Category Archives: Baked Goods

Girls’ Night (Plus Some Recipe Action)

Last night my friend Dawn hosted a girls’ night to watch the finale of Jersey Shore.

All The Ladies!

You may remember in my Mr. B post I mentioned that when we were in high school and lacking in the common sense department we did silly things like pretend fried frogs legs were mustaches and unibrows?

Yeah, well…

Twizzler Mustaches + Unibrows

Looks like nothing has changed, actually.  And it looks like Julie on the far right missed the twizzler memo…

Fuzzy Navel?

It’s alright, we still love her.

We enjoyed some eats…

Some Eats

And a bit of this…


Jersey Shore is my guilty pleasure…

It was a fun night, and that is an understatement.  I actually laughed so hard I almost had an accident in my Lulu pantalonies.

I should mention that Dawn has THE BEST dog.

Dawn + Bolt

He is so cute and fluffy and snuggly.  Her and her boyfriend Mark rescued him a couple of months ago from a pet adoption organization.  Someone actually didn’t want him!  This is unbelievable to me because he is so super awesome, and everything I want in a dog.

He is very well-behaved, yet also kind of bad-ass.


He likes the glasses, also.

Before I left for girls’ night extraordinaire, Jandreusse and I had a delicious dinner including quinoa and shrimp, and some other goodies.

Holy Yumfest

It was SO. GOOD.  Dawn commented with this recipe the first time I tried quinoa and I finally tried it out.  Andy-roo’s exact words were: “This is friggin’ amazing.”  If I thought my quinoa and chickpea salad was good, this was 10 TIMES BETTER!

Here is the recipe, although Dawn basically just mentioned what she threw into the mix so I kinda improvised.  I don’t know what to call it, but let’s try…

Shrimp and Quinoa Stir Fry

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 18 large shrimp (this is what I added, but next time I might add more shrimp, so this is improvisable)
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach
  • 1 cup sundried tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • feta cheese (I did not measure my feta cheese, but I added a LOT)

Directions

  1. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan or wolk.  Add garlic and shrimp.  Stir fry for about 2 minutes.
  2. Add spinach and sundried tomatoes.  Continue to cook until shrimp are pink (about 4 minutes)

    Stir Fry Pre Quinoa

  3. Add cooked quinoa and stir everything together.
  4. Add feta cheese.

All Together Naw!

And done!

Easy and speedy!  Speasy?

Speasy Deliciousness

This was seriously so, so good.  I cannot rave on enough about this dish.  I will be making this again FOR SURE.  Thank you Dawn for your fab recipe!  And for hosting last night!

I also made some peanut butter cookies to bring over to Dawn’s house (and for mine and Android’s eating pleasure).

Peanut Buttery Goodness

I will post this recipe, but it was really just the recipe on the Kraft peanut butter label!  My cookies were awesome.  Here it is:

Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy PB)
  • half cup sugar
  • 1 egg

(That’s IT!)

Ingredients

(I doubled the recipe)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 C.
  2. Throw everything into a bowl
  3. Mix well.
  4. Roll batter into 24 balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Flatten with a fork.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.

Yumballs!

EAT!!!

Everyone raved on about these, and they were so easy!

I’m off to enjoy my Sunday!

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Peanut Butter Protein Bars

I saw a recipe on Julie’s Peanut Butter Fingers blog the other day that I knew I had to try.  Peanut butter protein bars!

Peanut Buttery Goodness

Amazing, amazing, AMAZING!!!!

I cut that bar out before they were quite ready, so I think it is a bit more crumbly than it will be later.  But I can not believe how easy and delicious this recipe is, and for being a sweet treat it is relatively healthy!  Here is the recipe:

Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar (I just used regular brown)
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • ½ cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 5 cups bran flakes (or Raisin Bran)
  • 1/3 cup ground flaxseeds (optional, I used my maple flax seed shakers)
  • 1 cup Craisins

Directions

  1. Put honey in a large pot on medium heat. Add sugar and stir until melted and mixture begins to bubble. Add cinnamon and stir until dissolved.
  2. Stir peanut butter into the honey mixture until smooth.

    Smoothy-Smooth

  3. Remove from heat and stir in bran flakes, flax and Craisins.
  4. Press firmly into an 8×8 pan lined with foil that overlays ends. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

    All Packed In

  5. Cut into squares and enjoy!

Andrewski popped home for lunch today, so after a yummy turkey sandvich on a whole wheat kaiser with cheese, lettuce, tomato, hummus and mustard…

Turkey Sammy

(and some carrots and hummus on the side) I crumbled off some of the bars to try them out a little early.

Bar of Awesomeness

YUM!!!!  I had to stop Android from eating the entire pan!  I can’t wait to dig into some more of these later.  So delicious!

Catch ya later!

 

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Choco Chip Cookies…Healthified!

I had a serious hankering for chocolate chip cookies this weekend, but because I tend to turn into a monster whenever cookies are around…

Om Nom Nom

…I wanted to find a healthier version of the traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe so I didn’t feel AS guilty when I ate a bagillion of them.

I did some Googling, and ended up on Cooking Light‘s website (one of my go-to places to find healthy recipes). I found a good looking chocolate chip cookie recipe with rave reviews.

Don’t get too excited. My cookies didn’t look quite as good as that, but that photo definitely lured me in…

I’m not gonna lie to you, these were not the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever eaten, but they were still addictingly yummy and only have 88 calories and 3g of fat per cookie. Compare that with a Subway chocolate chip cookie, which has 210 calories and 10g of fat, and is roughly the same size, and I think you can determine the winner (although, Subway cookies will always hold a special place in my tummy).

Here is the recipe!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Click here to view the original recipe)

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4  cups all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat)
  • 1  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 3/4  cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/2  cup  butter, softened (I used light butter)
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 2  large egg whites
  • 3/4  cup  semisweet chocolate chips
  • Cooking spray

Prep Time:

Preheat oven to 350°.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.

Combine sugars and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add vanilla and egg whites; beat 1 minute. Add flour mixture and chips; beat until blended.

Doughy Goodness

Drop dough by level tablespoons 2 inches apart onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on pans for 2 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

EAT!

Hellooo Cookies!

I ate about 3 immediately as soon as they came out of the oven, because I already can’t resist a chocolate chip cookie, so warm and gooey chocolate chip cookies straight from the oven stand absolutely no chance of survival.

My BFFs

This recipe made about 45 cookies for me…although I, uh, snacked on some dough ;).

One thing I will say about these bad boys is that they had the exact texture I like in a cookie; a little bit crispy on the edges with a soft and chewy inside. And I made them on Sunday and they are still chewy!

I am not a fan of cookies that are too crumbly and cakey (ahem, Druxy’s). These were delicioso fo’ sho.

And they also passed the boyfriend test! I almost wish they didn’t because he’s eaten so many of them… 😉

An awesome alternative to the dense, heavy, calorie-ridden chocolate chip cookie. Try ’em out!

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