Contributed by Nicole from Cooking for Keeps Since I was a kid, I’ve loved the Fourth of July. Our street growing up was full of children and every Fourth of July, all of us kids would competitively decorate our shiny bikes with red, white and blue streamers, cards and festive ribbons and then parade up and down the street while our parents stood on the sidelines and cheered us on. Of course the night ended with fireworks and sparklers, but … continued…

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            After the long winter months, it creeped up on us again and it’s here: swimsuit season. Surely there are those that welcome this time of the year with zero hesitation… And then there are the rest of us… flashing back to all those moments we knew better than to choose that jelly filled donut but just couldn’t quite resist… Oh but to have the will power to resist such temptations. However, not all is … continued…

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Contributed by Brandie from Home Cooking Memories  Do you love Mexican food? I am a huge fan of everything from enchiladas to burritos and everything in between. Whether it’s authentic or more “mexican-inspired” – I love it all. While most people would agree that Mexican food is delicious, it’s often portrayed as being unhealthy. There’s no doubt that some dishes can be higher in calories or fat content, but there are many that can fit well into balanced diet. Our … continued…

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Contributed by Katie from Katie’s Cucina Living in Florida we grill year-round. Of course in the summer months we grill almost nightly in an effort to keep our home as cool as possible. We love making kabobs in our house and these Beef, Asparagus, Cherry Tomato, and Mushroom Kabobs were a huge hit in our home. I used Laura’s Lean Boneless Top Sirloin Steak in these kabobs. The meat and vegetables not only compliment each other but cook so that … continued…

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We’re all guilty of it. Waiting “til last minute to get dad a gift – which usually results in some epic gift fails. In case you’re wondering, dad was not ecstatic last year when you gave him a brand new set of tools. He smiled yes – but secretly he hated it. Dad won’t tell you that, but we will… because darn it, we love dads and they should get super awesome gifts on their day. So here are some … continued…

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Contributed by Nicole from Cooking for Keeps While I’m no stranger to long Sundays spent cranking out lavish meals, taking the time to bust out homemade pasta or even building a three-layer cake with swiss meringue buttercream from scratch, most weeknights I have no time for such shenanigans. Although that doesn’t mean I want to forgo an impressive dinner for something lackluster.  Store-bought pizza, frozen lasagna or takeout just won’t cut it for me – unless I’m on my death … continued…

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Contributed by Suzy from The Mediterranean Dish  I am honored to partner with Laura’s Lean Beef to bring you this special and simple recipe. All opinions are my own. When people find out I am a Mediterranean food blogger, they often ask me two questions: Do you cook every single day? And, does your family always eat healthy? To the first question, my honest answer is no. I do not cook everyday, but I certainly try.  And on most days, I’ll cook … continued…

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Jerky is revolutionizing the world of snacks in unimaginable ways that will change the world as we know it… Ok maybe that was a little exaggerated. But we agree that jerky is definitely trending as a tasty, practical, low-cal protein-packed snack. So what’s the scoop on jerky? Well, here are 10 interesting facts about this delicious delight that many are calling “the hottest snack in America”. #1 Taste Meets Health So yes we agree that Jerky is high in sodium … continued…

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This could not be easier—and the fact that we’ve taken apart the pesto and made those ingredients garnish makes for a pretty dish. Serve this with plenty of fresh tomato salsa/salad, which seems a perfect complement to the flavors of pesto. We use pecans because that is what we happen to have, but walnuts or the more traditional pine nuts would be every bit as delicious.     Sirloin Steak with Deconstructed Pesto Topping Prep Time: 5 Minutes  |  Cook … continued…

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There’s something about the combination of mint and bourbon that can only mean a Kentucky Derby tie-in. I love the combination. The mint and bourbon both come through on this one, and the brown sugar and bourbon both help make a nice crust on this grilled flank steak. Of course it doesn’t have to be served just on Derby Day…Mint (grow your own—even I can get mint to grow) is just a nice, surprising addition to a lot of savory … continued…

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