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vegetarian shepherd’s pie

One of our 2016 goals is to incorporate more meatless Monday’s into our weeknight dinners. We’re big on chicken and fish in our house but my oldest son loves his veggies, so why not use that to my advantage?! Here’s a vegetarian take on Shepherd’s Pie that won’t leave you missing the meat! Hearty mushrooms and lentils are filling, while garlicky mashed potatoes give the feel of traditional Shepherd’s Pie with bold, layer flavors. Here’s my meatless Monday Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie.

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It may not look like much, but there’s a ton of flavor packed in this one little dish!

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asparagus ricotta tart with fried tomato skins

As summer comes to an end I’m vowing not to mourn the loss of another season gone too quickly but rather embrace the change of pace of autumn dishes. That being said, here’s a recipe with one last nod to bikini weather. While asparagus’ season is short lived (lasting only a month or so in March to April), it’s bright green stalks and leafy tips always remind me of summer. Crisp tomato skins give the feeling of bacon while still remaining figure friendly. Here’s my end of summer Asparagus Ricotta Tart with Fried Tomato Skins.

A figure friendly toast to the end

A figure friendly toast to the end

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the only brussels sprouts recipe you’ll ever need

I know, I say brussels sprouts and you think of 70’s TV dinners and your mom forcing the hated green on your plate. Stop! Rewind and let me share the only brussels sprout recipe you’ll ever need again to bring this veggie into the 21st century! This is Caesared Brussels Sprouts.

Hello Mr. Green!

Hello Mr. Green!

Simple Caesar dressing that can dress just about anything!

Simple Caesar dressing that can dress just about anything!

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Don’t Forget to Poach Your Protein! (Meatless Monday Vegetable Hash)

"Cooking Light" Meatless Monday Inspiration

“Cooking Light” Meatless Monday Inspiration

So another Monday was upon us and while I love my meatless meals, post-baby I’m trying to make sure I add protein as often as possible. A 6-week old may not walk or talk, but you sure still need a lot of energy to balance out those sleepless nights! On average, men need 56 grams while women need 46 grams of protein daily and eggs can be a great, meatless source. At 6 grams per egg, adding two to a dinner is an easy addition to boost the intake.

If you have the hook-up, may I suggest local eggs, like the ones I get from the chickens that my mom added to the family last year. Dave, Cody, Pancakes, and the rest of the lot provide the freshest, most vibrant, and nutritious eggs around. No chicken coups in your family? It’s a great time of year to spend a Saturday perusing your local farmer’s market, just make sure to give the eggs a good wash before you crack them! Anyway, back to cooking…

I saw this recipe in one of my favorite magazine subscriptions, Cooking Light. It was super easy and even had the meat-lover in my house singing his wife’s praises! As an added boost, next time I might throw in a can of beans, red or cannellini, just to add a non-meat, non-dairy source of more protein. Here’s the recipe for Vegetable Hash with Poached Eggs.

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