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Puppy Chow Popcorn

This decadent sweet and salty treat is made by coating popcorn in melted peanut butter and dark 
chocolate, then tossing it lightly in powdered sugar. Puppy Chow Popcorn is a family 
favorite snack that's perfect for movie night or watching the big game!
This decadent sweet and salty treat is made by coating popcorn in melted peanut butter and dark chocolate, then tossing it lightly in powdered sugar. Puppy Chow Popcorn is a family favorite snack that's perfect for movie night or watching the big game!
You all know how much I love my popcorn. It's not just for enjoying on special occasions, I eat popcorn all of the time! It's one of my favorite snacks and I have a bowl just about every night. In honor of National Popcorn Day, which was January 19th, I wanted to share some facts with you about my favorite snack, as well as a new recipe. 

Popcorn is a healthy, whole grain snack food and it has no artificial additives or preservatives. It's sugar free and gluten free, plus it's low in fat and calories! I have a stovetop popcorn popper that I adore and use quite often, but when I'm short on time I also use the microwave. Whatever way you make it, it's a great snack choice for you and your family!

Southwest Chipotle Grilled Chicken Bowl #SundaySupper #Nourish2Flourish

Think you can’t have a healthy and nutritious lunch that’s also quick and easy? Think again! 
This hearty Southwest Chipotle Grilled Chicken Bowl is full of veggies, black beans, 
and chicken, and will keep you full all afternoon long!
Think you can’t have a healthy and nutritious lunch that’s also quick and easy? Think again! This hearty Southwest Chipotle Grilled Chicken Bowl is full of veggies, black beans, and chicken, and will keep you full all afternoon long!
At the start of a new year we see everyone making resolutions. Resolutions to lose weight, to eat better, to exercise more. I used to be one of those people too, but a couple of years ago I gave up “resolutions,” and instead just gave myself attainable goals. One goal is to drink more water, so I have a big reusable bottle with me at all times and I aim to drink three of those in a day. Another goal is to eat more fruits and veggies, so each week when I go grocery shopping I pick up my favorites and go right home and prep them so they’re easily accessible when I feel like snacking. Of course I would love to exercise more, but the truth is I really hate exercising. I’ve given myself a goal to just get more physical activity. Period. I do enjoy walking, so I asked for a new pair of really nice walking shoes for Christmas (which I did get!), so I’m off to a good start already.

This year I’m adding a lunch revamp to my goal list. Since I primarily work from home, I find myself either eating “snacks” for lunch, sometimes leftovers, and occasionally cereal. I know, that’s ridiculous! I’ve decided to plan better so that I can enjoy a healthy, hearty, and nutritious meal for lunch, and one that will give me energy and get me through the rest of my day.

Baked Shrimp Taquitos with Creamy Salsa Verde Dipping Sauce

These delicious shrimp taquitos are baked, not fried, and full of incredible flavor. 
Served with a side of creamy salsa verde dipping sauce, this is the perfect appetizer to serve for the big game!
These delicious shrimp taquitos are baked, not fried, and full of incredible flavor. Served with a side of creamy salsa verde dipping sauce, this is the perfect appetizer to serve for the big game!
If you've been around for awhile, then you already know how much I love Mexican food. It's probably my favorite cuisine, with Italian a very close second. Tacos, fajitas, nachos, enchiladas, I don't discriminate. I want it ALL! My kids and I especially love taquitos - they are finger food, no forks required, and are just really fun to eat. Paired with a flavorful dipping sauce, they are perfect appetizer for game day or a party, or even for a quick lunch!

Chicken Noodle Soup

On a cold winter night there's nothing more comforting than a bowl of hearty Chicken Noodle Soup
This recipe is quick and easy to make, meaning you won't bother buying the canned stuff anymore!
On a cold winter night there's nothing more comforting than a bowl of hearty Chicken Noodle Soup. This recipe is quick and easy to make, meaning you won't bother buying the canned stuff anymore!
We are definitely in the thick of winter here in Michigan. Other than a couple of near 40 degree days, it's been pretty darn cold. We've had some snow, some rain, and most recently freezing rain. Sounds fun, right? When the weather is like this, I hibernate inside and do my favorite thing - I cook and bake. What's better than warming up the house with the heat from the oven, and making it smell good too?

Easy Lean Beef Recipes #SundaySupper

Looking for easy and delicious weeknight recipes for the family? 
I've got you covered with these fabulous Lean Beef Recipes
Easy Lean Beef Recipes | The Chef Next Door #SundaySupper
You all know how much I love beef and how often I cook with it. From ground beef to steaks and roasts, I love it all. I had the honor to host last weeks #SundaySupper where the focus was Lean Beef Recipes. I'm always on the lookout for new recipes for my family, and thankfully my #SundaySupper friends shared so many wonderful ideas, I'm set for at least a month!


Stuffed Cherry Peppers

Three simple ingredients are all you need to make these delicious appetizers, 
perfect for game day, cocktail parties, or just for a snack! 
Three simple ingredients are all you need to make these delicious appetizers, perfect for game day, cocktail parties, or just for a snack!
I'm a big fan of all kinds of peppers. Not anything that's super hot, but I can take a little heat. Peppers are good in so many dishes and I love eating them plain as well. Not too long ago I was at my favorite local sub shop and they asked if I wanted sweet peppers on my sub. Oddly enough, I had never eaten them on my sub before! I said yes, and I quickly fell in love with them. Sweet, sour, with a touch of heat, they are perfect.

Asian Steak Lettuce Wraps #SundaySupper

These Asian Steak Lettuce Wraps are such a great weeknight meal! 
Easy to make and loaded with flavor, they will quickly become a family favorite.
These Asian Steak Lettuce Wraps are such a great weeknight meal! Easy to make and loaded with flavor, they will quickly become a family favorite.
I'm so excited to be hosting #SundaySupper this week! Once I heard the theme was Lean Beef Recipes, I just knew I had to be the host. You see, we eat a lot of beef around here. I'm a big fan of Certified Angus Beef brand and I seem to always have some in the freezer. From steaks to ground beef to roasts, I haven't met any beef that I didn't like. 😋