Valentine’s Day is coming up, and my favorite part of the holiday is having an excuse to make lots of sweets. Not that you need an excuse to make homemade Larabars, but this bite-sized combination of dark chocolate, dates, and almonds is sure to win your Valentine’s heart. If you like energy bars but dislike how much they cost, this recipe is an easy way to whip up a homemade version for a fraction of the cost. I adapted a recipe from Foodie With Family to make these cute little hearts and some regular bars too.
Do you ever try a new recipe and get so excited about it that you want to have it for dinner every night? That’s how I’ve been feeling about lettuce tacos. Quick and easy to put together, the lettuce taco shells can be filled with whatever you want. Here, I’ve included a flavorful taco spice recipe that can be used with chicken or ground beef, as well as instructions for how to make both. Continue reading
Lamb is one of my favorite meats, but it can be expensive. I was excited to see ground lamb on sale at the grocery store a few weeks ago, and I knew just what to make. I had seen Green Sliders over at Nom Nom Paleo, and I decided to put my own spin on them. I kept the chopped vegetables mixed in with the ground meat, but I replaced the beef with lamb and added other Greek-inspired ingredients for a delicious salad topped with these mini burgers. Continue reading
This Wednesday, why not make something that will last you through the weekend? A whole chicken is a super cheap ($5 for a 4 lb. chicken) and is a versatile way to cook once, but have many different meal options. A whole roast chicken takes about 90 minutes including prep and cooking, and will then allow you to skip making dinner for the next few nights! Time- and money-saving? Count me in. Scroll down for creative meals with leftovers after the recipe.
Patience is a virtue that I am very, very bad at remembering when I bake cookies. I taste the batter at different steps, try a cookie the second a batch comes out of the oven, and then of course scarf down a few more even before remembering to pour a glass of milk.
These fantastic pumpkin cookies will certainly have you impatient for more, but first, you must let them cool. Not just “cool until they don’t burn your tongue off” but fully cool, ideally for at least an hour or two. If you eat these cookies fresh out of the oven, you won’t get to fully appreciate this rich cookie. It takes resting for the flavors of this cookie to intensify and sweeten, and for the texture to become deliciously dense and moist. Once these things happen, these paleo pumpkin cookies, adapted from a recipe from Everyday Paleo, are a phenomenal fall treat. Continue reading
You know how everyone has a signature dish that their friends and family always beg them to make? My dad has a few, but his best dessert by far is chocolate mousse. His version uses coffee and is an incredibly rich treat that takes awhile to make. I wanted to create my own version that would be equally delicious, but slightly healthier (is that possible?!) and much easier to whip up. This recipe simple and satisfying whether you’re indulging your sweet tooth or serving a party. Its creamy, dense texture is achieved with no dairy or sugar. Continue reading
One of my favorite college meals was a heaping platter of sweet potato fries and chicken tenders from a local coffee house. The fries were usually fantastic, but would sometimes have a soggy texture from being fried in oil. By baking my own sweet potato fries at home, I can have the exact texture I like for a fraction of the cost. Sweet potato fries are one food that will never result in leftovers- they’re so good that I gobble them down immediately! Thankfully, it only takes about 5 minutes of active preparation and 30 minutes total to turn out this great side.
It’s no secret that I absolutely love bacon. I am a firm believer that bacon is not only fabulous on its own, but will improve almost any dish. My daily breakfast of eggs was getting a little boring, so I decided to wrap them in bacon instead of serving it on the side. This straightforward, easily adjustable recipe makes delicious breakfast bites that are easy to consume whether you’re on the go or curled up on the couch watching Breaking Bad.