Jalapeno Corn Bread

Ahhh corn bread. Crumbly, savory, moist and buttery. That’s what makes perfect corn bread in my mind. Fresh corn bread is like fresh from the oven bread; warm with some butter on it and it doesn’t get any better. In this case, add some fresh jalapenos (and maybe some bacon!) and they’re so perfect. The jalapeno doesn’t add spice so much as that yummy jalapeno flavor. If you want them spicier add a tsp of cayenne powder. Then all you have to do is bake ’em and eat ’em! This recipe makes a LOT so if you’re not going to share, you might want to half the recipe so you can eat them all while they’re fresh. Don’t forget the butter!

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Raw Cashew Cheesecake

My head just exploded. It blew up with the possibilities of this amazing cake. The combinations I can make and the places I can take it. Holiday dinners, potlucks, birthday smashes, Wednesdays, baby showers … just don’t take it to the weekly meetup of the NASTies (Nut Allergy Support Taskforce) This cake is justifiably the most healthy dessert out there. It is comprised of all raw, unprocessed ingredients, no dairy, no sugar and virtually all of the calories and fat come from nuts, and dates, and honey and coconut oil. It’s a refreshing dessert as it comes out of the freezer and you never have to turn the oven on. Brilliant for those hot summer days that are coming our way! I had to double this recipe because my springform pan was too big. Shame right?

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Lemon Curd Bars

Holy F-Bomb. That’s really all I should put here. But for the sake of not leaving you with the inkling of a curse (regardless of how positive it is!) I will lay it out for you. These are AMAZING! It would be so easy to make these 100% organic if you wanted to and even if you aren’t gluten free, you will still love them. I promise. Guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser! It was really hard to keep Mike out of the lemon curd until the base was cooled. He kept dippin’ his fork in it. Can’t blame him really, it would have been just as easy to throw some cool whip on it and eat it as is. These bars could hardly get any healthier. All of the fat is derived from natural ingredients like nuts, eggs and coconut oil. The WW points are high but I feel justified knowing that the ingredients are natural and healthy fats.

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Pumpkin Spice Cookies

2 ingredients. That’s all it takes to make these delicious treats. I found this recipe somewhere online and if I can ever find it again, I’ll post the link for you. I kind of amended the result a bit by cutting the cookies in half and stuffing them with low fat vanilla icing mixed with pumpkin pie spice and a smidge of vanilla extract. TASTY! That being said though, these are not a gluten free treat. Betty Crocker is making an effort to make gluten free cake mixes but thus far I have only seen Vanilla, Chocolate and Devil’s Food Cake. I might try to incorporate the pumpkin spice into the vanilla cake. Maybe it’ll work. Until then … non-gf cookie treats!

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Goat Cheese & Pistachio Stuffed Dates

I had a little dinner party the other night. The basic idea was that the ladies would have a peek at the blog and tell me what they want me to make. Well that didn’t happen. Mostly (I like to believe) because they’re all indecisive. So I scrambled the night before to find a couple recipes that would suit everyone. I found this and the next posting (Pumpkin Spice Cookies) This is the quickest, most scrumptious little appetizer ever and I’m pretty sure everyone was happy with it. You don’t get a lot for 7 points but they are SO worth it. There is no cooking necessary so it is an appetizer recipe that allows you to create something great, in a short period of time and still focus on the important part (besides dinner!) … Hosting!

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Hummus

Ahhh Hummus. The fall back guy. The result of a last minute invite. The dip to make carrots slightly more exciting. The one we’re all conscious of hours after eating solely because of the garlic content. But let’s be honest here, Hummus is awesome! I snuck a special ingredient into this one that gives it an extra kick.

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Broccoli Salad

This is my mum’s recipe. This is the salad that gets her invited to all the parties. You know, kind of like “Hey, I’d love it if you came to my birthday party … but only if you bring Broccoli Salad” … and then there’s never enough! It is the salad we request when we go to visit and if there ever is leftovers, they don’t make it past breakfast the next day. It’s all as simple as cutting up some vegetables and frying some bacon!

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