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HEALTHY

BAKED CABBAGE

Last summer we had a party on Gilberts Creek and one of our friends made a whole baked cabbage head.  She cored the cabbage and took a slice off of the bottom of it to make it sit upright.

She filled the hole in the cabbage with butter, seasoned it with salt and pepper, wrapped it in foil and baked it. Because it was a whole head of cabbage and not cut into wedges it took well over two hours (more like 3) to bake through.

Paul loved the baked cabbage and wanted me to make it yesterday. It was 92 degrees here, just the thought of the oven being on for 3 hours without the air conditioning in yet was enough to send me into a hot flash.

I decided to modify…

After looking at many Baked Cabbage recipes I decided to use one from The Kitchn that I slightly modified.  I set the oven to 450 degrees.

The cabbage was cut into wedges, put into a roasting pan, salt and peppered and then drizzled with a little olive oil. I laid cut up bacon pieces over the cabbage, then I started thinking…

The reason Paul loved the whole baked cabbage head recipe from last summer was because of the butter. He loved the soft, baked cabbage and butter mixed together.

I melted a 1/4 cup of butter and let it brown. Browned butter has a very unique flavor that is delicious! You have to be careful when cooking it though, it can quickly go from browned to burnt. I drizzled the browned butter over the cabbage.

I placed foil over the baking pan for the first 30 minutes of cooking and took the foil off for the last 30 minutes or so until the cabbage was getting golden brown and tender.

OH YES! The bacon adds flavor while the browned butter adds it’s own unique taste. It was absolutely delicious! This is a Baked Cabbage recipe you are absolutely going to LOVE. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients

  • One head green cabbage cleaned, cut into wedges, core removed from wedges
  • 4 slices uncooked bacon, cut into pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted and browned

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Cut the cabbage head in half. Cut each half again, making four wedges. Cut each of the 4 wedges to make a total of 8 wedges. Cut the core from each wedge on an angle.
    Place the wedges in a roasting pan. Salt and pepper the wedges, drizzle with a little bit of olive oil and lay the bacon pieces on the wedges.

You can find complete recipes of this BAKED CABBAGE in bunnyswarmoven.net

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DESSERT GLUTEN FREE

HEALTHY FLOURLESS LEMON POPPY SEED BREAKFAST CAKE

A delicious healthy flourless lemon poppy seed breakfast cake with a subtle tang of citrus from the lemon! The light and fluffy filling is studded with poppy seeds, with a tender exterior- It’s naturally gluten free, vegan, dairy free and sugar free, with a tested paleo option- Even the frosting is healthy too!

Not even kidding you guys- this went on for at least five minutes. I pretty much had to tell my mum that her cooking was better than an Indian buffet and that the Persians invented everything. Only then did she tell me the lemon rind and lemon juice proportions in her lemon poppy seed loaf.

I don’t actually know why I claimed to be allergic so said loaf growing up- I think it comes down to being blessed with mum making other sweet treats, in which the lemon flavored ones got the stink eye. That, and the fact that I associated citrus foods to only be reserved to savory recipes.

I swear since being in Los Angeles, my inner lemon has come out to frolick and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

After sharing a handful of breakfast cake recipes (let’s face it- It’s purely an excuse to advocate eating dessert for breakfast) recently, I knew it was only a matter of time before I shared one of the citrus variety. As much as I am an advocate of (some) convenience foods or aids, using fresh lemon juice AND lemon rind is key- It’s also something my mum preached over and over again when she FINALLY gave me the proportions. She told me not to use bottled lemon juice and definitely NOT lemon extract- She also advised me that some brands use coloring in it and after a quick scan at the supermarket- She was (unfortunately) right. Anyway, it’s high time you pucker those faces up to make this healthy flourless lemon poppy seed breakfast cake!

INGREDIENTS:

For the Gluten Free/Vegan/Flourless version

  • 2 cups gluten free rolled oats, ground into a flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar (use stevia or a sugar free baking blend to keep sugar free)
  • 1 T baking powder
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • 3/4 cup + 2 T dairy free milk
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 2 T lemon zest
  • 1 flax egg (can sub for 1 large egg if not vegan)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 T nut butter of choice, melted (I used smooth almond butter)

For the Paleo option

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (can sub for honey or agave)
  • 1/4 cup cashew butter (can sub for almond butter or coconut oil)
  • vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup poppy seeds
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 T lemon zest
  • 4 large eggs, whisked lightly

For the protein frosting

  • 3 scoops vanilla protein powder (see SHOP page on the menu bar)
  • 1-2 T granulated sweetener of choice (optional)
  • 1-2 T nut butter of choice (optional)
  • Dairy free milk to form batter

For the coconut butter frosting

  • 4-6 T coconut butter, melted
  • 2 T granulated sweetener of choice
  • Dairy free milk to thin out

For the basic cream cheese frosting

  • Dairy free cream cheese (can sub for any cream cheese)
  • 2 T granulated sweetener of choice
  • pinch cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the lemon zest and poppy seeds and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the milk, lemon juice, vanilla extract and egg/flax egg. Pour into the dry mixture. Add the melted nut butter (and honey and applesauce for paleo option) and mix very well until a batter is formed.

You can find complete recipes of this HEALTHY FLOURLESS LEMON POPPY SEED BREAKFAST CAKE in thebigmansworld.com

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HEALTHY

GRILLED SPICY LIME SHRIMP WITH CREAMY AVOCADO CILANTRO SAUCE

Grilled Spicy Lime Shrimp with Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce has a simple but full of flavor and spice marinade.  The creamy avocado cilantro sauce is the perfect cool and creamy dipping sauce.

Do you ever get through a week and are just so happy that you survived? That was last week for me. I barely made it. It was the last week of school plus we are in the moving process. On top of it all my little girl turned two! We were able to pull it all together and managed to have an amazing Finding Nemo Birthday Party. If you follow me on instagram you will see her amazing cake! My little girl is obsessed with “Meno” and loved every minute of it. We may have given her her presents to her in Amazon boxes but we totally pulled it together! It was a huge success.

We are loving the warmer weather here and since we have been so busy lately we are loving to grill. My husband LOVES shrimp and asks me to cook it all of the time. I decided to make an easy marinade for these shrimp that really packed a punch. It had such a delicious blend of spices and the result was amazing.

The great thing about shrimp is that they are so easy to cook!  They grill up in just a matter of minutes.  The marinade on these shrimp is out of this world!  It has such a great blend of spices and flavor.

My favorite part was the Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce. It was so cool and creamy on these spicy lime shrimp. We are a family of dippers so most everything involves a dip. And this dip was the perfect compliment to help cool down the spice in the shrimp.

You guys are going to LOVE this recipe. It is such a quick and easy recipe that is absolutely delicious, especially if you love shrimp! This should go on your list of things to grill. You are going to love it!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Juice of one large lime
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce:

  • 1 avocado split and pitted
  • ½ cup lowfat greek yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl whisk together lime juice, olive oil, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes. Pour into a resealable bag and add shrimp. Toss to coat and marinate for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the grill to medium heat. Put the shrimp on skewers and place on the grill. Grill on each side for about two minutes or until no longer pink.

You can find complete recipes of this GRILLED SPICY LIME SHRIMP WITH CREAMY AVOCADO CILANTRO SAUCE in therecipecritic.com

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HEALTHY VEGAN

STICKY SESAME VEGAN CAULIFLOWER WINGS

These Sticky Sesame Vegan Cauliflower Wings are the best veggie wings I’ve ever had! Loaded with a maple sesame flavor and spice, they are the perfect game day snack for vegans!

Sticky Sesame Vegan Cauliflower Wings? YES please! Confession time: there would’ve been way more wings in the pictures, but I kind of devoured them seconds after they came out of the oven. Happily so, burning the roof of my mouth and smiling in deep satisfaction. You see, this isn’t the first time I’ve made vegan cauliflower wings, so I knew to expect delicious, flavourful bites of pure sticky goodness. I was SO right. Shall we?

With Super Bowl Sunday around the corner, no doubt you’re preparing snacks even if you’re not that into the actual game. Personally, I just go along with the team my husband chooses. It’s pretty ironic since I played basically every sport under the sun from karate to football (soccer) to my all time favourite synchronised swimming. I can watch and get ANY sport within 10 minutes, but for some reason when it comes to American Football I get so wrapped in all the delicious food that it’s been explain to me about four times but all I hear is “crunch crunch”. Oops.

I doubt this year will be any different, especially if I’m nibbling on these babies. Vegan cauliflower wings are what have been “missing” from the vegetarian world for years, but are definitely here to stay. They taste JUST like regular wings. Without sauce, they are crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, and with sauce they are EVEN better.
I decided to go with a sweet and spicy sesame sauce for these wings, and they are sticky, soft on the outside, and unbelievably divine. The spice has just the right amount of kick, and the sweet sesame flavour takes it completely over the top. They are great for a meal or as a snack, and the best part? You can show down basically a million of these without any guilt. It’s also completely gluten free, so you can serve these to all your guests despite their dietary specifications. PRETTY sure that qualifies as a touchdown!

Ingredients

  • 1 small head cauliflower

Cauliflower Wings

  • 1/2 cup AP gluten free flour*
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (½ if you want it very spicy)
  • 1 cup gluten free bread crumbs (seasoned with salt and pepper)

Sauce

  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons liquid aminos
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • chopped scallions & sesame seeds, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with a silicone baking sheet or foil.
  3. Remove florets from the cauliflower (aka don’t use the stem).
  4. Chop the cauliflower into smaller pieces to resemble the size of wings.

You can find complete recipes of this STICKY SESAME VEGAN CAULIFLOWER WINGS in jessicainthekitchen.com

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DESSERT HEALTHY

LOADED M&M OREO COOKIE BARS

If you like Oreos and M&Ms, these are the bars for you.

Is there anyone who doesn’t like Oreos and M&Ms? I hope not. Or you may be reading the wrong blog.

These bars came to be because I was preparing to move and in an effort to clean out my pantry, I started grabbing things that looked like they’d work together.

A stick of butter, 1 egg, 1 cup of brown sugar, and 1 cup flour. Check. I always have those items on hand.

And if you do, you can make these in 5 minutes without a mixer and they’re ready in a half hour. Love pans of bars for that reason. Fast, easy, no dough to chill.

If you don’t have Oreos or M&Ms, shop in your own pantry for what you do have.

Graham crackers, 4-day old leftover chocolate chip cookies that are past their prime, leftover Funsize candy bars from last Easter, the remains of your last impulse buy at Trader Joe’s like chocolate-covered pretzels or that tub of mini peanut butter cups you’ve been snacking on at midnight, or the nearly empty bag of white chocolate chips that you grab a handful of every time you walk past the cupboard.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 18 Oreo Cookies, coarsely chopped (I used Oreo Chocolate Birthday Cake Sandwich Cookies; another type of chocolate sandwich cookie may substituted, or about 2 heaping cups of coarsely chopped add-ins including leftover cookies, graham crackers, chocolate-covered pretzels, etc.)
  • about 1/2 cup M&M’s (I used plain, use your favorite flavor or other chopped candy)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
  3. Wait momentarily before adding the egg so you don’t scramble it. Add the egg, brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
  4. Add the flour and stir until just combined, don’t overmix.
  5. Stir in the Oreos.

You can find complete recipes of this LOADED M&M OREO COOKIE BARS in averiecooks.com

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HEALTHY

Roasted Asparagus and Mushroom Carbonara

The other day I found myself thinking about making one of my favourite summer dishes, asparagus carbonara, and I thought that if I was making it anyways why not update the photos for the older recipe? I was all set to go when I remembered the roasted cauliflower and mushroom carbonara and I knew that a roasted asparagus and mushroom carbonara would be amazing since asparagus and mushrooms are such a fabulous combination! This carbonara recipe is pretty easy where you just need to cook the bacon while the vegetable roast and the pasta cooks and then you mix everything together with the sauce. As much as I enjoy the cauliflower version I think I like this asparagus one even better and it just screams summer!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 ounces fettuccine (or pasta of choice) (gluten free for gluten free)
  • 4 ounces bacon cut into 1 inch pieces or 4 ounces pancetta, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • plenty of fresh cracked black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped

Directions

  1. Toss the asparagus and mushrooms in the oil, salt and pepper, place on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast in a preheated 400F/200C oven until they start to caramelize, about 20-30 minutes, mixing half way through.
  2. Start cooking the pasta as directed on the package.
  3. Cook the bacon in a pan, pour off all but a tablespoon of the grease from the pan, add the garlic, cook for 30 second and turn off the heat.
  4. Mix the egg, cheese, pepper and salt and parsley in a bowl.

You can find complete recipes of this Roasted Asparagus and Mushroom Carbonara in closetcooking.com

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AVOCADO HEALTHY

Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad

Tastes so good you won’t believe it’s healthy!

If you love chicken salad and avocados, then you are going to go ga-ga for this recipe. After my first bite , I had an OMG moment. How can this taste THIS GOOD and be HEALTHY!

To make this recipe even more awesome, I used 1/2 mayo and 1/2 plain Greek Yogurt. YUM! Double bonus…. my daughters loved it 🙂

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • ¼ cup plain Greek Yogurt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 20-30 minutes to let all those yummy flavors blend together.
  2. Serve on your favorite bread, crackers, pita pocket or on a bed of lettuce.

You can find complete recipes of this Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad in familyfreshmeals.com

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HEALTHY

FETA & PARMESAN ZUCCHINI BAKE

Life changes too quickly. This little cutie pictured below is my baby girl. My Goose. She is about to begin her Senior year in high school.
Unfortunately, this also means she will be 1300 miles away from her home. She decided to spend her senior year in Washington DC.

Can you tell I have a lot of zucchini and squash in my garden this year? This latest version had a split reaction with my family. Those who tried it, adored it. Those who were too chicken to even taste it kept telling me how gross it was. Nice.

I loved it. Packed with yummy cheese and lots of garlic. I served it as a main dish, but it would also make a great side with some grilled protein and hot bread. I will be making this one again soon while I still have a lot of fresh squash.

The presentation factor on this baby gets super high marks as well! I love the color combo of both types of squash and then I made it in my favorite oval baking dish. I do have a bit of an obsession with oval shaped dishes, bowls and baking pans. They just speak to me 🙂

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6-7 medium zucchini or yellow summer squash
  • 2 Tb canola oil
  • 2 Tb minced garlic
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 C light sour cream
  • 1 C crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 C fresh parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tb lemon juice
  • salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a large casserole dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Slice the squash into 1/4″ slices. If they are larger squash, cut them down the middle before slicing. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Add the squash, garlic and thyme. Saute and stir just until the squash is starting to soften slightly. Don’t cook too long or it will be mushy after it bakes in the oven. Remove from the heat.

You can find complete recipes of this FETA & PARMESAN ZUCCHINI BAKE in mykitchenescapades.com

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DESSERT HEALTHY

THE BEST HOMEMADE CINNAMON ROLLS EVER!

This recipe is hands down the Best Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Ever. The perfect soft, fluffy, gooey cinnamon rolls are right at your fingertips. This is the only recipe you’ll ever need.

I’ve clearly been holding out on you. My recipe for The Best Homemade Dinner Rolls Ever has been a viral sensation with millions of views and hundreds and hundreds of reviews, questions, and comments. Thousands if we count the ones on Facebook. So many people have requested my recipe for how I turn that same amazing dough into cinnamon rolls. Your wish is my command because here it is!

These are the perfect cinnamon rolls. They are soft, fluffy, and gooey all at the same time. They melt in your mouth when they are still warm. Basically, they are to die for. I have to be careful when I make them because we literally eat the whole pan at once. And there are only four of us.

Watch the video where I give tons of tips and tricks for this recipe. If your question isn’t answered there then be sure to leave a comment below. I want to be sure that you can make these bad boys in your own kitchen. You deserve it!

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 tablespoon instant dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

Filling

  • ½ cup salted butter, melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

Glaze

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 to 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine warm milk, yeast, sugar, salt, butter, and eggs. Add in flour. Using a dough hook, turn the mixer on to a low speed.
  2. Once the flour starts to incorporate into the dough, increase the speed to a medium range. Add more flour as necessary so that the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. The dough mixture should be tacky, but not stick to your hands. It should be soft. Add more or less flour until the dough reaches the desired consistency. The amount of flour you add in bread making is always an approximation and you should go by feel.

You can find complete recipes of this THE BEST HOMEMADE CINNAMON ROLLS EVER! in thestayathomechef.com

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DESSERT HEALTHY

Blueberry Muffin Cake

Blueberry Muffin Bundt Cake! Simple and sweet blueberry cake loaded with blueberries and lemon zest, then topped sweet buttermilk glaze and crispy crumbly oat topping. This blueberry cake is a sensation any day of the week.

As we get closer and closer to berry season, my cravings for bright tangy nutrient-packed berries is uncontainable. I want them on cereal, in smoothies, in salads, in sauces, but most of all, in dessert. And I like to pretend that adding berries makes everything I eat super healthy.

Let’s just go with it.

Along the lines of healthy… Sometimes I want dessert for breakfast. Other times I want breakfast for dessert. Today’s recipe is an either-or recipe, I like to call Blueberry Muffin Cake.

It’s a blueberry cake with the rich and tangy elements of a good blueberry muffin recipe, like buttermilk and lemon zest. Then I topped the cake with a creamy buttermilk glaze and crumbled brown sugar oat topping, similar to streusel topped muffins!

The crumbly oat and nut top, tender decadent cake crumb, and dark juicy blueberries are simply more than I can bear. See how the berries are bursting out of the surface?

Ingredients:

For the Blueberry Cake:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose Gold Medal Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 pound fresh blueberries

For the Buttermilk Glaze:

  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

For the Oat Crumble Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons oats
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds

Directions:

  1. For the blueberry cake: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray and sprinkle lightly with flour. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Then beat in the eggs and vanilla. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the flour and buttermilk, alternating each, until all incorporated. Finally beat in the lemon zest before turning the mixer off. Use a spoon the stir in half the blueberries.
  2. Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan and sprinkle the remaining blueberries over the top. Bake for 60-80 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes before flipping out onto a cooling rack. DO NOT try flipping the cake any earlier than 20 minutes, or the cake will stick. Promise! Waiting 30+ minutes is safer.

You can find complete recipes of this Blueberry Muffin Cake in aspicyperspective.com