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This easy Southwest Chicken Salad is a great way to use up leftover chicken in a recipe that only takes minutes to throw together. Serve it as a lunch or dinner entree or smaller portions as a side dish.

Southwest Chicken Salad - a hearty dinner salad filled with lots of healthy and delicious ingredients.

I am all about balance when it comes to food. I try to eat healthy. There are some days that I’m great all day, and some days that I totally blow it. Let’s just say that self control and I don’t get along so well when it comes to food.

Lately, it’s been pretty funny, though. My husband will come home from work one day and we’ll be having something super healthy for dinner. And then the next night, I’ll surprise him with something totally not healthy. It’s been going back and forth like that for a couple of weeks now. Literally every other day.
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Forget the bagels and the cereal – you can have a hot breakfast even when mornings are crazy when you are camping with these make-ahead breakfast burritos!

Breakfast Burritos - Campfire Style

I’m pretty blessed.

I live in a beautiful state. I’m surrounded by the beauty of the mountains. And as much as I complain about the winters, I’m smitten by the summers and the falls and the springs. And ok – I do dislike the cold, but it’s pretty darn gorgeous here in the winter as well. (Maybe if I were a skier I’d see the winters differently…)

I didn’t grow up in Utah, or the mountains for that matter, but I did grow up just south of some beautiful mountains. And vacation for us growing up was a lot of camping. And I loved it! We had a pop up tent trailer for a lot of my childhood, but I have many fond memories of sleeping in tents as well.

And I still love camping today. It’s just a bonus that I can drive 15 minutes and I’m in a beautiful canyon, surrounded by mountains and trees and streams. I wish that we went camping more often than we do – especially since it’s so close!
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This Carl’s Jr. copycat grilled chicken sandwich has a teriyaki sauce marinated chicken breast that is served on a whole wheat bun, topped with cheese, a whole green chile, lettuce and an easy Santa Fe sauce.

Santa Fe Grilled Chicken Sandwich Recipe

I wish I could say that we never ate fast food. It’s not that I’m against fast food, it’s just that I’m all for inspiring people to get into the kitchen and to show them that it doesn’t take a long time and it’s not difficult to cook at home. One of my purposes of this blog is to show you all that making dinner is so much better than going through the drive through.

But alas, I’m only human.

We don’t eat out a lot, but occasionally, I will admit that I take the easy way out. 9 times out of 10, I end up regretting it because it’s expensive, it makes you feel not so great, and really, most fast food just isn’t worth it.
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S’mores without the campfire! These Peanut Butter S’mores have a graham cracker crust, lots of marshmallow, rich chocolate and a peanut butter drizzle – all served in a jar.

Peanut Butter S'mores in a Jar

Who is starting school this week, or has already started?

I’m a newbie to this whole school thing. Well, this being a mom to someone in school thing. My oldest is going into Kindergarten this year, and I feel like I totally don’t know what to expect. I think I’m more nervous for everything than my daughter is.

I’m one of those people that gets so caught up in everything that is going on in life that sometimes I miss the details. I totally knew that school started this week. So I was prepared. And then I found out on Friday that while school does start this week, the kindergarten classes don’t start for another week.

Yeah – I’m that mom that would have totally sent her daughter on the school bus a week before she was actually supposed to be there.
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French bread is topped with cooked sausage, portobello mushrooms and cheese in this easy French bread pizza recipe.

French Bread Pizza with Sausage and Portobello Mushrooms

Originally posted August 7, 2007 – Over the years, French bread pizza has become a favorite for us. This recipe is one of the earliest versions that I made, and I still love it today. We’ve changed the recipe just a bit over the years (the recipe below reflects my changes). This is a super easy weeknight recipe, or a great way to change up pizza night. The filling is hearty and filling and even though it is only a few ingredients, the flavor is awesome. Definitely one of our favorites!

I have been a bit absent from my own blog the last week. I spent the weekend in New Mexico for a family reunion, and the few days before that getting things ready for the trip. When I got back on Sunday night, we were too tired to do anything, and after we unpacked the truck, we spent the evening lounging around. When I checked my reader on Monday morning, I was not very surprised to see that I had over 200 updates that I needed to read. Overwhelming!! Thank goodness my work is slow right now and I need something to pass the time while I am there – I made it through over 100 of them yesterday and have been trying to tackle the rest today.
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A big welcome to today’s Blogger Spotlight – Kelly from Nosh and Nourish. Kelly is all about adding healthful and nutritious ingredients to your everyday cooking, and has a cookbook coming out next Spring called Superfoods at Every Meal. I’m so excited for her!! I’m so excited to be introducing you all to her today!

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Kelly from Nosh and NourishFor the first 30 years of her life, Kelly didn’t enjoy, er… hated cooking. She often found herself in the kitchen mid-cooking soon realizing she was missing an important ingredient — like making Honey Dijon Chicken and discovering she didn’t have any mustard! The shift came when she realized she much preferred looking into the pantry, seeing what was on hand, and creating something from scratch rather than trying to follow someone else’s recipe. And in doing so, she discovered she was quite talented at creating delicious, unique, and nourishing recipes, and that she actually enjoyed it! Her goal is to make healthy eating seem doable in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. When not creating new recipes or taking pictures of them, she can be found exploring the mountains, harvesting beet greens from her garden, hiking, or fly-fishing. She and her husband live with their toddler and two beagles in a small mountain town outside of Denver, Colorado.

What inspired you to first start writing your blog?
After my daughter was born, I realized that I needed to show her how to live a happy, healthy life. I wanted her to grow to love her body and KNOW 100% that she is strong, beautiful and loved. I changed the way I ate and cooked and gave her the best start I could. My blog was a way to reflect my newly found passion for whole, nourishing foods/cooking and a way to help others realize it doesn’t have to be hard, extravagant or time-consuming. I also discovered a passion for photography, which I think helps my blog and recipes stand out.

Nosh and Nourish - Blueberry Crumble MuffinsBlueberry Crumble Muffins

What is your favorite kind of food to make?
Evidently breakfast foods, because I have soooo many on my blog! From quiche to pancakes to smoothies to muffins, I’ve got you covered!! Speaking of muffins, there’s Banana Nut ones, Pumpkin ones, Gluten-free Spice ones, Brownie Batter Zucchini ones, Greek Yogurt Strawberry ones, and these Bluberry Crumble ones.
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