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Eggs Baked In Avocado

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Avocados are hands down one of my favorite snacks and a great addition to just about anything!  When I am getting ready in the morning, I will crack eggs into my halved avocado and toss them in the oven.  In 20 minutes, I have a vitamin packed breakfast that is great to spread on bread or simply to enjoy with a spoon!

One big tip I have is to scoop out about 1-1.5 tablespoons of avocado (wide not deep) to create enough room for your egg. Otherwise it will overflow!

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Dark Chocolate Balsamic Cookies

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Recently, I have been using balsamic vinegar, especially balsamic glaze in and on almost everything lately. It’s a fantastic way to bring a fresh acidity or sweet flavor to a savory dish.

With how busy I have been with work, I haven’t taken the time to experiment with baking. One of my favorite things with sweets is to play with tying in as many savory flavors as possible!  Balsamic vinegar being my new ingredient!

Surprisingly I learned, that vinegar actually pops up in a lot of baked goods as a quick and easy way to add an acid to a recipe. This allows a leavening agent like baking soda to get a little extra lift when added to the batter.

The balsamic vinegar in this recipe actually also gives the chocolate cookies almost a “chocolate covered cherry” taste!   Read more

Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts

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I must say pop tarts were one of the few things that got me out of bed before school morning growing up. Sadly, I haven’t had a pop tart few years! I thought it was about time to bring back those nostalgic memories and attempt to make a pop tart of my own!

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Loaded Hassleback Sweet Potatoes

Loaded hassle back sweet potatoes

Always in second place to the potato in most people’s eyes, sweet potatoes actually are packed with nutrients and contains serval amazing health benefits.  In my opinion, the sweet potatoes flavor actually brings much more to each dish instead of just being a canvas for toppings.

Perfect as a meal in itself or as a side to a nice roast, I really enjoy these Hasselback sweet potatoes for their simplicity and ease.

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Savory Beet & Goat Cheese Galette

Savory Beet & Goat Cheese Galette

Recently, in the world of Food Blogging, a new trend is experimenting with a pastry called a Galette. In my research, I have seen everything from sweet to savory when it comes to flavors. Me being a more savory girl myself, I’ve decided to create a savory Galette with beets, potatoes, and goat cheese. Overall, beets and goat cheese are one of the best combinations in my opinion and have become very popular in many restaurants! The earthiness of the root vegetable is a fabulous pairing with the bright and creamy flavors of the goat cheese.

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Balsamic Asparagus Breakfast Pizza

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It’s quickly coming to the end of asparagus season!  So let’s eat them up while we can! Nothing is better than pizza and breakfast,  so to combine the two might just be the most brilliant food idea ever thought of. In this pizza I chose to showcase the asparagus because, let’s be honest, we need to savor it for the short amount of time we do have it! Read more

The Greek Danish

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Yes.. you read the title correctly, a Greek Danish. This weirdly brilliant idea was sparked when I met a guy who was literally half Greek and half Danish.  I was honestly a little skeptical about the what the outcome would be going into this little experiment, but this pastry hybrid might just be the next big thing! The savory and sharp Greek flavors pair perfectly with the sweet flaky Danish pastry. All topped with a dollop of lemon curd for an added brightness.

Now I am going to be completely honest with you, this is no “30 minute Danish.” This recipe takes a lot of time and love! Read more

Healthy Pizza’s on the Grill

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The idea of making pizza dough might be intimidating or just plain time consuming to some. The recipe below is a one that doesn’t take any pre-planning or overnight rising of the dough. It’s an awesome recipe, that is perfect for the grill!

Pizza’s on the grill are also a fantastic idea to get kids involved in cooking or for any party. All you have to do is prep the ingredients and the cooking is up to the guests, no hostess stress involved! Making individual homemade pizzas was always a wonderful memory for me growing up. Read more

Vegan Carrot Cake Cookies

Carrot Cake Cookies

My favorite cake being Carrot Cake, I decided to whip up a variation on the recipe for all my vegan followers! I had help from one of my very talented vegan friends, Kaylee. Even though there were a few bumps in the road when it came to recipe testing, the end result was well worth it!

When it comes to vegan baking, ingredient substitutions are very important to understand. In this recipe, we decided to use canned pumpkin as a substitute for eggs. Low in both calories and fat, canned pumpkin is a healthy substitute for oil and eggs in a variety of baked goods. Even though it gives off a little pumpkin flavor, the other ingredients definitely over power the taste of pumpkin. I find that the pumpkin brings a lot of wonderful moisture to the dough as well! Read more

Orange Cinnamon Rolls with Greek Yogurt Icing

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These cinnamon rolls are my no yeast quick version! Still pretty heavenly if I do say so myself. I understand that sometimes waiting for dough to rise can be a burden, so give these a shot!

These cinnamon rolls are definitely not made with bikini season in mind, but even with these deliciously sweet rolls it’s nice to substitute out the fat where you can! The Greek yogurt icing cuts out a good amount of fat and calories, but still keeps the same savory creaminess as a cream cheese icing would have.

I feel like most people have a comforting memory with cinnamon rolls. Whether made from scratch or out of popped out of the Pillsbury tube, there’s something that always reminds me of home when I smell the sweet cinnamon bread in the air.

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