Crispy Baked Eggplant & Ricotta Stacks

Do you ever get tired of eating the same dinners from your rotation?  I do.  I search for new ideas, try them out, and some work, some not so much.  This recipe was a success! The crispy baked eggplant pieces are layered with ricotta cheese to create a tasty and healthy vegetarian meal.  It’s a little bit like a simple lasagna. Crispy Baked Eggplant & Ricotta Stacks Recipe (About 4 Servings) Ingredients: 1 medium eggplant, cut into thick slices 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2 eggs, beaten 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning Salt and pepper, …

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Whole Wheat Banana Peanut Butter Muffins

Remember how I hinted in my Whole Wheat Muffins post that you’d be seeing more of that muffin base?  Well, here you go.     🙂   The addition of banana and peanut butter flavors takes that basic whole wheat muffin to the next level! Whole Wheat Banana Peanut Butter Muffins Recipe (Makes 6 standard size muffins) Ingredients: 1 tablespoon oil 3/4 cup skim milk milk 1 egg 1 banana, mashed 1/4 cup peanut butter 1 box (7 ounce) Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Muffin Mix a few chopped peanuts, for topping Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease 6 muffin …

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Whole Wheat Muffins

I don’t normally buy a box mix to make muffins (not that there is anything wrong with that), but I did tweak these a little just to make it my own.  However, I’ve come to the conclusion that in order to make a healthy muffin (one that is truly healthy) one needs a lot of ingredients, more specifically ingredients that I don’t normally keep in the house.  Instead, I can achieve a great tasting and healthy muffin with the help of Hodgson Mill for a lot less money because it has all the uncommon ingredients in it already. These whole wheat muffins are amazing!  They have …

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Skinny Peanut Butter & Chocolate Shake

I had a craving for a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup.  Who am I kidding, I could always go for one because they are one of my favorite candies.  Sadly, they are not diet friendly.  I’m still on my quest to lose weight so that’s not an option right now.  Since I had the craving, I made the next best thing, a peanut butter and chocolate shake.  In general I refuse to feel guilty for eating something “bad” (all things in moderation, right?), so this is a healthier version of what you’d find at your local ice cream shop because I skipped the …

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Easy Hummus

Hummus is my go-to dip because it’s a real crowd pleaser.  A lot of people like it for so many reasons.  It’s gluten-free, vegetarian friendly, has no cholesterol, and it tastes amazing.  In other words, it’s likely healthier than a creamy, cheesy type of dip. The chick peas combined with the garlic flavor and a hint of lemon create an awesome taste.  If you use fresh garlic then you can enjoy it right after it’s been made…no wait time.  However, I find that if the garlic is not fresh then in order to maximize the flavors let the hummus set …

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