162 – Fruit Salsa & Baked Cinnamon Chips

Picture from The Thread Effect

Picture from The Thread Effect

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe on here.  Let me just say, this one was worth the wait.  I was on Pinterest a few weeks back to see what I could find on my “Food is my Friend” board that was different.  I re-found this wonderful treat.

Words cannot describe how great this tastes!  The fruit all mixed together is wonderful!  The chips are delicious!  Put them together and it’s a foodgasm.  I whipped this up a few weeks ago for a family party and everyone at the party requested the recipe.  Don’s favorite part was how the house smelled like fresh Cinnamon Toast Crunch while making the chips.  And don’t let making the chips keep you from trying this recipe.  They were great tasting and so easy to make.

Here is the link to the original post on The Thread Effect.  If you need an easy dip for a party, make this!  You will get rave reviews!

91 – Muffin Update

OK…the muffins were good yesterday.  Today, I’m trying to choke it down.  The moisture from the apples condensed the muffins while they were in the Ziploc bag.  Even though they were airtight.  It wasn’t pretty.

I put them in the freezer this morning.  We’ll see if that helps for tomorrow.

I seriously don’t know if I can eat the rest of the one I brought to work.  I’m glad I have cheese & crackers, yogurt, and a banana to keep me through until my usual 1:00 lunch.

My review of these just went WAY low.

90 – Flaxseed, Wheat & Bran Muffin

I bought a Pampered Chef Stoneware muffin pan and have been wanting to use it for some time.  And since I’m on another healthy kick, I tried finding a recipe that is not only good tasting, but good for me.

My muffin doesn’t look like what the picture on the recipe page looks like, but it’s not bad.  You can check out the recipe here.  All I did was google “Healthy Muffin Recipes” and got quite a few hits.

As you can see in the picture, there are definitely flaxseeds in the recipe.  You can also clearly see the shredded carrots.  These muffins definitely taste OK.  Because the batter is dark, it’s hard to tell when they’re finished cooking.  I think I pulled mine out a little too early.  They’re a bit soggy…then again, there is chopped apple in them and that could be adding to the moisture.  The overall taste isn’t bad at all.  I added fresh blueberries to my recipe since they were on sale and I wanted to throw a bit more fruit in.

I’ll definitely make these again.  They’re high in fiber and have a good taste.  We’ll see how they stack up after they’ve been sitting for a day or two.

76 – Homemade Mac & Cheese – ish

I made this for dinner last night and it was so good!  It’s not a usual mac and cheese.  It has cottage cheese, Velveeta, and a mexican cheese blend on top.  It also has a can of cream of onion soup.

I was really surprised by how much I liked this!  So many times I don’t like homemade mac and cheese.  But this met my expectations.

I’m thinking I liked it, too, because it tastes similar to something my mom makes with cottage cheese and shells.  (We call it Lasy Pierogies.)  Anyway, I’d totally recommend this “Marvelous Shells ‘n’ Cheese” recipe.  I found it in a Taste of Home cookbook!  It’s not good for you……but it does taste good!

Here’s the link.  Enjoy!

72 – Shepherd’s Pie

My friend, Alise, has a blog, The Syruper’s Wife, where she tends to post quite a few recipes among other of life’s goings on.  A couple weeks ago, she posted a recipe for Shepherd’s Pie.  I’ve always wanted to make it, but it always seemed like such a hassle.  Needless to say, her recipe was so easy, I had to try it.  And let me just say, it was amazing!

The recipe was so simple and easy, I had no problems.  Not to mention, it wasveryquick!  I’d absolutely recommend only using the 1 cup of Condensed French Onion Soup.  I just threw in the whole can.  While it was good, it was quite watery.  This obviously didn’t affect the taste, but it made it harder to scoop out of the baking dish.

Also, make sure you use an 8×8 pan.  I had to asker her about that.  It fits perfectly in an 8×8.  We got five healthy servings out of our pan.  We could have gotten six if I’d served bread or a salad on the side.

I’d absolutely recommend this super easy recipe for Shepherd’s Pie.  Check out Alise’s post here.

63 – Smoothie Talk

So the other day I made a green smoothie.  My best friend recommended a recipe for it and said since she’s started drinking it, she’s seen the benefits in her skin, digestive system, and hair.  I figured, what the heck.  Why not try it.

The recipe includes the following:  1 1/2 – 2 cups cold water, 5 cups chopped romaine lettuce, 6 cups chopped spinach, 2 stocks celery, 1 apple, 1 pear, 1 banana, 1-2 Tbs of fresh lemon juice.

My best friend swore that you couldn’t taste the greens and that the fruit cancelled it out.  Um…yeah…I do not agree.

While I love spinach and lettuce and celery…you could still absolutely taste them in this drink.  I just couldn’t get past it.  I don’t think it’s for me.  But…I’m definitely still willing to try mixing lettuce in with other fruits for a smoothie.  I plan to leave the spinach for my salads.

In the land of good smoothies…here is the Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie I mentioned in yesterday’s post.  Oh my gosh!  It’s so good!  I whipped it up last night, but didn’t drink my cup until this morning on my way to work.

This drink really is as good as Nick from Macheesmo.com says it is!  I’ve been throwing around the idea of adding some chocolate to it just for the fun of it!  But then again, that will negate the health of this smoothie.

At first, I was pretty skeptical of the tofu and ground flax seeds that go into this.  But besides the added texture of the flax seed (which really just tasted like there were ground nuts in it), it was pretty good.  At first the consistency threw me.  It’s very thick.  But the taste is very good and I’m definitely not hungry right now.  I’m feeling good.

I’ll have the rest of the pitcher tomorrow morning and we’ll see how it tastes after sitting for over a day.

I would absolutely recommend this smoothie!  It’s great tasting and full of protein!

UPDATE:  I just got back from my lunch and it was so nice to not have snacked all morning!  This Peanut Butter & Banana smoothie totally kept me satisfied throughout the morning.  I drank it between 6:30-7:00am and didn’t eat lunch until around 12:45pm.  That’s 6 hours!  It was weird to not have my usual 10 or 10:30 snack.  You’ve got to try this smoothie!

62 – Macheesmo!

Wow…so excited to share this wonderfulness with you.

I was just screwing around on Pinterest.  (You can follow me here.)  I saw this great pin for homemade Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwiches.  After clicking on it, it took me to this wonderful blog.

I love this guy!  Check him out here.  http://www.macheesmo.com/

In just 10 minutes, I’ve found 3 recipes that I want to try this week.  I found the previously mentioned breakfast sandwich.  Then I found Cast Iron Pizza as well as Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies!

Oh my gosh!  I’m so excited to make these!  I will absolutely be letting you know how it goes!  Eek!  So excited!