Striped Bass Ciopinno

Striped bass is a staple in our house due to the fact that my husband is a full fledged, full-time fisherman.  Most striped bass recipes involve baking this white flakey fish with bread crumbs, butter and lemon juice is great, but that simple method gets boring pretty fast.  

My Striped Bass Ciopinno dish is positively one of my favorite recipes in my arsenal.  I've had it so many times out to dinner that I just needed to come up with my own recipe!  Any time I'm out to dinner somewhere and this is on the menu, I'll definitely order it.

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Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

Juicy shredded chicken is mixed with rice, shredded cheddar and broccoli florets to create a wonderfully comforting and yummy meal.

This is one of those recipes you make when you're craving something comforting, or you're in need of an easy low-maintenance meal for a busy weeknight.

It's incredibly flavorful, cheap to make and so hard not to take a bite out of when it comes out of the oven.  This recipe has been updated from my original to be creamier, cheesier and downright delicious!

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Creamy Red Lentil Soup

Here in New England, October means freezing your tootsies off in the morning, sweating all your makeup off during the day then freezing your tootsies off again at night.  Clearly it doesn't make any sense, but that's New England for you.  

This morning, I was FREEZING.  Like, couldn't get out of bed so I dragged the cat under the down comforter with me and vowed to never leave our warm cocoon.  Until said cat freaked out and we were both out of bed faster than I've ever wanted to be at that time of the morning.  

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Hearty Tomato & White Bean Stew

Here in New England, yesterday was like winter, with cold ​​​​northeast winds at 50 mph and raining, and today, its a beach day with no winds, blue skies and almost 80 degrees.  

They say in New England that if you don't like the weather, just blink and it will change anyways, and that it did!

As I write about my stew today, I feel very out of place, but if I had written this yesterday it would be a whole lot different!  Who doesn't love a rich, hearty stew on a cold, wet and windy day?!

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5 Quick and Easy Way to Make Your Home Healthier

Recently I was taking a walk through my neighborhood and noticed that almost all the houses had their blinds shut using blackout shades - something that has truly boggled my mind for years.

Why don't people want to let the light in?  It's true that everyone needs a little vitamin D in their healthy diet, so why not our homes as well?

Vitamin D can improve our mood, support the health of our immune system and maintain the health of our bones and skin.

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Eat Well All Week: Chickpea Salad + Meal Prep Tips

A few years ago, I would order out for lunch every day, leading to a terrible looking bank account and a terrible feeling all over my body.  

I quickly realized that something had to change, so I overhauled my whole routine and started devoting time each weekend to preparing for the week ahead.  I taught myself how to cook again, prep grocery lists and make lunches for the whole week in one day.

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Healthy Travel Tips To Help You Stay On Track

Hey travelers, this one is for you!

Over the last few months, I have done a ton of traveling – both for work and play, and it’s not always easy to stay on track when you’re away from the comforts of home and a routine.  Whether you stay in the country or go abroad, there are a few tricks that can help you to stay on track.

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African Peanut Stew

If you love the creamy taste of peanut butter and spiciness of a traditional chili, then this is the stew for you.  I had never thought to combine these flavors before until I kept seeing different variations of this recipe pop up on everyones food blogs.

When I first tried this creamy, spicy and sweet combination, I was blown away.  The flavors work so well together, and you can always put less spice in if you’re not into that.  It is a comforting dish to make this winter, and to make it all the better, it’s vegan!  Not that everyone looks to be a vegan, but once in a while, cutting out all the animal stuff can really benefit the health of your body.

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Navigate the Grocery Store Like a Pro

I’ve had a lot of conversations recently with people who are struggling with the weekly chore of grocery shopping.

Considering you’re walking into a store with thousands of products and so much advertising it could make your head spin, how do you know what the good versus the bad foods are?

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Torn Sourdough Croutons

We need to talk about croutons. They are so incredibly easy to make and store well in a plastic bag for up to three days after making.  I feel as if this needs to be a public service announcement.  

It wasn't until today that after enjoying some Papa Pomodoro Soup with Ryan did I realize that most of the world hasn't thought of making their own croutons!  It's so much healthier to make your own foods from scratch and this is one recipe that is so easy and simple, I just have to share it with you.

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