Mexican Turkey Meatloaf|AFoodCentricLife.comWith holiday madness in full swing, you’ve got better things to do than worry about than dinner. Reach for a classic with a new twist – turkey meatloaf with Mexican herbs and spices. Serve it hot from the oven or make it ahead of time to save time at dinner rush hour. [click to continue…]

Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies|AFoodCentricLife.comWith Christmas right around the corner, I just had to bake cookies. It’s like an itch that has to be scratched. It’s a tradition I grew up with. Got to bake cookies. [click to continue…]

Southwestern Turkey Chili

December 1, 2014

My leftover Thanksgiving turkey needed to be finished up and I debated what to make with it. Tacos? Turkey enchiladas? Soup? On this gray and rainy day, the winner was turkey chili – a Southwestern-style with warm flavors of cumin, ancho chili pepper and  tomatillos. Easy to make and healthy, it will warm you up as we head into the busy-ness of the Christmas season.

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Cranberry Pomegranate Sauce

November 24, 2014

Cranberry sauce or cranberry relish; the must serve side dish for roast turkey or ham. Concerned about the sugar in most recipes, here is my new version with great taste and much less sugar. And it takes just minutes to make. Great for the busy holiday cook.

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Game Plan for a Great Thanksgiving

November 20, 2014

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving Day is one week away. If you are not done with your planning and stressing out a bit as the day gets closer, use these tips built from my years of experience to help you pull your game plan together.  It’s all about planning and organization. It’s also a mindset thing. Take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy it. It’s easier when you plan ahead.

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Creamed Pearl Onions

November 18, 2014

Creamed Pearl Onions. I hated them as a kid, and love them as an adult who finally wised up. Pearl onions are an earthy, sweet addition to a Thanksgiving turkey or a Christmas roast. And these are made with absolutely no dairy. Read on for my secret to a creamy sauce.

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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Cranberries

November 12, 2014

Brussels sprouts. Those cute little mini cabbages make a great side dish to accompany your Thanksgiving turkey.  Think you don’t like them? Try this easy version with turkey bacon and dried cranberries. The combination of earthy, sweet, and salty just might make you a fan.

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Apple Pecan Coffee Cake & A Giveaway

November 6, 2014

Fall, baking, and apples just go together. Beautifully. The scent of cinnamon filled the house with an irresistible aroma while I was testing this new apple pecan coffee cake recipe. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and reduced in sugar. Just a small indulgence to be enjoyed, on occasion.

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Chicken Tomatillo Soup

November 3, 2014

It’s hard to believe its November. And while preparing for Thanksgiving is everyone’s focus, we still have to eat in the mean time. Here’s  a soup recipe we’ve enjoyed a lot lately – chicken with tomatillos, mild chili pepper and warm spices to warm you up and help you eat healthy as we head into the busy holiday season.

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Green Mojito Smoothie from The Blender Girl

October 28, 2014

Do you love smoothies? I do, and have had one most mornings for the last fifteen years. Smoothies are easy, healthy, fast and infinitely variable for your needs and the season. Not just for breakfast, smoothies provide potent health benefits too. As we head into cold and flu season, this Green Mojito Smoothie is one recipe you will want to have in your arsenal.

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