Crispy Baked Onion Rings With Chipotle Ranch Dip

My youngest sister came over for a visit on Saturday and as always we had a blast.  We started off our day chatting while we sipped our favorite iced coffee beverage, a Cafe Frappe.  Then we got down to business, snack time.     😉  She was in the mood for comfort food and I was in the mood for something healthy.  There just had to be a way we could both win on this one, so I thought “how about we combine both and make baked onion rings?!” These onion rings are the tastiest and crispiest baked onion rings that …

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Spicy Sweet Potato Fries With Cucumber Yogurt Dip

Holiday weight gain is evil.  Who’s with me?  I try to avoid having “bad food” in the house, but that’s kind of hard to do if you’re a food blogger and enjoy baking.  It’s even harder to do when friends and family are coming over and expect great food.  So I’ve resorted to moving the jar of Nutella and the bag of mini marshmallows to the top shelf and I can only reach them if I move a chair over to the kitchen cabinet.  I have loads of chocolate chips in a nifty glass container on the kitchen counter and …

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Quinoa and Black Beans

About three years ago I made quinoa.  I cooked it in water and didn’t add any spices. It was incredibly bland and tasted…well, “gross” was the only word that came to mind.  In other words, I said to myself “I’m never making this again.”  For that reason, I’m really not selling quinoa to you, but stay with me here.  I kept hearing that quinoa is so healthy and I know a bunch of people that really like it, so I thought I’d give it another try with this recipe.  It may have taken me a few years to get here …

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Mashed Cauliflower

I indulge with sweets so the rest of my diet needs to be healthy.  Everything in moderation, right?  It’s hard to find healthy dishes that honestly taste delicious so when I find one that I adore I simply must share.     🙂 This may look like mashed potatoes, but it’s really mashed cauliflower.  It’s lovely smooth consistency mirrors mashed potatoes, but it stands on its own in the taste department. Mashed Cauliflower Recipe (4 Servings) Ingredients: 1 bag (20 ounce bag) frozen cauliflower 1 tablespoon cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon …

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Restaurant Style Salsa

Salsa and chips.  Need I say more?     😉  I mean this combination surely speaks for itself.  This popular duo has made an appearance at countless parties, dinners, and pretty much every Mexican restaurant on Earth, because everyone loves it. Easy and quick to make homemade salsa that has a little kick of heat and a great balance of tomatoes, onions, and hot peppers…I’m in! Restaurant Style Salsa Recipe (About 12 servings) Ingredients: 1 can (28 ounce) whole tomatoes, with juice 2 cans (10 ounce each) diced tomatoes and green chilies 1/4 cup onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 whole jalapeno pepper, chopped …

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