Fudgy Avocado Brownies

I bought two avocados last week and hoped they would have been ripe to eat before I started a 3-day juice cleanse, but of course they weren’t ready. I was looking for recipes to use them up since I knew no one else in my family would eat them. I found this recipe for brownies and figured I’d give it a try.

They were easy to throw together on a whim especially since I had all the ingredients in my pantry. I didn’t tell my kids what were in the brownies, just that they had a secret ingredient. My daughter chimed in “it’s love.” Ah, how sweet! ❤ I’m going to keep the secret a little longer. 🙂

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Sausage Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

I’m still continuing on finding new recipes that are low-carb that my family will eat and it seems stuffed mushrooms are going to be our go-to meal. This dinner got two big thumbs up from my kids and it was packed full of flavor. I served it with a side salad – which got some grumbles from my kids.

Another thing I love about portobello mushrooms is that they’re meaty and are filling. They are a great substitute for meat too!

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One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet

Our beloved Philadelphia Eagles are going to the Super Bowl!!! For the last couple of games, we’ve had what my daughter calls “Family dinner” to eat during the games. It’s really just appetizers – ring bologna and cheese, potato skins, hummus and veggies – snack food. I wanted to still be able to enjoy the game, but have some a little more like dinner. I found this recipe for a one-pot meal and I was sold. We love tacos and figured this would be a way to get my kids to eat some veggies too.

It was so easy to make and we all loved it. I served it on top of tortilla chips, like nachos; but it could easily work in taco shells, over rice or lettuce.

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Baked Blueberry Maple Oatmeal

I was excited to participate in this month’s Fantastical Food Fight because the theme was OATMEAL! I haven’t made oatmeal in a couple of months, but I use oats in a lot of recipes. I decided to give baked oatmeal a try. I found a recipe with blueberries and maple, which was perfect since I had a container of blueberries that needed to be used.

The recipe was easy to throw together and smelled amazing while it was baking. I had to patiently wait to let it cool before a scooped out a little bit to taste. It was packed full of blueberries and made for a great breakfast and dessert!

Be sure to check out the link below to see all this month’s oatmeal recipes! I’m excited to see what everyone made.

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Instant Pot Lo Mein

I love a good lo mein …. my kids on the other hand, do not. I thought this would be one of the those recipes my kids would love, but they complained all through dinner about how gross it was, it was chewy and disgusting. My daughter even forbid me to never make this recipe again. My husband and I thought it was really good and was packed full of flavor. I might try it again and switch out the sesame oil and see if my kids like it then…..thought I’m not sure I want to hear the complaining again if they don’t. Ha!

This recipe can easily be switched out to include whatever veggies you have on hand. I made it a meatless dish, but a piece of grilled chicken, steak or shrimp would be a great addition.

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Low Carb Chicken Cordon Bleu

I’ve been participating in weight loss challenges for the last couple of months and haven’t been very successful, so I’m looking to switch things up and make some changes to the food we’re eating. I had some success with going low-carb/keto last year and I thought I would give it a try. I’m trying to find a balance with recipes that are not filled with dairy products as I struggle with dairy at times. This chicken recipe was delicious and we all enjoyed it…though I’ll use a different cheese for my son’s next time. He’s not a fan of swiss cheese.

They were really delicious and I didn’t miss the breading at all. They’re coated in parmesan cheese and then baked – so you still get a crispy crust. I’ll definitely be making these again!

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Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup

It’s been frigid here in PA for the last 2 weeks and I’m so ready for some warmer temps. I enjoy winter, but this cold weather we’ve been having is extreme. School was closed two days last week because of snow and the extreme cold. As much as I love my kids, I’m so ready for them to go back to school! Cold weather also makes me want to do nothing…not good for getting back to working out and eating better. I’ve made this soup and chili because I needed some comforting food.

We have a small restaurant near us that has amazing baked potato soup and I’ve tried to duplicate it numerous times and I’m not there yet…but I’ll get there. This version of soup was quick and easy to make – especially when using the Instant Pot! I think the prep may have taken a little longer than the actual time it cooked. I enjoyed this soup the next day for leftovers. I think having it sit in the fridge for a day enhanced all the flavors even more.

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Quick Beef Stroganoff

Winter break is over and it’s time to get back to school, work and all the usual activities we have going on. I’m always on the hunt for quick and easy dinners that I can whip together during the week and this definitely was one of them!

I love stroganoff and even though my family is not a huge fan, I make it every now and then. This recipe reminds me of growing up and my mom making the stroganoff version of hamburger helper. You could easily substitute ground turkey for the ground beef for a lighter version.

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January Photo-A-Day Challenge

I’ve been participating occasionally in photo-a-day challenges and I’m excited to announce that I’m starting my own! I hope you’ll join me in this fun challenge.

Each month, I’ll be posting a calendar of daily prompts for photos. To participate, all you need to do is follow the prompts and use the hashtag #joinusphotochallenge. I’ll be sharing my photos on my Facebook page and Instagram account.

Pictures are a great way to make memories and my goal for 2018 is to be more present in all ways of life. I think this challenge will help me slow down and notice little things in life that I know I’ve missed in the past!

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Peppermint Chocolate Delight

I hosted dinner for my family on the Saturday before Christmas and I was looking for an easy and quick dessert to make. This dessert was perfect! It had all the flavors of the holidays – chocolate and peppermint! I was able to make it the night before and it was ready for dessert. It’s so much goodness layered together – starting at the bottom is a layer of chocolate graham crackers, peppermint cream cheese, chocolate pudding, whipped topping and finished with crush peppermint chocolate candy bars. YUM!!!

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