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Eggplant Parmesan Recipe – Classic Italian Dish

Traditional eggplant Parmesan dishes can take quite a long time to prepare if you make your own marinara sauce. This easy eggplant Parmesan recipe uses bottled marinara sauce for those nights when you don’t have time to make the whole recipe from scratch. Flavors abound in this Classic Eggplant Parmesan Recipe To keep the calories …

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Asparagus Crostini Appetizers with Gouda Cheese and Proscuitto

These Asparagus crostini appetizers are simple to make, but the delicate asparagus spears and distinct flavors of prosciutto and Gouda cheese will make your guests think you spent hours in the kitchen making them.  They are the perfect choice for an easy drinks night. Are you having friends over for drinks any time soon?  The …

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Camping Foods – Creative Ideas for Easy Meals

It is getting close to that time of the year again.  We’ll be hitting the roads for some fun summer vacations.  Camping is one of the great ways to share the outdoors with family members.  These camping foods ideas will give you some inspiration and are all easy and fun to do. These Camping Foods …

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Cheesy Penne Pasta With Tomatoes and Pecans

This Cheesy Penne Pasta is nutritious and healthy, and packs a flavor profile that you will just love. Cheesy Penne Pasta – Healthy and Nutritious To make the recipe suitable for vegetarians, I used the following ingredients: whole wheat penne pasta vanilla almond milk reduced fat Cabot cheddar cheese Veggie Parmesan cheese vegetable broth The …

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Decorative Bird Cage Planters – DIY Projects

These lovely Bird Cage Planters are a great way to showcase your succulent plant collection. I am always on the look out for new and interesting ideas for eco-friendly planters. Nurseries and Plant shops have lots of them, of course, but it is also great to see re-purposed items used as planters. Bird Cage Planters …

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Sauteed Brussels Sprouts Leaves with Onions & Garlic

Brussels sprouts leaves are not sold in stores. You get them by growing the plants themselves.  This recipe for sauteed brussels sprout leaves makes great use of leaves that might other end up on a compost pile or in the trash can. The leaves that are used for this recipe are the ones that grow …

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Vinegar Tips – Long Lasting Cut Flowers & More

Vinegar has so many uses.  It is a great household cleaner and can be used in so many ways, including to help your cut flowers to last longer.  Here are some more vinegar tips. Vinegar Tips to Keep your Cut Flowers Fresh and home clean Here are some of my favorite things that vinegar can …

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Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade – Not your usual Recipe

This recipe for Watermelon Raspberry Lemonade gives a new twist to the old favorite – sans the alcohol of course.  Not sure what my garden would look like if I made the adult version! Spring time…and the drinking is easy with fruit flavored cocktail recipes.  My take on an old tune!  I am a great fan …

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Steak with Cuban Style Marinade – Easy Recipe

This Cuban Style Marinade combines spices with orange juice and grill mates seasoning for a delightful and spicy main course dish. I love the sweet, tangy and savory flavors.  It makes grill night something special. Cuban Style Marinade gives this steak recipe a boots of flavor This recipe could not be easier to do.  Just …

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Vegan Tropical Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

This vegan tropical salad combines a mix of fresh greens, and veggies with pineapple and a tangy cilantro lime vinaigrette. Since I am following a vegan diet, I used Gardein chicken strips, but normal chicken breasts would work just fine if you are a meat eater. These chicken strips are very tasty and come in …

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Thai Peanut Stir Fry With Brown Rice – Vegan Recipe for Meatless Monday

This Thai Peanut Stir Fry has a boatload of veggies to add lots of flavor and nutrition to your dinner meal. Team this vegan stir fry with brown rice, flavored with cumin, spring onions and raisins and you will tempt even the most meat loving family member. We love Thai recipes at our house. They …

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Banana Carving- Creative uses of Bananas – Food Styling and Food Art

Your child will nave no problem getting their fruit intake when you present them with these easy banana carving creations! I love bananas as much as the next guy.  But my main use of them is in my cereal in the morning to get my daily dose of potassium. That is not the case with …

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Vegetarian Twice Baked Potatoes – A Healthier Version – [With Vegan Adaptation]

One of my family’s favorite side dishes is vegetarian twice baked potatoes. But the normal version is full of fat, cream, butter and calories. This healthy recipe uses a Vegan spread and vegetable cheese but is still full of flavor. You can customize your flavorings to suit your family’s tastes. The twice baked potatoes take …

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Vegetarian Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms – With Vegan Options

This recipe for Vegetarian Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms has been adjusted for a meatless diet without sacrificing any of the delicious taste. I love portobello mushrooms in just about any dish. They are hearty and filling and just delicious. The next time you want something different for dinner, instead of using ground beef, try stuffing your …

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The Gardening Cook Welcomes You With Gardening Tips and Healthy Recipes

Welcome! Many people think about gardening on the weekends and cooking during the week. For me, gardening and cooking are both week long projects. I could dig in the dirt all day long every day if I had the opportunity. I especially love to use vegetables that I grow in my own vegetable garden in …

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