Healthy Single-Serving PB&J Cake

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When I was a kid, "hot lunch" was a steady rotation of rubbery pizza, turkey and gravy over white bread, purple-hued hot dogs and overcooked spaghetti. As a result, my Mom or I packed a brown bag nearly everyday. I can probably count the number of times I bought a hot lunch ticket during my K-8 career on one hand. Since sandwich + fruit or vegetable+ treat (chips, dessert, etc.) was on rotation 180 days per year for nine years, I was ...continue reading

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake

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A recent girlfriend outing to Creme Cupcake's Dessert Lounge left me in dessert ecstasy. A pal and I split an ooey-gooey Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake. First of all, how could anything that involves both chocolate and peanut butter be bad?! Second of all, can we talk  about how extravagant lava cakes seem? They arrive looking like a regular single-serving dessert. Then your mind and taste buds are blown as soon as you take ...continue reading

“Better Than Paula Deen” Doughnut Burgers

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Paula Deen's had a rough year. I don't  mean to beat her while she's down, especially because she does seem like an entertaining, humorous lady, but this recipe is leaps and bounds better than one of her most-discussed recipes! Have you heard of "The Lady's Brunch Burger"? She introduced the word to the fried egg-topped bacon burger served between two Krispy Kreme doughnuts (whoa!) in 2008 and shocked the country with the ...continue reading

Slow-Cooker Italian Vegetable Soup

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Welp, Punxsutawny Phil has spoken and it looks like this bitterly chilly winter will be six weeks longer (if you believe the folklore). A reasonable anecdote for that cold news: comfort food! My Slow-Cooker Italian Vegetable soup is soul-satisfying without being belt-busting. Rather than pasta or brown rice, this recipe swaps in cauliflower "rice," making each bowl gluten-free, vegan and packed with nothing but nutritious vegetables. ...continue reading

Healthy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Banana Split

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 {Source} Amiright?! I've had many friends and even fitness pros exclaim the benefits of exercising on an empty stomach. I, for one, am strongly on team EAT! The latest research has found that even just a light nosh will help you work longer and harder. So eat dessert first! This clean recipe is healthy enough to be a pre-workout breakfast, but would also work as a snack or a bedtime snack. It packs more protein than ...continue reading

Meatless Monday Dinner: Pizza Polenta Parfait

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Have you ever eaten polenta? Prior to this kitchen experiment, I'd only had it as a side while eating out. Polenta is just cornmeal cooked into a paste with water or stock, which can be eaten as-is or baked, fried or grilled. You can find it in grocery stores in tubes or make your own from boxed cornmeal. It's a versatile side since it can take on the flavor of whatever you prepare it with. It's surprisingly light, too! ...continue reading