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Fall Energy Bites: Pecan Pumpkin, Lemon Poppyseed & Butterscotch

After a week of running out the door a day late and a dollar short, not to mention practically starving on the days I didn’t get around to the grocery store, I carved out an hour of my Sunday morning to do weekly breakfast prep. I was tired of having the same day-to-day internal debate…

Football Finger Foods

Pairs Well With… Football + Friends + Fall  NOW FEATURING: Cheeseburger Bites Baked Fried Pickles Hot Dish on a Stick   This weekend was a football trifecta for me: the Gophers, the Cyclones, and the Minnesota Vikings. I attended my first Gophers game on a nice, sunny Saturday afternoon.  For as many times as I’d been…

Strawberry Champagne Brie Bites

Pairs Well With…Champagne of Choice I was sitting on my deck Saturday afternoon debating what I would bring to a friend’s summer shindig later on that evening, and feeling very indecisive.  The indecisive part is nothing new for me.  It was now approaching 1pm, with the party starting at 4pm, and I needed an appetizer…

Four Brilliant Breakfast Ideas

  It’s not new news that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Breakfast gives you energy and jump-starts your metabolism.  Choosing the right breakfast to fuel your body sets the tone for your morning. One of my readers asked what I was eating for breakfast during the Save the Liver, Find the…

Warm Irish Cheddar & Kale Dip

Pairs Well With…Guinness + Irish Soda Bread Cheese makes the world go ’round.  In fact, it should play a part of every meal. In light of St. Paddy’s Day this week, Chef CJ Callahan Egts from Whole Foods Market created this decadent cheese dip recipe with a healthy twist (exclusively for Pairs Well With…) to serve…

Lemon Pepper Chicken & Maple Pecan Brussel Sprouts

Pairs Well With… a lemon infused vodka cocktail + your favorite date(s) Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I’ve been noodling on what I’ll make for my special dinner.  This meal came about because I was bored with day old leftovers (already) and not ambitious enough bear Minneapolis’ twelve degree high for the…

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Fancy & Fit Breakfast Muffins

We all know that breakfast is the most import meal of the day.  Fueling your body first thing in the morning jump starts your metabolism and will make you less “hangry” (anger stemming from being hungry) as you kick-start your day. But why not make breakfast fancy? Here’s a great recipe to make in advance…

Cinnamon Sugar Baked Chickpeas

I don’t know about you, but during the holiday season, I try to eat as healthy as possible, amidst all the cookies and cocktails.  This year has been a bit different, and there’s been little to no cookies and cocktails. I’m nearly halfway through my Save the Liver, Find the Abs challenge and doing extremely…

“Perfectly Pumpkin” Chili

Pairs Well With…  A rich, buttery chardonnay.  (I‘m a big fan of the 2013 Clos du Bois.  Lovely hints of butterscotch.)           Nothing says fall like a nice, hearty chili.  As an ode to Halloween, I decided to spend the day whipping up a healthy, seasonal recipe full of flavor and…