Delicious Eggplant Chips with a Jalapeno and Smoked Paprika Dip

Delicious Eggplant Chips with a Jalapeno and Smoked Paprika Dip

Who loves chips like me?! Don’t be shy! As much as I love them, I know I shouldn’t eat them all the time. So instead I make these eggplant chips! Yes, you heard me- eggplant! Not only are they already round, so they look like a chip, but they crisp up nicely when baked! Yay! No more guilt! This simple eggplant recipe is wonderful to have when you are going to a potluck or a tailgate party. You know there will be those tempting chips, but now you can bring your own healthy version and a yummy smoked paprika dip too!   Eggplants vary in size and you can always cut them to the correct shape and size you need for your chips. So don’t worry too much if you have a huge one from your garden or a cucumber-shaped one from the store. They will both taste delicious! I always use my food processor to slice the eggplant. It is so easy and it makes them uniform in thickness. If you don’t have a food processor just use a sharp knife and try to be as consistent as possible to get uniform thickness. After slicing lay them out on a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. This is where you have to be patient. Let the slices sit for at least an hour. Sometimes I leave them for several hours just because I get busy and forget about them. I like to make the smoked paprika dip at this time because it is best if it sits in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Or if...
Gluten Free Coconut Macaroon Cookies

Gluten Free Coconut Macaroon Cookies

These gluten free coconut macaroons are deliciously sweet and so easy to make! You will wonder why you didn’t make them sooner! When I made these coconut macaroon cookies for the first time I was amazed at how easy they are to whip up. All you do is combine all the ingredients (there are only three!) and then bake. It was amazing! I wanted to keep this recipe simple, but you could totally make these super fancy by dipping them in chocolate and adding some orange extract. Chocolate and orange go so good together (I even made scones with those flavor combos!) Or you could add vanilla extract and then melt down some Andes mints and dip them in there! Or you could keep them simple and just whip up the easy recipe above! The possibilities are endless! For this recipe I used unsweetened coconut flakes and you may be wondering why not use sweetened? I personally try to avoid sweetened coconut flakes because a lot of manufactures use propylene glycol to sweeten it and that’s a compound that is in antifreeze. Anyways, you won’t even miss the sweetness in these coconut macaroons- the sweetened condensed milk will take care of that! Since these coconut macaroon cookies are held together by the sweetened condensed milk they can be pretty sticky. However, they are oh so delicious and not to mention full of coconut flavor! I did notice after they were done baking that some of the condensed milk had come out of the macaroons and wasn’t the prettiest, but this was easily wiped away and no one was the...
Sweet Potato Biscuit with Pork tenderloin and apple chutney

Sweet Potato Biscuit with Pork tenderloin and apple chutney

Enjoy this delicious pork tenderloin with yummy homemade sweet potato biscuits and top it all with melt in your mouth apple chutney! Talk about a yummy comfort food meal. This will make you want to sit next to a warm fire and read a book after dinner.  I made this a few days ago and it was so simple and soooo delicious smelling. When the rosemary is cooking with the pork tenderloin it filled my house with such a delicious smell. It felt like fall had finally arrived. My house smelled even better when I made the apple chutney to top the pork tenderloin. I think adding a cinnamon stick to most things will only improve circumstances and thankfully the apple chutney recipe calls for one! This recipe does have three parts so you will want to plan ahead. Start with baking the sweet potato. Cover the sweet potato with olive oil, use a fork to put some holes in it and then wrap in foil and bake in the oven until squishy. Make sure you let the sweet potato cool before you mash or else you will get burned! You could bake the sweet potato a day or two ahead of time. I like to bake sweet potato like this often. I’ll bake several and then store them in the fridge and pull them out as needed. I typically like to just eat them as is, warmed up with a little bit of butter. They are packed with so many nutrients and fiber. You can’t go wrong! And what goes better with pork than sweet potato? And even...
Easy Breakfast Nachos Recipe

Easy Breakfast Nachos Recipe

This easy breakfast nacho recipe makes every bite delicious! My inspiration was to add everything I love in a breakfast burrito but to eat it on tortilla chips! YUM! Ever since living in NM I have loved finding the best breakfast burritos wherever I go. When I went to grad school in a little town called Socorro, they had a place called Burrito Time and they served the best breakfast burrito ever. Not only were they cheap, we are talking $3 or less, they were fast, seriously delicious and the burritos were huge. Perfect for a poor college student! To make these nachos I pretty much took what I loved from their breakfast burritos and piled it on top of tortilla chips. And you know what? It was sooooo good. Like, I want these all the time good! To make these breakfast nachos, it’s as easy as frying up some bacon, cooking some potatoes, making some scrambled eggs and then combining everything on top of delicious tortilla chips. You can fry up some jalapeno, but that’s totally optional and only for those who like a spicy addition to their breakfast. Then I add diced tomato, shredded cheese, and top everything off with one of my favorite store-bought salsas (you can totally make your own though!). I love the Herdez Green Salsa and will eat it on anything and everything! Ok well, maybe not dessert!  But it really adds the perfect final touch to these breakfast nachos! And hey, if you only have tortillas and no chips, no worries! Just pile everything in a tortilla and make an awesome breakfast...
Soft Easy Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Soft Easy Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These are some of the best oatmeal cookies I have ever had! They smell amazing when cooking, they are amazingly soft and chewy when fresh from the oven,  and they are super easy to make! Growing up I was never a fan of oatmeal raisin cookies. I always thought- why raisins and why not chocolate chips! Let’s be honest, I still think this way most of the time! I think I didn’t like them when I was little is because I would be expecting chocolate and then get a raisin. Let’s be honest, when you expect chocolate, anything else doesn’t satisfy. Well, I’ve made and eaten lots of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, but I have also come around to enjoying these soft oatmeal raisin cookies because when I make them I know to expect raisins These easy oatmeal raisin cookies are super quick to mix together and will be gobbled up even faster! Simply cream the wet ingredients in a mixer and while those are creaming, mix together the dry ingredients. Then add the dry to the wet and mix. Finally, mix in the oatmeal and raisins and bake! The glaze isn’t necessary but takes the cookies to the next level. So, if you have powdered sugar and a little milk make it! You won’t regret it. While the cookies are baking, combine the glaze ingredients. I like to use almond extract in the glaze because I love the flavor, but feel free to use vanilla or omit the extract all together! When the cookies are done baking, brush with the glaze and enjoy! Now, a disclaimer- these are...

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