Recipe of the Week: Coconut Chicken Salad with Warm Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

I caught a bit of spring-fever the other day, so I ordered some fun summer clothes. The clothes arrived, and I immediately ran upstairs to try them on. As I tried the clothes on, I realized three things: 1) I don’t look the same as I did last summer; 2) I haven’t worked out for several weeks because of sickness; and 3) my legs have not seen sunlight for six months. Needless to say, ALL of the clothes were returned.

Rather than feeling bad about not looking as fit as I did last summer, I decided to concentrate on my eating. I was doing pretty good until I got sick. Since then, I’ve just been snacking on whatever sounded good. Now that I’m feeling better, it’s time to get back to tracking what I’m eating and making sure I’m fueling my body with GOOD, nutritious food.

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Recipe of the Week - Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Like hundreds of other people, I fell in love with the lettuce chicken wraps at P.F. Changs.  I wanted to make them at home, so I started hunting for recipes. After trying a handful of recipes, these two  were the most requested by my family: Damn Delicious Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps and The Novice Chef Lettuce Wraps. Both recipes are fairly healthy and easy to pull together, which is a win-win for me.

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Recipe of the Week - Marbled-Chocolate Banana Bread

This is the best banana bread recipe I've ever tasted - and it's healthy! The chocolate and banana flavors are a delicious combination. With other recipes, my banana bread has tasted a little dry, but that is not the case with this recipe. It melts in your mouth!  I usually turn these into large muffins because it's easier for me to control my portions; otherwise, I'd eat the entire loaf of bread.  I always gets lots of requests for the recipe - it's that good!

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Recipe of the Week - Chicken and Mango Basil Stir Fry

When I set this entree in front of my husband, he said, "This is totally your kind of meal." He was right - I love everything about this delicious Chicken and Mango Basil Stir Fry. It is easy to prepare, tastes fresh and fills you up. It is now one of my favorite dishes to prepare. My son loves rice, so I paired it with jasmine rice. However,  it can easily be served over quinoa or zoodles. I am more of a pineapple girl, so I substituted pineapple for the mango. (For the record, my husband loved this meal, too!)

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Recipe of the Week - Healthy Applesauce Carrot Muffins

I like to throw caution to the wind and actually make a healthy muffin on occasion. It's a crazy concept, I know. My son likes to eat muffins before school, but I don't like giving him a "muffin" that is basically an unfrosted cupcake. As a result, I'm always looking for yummy-yet-healthy muffin recipes.

This recipe is a winner! It is full of healthy ingredients, yet it's tasty enough to appease my sweet-toothed son.

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Recipe of the Week - Grilled Chicken Salad With Strawberries and Spinach

I crave hot weather and humidity. Yes, you read that right - I love the humidity. I love summer food, swimming outside, wearing sundresses and being wrapped up in the warm humidity.  

Although it's technically fall, we are still enjoying warm weather in Kansas. I wanted to prepare one last grilled dinner before we stowed the barbecue for winter. I picked this Grilled Chicken Salad with Strawberries and Spinach recipe from Skinnytaste, and I was not disappointed.

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Recipe of the Week - Grilled Honey Mustard Rosemary Chicken

Have you ever flipped over a bottle of store-bought marinade and read the ingredients? It's somewhat horrifying - there are a lot of ingredients that are definitely not "natural." After realizing this, I started making my own marinades. I'm always on the hunt for tasty, healthy marinade recipes to spice up my meals on the grill. 

This week's recipe is one of my go-to marinades. The ingredients are easy to pull together, and the flavor is amazing. I

 

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Recipe of the Week - Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kebabs

I've started being more diligent about reading food labels, and I am horrified by the list of ingredients in some of the products I consume. As a result, I'm trying to make as much of our food from scratch as possible. The only sticking point is that I don't have an abundance of time to make sauces, chop veggies and pull everything together. That's why I love this recipe - it takes little to no time to make this pesto sauce.

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Recipe of the Week - Baked Ziti and Summer Veggies

There is something about seeing all of the fresh, beautiful produce at the Farmer's Market that makes me go crazy. I buy everything I see and leave with pounds of produce that I'm not entirely sure what to do with. Last year, I went a little overboard during a trip to the market and left with bags full of summer squash and zucchini. After making zucchini turkey burgers, zucchini bread, and zucchini meatloaf, I knew I needed another zucchini/summer squash recipe. That's how I stumbled upon this gem of a recipe from Cooking Light.

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