14 DIY Freezer Convenience foods

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I know I don't post these "round-up" posts very much.   My husband and I are planning on buying a new deep freezer soon, and I plan on filling it with more freezer foods.   Now that I am at the point where I have 300 plus recipes on this blog, plus amazing ideas from some of my close" bloggy friends".  Posting a "round up"  is a good way to organize ideas. But also, as I move into this phase of " homemade" food over store bought.  I am noticing my pallet is changing.  I do prefer homemade … [Read more...]

Healthy Oreo Blizzard

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This homemade and healthy Oreo blizzard has a much lower sugar content than a real Oreo blizzard plus it can be made vegan.  I promise that the kiddos will love it!  I decided over the weekend, that I am very "Goldilocks" about banana ice cream.   If you make banana ice cream out of bananas that are overly ripe, it turns out too sweet.    But, if you make banana ice cream out of bananas that are too green, then the banana ice cream really turns out too "banana-ee". I need my banana ice … [Read more...]

Cider Boiled Brats

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It's sunny and 50 degrees here in Northern Iowa!  That means that we all pretend like it's a hot summer day! I guess it's time to break out the grill! Today, I made cider boiled brats for lunch.  These brats were better than usual.  I don't know if I just got really good brats, or if it's because I poked them before boiling them in cider, but they turned out really good! Last summer, I discovered Hard cider.   In my post, 7 ways to showcase Hard Cider, I briefly told you how to boil brats … [Read more...]

Flourless Banana Bread

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This business called food blogging can be so funny. last week, I am scrambling, because I can think of Nothing cool and exciting to make. And then today, I think of literally 5 new recipes that I can't wait to try. This idea of flourless banana bread popped into my head this morning while I was driving my older son to preschool.  I came home as fast as I could to try it. And it turned out so good! I was a little afraid I would eat the whole pan before anyone else would ever see … [Read more...]

Creamy/Dairy-Free Breakfast Polenta

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Thank-You to the Soyfoods Association of North America for sponsoring today's post.  Please check out their Facebook page for more fun "Soy Swap-out" recipes!  This breakfast polenta is dairy-free and gluten-free.  It's nutty, salty, creamy and sweet.   Polenta is so easy to make, this took less than 10 minutes to prepare!   I can't believe that out of the 300 some recipes I have posted in this blog, that this is only the second time I have ever posted a polenta recipe.  Polenta brings me … [Read more...]

Carrot and Almond Soup

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Carrot and Almond Soup is sweet, healthy, comforting and satisfying.   It is the perfect soup for spring, and I promise that the kiddos will love it!  Over the last few years, carrot soup has turned into one of my favorite dishes to prepare.   You see, there have been all these health food trends over the last few years,  People swoon over butternut squash soups, low carb cauliflower soups, and kale soups.  But I feel like people might forget to make soup out of an obvious choice. Whats a … [Read more...]

Strawberry-Cheesecake Banana Soft Serve

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I know.  Another Banana Ice Cream Recipe.  I just can't help myself.  My 3-year-old is always asking for Banana Ice Cream.  So I am always freezing bananas and trying out new recipes for the kids.  I have a few others I want to try, so stay tuned. :) Do you know what makes this banana soft serve taste like cheesecake?  I added a tablespoon of my Cheesecake butter.  The cheesecake butter made this delicious!  Don't have any Cheesecake Butter sitting around?  don't worry, I have written in … [Read more...]

14 Low-Carb Mexican Food Solutions

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Hello! Here I am doing another round-up!  I don't post these food round-ups often, but when I do, it's usually because I am feeling inspired.  I love Mexican food.  It can be made really healthy by adding lots of vegetables and reducing the amount of cheese used.   Sometimes though, I look at the calories on the flour and corn tortillas package.  ( 1 tortilla is usually 150 calories each!) Some of my other "round ups" include  My No Carb Pizza Solutions,   Non- Bread Lunch Ideas,  Low Carb … [Read more...]

DIY Yogurt with fruit on the bottom

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On this blog, my DIY "Go Gurt" has been popular.  But do you know what I LOVED when I was a kid?  ( before go gurt) Yogurt with FRUIT on the bottom!  Yogurt with fruit on the bottom was one of my favorite things to take in my school lunch.  Sometimes, I mixed the fruit and yogurt together.  But, most of the time, I ate all the white yogurt and saved all of the fruit for last. As I mentioned before, I usually stay away from the yogurt department at the store, unless I am buying plain … [Read more...]

Cheesecake Butter

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So, I actually made this cheesecake butter by accident.  well, a bit by accident.    You see, I have been all googly-eyed for these vegan cheesecakes I have spotted online.  I thought it would be a really cute idea, to make a Vegan cheesecake dip that I could serve with strawberries.  ( I thought briefly about stuffing the strawberries with this cheesecake butter.  But... who has time for that?) You see, this October, I am standing up as the Matron of honor  in my best friends' wedding.  She … [Read more...]