chicken and dumplings

Chicken and Dumplings

Growing up, I had the good fortune to have a mother that liked to try all kinds of different dishes.  There was no boring repeated spaghetti night or casserole night (at least not that I remember).  The only constant was leftovers-Sunday.  Occasionally my mom would ask my siblings and me what we would want for… 

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melted oatmeal cookie

Melted Oatmeal Cookie Breakfast Bowl

Listen, I know plain, unflavored and unsweetened oatmeal is the way to go, and nine times out of 10 that’s what I make. But this morning I discovered a packet of brown sugar-cinnamon instant steel-cut oats in the back of the pantry (Quaker makes it). Knowing that a bowl of sweet oatmeal is basically a… 

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menu plan your butt off 7.26

Menu Plan Your Butt Off {July 26, 2015}

It’s Sunday, and that means it’s time for a brand new, healthy AND FREE menu plan. That’s right! We plan, you print out the grocery list, shop and you’re set with a full week of healthy dinners! Disclaimer: You still have to cook. Sorry about that! If you’re new to Shrinking Kitchen, first of all, welcome!… 

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sausage-paprika skillet

Sausage Paprika Skillet

Ever get stuck in a hotel room for the day nursing a case of altitude sickness? No? Just me? This recipe came about after this Floridian flew from sea level to Denver and drove up to 8,000 feet in the span of 24 hours. Apparently you’re not supposed to do that because some people (me)… 

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menu plan your butt off 7.19.15

Summer Menu Plan Your Butt Off

Happy Sunday, happy Sunday! It’s my favorite day of the week: Menu Plan Your Butt Off day! If you’re new around here, every Sunday we bring you a brand new delicious menu plan full of healthy, nutritious, and clean recipes. And, we even give you a printable grocery list to make things easy. All recipes include… 

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grilled avocado summer salad

Grilled Avocado Summer Salad

The weather here has been absolutely sweltering…and I haven’t turned on the oven in days. Meals have been mostly sandwiches and salads. And the grill has been my best friend in (or out, I guess) of the kitchen. Not that I’m complaining. I love heat and I love salads even more. So I’ve been taking… 

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roasted brussels sprouts

Simple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I was never really exposed to Brussels sprouts when I was a child probably because it wasn’t a crop my granny grew in her garden at least not that I can remember. I was always intrigued by them. They looked like little cabbages and I really liked cabbage cooked and raw. Then when I was… 

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