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Mini Buckeye cheesecakes

Published on April 25, 2014, by in Recipes.

  If you are not from the midwest and don’t know what a buckeye is, in terms of food, you are missing out. These are buckeye inspired mini cheesecakes that I made for Brian to take for dessert at a recent guys night dinner he attended. I have to admit that I snagged one, before they went out the door. This recipe is much less sweet thanks to the cheesecake part than a real buckeye. You could probably just call them peanut butter chocolate cheesecakes. Ingredients: 1 cup finely crushed chocolate Teddy Grahams(or other plain chocolate cookie) 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 16 oz cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup peanut butter 2/3 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon flour 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 eggs 1/2 bag of chocolate chips of choice 1/4 cup heavy cream 1/4 cup finely chopped peanuts Pre-heat an oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with

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Baba Ghanoush

Published on April 24, 2014, by in Recipes.

    So. I was lied to. I found a recipe for baba ghanoush called 3 Minute Baba Ghanoush. It took way more than 3 minutes. It was also delicious. Ingredients: 1 roasted eggplant(see below) juice of 1 lemon 1/4 cup tahini 2 cloves garlic 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons EVOO fresh ground pepper, to taste So… to get a roasted eggplant, take a small(1-1.5 pounds) eggplant, prick it with a fork a few times, and bake it for 30-40 minutes at 400F. Pre and post-roasted eggplant: Let the eggplant cool, slice long ways and scoop out the innards. This is the part that definitely took longer than 3 minutes. Place the inner scoopings of eggplant and remainder of ingredients in a powerful blender(I have a Vitamix). Start on low and gradually increase speed. Blend on high for about 30 seconds until your baba is incredibly smooth and creamy. Pour

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Zucchini bites

Published on April 23, 2014, by in Recipes.

I saw a recipe on cauliflower tots, which let me to a post on zucchini tots, which led me to changing the recipe and making these wonderful zucchini bites. I started out by making them closer to the original recipe, using a mini muffin tin. While they tasted delicious, they were a disaster to get out of the pan. So, I decided to make two more batches, bake them flattened like pancakes on parchment paper and they were perfect! Ingredients: 1 small zucchini, grated 1 large egg 1 thin slice of onion, finely chopped 1/4 cup grated Kerrygold Dubliner cheese(or flavorful cheese) salt-free Italian seasoning to taste salt and pepper to taste Preheat oven to 400F. Grate zucchini onto a clean dishtowel. NOT a terry cloth dishtowel, or you will end up with fuzzy zucchini bites. Wring all the excess water out of the zucchini. In a medium bowl, combine

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Eggcellent weekend

Published on April 21, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

See what I did there? I made an Easter joke. Ha. This weekend was exactly what I needed. Lots to time outside in the beautiful temperatures. It was the exact weather that you hear Chicagoans talk about all year. The weather that is reason we live here and endure the winters. It was perfect. Friday night, Brian and I met for dinner at Dawali Mediterranean Kitchen. I had been there on my last girl’s night and knew he would love it. He did. After eating a lot of hummus, we were both pretty full and didn’t even put a dent in our dinners. The good news was that we then had lunch for Saturday. The only problem was that we didn’t have any more hummus. I did have an eggplant on hand, so I roasted it and made some baba ghanoush to supplement our left overs. It is delicious and

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Celebrate good times

Published on April 13, 2014, by in Update.

This week was a week of non-stop celebration. It was Brian’s birthday week. Woo hoo. We went out for dinner and drinks with some friends last night and a local and delicious restaurant called El Maya. His real birthday was on Thursday, though. I oped to make dinner for us as I knew we would be going out to eat later in the week. I made beef filet, fingerling potatoes and green beans. Then we went for a walk to enjoy the gorgeous weather and grab a birthday treat of Jeni’s ice cream. Jeni’s is one of my favorite ice cream places. They only use premium ingredients and make amazing flavor combinations. We split 3 half scoops. The flavors we chose was a chocolate mole that had an great late hit of spice, banana french toast, and goat cheese with cherries. All amazing. I spent all of my Friday night

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Progress

Published on April 7, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

I never know what to title these update posts. After being out-of-town last weekend, I felt like I needed to have a very productive weekend this past weekend. And productive, it was! The fridge is packed to the brim. Then I realized that I have a girls dinner on Wednesday, Brian’s birthday Thursday and Brian’s birthday dinner with friends on Saturday! Well, I guess more meals will be going into the freezer! Oh, well. I spent most of Saturday morning at the grocery store and prepping food. I made rama chicken bowls(brown rice, potato, broccoli and chicken with a peanut sauce), fajita bowls, and prepped fruits and veggies for the week. I got a steal on some chicken breasts, so I bought in bulk, individually packaged and froze most of them. I love a good deal. Mangos were $0.49/each, so I bought a few, sliced and froze in an even

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Whole wheat mango and ginger scones

Published on April 1, 2014, by in Recipes.

Happy mango season! It is officially here. I love mangos. These whole wheat mango scones are delightful! Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour 1/4 cup brown sugar 1T baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 cup butter, unsalted, cold and cut into small pieces 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt 1/4 cup milk(I used unsweetened almond milk) 1 large egg 1 cup mango, cut into small chunks 1/4 cup candied ginger, diced 3/4 tsp turbinado sugar Do you know the easiest way to get the fruit out of a mango? Cut it like this: Then flip it inside out and take the fruit out! Easy! Pre-heat oven to 400F. Line baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat. In a small bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, milk and egg. Set aside. In a mixing bowl mix together flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Add in cold butter and continue to

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Fudgy double chocolate beet muffins

Published on March 31, 2014, by in Recipes.

  Two double chocolate recipes in one week! Hiding non-typical baking foods into baked goods is one of my favorite things to do. When I saw Minimalist Baker‘s fudgy vegan double chocolate beet muffins, I knew I would be making them. Beets in muffins? Beets are a power food! A powder food for breakfast? Yes, please. Well, I altered the recipe to make it non-vegan, because neither my husband or I are vegan and I don’t own vegan chocolate chips. Ingredients: 2 flax eggs(2T ground flax +5 T water) 1 cup beet puree 1/4 cup pure maple syrup 1/3 cup brown sugar 1/4 tsp sea salt 1.5 tsp baking soda 1/4 cup melted coconut oil 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly grease muffin tins for 12 muffins. Obtain 1 cup

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Lightened up biscuits and gravy

Published on March 28, 2014, by in Recipes.

It took me years to even try biscuits and gravy. I openly proclaimed my long standing disgust for them without ever remembering really trying them. I’m not sure if I made it up in my mind that they were horrible or if I did actually they them and not like them at some point in my life. Fast forward to the past few years. Brian and I love to go out to brunch. He will occasionally order biscuits and gravy. During one of those times over the past few years, my curiosity got the best of me and I tried a bite of his order. I surprised myself by really liking them. So, I wanted to figure out how to make a healthier version and I chose this recipe to healthify. Ingredients: 2 tablespoons butter, divided 1/3 pound Italian spiced ground turkey sausage(it is in a tube int eh cooler

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Easy broccoli cheddar soup-Vitamix recipe

Published on March 27, 2014, by in Recipes.

A few weekends ago, the cupboards were bare, it was snowing out and I had no desire to trek out to the grocery store. Fortunately, we had a bag of broccoli in the freezer and some cheese in the fridge. So, I made this filling and nutritious soup. Ingredients: 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk(or milk of choice) 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1.5 cups broccoli, steamed 1 teaspoon dried onion 1/2 vegetable bullion cube salt and pepper to taste Reserve 1/2 cup steamed broccoli to the side. Place remainder of ingredients in  blender. Set to hot soup and start. When finished, add rest of broccoli to blender and pulse a few times. Serve with some toasted bread. Makes 2 big servings. If you prefer a completely creamy soup, add all the broccoli in the beginning.