Pear Pizza Made with Alpine Lace® Reduced Fat Swiss Deli Cheese

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Thank you to Alpine Lace for sponsoring this post and helping me find a balanced snack to fuel my day! Excitement abounds in the kitchen.....really??? Not everyday but some days it certainly does.   My kids and husband love when I try something new and I like when the something new packs a punch and it's something they ask me to make again.  Just because I'm in a rush ~ life gets busy especially this … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Muffins Made with Greek Yogurt

Chocolate Chip Muffins Made with Greek Yogurt cupcakesandcrinoline.com

I love chocolate chips....and muffins....and cupcakes...and when I have to, I love yogurt {like when my husband mentions that I should eat healthier...hence my love of CHOCOLATE CHIP YOGURT ~ I get around it anyway I possibly can}.  A few weeks ago I was at the grocery store and saw something that caught my eye, Chobani Greek Yogurt Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Low-Fat Yogurt. Almost everything I love in a food was in … [Read more...]

Chocolate Avocado {Vegan} Cupcakes with Avocado Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate Vegan Avocado Cupcakes with Avocado Buttercream

Chocolate Avocado {Vegan} Cupcakes with Avocado Buttercream ~ now that's a mouthful!  I never ever thought of using avocado as the base for cupcakes let alone a rich and tasty buttercream frosting.  Up until a few weeks ago my relationship with avocados was a guacamole only one ~ we were exclusive ~ but thankfully my eyes have been open to all that avocados can be used for ~ they are an amazing fruit {I thought they were … [Read more...]

Guilt-Free Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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  Healthy Eating and Healthy Living ~ two of my top {personal} priorities lately, but, this girl still loves to eat and to bake ~ what to do?  I've been converting some of my usual recipes into healthier ones but also got the Hungry Girl to the Max Cookbook.  The first recipe I tried was this Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Softie ~ it was delicious.  Even my husband and kids loved … [Read more...]

Strawberry Spinach Salad ~ Strawberry Vinaigrette

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Spring is in the air and fresh fruits and vegetables are coming to market.  I love seeing rich red strawberries in my refrigerator ~ perfect for eating alone or for using in a salad and salad dressing.  Spinach is a great taste partner to strawberries and a good strawberry spinach salad is a refreshing treat.  This recipe is quick, easy and easily adaptable.  I used only spinach and strawberries for the salad and because … [Read more...]

Healthy Sweet Potato Brownies

Sweet Potato Brownie

I love this recipe...it's full of flavor and makes me feel like I'm eating something decadent. This is a great recipe for those of you interested in clean eating with flavor! Ingredients BROWNIES 1 cup whole-wheat flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tablespoon cinnamon, ground 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1 cup cooked sweet potato 1/2 cup agave nectar 1/4 cup olive oil 1 teaspoon … [Read more...]

Mom’s Creamy Sweet & Sour Cucumbers

Mom's Creamy Sweet & Sour Cucumber Salad

My mom was a great cook ~ most of her recipes were simple...nothing too complicated....but always delicious!  This was one of my favorites and even though I have her exact recipe, mine never tastes as good as my mom's ~ she just had a way about her! Mom's Creamy Sweet & Sour Cucumbers 1 Large fresh cucumber 4 ounces sour cream {save fat & calories by substituting fat-free of low fat} 2 tsp. … [Read more...]

Sorbet Torte

Sorbet Torte with Captions

There is nothing better than a refreshing dessert on a hot day. This sorbet is both refreshing and yet filling because of the cake and the fluffy frosting. Mango-Black Cherry Sorbet Torte 1 box white cake mix (prepared as per the box) 1 pint sorbet, mango (or any flavor desired), softened 1 pint sorbet, black cherry (or any flavor desired), softened Frosting 1 1/2 cups whipping cream (chill bowl and beaters for … [Read more...]

Cucumber Salad

I love cucumber salad...my mom made an awesome salad with sour cream, milk and sugar... while this was and always will be my favorite way to serve cucumbers I have a fat free, low cal version that is super tasty! Cucumber Salad 3 cucumbers - peeled and sliced thin 3/4 cup of water 3/4 cup of vinegar 3/4 cup Splenda 1 teaspoon salt Mix the water, vinegar, salt and Splenda in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for … [Read more...]

Cauliflower with Panko

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Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables but I usually end up steaming it only rather than making a cream or cheese sauce because of the added fat and calories.  I have recently been hearing a lot about Panko but had never cooked with it so when I came across this recipe in the December 2009 issue of Cooking Light I took the plunge {well, maybe just a dip in the kiddie pool} and decided to try it.  My family & I … [Read more...]