Thanksgiving Turkey Brine Recipes

What is a brine and why should you brine your Thanksgiving turkey this year?

Well, I don’t want to brag or anything but the first year I did a brine for my turkey, it was referred to as the “third most memorable bird” by my father-in-law. In his lifetime.
So you best be brining this year folks.

So what’s a brine?

If you google the word brine it says “a brine is water saturated or strongly impregnated with salt.” Um, I’m not looking to impregnate anything. So let’s just call it a salt water soak. {read more}

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Thai Chicken Salad Recipe

This recipe is too good not to share. I have made this countless times this summer, and it’s often been my go to for an easy potluck dish. I love all the colors and how healthy it is, and it’s just so good! I know I will be making it more this fall when we want an easy way to get a meal chock full of healthy vegetables to help fend off the sickies. Keep it extra easy by using a rotisserie chicken for the meat.

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*Liquid aminos are a natural, low sodium soy sauce alternative. I use the Braggs {read more}

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Roasted Chicken Thighs with Sage and Pear

Savory chicken thighs with fresh herbs and the sweetness of pear. This is a perfect super-simple recipe for fall that fills your kitchen with the smell of comfort food. I also like this quick dinner because it literally takes a few minutes to prep, something I can appreciate as a mom of little ones.

chicken thighs with sage and pear

Roasted Chicken Thighs with Sage and Pear

1 lb skinless, boneless chicken thighs
2 tbsp olive or grape seed oil
3-4 fresh sage leaves
2 pears
salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Rinse chicken thighs and place in glass baking dish. Roll up sage leaves and slice, and run your knife through them again to dice. Combine oil and sage in a bowl, and brush over thighs. Turn once to cover chicken. Quarter pears and place around chicken in the baking dish. Season with salt and pepper. {read more}

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Orzo with Grilled Vegetables

orzo with grilled vegetables

This is one of my go-to recipes. It’s so easy and versatile, and healthy! If you’re a carnivore and want to add protein, chicken sausage pairs nicely.

Orzo with Grilled Vegetables
3 cups chopped bell peppers (I used half of each of a red, yellow and orange, love the color)
1 sweet onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup olive oil or grapeseed oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 lb orzo pasta
4 scallions, minced
1/2 lb colby or monterey jack cheese, cubed

Dressing:
2 lemons
1/4 cup olive oil or grapeseed oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper {read more}

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Honey Lime Enchiladas Recipe

Enchiladas are a staple in our house. Thank God my husband isn’t a picky eater and doesn’t seem to mind having them quite often. I found a recipe for honey lime enchiladas and had to make them that night when my mouth started watering at the idea. These are so delish. Sweet, spicy and tangy all at once and so easy.

I tweaked the recipe to my liking. The one I tried had a pound of cheese. A POUND. I personally think pretty much anything is better with cheese, but not that much. Instead of using sour cream or half and half, I substituted greek yogurt which cut down the calories but kept them creamy and rich. {read more}

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