Healthy Recipe Ideas

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As we near the end of the holiday season full of treats, we could all use some Healthy Recipe Ideas to start the new year off right!
As we near the end of the holiday season full of treats, we could all use some Healthy Recipe Ideas to start the new year off right!
Surprisingly, I did pretty well this year. That is, opposed to every single holiday season of my life.  Typically, we host Thanksgiving which means I get to enjoy daily leftovers for a solid week, and boy do I enjoy those leftovers. This year, we went to a friend’s house which was awesome, but I didn’t partake in leftover consumption (which is probably a good thing). Second, even though I made an abundant amount of holiday treats, I really didn’t eat that many.  I cut back on my added sugar intake back in July after my sister made some very direct comments about the size of my thighs, and it actually paid off!  I’ve been able to shed a good ten pounds since then and my sugar cravings have decreased. So, instead of throwing it all out the window during the holidays and asking for forgiveness in January, I’ve been a good girl. That doesn’t mean that I won’t join everyone else and eat healthy in January, and all of these recipes look so amazing!
Here’s to a healthy and happy YOU in 2017!!!
 3 Ingredient Chocolate Protein Pancakes
 Healthy Sweet & Sour Chicken
 Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oatmeal

 

 Avgolemono Greek Chicken Zoodle Soup

 

 Broccoli & Cheese Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

 

 Brown Butter Sweet Potato Noodles

 

 Chicken & Avocado Burritos

 

 Chicken & Brussels Sprouts with Mustard Sauce

 

 Curry Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Dip

 

 Fruit Salsa and Homemade Cinnamon Chips

 

 Greek Chicken Souvlaki

 

 Mediterranean Orzo Salad

 

 Sea Bass with Tomatoes, Olives, and Capers
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Perfect Fall Recipes

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From apples to pumpkins to dark leafy greens, fall is everyone’s favorite time to cook, so I’m sharing more than 20 Perfect Fall Recipes!

From apples to pumpkins to dark leafy greens, fall is everyone's favorite time to cook, so I'm sharing more than 20 Perfect Fall Recipes!

We all do it. What’s that, you ask? We all wait for the time of year when everything is pumpkin spice. Don’t try to deny it. Even if you think things like pumpkin spice breakfast sausage and pumpkin spice pasta sounds nauseating (no argument there), I dare you to argue with the fact that by the time pumpkin spice completely dominates everything around us, we’re ready for the cold weather, the holidays, and all of the cooking that goes along with it. We may not all like to eat all pumpkin, all the time, but fall is such an extraordinary time to breakout the crockpot, let those soups, stews, and chilis simmer, create freezer meals and casseroles, and make goodies with pumpkin.  I’ve rounded up a ton of fall recipes to give you some inspiration in the kitchen. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes by Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes - super light and fluffy pumpkin pancakes full with lots of chocolate chips and topped with maple syrup.

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies by A Dash of Sanity

Pumpkin Spice Sugar Cookies {A Dash of Sanity}

Caramel Pecan Blondies by White Lights on Wednesday

Caramel Pecan Blondies {White Lights on Wednesday}

Pumpkin Cranberry Bites by My Suburban Kitchen

Pumpkin Cranberry Bites {My Suburban Kitchen}

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip by Wishes & Dishes

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip {Wishes & Dishes}

Fall M&M Cookies by Kleinworth & Co.

Fall M&M Cookies {Kleinworth & Co.}

Sweet Potato Pie by Big Bears Wife

Sweet Potato Pie {Big Bears Wife}

One Pot Cheesy Pumpkin Pasta by Domestic Superhero

One Pot Cheesy Pumpkin Pasta {Domestic Superhero}

Pumpkin Waffles by Fake Ginger

Pumpkin Waffles by Fake Ginger

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies by Wine & Glue

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies {Wine & Glue}

Pumpkin Spice Meringue Pumpkins by 365 Days of Baking

Pumpkin Spice Meringue Pumpkins {365 Days of Baking}

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies by Self Proclaimed Foodie

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies {Self Proclaimed Foodie}

No Bake Pumpkin Spice Cheesecakes by Love Bakes Good Cakes

No Bake Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake {Love Bakes Good Cakes}

Easy Pumpkin Muffins by Yummy Healthy Easy

Easy Pumpkin Muffins {Yummy Healthy Easy}

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Soup with Cashew Cream by Cooking and Beer

Slow Cooker Spicy Pumpkin Soup with Cashew Cream {Cooking and Beer}

Pumpkin Caramel Pecan Naked Cake by The Recipe Rebel

Pumpkin Caramel Pecan Naked Cake {The Recipe Rebel}

Pumpkin Cheesecake Flourless Chocolate Cake Roll by Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Pumpkin Cheesecake Flourless Chocolate Cake Roll {Cupcakes & Kale Chips}

Spicy Pumpkin Pasta by Lemons for Lulu

Spicy Pumpkin Pasta {Lemons for Lulu}

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes by Dinner at the Zoo

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes {Dinner at the Zoo}

30 Minute Tomato Basil Soup by Culinary Ginger

30 Minute Tomato Basil Soup {Culinary Ginger}

Caramel Topped Pumpkin Cheesecake by That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Caramel Topped Pumpkin Cheesecake {That Skinny Chick Can Bake}

Easy Apple Fritter Pull Apart Bread by Let’s Dish

Easy Apple Fritter Pull Apart Bread {Let's Dish}

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies by Mandy’s Recipe Box

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies {Mandy's Recipe Box}

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies by Mom on Timeout

Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies {Mom on Timeout}

 

From apples to pumpkins to dark leafy greens, fall is everyone's favorite time to cook, so I'm sharing more than 20 Perfect Fall Recipes!

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20+ Halloween Treats

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This time of year is so much fun with pumpkin everything and costumes galore. In this post, I've got recipes for 20+ Halloween Treats that you will love!

This time of year is so much fun with pumpkin everything and costumes galore. In this post, I’ve got recipes for 20+ Halloween Treats that you will love!

This time of year is so much fun with pumpkin everything and costumes galore. In this post, I've got recipes for 20+ Halloween Treats that you will love!

One of the perks of having a food blog is that I have gotten to be friends with some incredibly talented bloggers. Each month the group of us puts together a seasonal recipe round up for your viewing pleasure. I have a feeling this Halloween round up is going to be one of my favorites. Although I’ve created a few of my own awesome Halloween recipes like my zombie shooter, ghost meringue cookies, witches’ brew, trick-or-treat overload bars, and spooky carrot curry soup, my favorite and most popular Halloween recipe that I’ve ever posted is without a doubt my vampire cocktail. I’ve made it super easy for you… all you need to do is scroll down the post and let your eyes feast on all the fun and delicious recipes. Be sure to let me know which one looks like your favorite!

Spooky Spider Brownies

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Halloween Bundt Cake

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Mummy Pops

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Candy Corn Sugar Cookie Bars

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Spiderweb Cookie Cake

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Frankenberry Krispies

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Oreo Spider Cookie Sandwiches

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Mini Pumpkin Ghost cakes

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Dirt Cupcakes

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Halloween Snack Mix

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Candy Corn Pudding Pops

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Brain Cheeseball

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Vampire Cocktail

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Edible Earwax on a Swab

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Monster Cupcakes

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Halloween Chunky Cheese Dip

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Halloween Mummy Oreo Truffles

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Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats

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Pizza Mummy Braid

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Monster Mash

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Jack O’Lantern Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Peppers

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Candy Corn Poke Cake

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Halloween Meringues

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Sweet and Smokey Barbecue Chicken Chili

Sweet and Smokey BBQ Chicken Chili

Skull Confetti Cakes

Skull Confetti Cakes

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20+ No Bake Desserts

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Don't let the summer heat interfere with you enjoying the best meal of the day. I've rounded up <strong>20+ No Bake Desserts</strong> that your friends and family will love!

Don’t let the summer heat interfere with you enjoying the best meal of the day. I’ve rounded up 20+ No Bake Desserts that your friends and family will love!

Don't let the summer heat interfere with you enjoying the best meal of the day. I've rounded up 20+ No Bake Desserts that your friends and family will love!Having my own food blog has some serious perks. Of the dozens of reasons why I love my little hobby, one of them has been all of the awesome people I have gotten to know over the past year. Its one thing to get to know people online. You all know what I’m talking about. You know, the people you make Facebook friends with because you have a related friend or interest. I have lots of those now because of the food blog, however the ones I’m referring to are the people I’ve gotten to meet in person. In the Spring, I experienced one of the best weekends of my life at a food conference that was held right here in Portland – Indulge PDX. It was such an incredible experience and I loved getting to meet so many talented food bloggers. If you had any idea how much behind the scenes work goes into keeping one of these things active, you might just think anyone with a successful blog is the hardest working person you know. The two ladies that left the deepest impression on me were Sandra from A Dash of Insanity and Sarah of High Heels and Grills. I went to the conference with my good friend Aubrey of the mega popular Real Housemoms blog, and she and I instantly hit it off with Sandra and Sarah as if we had been best friends forever (to put things into perspective – that was a term I never ever use, just like LOL). Their situation was similar to ours where Sarah had a successful blog and she got Sandra addicted to blogging, just like Aubrey did me. Long story short, a successful blog requires positive collaboration with other bloggers, and I’m lucky enough to be in such good company. One of the awesome perks of being friends with such an awesome group of bloggers is that we can put together wonderful recipe roundups like this one! Expect to see awesomeness coming from this group monthly. Enjoy!

 

No Bake Kool-Aid Pie
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Lightened Up No Bake Strawberry Tart
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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Parfait
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Fudgy Mint Chocolate No Bake Cookies
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Fudge Brownie No-Bake Cheesecake
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Key Lime Pie Mousse
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No Bake Peach Cheesecake
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Coconut Berry Icebox Cake
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No Bake S’mores Cheesecake
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Chex Scotcheroos
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White Chocolate Pots de Creme
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Vanilla Dreamboat Dessert
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Strawberry Mousse
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Snickers Cheesecake Dip
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Strawberry Shortcake No Bake Mini Cheesecakes
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Caramel Toffee Ice Cream Pie
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No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars
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No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie
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Peanut Butter Bliss Bars
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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
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Eiskaffe – Iced Coffee & Ice Cream
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Almost No Bake Mini Peanut Butter Pies
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Pumpkin Banana Bread

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Fall is not complete until you make a batch of  Pumpkin Banana Bread with Walnut Streusel. Its better than any pumpkin or banana bread you’ve ever had!

Pumpkin Banana Bread | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I can’t seem to get enough pumpkin!  I still have an entire sugar pumpkin in the frig that I roasted a few days ago.  I’ve already made everything from a pumpkin pie martini to pumpkin hazelnut pancakes.  Why does it have to taste so darn good?  Why???  Now, I consider myself a pretty decent cook.  If I started a food blog and was a crappy cook, I wouldn’t be doing anyone any favors, right?  Well, despite my ability to make a variety of food that tastes good, I’ve always struggled with sweet breads like this.  They always seem to turn out a little too dense or a little too dry. I luck out now and again and have made yummy ones like a cinnamon zucchini bread and a Mexican chocloate summer squash bread.  But otherwise, there have been more fails than successes in my past.

Pumpkin Banana Bread | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Here’s the story behind this bread.  I had roasted pumpkin in the frig and I had three very ripe bananas sitting on the counter.  I didn’t want to make a plain pumpkin bread and toss the bananas in the garbage, and I didn’t want to make a plain banana bread because it is Fall y’all. So, I figured what the heck, let’s see what this combo tastes like.  The reason I was so surprised with this recipe was because it turned out so amazingly good – not only because of the combination of pumpkin and banana, but because I completely made the recipe up and it actually turned out!  It was perfectly moist and perfectly sweet.  The walnut struesel set it over the top.  Next time I make this I’ll probably try pouring half the batter in the pan, then adding the streusel layer, then more bread on the top.  That way no pieces will escape when I’m taking my unreasonably large bite!

Pumpkin Banana Bread | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Pumpkin Banana Bread with Walnut Streusel
 
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Fall is not complete until you make a batch of Pumpkin Banana Bread with Walnut Streusel. Its better than any pumpkin or banana bread you've ever had!
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Recipe type: breakfast
Yields: 1 loaf
Ingredients
Pumpkin Banana Bread:
  • 3 ripe medium bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups roasted pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs, eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
Streusel Topping:
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces, small to crushed in size
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease loaf pan with butter.
  2. In bowl of stand mixer, combine mashed banana and pumpkin puree until well mixed. Add eggs, oil, vanilla, brown sugar, and white sugar. Mix well on low speed. Scrape sides and mix again.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. While mixer is running on low, spoon flour mixture in and continue to add until all ingredients have been combined. Do not over mix. Pour into prepared pan.
  4. To make the streusel, combine flour, sugar, butter, pumpkin pie spice, and walnut pieces. Toss with fork to evenly distribute butter chunks. Sprinkle mixture over batter.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 55 minutes. Allow to cool in pan until cool enough to handle, then transfer to a cooling rack. Wrap tightly to store.

 

Fall is not complete until you make a batch of Pumpkin Banana Bread with Walnut Streusel. Its better than any pumpkin or banana bread you've ever had!
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