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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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Roasted Sweet Potato, Corn, & Black Bean Salad

On Thursday afternoon, one of my co-workers reminded me that we had a work potluck lunch the next day. I looked at her like she just told me that bacon isn’t delicious. Crazy talk. I had completely, thoroughly, and determinedly erased the potluck from my memory. I had somehow managed to set aside completely not […]

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Mini Turkey Meatloaf with Roasted Red Peppers, Spinach & Feta

I am pretty surprised myself that I’m proudly posting a recipe for meatloaf. What a frumpy food! I associate meatloaf with flavorless, dense, brown, sad clumps of meat stuffed with artificially-sweetened ketchup and some misery. That’s my dramatic way of saying that I don’t really like meatloaf. My first, and most intelligent, issue with it […]

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Quinoa in the Morning: Two Ways!

My new favorite breakfast has been experimenting with quinoa. I’ve made sweet and savory variations over the last few weeks that I’m excited to share. These dishes are easy to make, and they cook for 15 minutes, giving you time to wake up, get breakfast started, and enjoy a cup of tea (or rush around […]

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Creamy Parsnip & Pumpkin Soup with Thyme-Crusted Proscuitto

A vegetable-based, creamy soup is perfect for frigid winter nights. It’s healthy enough to be respectable (compared to, like, pizza) and more rich and smooth than you’d expect from a humble parsnip soup.  There are three keys to this comforting, flavorful soup:  Coconut milk – unsweetened coconut milk is not a “healthy” substitute for heavy […]

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{Crock Pot} Skinny Thai Peanut Chicken

If you aren’t using PB2 in everything yet, you’re late to the party. Consider this your official invitation. PB2 is all natural powdered peanut butter with 80% of the calories removed. They’re just…gone. I love cooking with PB2 in sweet and savory dishes, in oatmeal, cookies, smoothies, you name it.  This recipe is a lightened-up […]

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Italian Sausage & Eggplant Roll

I take recipe naming very seriously. I think I took the chapter in Freakonomics entitled “A Roshanda By Any Other Name” to the extreme to heart. In the aforementioned chapter, the authors of Freakonomics, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, analyze the long-term impact that the simple act of naming a baby has on the child’s future. […]

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Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Lentil Chili

The holidays are over, the tree and decorations have all been tidied up until next year, and we are just settling in for the rest of winter. We’ve been a bit relaxed over here in the Sparkle Kitchen lately. Especially Ketch:  Quiet nights in demand unpretentious dinner. We are already slacking from our first month […]

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Zucchini, pumpkin & roasted chicken salad {and some Christmas cheer!}

The holiday season makes everyone feel like a kid again. Christmas growing up meant a real Christmas tree, usually from our land, loads of homemade decorations accumulated over the years, and of course delicious food. This is my first Christmas as a homeowner and also my first married Christmas. So the pressure has really been on […]

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