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It has been a while since I have written a food post, so today is the day!

Over the past year ( this month also marks our one year gluten-free anniversary), I have learned an entire new way of cooking.

Through my classes in holistic nutrition, I have also learned that we all need to really beef up ( no pun intended!) our nutrients in our foods.

It is really about thinking outside the box and redefining how we think of food.

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This season, fresh pomegranate has been my favorite dessert!  Better than junk food, it is tasty, sweet, sour and all good.  The antioxidants are awesome and although it is messy, it is quite delish…

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For New Years Eve, our family has begun a pizza tradition…  but who says it has to be traditional?

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This year I made pesto with spinach, kale, olive oil and walnuts… packed with nutrients and tasted just as delish as the traditional basil version.

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Then, we put it on a pizza with roasted beets and goat cheese.

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Although my family thought I was a little nuts (ha! I am cracking myself up this morning with all my puns!), my crazy pizza creation was a little mozzarella cheese, a little goat cheese and sliced apples…

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It was the best pizza of them all!

My last culinary adventure to share stems from my attempt to fatten up my hubby.  He had a really severe flare of his colitis a couple of months ago and arrived at a total 45 lb weight loss over the last couple years (he didn’t have any weight to lose in the first place…).  I could see all his bones and it was so concerning.

Now that the flare has mostly passed, I have personally taken it upon myself to get my healthy honey back.

Fortunately, it is working and he has gained about 15 lbs!  Unfortunately, it has also worked for me and I too have gained… whoops.  I am so empathetic…

Anywho, here are my dinner cupcakes!

First, you par bake some bacon ( for you Miss Savannah! xoxo).  I did 10 strips in the oven on 400 degrees for about 10 minutes.  Also bake a couple large sweet potatoes ( yellow flesh).

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Line the bottom of the muffin tin with the bacon ( one strip each cut in half), stuff it with seasoned ground beef, and bake at 375 for about 25 minutes.

Mash the potatoes, add a little butter and top the meat.  Put it back in the oven for about 10 minutes and voila!

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I wanted to get a photo of them all in the muffin tin, but the troops were starving!

Put a little salad on the side and good-to-go.

I used 2 potatoes, 10 strips of bacon and 2lbs of beef and it made about 10 cuppies.

How have you modified your traditional recipes to make them more nutritious?