Braised Chuck Steak

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Every week I look for steaks at the grocery store.  They are my favorite to minimally season and cook up quickly in my cast-iron.  My last grocery trip; however, was made slightly sour when I realized that all of their steaks looked like garbage.  Yeah, you guessed it — I’m one of those shoppers that totally blocks and hogs up the meat section because I will literally look at and analyze every package.  It’s not my fault!  I have a history of meat judging; in fact, I don’t mean to brag — but I placed 5th in the state of Texas for judging beef.  Now I’m a bit embarrassed…

Watermelon Kiwi Protein Smoothie

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I don’t know about you — but these warmer days definitely leave me searching for something refreshing!  Watermelon season here in Texas begins around April, and let me tell you — those beautiful melons striped in shades of green are in abundance right now!

Caramelized Kiwi Salsa

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This is the time of year when fresh tropical fruits are just so beautiful and refreshing.  My local grocery store has been having some really great deals on kiwi fruit and I thought the perfect way to use it up was in a simple and versatile salsa.

Paleo Carne Guisada

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Hello all!  One of my all-time favorite Mexican dishes is carne guisada — it is basically beef stew meat that is slow cooked with spices in a gravy.  While carne guisada has always been a go-to dish for me I have stayed away from it for the last few years.  I adore a good carne guisada plate or taco, but knowing that the gravy is made with white flour I usually opt for the fajitas instead.

Citrus & Avocado Salad over Spinach

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It is citrus season here in Texas, folks!  Right now I am all about citrus — and nothing to me sounds better than coming in from the heat and enjoying a refreshing salad.

Kale & Apple Salad with Cracked Black Pepper Dressing

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The other day Jason and I visited The Cheesecake Factory and I had…you guessed it…cheesecake!  But that’s not all.  Despite how incredible their cheesecake is — the real highlight of my lunch was a kale salad.

Spaghetti Squash Breakfast Pizzas

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Years ago I experimented with throwing in some leftover spaghetti squash into an omelet.  I found out that spaghetti squash goes really well with eggs and since then I have not hesitated in using it in breakfast recipes.

The Dirt : Trace Mineral Tooth Brushing Powder

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Hello all!  I am excited to share another product review with you today.  This review is long overdue as the folks from Give Me the Dirt have been around a while now.  They generously hooked me up with one of their Happy Mouth Gift Sets and I was really excited to try out their products.

Roasted Fennel & Steak Salad

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I can’t think of a single thing to not like about this recipe.  If you like salad and you like steak — I’ve got a winner for you.  This hearty salad is really beautiful and doesn’t take much time to prepare.  In our home we generally shoot for one salad a week that is a full meal.  This one is very satisfying and you won’t be wishing you had something more.

Food for Life : Cilantro-Lime Shrimp Tacos

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You know those meals that you throw together quickly for dinner — only to find that you stumbled upon something magical?  That’s kind of what happened with these tacos.  They are super simple to prepare and the flavors are terrific!

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