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Since about December, I have been eating quite a bit healthier than in previous years. No more fast food, no soda, no processed foods, all whole grains, no food after 9pm, cut back on alcohol, lots of vegetables and all that good stuff.  It would seem that all these sacrifices make it difficult to live with all the cravings I get for my favorite foods –  because your favorites are always the unhealthy options, right? But I don’t want to give up everything! That makes it no fun, and makes it difficult to stick to my new goals. So I’ve been looking for little cheats here and there to make the things I crave, while still delectable, a bit more healthy. One of my new favorite healthy craving crushers is this recipe I found on Pinterest for carrot fries. I was skeptical at first, as I am probably the biggest lover of french fries there is, as well as anything made with potatoes – mmmm starch. But let me tell you, these are absolutely delicious, and incredibly easy to make. Peel and slice as many carrots as your little heart desires into fry shaped pieces. Line a baking sheet with foil and lay those suckers in an even layer on the sheet. Oh yeah, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Now drizzle olive oil over the top of the carrots and swish them around so they get mostly coated. I have made these a couple times and have used salt, pepper, rosemary, and garlic powder – or any combination of these you can think of and all have been delicious. So sprinkle your desired spices on them and pop them in the oven for about 15 minutes. Yum, yum, yum!!

Do you have any alternate recipes to curb your cravings? Leave them in the comments below!

 

 

This weekend, I decided to bake my little butt off. I ended with three different desserts which I will be sharing on my blog!

The first of which may be classified as a pastry or a snack – the muffin. But I think the muffin deserves more credit. After all, if you love fresh fruit and eating healthy (when it works 😉 ) then you know that a muffin can sometimes be just as tantalizing as a cookie. These muffins are no exception. They have the perfect consistency and with a cream cheese frosting these muffins are definitely something else.

I will admit I was skeptical when I saw that the recipe called for yogurt and not butter, but I took it as an opportunity to once again swap my ingredients. I used the fresh bananas as called for in the recipe, and swapped the plain yogurt for strawberry yogurt. The result was just what I wanted.

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This will be the first Dollar Saving Dinner Day for this blog. Everyone goes through rough times, or in my case, money saving times when you can’t always just run to the grocery store and buy whatever your heart desires. But that doesn’t mean that you should run to the nearest Jack in the Box for $.99 tacos (although, I am guilty). As I have been continuing my cooking journey, I’ve learned that it’s just as important to be able to make something out of nothing.

So for the first Dollar Saving Dinner Day – We made Tuna Mac. This is one of our go-to staples for a quick and easy cheap dinner. My boyfriend usually makes it (he actually introduced me). It only requires 4 ingredients that most people have laying around (especially if you have kids – I’m a sucker for kids’ food). Let’s get started.

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Growing up my mom frequently made us our own personal french bread pizzas. They were great because the bread was

cheesy!

always nice and fluffy and they were easy to take as leftovers as well as easy to make. For this meal, I decided to make a Pesto Pizza variation. It took me only about 5 minutes to make and about 10 minutes to bake (broil).

I bought sourdough sandwich rolls which are pre-cut, and a small jar of pesto sauce. You could also make your own pesto with basil, olive oil and garlic, but since I do not have a food processor, this was the best option.

You simple spread the pesto over the tops of the separated sandwich rolls, sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the top, place in the oven for about 10 minutes on broil (I like to leave them until the edges are crispy. I then cut up two large tomatoes to place on top. And there you have it – a super simple yet delicious meal and something a bit out of the ordinary.

(Note: Also did a lactose free variety with Veggie Shreds in mozzarella flavor.)

one of my favorite meals - Personal Pesto Pizza

For last night’s dinner I scurried to the store to buy everything I needed for a gourmet-style spaghetti sauce with turkey meatballs. It was absolutely delish! We were a bit tired of all the mexican food in our lives, and since our roommate can’t eat cheese (we were going to make manicotti) I decided on the next best pasta dish I could think of. I LOVE tomato sauce. And I’m not talking Ragu or Prego or any of the store bought varieties. I’m talking a super delicious explode in your mouth kind of pasta sauce. You can find the recipe to the sauce I used on my blog here.

This was my first attempt at my own spaghetti sauce and it turned out pretty tasty. Not only that but it only took me about 45 minutes to make including the simmering time of about 30 minutes.

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mmmm... Fritos

So, before I start to lose track, I am no longer going to be using “Dinner Day #” for my blog titles. From now on, all blog posts will be titled with the meal and/or item being featured. With that being said, today’s post is more of a guest post (although I am writing it). The meal is Fritos Taco Salad which was made for dinner last night by our roommate (my sister’s boyfriend).

They made a delicious taco salad – with a twist. Instead of using boring old regular tortilla chips, he used Fritos Scoops. I had never even thought about doing something like this, but it turned out absolutely delicious! The Fritos flavor was just perfect with the blend of ingredients (which will be mentioned later, keep reading!).

This definitely was an inspiring meal as well, because it reminds me to never underestimate the power of your ingredients. Things can be switched up or substituted to make meals even better than before, or even just for a tasty change.

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Happy 4th Everyone!! This post was inspired by the Life Tastes Like Food blog post on chocolate covered strawberries. Today we are attending a family BBQ for my boyfriend’s family, and each of us were asked to bring something – either a side or a dessert. My original idea was a fruit salad, but after little to no deliberation I decided I wanted a dessert instead. So I went with chocolate covered strawberries. This post was featured on WordPress’ home page and I was immediately sold to the idea. They were surprisingly easy (I think the fruit salad may have been more time consuming) and the result looks absolutely superb. Not only do they look delicious, but it looks like I spent a ton of time on them!! Thank you Life Tastes Like Food for making me look GOOD! haha.

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Dinner Day 6 – No plans, no recipes, ALL intuition and leftover ingredients. I am so proud that I finally was able to whip together a dinner without anyone telling me what to use or how to use it. This post will be somewhat brief; however I have many photos to add in here (I was in a photographic kind of mood). This meal was super easy and could probably be made without having to make a trip to the store (so awesome!). Below is a list of all the things you need to make this. I will also provide some suggestions for things you could add to make it even more delectable. Here we go –

2 tomatoes (diced or sliced into chunks)

1/2 large white onion (diced)

2 cloves of garlic (minced)

About a handful of spaghetti (or whatever pasta you have lying around)

Olive oil (just enough to coat your noodles)

Parsley flakes

Parmesan cheese

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Cooking the onion and the bell pepper

For dinner day 5 I felt like taking requests (and I was quickly running out of creative ideas 😛 ). So I asked my boyfriend what he wanted for dinner – he said tacos. Tacos? We JUST had tacos- apparently, I had done well. I asked him to give me a different idea, but he refused. He said he wanted real tacos not fish tacos, and that there was a difference. FINE. I finally decided on Chicken Fajitas. Similar to tacos but… different. The recipe I used came from The Food Network, and only took about an hour to make including marinating time for the chicken.The result was a deliciously zesty hand held meal that made everyone in the house happy and full.

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