Its the 21st again, and that means it’s Recipe ReDux time! This month we were asked to share a recipe of a favorite kitchen staple that we make from scratch but used to purchase in the past. I immediately thought of how I now make a lot of my salad dressings from scratch. You wouldn’t believe how simple they are to throw together and taste so good!
One salad dressing that is a favorite in our house is this Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette. Simply whisk together some balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey, soy sauce, ground mustard and viola you have a wonderful homemade dressing that is bursting with flavor. I love that when you make your own dressings, you can totally customize it to your preference/salad theme, and they don’t taste as overly sweet/heavy/sugary/salty like some bottled dressings can be. Not to mention, you typically have the ingredients in your kitchen already!
I’ve been slacking lately! It seems like things haven’t quite slowed down yet since the holidays. Between that, covering at work, possibly buying a house and trying to keep up with a toddler, this little momma hasn’t had a lot of time to blog!
For the past few months I’ve wanted to post this fun and healthy Skinny Chai Spiced Hot Chocolate. I suppose its not too late since I’m sure its still somewhat cold where you are, unless you live in Australia. Here in Arizona we actually had some light snow on New Years Day. Crazy I know!! So that made for a perfect hot chocolate day. Now our temps are back to the 70’s…perfection! I wish it stayed like this all year long. That doesn’t stop me from still making a yummy cup of hot chocolate though.
I am so addicted to these no bake energy bites! Imagine being able to eat peanut butter cookie dough without all the guilt 😉 Well this isn’t exactly cookie dough (no flour here), but they do have a similar nutty, sweet and scrumptious taste. These energy bites require no baking, can be made in minutes and put in the freezer for a quick snack when needed (or to help satisfy that sweet tooth). There’s just enough healthy fat, protein and fiber to give you long lasting “energy” and help curb your appetite.
They also make a great and healthy snack for your kids or babies. Our little Noelle just loves munching on them. 🙂 I typically give her some that are easier for her to chew with less nuts and she does great with them. Easy to pack up in a snack bag and go! They’re also perfect for the lunch box and much cheaper than packaged bars. What makes them fun is how versatile they can be with whatever flavors and fillings you like. Get creative! I’ve seen some other recipes for Nutella, Almond Joy or Trail Mix energy bites. Yum yum!
Finally. Finally after spending a lot of time creating this blog, trying to learn how to properly use my camera (and still learning), working part-time and being a busy mommy, I am able to write my first post!
I’ve made these applesauce carrot cake muffins many times before and thought it would be a great recipe to share. What I love about them is that they not only taste like moist carrot cake, they are healthy too! They are super easy to make and contain no butter or white sugar. Not to mention, they fill your kitchen with the comforting aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger spices. It actually makes me a little excited for fall time, which is right around the corner. 🙂 I’m trying to think positive thoughts because today in Phoenix we just hit our record high for the year… 114 deg! Yikes.