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Lamb Ragu Dinner Recipe

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Lamb Ragu Dinner Recipe

For tonight's dinner I wanted to make something simple, comforting, and totally delicious... and something a little out of the ordinary.  I pulled out a recipe that I had forgotten about from *Giada de Laurentiis, Lamb Ragu with Mint, and slightly tweaked the quantities.  OH MY GOODNESS, I am SO loving this lamb ragu I had to share the recipe with you!  This dish is super deeelish and it's actually quite elegant as well.  With few simple ingredients and lots of love you'll wow your dinner guests, for sure!  Giada suggests serving this hearty lamb ragu over rice or with some...

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Dairy Free Eggnog! SO Delicious!

Dairy Free Eggnog!  SO Delicious!

Every Christmas season I make my Grandma's famous eggnog recipe.  I don't even really like eggnog, and certainly not the store bought kind, but my Grandma's recipe is SO delicious it's a treat I look forward to each year!  This past year, however, I've gone...gulp...dairy free!  So, when my 7 year old daughter asked me to make eggnog a few days ago, I pulled out Grandma's recipe and tweaked it to be dairy free.  I made the simple swap of cream and milk to unsweetened vanilla flax milk.  The flax milk offers a slightly nutty flavor that goes well with...

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Fabulous Fall Figs!

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Fabulous Fall Figs!

Right now I’m in New Jersey visiting my parents.  This morning I was able to walk to the backyard and pluck an enormous, organic, deep purple fig right from the tree! (see pix below!) While I nibbled on the freshly sliced fig, I started thinking about the health benefits of figs, and why we don’t often hear so much about this ancient fruit? We often see figs in fall accompanying meals, cheese plates, baked goods, and spreads.  But, the fig is its own sort of super fruit!  Enjoyed fresh, or dried, figs do have numerous health benefits. Figs are loaded with...

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Planks+ Knees = Oblique Work!

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Planks+ Knees = Oblique Work!

My trainer, Jojo, is the best!  He is always figuring out different exercises that require TONS of muscles so you really get the most bank for your buck, per movement.  In the video below, Jojo gives the average plank, a major make over! First, I have weight attached to my ankles which adds brings new challenge, but also helps access bringing the knee closer to the upper arm/elbow.  If you are someone who can't quite bring your knee to your upper arm/elbow area this exercise actually assists that movement.  This is because the weight on the ankle wants to get...

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Healthy, Delicious, Easy Side Dish

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Healthy, Delicious, Easy Side Dish

I do love to cook and, really, my enjoyment comes from cooking healthy things that people really enjoy!  Ah, it must be the Italian mixed with the yogi in me... I love to nourish people with food that tastes amazing and is doing the body some major good!  I'm going to share with you one of my absolute favorite side dishes that, seriously, everybody LOVES!!  To quote my husband, "I don't even like cauliflower, but this is unbelievable!"  There ya go.   The healthy, delicious, easy side dish I love to make because it makes everybody happy is... Roasted Cauliflower....

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