Healthy Homemade Low-fat Yogurt

20130626-114542.jpg If you don’t buy organic yogurt (or organic anything), then I think ignorance is bliss when it comes to the ingredients. I checked the ingredients in a Yoplait strawberry light yogurt and found: cornstarch, added sugar, citric acid, aspartame, Red #40 (which is made from petroleum), etc. Sorry to spoil your bliss! But the good news is you can buy organic yogurt if you don’t like to eat petroleum. Or you can make your own organic yogurt with just two ingredients! It is oh so delicious with a sprinkle of cinnamon and topped with fruit or granola.

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Maple Pecan Granola!

20130625-164600.jpgI made my first batch of granola last week and it’s already gone! I couldn’t wait to experiment with different ingredients & flavors, so I was excited to make a new batch. This granola has pecans, almonds, chia/flax seeds, dried raisins & apricots, and a blend of high fiber/protein mixes. If you want to experiment with your own ingredients & flavors like me, refer to my Coconut Almond Granola recipe that will show you optimal ratio sizes. Or follow this recipe for full proof and easy homemade granola :) It’s delicious on top of homemade¬† honey yogurt.

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Big Huge Giant Cookie

20130622-000936.jpgSo you have a cookie craving but no desire (or need) to go through the process of making a whole batch? You’ve come to the right place! Here’s how to make 1 crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside beast of a cookie!

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Coconut Almond Granoo-la-la!

20130621-104433.jpg Buying granola at the store can be conflicting: Cashew coconut with dried blueberries and flax? Or Cranberry Almond with honey clusters? It’s also conflicting to a frugal person’s wallet! I finally made my first batch of homemade granola and it’s so good, so easy, less expensive,¬†and I can choose the exact ingredients I want! Use these portions and directions to nike ID your granola.
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Cashew “Alfredo” Pasta Sauce

veggie noodles I loooove cashews! So when I stumbled upon this recipe for cashew cheese (vegan-friendly), it immediately grabbed my attention. A commenter suggested making it into a pasta sauce. Even better! By the way, I put this sauce over sauteed zucchini/yellow squash “noodles,” mushrooms, and kale. My husband enthusiastically said, “This tastes like I’m eating an Italian dish . . . but it’s vegetables!” Well, I did saute the dish with garlic and red wine :) Read more of this post

Adobo Chicken Burritos

burritoThe following is my adapted version of this recipe. The original recipe called for using a blender, multiple pans, and a food processor. I didn’t feel like dirtying/washing so many dishes/electrics, so I modified it so that it requires just 1 large skillet. Also, next time I would add rice to the mix :) Read more of this post

Chocolate Cup-pudding-cake

Cup-pudding-cake

Cupcakes are great! But I wouldn’t say they’re “company-worthy.” I was having guests over for dessert on short notice and didn’t have time to make a trip to the store. I found some chocolate cake mix and thought “I’ll just make cupcakes.” But that just wouldn’t meet the bar! I also had some chocolate pudding mix in my pantry and got creative. Now I’ve discovered the potential of a cupcake. Add a layer of pudding and a hidden mini peanut butter cup . . . delectable. It’s like a simplified molten chocolate cake. Read more of this post