Roasted Veggie Balsamic Meatloaf and Manly Men Meals


Yum So I think I mentioned that last weekend I had my four generations of men for dinner last Sunday.  Well, what better for a good, manly men meal than meatloaf, right?! But you know I had to get some veggies in.  When I saw this Roasted Veggie Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze from Ann at The… 

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Foodie Penpals – April 2012 #foodiepenpals


Yum I am happy to again be participating in Foodie Penpals this month.  Foodie Penpals is a fun program started by Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean to connect foodies (both bloggers and just plain foodies) to exchange yummy treats once a month.  It gives you the opportunity to connect with some new folks, try… 

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Maple Sesame Glazed Salmon – Holiday Recipe Club


Yum I am back for another installment of the Holiday Recipe Club.  The Holiday Recipe Club is a blog hop centered around holiday recipes, and trying to inspire people to come up with something different than their usual holiday fare.  So each month, participants are given a list of a few ingredients.  They must then come… 

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Balsamic Roasted Vegetables


Yum Balsamic Roasted Vegetables – an easy, flavorful and healthy way to eat your veggies! Balsamic Roasted Vegetables This recipe may not be a novel concept, but I love roasting veggies.  I roast broccoli pretty much once a week.  And it just takes a little olive oil, salt, and pepper, since the caramelization from roasting… 

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Balsamic Ketchup… on fries… and tots… and burgers… and eggs… and carrots and peas and cauliflower?!?!


Yum The Bug needs this shirt… Or this one…   Or maybe even this one… (all shirts and images from Cafe Press) You see, while he is a very good eater, there are some times that he is very picky.  Except when you cover something in some sort of sauce, or give him a little… 

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Sundried Tomato, Rosemary, and Balsamic Marinated Flank Steak and Dating Days


Yum I mentioned yesterday that I would share the marinade I had used for the steak that I put on this wonderful salad.  So I am following through on my promise. Back when The Hubby and I started dating, he had been doing the Atkins diet.  I pretty much destroyed that, with my love for… 

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Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Grilled Steak Salad with Avocado Buttermilk Ranch from top

Yum Here is the tasty Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing that I used for this salad.  It would also make a fabulous dip for veggies. Adapted from Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing at Sumptuous Spoonfuls. 5.0 from 1 reviews Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing   Save Print Author: Brianne @ Cupcakes and Kale Chips Ingredients ⅔ c buttermilk… 

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Grilled Steak and Mango Salad with Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing


Yum I was never a big fan of Ranch dressing.  I never disliked it, but I never liked it enough to order it in restaurants or use the bottled stuff at home when I preferred honey mustard or balsamic vinaigrette.  Now my sister – she was one of those kids where you wanted to say,… 

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Caramelized Leek and Asparagus Salad – April #RecipeRedux


Yum I am so excited to be joining in my first Recipe Redux this month.  The Recipe Redux is a recipe challenge and blog hop started by registered dietitians, with a focus on DELICIOUS and nutritional foods.  Yes, eating healthy can be tasty!  And that is what all of the participants are here to show… 

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Friday Fun! April 20, 2012


Yum The Bug just absolutely passed out.  I guess three hours at the park will do that to you.  So I just finished up an odds and ends lunch of a salad with the leftover half of a chicken breast from a dinner I made the other night that I stupidly did not photograph, and… 

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April Improv Challenge: Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookie Dough Dip (or PB&J Hummus) – plus a vegan option


Yum Peanut butter and jelly – a classic combination, and the assignment for this month’s Improv Challenge from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. If you haven’t heard of the Improv Challenge, basically a theme is given, which is two assigned ingredients, then it is up to the participating bloggers to let the creative juices flow,… 

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Skinny Buffalo Chicken Salad with Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing and Restaurant Salads


Yum Some restaurant salads really astound me.  I am sure you have all seen the articles that detail salads from lots of common chain restaurants that easily have more calories and/or fat and/or saturated fat and/or sodium than a Big Mac and fries.  Usually it is pretty easy to spot the major offenders – salads… 

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Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dip or Dressing and, um, my love for Blue Cheese


Yum I LOVE blue cheese.  LOVE LOVE LOVE!!  There aren’t many things that aren’t made better by adding blue cheese.  Salads, steaks, pizza, sandwiches.  I could go on and on.  Heck, it even makes raw celery edible. One of the worst things about being pregnant was not eating blue cheese.  I know, I know, there… 

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Yum So I told you yesterday that I wanted to share some different things this week.  For anyone who was with me from the start, or for those of you who went back and read my first post, I spoke about balance.  Balance was part of the inspiration behind the name Cupcakes & Kale Chips…. 

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Yum My lovely friend Nescett, who writes the blog BananaOats, posted this on Facebook today. Image from   Despite taking advantage of The Bug sleeping in till 8:00, I felt lethargic, bloated, and down.  Coming off of a holiday weekend meant several days of eating too much unhealthy food, running around like crazy, not… 

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Gluten-Free Almond Blueberry Mini Muffins with Maple Cream Cheese Drizzle – Mom’s Crazy Cooking Challenge


Yum Since I had so much fun with the Tomato Sauce last month, I am participating in the Crazy Cooking Challenge from Moms Crazy Cooking again this month, and am excited to share this recipe with you.  You see, this recipe was kind of a long time in the making.  I found a recipe for Blueberry… 

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Spring Vegetable Cheesy Breakfast Bake – Holiday Recipe Club


Yum I love holidays!  The reason is that it usually means I am cooking some really yummy food, and maybe some things that are a bit more indulgent, or that I don’t make very often.  Or I am coming up with something new.  That is why I was so excited to find the Holiday Recipe… 

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Grilled Chicken & Berry Salad with Goat Cheese, Pecans, and Blueberry Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette


Yum I love salads.  Most days, that is what I have for lunch.  If you’ve seen some of my Friday Fun posts (here and here), you’ll see some of the variations I like.  Oftentimes, they involve fruit.  I love fruit on my salad.  And cheese, especially a strong cheese, like blue, feta, or goat cheese…. 

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Two Cheese Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese and Daycare Dining


Yum A few months ago, The Bug started going to pre-school.  Technically, since the isn’t even two, it is daycare, but I prefer to call it “pre-school” because it makes me feel like a less lame stay-at-home mom.  I am sending him for educational purposes, not to get a bit of a break in order… 

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Rosemary Balsamic Roast Chicken and a new job for The Hubby


Yum The Hubby started his new job today.  I am so excited for him!  He has been looking for a new opportunity for a while, and he really deserves this promotion.  So to celebrate, this weekend I roasted a chicken.  Well, not really.  I am actually just trying to clear out my freezer so that… 

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Hershey’s Coconut Creme Kisses & Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Coconut Frosting


Yum So after my Lucky Charms Cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day, I felt I had to redeem myself.  Those are so far from the type of eating habits that I like to advocate.  I’m not saying I always follow the good, wholesome, nutritious, real type of eating habits that I advocate.  Especially on nights like… 

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Whole Wheat Lemony Sugar Cookies with Strawberry Lemon Royal Icing – First on the First

First on the First

Yum I am so excited to be joining First on the First this month.  If you don’t know what First on the First is, it is a fun monthly blog hop started by Kate of Food Babbles and Carrie of Poet in the Pantry.  Basically a bunch of bloggers and other foodie folks make something… 

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