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Healthy Spinach Patties

A spinach recipe without cheese! Delicious, healthy, spinach patties are a unique side dish to help you eat your greens! {paleo, whole30, dairy free, gluten free}

Sometimes I get a little overzealous about spinach. I frequently buy the huge warehouse boxes of organic at the store because it’s such a good deal. Normally, this isn’t a problem as one of my favorite quick breakfasts consists of eggs and spinach (savory-breakfast gal here), so I will happily go through the box almost by myself in a week because it’s a great source of calcium, vitamins, lots of…

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Side Dishes

Cuban Sweet Plantains (Maduros)

You'd never guess these Cuban Sweet Plantains, also called "maduros", have no added sugar! A popular and easy to make side dish with just two ingredients.

As I prepared this dish, killing time by playing Candy Crush (as I do), I had a revelation that not only makes me laugh even now, but immediately conjures up the image of my father-in-law handing out food saying “Esto no engorda” (This isn’t fattening). The last time this happened was this past Christmas when he was passing around homemade chicharron (crispy pork rinds) he made on the grill while…

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Sauces and Condiments/ Slow Cooker Recipes

Beef Tallow

Save money and eat well by making your own grass fed beef tallow in the slow cooker!

Learn how to make your own grass-fed beef tallow easily using your slow cooker! A quick google search showed me that grass-fed beef tallow is selling at over $15, easily, for a 14-ounce jar. Perhaps it’s because tallow is loaded with healthy fats and oils, making it wonderful for cooking. Perhaps it’s because tallow is very versatile and can also be used to make emergency candles, soap, and a super…

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Blog Recipes/ Side Dishes/ Vegetables

Meyer Lemon Green Beans with Almonds

Enjoy these Meyer Lemon Green Beans as an easy, healthier side dish! Ready in just a few minutes. * Recipe on

This Meyer Lemon Green Beans recipe has been updated with new photos as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project. We enjoy this recipe so much as a quick, healthy side dish alternative to heavier green bean casseroles. I distinctly remember the texture of cold cream of whatever soup in the green bean casserole that came with the Thanksgiving dinners my mom would order at the grocery store. I promise we…

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Blog Recipes/ Main Dishes

Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Meatballs

Do you remember that scene in “Lady and the Tramp” when Lady and Tramp shared a plate of spaghetti and meatballs under the stars? Of course you do. I bet you even tried slurping your spaghetti at least once, much to your mother’s dismay, and thought about sharing one long spaghetti with a special someone. That doesn’t work by the way, the Godfather and I tried it and it’s really…

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Blog Recipes/ Main Dishes

Crispy Oven Roasted Pork Belly

Crispy Pork Belly is easy to make in the oven. This recipe has a beautiful blend of flavors like tumeric, garlic, and cinnamon, so the leftovers are even better! Serve freshly roasted for Chinese New Year or cut into cubes and slices and pan fry for an extra crispy treat!

This post updated January 2016 as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project where I add new photos to older recipes.  We have really gotten into pork belly recently. It was all the rage several years ago, driving prices through the roof, but now that trends have moved on, it’s back to being a delicious, very inexpensive, cut of meat. Pork belly is the cut that is seasoned and smoked to…

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Blog Recipes/ Breakfast/ Side Dishes

Chipotle Sweet Potato Latkes

The first time I recall having a potato latke made from scratch was when we were visiting my neighbors during Chanukah. When my parents moved into their current neighborhood, the house diagonal to ours was purchased by a lovely elderly couple, and not having their own grandchildren very nearby (yet), they struck up a friendship with my parents and the three little girls living across the street. We’d give them…

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Blog Recipes/ Soups & Stews

My Favorite Butternut Squash Soup {dairy-free, vegan, Whole30}

Looking at the title for this post with all the dietary qualifiers, I feel like I don’t even sound like myself. Where is the baker Godmother, the cheese-loving Godmother, the Godmother that rivals Paula Deen and Ina Garten in her love of good-quality butter? She’s here. She just started making this soup several years ago by piecing together a few things in the fridge and never really stopped making it…

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Appetizers & Party Snacks/ Blog Recipes

Football Food! Beef Potato Bites {Whole30 Friendly}

I’d like to warn you about this recipe. It’s really addicting and you should probably triple it if you plan to serve it at a party. The itty bitty potatoes are perfect for popping in your mouth and the taste is “Could you please make this every game day party?” good. I nearly ate all the Whole30 compliant bites (i.e. – the ones without cheese) before the Godfather got home, and he…

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Blog Recipes/ Soups & Stews

Winter Kale Beef Soup

Stay warm when it's cold with nourishing food like this veggie packed winter kale beef soup recipe! *

Stay warm when it’s cold with nourishing food like this veggie packed winter kale beef soup recipe! * Recipe updated with new photos as part of the #ThrowbackThursday photography project. As I watched my daughter happily shove fistfuls of kale into her mouth, I couldn’t help but feel a mix of horror and delight. Horror at the manner in which she was eating (we are still learning how to use utensils),…

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Blog Recipes/ Main Dishes/ Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow Cooker Short Ribs

I think every year needs a word to be a personal theme or mantra. Last year, I chose “fearless” and worked on letting go of a lot of my fears, whether it be a fear of walking away, fear of trying something new, fear of unfamiliar territory… I spent the year letting go of my fears. When I was thinking about this year’s plans the other day, the word “unstoppable” came…

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