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Apple, Blue Cheese & Toasted Maple Pecan Salad

Salads should never be boring! But they also don’t always have to be elaborate. In this case it’s just some greens, a granny smith apple, cranberries, blue cheese – and most importantly – pecans toasted in maple syrup!

Pumpkin Scones with Maple Glaze

It seems like fall is flashing before my eyes. I can’t believe it’s already the middle of October and I’m just now diving into comforting autumnal goodness!

Coconut Curry Hummus

I’m bacccck! My how I’ve missed this. And you guys! 

Getting Wedding Ready

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TimeWithAveeno #CollectiveBias The time has come, it’s officially wedding week! It’s almost hard to believe that after a year (and a few days) of being engaged, by the end of this week I’ll be a married woman. ThisRead more
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Appetizers

Coconut Curry Hummus

I’m bacccck! My how I’ve missed this. And you guys! 

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.
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Breakfast

Pumpkin Scones with Maple Glaze

It seems like fall is flashing before my eyes. I can’t believe it’s already the middle of October and I’m just now diving into comforting autumnal goodness!

Mint Green Smoothie Bowl

This smoothie bowl is a pretty cliché way of telling Monday we’re going to win. Or at the very least, telling Monday we’re going to try to win. 

Caprese Eggs Benedict

The photos and recipe for this post was originally published on September 21, 2014. The photographs, along with the text of this blog post and the recipe, were updated on July 13, 2017.  It’s a week of breakfast food!

Banana Bread Waffles

I’m pretty positive all summer mornings should start with waffles. Sure, maybe it’s not always the best choice, but it’s summer!
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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

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Last week, I spent many hours in the kitchen. I cooked, baked, shot, tested, tweaked, walked to the grocery store three times a day, and then we ate! 

Dark Chocolate Cherry No Churn Ice Cream

I can’t believe it’s the end of July and I haven’t posted an ice cream recipe yet this summer! The four-ingredient fudgsicles don’t count either.

Coconut Milk Fudgsicles

The dog days of summer have officially hit. 90+ days, hair frizzy with humidity, early evening thunderstorms (my absolutely favorite).

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.
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Dinner

Chicken and Veggie Enchiladas

I caved and made my first real fall meal… But in my defense I had all these veggies not being put to good use, so I knew enchiladas had to be done! 

Soy Ginger Salmon Cauliflower Rice Bowls

I woke up thinking today was Wednesday, so that means this week is going by faster than I expected. LDW flew by in a flash. And I can’t believe it’s already Thursday! 

Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats

People are out there wishing for fall, and I’m over here like – let’s keep summer going as long as we can! Yeah? So that’s exactly what we’re going to do.

Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza

I’m feeling so disconnected from all of you lately! I know it’s not the case, but it feels like it’s been forever. Can we just have a normal chat sometime again soon? 
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Drinks

Riondo Makes Summer A Bit More Bubbly

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Riondo Prosecco. All opinions are 100% mine. Mimosas in the morning, a little picnic in the afternoon, a celebratory toast, or a nice way to wind down after a long day.

Stone Fruit White Sangria

We obviously need a fun drink to make for tomorrow’s Fourth of July festivities! So let’s throw all the gorgeous stone fruit we can find into a pitcher and top it off with some white wine.

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. 
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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

Summer Vegetable Risotto

What to do with all those veggies you got from your last trip to the farmer’s market? You make risotto of course!

Tomato Garlic Pasta with Grilled Shrimp

AKA, a heavenly Sunday summer pasta dinner! Sunday pasta is a tradition that is hard to quit even in the hot summer months. Although we don’t do it every week (even in the winter, I’ll admit it), there is nothing better to me than simmering a pasta sauce for hours and hours.

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.
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Pizza

Grilled BBQ Chicken Pizza

I’m feeling so disconnected from all of you lately! I know it’s not the case, but it feels like it’s been forever. Can we just have a normal chat sometime again soon? 

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!
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Poultry

Grilled Chicken with Blueberry Peach Salsa

Add this one to the weekly dinner rotation! Oh, and it’s great for lunch too. But you probably guessed that! 

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.
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Salads

Apple, Blue Cheese & Toasted Maple Pecan Salad

Salads should never be boring! But they also don’t always have to be elaborate. In this case it’s just some greens, a granny smith apple, cranberries, blue cheese – and most importantly – pecans toasted in maple syrup!

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.
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Sandwiches

BBQ Pulled Pork Banh Mi Sandwich

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. I’ve always been a believer that there are few things better in this world than a really good sandwich. Of course, one can – and possibly would –Read more

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.
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Seafood

Soy Ginger Salmon Cauliflower Rice Bowls

I woke up thinking today was Wednesday, so that means this week is going by faster than I expected. LDW flew by in a flash. And I can’t believe it’s already Thursday! 

Tomato Garlic Pasta with Grilled Shrimp

AKA, a heavenly Sunday summer pasta dinner! Sunday pasta is a tradition that is hard to quit even in the hot summer months. Although we don’t do it every week (even in the winter, I’ll admit it), there is nothing better to me than simmering a pasta sauce for hours and hours.

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.
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Side Dishes

Jalapeño Lime Corn on the Cob

Also known as: a side dish I could eat every single night in summer. Seriously, I could! 

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.
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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

Grilled Chicken with Blueberry Peach Salsa

Add this one to the weekly dinner rotation! Oh, and it’s great for lunch too. But you probably guessed that! 

Jalapeño Lime Corn on the Cob

Also known as: a side dish I could eat every single night in summer. Seriously, I could! 

Coconut Milk Fudgsicles

The dog days of summer have officially hit. 90+ days, hair frizzy with humidity, early evening thunderstorms (my absolutely favorite).

Stone Fruit White Sangria

We obviously need a fun drink to make for tomorrow’s Fourth of July festivities! So let’s throw all the gorgeous stone fruit we can find into a pitcher and top it off with some white wine.
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Tacos

Chicken and Veggie Enchiladas

I caved and made my first real fall meal… But in my defense I had all these veggies not being put to good use, so I knew enchiladas had to be done! 

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

Apple, Blue Cheese & Toasted Maple Pecan Salad

Salads should never be boring! But they also don’t always have to be elaborate. In this case it’s just some greens, a granny smith apple, cranberries, blue cheese – and most importantly – pecans toasted in maple syrup!

Coconut Curry Hummus

I’m bacccck! My how I’ve missed this. And you guys! 

Mint Green Smoothie Bowl

This smoothie bowl is a pretty cliché way of telling Monday we’re going to win. Or at the very least, telling Monday we’re going to try to win. 

Summer Vegetable Risotto

What to do with all those veggies you got from your last trip to the farmer’s market? You make risotto of course!
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