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The Healthier Pumpkin Spice Frappe

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The Healthier Pumpkin Spice Frappe – Enjoy your favorite seasonal drink without the guilt with this delicious Pumpkin Spice Frappe recipe.

Do you just have those days where you want to eat or drink something sweet and decadent forgetting all your hard work to eat healthy? I know I do! As soon as fall starts, all you hear about are drinks with pumpkin in it. You know the ones, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos, Pumpkin Spice ice cream, donuts and so many other choices. No matter how tasty they are, the calories you get with every sip are not necessarily the ones you want.… Read more

Roasted Squash and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Roasted Squash and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich – Taking advantage of my favorite fall foods to make a sweet and savory grilled cheese sandwich.

This is my favorite time of year. I love the slight chill in the air, being able to wear sweaters and boots (I mean, fall fashion is just the best!) and of course, the food! Apples, squash, soup, all so good. When I was young, my Mom would take me to the local apple orchard and we would pick apples, shop the farmer’s market and enjoy hot cider.

When it comes to the apples themselves, everyone has an opinion.… Read more

Tropical Kefir Chia Pudding with Mango and Coconut

Tropical Kefir Chia Pudding with Mango and Coconut

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A Recipe for Lifeway Kefir Chia Pudding

We are halfway into the year. We made that resolution to eat healthier this year. But how exactly do we do it? If you give everything up you love, your odds of staying on track may be challenging. My feeling is to go one step at a time with eliminating and altering your food choices. While I don’t have a solution to every question on this issue, I am looking for foods and recipes that focus on a healthier way of eating. Which is why I am sharing a new find but one that has been around Eastern Europe for a very long time.… Read more

Chile Lime Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Mango and Jicama

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In our home, eating Mexican food is a regular thing. We have cravings for it, really. Having just gone on a vacation to the Villa Del Palmar in Loreto, Mexico, in the Baja peninsula where eating dishes with traditional ingredients from breakfast through dinner was highly anticipated, I was already trying to figure out how to replicate the recipes at home. They were that good! So when dinner time comes along on say, a Tuesday night, I will be prepared with a quick and easy meal to make. Chile Lime Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Mango and Jicama

By far one of my most memorable meals was lunch where we had grilled shrimp tacos.… Read more

Gingerbread with Crystallized Ginger

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There are so many things about the holiday season that I just love. The decorations, the parties, and of course, the food! From soups to stews to braised meats to spiced sauces and breads to desserts, creating recipes that use rich and aromatic ingredients not only tastes amazing but will make your home smell warm and welcoming. Gingerbread is one of those treats that just feel right to eat during this time of year. 


Gingerbread with Crystallized Ginger

The trick with making gingerbread loaves is to find the right balance of those intense spices like gingercloves and cinnamon.… Read more

The Best Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

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Fall is my favorite time of year. Cool temperatures make for the perfect climate to make soup. Who ever said preparing soup has to be complicated and time consuming hasn’t cooked with me.  First of all, I don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen. Honestly, I wish I did have the time because the opportunity to invent recipes for fun is just my ideal way of relaxing. But, I digress because that is not my world. 

the best roasted butternut squash soup recipe inspiring kitchen

Having gone to the market, the fall vegetables were calling my name. So, I bought a large butternut squash. The ability to use fresh ingredients whenever possible is always a plus.… Read more

Easy Chickpea Salad

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Today’s post is courtesy of Rini Heal of Healing Tomato, a friend I am lucky to have met in the food blogging world. Rini creates vegetarian and vegan dishes that are delicious and innovative whether you are a vegetarian or not! Plus, she offers a range of recipes from side dishes to sandwiches to main courses with the freshest of ingredients. I know you will enjoy Rini’s Easy Chickpea Salad as much as I do. Welcome to Inspiring Kitchen, Rini! 

It is so nice to meet readers of Inspiring Kitchen.  I have known Julie for 2 years now and she has been unbelievably supportive.Read more

Red White Blue Sweet and Spicy Spinach Salad

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I don’t know about you, but I am so happy to have a long weekend to just relax. A little cooking, a lot of sleeping and even some reading sounds like a perfect way to spend the tranquil days.

sweet and spicy spinach salad July 4th

 


Then, once rejuvenated, it’s time to have some fun with family and friends. BBQ, picnics, lots of laughter and music and hanging out on the deck sound just about ideal to me. Monday’s celebration includes that previously mentioned BBQ. For this gathering, I have been charged with making a salad. Doesn’t sound too exciting, but I have lots of ideas. 

sweet and spicy spinach salad July 4th

Since it is the 4th of July, I need to amp it up a bit.… Read more

Sustainable Atlantic Sapphire Salmon

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Did you make a resolution to eat healthy this year? So many of us try to make smart decisions when it comes to food choices but it can get so confusing. We know that salmon is good for us but heard that it is being overfished and thus potentially declining in availability.

Inspiring Kitchen Atlantic Salmon

For that reason alone, I was intrigued to learn about a brand of salmon that is producing a delicious, nutritious and sustainable salmon. We know a number of things about salmon in general. Being low in calories and saturated fats while also containing high levels of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is considered extremely nutritious.… Read more

Contemporary Caprese with Fresh Mozzarella and Watermelon

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This contemporary version of a Caprese salad is made with Stella Fresh Mozzarella, mangos, watermelon, basil and balsamic vinegar and is a perfect appetizer for when guests drop by unexpectedly.

Inspiring Kitchen Caprese Fresh Mozzarella

One of my favorite things to make when entertaining is appetizers. I love the creativity in mixing flavors, colors, sizes and texture to arrive at a unique combination that everyone enjoys. Today, I am sharing a well-loved and traditional recipe using Italian style cheese that I have updated to include fruit. In every Caprese salad, using only the highest quality, fresh mozzarella cheese will have the best outcome. For me, that means using Stella Fresh Mozzarella cheese to create a contemporary version of a Caprese salad only in appetizer form.… Read more