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Natalie McLaury
Stories written by Natalie McLaury
Natalie McLaury is a St Louis based food writer with a passion for real food and experimenting in the kitchen. Her cooking ranges from healthy three course meals to decadent desserts, and she shares many of her food tips and recipes on her successful The Sweets Life blog . As an avid runner and fitness expert, she also gives the occasional tips on how to combine a serious interest in health with a sweet tooth.

Chocolate Pudding Shortbread Bars

Chocolate Pudding Shortbread Bars

The pudding on the bars sets up in the fridge so that the shortbread can be cut into perfect little squares, topped with sea salt.…

Eggplant Caponata Sandwiches

Eggplant Caponata Sandwiches

The mouth-watering smell of tomatoes and eggplant go great as work lunch tucked inside a baguette with mozzarella and fresh basil or with polenta. …

Nacho Burgers

Nacho Burgers

A plain burger patty thrown on the grill lets creative toppings and flavors really shine. This nacho burger has everything: salsa, queso, and avocado. …

Ratatouille and Goat Cheese Polenta

Ratatouille and Goat Cheese Polenta

This ratatouille easily builds flavor in a slow cooker. Serve with chickpeas over a goat cheese-spiked polenta and top with basil for a filling meal.…

Cooking the Magazines: Mediterranean Vegetable Salad with Mint Yogurt Dressing

Cooking the Magazines: Mediterranean Vegetable Salad with Mint Yogurt Dressing

A vegetable-heavy salad featuring roasted eggplant, onions, pepper, and zucchini that won't weigh you down…

Cooking the Magazines: Spicy Asian Chicken with Brussels Sprouts

Cooking the Magazines: Spicy Asian Chicken with Brussels Sprouts

Chicken and brussels sprouts stir fry with a spicy kick. A great winter dish.…

Cooking the Magazines: Roasted Cabbage and Pear Salad

Cooking the Magazines: Roasted Cabbage and Pear Salad

A simple salad of roasted cabbage and pears with walnuts and blue cheese.…

Cooking the Magazines: Green Bean, Grape and Bacon Pasta Salad

Cooking the Magazines: Green Bean, Grape and Bacon Pasta Salad

An untraditional spin on pasta salad starring green beans, grapes, and bacon.…

Cooking the Magazines: Pear, Gorgonzola, and Lentil Salad

Cooking the Magazines: Pear, Gorgonzola, and Lentil Salad

A hearty meatless salad that combines pears and gorgonzola with lentils in a tangy dressing…

Cooking the Magazines: White Pesto Pizza with Tomatoes and Basil

Cooking the Magazines: White Pesto Pizza with Tomatoes and Basil

A delicious homemade pizza with white pesto, tomatoes, and basil.…

Cooking the Magazines: Pumpkin Spice Granola

Cooking the Magazines: Pumpkin Spice Granola

Granola gets a taste of fall in this pumpkin-spiced version.…

Cooking the Magazines: Roast Beef, Red Pepper, Arugula, and Feta Sandwiches with Tahini Dressing

Cooking the Magazines: Roast Beef, Red Pepper, Arugula, and Feta Sandwiches with Tahini Dressing

Make-ahead picnic sandwiches with roast beef, a red pepper tapenade, arugula, and feta.…

Cooking the Magazines: Ginger Bars

Cooking the Magazines: Ginger Bars

Simple, but delicious, dessert bars featuring candied ginger.…

Cooking the Magazines: Tomato Bacon Basil Pizza Rolls

Cooking the Magazines: Tomato Bacon Basil Pizza Rolls

They look like a cinnamon roll but taste like pizza…

Cooking the Magazines: Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bars

Cooking the Magazines: Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bars

Homemade granola bars featuring peanut butter, chocolate chips, and dried cranberries…

Cooking the Magazines: Grilled Pizza with Cheesy Corn, Tomatoes, and Mozzarella

Cooking the Magazines: Grilled Pizza with Cheesy Corn, Tomatoes, and Mozzarella

Grilled pizza topped with a sauce made from pureed corn and parmesan.…

Cooking the Magazines: Caprese Burgers

Cooking the Magazines: Caprese Burgers

Mouthwatering beef hamburgers flavored with homemade pesto, topped with mozzarella and tomatoes.…

Cooking the Magazines: Farro and Green Bean Tuna Salad

Cooking the Magazines: Farro and Green Bean Tuna Salad

A Greek-inspired main dish featuring tuna and farro…

Cooking the Magazines: Marinated Kale and Green Bean Salad

Cooking the Magazines: Marinated Kale and Green Bean Salad

Raw kale is marinated in an olive oil vinaigrette and then tossed with green beans and fresh parmesan…

Cooking the Magazines: Grilled Asparagus Salad

Cooking the Magazines: Grilled Asparagus Salad

A hearty main dish salad featuring grilled asparagus, olives, cheddar, tomatoes, and a citrus vinaigrette…

Cooking the Magazines: Rosemary Grilled Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

Cooking the Magazines: Rosemary Grilled Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

Grilled Chicken served atop a delicious mushroom tomato sauce.…

Cooking the Magazines: Jalapeño Blueberry Salsa

Cooking the Magazines: Jalapeño Blueberry Salsa

A fruity spicy salsa featuring blueberries, bell pepper, and jalapenos.…

Cooking the Magazines: Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

Cooking the Magazines: Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

Classy french dip sandwiches, made in the slow cooker. …

Cooking the Magazines: Lemony Grilled Potato Salad

Cooking the Magazines: Lemony Grilled Potato Salad

A mayo-less summer potato salad that's made on the grill. …

Cooking the Magazines: Tomato Chutney

Cooking the Magazines: Tomato Chutney

Liven a regular grilled cheese sandwich with a sweet and spicy tomato chutney.…

Cooking the Magazines: Beet Hummus

Cooking the Magazines: Beet Hummus

Natalie McLaury with a healthy purple hummus starring beets.…

Cooking the Magazines: Baked Lemon Buttermilk Donuts

Cooking the Magazines: Baked Lemon Buttermilk Donuts

A healthier donut, baked with buttermilk and whole wheat flour and topped with a lemon glaze. …

Cooking the Magazines: Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad

Cooking the Magazines: Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad

This grilled corn and avocado salad recipe is a meatless main dish salad perfect for summer. …

Cooking the Magazines: Open Faced Sandwiches with Goat Cheese, Arugula, and a Fried Egg

Cooking the Magazines: Open Faced Sandwiches with Goat Cheese, Arugula, and a Fried Egg

A light sandwich topped with goat cheese, arugula, and a fried egg.…

Cooking the Magazines: Red Potatoes with Olive, Feta, and Mint

Cooking the Magazines: Red Potatoes with Olive, Feta, and Mint

A delicious non-mayo based potato salad with a mediterranean twist. …

Cooking the Magazines: Gooey Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookie Bars

Cooking the Magazines: Gooey Chocolate Chip Sandwich Cookie Bars

Oatmeal cranberry chocolate chip dough sandwiching a gooey chocolate filling.…

Cooking the Magazines: Chicken with Kale and Freekeh-Lentil Pilaf

Cooking the Magazines: Chicken with Kale and Freekeh-Lentil Pilaf

A healthy main dish featuring chicken, kale, and a freekeh-lentil pilaf.…

Cooking the Magazines: Herb Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Sage

Cooking the Magazines: Herb Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Sage

A delicious Herb Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Sage. Perfect for a family dinner.…

Cooking the Magazines: Quick Turkey Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash

Cooking the Magazines: Quick Turkey Bolognese with Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti with meat sauce made light by using spaghetti squash instead of noodles. …

Cooking the Magazines: Slow Cooker Penne with Eggplant Tomato Sauce

Cooking the Magazines: Slow Cooker Penne with Eggplant Tomato Sauce

A meatless eggplant tomato pasta sauce made in the slow cooker. …

Cooking the Magazines: Roasted Asparagus with Lemony Breadcrumbs

Cooking the Magazines: Roasted Asparagus with Lemony Breadcrumbs

The perfect side dish for Spring, featuring roasted asparagus topped with a lemony panko mixture.…

Cooking the Magazines: Ham, Cheddar and Red Onion Bread Pudding

Cooking the Magazines: Ham, Cheddar and Red Onion Bread Pudding

A savory and delicious bread pudding filled with ham, cheddar, and red onions. …

Cooking the Magazines: Goat Cheese Pecan Finger Sandwiches

Cooking the Magazines: Goat Cheese Pecan Finger Sandwiches

Finger sandwiches featuring goat cheese, hot pepper jelly, and pecans…

Cooking the Magazines: Black Bean-Corn Burgers

Cooking the Magazines: Black Bean-Corn Burgers

A hearty burger featuring black beans and corn. So good you won't even miss the meat.…

Cooking the Magazines: Honey Chipotle Turkey Meatballs

Cooking the Magazines: Honey Chipotle Turkey Meatballs

Lean turkey meatballs tossed in a delicious honey chipotle sauce…

Cooking the Magazines: Dried Berry and Wheat Germ Muffins

Cooking the Magazines: Dried Berry and Wheat Germ Muffins

These delicious muffins are healthy enough to be served for breakfast, featuring wheat germ and dried berries.…

Cooking the Magazines: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Cooking the Magazines: Peanut Butter and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Honey wheat pretzels dipped in a chocolate peanut butter mixture make for an easy, no bake treat.…

Cooking the Magazines: Butterscotch Blondie Bars with Peanut Pretzel Caramel

Cooking the Magazines: Butterscotch Blondie Bars with Peanut Pretzel Caramel

A blondie base made with brown butter is topped with a homemade caramel, roasted peanuts, and crushed pretzels.…

Cooking the Magazines: Wilted Greens and Sweet Potato Winter Salad

Cooking the Magazines: Wilted Greens and Sweet Potato Winter Salad

A savory side salad featuring roasted sweet potatoes and wilted greens tossed in a lemon garlic dressing.…

Cooking the Magazines: Buffalo Wing Hummus

Cooking the Magazines: Buffalo Wing Hummus

Natalie McLaury serves a hummus that tastes like your favorite bar food…

Cooking the Magazines: Dark Chocolate Almond Cranberry Quinoa Cookies

Cooking the Magazines: Dark Chocolate Almond Cranberry Quinoa Cookies

A drop cookie featuring quinoa, oats, dried cranberries, almonds, and chocolate…

Cooking the Magazines: Texas Sheet Cake

Cooking the Magazines: Texas Sheet Cake

A moist chopped cake topped with a sweet chocolate frosting studded with pecans.…

Cooking the Magazines: Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

Cooking the Magazines: Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

Macaroons made from egg whites, sweetened condensed milk, and coconut, then dipped in chocolate.…

Cooking the Magazines: Smoky Black Bean Soup

Cooking the Magazines: Smoky Black Bean Soup

A smoky black bean soup topped with a spicy salsa.…

Cooking the Magazines: Sweet Potato Salsa

Cooking the Magazines: Sweet Potato Salsa

A roasted sweet potato salsa is the perfect side dish or appetizer…

Cooking the Magazines: Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad

Cooking the Magazines: Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad

A flavorful salad featuring raw kale and brussels sprouts tossed with a lemony vinaigrette.…

Cooking the Magazines: Lentil Burgers with Tzatziki

Cooking the Magazines: Lentil Burgers with Tzatziki

A great meatless burger featuring lentils and topped with tzatziki.…

Cooking the Magazines: Broccoli, Cannellini Bean, and Cheddar Soup

Cooking the Magazines: Broccoli, Cannellini Bean, and Cheddar Soup

A creamy broccoli cheddar soup that features pureed beans instead of heavy cream.…

Cooking the Magazines: Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Cooking the Magazines: Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Small in size but big in flavor, these cookies are soft and chewy, with an intense chocolaty flavor.…

Cooking the Magazines: Creamy Sweet Potato and Chipotle Soup

Cooking the Magazines: Creamy Sweet Potato and Chipotle Soup

A sweet and spicy soup featuring sweet potatoes, apples, and chipotle peppers that'll keep you warm this winter.…

Cooking the Magazines: Pasta with Bacon and Cauliflower

Cooking the Magazines: Pasta with Bacon and Cauliflower

A simple pasta dish featuring bacon, cauliflower, and parmesan cheese.…

Cooking the Magazines: Salted Caramel Pie

Cooking the Magazines: Salted Caramel Pie

This pie is ridiculously easy and ridiculously good-graham cracker crust, salty caramel filling, and whipped cream topping.…

Cooking the Magazines: Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Poppy Seeds

Cooking the Magazines: Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Poppy Seeds

A unique side dish that combines shredded brussels sprouts and a vinegary dressing.…

Cooking the Magazines: Kale and Butternut Squash Torte

Cooking the Magazines: Kale and Butternut Squash Torte

A cheesy layered torte full of squash, sweet potato, and kale.…

Cooking the Magazines: Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts and Dried Cranberries

Cooking the Magazines: Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts and Dried Cranberries

Green beans tossed with toasted Nuts and dried fruit make for a festive side dish.…

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