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Welcome Friends, to Cooking With Cassandra! Thank you for stopping by. Here you will find simple, delicious recipes that are tested and perfected, kitchen tips every home cook needs to know + lifestyle advice on changing your mindset on health from restriction and overwhelm to balance and enjoyment! My goal is to provide you with inspiration, whether it’s in your kitchen or in your life. Let’s get cooking!

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Close up of Steak salad with vegetables, cheese and creamy dressing

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Spinach feta turkey burger patty

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Close up view of a berry salad on a platter

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Burger with feta turkey patty

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Spinach feta turkey burger patty

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Pasta salad with cherry tomatoes

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Close up of Steak salad with vegetables, cheese and creamy dressing

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Peach crisp served with sliced peaches

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Close up view of a berry salad on a platter

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A close up of toasted bread with bruschetta toppings

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Slice of apple puffed pancake sprinkled with powdered sugar

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Pancakes with blueberry toppings

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zucchini bread oatmeal in a clear container

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