Hey there! Im baaack! Well I hope so anyway. Its been a busy year and was challenging to find time to work on my blog. During my last post, my daughter decided she was protesting nap time (the only time I could cook and photograph for the blog) so that put a big damper on things 🙁 She fought those for quite awhile and hasn’t taken scheduled naps since.
Since then we have also welcomed our second baby Owen into the family! He is such a ball of cuteness and we are beyond blessed to have him in our lives. 🙂
I’ve been wanting to get back on here again so I quickly attempted to photograph these mouth watering Strawberry Lemonade Pops I have been making this summer. We all LOVE taking them out by the pool with us, and are absolutely necessary in 100+ degrees!
They are super easy to make and the kids will love helping. All you need is water, sugar, lemon juice and strawberries (or any fruit you prefer!). Just stir the water and sugar together then add in the lemon juice and strawberries. Puree together with an immersion hand blender or regular blender. Pour into your popsicle molds according to the directions or place molds into the freezer until completely frozen. We use our Zoku popsicle maker and love it!! They are done in less than 10 min.
I didn’t add much sugar to these since the fruit brings out its natural sweetness which compliment the tart lemonade. They truly taste like summer and are a healthier, easy and refreshing treat for the whole family. Enjoy!
Strawberry Lemonade Pops
These truly taste like summer and are a healthier, easy and refreshing treat for the whole family.
The recipe I am sharing today was thrown together real quick after a failure on my attempt to make PB2 Banana Greek Yogurt Popsicles in my Zoku popsicle maker. It was an error in my part because I accidentally over filled the popsicle maker… so they were completely stuck in it and wouldn’t remove 🙁 No worries though, because A) I promise I will re-do and share some super delicious, healthy popsicle recipes soon and B) This yogurt parfait is equally as scrumptious! Besides, the PB2 Banana Greek Yogurt Parfait has basically the same ingredients as the popsicles I had in mind, but in parfait form!!
So what is PB2? If you haven’t tried it before, it’s basically powdered peanut butter. I saw it at Costco a few months ago for a really good deal and thought I’d give it a try (like $5-6 for 16 oz). The concept of it intrigued me. The packaging says its made from “superior quality peanuts that are first slow roasted then pressed to remove 85% of the fat and oil”. It suggests to add some to yogurt, shakes or vegetable stir fry for some extra with 85% less fat calories than traditional peanut butter. You can also just add 1 tbsp. of water to 2 tbsp. PB2 to create instant peanut butter.
Oh my! I didn’t know it was possible to make this oh so addictive cookie recipe taste even better! I love making these Banana-Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies, but was inspired by Recipe ReDux’s theme of the month “Favorite Chocolate Matches” to add some peanut butter. Wow that totally brought them up to the next level!
Nothing tastes better with chocolate than bananas and peanut butter! I love making smoothies with that combination too. Sooo good.
“I received free samples of Cabot Cheese mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe challenge sponsored by Cabot Creamery and am eligible to win prizes. I was not additionally compensated for my time.”
If you haven’t noticed already, there’s a cauliflower craze going on! Who knew this simple cruciferous vegetable would be so versatile? Lately I’ve seen recipes for roasted cauliflower, cauliflower gratin, rice, breadsticks, cheese sauce, tater tots and mashed cauliflower! I’ve even tried a few and they are all so good. What a great way to sneak in some veggies or just enjoy them in new ways!
I was excited to try out these Pizza Squares with Cauliflower Crust for the January Recipe ReDux contest sponsored by Cabot Cheese. The lovely folks at Cabot Creamery sent us a variety of samples of their amazing cheddar cheeses. Wow. What a treat! My husband and I happen to looooove sharp cheddar. I will definitely be buying more in the future!
The challenge of this contest was to create lightened up snacks/apps/finger foods for entertaining. Even though the holidays are over, we’ve still got the Super Bowl next week and what could be more delicious than munching on homemade pizza, guilt free! You seriously can’t even tell you’re eating cauliflower.
“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Raisin Marketing Board and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”
I’m excited to participate in this month’s Recipe ReDux contest sponsored by California Raisins. The theme is “Naturally Sweet for the Holidays with California Raisins”. We were challenged to create a delicious and nutritious holiday recipe using wholesome California Raisins. Challenge accepted!
It’s now that time of the year when we are all faced with the temptation of eating masses of indulgent sweets. Cookie exchanges, work parties, holiday meals, food gifts, baking traditions! Today I am sharing a delicious and fun recipe you can feel good about serving at your next holiday party. LoadedAppleNachos! They would also make a great snack for after school snack or a special occasion for the kids.
Looking for a quick and easy recipe for those extra cranberries sitting in the refrigerator? I’ve got you covered! The Recipe Redux theme of the month is: A Food Memory for Which You Are Thankful. We were asked to share a favorite food memory and the healthier “redo” of the recipe.
I’m thankful for the amazing homemade banana bread my mom used to bake for us as kids. There’s just something so comforting about it. Warm, moist banana bread fresh from the oven. mmmm.
I know everyone claims to have the best banana bread recipe…but this recipe is definitely the best, most flavorful, moist and healthiest banana bread! You’d never know it doesn’t have any butter or oil! I typically make it with just some chopped nuts but this time I decided to add some fall ingredients in honor of Thanksgiving.Cranberries and pecans!! It turned out so good!
“I received free samples of Libby’s new Vegetable Pouches mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Libby’s and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”
I’m excited to participate in my second monthly Recipe Redux contest. Libby’s Fruits and Vegetables is sponsoring this month’s challenge. They have a new product coming out to the shelves January 2015 and are challenging us to create healthy and delicious appetizers, soups, salads and side dishes, which can be made in ten minutes or less!
Let me introduce you to….Libby’s Vegetable Pouches! They are a time efficient and healthy source of shelf-stable vegetables that can be warmed up in their packaging within seconds! Not to mention they are environmentally friendly (the bag uses less energy to produce and compresses nicely for disposal), BPA free and are easy to open. The vegetable pouches will be available in five varieties: sliced carrots, sweet peas, cut green beans, mixed vegetables and sweet corn.
Recipe Redux’s October challenge theme is “Spooky Spices”: “You know they are lurking there: Way in the back of your spice drawer. There lie the herbs, spices, or rubs that are getting dusty because you’re afraid to use them… you simply don’t know what to do with them! Well, pull them out and show us a recipe you created to deliciously conquer that fearful spice. (Or maybe the recipe was a flop – and the spice still give you nightmares?!)”
So as instructed, I went digging in the back of my spice cabinet and found this container of “SlapYaMama” Cajun seasoning my grandpa gave me a while ago.
My grandpa is one funny guy. He’s a pretty simple man but also has certain favorite things he labels as “the best”, whether it’s a particular brand of pajamas or type of mustard. He goes on and on why it’s “the best” and will stay very loyal to it.
What better way to start celebrating fall then enjoying a cozy bowl of Savory Butternut Squash Soup? And then top if off with the most amazing delicious homemade croutons! Yeah, I’m still pretending we’re having fall weather over here in Arizona (it’s still 100 degrees). But a girl can dream right? It was actually the perfect day for soup when I made this because we were having a cooler rainy day. Hence the light looking rainy-ish in my photos. Maybe it worked out in my favor though?
This soup has such an amazing flavor. With the onion, garlic, vegetables and herbs it has more of a bold and savory taste vs. a sweeter apple or pear butternut soup. Plus, the added chopped vegetables heighten the flavor and give it a little more texture.
I recently joined a blogging group founded by registered dietitians called Recipe Redux. They believe that all healthy meals deserve to taste delicious, as do I! The main idea of the group is to challenge members to share a recipe every month based around the monthly theme, and post on the 21st and 22nd of the each month. Well, today is my group’s day and do I have a tasty dish for you! The September theme is “Get Your Dehydrator On”, which can be a recipe on how to dehydrate produce or use it in a recipe. I have a fabulous recipe I’d like to share using dried cranberries.