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Chocolate Chip Espresso Banana muffins

Published on February 3, 2015, by in Recipes.

Wow. Wrap up everything delicious into one muffin and this is what you get! I don’t identify with any particular eating method, but from what I understand, these are paleo-friendly. Heavily adapted from paleomg.com. Ingredients: 3 over-ripe bananas, mashed 1 teaspoon vanilla 3 eggs 1/2 cup almond butter 1/4 cup coconut flour 1 teaspoon espresso grounds 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon pinch of salt 1/2 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chunks Instructions: Preheat oven to 350F. Put muffin liners in pan. In a large bowl, mix together bananas, vanilla, eggs and almond butter. Then add coconut flour, espresso, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well. Fold in chocolate chips. My batter was very liquidity at this point, probably because I pulsed my bananas in the blender a little too much instead of mashing them. Pour batter into the 12 muffin cups. Bake for

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Baking in my bones

Published on June 26, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

There have been many exciting things happening in my kitchen lately. I got this beauty of a book in the mail: Which caused me to make this delicious cheese: I’ve also had a big urge to do some baking. This week I put my baking urge to good use and fed my co-workers breakfast two days in a row. Cinnamon rolls: And a new donut recipe I’ve been wanting to try: What’s been happening in your kitchen lately?

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Sum sum summa time

Published on June 19, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

The polar vortex is very much over in Chicago and we have moved to hot and humid. I am enjoying the warmth that summer has finally brought to us! Last weekend, I kicked off the weekend with a summer work BBQ and enjoyed some refreshments: Saturday morning, I headed to the post office to pick up my package from Thailand. I ordered a tank top from Etsy that happened to come from there and they wouldn’t deliver it to my house, so I had to pick it up. I loved the postage stamp: Then, I headed up and watered the garden. One of my co-gardeners has an abundance of radishes right now, so he shared some with me! Eeek! I love radishes and butter, salt and radish sandwiches. Thank you Grandma Domino. Keeping up with the low to no sugar plan, I made some oatmeal banana donuts for Brian to

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Sugar Free Fed Up Challenge- Day 10

Published on June 11, 2014, by in Update.

So, here it is. The last day of the sugar-free challenge. Honestly, I think Brian and I both accidentally had sugar once or twice. Did you know that plain Triscuits do not contain added sugar but the sea salt and black pepper version has added sugar? Yep, guilty of eating added sugar there. How do I feel? Not any different. I eat a low added sugar diet on a regular basis and gave up fake sugars long ago. So, I’m probably not a good person to speak on the subject. I think I actually ate worse while doing the Fed Up Challenge than I normally do. Why? Because I ate a TON of cheese. Almost all condiments and seasonings have added sugar, unless you make them from scratch. Even some store-bought hummus brands include added sugar.  So, I mainly used hot sauce, mustard and one salad dressing. I also made

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Whirlwind few weeks

Published on June 4, 2014, by in Update.

Wow. It’s been a great few weeks. I was in baking mode when we had a birthday at work and I made a peach pie with a new crust recipe that involved vodka. The vodka evaporates out, leaving the crust nice and flaky. It’s definitely a keeper of a recipe. I also made a giant cookie cake. Over Memorial Day weekend, Brian and I traveled to Florida for his family’s annual reunion. We had a great time with his family and it was very well-organized.   While we were there we also hit up a giant flea market. I bought my brother an unopened pack of baseball cards from 1990 and we saw this guy doing karaoke. I was back in Chicago for one day, which Brian and I used to watch the new movie Fed Up. The movie about how we’ve been dieting all wrong for the last 30

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The hardest season

Published on May 7, 2014, by in Update.

Hello. I usually don’t get very personal on my blog, but today, I am. I am sitting behind my computer with my pants a little tight from all the amazing food I have been eating lately. I completed the 21 Day Fix and had amazing results. I absolutely love the program and can’t stop raving about it to all of my friends. So, what happened? Well, I didn’t completely undo my progress, but I am definitely feeling bloated from the food I have been consuming. This is the hardest season for me. It’s my husband’s birthday, then my birthday, which leads directly into patio weather. And since I live in Chicago, the few warm months must be taken advantage of. I am actually healthiest in the winter. I will go to the gym more days than not, because I don’t want to be outside. Since it the hardest season for

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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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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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