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  • Spicy Steak with Strawberry Melon Salad

    Spicy Steak with Strawberry Melon Salad

    Four or five years ago I stumbled on a recipe in Cooking Light Magazine for a spicy steak with avocados and Mexican cheeses.  I have been making my own version of a Spicy Steak using flank steak ever since.  With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, it is the perfect recipe to celebrate with […]

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  • Chocolatey Pumpkin Oatmeal Smoothie

    Chocolatey Pumpkin Oatmeal Smoothie

      Pumpkin in April? Yes! Pumpkin is no longer relegated to fall fare. You heard it here first! Ok. Maybe not. But seriously you guys. Canned pumpkin is a healthy staple you should always have in your pantry. It is chock full of all kinds of good stuff, including Vitamin A and fiber. Not only […]

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  • Sesame Mushroom Quinoa Bowls

    Sesame Mushroom Quinoa Bowls

    In January we made a resolution to eat better this year (don’t we all??). One of the things that I aimed to do was eat less meat. This wasn’t terribly hard as I didn’t eat much to begin with, but where we live food really is seasonal so my choices were limited. If something is […]

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  • Menu Plan Your Butt Off {April 20, 2014}

    Menu Plan Your Butt Off {April 20, 2014}

    Happy Easter from all of us at the Shrinking Kitchen! We hope you’re enjoying a wonderful day with family and friends! Welcome to another wonderful Menu Plan Your Butt Off – our weekly, diet-friendly menu plan that we put together just for you. And, to make it even more awesome, we include a printable grocery […]

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  • Easter Brunch Roundup

    Easter Brunch Roundup

    Gearing up to serve Easter brunch this Sunday? We’ve got a ton of recipes right here that are just perfect! Click on each photo to get the recipes – and enjoy!

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Main Dishes

Spicy Steak with Strawberry Melon Salad
[ 0 ] April 24, 2014

Spicy Steak with Strawberry Melon Salad

Four or five years ago I stumbled on a recipe in Cooking Light Magazine for a spicy steak with avocados and Mexican cheeses.  I have been making my own version of a Spicy Steak using flank steak ever since.  With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, it is the perfect recipe to celebrate with […]

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Sesame Mushroom Quinoa Bowls
[ 0 ] April 22, 2014

Sesame Mushroom Quinoa Bowls

In January we made a resolution to eat better this year (don’t we all??). One of the things that I aimed to do was eat less meat. This wasn’t terribly hard as I didn’t eat much to begin with, but where we live food really is seasonal so my choices were limited. If something is […]

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Slow Cooker Char Siu {Chinese BBQ Pulled Pork}
[ 10 ] April 14, 2014

Slow Cooker Char Siu {Chinese BBQ Pulled Pork}

Two of my favorites, pulled pork and any kind of Asian food…in one dish. Yeah, I’m in love. Especially since traditional pulled pork can be pretty fatty and this absolutely isn’t. So I can eat it guilt free. YESSSS. This flavorful pork (char siu), after eight hours in the slow cooker, absolutely falls apart and […]

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Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Char Siu {Chinese BBQ Pulled Pork}
[ 10 ] April 14, 2014

Slow Cooker Char Siu {Chinese BBQ Pulled Pork}

Two of my favorites, pulled pork and any kind of Asian food…in one dish. Yeah, I’m in love. Especially since traditional pulled pork can be pretty fatty and this absolutely isn’t. So I can eat it guilt free. YESSSS. This flavorful pork (char siu), after eight hours in the slow cooker, absolutely falls apart and […]

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Crock Pot Curry Chicken with a Coconut Twist
[ 0 ] March 14, 2014

Crock Pot Curry Chicken with a Coconut Twist

When I tried curry for the first time, it was of the green variety — it was also homemade by a graduate school friend of Indian heritage from the Caribbean. It was amazing, and I’ve been super picky about curry ever since. You can’t blame me, really! Restaurant curry isn’t my favorite; it’s usually Americanized […]

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Slow Cooker Gluten Free Minestrone
[ 0 ] February 11, 2014

Slow Cooker Gluten Free Minestrone

Because of the lack of noodles, I hesitated to call this savory soup a minestrone. After a thorough internet search on whether or not minestrone is, in fact, minestrone, without the noodles, and not finding a conclusive answer, I turned to a real live Italian friend; she assured me that as long as the beans […]

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Side Dishes

Easy Canned Pickled Beets
[ 1 ] March 27, 2014

Easy Canned Pickled Beets

Growing your own beets is really easy to do, even if you only have a small space.  They can be grown in containers on your sunny patio or your raised vegetable beds.  It is best to harvest beets when they are about 2-2 1/2 inches in diameter.  They can get tough if they get too […]

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Lemon Garlic Roasted Cauliflower
[ 0 ] March 24, 2014

Lemon Garlic Roasted Cauliflower

Sometimes it’s hard to believe how different kid can be. My youngest son has a terrible sweet tooth. If it’s got sugar he is all over it! My oldest son however is the opposite. He’s the baby who would pick up lemon wedges and suck on them. I thought maybe he would outgrow it but […]

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Chopped Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Pancetta
[ 0 ] March 19, 2014

Chopped Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Pancetta

There’s an older Saturday Night Live Skit. Dana Carvey is in it, along with Phil Hartman and Sigourney Weaver. Carvey is a pop singer, Hartman and Weaver,  music execs. Carvey, trying to write a hit, sits at the piano. He starts singing. Hesitantly at first, and then, with passion. What’s he singing about? Choppin’ broccoli. […]

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Desserts

Chocolate Heaven: 7 Of Our Best Desserts
[ 0 ] April 10, 2014

Chocolate Heaven: 7 Of Our Best Desserts

  Who loves chocolate? Okay. Better question. Who doesn’t? I know there are some of you out there. But for the rest of us, today’s post is all about our best choco-licious desserts. They are absolutely delicious and better for you than their traditional, full sugar and fat counterparts. Yes – you CAN live a […]

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Almond Butter & Chocolate Granola Bars
[ 1 ] March 21, 2014

Almond Butter & Chocolate Granola Bars

In the past, I’ve bought granola bars only to get them home, try them and think ‘I can do better.’ Most store bought granola bars are packed with high fructose corn syrup, loads of preservatives and a bunch of stuff I can’t even pronounce. I found lots of recipes online that used butter and I […]

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Simple Blueberry Coffee Cake
[ 0 ] January 22, 2014

Simple Blueberry Coffee Cake

An easy breakfast or after-dinner blueberry coffee cake loaded with juicy berries, in a lightly sweetened, but impressive cake. And no, it won’t kill your diet! The blueberries are truly the showcase of this cake, so it doesn’t require a lot of extra sugar in the topping. I kept the topping light, but it’s completely […]

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Appetizers

Easy Canned Pickled Beets
[ 1 ] March 27, 2014

Easy Canned Pickled Beets

Growing your own beets is really easy to do, even if you only have a small space.  They can be grown in containers on your sunny patio or your raised vegetable beds.  It is best to harvest beets when they are about 2-2 1/2 inches in diameter.  They can get tough if they get too […]

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Spring Hummus
[ 0 ] March 26, 2014

Spring Hummus

You might think this looks like guacamole. And you’re kind of right. The green in this delicious Spring Hummus DOES start with avocado. But then I added in some spinach and arugula. And it got REALLY green and springlike, thus the name. To add bulk, but not fat? Chickpeas. It really is a guacamole/hummus hybrid. […]

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Saucy Asian Meatballs
[ 1 ] February 4, 2014

Saucy Asian Meatballs

I’m drooling just looking at this picture. These saucy Asian meatballs are pretty amazing.  Citrus, salt, sweet and a little zesty. Seriously, amazing. If you’ve never tried ponzu, it’s basically a citrus soy sauce. Really delicious and a great addition to any pantry. But you can most definitely substitute low sodium soy sauce.  Most of […]

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Breads

True-ly Good Pumpkin Muffins
[ 0 ] April 11, 2014

True-ly Good Pumpkin Muffins

I have been exploring the “True Food” movement lately which has opened up my eyes to a whole new way of baking.  In these recipes they try to use foods and ingredients that are “true” to their origins, meaning they are either minimally or not processed at all.  I have found that using true foods […]

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Lemon Blueberry Muffins
[ 2 ] February 24, 2014

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Muffins go like hot cakes in our house; they’re so easy to make — and easy to make healthy, at that. These muffins are coffee house quality, but won’t make you pack on the pounds. They’re rich, making it hard to believe how low in fat they are. They keep well for a few days, […]

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Strawberry Yogurt Muffins
[ 8 ] February 17, 2014

Strawberry Yogurt Muffins

So I’m pretty much a baked good addict. Any and all baked goods – crossaints, danish, rolls, plain old bread (hot out of the oven). And I especially love muffins. I bake a lot of muffins because I can pass them off as cupcakes to my four year old. And I do a lot of […]

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Other Recent Articles

Asparagus & Pancetta Crustless Quiche

Asparagus & Pancetta Crustless Quiche

[ 0 ] April 17, 2014

If you’re doing brunch for Easter, you’re going to want to try out this gem of a recipe. Why is this crustless quiche a must bake? It’s light and healthy. Each serving is well under 200 calories. It’s delicious…no bland eggs here. Asparagus and pancetta are the stars, but this quiche is also flavored with […]

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Tomato Basil Soup with Turkey Meatballs

Tomato Basil Soup with Turkey Meatballs

[ 1 ] April 15, 2014

I love this time of year in Texas. The weather is perfect My herb garden is planted and I’m already reaping its rewards with basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, sage and parsley. One of my favorite herbs is basil. I plant my basil when I know all the freezing weather is behind us and then I […]

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Menu Plan Your Butt Off {April 13, 2014}

Menu Plan Your Butt Off {April 13, 2014}

[ 2 ] April 13, 2014

It’s Sunday and we’ve got a fresh and delicious free menu plan, with a printable grocery list…all for free! This week I’ve included some great recipes that are super yummy and maybe a bit exotic…blackened tilapia tacos, a delicious chicken pulao, and a comforting and homey crockpot beef stroganoff…plus lots more. It’s all healthful and […]

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