Pepperoni Pizza Crescent Rollups

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It’s been a different summer for us this year. Austin is a very outdoorsy city, and with a new baby, that presents some challenges. The days we would have been swimming the springs and slurping cold cocktails were replaced with just trying to keep cool indoors and ride out the 100+ degree afternoons. With working air conditioning, stashes of freezer pops and a cuddly baby, that wasn’t the worst fate. But, we love to get out and have fun. So, now, as the weather is cooling and everyone’s emerging from their climate controlled homes, there are more chances for long breezy walks, patio lounging and get-togethers with friends!

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Crock Pot Sazon Pork Chops with Peppers, Olives and Potato

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These pork chops are seasoned with Latin spices and slow cooked in a flavorful sauce with tomatoes, olives, peppers and potatoes. They literally fall of the bone when they come out of the slow cooker!
I love to serve them with just a little brown rice on the side, but totally optional! Read more…

Pressed Juicery Freeze

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For those of you who don’t live anywhere near Palo Alto, California, you might want to turn away and not read any further. Continuing on may very well result in a little sad face.

Okay, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Stovetop Spinach Basil Pesto Mac and Cheese

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Here in Austin, we’ve had some cooler days in the past week. That’s meant more long walks, fuzzy slippers and new spins on my favorite fall comfort foods. However, I see September as an in-between month as far as summer and fall inspired cooking. You can really just interpret it however you like. In this incredibly scrumptious macaroni and cheese with my best Spinach Basil Pesto, I think I’ve achieved the best flavors of both seasons!

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Turkey Picadillo Stuffed Sweet Plantains

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These sweet plantains are baked in the oven and then stuffed with a savory turkey picadillo filling and topped with cheese – pretty hard to resist! Similar to a Puerto Rican Pastelón which is really more of a plantain lasagna, instead these are made as individual boats which are easy to make, filling and perfect as a main dish.

If you’re not very familiar with plantains, they are similar to bananas only they need to be cooked. Green plantains are usually meant for salty chips or tostones, but when the plantains are very ripe, almost black, that’s when they are at their sweetest! That’s what you want here, not yellow because they won’t be sweet and soft enough. They should be soft and the skin almost black (see photo below in the directions).

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Applesauce Nut Bread

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Moist cinnamon apple bread made with homemade applesauce, small chunks of fresh apples and walnuts in every bite. It’s so moist and delicious, you won’t believe it’s low fat!

I’m going apple picking tomorrow upstate New York and I am totally planning on making my crock pot applesauce and this awesome applesauce bread so I thought I would revive this from the archives for anyone else out there who might also be apple picking. The scent of cinnamon and apples baking in the oven all morning makes my kitchen smell like Fall.

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Chia Watermelon Fresca

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If you’ve ever had a Mama Chia beverage and enjoyed it, then I think you will love this drink! The chia seeds in this refreshing watermelon beverage add a healthy dose of powerful antioxidants, omega-3s, dietary fibers, as well as complete protein, calcium and magnesium. Read more…

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