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Mexican Pizza (gluten free)

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I have a confession. I am a recovering Taco Bellaholic.   I was totally addicted. Before I converted to eating real food, I used to eat Taco Bell 2 to 3 times per week, if not more. I loved it! The thought of it makes my mouth water as I sit here typing.

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Alas, I discovered what was in Taco Bell’s food. Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot of real food in there. Reconstituted, dehydrated refried beans, barely food grade ground beef, GMO corn tortillas, not to mention all of the MSG laden sauces. You can check out some gory details on Food Babe’s latest post on Taco Bell right here. I would imagine that many of my current physical ailments are due to my indulgence in this fast food joint’s food-like cuisine.

After walking away from this 20+ year addiction, Continue reading Mexican Pizza (gluten free)

Blueberry Coconut Muffins (gluten free)

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One fine morning, us girls, decided to make muffins together. Now, you may be wondering why these muffins are gluten free with all the bread posts on our site. Well, the truth is, I just recently found out that wheat doesn’t particularly like me much. With all of the gluten free hype, I thought I’d cut it out of my diet for a while, reintroduce it, and see how my body reacted. Now, I’m not saying I’m full blown allergic or anything, but there sure is a noisy, not so pleasant smell after my consumption of wheat. What?

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So, low and behold, the gluten free blueberry coconut muffin! Why blueberries? Because my 3 year old eats them by the bag full. Why coconut? Continue reading Blueberry Coconut Muffins (gluten free)

Chocolate Covered Sprouted Rice Crispy Bars

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This Rice Crispy Bar post was double inspired. My first inspiration came when my blogging co-conspirator Nicole and I made a journey to the quaint little city of Asheville, NC for a food blog conference. Little did I know at the time that I would totally fall in love with this little jewel tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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While visiting, we were able to explore the area and meet some incredible people, but our favorite part, hands down, was the food scene. I could go on and on about the fare at the Biltmore Estate, the grass fed beef from Hickory Nut Gap Farm and the many taste bud pleasing restaurants in downtown Asheville.

One such restaurant was the French Broad Chocolates Lounge. We had tasted little treats from this shop over the course of our stay, including the giant block of chocolate we received in our swag bag. (No complaints here!) So, on our last night, we decided to end our journey at their shop. Conveniently, they stay open until 11 p.m. for us late night chocoholics! And we were not disappointed.  Continue reading Chocolate Covered Sprouted Rice Crispy Bars

Baked Mac n Cheese

Top Secret Pepperoni Mac n Cheese

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Mmm, I love baked Mac n Cheese.

And sneaking in some secret veggies that actually make it taste even better?  It’s a win-win for everybody.  Even for the vegetable haters in my family.  And the vegetable haters that we invite over for dinner that have no idea that they are even eating vegetables.  I was actually “shushed” once by a friend when I started to tell her the secret ingredient, because she didn’t want her veggie-skeptical husband to accidentally overhear!  He chowed down on at least two helpings of my Mac n Cheese that night, and I’m pretty sure he was none the wiser.

Developing this recipe has truly been a labor of love.  It’s not unusual for me to tweak recipes and make them “my own,” but I’ve tweaked this particular recipe so much over the years that it actually is my own by now.  The only ingredients it shares with the original recipe is butter, salt, and pepper!

The original recipe was was called “Creamy Ham n Macaroni.”  It was a family favorite, but one day I ran out of ham.  The only meat I had available was pepperoni, so I took a chance and threw it in.  My family loved it!  I even took the pepperoni version to a potluck dinner later that month and received rave reviews. Continue reading Top Secret Pepperoni Mac n Cheese