Spiced Pear and Caramelized Shallot Jam | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

While part of me will always be a city girl (basically, I just need to be within five miles of a Target), there is also a part of me that wants to be a homesteader — the one who wakes up every morning overlooking her sprawl of quiet farmland, knits her own blankets, carries chicken feed in her apron out to the coop and has a walk-in pantry stocked floor to ceiling with homemade jams.

Does that even exist anymore, anywhere? I hope it does. I like to think it does, and that maybe, one day, our lives will take a turn in that direction. Maybe not completely so (I just don’t really know if I’m cut out to have chickens), but in some ways. For now, I know I can make the jam.

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One Pan Lemon Rosemary Chicken Thighs | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough

Does one ever need an intervention from one-pan dinners? You know what I mean — the kind where you throw everything on a sheet pan, stick it in the oven and soon after, dinner is READY. And it usually involves some sort of protein-and-veg situation with a delightful sauce and all of it somehow takes on the flavor of the other things crowding along with it on the sheet pan so every single bite is like a journey to Ultimate Flavortown.

So yeah, those… I don’t think an intervention is needed at all. Just more one-pan dinners, please.

I especially want more dinners in the very near future of this one pan lemon rosemary chicken thighs with sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts, considering the first one disappeared so quickly. Like, maybe tonight. And also tomorrow.

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Lighter Lasagna Bolognese | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough #pasta #dinner #healthy #HealthyPastaMonth #spon

(This giveaway is closed.)

This lasagna, you guys. Oh, this lasagna.

It’s “last meal” worthy. It’s “fancy weekend date night at home” worthy. It’s “comfort food on a Wednesday” worthy. It’s “dinner party with old friends or new acquaintances you need to impress” worthy. And you don’t even need to bust out your fat pants for it.

Lighter lasagna bolognese, you guys. That’s where the pasta party is at, and you want to go to there.

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Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough #recipe #healthy #dressing #dip

I feel like I haven’t kept you well up to date with what’s going on in my life, lately. My apologies, if that’s something that interests you. If not, well, I’ve been doing just fine in your opinion, then. Good for me (and by proxy, for you).

But to those who are interested, I was initially going to say I’m about to disappoint you, because apart from this creamy avocado cilantro sauce situation that has, in fact, been a daily situation in my lunches and dinners of late, not much has been going on. But that sauce situation is pretty exciting, so…

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Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Bacon and Chives | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough #potatoes #baking #recipe

You guys, I’ve eaten so many sweet potatoes in the last few weeks that I might be turning orange. I know this happens with carrots. In fact my dad, when he was a youth, ate so many carrots every day for lunch that his skin did, in fact, generate an orange-y hue for a short time (or so my mother says, anyway). And now I fear the same fate for my own skin. And it’s not that self-tanning orange glow we’re going for — it’s like Violet Beauregarde, but as an orange instead of a blueberry.

Well just stop eating sweet potatoes, you say, and I laugh and laugh. I laugh because will you just look at these bacon, chive and sour cream stuffed sweet potatoes above? Topped with melty cheese and even more bacon?

Ah, yes. I see you’re laughing now, too. Soon you’ll also be worrying about orange skin.

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Caribbean Jerk Chicken, Bean and Rice Bowls | girlversusdough.com @girlversusdough #chicken #dinner #healthy #recipe

Wouldn’t it be super neat if you could eat a certain food and it would transport you to the place of its origin? Like if this Caribbean jerk chicken transported me right to a sunny Caribbean beach. That would be just super neat. Just so super duper neat. Just so very — but OH HAI REAL LIFE and your lack of sunny Caribbean beaches.

Real life may not be so super neat, but at least it still includes these tasty, filling and healthy chicken, bean and rice bowls. And I suppose that will suffice (for now).

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