage last year, making all the 2016 food trend reports. So I guess I’m a little behind on the trends posting a poke bowl in 2017 but sometimes it takes me a while to catch on. Or, maybe I just like foods better when they aren’t as trendy. You can find me posting a sweet potato toast recipe in 2018 ;). But I do see the appeal of the poke bowl; I mean, what’s not to love? As a sushi enthusiast, I fully support bowls that are piled high with raw fish and veggies. Originating in Hawaii and made popular in California, poke joints are slowly starting to pop up around the country. But why venture out when you can easily make…

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Slow Cooker Vegetarian Guinness Irish Stew

Ready for St. Patrick’s Day? You will be with this hearty Slow Cooker Vegetarian Guinness Irish Stew, perfect for St. Paddy’s or any cold winter night.So it’s the middle of March and the East coast just got hit with a massive snow storm. Which means that you shouldn’t dismiss soups and stews just yet. There’s still a need for warm, hearty comfort foods and if anyone knows warm and hearty, it’s the Irish. I visited Ireland a couple summers ago and you can read about my travels to Dublin, Aran Islands and Galway, Killarney and Dingle. I’ve never felt m ore at peace and at home in any of my travels than I did in Ireland, which makes sense considering my Irish roots.

I have such fond memories of St. Patrick’s Day growing up. Going to watch the parade and then heading over to my Grandma’s house for corned beef and cabbage, Irish…

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Butternut Squash Noodles Carbonara with Mushroom Bacon

Comfort food with a twist. This Butternut Squash Noodles Carbonara with Mushroom Bacon is a great way to add more veggies to your plate! This past weekend I was back in Buffalo, NY again, this time for my friend/sister-in-law’s baby shower. That’s right, in just a couple short months I’m gonna be an AUNTIE!! I’m so excited to meet my nephew and can’t wait to spoil the crap out of him :).

Whenever I go back home to Buffalo, there tends to be an abundance of heavier foods and since I would never deprive myself (because I know that deprivation doesn’t work), I indulge my cravings and move on. So after a weekend of eating things like peanut butter chocolate cake at the shower (which is my new FAV cake flavor combo, btw), doughnuts from my fav doughnut shop in Buffalo courtesy of Poppa Lydon and eggs benedict at a great brunch…

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Slow Cooker Vegan Italian Wedding Soup + $700 Amazon Giveaway!

Slow Cooker Vegan Italian Wedding Soup is a delicious and satisfying plant-based alternative to this classic comfort food. Plus, it’s super easy to make in the slow cooker.Steve and I have gotten into a nice pattern these past few weeks – it’s called slow cooker Sundays. Every Sunday morning/afternoon, we throw ingredients in the slow cooker, move on with our day and then have dinner ready for us in the evening as well as plenty of leftovers for the week ahead. As much as I enjoy cooking, I certainly don’t enjoy cooking everyday. That’s why I love batch cooking – making large quantities of meals to have leftovers for lunch or dinner for the week or to freeze for another time when we’re in a dinner pinch.

I’m really looking forward to spring-like temperatures around the corner but I’m going to shed a tear when it comes time to bid adieu…

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Butternut Squash and Kale Slow Cooker Lasagna

Butternut Squash and Kale Slow Cooker Lasagna is a game changer – saves you so much time and hassle! You’ll never want to boil noodles for lasagna again. This version is packed with my favorite seasonal vegetables – butternut squash and kale. Is winter over yet? My body and brain are confused. One minute Boston’s getting hit with a snow storm that puts the city on hold (and my husband stuck in Kansas City) and the next it’s 50 degrees outside and I’m enjoying a leisurely walk outside without my parka. It’s a strange winter with lots of up and down temps. As much as I’d like to hope that this string of warmer weather is a sign that spring is around the corner, I’m playing it safe and taking proper precautions that another snow storm is imminent. Precautions = cooking up all the warming comfort meals, like this slow cooker lasagna.

There’s nothing…

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Red Velvet Smoothie Bowl

Treat yourself to a red velvet smoothie bowl and start your day off right. Naturally dyed and naturally nutritious thanks to the addition of beets, this breakfast is perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day you want show yourself a little extra love.Alright, I guess this year’s theme for Valentine’s Day is red velvet. First, the red velvet beet cupcakes. But that only covers dessert. I wanted to make a Valentine’s Day breakfast to start your day off on a red, festive note. And because we all deserve a little love in the morning to treat ourselves to a delicious, nutrient-packed breakfast. Plus, red velvet in the morning just sounded like the best idea ever. And if we’re being real, I had some leftover beets from the cupcakes that I needed to use up! If you’re making my cupcakes and you wind up with extra beets, you know what to do.


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Red Velvet Beet Cupcakes (no food coloring!)

If you’ve ever had a red velvet cupcake then you know why it’s my fav. This Valentine’s Day, #treatyoself to red velvet beet cupcakes with no food coloring or dyes used! That beautiful red? It’s au natural, baby. I’m not a cake girl. I’m really not a cupcake girl either. I’d much rather eat a pie (hence my wedding dessert decision), cookie or brownie than a piece of cake. However, there is one exception to this rule: red velvet cupcakes. I remember the day that I found our Georgetown Cupcakes was opening up in Boston and I remember counting down the days after that until it finally opened its doors (to ridiculously long lines that I waited in cause…cupcakes). I’m in love with their red velvet cupcakes. There’s nothing better than getting a cupcake, walking a block over to the Boston Commons with your cute, all-telling little pink box, sitting on a…

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