Menu Plan Your Butt Off {March 8, 2015}

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I’ve got an amazing healthy menu plan for this week…are you ready? For this week’s Menu Plan Your Butt Off, I focused on vibrant flavors…a few recipes for the grill (it’s unseasonably warm here…you can cook inside if you need to), some quick fix meals, and a nice slow cooker dish for the middle of… 

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Kale with Caramelized Meyer Lemons

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Meyer lemons are not like your garden-variety lemon. Thinner-skinned and super juicy, they’re thought to be a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange, so the flesh is a lot sweeter. I picked up a bag from Trader Joe’s and wanted to take full advantage of their awesomeness — skin and all — so… 

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Menu Plan Your Butt Off {February 8, 2015}

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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 littlecurry, nice chocolaty cookie bars, pasta and even creamy peanut soup. I’m pretty sure that just about covers all the bases. If you’re new to Shrinking Kitchen, welcome!!… 

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Chili Cumin Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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So many dishes scream Thanksgiving…stuffing. Mashed potatoes.  Cranberry sauce.  And I love them. I love them all! But I eat them once a year (well, maybe more than that for the mash…).  Sweet potatoes (or yams) though? I eat them in some form at least weekly, year round. They’ve morphed into one of my go-to… 

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Creamy Tortilla Soup


I love a good soup when autumn rolls around so I’ve been thinking a lot about soup lately. The weather here in Texas hasn’t cooled much. In fact, my daughter was complaining this morning about the fluctuating temperatures. It was chilly enough last night for a jacket and when we woke up, we needed shorts… 

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Menu Plan Your Butt Off {October 5, 2014}

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A most glorious Sunday to you all! Welcome to Menu Plan Your Butt Off. If it is your first time visiting Shrinking Kitchen, welcome! We do a brand new, healthy and delicious dinner menu plan weekly. It’s free and includes a printable grocery list. Pretty rad, if I do say so myself! This week we’re featuring… 

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Simple Enchilada Stacks

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So I have this recipe for enchilada casserole. My mother-in-law used to make it and it’s kind of a big deal in our family. I vividly recall the night she gave me the recipe over the phone while I scribbled it into my well worn Betty Crocker cookbook, hunched over in our tiny apartment kitchen. I was around… 

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Slow Cooker Swiss Steak & Cauliflower Mash


Swiss steak was always one of my favorite meals growing up. I never understood why my mom called it “Swiss” steak though. The only thing Swiss that I knew of was cheese and this had nothing to do with cheese. It did have a rich tomato gravy with green bell peppers and sliced steak. Every… 

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Pumpkin Cheesecake Smoothie

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Not only is pumpkin the belle of the ball (hay ride?) this time of year, it’s also a nutritional powerhouse, providing a healthy dose of vitamins A and K, potassium, magnesium, fiber and even a little protein. So instead of stopping for a pumpkin spice latte for breakfast, take a few minutes and whip up… 

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Lemon Scented Sage & Pumpkin Soup

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With the changing of the leaves and the cooler weather the menu around here slowly switches from outdoor grilling to soup making.  Pumpkins begin to appear in gardens and farmer’s markets and are a perfect ingredient for this Lemon Scented Pumpkin Soup.  You can easily use butternut squash if you can’t find baking pumpkins, they… 

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