Healthy Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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More often than not, I get a craving for some good old burgers and fries. I could go to the local bar and order myself a big juicy burger with a basket of fries big enough to feed a family of four. But after I think about it for a while, I remember how I usually feel walking out of that bar after my meal: overly full, bloated, and like my skin is covered in grease. Yuck. Nobody wants to feel that way, so that’s why I figured out a way to make baked fries that actually taste really, really good and are at least 10x more healthy than the usual stuff you get in that greasy basket.

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Garam Masala

Garam Masala

Here’s some quick information on a spice that I frequently use in Indian cooking. “Garam masala” is a spice that is simply a ground up combination of several different spices such as clove and black pepper. I would compare this to something like the pumpkin pie spice bottles you can find at grocery stores. You could buy ground cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg all separately and combine them yourself to use in pumpkin pie. Or, you could buy pumpkin pie spice.

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Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

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I just can’t get enough of pumpkin this season. I think it’s because we’re actually having a gorgeous autumn season here in Minnesota this year. The thing I remember about last year was that we had a really, really hot summer and then a really, really long and cold winter. So this year so far, I’ve made the most of this amazing fall season.
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Crock Pot Shredded Beef (Barbacoa)


I bought a slow cooker! And I’m in love. The funny thing is, I’m pretty sure I didn’t know what a slow cooker was when I was growing up. My mom never used it because whenever she cooked falling-of-the-bone tender meat, it was in a pressure cooker. But I gotta tell ya, pressure cookers scare me! I’m not sure I understand all the science behind those things. So instead, I bought a slow cooker. Ceramic pot. Electric plug-in. Simple.

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Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

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I’m not a big breakfast person. There, I said it. It’s probably because I don’t have time on the weekdays to prepare a huge meal of eggs, bacon, fresh fruit, toast, pancakes, hash browns…the delicious list could go on! I’ll usually settle for a little sliced apple dipped in almond butter. Or when I feel like spending an extra minute, I’ll treat myself to some easy oatmeal. I blame my hectic, urban, 20-some-year-old trying to make it in a big city life for not allowing me to eat something that involves assembly before I have to hop on the bus for work. 😉

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Perfect Blondies Recipe


Ugh, it’s been a long week. For those of you who are experiencing hump day like I am, I feel ya. All you want to do is face plant into a pan of these right?

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Spicy Indian Style Meatballs

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When it comes to finger food, Indian cuisine is perfect. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that you traditionally eat Indian food with…your fingers! Ha, that was my one corny joke I’m allowed on this blog. I promise, no more 🙂

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Basil Pesto Pasta with Scallops

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Perfectly cooked scallops. Linguine tossed in the most fresh pesto you’ve ever had. Do I need to go on?

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Healthy Oatmeal Pumpkin Muffins

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Wow, fall came way faster than I expected. I’m  pretty sure the leaves just started turning last night. So it’s a good thing I was prepared with 500 cans of pureed pumpkin in my pantry. Seriously, as soon as September rolls around, I run to the grocery store and stock up on my favorite ingredient of the season.

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Indian Curried Chicken and Rice (Biryani)

Indian Curry Biryani

I’m going to try to keep this short because I need to give you this recipe. It’s a family secret, so I feel a little naughty giving it out in the blogosphere like this. But I think it would be a bigger crime to keep it from the world.

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