Cherry Chocolate Pecan Muffins

I love muffins. Obviously, judging by all my recipes (favorite one is still the blueberry muffins, although these cherry ones are a close second!) Some people get inspired by great restaurant meals and try to recreate the same thing at home. I don’t try to compare to those talented chefs. Instead, I get inspired when I try a baked good at a restaurant and coffee shop and am disappointed by the flavor or texture. Continue reading “Cherry Chocolate Pecan Muffins”

Avocado Bacon Chickpea Salad

One food that we started increasing in our diet to fight heart disease was avocado. It’s filled with healthy fats and adds a creamy element to meals. We used to make guacamole once Michael realized how delicious homemade guacamole is versus those weird runny ones at restaurants. Seriously, not sure why they kill avocados at restaurants and dilute them with…something inedible. Once we ate some amazing guacamole in California, we tried recreating it about 30 times- so delicious. Continue reading “Avocado Bacon Chickpea Salad”

Orange Chicken & Stir Fried Rice

I’ve made this healthy alternative to takeout so many times. It’s great for when you’re craving Chinese food but want to control the amount of sugar and salt that goes into your dish. I usually load up our stir fried rice with any vegetables we have on hand, but peas and carrots seem necessary every time! Continue reading “Orange Chicken & Stir Fried Rice”

Broiled Caprese Salad

Caprese salad is traditionally just fresh mozzarella cheese, basil leaves, and tomatoes. Generally balsamic vinegar and olive oil are paired with it as the dressing, but I am just not a balsamic fan, so I drown mine in olive oil alone. I had the notion to put all these ingredients under the broiler, and it was a very tasty idea. Continue reading “Broiled Caprese Salad”

Healthy Spaghetti Sauce

I really do make a lot of classic meals like spaghetti, although I’ve learned to pump them full of veggies. I know there are many necessary food groups, but the main one that the majority of Americans don’t eat enough of is vegetables. The only one I like to snack on is carrots, so I try to do that regularly, but I’m not much of a salad person and I always go for the sweets at breakfast, so supper is where I can load up. Plus I always make enough for leftovers, so I get another dose at lunch most days. Continue reading “Healthy Spaghetti Sauce”