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Chickpea Shawarma Hummus

This morning Omar and I were talking about our end of the year goals and how we desperately want to end 2017 on a really good note.  I won’t say this has been the worst year ever because that would be way too dramatic…and when I see other people dealing with way harder issues than what we’re going through, it makes me feel horrible for being down in the dumps over things that in the grand scheme – aren’t really that life altering.  I’m just a big baby sometimes when things don’t go my way….or better yet….go as I PLANNED it.  Can I just say Continue reading

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Moroccan Chickpea and Quinoa Salad

S-T-R-E-S-S….. A six letter word that makes me do several things.  1.) Emotionally eat.      2.) Over exercise (because I emotionally eat).  3.) WORRY WORRY WORRY.  *BIG sigh*  When I’m stressed I have absolutely no desire to be creative in any aspect of life, especially cooking…I over analyze everything to the point of making myself nuts.  I finally reached my break of insanity yesterday mainly because I’m sick and tired of eating the same things over and over and over.  So, I made myself get in the kitchen yesterday and I’ve created a new salad recipe that is super healthy, full flavorful (because who wants to eat something with NO flavor?), and it actually keeps you full for a long time!  Continue reading

Faux-Fried-Potato-Salad

I’ve said it many times before… “I’ve never met a potato that I didn’t like!”  I actually make this dish two to three times a week.  Especially when I’m not in a very ‘creative’ mood…it’s quick, easy, and both my husband and daughter LOVE it.  Sometimes we have it for dinner… sometimes I make it for a quick and easy lunch that keeps me full the whole afternoon.  I love a traditional southern potato salad smothered in creamy mayo, but let’s be honest… it’s just not the best thing to eat if you’re watching the scale and trying to maintain that bikini body all year long.  SO…. for me, this is the next best thing!  Continue reading

Southwestern Quinoa Salad

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It’s like a thousand degrees here in Miami right now which means heavy, fattening meals that take forever to cook are not going to happen in this household right now.  I NEED quick, easy, and super light…because let’s face it – it’s always summertime here AND vacation is right around the corner.  SO!  If you’re in need for a quick and easy summertime salad – I’ve got you covered!  Continue reading