Sundays with Samantha: Coconut & Almond Bars

These amazingly delicious bars are a cross between a granola bar and dessert.  I wanted to create a kid-friendly snack or mid-afternoon treat as an alternative to packaged granola bars or cookies.  These bars would be great as a pre-sports-practice-snack, play date treat or dessert with friends.  They're loaded with good-for-you ingredients like oats, nuts, …

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Favorite Recipe Friday: 5 EASY bread and cheese appetizers

Fresh bread and good cheese are a match made in heaven.  Add a bit of fruit, a sprinkle of salt, fresh pepper and herbs and everyone's tastebuds are in for a serious treat.   These 5 bread and cheese apps are incredibly simple and perfect for your summer BBQ's, bunco nights, wine parties, office potlucks...you-name-it.   …

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Favorite Recipe Friday: Spiced Salmon with Mustard Sauce

This Spiced Salmon with Mustard Sauce (adapted from Cooking Light) is my go-to EASY salmon recipe. It takes about 15 minutes from start to finish and clean-up is a snap. It's made with spices and condiments you probably already have in your pantry (with the exception of turmeric*). The whole grain mustard gives it a …

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Favorite Recipe Friday: DIY Fruit-Flavored Yogurt

Unadorned plain Greek yogurt is a healthy snack.  Per cup, you get a whopping 23 grams of protein.  With the exception of meat, it's hard to find a single food with that much protein power.  (Protein is essential for building and repairing tissues and muscle, as well as making enzymes, hormones, blood, and much more.) …

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Favorite Recipe Friday: Oven-Roasted Chicken Shawarma 

This Oven-Roasted Chicken Shawarma from NYTimes Food is amazing.  The reasons are 5 fold: Fold 1: It's SOOOOO good. Fold 2: It's incredibly easy and quick to prepare. Fold 3: It requires few ingredients. Fold 4: It's great as a weeknight dish but sophisticated enough to serve to dinner guests. Fold 5: It's great as …

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Don’t-Get-Too-Wild Card Wednesday: Strawberry Vodka

When I imbibe, I prefer to keep it vodka.  I mean...simple.  Yes, I sound like a total boozer but I promise, I'm not.  Seen that one too many times.  I'm a vodka girl because sadly, most wine gives me a headache and while I really enjoy beer, I don't enjoy beer bloat, burps and the …

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Visit Skinnytaste.com for my guest post!

  (photo credit: Sarah Fennel)Good morning. I've got HUGE news! My recipe, Enchilada Chicken Roll-Ups (see above), is featured on the Skinnytaste blog TODAY! CHECK IT OUT! For those of you who don't know, I've had the absolute honor and privilege of working with Skinnytaste author Gina Homolka (and advising dietitian Heather K. Jones, RD) …

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