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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Loaded Burger Lettuce Wraps

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Though I adore bread, I try to avoid it in general. The last few months, I’ve been almost exclusively gluten free – not for allergy reasons, but because I just tend to feel better overall. Usually, I don’t miss it too much, except when I smell fresh french loaves at the grocery store – or… 

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Zaycon Chicken: A Fresh and Delicious Value! (sponsored)


  All the time I’m asked about food budgeting. ALL THE TIME. How do you eat healthfully on a budget? Where do you find good deals? How do you walk the line between well-sourced food versus not breaking the bank? I’ll let you in on a little secret: Zaycon Foods. I heard about Zaycon from… 

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Menu Plan Your Butt Off {August 24, 2014}

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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 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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Menu Plan Your Butt Off {August 3, 2014}

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It’s Sunday and we’ve got a fresh and delicious free menu plan, with a printable grocery list…all for free! In this week’s Menu Plan Your Butt Off,  I’ve included some great recipes that are super yummy and maybe a bit exotic…blackened tilapia tacos, a delicious chicken pulao, some quick garlicky breadcrumb pasta and a comforting… 

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Menu Plan Your Butt Off {July 27, 2014}

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  I’ve got an amazing healthy menu plan for this week…are you ready to menu plan your butt off? For this week’s healthy menu plan, I focused on great warm weather food…a few recipes for the grill, some quick fix meals (say hello to the easiest Lo Mein EVER!), and a nice slow cooker dish… 

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Filipino Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki Sauce

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My sister in law makes the best chicken skewers in the world! My version of her dish is a marrying of a Filipino style marinade on the chicken and a classic Greek style tzatziki sauce for dipping. Allowing the marinade to blend overnight, the chicken becomes so tender and flavorful when you grill it the… 

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