About three months ago, I completely revamped my eating habits and daily diet. The truth is, I was eating out way too often and finding myself grabbing whatever was on hand from the fridge or in the pantry when hunger would strike (which often wasn’t a very healthy choice). One of the biggest changes I made that has helped me eat much healthier is to prepare meals and snacks on the weekend for the upcoming week. If this sounds familiar and you want to eat out less, eat in more, and feel healthier overall, I encourage you to check out The Great American Cook In Challenge (don’t worry there are lots of tips and recipes to make it simple!).
I’m eating in a lot and I never skip breakfast anymore. It really is the most important meal of the day (duh, I was totally ignoring that little fact).This recipe is much healthier and much more delicious than grabbing a pastry at the coffee shop or running through a drive-through on the way to work. Trust me!
In fact, it’s almost too delicious to call breakfast. Which is great because it makes a great snack any time of the day. The ingredients (see them below in the recipe) are easy to keep stocked. Having versatile staple ingredients on hand in the kitchen is really the best tip I have for becoming better at eating in. (more…)
You guys, these strawberry shortcake donuts are so simple to make. And, they look fancy so you’re totally going to impress your people if you make them.
I’ve been on a donut-making kick lately because you can make so many variations and they are pretty easy to make. Especially if you’re like me and you take shortcuts. I love baking but don’t have a lot of time, so I often think of ways I can make recipes easier and faster. These strawberry shortcake donuts were so simple to whip up! I decided to make them for a brunch I recently had. A few friends and I gathered one Saturday morning to visit and have a little time just chatting over coffee. These donuts went perfectly with our tea and coffee, and they were simple enough to whip up that morning before guests arrived.
My secret weapon for homemade donuts is boxed cake mix. I pick a flavor (here I used pink velvet) and then jazz it up a little. By placing sliced strawberries right into the batter, I made these donuts seem extra special. (more…)
This post is sponsored by Philadelphia Cream Cheese.
If you’ve never made olive cheese bread before, I hope this simple recipe changes your mind.
This recipe only has four ingredients, which makes it super simple to whip up the next time you have friends over. All you need is: bread, black and green olives, Monterey Jack cheese, and Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Why Philadelphia Cream Cheese, you ask? Because it’s made with fresh milk, real cream, and no preservatives. I always have some on hand and nothing else tastes like it!
I use a food processor to turn the whole black and green olives into the perfectly diced olive confetti.
In a bowl, combine the diced olives, monterey jack cheese, and Philadelphia Cream Cheese and mix well. You can continue making the appetizer, or prepare the spread ahead of time and store (covered) in the refrigerator until you’re ready to make the apps.
When ready, spread olive mixture onto small sliced of bread (about 1 tablespoon for each piece). Top with a little shredded monterey jack cheese. Pop them into an oven preheated at 350 degrees and bake for 10 minutes.
These olive bread bites are great to serve to a crowd. Pass a tray around and everyone will be happy. The saltiness of the olives pairs perfectly with the natural and fresh taste of the cream cheese. So delicious!
1 8-oz. brick PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread, softened
Drain olives and finely chop them. In a medium bowl, mix olives, ¾ cup of the monterey jack cheese, and brick of cream cheese. Once mixed, spread one tablespoon onto each piece of bread. Top with a sprinkle of the remaining monterey jack cheese. Back on a baking sheet for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
For quick and easy entertaining, turn to Philadelphia Cream Cheese. Always have it on hand to create fun appetizers and desserts that pop. I had a great time developing my Variety Crostini Platter for a get-together with friends. For more creamy, delicious recipe ideas, click here.
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Can we agree that mini desserts are just better? These mini pudding parfaits are just so cuuuute, aren’t they? (Spoiler alert: They also taste delicious.)
I actually made these dessert in mini wine tasting glasses I had on hand. They just so happen to be the perfect size for mini pudding parfaits! These mini mason jars would also work perfectly (and I love that they have lids).
You can completely customize this recipe and get really creative. I used the classic Nilla Wafer cookies to make a cookie crumb crust at the bottom. Then I layered homemade vanilla pudding, jimmies (sprinkles), and whipped cream. But you can do any cookie crumble (Oreo would be so good!) and any flavor of pudding you like. You get the idea, have fun with it! (more…)
This post is sponsored by Alexia Foods. All opinions are my own.
With the New Year often comes new resolutions to eat a more balanced diet. Sound familiar? I think I resolve to eat better every January, but often dread the idea of ditching delicious, flavorful snacks. The good news is, delicious snacks can fit into a balanced meal plan (as in this recipe!).
These herb and sea salt sweet potato fries are packed with a sweet, herby, salty, punch and I’m willing to bet that they just might be your new favorite snack. The nice bonus, is that they are also really simple to make. Win-win. Alexia Sweet Potato Fries are all-natural and made with premium ingredients. I jazzed them up a bit but they are also perfect right out of the oven. (more…)