main dishes

Blackened Shrimp Bowl

Blackened Shrimp Bowl with Mango Salsa

I absolutely love seafood! In fact, having more fresh seafood was one of the things I was really looking forward to with moving down to Florida. One of our favorite local…

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Easy Crock-Pot BBQ Ribs

A summer is never complete without a few cookouts and of course some great BBQ ribs! As I’ve said before, we aren’t able to have a grill at the place…

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POPcorn Chicken Bites

There are a lot of foods that you think you have to give up or limit yourself when you’re trying to get in shape (or just all around be healthy).…

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Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Burger - Cooking Up Happiness

Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Burger

If you haven’t noticed, lately I haven’t posted many new recipes, and that’s for one reason and one reason only… I’m working on a new cookbook! The great thing about…

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Coffee Rubbed NY Strip Steak

Coffee Rubbed NY Strip Steak

I know for a very long time I was super intimated by cooking certain things… any kind of steak was definitely at the top of the list! But once you…

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Buffalo Chicken Tacos

One of my favorite “cheat foods” are any kinds of boneless wings… especially buffalo chicken wings. Finding healthier ways to enjoy your “cheat foods” really can help you stay on…

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Asiago Stuffed Chicken Roll-Ups

What sounds better than a nice juicy chicken breast stuffed with asiago cheese and mozzarella?? Might I add also smothered in a rich homemade red sauce packed with flavors of…

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croque monsieur

Croque Monsieur

If anyone has seen the movie “It’s Complicated” then you know this dish was the one Meryl Streep made for Steve Martin and OMG didn’t that look good! I love…

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Emily Ness

Sharing a passion for food and fitness to live a healthy lifestyle - with the occasional hint of chocolate.

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