Chewy Ooey Gooey Brownies

Chewy Ooey Gooey Brownies

Let me clear up a big misconception about healthy eating… you can eat healthy and totally indulge on dessert!  Did you catch my confession on eating an entire batch (2 dozen) of my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies? I feel no embarrassment nor regret and will do it again very very soon.  Someone should warn these brownies that they’re in for the same fate… but I will have already devoured them by the time the messenger gets here.  Poor delicious, sweet brownies.  That’s what you get for being yummy and healthy. Okay, before I get lots of sugar-haters rebuking me for using 1/2 cup of sugar (don’t worry… I still love your passion!), you can substitute the sugar for 1/4 cup honey.  Although I loved the results with just 1/4 cup honey, it did not pass my ‘husband-must-LOVE-it-or-I-don’t-post-it’ test.  Although we’re not huge chocolate fans here (don’t worry… the shock wears off in a few seconds), my husband actually had seconds.  We topped them with fresh strawberries and some of my creamy dairy-free blender ice cream.  So delicious! Wait… I haven’t told you the secret ingredient yet, have I?  I know sugar can be pretty magical, but get ready for a surprise! You better sit down.  The secret ingredient is sweet potato!  I’m almost as excited as when I dropped that garbanzo beans are used in my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamin A which is linked to anti-aging benefits, cancer prevention and the maintenance of good eyesight.  SO…. we’ll just tell ourselves that eating these brownies helps reduce our wrinkles and fine lines.  Right, ladies? To bake a sweet potato, first preheat the oven to...
Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie

Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie

“Mom, what’s for dinner?  Honey, what’s for dinner?  Self, what are we going to have for dinner?!?!”  On some days, this question can feel like a 50 lbs bag of stress.  Hopefully by now, you know I get you.  Although I love cooking (mostly eating), somedays I’m too tired and just don’t want to cook.  Take a deep breath with me and get ready for this ridiculously gorgeous, this-is-2015 healthy Shepard’s Pie casserole.  Pst… you can even double the batch and freeze one to eat on another crazy, busy, hectic day.     I have a problem.  I’m seriously addicted.  I love LOVE the bright, beautiful colors and flavors of vegetables.   Especially organic vegetables.  I know, I know, I’ve mentioned it before but I can totally taste the difference.  I was instantly converted when I had a horrible, chemical aftertaste when eating a carrot one day.  I only buy organic carrots from now on.   Costco makes it pretty easy to have large bags of frozen organic vegetables on hand.  Next trip, just stock up on organic frozen peas, frozen sweet corn, and a large bag of organic carrots.  I have plenty of go-to recipes that call for these tasty veggies.  Stick with me and I promise they won’t go to waste.       Just to make it even easier for you, here are ingredients I use.  My kitchen would feel naked without my large container of spices.  They last a long time (and store great) even though I’m using them constantly.  Spices punch out the natural flavors of the vegetables.  And it’s a much healthier option than to throw...
Roasted Breakfast Potatoes

Roasted Breakfast Potatoes

There are few things better than having baked and crispy breakfast potatoes in the morning (well, maybe my breakfast quiches).  Crunchy on the outside.  Soft on the inside.  As if that’s not mouth-watering enough, I tossed in a sweet potato and syrupy chicken breakfast sausage with garlic salt and curry powder.     Curry powder?  Don’t judge these delectable potatoes by their ingredients!  You’ll be surprised how curry powder accentuates sweet and salty flavors.  The curry taste is very mild but complimentary.  You’ve got to try it.     I love my CorningWare.   It bakes evenly, makes cleaning up easier, and looks nice when serving to guests.  If you’re looking for a Christmas present for your mom, mother-in-law, or anyone who enjoys baking, this would be a great idea!  I use mine frequently and love it.  I might not be disappointed if my husband got me another one… hint, hint honey.   . Print Roasted Breakfast Potatoes Ingredients 1 lb chicken or turkey breakfast sausage browned (optional) 1 medium sweet potato or yam peeled and diced 4 large red potatoes washed and diced Olive oil cooking spray 1 tsp garlic salt 1 tsp curry powder Dried parsley for garnishing Instructions Preheat oven to 425 F. Meanwhile, brown sausage and dice potatoes. Prepare 13 x 9 x 2 inches baking pan by spraying with olive oil cooking spray. Add diced potatoes and cooked sausage. Spray lightly with oil and evenly sprinkle garlic salt and curry powder. Toss to coat. Lightly spray again with cooking spray. Bake for 25 minutes (total baking time will be 45 minutes) and then remove from oven...
Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

I have loved creating Thanksgiving dishes this week.  I’m just preparing and stretching my stomach for the big day.  I LOVE Thanksgiving!   My most favorite dish… oh, I’m getting giddy… is the sweet potato casserole!  I could probably eat one whole 9×13 pan by myself.  How could you not love the creamy and sweet texture topped with crunchy pecans and brown sugar?  I may or may not have made two so I could freeze one for a later (most likely sooner) date!  Trust me, no one in your family will even know it’s healthy.  I love ‘health punking’ people!  Okay, enjoy the healthy sweet potato casserole with your eyes while I go enjoy another helping with my mouth.   Print Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole Ingredients 4 to 5 medium sweet potatoes 1/2 cup honey or agave 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk 2 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp cinnamon Topping: 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup whole wheat flour I used Bob's Red Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour 1/4 cup soft butter 1/2 cup chopped pecans Instructions Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Wash sweet potatoes and place on baking sheet. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes until soft. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 to 15 minutes before peeling. In a blender, add peeled sweet potatoes, honey/agave, milk, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon. Blend until smooth. Light spray 9x13 baking pan with olive oil cooking spray. Pour sweet potato mixture into prepared pan. Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle evenly over the top. Reduce oven to 350 F and bake for 30 to 35...
Chicken Sausage and Sweet Potato Stew

Chicken Sausage and Sweet Potato Stew

I’m a busy wife and mom AND  I know I’m not alone (thanks for being crazy busy with me).  Just because we have many hats to wear doesn’t mean we need to compromise on having healthy dinners!  I’ve already shared some quick and easy healthy dinners like my Turkey and Black Bean Baked Burritos and my Avocado Tuna Grilled Cheese Sandwich.  Oh, how could I forget about my Shepard’s Pie?  Well, sit back and relax, my friends.  I’ve got another quick and easy one that you’ll fall head-over-heels for!     I’m sharing this recipe over at 4Men1Lady today!  Here’s the LINK to the full recipe and post....

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