Treating Yourself

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I know its been a while, but I am still here – somebody tell life to slow down a bit?!?

After starting a new position at work and moving, I decided it was time for a long overdue stay-cation!  I plan on cooking and baking this weekend!

Right now I’m spending some time in the backyard enjoying the sun with some tasty treats to help me celebrate some days of rest.  Not having people over for dinner or baking for an event is no excuse not to have beautiful food for yourself.

I love treating myself.  I think everyone should make that a goal for their weekend…  🙂

I’m enjoying pluots, sourdough bread, brie cheese, and a tiny bit of babaganoush – I plan on eating a lot of veggies tonight to make up for this indulgence. 😉

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Pantry Creation

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Sometimes the best dinners are when you grab whatever you have in the pantry/fridge and create something random & delicious – that’s what happened tonight.

Garlic – Olive Oil – Capers – Roasted Cauliflower – Shrimp – Pasta

Spinach Calzones with Blue Cheese

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Delicious and easy dinner with one of my favorite people!

Check out the recipe here.

Kale Chips

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So, I’ve been hearing about Kale for several months now, but haven’t really had a huge interest to give it a shot.  That all changed when I was at an event for work and kale was part of the main dish.  I’ll admit, I was stunned at how delicious it was!

After that evening, it got me to thinking about doing something with kale, but I wasn’t sure what.  I recently came across a recipe on one of my favorite blogs, Smitten Kitchen, for Kale Chips.  Even after having a great first experience trying kale, I was still a bit worried.  However, I am happy to report that after my first bite, I literally said out loud in my kitchen…”I will probably never buy potato chips again!”.  If you know me, this is a big statement.

This recipe is extremely easy and quick…you must try it and let me know what you think!

Enjoy!

Deviled Eggs

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For some reason, I thought I didn’t like deviled eggs…that was until now!  I had ended up buying a dozen eggs, which I never do, and realized I needed to think of something to do with all of them.  After flipping through countless recipes, I decided the easiest thing would be to make a bunch of deviled eggs and just use them as my lunchtime snack for the week.

The recipe I found calls for four eggs, but you can really use whatever you have and just adjust the ingredients a bit to fit that number.  This is one of my new favorite Sunday lunch/dinner prep ideas!  Enjoy!

Serves 4

4 large eggs

2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise

1 teaspoon cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Pinch salt

Pinch black pepper

Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley or paprika

  1. Place eggs and enough cold water to cover by at least 1 inch in medium saucepan; bring to boil.  Immediately remove saucepan from heat and cover.  Let stand 15 minutes.  Pour off water and rinse eggs under cold running water until cool.
  2. Peel eggs.  Cut eggs lengthwise in half and remove yolks.  Transfer yolks to small bowl and mash with fork until smooth.  Add mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper; stir until mixed well.
  3. Place egg whites on a plate.  Spoon yolk mixture evenly into egg white halves or spoon yolk mixture into pastry bag fitted with star tip and pipe into egg white halves.  Sprinkle with parsley or paprika and serve or loosely cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours.

Check out this recipe and a ton of other great ones, here.