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Mangia | 10-Minute Crab Bisque

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I am a huge fan of seafood, especially seafood soups. After a busy day and a late workout at the gym on Friday, I really didn’t feel like cooking at all! I had the ingredients to test out a crab bisque recipe that I came up with last week during meal planning and some pre-made crab cakes that just needed to be baked. I thought the soup would be long and involved since I was testing something new, but I actually created a fast and easy crab bisque recipe that is perfect when you are short on time but craving a hot dinner! Continue reading “Mangia | 10-Minute Crab Bisque”


Mangia | Baked Chicken Cakes

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Do you ever struggle to use up all the leftovers from a rotisserie chicken? I made my baked rotisserie chicken a couple nights ago and needed to use up what was left. I love crab cakes, so I decided to try to make a chicken-based version! Continue reading “Mangia | Baked Chicken Cakes”

Mangia | Shrimp and Chicken Sausage Jambalaya

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If you like cajun flavor, then this recipe for a lightened-up jambalaya is for you! Shrimp and chicken sausage plus a ton of veggies will delight your tastebuds. Continue reading “Mangia | Shrimp and Chicken Sausage Jambalaya”

Mangia | Skinny Bang Bang Shrimp

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My girlfriends and I went to Bonefish Grill for happy hour the other weekend and we had to get the bang bang shrimp and chicken. Two of my favorite appetizers, hands down! I wanted to recreate the recipe for dinner with a guilt-free sauce and no breading. This is a super simple and quick weeknight meal! Continue reading “Mangia | Skinny Bang Bang Shrimp”

Mangia | Bacon-Wrapped Chicken

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This is one of my go-to recipes…mostly because when I ask Alex what he wants for dinner, this is always one of his requests! You really can’t go wrong with bacon…especially when you wrap it around chicken and baste it with honey mustard. 🙂 Continue reading “Mangia | Bacon-Wrapped Chicken”

Mangia | Taco Lettuce Wraps

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Alex and I recently started to carb cycle in our diet in an effort to get ready for summer. Carb cycling is when you alternate low-carb and high-carb days in an effort to switch your body into fat-burning mode. We are a week in and I’m starting to get the hang of it. I like that I don’t have to deprive myself of anything…if it fits my macros (i.e. breakdown of protein, carbs and fat), then I can eat it. Everything in moderation…my kind of eating plan! Continue reading “Mangia | Taco Lettuce Wraps”

Mangia | Lighter “Smothered” Chicken

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I’m back with another easy, lightened-up meal for your busy weeknights! If you go out to eat at restaurants, there is almost always a “smothered” chicken dish on the menu. You think, “Oh, it’s chicken…it can’t be that bad.” In reality, the “smothered” part of it usually jacks up the calories and the fat. Have no fear…here is a simple yet TASTY homemade version. Continue reading “Mangia | Lighter “Smothered” Chicken”

Mangia | Cheesy Cheeseburger Pie

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As you know, I am all about easy dinner casseroles after busy work days. This quick recipe will have you chowing down in no time with huge cheeseburger flavor. Ditch the buns and make this easy cheeseburger pie for dinner! Continue reading “Mangia | Cheesy Cheeseburger Pie”

Mangia | Baked “Smoked” Chicken Drumsticks

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Chicken, chicken, chicken. Sometimes I feel like that’s all I make! But, it’s a staple in our diet and I am always coming up with new ways to make poultry. I experimented and came up with a DE-LI-CIOUS smoky dry rub recipe to make your chicken even more tasty!

You can use this method on any cut of chicken, but since I’m always using breasts, I picked up a pack of chicken drumsticks for this recipe. The mixture of spices evokes a “smoked” flavor, and once you add the BBQ sauce, these will tantalize your taste buds for sure. Continue reading “Mangia | Baked “Smoked” Chicken Drumsticks”

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