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Bacon and Brie Grilled Cheese with Jam

Written by: ERICA KASTNER of Buttered Side Up Let’s talk about how amazing these ingredients are, shall we? Crispy, salty bacon; soft Brie that melts if you so much as look at it; your favorite jam; rustic bread. All of these ingredients work together to make a memorable sandwich. This sandwich is all about crispy and …

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Grilled Summer Squash Sandwich

This Grilled Summer Squash Sandwich is so easy to make and it is the perfect way to use up that summer squash and zucchini! Summer is here and that means the grocery stores, Farmer’s Markets, and backyard gardens are overflowing with delicious summer produce. There is never a shortage of summer squash. I especially love zucchini because …

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Gluten-Free Black Bean Quinoa Burgers

A simple veggie burger that is loaded with Latin flavors, these black bean quinoa burgers are a cinch to whip up and are naturally gluten-free! Being gluten-free has its challenges. But it’s much easier than you may think. For one, when you’re on a gluten-free diet because you are either allergic (have Celiac disease) or …

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Balsamic Berry Salad Lettuce Cups

With warmer days happening more and more frequently, I am really looking forward to having more fresh and light salads on the dinner table. My latest salad creation, Balsamic Berry Salad Lettuce Cups, was inspired by the flavor combination of berries and balsamic vinegar. If you haven’t tried that yet, give it a try. I …

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Queso Fresco & Chipotle Chicken and Veggie Wraps

I am an official brand advocate for Bel Brands in 2013. While I receive compensation for participation as a brand advocate, opinions are my own. I‘ve talked a few times about lunch ideas and lunchbox ideas for kids, but what I really need are ideas for my own lunch. I’m busy in the kitchen already with …

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Warm Arugula Salad with Quinoa and Goat Cheese

Whenever someone asks me why quinoa, one answer always jumps to the front of my mind. Versatility. To me, quinoa is one of those ingredients that goes with everything. From savory appetizers to sweet desserts, I’ve tried it all, and although not all of my dishes are successful, playing around with quinoa has made gluten-free …

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Quick and Healthy Tomato Bisque with Quinoa

The last few weeks have been unbearably cold. The nights dip down below 0 degrees and the days barely reach 20. It’s the type of cold that pierces through even the thickest of your jackets. It freezes your nostrils as soon as you step outside. That windproof gloves, fleece hats and chunky scarves can’t keep …

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3 Ways with Pasta for the School Lunchbox

School starts TOMORROW for us. That means I have to start packing lunchboxes again. The kids are so excited. We’ve been so busy this past week making sure lunchboxes, backpacks, school clothes and supplies are all ready and organized. Logan found out that one of his friends that he made this summer will be in …

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Going Beyond the Sandwich! 4 Lunchbox Snack Ideas for Back to School

Back to school season is upon us (and that means it is time to start thinking about lunch ideas). My kids start in a week from Thursday and boy are they ready. Madeline especially so because this year is kindergarten! They can’t wait to start at their new school and make some new friends. They’re …

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Grilled Cheese with Tomato, Avocado, Bacon, and Arugula

Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese month? We’ve been celebrating this super fun holiday for a few weeks already. Why? Grilled Cheese is all I’ve had time to cook lately! HA! And it is something that the whole family can agree on. Even our resident picky eater doesn’t mind a toasty, cheesy …

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Leftover Turkey Sandwiches on Sweet Potato Rolls

Sweet Potato Roll Turkey Sandwich (Thanksgiving Leftovers): Next time you make turkey sandwiches with leftover Thanksgiving turkey, use sweet potato rolls. These roll sandwiches are a big hit in our house. The other day I shared some tips for Recipes for Leftover Turkey: Reducing Thanksgiving Waste (plus a few safety tips for freezing leftover turkey …

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