apple cinnamon muffins

No Sugar, No Flour Apple Cinnamon Blender Mini Muffins

I had a really hard time coming up with a title for these muffins… There are so many things I want to say about them! There is no sugar, no flour and sweetened only with dates! They are a good source of protein with oatmeal and milk! They are rich in iron! There are apples and cinnamon and did I …

pumpkin-cookies

The BEST Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love pumpkin spice. Like a lot, a lot. Most people start to complain when pumpkin spice items start showing up in the stores. “It’s too early,” they say. But not I. If I could have pumpkin spice all year long, that would make me very, very happy. But then it might ruin the ahh-mazing-ness of the pumpkin spice. Because …

Healthy Crock Pot Refried Beans

Healthy Crock Pot Refried Beans

I have always loved Mexican-ish foods: tacos, nachos, burritos, oh my! So becoming a vegetarian wasn’t that difficult for me because you can substitute beans for meat in tons of dishes! Last year, I was so sick of opening cans of refried beans. Is it actually vegetarian or is it made with lard? Which brand tastes the best? And then …

broccoli cheese soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Once upon a time, in the not-so-distant past, I made broccoli cheese soup. It was a disaster. I’m not sure what went wrong, but it was inedible. Usually, even if dishes don’t turn out that great, we still suffer through so we don’t waste food. But this… this abomination of broccoli cheese soup will probably go down in history as …

Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

It’s 9 PM and suddenly I need cookies. So what do I do? Pull up Pinterest and search for some delicious cookies. And I figure, if they’re oatmeal cookies, they’re healthy right? But here’s the thing… I haven’t been to the grocery store in a while, so my ingredients are limited and I want cookies NOW. I can’t possibly wait …

Sweet potato bean stew

Sweet Potato Bean Stew

My husband has had a sore throat and just generally been feeling icky for the past few days. I’ve been trying to stuff him (and myself) with tons of vitamins and fluids hoping that he quickly gets through this and that I don’t get sick. Normally, I would really dread my husband having a Man Cold, but he has been …

Spaghetti-Squash-and-mushrooms

Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms, Broccoli, and Parmesan

A food that has always intrigued me is spaghetti squash. How do you get noodles from a squash?! It’s almost mind boggling. I love to try recipes with spaghetti squash because pasta is one my favorite things and if I can replace something that’s not so healthy with something super healthy, awesome! This recipe is very earthy and hearty. It …

Best Homemade Vegetarian Spaghetti Sauce

Best Vegetarian Spaghetti Sauce

You know how there are those dishes that take you straight back to being a child? It’s spaghetti for me. My mom made the best homemade spaghetti sauce. I would refuse to eat any other sauce but her’s. I remember when I would come home on Sunday afternoons after spending the weekend at my dad’s house and as soon as …

Peanut Butter Blossoms (with Mini Kisses)

Peanut Butter Blossoms (with Mini Kisses)

Peanut Butter Blossoms have always been (one) of my favorite cookies. So after I made these Red Velvet Peanut Butter Blossoms, I felt compelled to make a batch of the original just, you know, to compare the two recipes. One of my most vivid memories as a child is heading to my great aunt’s house for Christmas. It was always held …

Amazing Grilled Cheese

Secrets for an Amazing Grilled Cheese

A few years ago, my husband and I went to Florida. We were going to be staying in a friend’s condo for free, which was an amazing deal! However, when we arrived, it wasn’t everything we expected. Apparently there had been some miscommunication between the owner and family members about who was caring for the condo. It was… a disappointment …