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Apple cheddar salad with honey mustard vinaigrette makes for a great spring salad. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
Apple cheddar salad with honey mustard vinaigrette makes for a great spring salad. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
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Salad Time: Apple, White Cheddar and Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

Spring has finally sprung!

While everyone is spring cleaning and de-cluttering their homes, I think it’s just as important to cleanse our bodies.

They sure deserve it, don’t they? Especially after such a long winter of hibernation and comfort foods. Fresh salads, like this Apple, White Cheddar & Chicken Salad with homemade Honey Mustard Dressing, are the perfect way to lighten up a meal without compromising flavor.

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Mmm. Double dark chocolate brownies with avocado. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
Mmm. Double dark chocolate brownies with avocado. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett/LaurendaMarie.com)
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Sweet Treat: Double Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies with Avocado

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

Double dark chocolate brownies with avocado.

Yes, you read that correctly: avocado! The avocado replaces butter in the recipe.

I hope you haven't left yet. These are also refined sugar and flour free.

Are you still here? ;)

I adapted this recipe from a fellow blogger. And let me tell you, these cookies do not disappoint.

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Irresistibly Delicious Appetizers: Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

One thing my husband, Dan, has a knack for is creating appetizers that are irresistibly delicious.

I’m talking finger-licking good.

I can’t label everything he makes as healthy, but these Crab Stuffed Mushrooms make the cut! They're loaded with veggies, fresh herbs, parmesan and plenty of lump crab.

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This salted dark chocolate energy bark is from a recipe by Dan and Laurenda Marie Bennett. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett)
This salted dark chocolate energy bark is from a recipe by Dan and Laurenda Marie Bennett. (Photo: Laurenda Marie Bennett)
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Serving Up Some Sweet Treats

By Laurenda Marie Bennett

Hello everyone! I’m Laurenda Marie Bennett, or Ren for short. I like to make mouth-watering recipes made from real, clean and nutrient-dense food. I share recipes and healthy living advice via my blog, Laurenda Marie.

Good health is extremely important to me, but yummy food is, too! So, why not have them both?

My food philosophy is quite simple: Just eat real food! It’s naturally healing, energizing, satisfying and extremely nourishing. I'm thriving, not surviving!

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What Is The Tastiest Way To Cook A Turkey? [Poll]

Thanksgiving is just days away.  It's time to get your turkey and all of the ingredients for the side dishes.

Then there's a big decision to be made...how to cook your turkey.

What is the tastiest way to cook a turkey?

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Red Beans and Rice to Die For

I always like to share recipes with you when I find one I've done and it's worth every bite.  This one is worth every bite.  It's Red Beans and Rice.

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What’s for dinner tonight? Leftovers!

What are we having for dinner tonight?

Fair enough question.  Most of us look forward to dinner, and you'd like to know what to look forward to.  It makes the day so much more fun.

Since I'm the chef of the house most of the time, my wife works and I'm home early, it's up to me to meal plan

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Cooking With Carson Fast And Easy Chicken Soup![video]

Okay, so Sunday I decide I need to make some good old fashioned chicken soup!  What I do is prepare a big pot, freeze it in proper portion sizes and enjoy:-)  This is a fast easy way to make the soup with a rotisserie type flavor to it

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How To Handle Your Kitchen

Another weekend of watching cooking and home repair t.v. shows on cable. I'm not the only one. Lots of people watch other people work. I haven't tackled many of the home renovation projects...too much money

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Who Is Your Favorite TV Chef

After a lot of trial and error, I am getting better at grilling foods other than burgers, hot dogs etc. Like most, I get a lot of my backyard grill ideas from t.v. My favorite of all the t.v. cooks is Steven Raichlen fro

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