Parmesan-Caper Potato Bites

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The Holiday season is quickly approaching and we'll all be searching for the perfect appetizers and holiday dishes to make. I love potatoes and think they are just he perfect addition to any meal- roasted whole or cut with rosemary and garlic, but my new favorite are these adorable potato bites. Yes, I just called these adorable. I found this recipe in a Cooking Light magazine, but didn't add the small amount of lemon juice that was in the original recipe therefore had to change the name (they called them Lemon-Caper Parmesan Salad Bites). I don't think the lemon would've added much … [Read more...]


Asian Noodle Salad With Peanut Dressing

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The fun thing about being in charge of the food around here is that I get to cook whatever I feel like eating! Pasta with veggies tossed in a peanut dressing. That's what I wanted. As I mentioned before, we had company over a couple weeks ago (our good friends from Texas) and when hosting any guests, I do my meal planning before they arrive so that I am not grocery shopping or trying to figure out what we should eat last minute. This is especially important when there are lots of little ones in the house- 8 kids to be exact, ages 7 and under (4 for each of us). Heather is one of my … [Read more...]


Kitchen Memories: Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole

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Food is a wonderful way to express love. Whether it's having company over or cooking for loved ones, it's meaningful to serve something homemade. It's even more meaningful when you get to cook with the ones you love, like family. This breakfast casserole reminds me of family. There are multiple occasions where I remember my mother-in-law or one of my sisters-in-law standing around the kitchen preparing this for the next day's breakfast. In fact every other year we vacation together in Hawaii and this is the summer we will go again. Words can't express my excitement to get back … [Read more...]


Make-Ahead Salad Bowls

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Hi friends. Just popping in for a quick visit to share this fabulous salad inspired by Starbucks. That's right, you heard me....a salad inspired by Starbucks! I was in there this week with about 25 minutes to spare before picking up my daughter from preschool. I had our sitter watching the other kids so I thought why not actually go into a Starbucks (rather than use the drive-thru), sit down and enjoy some time to myself. Now I am pretty frugal when it comes to buying lunch out. I have a hard time justifying spending money on food that I usually have at home, but I was curious...and … [Read more...]


Cheesy Brown Rice Gratin with Zucchini and Eggplant

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I wouldn't say rice is my favorite grain; I do love it with Asian food but it doesn't make a very regular appearance in my weekly menus. A couple years ago my kids tried the traditional cheesy broccoli rice casserole during the Holidays and loved it. When I saw this dish, Cheesy Brown Rice Gratin with Zucchini and Eggplant, in Cooking Light I thought it looked like a tasty, healthier variation. It calls for brown rice instead of white, no processed cheese sauce, just a little good quality parmesan cheese for flavor and 2 pounds of eggplant and zucchini. When I first saw the bread … [Read more...]


Pesto Chicken Salad

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Chicken salad is so personal- everyone makes their own favorite version. I have never loved a heavy-mayo based chicken salad until I had one at a wedding shower a long, long ago- it was made with fresh tarragon, celery and some other basic ingredients. Even though I have come around to mayo-based chicken salads (although I am still super picky about which ones I'll eat) I have been obsessed with this version lately, pesto chicken salad. It's such a nice change from your typical chicken salad and if you are using homemade pesto, it's even better. The great part about chicken salad recipes is … [Read more...]


Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs {Slow Cooker Recipe}

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I have become a little obsessed with the slow cooker lately. It's just so convenient to start dinner in the morning but have it ready to go when the kids get hungry at approximately 5:30pm. My dad found this Emeril recipe a couple years ago for Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs. We made it when I lived in Hawaii and I tried it one other time after that. I really loved how the onions and garlic cook down and take on a whole new flavor. The recipe calls for sauteing everything and then baking it for about 30 minutes. I decided this time I'd transform it into a slow cooker meal. I changed a … [Read more...]


Crostini with Whipped Feta and Tomatoes

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This is hands down one of my favorite appetizers ever. I made it for the first time a while back when my mom was in town and we ate it several nights for dinner. Wine and crostini. What more do you need? By the way, have you ever wondered the difference between crostini and bruschetta? I had to look it up but it's really just a difference of the bread used. Bruschetta, form the Italian word "bruscare" is to roast over coals and is made from Italian or sourdough bread. Crostini are toasted from a finer-textured bread like a baguette. They are both topped with a variety of delicious toppings … [Read more...]


Broccoli Apple Salad

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  Broccoli apple salad. This is a recipe my mother-in-law often makes so she shared her version with me. I was in the mood for a different way to eat my broccoli- normally it's just raw with dip, steamed or roasted then topped with lemon, but this is a nice cold salad that keeps for several days so it's perfect for lunches or snack. When we were in Hawaii this past summer for our family reunion we served it for brunch with an egg casserole and fruit salad. It's a very versatile dish. Broccoli frequently earns a spot in the "top superfoods" list- it's low in calories, high in … [Read more...]


Blog Update and Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas

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I am so excited for this week because I am having a little remodeling done to Nutritious Eats. It won't be anything drastic; just a little updated and more user friendly, both for you and me. Due to the edits the site will be down Tuesday and Wednesday so don't worry if you come by for a visit and it doesn't load. Make sure to check back sometime Wednesday or possibly even Thursday when it will be back up and running. Now let's talk about food! Remember when I posted this recipe for easy chicken enchiladas and I said I was going to try out a veggie version? Well I did and I just loved them! … [Read more...]