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Oven-Puffed Berry Pancake

Oven Puffed Berry Pancake- With a crispy golden outside and custardy soft inside, these lightened up Oven-Puffed Berry Pancakes are delicious and impressive, yet unbelievably easy to make!
With a crispy golden outside and custardy soft inside, these lightened up Oven-Puffed Berry Pancakes are delicious and impressive, yet unbelievably easy to make!

This is one of our favorite quick and easy breakfasts! You will not believe these delicious and impressive pancakes require just a few simple ingredients, less than 10 minutes of prep time and 13 minutes in the oven. And they are so pretty, aren’t they?

Whenever I ask Brandon what he wants for breakfast it’s usually, “puffy pancake!” Similar to a German or Dutch baby pancake, these Oven Puffed Berry Pancakes are addictive, flavorful and so fun to make. They kind of remind me of fry bread or a popover but much lighter and less fattening…crispy golden on the edges but with a dense custardy center.

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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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Boo-nana Pops

Boo-nana Pops- A festive, fun and healthier Halloween treat for the kids.
A festive, fun and healthier Halloween treat for the kids!

Getting excited for Halloween? I know I am! I’m actually most excited for our trip the last week of October to visit my brother in Austin, TX. The city is already lively enough, so I can’t imagine what Halloween will be like! I look forward to seeing my brother who is there for PT school and of course all of the amazingly delicious restaurants they have there!!

Today I’m sharing a fun Halloween treat for the little ones. Well adults can have them too, if decorating bananas is your thing.  JK. But seriously I’m sure you won’t be able to resist these yummy and festive Boo-nana Pops if you make them with your kiddos!

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Energy Bites

Energy Bites
Nut butter, oats, nuts, dried fruit, honey and other mix-in’s of your choice rolled into a delicious yet healthy bite size treat. There’s just enough healthy fat, protein and fiber to give you long lasting “energy” and help curb your appetite. The perfect pick me up breakfast, snack or desert for both adults and the kiddos.

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!

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Double Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

Double Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies- Ooey goeey brownies given a healthy makeover with double dark chocolate, hidden zucchini, whole-wheat flour and no butter or oil!
Double Dark Chocolate Zucchini Brownies- Ooey goeey brownies given a healthy makeover with double dark chocolate, hidden zucchini, whole-wheat flour and no butter or oil!

Oh do I have a treat for you! Let me introduce you to these ooey gooey, double dark chocolate zucchini brownies.

 With dark chocolate being one of my favorite sweets, I knew I had to give this recipe a try! Plus it makes you feel a little better indulging in them when you know they’ve got some hidden zucchini, wholesome whole-wheat, dark chocolate and no butter or oil! Honestly I can’t even tell the zucchini is in there, although if I did I probably wouldn’t care because zucchini bread is delicious as well!

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Easy Skillet Garden Lasagna

Easy Skillet Garden Lasagna-A lightened up but comforting veggie lasagna for those nights when you need to whip something up real fast!
Easy Skillet Garden Lasagna-A lightened up but comforting veggie lasagna for those nights when you need to whip something up real fast!

This is one of those great go-to recipes for those nights when you’re craving some comfort food and need to whip something up real fast. Don’t get me wrong homemade-layered lasagna is amaazzing, but when the mood strikes, who has time for all those steps? There is a lot of prep work involved!

With this recipe you simply boil the noodles while cooking your veggies in the skillet, then mix it all up with your cheese and sauce, throw it in the oven, then BAM delicious cheesy comforting lasagna. My fav part is the ricotta. I’m not sure why, maybe because I don’t eat it too often? Or because it is the Wisconsin blood in me? But it makes it oh so creamy and cheesy.

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Zucchini Pizza Boats

Zucchini Pizza Boats- Crispy zucchini topped with garlic, cheese, tomatoes and basil, and then baked until golden and bubbling with cheesy goodness.
Crispy zucchini topped with garlic, cheese, tomatoes and basil, and then baked until golden and bubbling with cheesy goodness.

These crispy zucchini boats are topped with garlic, cheese, tomatoes and basil, and then baked until golden and bubbling with cheesy goodness. They would make an excellent side dish, snack or appetizer.   I just  them because they are so easy and have the flavors of a pizza or garlic toast, without the bread!

You’ll likely have all of these ingredients in your kitchen already, so this makes a quick veggie side dish to whip up real quick! It bet it would taste amazing to even put a little pizza sauce on there too or any other toppings you may have.

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Cilantro Hummus

Cilantro Hummus
Cilantro Hummus- a tasty twist on traditional hummus, easy to make, and tastes so much better homemade!

I had my first taste of hummus about 10 years ago when my brother-in-law took us to this small Middle Eastern restaurant in Tempe called Haji-Baba. I was hesitant. Dipping pita bread in this light brown paste did not look appetizing. But then I had my first taste and I was surprised how flavorful and amazing it was! Besides just eating it with pita bread, it is delicious as a spread in a sandwich or wrap, on pizza, or served with fresh or grilled vegetables. This is also a fun dip for kids and a great way to sneak in some veggies 😉

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Applesauce Carrot Cake Muffins

 

Apple Sauce Carrot Cake Muffins
These carrot muffins are so moist, easy, kid friendly and they don’t contain any butter or white sugar!

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.

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