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IMG_20140119_165356Part of a healthy diet is having your fair share of fruits and vegetables. They give you vitamins and nutrients that can ward off illness, provide all-natural energy, and keep you brain in top notch condition throughout the day. But some days it can be difficult to make sure that everything you eat throughout the day includes these super foods. Juicing is a great way to stay on top of your fruit and veggie requirements, without needing alot of time to prep or cook – or eat for that matter! Juicing has also become big in the dieting world to lose weight and detox your body. This particular recipe is great because it contains kale – a super food related to broccoli known for having high levels of beta carotene, vitamin k, vitamin c and calcium. And while it may not look like the most delicious drink to some, it has a surprisingly sweet and delicious flavor that may have you reaching for your greens more often. Simply throw all the items through you juicer, add ice and enjoy your veggies like never before!

5 large kale leaves

1 large cucumber

1 peeled lemon

1 apple

2 large ribs of celery

Do you juice? What’s your favorite green juice recipe?

 

 

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20140202_152851_resizedI just love munchy foods. Anything I can eat with my hands is usually my favorite. These delightful finger foods are so easy and delicious they have quickly become my go-to party food. I recently made these for our Superbowl get together with twice baked potatoes, baked beans, and all the dip you could possibly desire (recipes here). They only cook for about 40 minutes and are even easier to prepare, even if you decide to make your own honey bbq sauce – which of course tastes divine! I found and adapted this recipe from Food.com. Here’s what you do…

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Take 18-20 chicken wings (I buy the freezer bag with wings and thighs from Safeway) put them on a greased baking sheet (or I like to use foil for easy clean up) and top with these spices and throw in the oven for 40 minutes:

1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne

While the chicken is cooking you can make your own honey BBQ sauce by mixing these ingredients over low heat:
1 c barbecue sauce
1/2 c honey
2 Tbsp ketchup
2 Tbsp hot sauce
4 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp garlic powder
When the chicken is done cooking, take it out and dip the pieces into the sauce you made (or smother with a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce). Make sure the pieces are covered and put back into the oven for another 5-7 minutes. All done! Super easy, super delicious, and easy to make alot of them. Happy cooking!!

As I go into 2014 with a new appreciation for healthier foods, I cannot say that I don’t enjoy cheating every now and then. And if I’m going to cheat with anything, it’s going to be one of two things – pasta or cheeseburgers. These two things are my pitfalls, my favorite things to eat anytime and anywhere. This particular pasta recipe is one of my favorites because of all the delicious cheese stuffed into each little shell. It’s also one of my favorites because it’s so incredibly easy to make. Seriously, it only takes me about 20 minutes and baking only takes 30, so you get a beautiful and delicious pasta dish without all the stress and hard work. It takes 3 kinds of cheese – ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan (or sometimes I use the parmesan – romano mixture) – pasta sauce (I usually make my own from scratch), and a box of pasta shells (or you can use the tubes, I just find the shells easier to stuff). Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of my own stuffed shells to show you,  but I found this picture on Wikipedia, and it looks exactly the same LOL.

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20131011_194804On Friday night, my Mom brought me a huge basket of apples from her tree in the backyard. I believe they are of the golden delicious variety, and man, oh man, they are delicious.  Since I had already planned on making pumpkin muffins (which I will be posting later), my Mom decided to make some apple sauce. It was way easier than I thought it would be and turned out amazing!

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Time for another dollar saving dinner –

Right now I am currently saving for a trip to Hawaii, my  sister’s 21st birthday, fall semester (school is NOT cheap), my vehicle registration PLUS all my other expenses. During times like these it’s important to not sacrifice the quality of the food you eat just because it “feels” like fast food is cheaper.

This dinner has been handed down from my Dad for as long as I can remember (my parents were SUPER savers when it came to making sure their family was eating right). It’s a super simple recipe to conjure and only requires a few relatively low cost ingredients. My sister actually put the meal together this particular time, but it turned out exactly as Dad always made it – delicious every time.

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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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