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Winter Couscous Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing

Winter Couscous Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comWinter Couscous Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comWinter Couscous Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comWinter Couscous Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comWinter Couscous Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com“Can I have another bowl?”

It will be the phrase out of everyone’s mouth once they try this. I promise. It’s the perfect seasonal salad for the in between temperatures that each day keeps bringing. It’s refreshing and hearty with a dressing that adds the perfect complimentary touch of tangy sweetness. Winter Couscous Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comWinter Couscous Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com Winter Couscous Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comWinter Couscous Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comWinter Couscous Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com



 Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups cooked pearled couscous (I used tri-colored)
  • 1/2 cup chopped and quartered dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup chopped and quartered pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup craisins
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 3 leaves of kale, chopped and wilted
  • 4 shallots, peeled and slivered

Dressing: 

  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp EVOO
  • S and P to taste


What to do:

Cook couscous according to package. Remove from heat and let cool completely. Add a Tbsp of water to kale and wilt at about medium heat until slightly wilted. Remove from heat and set aside. Cook shallots until slightly brown with about a tsp of EVOO. Remove from heat and set aside. In small bowl, prepare dressing. Whisk until emulsified. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Pour dressing over all ingredients in bowl and mix. Serve. 🙂

*This recipe makes about four full bowls.*


 

Sweet and Savory 30 Minute Chili

Sweet and Savory 30 Minute Chili--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comSweet and Savory 30 Minute Chili--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comSweet and Savory 30 Minute Chili--Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comIt’s a sweet and savory and all things yummy for any night of the week. It’s nearly impossible to mess up and only requires about 30 minutes from start to finish! 


Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground hamburger
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 2 15.5 oz cans of organic kidney beans
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 tomato (cubed)
  • 1/2 red onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 Tbsp local honey
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp + 2 tsp chili powder
  • chipotle chili pepper powder sprinkled
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 cup water



What to do:

Cook one cup rice according to packaged directions. While the rice is cooking, in a large pot brown the hamburger. Add all ingredients (included cooked rice) to the hamburger and cook for 20 minutes on medium to medium/low. Stir occasionally to avoid sticking. Remove from heat and serve!


 

Easy Tomato Basil Pasta

Easy Tomato Basil Pasta-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com Easy Tomato Basil Pasta-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comEasy Tomato Basil Pasta-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comWhen I asked what recipes you wanted to see on here, so many people requested pasta. It’s a favorite meal from so many readers and can be made in just a few minutes, I completely get it! After seeing Lakita‘s recipe, and talking to her, she was so willing to let me share her mouth-watering Easy Tomato Basil Pasta with you.

I have loved following Lakita‘s blog when I need a fast and easy recipe during the week! Also, we are both Stonyfield Clean Plate Club Bloggers, so that’s a bonus and added friendship. 😉 I love that community!


Everyone should without-a-doubt make her Easy Tomato Basil Pasta this week. You and your family will not be disappointed! Add some wine and dessert and you also have the perfect Valentines date, right in your home. 😉 Easy Tomato Basil Pasta-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com

Potato, Sausage, and Leek Soup

Potato, Sausage, and Leek Soup-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comPotato, Sausage, and Leek Soup-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comPotato, Sausage, and Leek Soup-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comPotato, Sausage, and Leek Soup-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comPotato, Sausage, and Leek Soup-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com Potato, Sausage, and Leek Soup-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comPotato, Sausage, and Leek Soup-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comA few simple ingredients can create the most delectable soup. The combination of flavors never cease to smell delicious and warm me that it was worth sharing for you to experience the same sensations. Going back for seconds was a sure sign that Eric liked it and the fact that soup has never really been my thing but I ended up following suit, made me know that the soup was a keeper. It’s a clean-eating soup for a blustery cold night but hearty one in the same. Not big meat-eaters? No worries! Leave out the sausage, add one less cup of chicken stock and you’re set! My favorite part either way? The parsley! Make sure it’s added to your grocery list to ensure the perfect topping for dinner this week!
Potato, Sausage, and Leek Soup-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com Potato, Sausage, and Leek Soup-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comPotato, Sausage, and Leek Soup-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comPotato, Sausage, and Leek Soup-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com


Ingredients:

  • 5 russet potatoes (peeled and cubed)
  • 2 leeks
  • 1/2 pound sausage
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 Tbsp EVOO
  • salt to taste
  • parsley for garnish



What to do:

Cook sausage by itself until browned. Cool and cut into quarter inch rounds. Cut the leeks into rings and place in a bowl of water to clean thoroughly. Drain and set aside. Pour EVOO into a large pot (I used this and LOVE it!)  on medium to medium-high heat. Combine potatoes and leeks into the pot for 8 to 10 minutes or until softened. Stir occasionally. Add 6 cups of chicken stock and the sausage to the pot and bring to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover for 30-40 minutes. Stir occasionally. After 30-40 minutes, add 1 cup of whole milk and about a teaspoon of salt. Stir and cook for another five minutes. Take about four cups from the soup and puree in a blender until smooth. Add back to the soup and continue cooking on medium heat for about ten minutes. Ladle into bowls and top with parsley.


 

Autumn Roast

Autumn Roast-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comAutumn Roast-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comAutumn Roast-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comAutumn Roast-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comLife has been nothing short of filled to the brim with plans. In an effort to slow down, I have had to say no to a list of things I so badly wanted to do in a heartbeat. Cooking is definitely a stress reliever for me but by the end of the week, I hate seeing dishes piled up in the sink. That’s just not the way I operate. I have tried to make use of the crockpot more this season with an effort to still create something healthy and delicious.

As the days grow colder, dinner calls for the coziest of meals. Warm, comforting, and filling. Autumn roast is all of that and so much more. It only calls for a few minutes of preparation and it appears as if you’ve been slaving away in the kitchen all day. It’s a meal simply filled with flavor and love on any Autumn night. Never underestimate the power of your crockpot or this combination for that matter. 😉Autumn Roast-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com Autumn Roast-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com Autumn Roast-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comAutumn Roast-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.comAutumn Roast-- Recipe at: stephanie-spring.com


 


Ingredients:

  • 3 lb roast
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 6 large carrots (peeled and cut into thirds)
  • 5 sprigs thyme


What to do:

Place carrots and onions on the bottom of a crockpot. Place the roast on top of the veggies. Drizzle olive oil on top of the roast and veggies. Cook on low for 8 hours. Ready, set, cozy up and savor!