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Foods for the Soul
Cherry Funfetti Valentine Cookies

Jan 26, 2014
Cherry Funfetti Valentine Cookies

Unbelievably soft funfetti cookies studded with sweet dried cherries. An easy recipe for cute Valentine’s Day treats!     During elementary school, I generally began preparing for Valentine’s Day at least 3 weeks in advance. As February 14th drew near,…

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Foods for the Soul
Shortbread Cookie Butter Spread

Jan 24, 2014
Shortbread Cookie Butter Spread

A 4-ingredient recipe for a skinnier cookie butter spread made from rich shortbread cookies. Sweet, creamy, and so easy to make!     The week before my 13th birthday, my family and I settled into our airplane seats for a…

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Foods for the Soul
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

Jan 22, 2014
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

Rich luxurious truffles with a juicy raspberry center. An easy 5-ingredient recipe for skinny, guilt-free candies!     My guy and I nearly skipped our first Valentine’s Day together. It was my senior year of college, and my Pharmaceutical Chemistry…

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Chic Little House
PB&J Smoothie

PB&J Smoothie

Since the beginning of October I've been on a serious smoothie kick, drinking up to two per day. Typically I have a smoothie for breakfast and lunch (M-F) then my regular dinner along with two small snacks. I love how much better I've been fe...

Sac Foodies
Tortilla Español

Jan 21, 2014
Tortilla Español

This year for our holiday party, the SacFoodies opted for a Spanish Tapas Party at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. With instructor Ame Harrington at the helm, each team learned how to make one of six Spanish tapas and I chose team Tortilla Español. Despite its name, it is not a tortilla at all;...

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Foods for the Soul
Strawberry Banana Granola Bars

Jan 20, 2014
Strawberry Banana Granola Bars

A simple 6-ingredient recipe for skinny snack bars bursting with fresh fruit. Hearty, filling, and only 105 calories each!     Throughout my teenage years, Mom tossed packages of granola bars into her shopping cart every time she entered the…

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Foods for the Soul
Easy Skinny Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Jan 19, 2014
Easy Skinny Roasted Brussels Sprouts

A 2-ingredient recipe for the most addictive Brussels sprouts! Tender centers, crunchy leaves, and practically no prep required.     Upon arriving back at my parents’ after our Christmas in Arizona, we all unpacked and breathed a huge sigh of…

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Guava Rose
More Pa’i’ai: Green Onion Chili Oil Biscuits and Pa’i’ai Crackers

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Jan 14, 2014
More Pa’i’ai: Green Onion Chili Oil Biscuits and Pa’i’ai Crackers

wpid9271-DSC_9041.jpgFresh Pa’i'ai on Ti Leaves Before the holidays, I wrote about the traditional pounded taro called Pa’i'ai, from Mana Ai. We enjoyed mini pa’i'ai pizzas, and some wonderfully chewy, satisfying pa’i'ai tortillas. The pa’i'ai also made some very tasty biscuits and crackers which I’m sharing today. Although pa’i'ai can last...

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Foods for the Soul
The Ultimate Healthy Fudgy Cocoa Brownies

Jan 14, 2014
The Ultimate Healthy Fudgy Cocoa Brownies

An easy recipe for rich, luxurious brownies that don’t taste skinny at all!     During my high school years, my mom’s coworker gave birth to an angelic blue-eyed boy. Shortly after swaddling him in a blanket and announcing his…

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Foods for the Soul
Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

Jan 12, 2014
Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies

An easy recipe for skinny, clean-eating cookies that actually taste indulgent—not healthy!     Late in September, my dad and 4 or 5 of his college buddies place their portable stoves, titanium mess kits, down sleeping bags, and a single…

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