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Recipe Reciprocity - Zucchini Pasta with Tomato and Pesto

Recipe Reciprocity - Crustless Veggie Quiche

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So of course I’m behind with the posting once again. Major life changes will do that to a person (if you haven’t already, read about my engagement story here). With that change must come another, and what I’m not so subtly hinting at there is weight loss. With that in mind, here are five standout healthy recipes to help me get on the right track. 

1. Carbs are the first thing that need scaling back. To get around that I have every intention of incorporating zucchini noodles into my favorite pasta recipes. Skinny Taste has a Zucchini Noodles with Tomato and Pesto that looks perfect for summer. 
2. Carbs-be-gone with this 110-calorie Crustless Veggie Quiche too. You now it’s gotta be good, because Sally’s Baking Addiction never disappoints. 
3. Zucchini is the recurring theme for today’s post, featured prominently in I Food Real’s Garlic Parmesan Zucchini and Tomato Bake
4. Fish is always one of the first things that comes to mind when I think about healthier eating. Tastes Lovely’s Mahi Mahi with Mango Papaya Salsa is now the absolute first thing on my brain. 
5. And finally, because I can never help myself when it comes to fries, Baked Apple Pie Fries by Averie Cooks. It’s not exactly healthy, but baked is always better than friend, and that looks like the very best. 

That’ll do it for this week’s hat tip to my fellow food bloggers. Nice work, ladies!

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When Brian and I were in Atlanta, we counted the Watershed, Buckhead Diner and Alpharetta Cheesecake Factory (no shame) among our dining experiences. While at the Buckhead Diner, a classy diner with waiters in white jackets and valet parking, we each tried a different version of eggs benedict and inhaled their cheesy tomato and scallions grits. The grits were amazing, and I’ve had the southern staple on my mind ever since, namely these recipes from my fellow food bloggers.

1. Shrimp and grits is perhaps my favorite way to eat grits, and The Little Kitchen’s Spicy Shrimp and Goat Cheese Grits look like they could be a new favorite.
2. New York’s The Smith restaurants make the best jalapeño cheddar grits I’ve ever had, so good that I’ve never considered making my own. That’s all changed thanks to Food Fanatic’s promising recipe.
3. When I think grits, I think cheesy and savory, never sweet. Not anymore. How great to Andrea’s Banana Maple Grits look? I’m now a sweet grits believer.
4. Brown Eyed Bakers Short Ribs and Cheesy Grits. Enough said.
5. Grits as hors d’oeuvres! Shrimp and Grits Squares by Climbing Grier Mountain. Genius!

That’ll do it for this week’s hat tip. Thanks for the great eats, ladies! 

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Believe it or not, I’ve actually been doing an ok job eating smaller meals. Unfortunately, any progress there is being erased by all of the additional snacking I’ve been doing. Woops. If I were a more disciplined person, I would drop the snacking altogether, but because I’m not, I might as well snack in style with these great offerings from around the blogosphere.

1. Who doesn’t love Goldfish? My guess is Anecdote and Apples’ homemade crackers are even better.
2. You know me and my love for crab wontons, so you can imagine how I just about fell out of my chair when I stumbled upon The Little Kitchen’s Spicy Crab Wonton Nachos. Amazing.
3. I love a good gussied-up popcorn, especially the look of A Zesty Bite’s Cinnamon Toast Popcorn.
4. I love Trader Joe’s chocolate-covered banana slices, but never thought about making my own. Freutcake’s version looks both fancy and easy.
5. Last but not least, Chow Creations’ Thyme & Black Pepper Cheez-its. I’ve tried my hand at Cheez-its before, but never quite like these babies.
That’ll do it for this week’s shout-out to my fellow food bloggers. Thanks, ladies!

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I fly home to Denver a lot, way more than I should. Four times since Christmas with a fifth coming up over Labor Day. I guess I just really love my parents. They also do a great job of spoiling me, so that helps. This last time around, one of the highlights was a great big feast of Dungeness crabs that my dad said he got for me, but if we’re going to be completely honest with ourselves, were really for him and I was just his convenient excuse. Anyway, I’ve had crab and these crazy-good-looking recipes on my mind ever since.

1. I love a good crab and cream cheese wonton (you can check out my recipe here), but have to keep consumption at a minimum given that they’re way fried and not the healthiest. Thankfully, Crème de la Crumb has a healthier baked version, and with avocados too.
2. Sriracha was recently added to our work pantry, and life hasn’t been the same since. I now eat the stuff with a side of steamed broccoli (also new to the office) Monday through Friday. Obsessed doesn’t cover it. And unadulterated love doesn’t cover my feelings for Hapa Nom-Nom’s Crab Cakes with Sriracha Aioli.
3. Perpetually Hungry’s Crab Macaroni and Cheese with mozzarella, cheddar, Old Bay and bacon (!) is what dreams are made of.
4. The only thing better than traditional artichoke dip is Crab Artichoke Dip. Damn Delicious has one of the better and more straight-forward recipes that I’ve seen. She’s a good one.
5. More Sriracha love for The Law Student’s Wife’s Sriracha Crab Salad Rolls.

That’ll do it for this week’s hat tip to my fellow bloggers. Great job, everyone! Also, there’s a Haitian proverb that goes something like, “The crab that walks too far falls into the pot.” I don’t know what that means, I just know that I want the pot to be mine.

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Timing has never been my strongsuit. I’m now on Day One of my return to Weight Watchers and want nothing more than a really greasy grilled cheese for  lunch. For now/once, I’ll show some restraint, but it doesn’t hurt to look. Here are some great croque monsieur ideas from around the blogosphere.

1. I love jalapeño poppers (traditional and wonton evidence here and here), and don’t need to be told twice to try Simply Scratch’s Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese.
2. Nachos are one of my many weaknesses and BS’ in the Kitchen’s Loaded Nachos Grilled Cheese is my idea of perfection.
3. A Cozy Kitchen is really upping the ante with this incredible-looking Fried Green Tomato Pimento Grilled Cheese.
4. The Recipe Rebel’s Spaghetti Grilled Cheese made with garlic toast makes so much sense that I wish I’d thought of it myself.
5. And finally, this French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese is everything. Feasting at Home sure knows how to tug at a francophile’s heartstrings.

That’ll do it for this week’s hat tip to my fellow bloggers. Great job, everyone!

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Summer cuisine is my absolute favorite. “Cuisine” is a bit of a stretch, because I really just mean hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream, but whatever you want to call it, I love it. These here recipes from around the blogosphere are fun, fancy, and in some cases easy takes on the season’s best foods. 

1. Deliciously Sprinkled’s S’mores Cups, because everything is better baked in a cupcake tin. 
2. Tired of regular old hamburger sliders? Yeah, me neither. I’ll love them forever. Still, how about Just a Taste’s Eggplant Parm Sliders?
3. A hamburger isn’t a hamburger without pickles. Pickling intimidates me, but Smitten Kitchen has a recipe for what she calls the Easiest Fridge Dill Pickles. She might be right and I might have to try them for myself. 
4. I’ve been thinking about hot dogs like it’s my job. My mind’s been working overtime lusting after Macheesmo’s Pretzel-Woven Hot Dogs. I still can’t stop. Genius. 
5. Also genius, A Beautiful Mess’s Easiest Ever Ice Cream Cake. Two of the layers are made with ice cream sandwiches. How smart and efficient is that? 

That’ll do it for this week’s hat tip to my fellow food bloggers. Thanks, ladies! 

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