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Beverages. 11 Healthier Cupcake Recipes. Have you noticed that cupcakerys are the new hot trend in restaurants? Even in my non-metropolitan home town, our local bakery competed in the 2011 and 2012 Food Network Cupcake Wars and won "Best of the Best" on Cupcake Champions in 2012.In our home, the month of February is an unofficial cupcake month, with Valentine's Day and nine separate family birthday celebrations to prepare for. However, if I stuck with the standard recipe, my husband and I would surely gain a few pounds and my kids would gain an eternal sugar high. That said, there are some simple modifications that add nutritional value, reduce the processed sugar, fat, and calories too. Substitute whole-grain flours for all purpose flour.

Chewy Cupcake Brownies Remember how delicious Mom's brownies were? Red Velvet Cupcake Beets are used to add vibrant red colors instead processed food dye. calories: 64.1 fat: 0.8 g protein: 2.2 g carbs: 12 g fiber: 1 g Spring Cupcakes with Citrus Icing Exclusive SparkPeople Cookbook Recipe! Hummus | partial-ingredients. Hummus is one of those foods that is easy to pick up at a grocery store and not really give it a second thought. That’s what I did for a long time until I decided to explore Lebanese food a little more.

Years ago, my family would get take-out from a local Lebanese deli and since then I have loved that food. Since I had been craving Lebanese food I decided to make my own version of the deli’s menu. Hummus is so simple; I couldn’t believe I had never made it before! All you need is a blender or food processor, 2 cans of chickpeas, tahini, garlic and lemon juice. Hummus (makes about 4 cups)Printable Version Ingredients: 2 15 oz. cans chickpeas, juice from one can reserved1/3 cup tahini2 lemons, juice3-4 cloves garlic, minced1/4 tsp salt1/4 tsp crushed red chili flakes1/8 tsp cuminolive oil for drizzlingdash paprika, for garnish Directions: The World in My Kitchen: Thai Coconut Curry Soup. I love Pinterest. It keeps me organized (in an otherwise very unorganized life) with ideas that I'd like to implement someday.

Many of them will remain that way: someday. But you know you have to act on a recipe when you've pinned it more than once--that's what happened with this soup. I saw it a few months ago, made it, and liked it, but thought it needed more depth and more flavor. I then promptly forgot all about it until a couple of weeks ago when I pinned it...and then realized that it was the same soup!

This time I got it right, though. Thai Coconut Curry Soup Adapted from Chef Michael Smith Serves 4-62 14-ounce cans coconut milk 1 1/2 tablespoons green curry paste 1/2 tablespoons red curry paste 1/2 serrano chile, minced 1/2-3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, thinly sliced 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth 1 carrot, peeled and shredded 1 tablespoon lemongrass (from the tube--this is the only way I can get it!

Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. Squish, gurgle, splash. Oh, sorry. That was just the sound of me surfacing from the near 10 inches of rain that has fallen in our area in the past three days! 8O Yesterday was seriously the craziest day of thunderstorms that I can remember in a really long time. From my seat at work I watched system after system roll over the area with thunder and lightening like I haven’t seen or heard in years. Thankfully there’s no flooding in my immediate area, but I feel for the folks in Western Iowa who are bracing for some bad stuff. I haven’t been able to sleep well the past couple of nights because of the loud thunder but, despite it continuing even into last night, I finally ZONKED and woke up 10 hours later feeling better than I have in a week.

Per Friday’s scheduled workout for Week 1 of the 2011 Summer Shape Up Program, I took Eloise up to the gym where I tackled a quick & dirty 30 Minute HIIT (high intensity interval training) Treadmill Routine: Starring Sabra’s Roasted Pine Nut Hummus. Chicken Salad with Greek Yogurt. Good Heavens – could it BE anymore deliriously delightful outside?! I stole away for a quick, two mile walk in the sunshine at lunch today…in boots…with pointy(ish) toes. Rookie mistake. I ended up with a wicked blister on the top of my big toe! 8O It didn’t keep me from the three miler I had planned for this afternoon though, nosiree!

The cheer turned to a lesson in humility when, on the way back, I got smoked by a man, ooooh, 30+ years my senior! Afterwards, I made a delish dinner that I’ve been meaning to whip up for weeks: Chicken Salad Sandwiches! Chicken Salad Print this recipe! Makes 3 sandwiches Ingredients: 6 oz shredded chicken 1/3 cup dried cranberries 1/4 cup sliced almonds 2 green onion, sliced 2 small ribs celery, chopped Dressing: 1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt 1/2 teaspoon curry powder 2 teaspoons soy sauce squeeze of lemon juice salt, to taste Directions: Combine chicken through celery in a bowl. Oh yeah! I served my chicken salad on an EarthGrains 100% Whole Wheat Thin Bun. Cheeseburger Salad. My gosh, is this ever good. All the goodness of a juicy cheeseburger in salad form. It’s similar to a taco salad, in that it has a bunch of meat, cheese, and tomato on top of lettuce.

But this is…different. It’s crazy, crazy good. You’ll want to eat the meat mixture alone right out of the skillet. You’ll wonder where it’s been all your life. (I think it’s the pickles. Here’s how I make it. (Note: This recipe is adapted from this recipe on The Pampered Chef, which happens to make three of my most favorite cooking tools in the world. (This is not a paid advertisement for Pampered Chef products. The Cast of Characters: Ground beef, ketchup, yellow mustard, Dijon mustard, barbecue sauce (not shown because I’m a dork), Roma tomatoes (not shown, see note on barbecue sauce), cheddar cheese, hamburger or hot dog buns, butter, and Romaine lettuce. Brown the ground beef, then drain off the fat and squirt in some ketchup.

Make this. Squirt in some mustard… Some Dijon or grainy mustard… Ingredients. Superfood Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette. Gluten-free Superfood Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette combines ultra-healthy and flavorful ingredients in a light-yet-filling meal. Superfood Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette combines ultra-healthy and flavorful ingredients like quinoa, pomegranate, citrus, avocado and beans, in a light-yet-filling meal, that’s bursting with satisfying flavors and textures.

Eat by itself, or topped with shrimp or grilled chicken. Superfood Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Print Recipe Description Gluten-Free Superfood Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette combines ultra-healthy and flavorful ingredients in a light-yet-filling meal. Ingredients Directions Cook quinoa according to package directions then set aside to cool. Notes Click here to learn how to de-seed a pomegranate > This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, Recipes. Cheesy Enchilada Stack. Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies Recipe | Red Velvet Cookies. Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies Red velvet cake is so pretty and perfect for the holiday season. We all know my heart belongs to cookies, not cake, so I decided it was time for me to create a red velvet cookie…and not just any red velvet cookie, but a Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookie. This cookie is the cookie of all cookies. If you think your holiday baking list is set, think again.

You have to make these cookies! They will wow everyone who takes a bite! I normally don’t bake with boxed mixes, but I cheated and used a red velvet cake mix to make these cookies. If you are a Cheesecake Factory fan, chances are you have had their Red Velvet Cheesecake. Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies Yield: 10 giant cookiesCook Time: 11-13 minutes Red velvet cookies with a creamy cheesecake filling and a drizzle of white chocolate.

If you like these Red Velvet Cheesecake Cookies, you might also like: Peanut Butter Oreo Ice Cream Pie. Hi guys! Right now I’m in southern California running around Orange County with the beautiful Jenny from Picky Palate. Jenny is showing me the time of my life in her town — we are hitting all her favorite spots and eating ourselves silly! I will definitely be hitting the gym next week back in Alabama, say a prayer for me!! In the meantime, I couldn’t wait to share this fun homemade Peanut Butter Oreo Ice Cream Pie with you. This is one of the first desserts I made when Kevin and I first got married. It’s so easy to whip up, here’s all you’ll need. Finely crush 25 Oreos in a food processor or blender. Sprinkle the crumbs in the bottom of a 9″ pie plate… And pour in six tablespoons of melted butter.

Oh my word. Stir the crumbs and the butter together, then press into the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate. This wonderfully thick Oreo crust is perfect and my absolute favorite part of the pie. Some vanilla… And whisk in 1/2 cup peanut butter until well combined. Now. Mini Cinnamon Rolls. 8 Minute Mini Cinnamon Rolls are ready in under 10 minutes. Sweet and poppable, they disappear in minutes! This post may contain affiliate links. We’ve got tons of Thanksgiving traditions in my family that I look forward to every year: Sipping mimosas while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Someone throwing a fit about losing at Scrabble, fueled by the aforementioned mimosas. The food. Pumpkin pie eaten while watching movies by the fire at night. Cinnamon rolls to start the day off right. Yes, before the mimosas, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, turkey and pie – there’s always a warm batch of cinnamon rolls waiting for my brothers and me as we trickle into my parent’s house from our respective neighborhoods.

They’re warm. They also kind of sit like a rock in your stomach for a couple hours afterwards. Well this year I thought I’d try something new when it came to those special Thanksgiving morning cinnamon rolls. Lay half the dough next to each other, and pinch the seams together. Better-For-You Game Day Dips. Happy Saturday! :D I’m working all day today, but wanted to share a couple of better-for-you dip recipes perfect for digging into on game day, that I wrote about in my latest Q Magazine Article!

I am THIS EXCITED about my first dip – Salscamole. Guacamole is my #1 favorite dip in the world, but it’s very calorie dense. By mixing 2 mashed avocados with a 15oz jar of salsa (I recommend Tostitos Restaurant Style) you basically get to eat double the amount of delicious dip for the same number of cals. Plus it is reeeeeDICulously delicious. Refreshing salsa is accented with pops of rich, tropical tasting avocado. The second dip I wrote about is a lightened up Spinach & Artichoke Dip that, get ready for it, still tastes good.

Spinach & Artichoke dip is traditionally loaded with mayo and cheese, but sometimes when you replace that with reduced or fat free dairy products, the dish can start to taste kind of plastic. Looking for more game-day eats? Bacon Wrapped Dates Pulled BBQ Pork Creamy Pickle Dip. Peanut Butter Brownie Bars Recipe. Thai Peanut Noodles. There was a lot to get used to when Ben and I found ourselves newly married and moving into a house together three years ago. We lived separately until the day we said ‘I do’ and really had no idea what we were getting ourselves into. I quickly found out that Ben has a fondness for throwing t-shirts on the bathroom floor, while I prefer to put them in the hamper. I hang my robe and belts on hooks on the back of our bedroom door, but he…well you know what, I still don’t know where he keeps that stuff, but he hates a cluttered doorway!

Our solution? The hooks moved onto the back of the guest room door, and we rock separate bathrooms. Separate bathrooms is my #1 secret to a happy marriage. The other thing we had to get used to? In the first year of of our marriage (pre blog,) Ben came to find that I made a lot of chicken. I also made a ton – A TON – of chicken pad thai. Thankfully, it is not. Chicken Pad Thai Print this recipe! Serves 4 Directions: NO GLOOP! It’s love, I think. ;)


Fall Food. Sausage and Bean Soup with Pasta. Baby, it's cold outside - the high for today is supposed to be 16 degrees! Here is a hearty soup to get you through the winter. This soup, along with a green salad and some nice bread, is a great dinner for a chilly night. This soup is loaded with sausage, beans and ditalini pasta. It's really a pretty traditional "Pasta e Fagioli" soup, but with sausage. I've used dried beans to make the soup. Sausage and Bean Soup with Pasta serves 6 or more * My favorite variation: For a creamier soup, puree about 3/4 of the beans before you add the cooked sausage back into the pot. For a printable recipe, click here Ingredients: Instructions: If using dried beans, place them in a pot, cover with cold water and let soak for several hours or overnight.

In a large pot, brown the sausage. If using dried beans, check for doneness at this point. Serve with grated cheese on top and an extra drizzle of olive oil. 50 Tips for Baking Better Cakes. Happy American Thanksgiving! I was sitting here planning a bunch of upcoming baking posts, when I realized that we’ve never really chatted about some of the basic steps that make for consistent baking and caking. I thought that it may be helpful to post these tips now, before we get too hot and heavy into more cake recipes. This collection of tips and tricks is made up of suggestions that happen to work for me, that I have either learned from the pros, read in books, or figured out along the way (and am still learning). I can say that implementing these steps completely changed my life as a baker, and I thought it would be fun to share. I hope that even one of these tips will help you along too.

{print} Recipe Ingredients: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 1 large egg white = 37 grams, 1 large egg yolk = 20 grams. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Mixing: 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. Baking Cakes: 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. Cooling & Frosting: 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. Roast Chicken. There’s nothing simpler than roast chicken. And there are few things more delicious. You can use this basic recipe and change it up however you like: different herbs, different citrus fruits, different seasonings. You can even have a different attitude and see how that affects the flavor of the meat! Just kidding. But you can change what you’re wearing each time. That’s always a fun variation. The Cast of Characters: A whole chicken, butter, lemons, rosemary, and salt and pepper. And the will to make roast chicken. Throw the buttah into a bowl. Zest up at least two of the lemons… And throw the zest into the bowl with the butter.

My question of the day: Where would the world be without lemon zest? I’m so glad we had this talk. Strip off a bunch of rosemary leaves… And chop them really finely. Finer than this. Don’t be like me. Throw the rosemary into the bowl, too. Add some salt and pepper (I didn’t do this. In other news: Whole chickens crack me up. And I don’t want to know why. Tee hee! And yum! A brownie by any other name… Beer-Battered Fried Pickles. Pita Bread. How To Cook Like Your Grandmother. The Cook Abides. The Cook Abides. Fried Mozzarella.