Confetti Pasta Salad

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One of the biggest challenges to eating healthfully, at least for me, is finding ways to incorporate vegetables into meals without getting stuck with a side plate of raw carrots and dip every night. This pasta salad has the benefit of a TON–well, not literally, but a lot–of vegetables combined with flavorful Italian dressing and feta cheese. Plus, you can easily get this done in less than a half an hour if you cut the veggies while the pasta is cooking. Oh, and did I mention this recipe is also only 5 ingredients? Score! I call this  “confetti” pasta salad because of all of the brightly colored vegetable tidbits, but I could just as easily call it that because it makes we want to throw a party and shout “hurray!” Continue reading

Pepper Steak

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A great love of my life—besides my husband, of course—is Chinese food. I could eat Chinese food every day, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Cold or hot.  It doesn’t matter what season.  I even love those cute white containers the food comes in. They are like little presents of deliciousness, just waiting to be opened. That being said, I have been trying for a while to concoct a pepper steak that lives up to my greatest Chinese food fantasies, and I think I have finally done it—or at least gotten pretty darn close!

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Spice Girl Chili

Spice Girl ChiliWhen it’s chilly outside, I always crave a nice bowl of homemade chili to warm me up. I decided to pull out one of my favorites the other night for dinner. While my first few chili attempts were edible, they didn’t have a whole lot flavor other than chili powder. Then my office had a chili cook-off a few years ago and my team and I decided to come up with something different to go along with our theme of the Spice Girls. This is what we came up with.

This chili’s hook is definitely plenty of peppers, so if you don’t like spicy food, you might want to try a different recipe. On the other hand, you can also tweak the basic recipe to satisfy your personal taste. Enjoy! Continue reading