Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Best Dessert Recipes of 2015 - Some are healthy, some far from it; take your pick!

It's time for another round up of 2015 recipes, this time I'm talking about dessert - yum! 

It seems that healthy recipes have been trending lately, especially the kind that use beans instead of fat, or alternatives to white flour for the low carb/high protein craze (which I'm proudly a part of, by the way).  The first two recipes below are healthier alternatives, and completely delicious.  My family didn't even notice that they were good for you.  The rest of the recipes are indulgent and should be eaten all the time because they are that good in moderation.  Consider yourself warned.  Enjoy!


First up are these wickedly good brownie cookies, made with black beans.  They are so moist and rich your kids will have no idea that they are getting protein and fiber with every bite.  I promise.
Head on over to Elizasedibles.com for some more great recipes.


Next are these peanut butter chickpea blondies from Thehonoursystem.com.  They are pure bliss...I couldn't stop eating them.  But guess what?  I didn't care.  Because they are healthy(ish)!



Now imagine a moist, delicious cake that has no eggs, butter or milk in it.  This Crazy Cake from Sweetlittlebluebird.com is exactly that.  I was skeptical at first, as I'm sure you must be, but this cake came together in a flash with minimal ingredients, and tasted like Duncan Hines made it himself.  There are a ton of variations on the site as well - all kinds of flavors to try. This recipe is a definite winner.


You haven't lived until you try this carrot cake.  I couldn't believe how good it was, and was damn proud of myself for making it.  I'm not a fancy dessert type of person - layer cakes are definitely not my thing.  But wow.  Just wow.  This cake was unreal.  It's not an easy recipe but it's well worth the time invested.  Trust me.


Lastly is my holiday baking assortment.  There's something for everyone here - Nutty Chocolate Mallow Bars, Peppermint Fudge, Peanut Dollies, Double Chocolate Truffles, Millionaire Shortbread Bars, Lime Coconut Squares, and Smores Rice Krispy Squares - all so good!

So there it is, the best desserts of 2015 - try them all, and let me know what you think!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Artichoke Chicken Thighs - Easy And Delicious!

I found this sitting in my drafts....and older post, but a great one!

So, my daughter got in to some teenage trouble (nothing serious) and she has been grounded for the month of July.  Lucky for me, she was so bored that she began cooking dinners - yay!  It has been my job to email her the recipe for dinner the evening before, and then she preps and cooks.  It's been fantastic, but for her first couple of recipes I had to make sure they were pretty easy while still being delicious.  This one definitely fit the bill! 

This recipe was adapted from Shazzy's Sass website (thank you!) - her recipe is fantastic, but I had to add a few unhealthy ingredients in order to make it appealing for my family.  I would have loved her recipe though, I'm sure.

Enjoy this super simple pantry recipe any busy weeknight - it's perfect for busy families (and new cooks!)


Artichoke Chicken Thighs
8 chicken thighs
Artichoke hearts in water, quartered
1 onion sliced
4 slices thick bacon, microwaved on paper towel until crispy (3 1/2 mins for my microwave) and chopped
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup shredded smoked cheese (gouda, cheddar, etc)
Salt and Pepper
Oil for greasing dish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a baking dish that fits your thighs well (snugly, no overlapping) and grease with oil.  Place 1/2 of onion slices and half of the artichoke hearts on the bottom of the pan.  Place thighs on top, and coat them evenly with salt and pepper.  Place the rest of the onions and artichokes on top, and sprinkle with bacon pieces, and then cheese. Bake for 40 minutes, then switch your oven to broil and keep the chicken in there until brown and bubbly, about 8 minutes.  Enjoy with your favorite side dish!  We had this with sautéed kale - we just chopped some kale up and sautéed it in olive oil with chili flakes, chopped garlic, and a dash of red wine vinegar - delicious!