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Falafel Buddha Bowl

Another weekend came and went, and Monday is back! After the last couple of amazing weeks (I plan to catch up on the fun festivities soon), I was in need of a serious reset. It was so nice to have this past week to catch up on life — legit, life. I felt behind onRead more

Easy Summer Cheese Board

Cheese boards on a Monday in case you want to pretend like the weekend didn’t end! Actually, do we even need the weekend as an excuse? I could do a cheese board most days and nights without needing any excuse at all.

Salmon Panzanella Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Let’s see what happens when you combine two of my favorite summery things… I’ll tell you what happens, THIS! This magical salmon panzanella salad.

Orzo Salad with Cucumber, Red Onion,Tomato & Feta

 I’m off to my next adventure!  Back in the air I go, next stop – Austin, Texas y’all.
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Appetizers

Easy Summer Cheese Board

Cheese boards on a Monday in case you want to pretend like the weekend didn’t end! Actually, do we even need the weekend as an excuse? I could do a cheese board most days and nights without needing any excuse at all.

Prosciutto and Melon Skewers with Balsamic Glaze

Can you believe Memorial Day Weekend is NEXT weekend? I sure as hell can’t. 

Loaded BBQ Pulled Pork Fries

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Curly’s BBQ. Throughout 2017, I’ll be sharing delicious recipes featuring their products. As always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own. French fries: the way to win any spud-loving person over! And if you’re not a potato lover, then we need to have a serious heart-to-heart.

Cheesy Chicken Black Bean Dip

Let the games begin! And by games, I’m talking about the main event. The show stopper. The stuff everyone will be talking about for days and days.
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Breakfast

Savory Breakfast Oatmeal

Gooooood morning! I’m thinking it’s maybe one of those Monday’s we need an extra cup of coffee and a really good breakfast to get us out of bed?

Baked Chocolate Donuts with Pistachios

Sharing a donut recipe on a Monday is basically like saying “the diet starts tomorrow,” right? Oh well.

Oat Berry Acai Smoothie

And somehow we’ve made it to the last week of April already. If you’re scratching your head about how quickly time flies by, then you’re in luck! I am too. 

Overnight Lemon Blueberry French Toast

Easter is almost here! Which means we’re serving up brunch recipes on the blog this week.
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Cookies

Hot Chocolate Cookies

Merry, merry, merry Christmas! I saved my most favorite cookies for last. 

Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies

More cookies! ::Covers eyes and hides…:: Don’t look at me. 

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

I told you I wasn’t done. Not even close. So you better be ready for Christmas cookies round two! 

Dark Chocolate Gingerbread Thumbprints

Hi, my name is Michelle, and I am in currently in crazy cookie mode. ::whispers:: it’s a problem. I have so many recipes I want to share! 
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Desserts

S’mores Skillet Cookie

Let’s make our dessert dreams come true this Memorial Day Weekend! Um and every other weekend this summer for that matter.

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

I told you I wasn’t done. Not even close. So you better be ready for Christmas cookies round two! 

Pecan & Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Glaze

I’m having an Oprah moment with this recipe. This bread! I love it.
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Dinner

Falafel Buddha Bowl

Another weekend came and went, and Monday is back! After the last couple of amazing weeks (I plan to catch up on the fun festivities soon), I was in need of a serious reset. It was so nice to have this past week to catch up on life — legit, life. I felt behind onRead more

Ahi Tuna Poke with Mango and Pineapple

Maybe it’s because we’re planning our honeymoon to Hawaii. Maybe it’s the fact that summer is HERE and it makes me want all the fresh seafood and produce I can get my hands on.

Summer BBQ Bowls

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Curly’s BBQ. Throughout 2017, I’ll be sharing delicious recipes featuring their products. As always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own. Since summer is right around the corner, I figured it would be the perfect time to share these delicious BBQ bowls! This my friends, is what I think ofRead more

Farro Bowl with Crispy Chickpeas & Shrimp

Yesterday started off like a very cliché Monday. I was extremely tired after a wonderful weekend spent with friends back in the midwest. I had a 7 am dentist appointment. It was rainy. I hadn’t had any coffee yet, and as I went to publish this post, I lost internet connection and consequently lost theRead more
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Drinks

Oat Berry Acai Smoothie

And somehow we’ve made it to the last week of April already. If you’re scratching your head about how quickly time flies by, then you’re in luck! I am too. 

Jalapeño Grapefruit Margarita

I’ve been dreaming up this margarita for so long. We’re talking months! At least since the holiday season. I’ve been holding out on you for a while. 

My Go-To Green Smoothie

Hey, hey, it’s March! Bring on all the spring things.

Lavender Grapefruit Moscow Mule

Cheers to 2016! A year…
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Holidays

Hot Chocolate Cookies

Merry, merry, merry Christmas! I saved my most favorite cookies for last. 

Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies

More cookies! ::Covers eyes and hides…:: Don’t look at me. 

Pomegranate and Pistachio Goat Cheese Ball

Christmas cheese goals! This cheeseball right here, it’s what those goals are made of. 

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

I told you I wasn’t done. Not even close. So you better be ready for Christmas cookies round two! 
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Lunches

Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Wrap

Somehow I’ve managed to catch a horrible cold at the end of May. And being a bit under the weather leaves me little to no energy for small talk. So for the sake of us all (especially you), I’m keeping this one short(ish).

Greek Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Cucumber Dill Yogurt Dressing

Starting fresh this Monday! Even though I stayed up past my bedtime to watch the Grammy’s last night, I’m starting fresh and pretending I’m not a little sleepy this morning.

Easy Winter Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette

A super simple, satisfying, citrusy salad for this January Monday!

Lentil Bowl with Roasted Carrots, Pomegranate, and Pistachios

And boom, it’s 2017. Out with the cookies and booze, in with all the healthy stuff.
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Pasta

BLT Pasta Salad

[This post is sponsored by Southern Breeze Sweet Tea. All thoughts, opinions, and photographs are my own. Thanks to the brands who continue to support The Secret Ingredient Is.] Summer means it’s time to take our BLTs to the next level! Next level = we turn it into a pasta salad, toss it with aRead more

Pappardelle with Lemon and Asparagus

This is one of my all-time favorite spring pasta recipes! And of course, I got it from my momma.

Asparagus, Broccoli, & Pea Pasta with Lemon Vinaigrette

Now that spring is here, let’s freshen things up! Fresh blooms, fresh wardrobe, fresh tunes, fresh produce.

Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Garlic Shrimp

I know what you’re thinking… Pesto? Zucchini noodles? Cherry Tomatoes? Is it August or March? 
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Pizza

Spring Pizza with Sun-Dried Tomato, Prosciutto, Asparagus & Pea Pesto

Pizza Thursday! This ‘za gives us all the spring feels. 

Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Pizza

When I’m not eating all the cookies or drinking cocktails, I need real food. Pizza, obviously, is considered real food the week of Christmas.

Fig, Bacon, Arugula & Ricotta Pizza

Today seems like a good day for pizza!

Naan Breakfast Pizza

My heart skips a few beats on this one. But anytime I throw an egg on top of my food, my heart is going to go a little crazy.
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Poultry

Coconut Lemon Chicken

Hi friends! Whatcha eating for dinner this week? Let’s add this coconut lemon chicken to the menu!

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Guys, there was a moment when I forgot caesar salad existed. I know, how is that possible right? Allow me to explain.

Greek Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Cucumber Dill Yogurt Dressing

Starting fresh this Monday! Even though I stayed up past my bedtime to watch the Grammy’s last night, I’m starting fresh and pretending I’m not a little sleepy this morning.

Grilled Asian Chicken Wings with Shishito Peppers

Ready or not, football season is here! I won’t be cliché and talk about how quickly time has flown by (but seriously, hasn’t it?!) – and instead, I’ll celebrate the beauty of all the reasons why football season rocks! 
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Salads

BLT Pasta Salad

[This post is sponsored by Southern Breeze Sweet Tea. All thoughts, opinions, and photographs are my own. Thanks to the brands who continue to support The Secret Ingredient Is.] Summer means it’s time to take our BLTs to the next level! Next level = we turn it into a pasta salad, toss it with aRead more

Salmon Panzanella Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Let’s see what happens when you combine two of my favorite summery things… I’ll tell you what happens, THIS! This magical salmon panzanella salad.

Orzo Salad with Cucumber, Red Onion,Tomato & Feta

 I’m off to my next adventure!  Back in the air I go, next stop – Austin, Texas y’all.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Guys, there was a moment when I forgot caesar salad existed. I know, how is that possible right? Allow me to explain.
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Sandwiches

Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Wrap

Somehow I’ve managed to catch a horrible cold at the end of May. And being a bit under the weather leaves me little to no energy for small talk. So for the sake of us all (especially you), I’m keeping this one short(ish).

Sweet Potato Quinoa Burgers

Hey, hi! How was the weekend? Did everyone have a good one? I hope so! A well-deserved spring weekend for all.

Apple Cheddar Turkey Sandwich with Brussels Sprouts

Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich! Oh how I look forward to you almost as much as the real meal every year.

Pulled Pork Sliders with Brussels Sprouts & Apple Slaw

Helloooo slow cooker season! You are officially here.
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Seafood

Salmon Panzanella Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Let’s see what happens when you combine two of my favorite summery things… I’ll tell you what happens, THIS! This magical salmon panzanella salad.

Ahi Tuna Poke with Mango and Pineapple

Maybe it’s because we’re planning our honeymoon to Hawaii. Maybe it’s the fact that summer is HERE and it makes me want all the fresh seafood and produce I can get my hands on.

Farro Bowl with Crispy Chickpeas & Shrimp

Yesterday started off like a very cliché Monday. I was extremely tired after a wonderful weekend spent with friends back in the midwest. I had a 7 am dentist appointment. It was rainy. I hadn’t had any coffee yet, and as I went to publish this post, I lost internet connection and consequently lost theRead more

Sesame Salmon with Cucumber Noodles & Mango Pineapple Avocado Salsa

Alert, alert! New favorite dinner. I really mean it this time!
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Side Dishes

Crispy Garlic Smashed Potatoes

Sometimes you just want crispy, fluffy, garlicky, parmesan-y potatoes. Anyone else ever get a craving like that?

Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Browned Butter Mashed Potatoes

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching! Very, very quickly approaching. And each day I get more into the holiday spirit! 

Autumn Harvest Bowl

Let’s eat the autumn rainbow! Brussels, pomegranate, squash, pecans – it’s about as cliché as a fall bowl gets – so as long as you’re ok with it, I’m ok with it.

Orzo Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

I may not have the space yet for a big beautiful backyard garden, but I do know how to grow a crazy amount of basil on the porch of my apartment. We’re talking heaps and heaps of basil.
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Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Noodle Bowl

We meet again, Tuesday. We meet again. ^Originally had Monday written, but I had zero energy Sunday evening and yesterday morning to publish this post, so Tuesday it is.

Pulled Pork Sliders with Brussels Sprouts & Apple Slaw

Helloooo slow cooker season! You are officially here.

Slow Cooker Short Rib Tacos

I really wanted to start this post off with a comment about the beautiful weather we all had over the weekend, but then I realized something… I talk about the weather a lot on the blog (and in general).

Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos

It’s all about the Super Bowl this week! And we can’t plan our menu for the big game without talking about a big plate of cheesy nachos. 
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Snacks

Spinach Artichoke Hummus

Hummus may very well be my favorite thing to snack on. Is it my love for chickpeas? The tahini? The crazy variety of flavors one can come up with?

Overnight Blood Orange Chia Pudding

What was your favorite snack growing up? Were you an after-school Little Debbie’s kid? Cereal? A stack or Oreos or Rainbow Chips Deluxe Cookies?

Breakfast Toast (3 Ways!)

Let’s talk toast! Because why choose one when you can have it three different ways!

Roasted Red Pepper White Bean Hummus

What should we eat when it’s 86 degrees out but it’s almost the end of October? Seriously, looking for pointers on this one. 
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Soups

Quinoa Chili with Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread

I’m strongly considering this to be one of the best comfort meals I’ve made in a long time. Well, at least since the last comfort meal I made.

Roasted Butternut Squash Apple Ginger Soup

Raise your hand if you’ve got Thanksgiving food on the brain already! It’s ok, I do too. One day of rotting my teeth with candy was enough – I’m ready for pecan pies, mashed potatoes, leftover turkey and everything else you put on the table.

Roasted Corn and Potato Soup

Hey, hi! It’s already Monday?!

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

Soup! It’s what’s for dinner. And lunch. Today, and every other day this week. Because let’s face it, it’s probably a bit chilly wherever you’re at, and there really isn’t any better way to warm your bones than a big bowl of a very classic french onion soup.
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Summer

BLT Pasta Salad

[This post is sponsored by Southern Breeze Sweet Tea. All thoughts, opinions, and photographs are my own. Thanks to the brands who continue to support The Secret Ingredient Is.] Summer means it’s time to take our BLTs to the next level! Next level = we turn it into a pasta salad, toss it with aRead more

Summer BBQ Bowls

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Curly’s BBQ. Throughout 2017, I’ll be sharing delicious recipes featuring their products. As always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own. Since summer is right around the corner, I figured it would be the perfect time to share these delicious BBQ bowls! This my friends, is what I think ofRead more

Poached Egg, Heirloom Tomato, and Burrata Toast with Basil Vinaigrette

I’m not letting go of summer until I officially have to say goodbye. Which means, beautiful heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil from now until… well, technically next week! But really, it ain’t over until I say it’s over.

Pesto Bucatini with Roasted Tomatoes and Zucchini

I’m in desperate need of a foot massage, a million cups of tea with honey, and lots of coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
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Tacos

Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

Sunny weather, refreshing margaritas, and a plate of tacos! How else should we spend the weekend?

Cheesy Chicken Black Bean Dip

Let the games begin! And by games, I’m talking about the main event. The show stopper. The stuff everyone will be talking about for days and days.

Beer-Battered Chicken Tacos with Roasted Poblano Sauce

Hello Thursday! What a crazy, wacky, week it’s been. Two “snow” days earlier this week, and tomorrow is going to be 71 degrees. Tell me how that works!  
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Vegetarian

Falafel Buddha Bowl

Another weekend came and went, and Monday is back! After the last couple of amazing weeks (I plan to catch up on the fun festivities soon), I was in need of a serious reset. It was so nice to have this past week to catch up on life — legit, life. I felt behind onRead more

Orzo Salad with Cucumber, Red Onion,Tomato & Feta

 I’m off to my next adventure!  Back in the air I go, next stop – Austin, Texas y’all.

Pappardelle with Lemon and Asparagus

This is one of my all-time favorite spring pasta recipes! And of course, I got it from my momma.

Roasted Cauliflower Tacos

Sunny weather, refreshing margaritas, and a plate of tacos! How else should we spend the weekend?
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