• Tropical and refreshing pina colada parfait
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    Piña Colada Parfait

    This healthy piña colada parfait came about by accident. It was last summer. I was finishing up lunches for the girls when I realized we had overbought pineapple. I was going to have to either use it quickly or throw it out. And I hate throwing out food! I hadn’t eaten lunch yet so I started tossing together pineapple with some odds and ends in my yogurt bowl – a typical summer meal for me. Oh My Lanta! One bite and I was transported to a white sandy beach sipping an icy cold drink. Pure heaven! The cool tangy yogurt pairs beautifully with the sweetness of the banana and semi-tart…

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    Delicious Gluten-Free Overnight Steel-Cut Oats

    Creamy with a hint of cinnamon, these oats are a hearty, healthy way to fuel your day and a quick way to get out the door. Just toss everything in your slow cooker the night before and serve up a steamy hot bowl of oats the next morning.  Enjoy a bowl as-is from the slow cooker or top your bowl with fresh fruit and nuts. I don’t know what it is about a big bowl of oats that makes the world right.  It just warms the soul.  It’s great healthy fuel for your body and, really, versatile enough to please anyone’s taste buds.  We are huge fans of oatmeal in…

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    All-Purpose Protein Seasoning

    Variety is the spice of life, right? So why eat the same chicken, pork chop, etc. every dang day? I know…I get it. Eating the same thing every day may keep you on track with your nutrition and fitness goals.  But you know what?  You will eventually encounter same-dish burnout.  And that leads to reaching for the not so healthy stuff and giving up on your goals. Now, I sure don’t like to eat the same exact thing week after week, day after day.  (Though, I do love me some tacos.) But, I do not have time to be in the kitchen cooking up a completely different flavor profile every…

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    Easy Stovetop Oatmeal: Gluten-Free Banana Cranberry

    With the discovery of overnight oats and slow cooker oatmeal, I feel like stovetop oats have gotten a bad rap.  I fell prey to the bad reputation of classic stovetop oatmeal, too, till I figured out how to cook a proper bowl. Stovetop Oatmeal really doesn’t have to be hard.  In fact, it’s pretty easy.  All you need is a good seasoned or non-stick pot, a trusty spatula or wooden spoon, REAL old-fashioned rolled oats, and your favorite milk.  It’s really that simple. And flavors are only limited to your imagination!  Our family’s favorite is banana and cranberry.  The banana gives it a natural sweetness and the dried cranberries give…

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    Slow Cooker Carnitas

    We love Mexican food in our house.  I am positive we could eat it breakfast, lunch, and dinner (because we have).  And it’s probably one of the biggest things we miss from living in Phoenix.  So, of course, we’ve had to get our fix somehow – and I like Mississippi and all, but I’ve yet to find a praiseworthy taco.  That’s why I started making slow cooker carnitas. One of Mr. O’s taco favs was always carnitas – which just means little bits of pork.  So it was imperative that this delicious shredded pork was one of the first dishes I had to recreate. Every restaurant in Arizona would have their own take…

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