Smoked Salmon Crispy Smashed Potato Bites with Avocado Dill Sauce

Smoked Salmon Crispy Smashed Potato Bites with Avocado Dill Sauce
Happy St. Patty’s Day! I have the last Irish-y themed recipe of the week for you today. It started off with the most decadent Irish cream chocolate bread, then we went savory with the super creamy Irish cheddar mac and cheese with crispy pancetta, and finally today’s smoked salmon app! I love these little bites. These little smoked salmon bites are served on my recent addiction: crispy smashed potatoes. Ever since I started making these last fall, I’ve been HOOKED. They’re SO freaking good. My mom and I polish off an entire pan within minutes, every time, without fail.
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Lightened-Up BBQ Chicken Dip

Lightened-Up BBQ Chicken Dip
Would it be acceptable to only eat appetizers for every meal? Pretty sure I’d be the happiest person ever. In my family I’m known as “the picker.” I LOVE trying a bunch of different things when going out to restaurants, and entertaining with a bunch of apps (and eating off of my family members plates too shhh). I can’t help it! It’s just who I am. This recipe would be PERFECT for entertaining and this weekend’s big game!
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Acai Chia Pudding Smoothie Bowls

Acai Chia Pudding Smoothie Bowls
Acai bowl + chia pudding = best combo EVER. Why have I never thought of this?! It’s seriously a texture lover’s dream. Chia pudding mixed with all the crunchy toppings and smooth acai purée is so delicious and perfect.
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Dirty Chai Cashew Energy Bites

Dirty Chai Cashew Energy Bites
Dirty chai’s are one of my favorite drinks for when I want a treat or something special. I don’t often make them at home, but they are darn good. I love chai spices mixed with rich espresso flavor and steamed milk. It’s so comforting and warm.

That’s how these bites came to be.
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Peanut Butter Avocado Green Smoothie + Red Velvet Superfood Smoothie!

Peanut Butter Avocado Green Smoothie + Red Velvet Superfood Smoothie!
I have no idea why, but I crave smoothies way more in the winter than I do in the summertime. It’s a good thing because I can cram so many superfoods and healthy ingredients into my smoothies, which prevents me from catching all the flu’s and sicknesses! Another weird thing about me: I still drink iced coffee when its freezing. I just prefer it!
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Healthier Loaded Crispy Smashed Potato Bites

Healthier Loaded Crispy Smashed Potato Bites
Healthier football food. Yes, it can be a thing. Healthier football food that tastes amazing? That would be these bites. I cannot get over how good these are and how much they taste like the loaded potato skins you’re probably thinking about. First of all, this method of making crispy smashed potatoes is INSANELY addicting. I’m obsessed. My mom and I ate an entire sheet-pan’s-worth in minutes. They’re too good. They even made an appearance as a rosemary garlic version for a Christmas dinner side.
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Espresso Vanilla Cashew Date Truffles

Espresso Vanilla Cashew Date Truffles
It’s no secret that I love energy bites made from dates, nuts, and various superfoods. They’re the best snack! I had the idea of covering them in chocolate and making them into a “truffle.” No idea why I hadn’t thought of this before. So delicious! Dare I say I like them better than regular truffles..
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How I Build a Holiday Cheese Board + Quick Spiced Apricot Preserves!

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There’s nothing like a huge cheeseboard with tonnnns of amazing stuff loaded on it..am I right?! I’m pretty sure I could have this for dinner nearly every night and be the happiest girl ever. During the holidays (and any time really), a cheese board/plate is always my go-to for entertaining. Or, for those nights where I really don’t feel like cooking. Add some wine to the equation, and we have the makings of the best kind of night.

I wanted to share with you my favorite components to a wintery/holiday-esque version, as well as a delicious spiced apricot preserves recipe to serve with your cheeses!
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Whole Wheat Cranberry Orange Pistachio Muffins with Vanilla Bean Glaze

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The title of these muffins is kind of ridiculous, I know. I couldn’t leave anything out! Every ingredient in these muffins contributes to their amazingness. They taste like the holidays. Tart cranberries, fragrant orange, and crunchy pistachios mix together perfectly. I used whole wheat flour, and they’re sweetened with just maple syrup! So, they are a bit lightened up as well! I had to top the muffins with a vanilla bean glaze, because vanilla bean makes everything wonderful and warm.
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Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos with Greek Yogurt Chipotle Crema

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I swear I could eat Mexican food for every darn meal and be completely happy. I’m pretty sure my waistline wouldn’t appreciate that though. So, these are a lightened up version of loaded nachos, made with crispy sweet potato “chips!” They’re AMAZING. And somehow I didn’t even miss the chips! The sweetness of the potatoes mixed with the spicy/smoky beef and chipotle sauce is perfection. I hope you’re not sick of all my sweet potato-centric recipes lately..I just love them so much!
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