Vegetarian Banh Mi Pizza

Banh mi is a Vietnamese term for all kinds of bread. In the U.S. when people talk about banh mi, they are usually referring to a Vietnamese sandwich. I’ve been on the lookout for a good vegetarian option, so when I came across this Chickpea Banh Mi Pizza from Dishing Up the Dirt, I had to try it. This recipe is a little fussy because you have to make the sauce, pickle the veggies AND season the chickpeas, but it’s totally worth it.

chickpea banh mi pizza

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Just Desserts: Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

I like to tell myself that when treats include healthy ingredients, they are actually good for me. This attitude has helped me justify eating entire pumpkin pies, scores of Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, and now these tasty Peanut Butter Bars for breakfast. Packed with protein, these bars will power you through your day, right?

peanut butter bars

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Power Foods: A Healthy Pizza Recipe

If your house is anything like mine, you eat more pizza than you like to admit. While I really love pizza, I often find myself ordering delivery because I’m strapped for time or just can’t fathom coming up with yet another dinner plan. So what if there was an easy fallback recipe that doesn’t make you feel guilty? When I came across this simple and healthy pizza recipe in the Power Foods cookbook, I had to try it. Topped with nutritious ingredients and a snap to make, after taking a bite of this pizza you might reconsider calling for delivery too.

homemade pizza with ricotta, tomato and basil

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Valentine’s Day Brownie Cookies

I love Valentine’s Day. In my younger years, I would carry a bag of Hershey’s Kisses to work and leave chocolates on desks and in mailboxes while no one was watching. When I realized how much I loved baking, the Hershey’s Kisses evolved into a homemade treat that would be delivered to friends and families. Each year I try to come up with a new idea that will add a touch of sweetness to the day; this year I found the perfect recipe through one of my favorite bloggers, Shutterbean.

brownie cookies

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Peanut Butter Cookies… with Sriracha?

Remember when I told you I was in a food rut? Well, my quest for recipes to break out of this cycle led me to a strange little cookie that had me intrigued. With a raised eyebrow, I read through the ingredients; I admit that I was skeptical. Finally, I dug out my mixing bowl and set to work, I had to see what a peanut butter cookie with Sriracha tasted like.

sriracha peanut butter cookies

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Waking Up With Breakfast Barley

I’ve been in a food rut lately and desperately needed to try something new. There were caveats though. Since I haven’t been to the grocery store this week, the recipe had to be made with ingredients in my pantry and it had to be easy. It sounded like it was time to drag out the crockpot! After flipping through my cookbooks, I landed on the perfect recipe to try – I had everything but the pecans!

Orange-Flavored Breakfast Barley with Cranberries and Pecans

breakfast barley with coconut milk

Breakfast Barley with Vanilla Coconut Milk

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Healthy No-Bake Brownies

For those of you trying to reduce the refined sugar in your diets, this is the recipe for you! Straight from the test kitchen of the Best-Good Friend, she whipped up a batch of these No-Bake Brownies last weekend and gave them two thumbs up.  Not only are these little bites gluten-free and vegan – and they’re also ready in 10 minutes!
no-bake brownie bits

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Kicking Off the New Year with Vegetarian Hoppin’ John

I am a superstitious person. Often times the superstitions that I adhere to are things that just make good sense. I don’t hold open umbrellas over my head indoors, I don’t walk under ladders and I like to eat Hoppin’ John on New Year’s Day.
vegetarian hoppin john

Eating Hoppin’ John is a southern tradition that is believed to bring a year filled with luck and prosperity. The peas in the dish symbolize pennies or coins and including greens in the meal represents money. Who wouldn’t want to add a little good fortune to a new year when you only have to eat a delicious meal?

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Day Five: Dog Treat Cookies

On the fifth day of Christmas Cookie recipes, my doggie gave to me… a big wet kiss in return for the homemade dog cookie!

This year when The Annual Cookie Bake Extravaganza yielded 11 different kinds of cookies to share with friends and family, I decided their dogs needed a treat too. How can you forget woman’s best friend during the holiday season? I looked through several doggie treat recipes and finally landed on this household favorite. Feedback from pet parents was unanimous that their dogs LOVED these homemade Carrot Apple Oatmeal Flax dog treats :
dog treats

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