Portobello Mushroom Burgers

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Grilled-to-perfection homemade portobello mushroom burgers. I’m not going to tell you that my boyfriend took a bite out of one of these grilled portobello mushroom burgers and declared it to be the “best burger ever!” And I’m not going to tell you that my younger sister, who worked at a fast-food restaurant for three years […]

Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies

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Side note: There were so many questions about a coconut butter sub in the Banana Pudding recipe from the other day that I figured it’d be best to answer the question here: I’ve only used coconut butter in the recipe, but the first thing I’d probably try as a substitute would be raw cashew butter or macadamia butter. […]

Banana Pudding

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Creamy Southern Homemade Banana Pudding – egg-free / dairy-free / gluten-free / vegan / no sugar Did you know that I once competed in a Banana Pudding Eating Contest? Yes, really… Can’t you picture it? 🙂 It was at Six Flags, and I was with a group of friends. Hungry teenagers, lured by the thought […]

Healthy Oreo Milkshake

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When I was playing soccer back in high school, I’d sometimes wake up with really bad leg cramps during the night, most likely thanks to a rigorous training schedule that included two-hour practices each day after class and a bike ride home because I didn’t have a car. Upon asking around, I was surprised to […]

Healthy Haagen Dazs Ice Cream Recipe

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Have you ever wished the Haagen Dazs ice cream recipe could be healthy? 6 ingredients. NO added sugar. And it really does taste like Haagen Dazs! As a self-professed ice cream addict my whole life, I’ve been extremely disappointed over the years by every non-dairy ice cream on the market (and I’ve tried them all). […]

July 4th Recipes

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Red, white, blueberries. French fries, brownies, and Oreos. Hot apple pie and chocolate chip cookies. From a culinary standpoint, this is what America means to me. What follows are 18 healthy July 4th recipes sure to brighten up any party or barbecue. No fireworks required. July 4th Recipes No Bake Oreo Pie Blueberry Pie Pancakes Zucchini Brownies […]

Baked Beans Recipe – Healthy & Homemade

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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!

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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

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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

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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. […]