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Baked Beans Recipe – Healthy & Homemade

Goodbye canned beans. After trying this homemade baked beans recipe, it’s hard to imagine going back to canned. Bush’s is good and all, but it just doesn’t compare to the heightened flavor and superior texture of baked beans made from scratch. Since July is National Baked Bean Month, there’s never been a better time to […]

Gluten Free Waffles

Gluten Free Waffles! Back in high school, I didn’t always make the best decisions. One night when I was fifteen, I told my parents I was sleeping over at a friend’s house. Really, we were meeting other friends at some shady underground bar. It was fun at first, but as the night wore on and people got […]

Healthy Twinkies – Homemade Recipe

Healthy Twinkies?????   What comes to mind when you think of unhealthy foods? Right away, I picture two things: Big Macs and Twinkies. While the latter is certainly not the most unhealthy food in existence (Hello double doughnut bacon cheeseburgers!), Twinkies have earned a bad rap thanks to their high sugar content, long list of […]

How to make Chocolate Chip Cookies for Two

There are times when you just need a cookie NOW. Today’s recipe yields two big cookies, similar in taste and texture to the ones you’d buy at the mall, but much healthier! The cookies come together almost instantly—no stand mixer needed, and no rolling out dozens of cookie dough balls. These are super soft and […]

The Restaurant of the Future

The restaurant of the future:   You browse through the menu on an iPad, then place your order electronically and eat your meal (or attempt to, anyway) while swinging through the air. At Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen, a laid-back café near downtown Austin, the future is the present. We went for Sunday brunch (really lunch […]

Healthy Waffles

Healthy waffles! This is my favorite waffle recipe! The light and fluffy texture of these healthy waffles makes an ideal canvas for fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream. Or peanut butter and mashed banana. Or pure maple syrup. Or ice cream and chocolate fudge sauce… and then more whipped cream. Why not? Above, topped with jam, berries, […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups… Inside Out!

Opposite Day. A day when no means yes, naptime is play time, and dessert comes before dinner. We celebrated Opposite Day once every year when I was in preschool: we wore our pajamas to class, greeted each other by saying goodbye, and circle time became square time. We tried to sing the ABCs backwards, and […]

Healthy Cake – Have your cake and eat it too!

Do you think sugar makes kids hyper? It’s a widely-held belief that sugar makes kids act crazy, but I’m not sure I believe it. Especially at birthday parties, with all the presents and balloons and ice cream and games… who wouldn’t get excited in such a revved-up atmosphere? And the experts are split: some swear […]

Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes

These buttery pineapple pancakes might just become your new favorite pancakes: With a base that absolutely melts in your mouth, it’s almost more like cake than pancakes. I’ve posted many pancakes over the years; a giant list can be found here: 100+ Healthy Pancake Recipes. And these pineapple upside down pancakes are surprisingly my favorite of […]

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins – Healthy & Whole-Grain

Look! I made you muffins! Straight from the oven, bursting with strawberries and chocolate chips. Feel free to just take one off the screen. I guess you can’t really take one off the screen…. But someday soon we might have the technology to do just that! Even now, companies such as Canon offer a printer with edible ink. […]

Dole Whip Recipe – Bring Disney to your Kitchen!

Homemade Pineapple Dole Whip! Do you know about the famous Disney Dole Whip? The original Dole Whip recipe—a swirled pineapple soft-serve dessert—enjoys somewhat of a cult following, with long lines of up to an hour at every location where it is served. There’s even an app to tell hungry tourists how long they can expect […]

Vegan Austin Restaurants

Ready to go! When many of my friends went off to The University of Texas in Austin after high school, I promised I’d visit. But college life took me far away, and I didn’t get the chance. So when a few friends stayed in the area for graduate school, I once again vowed to stop […]

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