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  • Green Bean Stir Fry with Edamame

    Green Bean Stir Fry with Edamame

    As a child green beans were very low on my list of “acceptable” green vegetables.  As an adult, I can’t get enough of them, especially the thin, tender hericot verts fresh from the summer garden. Edamame on the other hand is completely new to me.  I have had it as a hummus and simply as […]

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  • Menu Plan Your Butt Off {August 24, 2014}

    Menu Plan Your Butt Off {August 24, 2014}

    Welcome to the Shrinking Kitchen! This week’s free healthy Menu Plan Your Butt Off is full of healthy, hearty meals that will satisfy everyone in your family. A little Asian, some curry, nice chocolaty cookie bars, tacos and even breakfast for dinner. I’m pretty sure that just about covers all the bases. If you’re new […]

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  • Wild Salmon Spread

    Wild Salmon Spread

    This great salmon spread came about when I asked the teenager what he wanted for breakfast, which, given his noon wake-up time, was actually closer to lunch (teenagers do that). Mr. Sleepy didn’t have a preference so I decided to test out an idea on him. Fresh wild salmon is in season right now, and […]

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  • Heavenly Cold Tomato Soup

    Heavenly Cold Tomato Soup

    Some years ago I was working as a Horticulturist for a beautiful, private golf club named Sahalee, which means High Heavenly Ground. At Sahalee, there was a wonderful fine dining restaurant where, as employees we were lucky enough to sample some of the chef’s best dishes. One of them that I always loved in summer […]

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  • Menu Plan Your Butt Off {August 17, 2014}

    Menu Plan Your Butt Off {August 17, 2014}

      It’s Sunday and we’ve got a fresh and delicious menu plan, with a printable grocery list…all for free! We’re in the final stretch of summer. I’m half glad (back to routine) and also sad (going to miss the nice weather!). This menu plan though? Totally makes me happy. It’s got my favorite chicken cutlets, delicious […]

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Main Dishes

Wild Salmon Spread
[ 0 ] August 21, 2014

Wild Salmon Spread

This great salmon spread came about when I asked the teenager what he wanted for breakfast, which, given his noon wake-up time, was actually closer to lunch (teenagers do that). Mr. Sleepy didn’t have a preference so I decided to test out an idea on him. Fresh wild salmon is in season right now, and […]

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Shrimp & Sausage Boil
[ 0 ] August 15, 2014

Shrimp & Sausage Boil

AKA: “Wishing We Were at the Coast Boil” My family loves being at the coast, but here in Round Rock, Texas, practically in the middle of the state, it’s quite a long drive to get there.  Hence the name of this week’s recipe…”Wishing We were at the Coast Boil.”  Fortunately for us, getting a taste […]

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Harcha with Avocado Egg Salad
[ 0 ] August 13, 2014

Harcha with Avocado Egg Salad

One of the hardest things for many people who have to or choose to eat gluten free is giving up bread. The good news is there are lots of options to still enjoy bread products! Harcha is a Moroccan skillet bread. It’s most often made for breakfast and drizzled with honey and butter. But this […]

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Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Char Siu {Chinese BBQ Pulled Pork}
[ 11 ] 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
[ 1 ] 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

Green Bean Stir Fry with Edamame
[ 0 ] August 28, 2014

Green Bean Stir Fry with Edamame

As a child green beans were very low on my list of “acceptable” green vegetables.  As an adult, I can’t get enough of them, especially the thin, tender hericot verts fresh from the summer garden. Edamame on the other hand is completely new to me.  I have had it as a hummus and simply as […]

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Twenty One (Awesome) Cookout Recipes!
[ 0 ] July 2, 2014

Twenty One (Awesome) Cookout Recipes!

This was originally published last year – but it’s definitely worth a second look! So many perfectly healthy and delicious recipes for your July 4th cookout, right here! Click on the photos for the recipes! ************ Happy Independence Day, everyone! We hope you’re having a lovely day with family and friends, enjoying good company and […]

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Italian Buttered Rice (Two Ways)
[ 0 ] June 3, 2014

Italian Buttered Rice (Two Ways)

  My mom has made Italian Buttered Rice for every family gathering for just about as long as I can remember. Even though it has mushrooms (only about half of my family likes mushrooms) it was always a big hit and always expected. It was so popular with the family that my niece made it […]

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Desserts

Whole Wheat Lemon and Greek Yogurt Loaf
[ 11 ] July 22, 2014

Whole Wheat Lemon and Greek Yogurt Loaf

This lemon and Greek yogurt bread is so lemony delicious. You should go and make it right now. Really. I’m not going to waste anymore of your time telling you how amazing and moist and healthy it is! Go, go now. You can come back and thank me later. Print Whole Grain Lemon Loaf Rating: […]

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Twenty One (Awesome) Cookout Recipes!
[ 0 ] July 2, 2014

Twenty One (Awesome) Cookout Recipes!

This was originally published last year – but it’s definitely worth a second look! So many perfectly healthy and delicious recipes for your July 4th cookout, right here! Click on the photos for the recipes! ************ Happy Independence Day, everyone! We hope you’re having a lovely day with family and friends, enjoying good company and […]

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Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait
[ 0 ] June 26, 2014

Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait

We are having a banner year with huge crops of large, sweet and delicious strawberries! Eating them fresh, freezing them and trying other ways to preserve them brought me to this pretty little parfait. I still have rhubarb in the garden along with all the strawberries, so this is a nice sauce/syrup combination that can […]

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Appetizers

Twenty One (Awesome) Cookout Recipes!
[ 0 ] July 2, 2014

Twenty One (Awesome) Cookout Recipes!

This was originally published last year – but it’s definitely worth a second look! So many perfectly healthy and delicious recipes for your July 4th cookout, right here! Click on the photos for the recipes! ************ Happy Independence Day, everyone! We hope you’re having a lovely day with family and friends, enjoying good company and […]

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Roasted Garlic Guacamole
[ 0 ] June 20, 2014

Roasted Garlic Guacamole

Guacamole is one of those treats that many people put off when they’re watching calorie counts. It’s true avocados do have more fat and calories than some other vegetables but they’re full of healthy fats, lots of protein, and fiber – not to mention plenty of other vitamins and minerals. But don’t go out and […]

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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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Breads

Harcha with Avocado Egg Salad
[ 0 ] August 13, 2014

Harcha with Avocado Egg Salad

One of the hardest things for many people who have to or choose to eat gluten free is giving up bread. The good news is there are lots of options to still enjoy bread products! Harcha is a Moroccan skillet bread. It’s most often made for breakfast and drizzled with honey and butter. But this […]

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Whole Wheat Lemon and Greek Yogurt Loaf
[ 11 ] July 22, 2014

Whole Wheat Lemon and Greek Yogurt Loaf

This lemon and Greek yogurt bread is so lemony delicious. You should go and make it right now. Really. I’m not going to waste anymore of your time telling you how amazing and moist and healthy it is! Go, go now. You can come back and thank me later. Print Whole Grain Lemon Loaf Rating: […]

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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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Other Recent Articles

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

[ 6 ] August 12, 2014

I absolutely adore chicken tortilla soup, any time of year, whether it’s sweltering our freezing outside! This is my favorite recipe for tortilla soup.  A touch spicy, this delicious soup satisfies your craving for Mexcian food without all the calories.  Plus, if you’re at home, you don’t have to contend with the basket of chips. You […]

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Menu Plan Your Butt Off - 08.10.2014

Menu Plan Your Butt Off {August 10}

[ 0 ] August 10, 2014

  This menu plan was originally published last August, and I felt like it was worth sharing again :) How in the world is it already August? Seriously?! If there was every time to get on top of healthy menu planning it’s now! Fall is coming up, and I don’t know about you, but Fall […]

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Amazonian Yogurt Acai Bowl

Amazonian Yogurt Acai Bowl

[ 1 ] August 6, 2014

Ever hear of an acai bowl? I like to think of it as a deconstructed smoothie, or, in a more exciting way, ice cream for breakfast. Sambazon had sent me some frozen acai packets, and the first thing I did was use one in a smoothie. But, turns out, the original way to enjoy acai […]

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