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

Light Fried Rice

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When you grow up in a town of 35,000, you don't come to expect the greatest global cuisine. Case in point: For as many years as I can remember, the local grocery store, Hy-Vee, was voted as the place with the best Chinese food during the newspaper's yearly "best of" poll. It's hard to beat the price—you can get two entrees that come with a huge mound of fried rice, an egg roll and a fortune cookie for less than $6. But the ...continue reading

Low-Calorie Burrito Bowl

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By now, it's a pretty well-known fact that the monster rice and bean-stuffed burritos, popular at Mexican fast food restaurants, are no diet gem. The tortilla alone often clocks in around 300 calories and 10 grams of fat! So you'd be getting a light option by foregoing the wrap and ordering a burrito bowl, right? Not so fast. A fully-loaded vegetarian bowl at Chipotle, while very tasty, packs in 760 calories, 39 grams of fat ...continue reading

Mini Cauliflower Pizzas

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Happy birthday, Mom and Dad! My parents were born (one year and) four days apart, so I spent this weekend celebrating with them before Mom's day tomorrow and Dad's on Friday. We had an awesome time seeing the movie Rush (+1 to Ron Howard and co. for casting Chris Hemsworth), and playing golf. And as an added birthday bonus, I developed a new "cupcake" recipe! As you might be able to guess from the photos so far, these aren't ...continue reading

Healthy Mexican Personal Pizza

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Fusion food is HOT. From Korean tacos to Mexi-cue, the phrase "melting pot" has never been as fitting as it is now when it comes to describing the dishes available at restaurants across the country. In the medium-sized, suburban town that I grew up in, "fusion" was mainly limited to Taco Pizza at the most popular local pizza place, Happy Joe's. Taco pies come topped with refried beans, ground beef, sausage, lettuce, tomatoes and ...continue reading