healthy

Tzatziki Sauce and a Greek-Style Grill Feast

I absolutely love tailgating. I love planning the menu, inviting friends, and setting up a stunning table. It’s like taking a dinner party on the road, but you can skip anything remotely healthy and just graze on appetizers. What’s not to love?  Well, the only thing “not to love” is the prep work. It takes […]

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Summer Salad Inspiration

I wanted to share some of the salad success stories I’ve had this summer. Instead of posting exact recipes with step-by-step instructions and quantities, I’m posting the combinations that I found truly divine and plenty of photos to guide you and your cutting board to salad nirvana. Adjust the ingredients, add things you like omit […]

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Blueberry, Banana & Pecan Dutch Baby

 I wanted to make pancakes for breakfast on Friday morning, but I have a pretty terrible attitude about pancakes. I don’t like standing over the oven and flipping them over. And I don’t usually think that they’re worth the indulgence. I’d rather save up my unhealthy food points for cookie dough or fried chicken, frankly. […]

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Herb-Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes, Red Peppers & Asparagus

Roasted chicken and vegetables is one of my favorite comfort foods (in the “healthy comfort food” subsection, of course).  Don’t worry cookie dough, you’re still on top of the all-around favorite comfort food list.  I knew I was going to have to work late one evening a few weeks ago, so I marinated some chicken […]

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Pear, Pecan & Brown Sugar Oatmeal with Coconut Milk

We spent our Memorial Day weekend in beautiful Savannah, Georgia watching a couple of dear friends get married (in Forsyth Park, no less). We drove down (just a short 15 hours each way) – and when I say “we,” I mean my husband and one of his friends who we carpooled with – overnight on […]

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Lemongrass & Yellow Curry Marinade

You’re probably going to see plenty more marinade and grill-ready recipes up on The Sparkle Kitchen in the next couple of months. There are two primary reasons for my impending flavorful-marinade frenzy.  First is the weather. Today was about 77 degrees and perfectly sunny. I’ve mentioned before that I’m just dying for the warm weather […]

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Balsamic quinoa with sautéed asparagus and a creamy pesto-marinara sauce

Impromptu nights with friends are so much fun. When you have an hour to get ready and no one is expecting much, it’s always a great time to relax and enjoy each other’s company. I’m terrible about putting so much effort into every cocktail party that I often lose sight of the reason that I […]

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Italian Spaghetti Squash Bake

I wasn’t too thrilled about seeing more and more spaghetti squash recipes all over the internet. I’d tried it before, but was always disappointed in the bland flavor. We’re huge squash and pumpkin fiends in my family; my standards are high because I know how delicious an exquisite kabocha squash is with nothing more than […]

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