Coconut Sweet Potato Muffins

Holy smokes, where have these muffins been all my life? I like muffins to begin with but these are moist and light, not dense and heavy like some muffins. They have a great flavor, savory and not too sweet. It was a spontaneous decision to make them and I’m so glad I did. I saw the recipe on Pinterest, knew I had all the ingredients on hand and of course I had just finished cleaning my kitchen, so the timing was perfect. They came together in under ten minutes, which is really my idea of the best kind of baking. You can adjust the ingredients to use what you have on hand or to make them vegan if that’s what you prefer. The ingredients are simple and easy to come by. The recipe only makes 9 muffins and I’ll double it next time. A healthy treat for your and your family. I’m sure your kids won’t be disappointed!

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All Purpose Spice

This is a super simple spice mix that you can throw together any time, store in an air tight container for months and months and use in whatever you feel fit. It’s great rubbed on a whole chicken before throwing it in a roasting pan or the slow cooker. Also works really well in pulled pork. But my absolute favourite is as a spice for Homestyle Hasbrowns. Easiest side dish ever.
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Homestyle Hashbrowns

I’m not vegan. Though I appreciate veganism and am totally down with throwing some vegan meals into my weekly routine. Especially when the recipe is so good you aren’t obliged to tell your significant other about dinner’s lack of all thing animal. So I bought this amazing cookbook called “The Garden of Vegan” It’s a local cookbook and everything I’ve tried is awesome. One might think “Hashbrowns? Why waste your time posting about hashbrowns?” I’m sharing with you because it is so easy and it spices up regular ole’ hashbrowns (and because sharing is what I do!) Breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Homestyle Hashbrowns
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Caulfredo Pasta

Who isn’t a fan of alfredo sauce? I mean honestly. Creamy, garlicky, saucy. I think the only ones of us who ‘hate’ alfredo sauce are those of us who are mindful of our weight and caloric intake and have to gently ‘remind’ ourselves that we hate alfredo sauce and thus we can overcome our lack of will power. While this sauce isn’t a perfect alfredo, it’s certainly yummy and I will happily allow it to fill my true alfredo void. Especially if it means that a delicious meal of pasta is less than 200 calories! I don’t think you can fault me for wanting this in my life. When I described this dinner to someone they dubbed it Caulfredo sauce so thus its name. General concensus of feedback on this pasta is that it’s a bit bland on its own. I definitely recommend adding some sauteed veggies or meat. The image below is orange and red bell pepper, onion and italian sausage. So.Damn.Good.

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Egyptian Red Lentil Soup

Not that long ago, I didn’t like soup. I didn’t like canned soup or homemade soup but after I started to learn how to cook I discovered that soups are probably some of the most nutritious, delicious, hearty and EASY meals you could make. Plus, the options are absolutely, positively, endless. When I started to make my own and adapt them to what I wanted, the clouds parted, the sun came out and it’s been a sunny day ever since. Canned soups have waaay too much sodium. Honestly, in ‘almost’ the same amount of time it takes to open the can, throw it in a bowl, microwave it and serve it, you can make a whole pot of delicious, low sodium, almost fat free soup. If it’s convenience you’re after with a can of soup, I highly recommend freezing it. Whip up a batch, divide it into freezable containers and freeze it. Take it for lunch or wherever else you’ll need it! Then you get the convenience and health advantages in a simple microwavable container. We made this soup with some gluten free (Glutino brand white bread) grilled cheese sandwiches and it was amazing. A perfect combination! But you could also make some Baking Powder Biscuits with the soup and be just as satisfied.

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Spinach and Millet Timbale

Until this afternoon I didn’t know what a Timbale was and I’m willing to bet that a significant number of people haven’t heard of it either. To be honest, I’m not sure I even know now. But, it’s good to know (assume) that I’m not alone. It’s basically a quiche without a crust. It’s similar to a gratin but it is made in a hot water bath to prevent the sides from browning and it comes out of the pan easier. I was looking around for a new recipe for this week and came across this on Pinterest. Seemed easy enough, had all the ingredients, we’re good to go. There’s two ways to make this, I’ve only tried one. If you don’t have ramekins, make it in a large pan, it will take longer for the eggs to set but the results will be the same. You could also make it with quinoa!

**Quick Update – While this dish was great for dinner, it was fantastic as a leftover for breakfast. Warmed up in the microwave, a dash of ketchup and it was delicious. The texture held, the shape held and it didn’t become rubbery or slimy like some quiches do. Next time I’ll do spinach and bacon. Mmmm bacon. (Ended up doing broccoli flowers and roasted turkey and it was better than the original!)

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Baking Powder Biscuits

I was having a down day today. Not that I was feeling down, just not interested in doing anything but watching movies. I wanted to make something for dinner that was so simple I wouldn’t have to think about it. Potato Leek Soup was the answer to that. I have had this recipe for biscuits waiting in the wings for a while now so when dinner was ready, I whipped ’em up and threw them in the oven. It was then that I discovered the potato leek soup wasn’t quite ready. I can’t even tell you how hard it was to not eat every single biscuit while waiting for the potatoes to cook. They’re SO good. And simple. And … good. Hunny! Pass another biscuit will ya?

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Peanut Butter Cups

Mike and I met online in 2009. When we arranged our first date, he shyly asked if he should bring me flowers or something. I told him he can’t win me over with measely flowers. The way to this girl’s heart is through Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! No word of a lie, the man brought me a bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and to this day it’s always my special treat (or his way of sucking up for something) So when Mike’s 36th birthday rolled around and I was totally stumped for a treat, this conveniently popped up on Pinterest. I thought it was pretty fitting and it turned out to be the best thing I have ever made. No bake, 5 ingredients, less than an hour total to make. I need to tweak it to perfect it, figure out how to make the process less messy (I’ve only made them once) but I certainly couldn’t wait to share with you. Not with the Christmas holidays coming! I couldn’t possibly let you go the season without one more awesome treat to add to your repertoire! So here it is. I’ll come back and amend it as I adjust the recipe but you need to make them. No excuses.

PB Cups

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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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Potato Leek Soup

I don’t think I’ve actually ever had potato leek soup before. Parsnip Leek soup yes, and it was amazing, but not potato. I don’t what the hell I’ve been thinking all this time! It’s incredibly delicious. I never thought that 2 main ingredients that are kind of bland on their own, could pack such a heart-warming and soul-soothing punch. I’m all over this. It’s the perfect season for this soup too. Creamy, thick, hot and super filling. Maybe because I couldn’t stop at only one bowl! For some reason I was always under the impression that potato leek soup wasn’t an ‘easy’ soup. I don’t know where I got that notion but I was WAY off. I threw this in the crock pot, walked away and came back to magic. Make it with some Baking Powder Biscuits to round out the perfect winter meal!

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