Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Fresh Mediterranean Chicken Salad with Caesar Dressing from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®, Birds Eye®, and Tyson® but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #FastFreshFilling http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV” Mediterranean Chicken Salad ~ A Microwave Meal Summer is in full swing here and as I’ve said before….I do everything I can to NOT turn my oven on.  I have a small house and when I

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

Swiss Cheese and Pear Pizza #lifeingredients #sp

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

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

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

Guilt-Free Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Guilt-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

  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

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

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

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

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

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