Loaded Scallop Potatoes

Loaded Scallop Potatoes

I grew up eating loaded bake potatoes and loved them! We also had our fair share of cheesy scalloped potatoes, you know, the ones from the box, and I loved those too. Now that I have a home of my own and a sweet husband to cook for I’ve tried to recreate two delicious meals from my past by putting them into one dish. So here you have loaded scallop potatoes! They are creamy and cheesy and have delicious green onions and bacon in them. Could you ask for anything more?! The first step in making the best scalloped potatoes ever is to cook bacon! I love to bake bacon in the oven. It saves space on the stove top and all the grease doesn’t splatter everywhere! The best way I’ve found is to line a baking sheet with parchment paper, lay the bacon in a line, some crowding is okay, the bacon just might stick together, and put in the oven. Then preheat the oven to 400°F. Yes, put the bacon in the cold oven and let it heat up as the oven heats. It will cook nice and slowly. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until it’s cooked to your preferred state of doneness. Don’t forget to save the bacon grease! It is nice and rendered and can be used for cooking everything! Set the bacon aside and try not to snack on too many pieces. This will be hard because it’s bacon! Use a little of the grease to sauté the onion and garlic then add butter to the mixture. Yum! Once the butter is melted down...
Sweet Potato Pie Cupcakes

Sweet Potato Pie Cupcakes

I love cupcakes! They are mini cakes of happiness that are the perfect size and usually topped with delicious frosting. Who could ask for more!   These sweet potato cupcakes are perfect to make if you have a little extra sweet potato puree leftover from all your Thanksgiving baking and they are sure to be a hit. Shoot, you might even get away with calling them healthy sweet potato cupcakes because they have sweet potato in them! Who am I kidding though; they are delicious cupcakes full of sweetness and taste as delicious as can be! Who am I kidding though; they are delicious cupcakes full of sweetness and taste as delicious as can be! They are also made without traditional flour, so you can make them for your gluten-free family and friends without any worries! This recipe is adapted from a delicious cupcake recipe found in Julie Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook and I just love it! The original recipe is for Samoa cupcakes and I decided to change things up a bit and make these Sweet Potato Pie Cupcakes. Seriously, perfect for Thanksgiving or any Fall get-together. The original recipe is for Samoa cupcakes and I decided to change things up a bit and make these Sweet Potato Pie Cupcakes. Seriously, perfect for Thanksgiving or any Fall get-together. When making these cupcakes you want to make sure to use blanched almond flour. Unblanched almond flour or meal still has the almond skins on and I find aren’t as finely ground as the blanched. Tapioca flour/starch can be a little tricky to find in the stores sometimes. I like to...
Easy Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

Easy Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

This simple sweet potato pie recipe is not only delicious but will make your house smell amazing! It’s great for get togethers, like Thanksgiving, because it can easily be made completely dairy free and it is already gluten free. This sweet potato pie also uses only coconut sugar and maple syrup so no artificial sweeteners or refined white sugar! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!   This easy sweet potato pie is much sweeter than a sweet potato casserole and it is creamy like a pumpkin pie. It is definitely a winner! This weekend I am going to our church’s annual Thanksgiving potluck and will be bringing this yummy pie along with my sweet potato casserole! I hope they like sweet potato as much as I do! I love get togethers and especially potlucks! Who doesn’t love an endless line of yummy foods that are new to you and need to be tasted! I always end up with too much on my plate and I still didn’t get to try everything I wanted to. Is that just me? Besides church potlucks there is another big get together coming up.., you know the one I am talking about! Thanksgiving! The day where you eat yummy foods like turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls, deviled eggs and maybe even this sweet potato pie! I am so excited to get to hang out with family and listen to jokes and stories both new and ones I’ve heard many times before. There is something so wonderful when you can be surrounded by family and friends you’ve known for years....
Healthy Simple Sweet Potato Casserole

Healthy Simple Sweet Potato Casserole

This is a super yummy and easy sweet potato casserole recipe! It contains no refined sugar and can easily be made dairy free if you substitute the butter for coconut oil. It harkens back to a traditional sweet potato casserole but with a few alterations and without the marshmallows.   Some traditional casseroles include flour in the topping, but not mine, so this is gluten free too! This recipe is allergy friendly and perfect to bring to family gatherings! I really like to use coconut sugar in place of refined sugar. It has a slight brown sugar taste (doesn’t taste like coconut at all!) and doesn’t affect your blood sugar like refined sugar does. It’s still sugar but a better alternative.   Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time! I love getting to be around family and this year I get to experience Thanksgiving with my husband’s side of the family. They have a tradition of always eating shrimp cocktail at the start of the meal. My family has certain food we eat too- like my mom’s cranberry sauce and her delicious deviled eggs. With both sides of the family I always look forward to trying new dishes. This year my dad is smoking the turkey! Talk about a turkey like I’ve never had! Anyways, this healthy sweet potato casserole fits the new dish category for me! Both my husband and I really enjoy the creamy texture and the delicious sweet potato flavor! Scrumptious for sure!   What types of dishes are family traditions for you? Let me know in a comment below! With Thanksgiving right around the corner this...
Butternut Squash Salad

Butternut Squash Salad

Butternut squash, juicy apples, and mustard vinaigrette make the perfect roasted butternut squash salad. It’s officially the holiday season!!!  Let the delicious food start raining down.  My most favorite holiday traditions are created around food.  From my earliest memory down to present time, Thanksgiving always includes an extravagant amount of food with endless snacking throughout the day.  Stretchy pants are a must on Turkey Day. Along with traditional juicy turkey and cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and classical stuffing, a variety of delicious sides need to accompany those classical main dishes.  If you want a guaranteed win, look no farther than this butternut squash salad. To make preparation a little quicker, check out the produce section for butternut squash already chopped and packaged.  Also, you don’t have to roast the apples.  You can keep the apples fresh and crunchy instead of roasting and add them to the salad per the instructions. I hope you enjoy the anticipation leading up to Thanksgiving as much as I do!  I also can’t wait for you to indulge on this Roasted Butternut Squash Salad!   Print Butternut Squash Salad Roasted butternut squash with tart apples combined with a tangy mustard dressing makes a perfect salad for any occasion. Prepare your tastebuds for pure deliciousness! Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 35 minutes Servings 6 people Ingredients 1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup 1 small butternut squash peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 3 Granny Smith apples peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces 10 cups organic spring...
Easy Low Carb Baked Jalapeno Poppers

Easy Low Carb Baked Jalapeno Poppers

Weight loss is hard. I’ve struggled with it a lot. It’s very hard to find the balance between indulgence and discipline. It can be tricky to remain eating healthy. It takes a change in your life style to make it happen. Last year, I counted calories for a period of time, so I could control what I was eating better. And I was shocked to see how easy it is to pack in the calories. I realized sometimes I was easily eating 3000 or more calories in one day! Specially since I bake so much. Counting calories was a learning experience. It forced me to look for substitute ingredients in my recipes that would provide me with delicious food that wasn’t as caloric. It actually went beyond that, it made me understand how certain ingredients affect a recipe. For example, I found out I could use apple sauce or bananas for a good egg substitute in baking, because they act as binders. AND they add flavor as well! When you are counting calories, you pay attention to everything you eat, because you are trying to get the best out of every single ingredient. That’s when I came up with a bunch of low calorie recipes, and this low calorie jalapeño poppers recipe was one of them. I LOVE jalapeño poppers more than life itself. Everything about it is just right! And, trust me, sometimes I am just going to have a breaded and fried jalapeño popper, as it should be. But that will be my indulgence. And since the number of times I want to eat a jalapeño popper...

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