Whole-Wheat Banana Cornbread + The Secret to Perfectly-Baked Bread

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Earth Day is coming up in just two weeks, so I decided to take my Sunday to make the most of what I had in my kitchen, including spotted bananas. The result truly turned (almost) trash into treasure! I'll let you in on the big bread secret first, then get on with the recipe. Have you ever had a loaf of bread stick to your loaf pan stronger than Kimye sticks to the Hollywood spotlight? This is especially common in low-fat recipes, ...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

Chocolate Peanut Butter Parfaits

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Pumpkin and cinnamon, peppermint and chocolate, peanut butter and jelly...What's your favorite flavor combination? PB&C (peanut butter and chocolate) is one hot combo this time of year, thanks to those ever-popular Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkins! Inspired by that Halloween favorite, I set out to make a healthier dessert that was just as sweet and delicious. Could I do it? You be the judge. :) Chocolate Peanut ...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