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August 2015

Effortless chickpea salad

Do you ever have those days when you want something healthy but have no desire to put in the effort? I’ve had many of those days and one of them happened to be today. I was in a hurry to get to the office and I didn’t have time to eat lunch at home. But I wasn’t going to spend $8-$10 on mediocre fast food. So I dug around in my pantry and created this simple chickpea salad with a delicious, light dressing and threw it into a to-go container.

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Style Board | Playing with neutrals

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Happy Monday! It was crazy in the newsroom today with tornado coverage in the area. But I received great news: I will start a full normal workweek (Monday-Friday) in two weeks! So I am super excited to get back to a regular schedule. For this week, I wanted to accent my classic go-to pieces in my closet or as I call them, my “neutrals.” 

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Summer shrimp orzo salad

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! And if you want to make it just a little lighter and brighter, you have to try this delicious orzo salad. Although we are nearing the end of summer, I still love to use fresh, colorful vegetables in my dishes. And then there’s orzo: the best kind of pasta because it’s rice-size, but still has that savory flavor.

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Snacking made easy: tips to beat junk food cravings

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Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons

When people think of snacking throughout the day, many imagine the land of empty calories: potato chips, cookies and soda. Well, I beg to differ. Snacking doesn’t have to be this way! I’m one of those people that has to eat between meals and if you’re like me, snacking strategically is vital to my daily happiness. Seriously, ever heard of the word, “hangry?”

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Roasted tomato, basil and pesto naan flatbread

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On my days off, I love to make simple, healthy dishes that involve zero stress! The day I discovered naan at the grocery store was a shining moment. It’s essentially a flatbread, but originated from West, Central and South Asia. Naan is delicious when served as an appetizer cut into small slices and served with bruschetta or fresh herbs. But, for a satisfying meal, I’m making an easy and scrumptious roasted tomato, basil and pesto flatbread.

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