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Favorites and Fun in Quebec City, Canada

I joke I was born with a suitcase in my hand. The truth is I was born on the move – in a 55 Pontiac. However it came to be, I love to travel. It doesn’t matter where I go, I enjoy discovering. And I’m happy to share my finds with you. Check out my other travel posts here. The LiveBest tagline is you must be present to win. That means showing up in your …

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Coconut Fruit Tart

 Coconut Fruit Tart is an easy, healthy breakfast recipe. With less sugar and more protein and fiber, you’ll be returning to this breakfast idea!  Are you in a morning rut? Eating the same thing day after day? If your breakfast excitement is trying a different smoothie flavor or box of cereal, I’ve got a recipe to get you on a new path. Dessert for Breakfast Dessert for breakfast seems to be a thing, at least on Pinterest. But before …

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Citrus Herb Grilled Leg of Lamb

Fresh herbs, lemon and orange give Mediterranean flavor to Citrus Herb Grilled Leg of Lamb, right in your own backyard! As more people lean in to a Mediterranean diet and eating style, lamb is a good fit. A traditional Greek, Moroccan and Spanish food, lamb lends itself to flavors of that region including lemon, garlic, onion, cumin, paprika, thyme, and rosemary. How to choose lamb for a recipe Depending on the cut, lamb works with your …

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Panzanella Vegetable Salad

Panzanella Vegetable Salad is delicious, easy, and healthy. A sensational summer salad right down to the last chewy bread bite! The sun is high. The blossoms are buzzing with bees. The grass is going crazy. With all the yard work and outdoor doings, an easy, simple dinner is what I’m looking for. Found it. Don’t hang up! Panzanella is an Italian tomato-bread salad. Before you hang up on me, it’s better than it sounds. The …

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Quick and easy on the menu: Grilled Squid Mango Salad

Grilled Squid (calamari) Mango Salad is filled with fresh Asian flavors of mango, lime juice, jalapeno, and ginger. A delicious, easy, healthy summer salad in about 15 minutes. When you think of grilling, a sizzling burger might come to mind. Or a pork chop. Have you thought of squid? What is squid? Squid meat has a mild flavor and firm, chewy texture. Many of us have probably eaten calamari battered, fried and dunked in a …

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Blueberry Ginger Spelt Scones

Blueberry Ginger Spelt Scones, a favorite with tea or coffee! Made with creamy yogurt, nutty whole-grain spelt flour, wheat germ, juicy blueberries and spicy ginger.  23 and me It took a bit of saliva and a few weeks to learn that I’m a NorthWesterner. Not Seattle. United Kingdom. To pinpoint it: British and Irish with a spot of French and German. It appears my wanderlust is not genetic, because my people didn’t wander far. I …

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How to make Instant Pot Chicken Mole

Chicken Mole is a great make-ahead meal. The Instant Pot makes it easy! If a Cinco de Mayo celebration is in your future, I’ve got you covered in one word. Mole. Not to be confused with a rodent, 🐀 mole (pronounced MOH-lay) is a rich, dark Mexican sauce made from chiles, seeds, nuts, spices, vegetables and fruit. Mole sauce ingredients Though there are many variations of mole, the cook’s kitchen often dictates what ends up …

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Orange Cabbage Slaw

Orange Cabbage Cole Slaw is a super easy salad. Fresh orange sweetens the deal because cabbage can run on the bitter side. April brings green grass, song birds, and tax day. Paying those taxes can take a bite out of your monthly budget. But you can eat healthy on a budget. Here are seven ways to stretch your food dollar for cheaper healthy meals. Seven ways to save money at the store and eat healthy …

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Chicken Jambalaya

Meal prep made easy! 3 steps to meal planning, 6 ideas to meal prep + Instant Pot (or InstaPot) Chicken Jambalaya recipe. A great make ahead recipe because flavors develop over time and it may stretch to 2 or 3 meals! It’s 5 o’clock. Somewhere. That means it’s time to kick back and relax. Right? Somewhere. But not your house after work when the kids want attention, the dog demands even more, and you’re trying to …

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Banana Walnut Bread

Banana Walnut Bread is healthier banana bread! Yogurt, whole grains, protein and fiber with less sugar and fat. The best way to use ripe bananas! Lemon blossoms bring me to my family home in California. Pears take me to my grandma’s house. A whiff of espresso takes me to Italy. Our sense of smell has amazing power over memory and emotions. While oranges and other citrus may be stimulating and boost our mood, vanilla and lavender are more …