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Healthy Recipe Ideas

If you’ve spent any time at all on this blog, page you may have noticed that most of the recipes I post are of the…unhealthy variety ;) I love baking somewhat crazy and delicious desserts. But I have seen a HUGE spike of people searching the blog for my healthier recipes (I’m assuming with the new year’s resolutions coming in) so I thought I would list some of my healthier recipes in one post so it would be more convenient for you guys!

Disclaimer: I’m a fan of eating healthy, melanoma but I also believe that fad diets and restrictive diets are pointless. Eating healthy is a day-to-day challenge and some days I do well and some days I don’t. But if you try telling yourself that you’re never going to eat a dessert again, resuscitator it generally won’t work out well. I hope we can all do better at striving for balance, which means checking out these healthier recipes but also indulging a few times a week :)

*Anything labeled “Daniel Fast” is Vegetarian, Vegan, and Daniel-Fast approved* 

Also, for those of you interested in the Daniel Fast, I answered a lot of questions about it in THIS post :)

Healthy Breakfast and Snacks:

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I love smoothies! They are so easy to make and very customizable. Depending on what you put in them, they can provide you with fruit, dairy, and protein to kick-start your day! I usually try to add some sort of fruit, yogurt or milk, and peanut butter :)

Daniel Fast Smoothies

Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate Smoothie

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I also love breads and muffins! Here are two recipes that I have adjusted to make them much lighter than the usual muffin/quick-bread, but you really cannot tell the difference between these and their less-healthy counterparts.

Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Healthier Banana Bread

Zucchini Bread

Healthy Lunch and Dinner:

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These recipes are all ones that I love and think taste really good. I recently made Hot Spinach Dip again and was reminded of how good it is! And the Daniel-Fast approved Potato Wedges and Veggies is one of my all-time favorite meals!

How to Make White Rice

Salad with Maple Mustard Chicken Tenders

Hot Spinach Dip

Daniel Fast Chile

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Potato Wedges and Veggies

Daniel Fast Lettuce Wraps

Daniel Fast Taco Salad <- another really great one!

Daniel Fast Vegetable Soup

Desserts:

Cookie Dough Balls

Gigantic Peanut Butter Candy Cookie <- I included this one because it makes one cookie which lets you have dessert without too many leftovers!

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Top 10 Recipes of 2012

I can’t believe it is actually 2013. I will write another post reflecting back on this past year (and share some photos from my fun New Year’s Eve), symptoms but for now, here’s a look at the top 10 most popular recipes from 2012 :) Enjoy and happy baking!

1. Mini Peanut Butter and Nutella Cheesecakes– For two years in a row these delicious mini cheesecakes have been number one! I made both a peanut butter and nutella variety, and they were both delicious. These cheesecakes are not only tasty, but they look so cute they are sure to impress anyone!

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2. Nutella Swirl Brownie Bites– My sister still talks about these and wants me to make them again. The recipe is incredibly simple and results in small, amazingly fudgy, and nutella-filled brownies.

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3. Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting– Usually I’m a chocolate girl, but these Vanilla cupcakes were so good! I also had a lot of fun piping on the frosting and I think they turned out so cute :)

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4. Gooey, Delicious, Incredible S’mores Bars– These might actually be number one in my book! They are so gooey, sweet, buttery, and delicious. Possibly one of the best things I have ever made :)

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5. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cookies– These cookies intrigued me from the moment I saw them! I think the best part of making chocolate chip cookies is eating the raw dough, and these cookies let me eat cookies and dough all in one! Brilliant!

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6. Healthier Banana Bread– This Banana bread tastes just as good as my non-lightened-up favorite. A delicious, flavorful, and healthy banana bread is always wonderful to have around the house!

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7. Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzel Truffles- This is a combination of all my favorite foods! Pretzel, peanut butter, and chocolate :)

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Honorable Mention: Felt Hairbow Tutorial– These were really #8, but since they aren’t a recipe, I won’t count them. They are a really fun craft project, though, and I often wear the bows I made :)

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8. Gooey Peanut Butter Reese’s Bars– These are at the top of my list of favorites, too, right up there with the s’mores bars. These are so gooey and so delicious!

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9. Swedish Meatballs– I’m so glad these made the top 10! Swedish meatballs are one of my favorite foods and I always love it when my mom makes them :)

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10. Mini Corn Dog Muffins– I have made these several times this year and my family absolutely loves them. They are so cute, tasty, and easy to make.

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And, because I can’t resist, here are a few of my favorites that didn’t make the list :)

Pioneer Woman Cinnamon Rolls– These will forever be one of my favorite foods. I would eat them everyday if I could :) I would wager that you will never have a better cinnamon roll than these.

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Pumpkin Deliciousness Cake– I may or may not have stood in the kitchen, eating piece by piece of this cake straight out of the pan ;)

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Gooey Nutella Bars– These, along with the s’mores and reese’s bars, are in my top 3 favorite desserts of the year. So tasty! My kitty thought they were great, too :)

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Appetizer Round-Up: New Year’s Ideas

I can’t believe New Years Eve is one day away! 2012 has been a really great year for me, rx especially the last half of the year with the start of college. I am happy to celebrate this past year and look forward to the year to come :)

My family usually does a bunch of appetizers on New Year’s eve and then we movies until midnight. This year we are going to a friend’s house for a party, side effects so we are doing our appetizers and movies tonight. In this post I’m rounding up some of my all-time favorite appetizers!

Tonight we are making Jalapeno Popper Dip. This is one of my family’s favorite dips- it’s spicy, creamy, and crunch!

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We are also having Mini Corn Dog Muffins which are super tasty and easy to make.

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Even easier than the Mini Corn Dog Muffins is this Easy Peasy Ranch Dip. You just mix a few things together and you have a delicious dip for veggies!

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This Christmas I made Hot Spinach Dip and was reminded of how much I love it. So tasty!

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And every Thanksgiving I make this Pumpkin Pie Dip. It’s sweet which is a nice change from all the savory dips.

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These Cheeseburger Pockets are also super tasty! The filling for the rolls is so good, you could even just eat that as a dip! (Don’t judge these by the pictures, they really are yummy!)

hamburger pocketsSo there we have it! Some of my favorite appetizers. Do you have any New Year’s traditions? Do you stay in or go out?

 

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Christmas Cookie Ideas

Are you guys baking for Christmas yet? I love baking cookies around Christmas-time. Cookies are fun to make and also easy to give away! This post is filled with some of my favorite cookie (and bar) recipes that you can enjoy this holiday season!

First Up- I’ve made three different bars this year that are all quite possibly the best things that I have ever made. I am so excited to make these tasty bars again!

Gooey Nutella Bars!

I brought these to a Fourth of July Party and everyone loved them! I loved them too- they were sooo gooey and delicious.

 Gooey Peanut Butter Reece’s Bars

Another Gooey Bar! Oh it’s so good. I absolutely love Recces!

 S’mores Bars

While I know I sound like a broken record, here these bars were amazing!

I honestly cannot choose my favorite between these three bars- and blogging about them now is making me excited to go home and do some baking! I’m thinking I’m going to make at least one of these bars, surgery some zucchini or pumpkin bread, and a new cookie recipe (I already have one in mind :).

Speaking of cookies…. :) Here are a few of my favorite cookie recipes:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I absolutely loved these cookies! They’re big, soft, and fluffy, and I love the sweet and salty combination. Make them! :)

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I will confess that I will always choose chocolate over oatmeal raisin, but maybe not with these cookies! I made these for a teacher who really likes oatmeal raisin cookies, and I couldn’t believe how much I loved these! They’re so soft and have a great texture. Love them!

There are so many recipes I could post on this post, but I didn’t want to overwhelm you too much! Check out my Recipe Page to see all my bars, cookies, cupcakes, cakes, and other desserts!

Do you have any desserts that you have to make every year around Christmas time?

 

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Fall Recipe Round-Up

Oh my goodness! I have not written in forever. I do have a pretty good excuse- I have started my freshmen year of college and things have been incredibly hectic. Really good, dysentery but busy at the same time. Because I don’t have access to a kitchen here at school, cystitis you probably won’t see many new recipes for a while (although you just wait for Thanksgiving and Christmas! :) However, read I will try to post every once in a while…I have some ideas about posts that I’m really excited about! Some of these ideas include:

-Care Package ideas

-Dorm room (and home) craft projects and decorating ideas

-Restaurant reviews (I’m excited for this one!)

-General posts about my college experience

I will hopefully get to those posts soon (once mid-terms are over..gah!) but for now, I’ll leave you with a list of some of my favorite fall recipes. I can’t believe that it’s already October! Where has this year gone?

Pumpkin Recipes:

-Pumpkin recipes are some of my all-time favorites! Here are some great ideas now that you might start finding lots of pumpkin in the grocery store.

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Donut Holes -this is one of my favorites

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Pumpkin Deliciousness Cake

Dinner- Ok so some of you might not be ready for all the pumpkin recipes yet…so here are some wonderful, comforting dinner ideas for those of you who are already experiencing cold weather :)

Mini Corn Dog Muffins– easy and portable! I could see these being really handy if you’re at a sports game.

Southern Corn Bread – make this along with your favorite chili

Swedish Meatballs – So. Good.

Taco Pasta

Non-Pumpkin Desserts:

Heaven in a Cinnamon Roll – well really, this is breakfast ;)

Dreamy Apple Pie – go apple picking and then make this!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – Even though I’m a huge chocolate lover, these cookies are one of my favorites.

Do you guys have any great recipes you’re excited to make this fall?

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