Tangy Chicken Salad

tangy chicken salad

Around the time I discovered the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans group, I was just beginning to branch out with my culinary desires.  I hated learning to cook growing up and I had 3 male roommates for several years during the “college” age.  Once I started to realize how much I enjoyed my time in… 

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Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pineapple Pork

teriyaki pineapple pork

Growing up, there was a family I knew that had Hawaiian roots.  Every so often they would put on full blown Luau parties with entertainment and food.  They had groups of boys that would perform Haka (Maori war dance) as well as playing out combat scenes.  These events were a staple of my childhood. When… 

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Avocado Peaches and Cream Smoothie

avocado peaches & cream

I’m always playing around with smoothies. Adding vegetables, trying a different type of milk, throwing in seeds and whatever fruit I’ve got that needs to be used up. Last week, I had some peaches that needed to be used. But I was like, ugh. Peaches and their fuzzy skin. I’m not a fan and I… 

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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 Breakfast Bowl

melted oatmeal cookie

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 {July 26, 2015}

menu plan your butt off 7.26

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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Summer Menu Plan Your Butt Off

menu plan your butt off 7.19.15

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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Simple Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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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