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Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

With less than a month to go, I’m already thinking about Valentine’s Day. Mostly because it gives me the perfect excuse to make red velvet desserts!

A few months ago, the blogging community was rocked by the sudden and unexpected death of our dear friend, Joan. Today I am so honored to be guest posting on Joan’s incredible and popular dessert blog, Chocolate, Chocolate and More. Though I never got to meet Joan in person, she was always so kind and helpful in our community. Once the word of her passing had gotten around, bloggers all banded together to come up with a plan to keep Joan’s blog alive. You see, for many bloggers, we depend on our blogs to support our families. Joan left behind three beautiful children. Our goal is to continue to post delicious recipes on Joan’s blog so that it may continue to support her family for as long as possible!

Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Garlic and Basil Tomato Sauce

This post is sponsored by STAR Fine Foods

Garlic and Basil Tomato Sauce

While I love making homemade tomato sauce that just simmers away for hours on end, let’s be real, there is not always enough time for that! Sometimes I decide what’s for dinner at the last minute and it’s always nice to have a quick and easy sauce recipe on hand. This Garlic and Basil Tomato Sauce is ready in just about 20 minutes and can be served with any pasta!

Garlic and Basil Tomato Sauce

For this sauce, I also added in some of my favorite olives, the Garlic and Basil Marinated Olives from STAR Fine Foods. The olives are so flavorful and work perfectly in this sauce for extra flavor and texture!

And speaking of olives, my friends at STAR are running their How Do you O-live Sweepstakes where you all have the chance to win up to $5000 and other great prizes! STAR wants to know how you enjoy olives whether it’s just for snacking, appetizers, or dinners so click the graphic below to enter the contest!

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Ok, so back to this sauce really quick. While the olives themselves have lots of great basil and garlic flavors, I also added fresh basil and garlic to the sauce. This is a simple and versatile sauce that you can throw together for any dinner!

Easy Minestrone Soup

Easy Minestrone Soup

I have been absolutely LOVING the weather we’ve been having for the last month. It’s been in the low-to-mid 60’s, some days a tad chillier. I am soaking up every bit of this cooler weather because within the next two months, it’s going to climb and climb!

Easy Minestrone Soup

Between the weather and the fact that all three of us have been sick since Christmas, I’ve been making a LOT of soup around here. A Lot. While I’ve mostly been making chicken noodle soup, I’ve had to change it up a bit with some of my tortilla soup, and this easy peasy minestrone soup!

This soup is so incredibly simple to make. I love the heartiness of the beans in a minestrone soup. I used cannellini because that’s what I had in my pantry, but kidney or navy beans also work well. You can also add in pasta if desired, but I left it out of mine as I have been trying to watch my carbs. This minestrone soup is easy and comforting and perfect to enjoy on a cool night!

Easy Minestrone Soup

40 Healthy Recipes to Make in the New Year

Do you guys like to make new year resolutions? I’m not really a resolution person, but the new year always makes me want to eat healthier due to all the holiday indulges. I’ve rounded 40 perfect recipes to help you start 2016 off right! I’ve got you covered for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, desserts, and drinks! There are lots of options depending on your diet preferences whether your low-fat, low-carb, or trying to eat more vegetarian dishes! Honestly though, many of the recipes on this blog have a healthier twist so even more ideas, check out my recipe index!

Breakfast:
Breakfast Collage

Lunch/Dinner:
New Years Dinner

Honey Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Honey Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Happy New Year, my friends! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your loved ones. We went to Florida this year and while we had a great time, we all came back sick for the second time since Thanksgiving!

If you’re anything like me, once January begins every year, I am always thinking about how I need to detox for a few weeks from all the heavy and sugary treats I enjoyed over the holidays. For me, this includes lots of protein and veggies and less carbs. Lettuce Wraps always fit this bill!

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I am madly in love with lettuce wraps. I’ve made Southwestern Chicken, Thai Peanut, Copycat P.F. Chang’s, and Chicken Salad versions and am always thinking of new recipes. They make a great dinner, but are also perfect to make ahead for lunches during the week!

Today, I’ve made Honey Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Wraps and I’m in love! The filling includes lean ground chicken, red bell pepper, and black beans. The sauce is also nice and light. The balance of the heat from the chipotle pepper and the sweetness from the honey is just perfection. These lettuce wraps are the best way to kick off the new year!

Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie

This post is sponsored by Food Should Taste Good

Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie 3

I’ve got onnnnnne more holiday recipe for you guys today. When you have so many parties to attend and are hosting a lot of guests throughout the holiday season, it’s always good to have at least a few good easy, go-to appetizer and snack recipes on hand.

Today we’ve got gooey and warm melted brie topped with a quick and easy cranberry sauce and toasted pecans. It’s so simple and yet so amazingly perfect. Brie is probably one of my greatest weaknesses in life. I cannot stay out of it. I’ll eat the whole wheel myself!

Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie

I served this delicious appetizer with my favorite chips, Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Tortilla Chips. I really love the Multigrain Tortilla Chips for any appetizer, really. They have a nice nutty flavor. Plus, they are packed with goodness like flax seeds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds. And like all of the Food Should Taste Good Chips, they are non-GMO, gluten-free, and have no cholesterol! I adore sweet toppings like this cranberry sauce with brie. They just pair so well together! This appetizer is perfect for any gathering, is so easy to prepare, and your guests will surely love it!

Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie