The Whole30 is over for me, and although I am eating a much more healthy diet (give me all of the fruits and vegetables!) I am finding that a little indulgence goes a long way, and is SO needed from time to time. Take these Double Chocolate Olive Oil Brownies for example. Each brownie has a crackly top, a fudgy, chewy interior, and chocolate for days. And they’re made with my secret weapon from Queen Creek Olive Mill! Bet you can’t eat just one! (head directly to the bottom of the post for your new favorite recipe).
My husband has a legendary sweet tooth. Cookies, cupcakes, chocolate, and especially peanut butter cups. There isn’t much in the way of sugary confections he doesn’t like. This week’s Good Food Reads is for him. It’s Candy Time!
If you haven’t tried our super easy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups yet, now is the time! They freeze really well so make a double batch for those days you just really need something sweet.
I have a confession: I’m not a huge fan of Valentine’s Day. I know, I know. It’s a holiday celebrating love. What’s not to, well, love? I adore the idea of celebrating those we cherish but truthfully, I sometimes think it’s all just a bit much. Overpriced flowers. Complicated and overpriced dinners. Boxes of chocolates filled with strange flavors where you just pray for the chocolate covered caramels. Well, I can’t do much about the flowers or the prix-fixe dinners, but I am going to share an amazing recipe for Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups that are simple, inexpensive, and way better than those heart shaped box options! Your Valentine will love them. And so will you.
You know when you are looking for something indulgent but simple? ME TOO!
Something fairly quick but unusual? ME TOO!
A recipe that will impress your kids? Well maybe not so much on that one…but if it happens (and it did) then bonus!
These Chocolate Strawberry Eggrolls will check ALL of the boxes!
Happy Halloween, friends! Is everyone ready for some holiday fun? I’m super excited to take my kiddos out trick or treating tonight – if we can figure out how to keep them warm. It’s going to be cold here in Minnesota. As much as I love this time of year, it is definitely busy. Between fall festivals, costume parties, and field trips, we’ve had days that are absolutely full. In the midst of all that fun, I haven’t had much time to spend in the kitchen cooking. And I don’t know about you, but when I get busy, I definitely tend to crazy comfort foods and quick dinner fixes. While I don’t believe in deprivation (you’d better believe I’m going to be enjoying ALL the candy tonight!), I do try to keep some balance in my eating life and often rely on a handful of healthy on-the-go recipes to sneak some nutrients into those busy days. I had a full day of errands today so after my morning yoga class, I popped home and took a look through the kitchen and came up with this Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie….
Recently I’ve been looking for more ways to get my four year old into the kitchen cooking with me. He loves to help mix up cookies and chop veggies but as he’s gotten a little older, I wanted to find a cooking project he could do largely on his own. As I sat staring into my pantry yesterday, I spied a box of Rice Krispies and a bag of marshmallows and I realized, what could be easier than classic Rice Krispies Treats? Aside from the melting of the butter and marshmallow, those perfect little pillows of marshallow-y goodness really don’t require much in the way of kitchen skill. So there I was, all set to make a batch with my kiddo when he got home from preschool when I noticed the bag of bittersweet chocolate chips staring at me from the shelf below the marshmallows. And that’s when my plans took a quick turn. While I do intend to get my little guy in the kitchen to make some classic Rice Krispies treats soon, I decided in that moment that my chocolate craving was winning and needed to be addressed ASAP. Thus was born my new favorite indulgence: Chocolate Dipped Rice Krispies Bites with Dulce de Leche. …
Spring has sprung. Have I mentioned how much I love spring? The birds are singing, the tulips have bloomed and I can finally send my kids to school without a jacket! Just last week, Holly and I attended our first Wildtree party to put together freezer meals that our husbands could grill while we were at work. We had a great time drinking wine and hanging out with friends (that we hadn’t seen in far too long!) while putting together a wide array of freezer meals. Total win. But despite the beautiful weather and the crazy chaotic activity schedule, we are never too busy to bring you another edition of Good Food Reads. Let’s get started shall we? …
Another Friday has come and that means a new edition of Good Food Reads. With Easter only a few days away, we have a few holiday themed recipes (of course) but we also have some recipes for the post-holiday hangover. I don’t know about you, but after all the busy prep for big holiday meals, I find myself avoiding the kitchen for a few days. As a result, I love to have some easy, prep ’em and leave ’em type recipes in my pocket to get my family fed and keep my sanity intact. Here’s hoping you enjoy our picks for Good Food Reads as much as we have enjoyed finding them!
Healthy Easter Brunch Recipes, if you’re still looking for that perfect dish for this weekend’s festivities.
One Pot Chicken and Coconut Curry Noodles. Another recipe for my one pot meal list!
I have a long love affair with Indian food. I don’t love all the hours over the stove, however. Enter: Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken from Dinner: A Love Story.
Salad for breakfast. Yup, for those days when you want to feel super virtuous. Or just eat a really yummy breakfast! And after you eat that salad, feel free to indulge in Blueberry Pistachio Coffee Cake.
After two vacations in the last two months, I’m feeling the need to focus a little more on whole foods and less carbs (gulp). I’m thinking these Vietnamese Beef Lettuce Wraps will make a satisfying meal that doesn’t feel like diet food! I’m also looking forward to trying the Spring Detox Cauliflower Salad from Pinch of Yum.
Everything Greek Pork Pitas. Another slow cooker gem, but with a lighter twist for warmer weather.
Friends, that’s it for this week’s Good Food Reads. I’m off to enjoy the holiday weekend with family. For those who celebrate, Happy Easter. And for those who just enjoy an abundance of Peeps and Cadbury eggs, happy eating.
Hey friends. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Are you celebrating today? Will you wear green? I will fully admit that I’m feeling a little blogger guilt about not having a totally Irish or green themed post for you today (#bloggerfail!) but we’re going to march forward with a bunch of Good Food Reads anyway, ok? Ok. I promise we do have some last minute St. Patrick’s Day themed recipe links for you, but for those who are not super into the holiday (that would be me, too!), we also have some great non-holiday foodie finds. You know, in case you don’t want to live on corned beef and green beer for the next week! …
What the world needs now is…Seven Layer Bars. Seven Layer Bars? Yep, these are bars what is going to bridge the country’s divide. So simple really, I can’t believe we haven’t thought of it before! Let me tell you why……