Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars with Oreo Crust

PB Cheesecake BarsThese bars are hard to handle. Rich. Creamy. Decadent. Chocolatey. Peanut buttery. Oreoy goodness. These are like your classic magic bars on crack. Make them and see for yourself! The best part is that to make the oreo crust, you have get to remove the oreo cream filling from each cookie…and whether the filling ends up in your tummy or in the trash is between you and your kitchen.  Read more of this post

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Pile on the Fruit Waffles

waffleWe got a new waffle iron for Christmas and so far, sooooo good! We’ve been using Trader Joe’s Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle mix, so I can only imagine how delicious some homemade waffles will taste. Topped with TJ’s Organic Maple Syrup and fresh fruit and you’ve got yourself one heck of a waffle. I try to pile on the fruit and eat a lot it with every bite so that I usually am full of the actual waffle when I’m about 2/3 done. This fruit combo was especially good: bananas, mango, and blueberries. I wanted to post this non-recipe as a reminder that waffles make for a fantastic quick and easy dinner! Read more of this post

Less Fat Homemade Baked Mac and Cheese

mac singleIf you look up recipes for homemade baked mac and cheese, they contain 800-1000 calories per serving. Wow! No thank you. I mean, if you want homemade baked mac and cheese that is more like a mac and cheese casserole, then that many calories is expected because the pasta is literally swimming in cheese. But if you are perfectly okay with making some baked mac and cheese that is simply coated in cheese like Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese, then try this slimmed down version. I’m not advocating this as a healthy dish by any means, but if you are simply craving some delicious homemade baked mac and cheese this is a good alternative. Read more of this post

Black Bean Enchiladas (Vegan, GF)

20131019-221207.jpgIn my new found mostly vegetarian diet, this recipe has become one of mine and my husband’s favorites! It was well-favored among guests as well. You should definitely give it a try! This recipe is adapted from Dr. Furhman’s book Eat To Live. Also, I’m going to write a post about why both my husband and I choose to eat veg, and I encourage you to read it! Read more of this post

Spiced Butternut Squash and Lentil Soup (Vegan, GF)

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This soup is so jam packed with flavor! I only wish I had made more so I could freeze it and eat it whenever I want! This popular recipe comes from BHG Biggest Book of Slow Cooker Recipes. I only made a few adaptions according to what ingredients I had on hand.

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Peanut Butter Oreo Cheesecake Bites

20130915-190536.jpg How did you discover the peanut butter Oreo combo?! I discovered it from watching the movie The Parent Trap. Ahh, remember the good ol’ days? You know, when Lindsey Lohan was cute and innocent? Let’s just say it’s probably a good thing that she doesn’t really have an identical twin. Anyway, I believe I have taken the beloved peanut butter Oreo combo to the next level with these Peanut Butter Oreo Cheesecake Bites! My mom used to have her own cheesecake business (about three decades ago) but everyone still raves about and requests her cheesecakes because they are that amazingly good. I used her base recipe but baked them in muffin pans and mini muffin tins. These Peanut Butter Oreo Cheesecake Bites were the most popular among a few other mini desserts I made for a party last night (Cheesecake Bites, Mini Almond Cupcakes, and Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes). Read more of this post

Homemade Jules Destrooper Almond Thins

20130912-130309.jpg I was babysitting the other day and stumbled upon a yummy looking treat in the pantry: Jules Destrooper Almond Thins. I tried one and then another, and then I ate half the package. Oops! The packages are small, okay! Anyway, I knew found my next baking experiment and for two reasons. First, like anything, it’s more economical to make a homemade Almond Thins recipe than buy prepackaged. Secondly, I had to replenish the package of Jules Destrooper Almond Thins that I wiped out!

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Protein pancakes: gluten, grain, and lactose free!

20130827-120632.jpg I’ve finally come up with a protein pancake recipe that is tasty, thus actually worth sharing! I was pleasantly surprised that they have no grains, flour, lactose, or gluten! These pro-cakes boast 9g fiber and 36g protein! Read more of this post

Strawberry Fig Jam

20130821-180341.jpg I bought a mini home-canning kit from Fred Meyer specifically to make some strawberry fig jam! I’ve never made jam before, or canned anything and it was super fun! You don’t need to follow the canning procedure if you just want to store jam in the freezer instead of in the cupboard :) Goes great on your favorite toast, pancakes, crackers, pb&j, or how my husband likes it…topped on cottage cheese! Read more of this post

Whole Wheat Fig Newtons with Cinnamon Sugar topping

20130820-181946.jpg Have you FIGured out my love of figs yet?? Inevitably, I also love Fig Newtons. But I don’t love the ingredient list which includes but is definitely not limited to: unbleached enriched flour, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, and a bunch of acids, sulfites, artificial flavors, and things I can’t pronounce. No gracias! But thankfully we can just make our own, and be in charge of the ingredient list! You be the boss! Read more of this post