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Strawberry Lemonade Pops

Strawberry Lemonade Pops- These truly taste like summer and are a healthier, easy and refreshing treat for the whole family.
These truly taste like summer and are a healthier, easy and refreshing treat for the whole family.

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
Yields 12
These truly taste like summer and are a healthier, easy and refreshing treat for the whole family.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups water
  2. 3 tbsp. sugar
  3. 4 oz fresh lemon juice
  4. 4-6 strawberries, rinsed and tops removed (amount dependent on size and how many you'd like- could also sub for other fruits!)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl or blender, mix together water and sugar until combined.
  2. Add in lemon juice and strawberries.
  3. Puree with an immersion hand blender or regular blender.
  4. Pour into your popsicle molds according to the directions or place molds into the freezer until completely frozen. I use a Zoku popsicle maker and it takes less than 10 min.
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PB2 Banana Greek Yogurt Parfait

PB2 Banana Greek Yogurt Parfait- A healthier, high protein and lower fat treat made of PB2, fresh banana, greek yogurt, dark chocolate, peanuts and crushed graham crackers.
A healthier, high protein and lower fat treat made of PB2, fresh banana, greek yogurt, dark chocolate, peanuts and crushed graham crackers.

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.

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Chunky Monkey Cookies

Chunky Monkey Cookies- Banana, chocolate and peanut butter heaven!  They’re also packed with oats, walnuts and whole-wheat flour for extra crunch, flavor and wholesomeness.
Banana, chocolate and peanut butter heaven! They’re also packed with oats, walnuts and whole-wheat flour for extra crunch, flavor and wholesomeness.

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.

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Pizza Squares with Cauliflower Crust

Pizza Squares with Cauliflower Crust- Perfect for entertaining, this low carb, gluten-free cauliflower crust pizza is easy to make, has simple ingredients and tastes so good!
Perfect for entertaining, this low carb, gluten-free cauliflower crust pizza is easy to make, has simple ingredients and tastes so 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.

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Loaded Apple Nachos

These Loaded Apple Nachos are drizzled with a mixture of nut butter and honey, and then sprinkled with California Raisins, white and dark chocolate chips, granola and strawberries. Perfect for your next holiday party for after school snack for the kids. Very simple, sweet, colorful, fun and healthy!
These Loaded Apple Nachos are drizzled with a mixture of nut butter and honey, and then sprinkled with California Raisins, white and dark chocolate chips, granola and strawberries. Perfect for your next holiday party for after school snack for the kids. Very simple, sweet, colorful, fun and healthy!

“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. Loaded Apple Nachos! They would also make a great snack for after school snack or a special occasion for the kids.

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Cranberry Pecan Banana Bread

Cranberry Pecan Banana Bread-The most flavorful, moist and healthiest banana bread ever!  No butter or oil! It makes a perfect snack or breakfast for the holidays.
This whole wheat Cranberry Pecan Banana Bread is the most flavorful, moist and healthiest banana bread you’ll ever have! No butter or oil! It makes a perfect snack or breakfast for around the holidays.

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!

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Sweet Corn & Pea Tomato Pesto Bruschetta

Sweet Corn & Pea Tomato Pesto Bruschetta-Two simple bruschetta recipes that are flavorful, quick and sure to impress a crowd.
Two simple bruschetta recipes that are flavorful, quick and sure to impress a crowd!

“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.

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Cajun Spiced Sweet Potato Fries

Cajun Spiced Sweet Potato Fries- Crispy baked sweet potato fries tossed in flavorful Cajun spice seasoning.  Makes a tasty yet healthy side dish or game-day snack!
Crispy baked sweet potato fries tossed in flavorful Cajun spice seasoning. Makes a tasty yet healthy side dish or game-day snack!

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 Slap Ya Mama” 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.   

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Smoky Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad

Smoky Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad- This isn’t your typical potato salad! Sweet potatoes + cranberries + pecans+ chives + amazing chipotle dressing= A unique yet perfect combo of sweet, salty, tart and roasted flavors.
This isn’t your typical potato salad! Sweet potatoes + cranberries + pecans + amazing chipotle dressing= A unique yet perfect combo of sweet, salty, tart and roasted flavors.

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.

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Pumpkin Pie Granola Bars

Pumpkin Pie Granola Bars
Soft, chewy pumpkin granola bars with out any butter or oil. Your house will smell amazing like cozy fall spices when these are baking in the oven. 

Well it’s officially pumpkin season in my house, even though the first day of autumn is next Monday! It is my favorite season! Maybe because it follows our long hot Arizona summers. Wish we had a real fall season here in AZ with colorful leaves and chilly weather. But if it is at least cool enough to go outside, it’s all good with me! I suppose we can always take a 2.5 hr trip up to Flagstaff for some fall weather in a month 🙂

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