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Often times I get frustrated because I cannot find a recipe that is exactly what I want. So what do I do?? Make up my own recipe! Such is the case for this one. I have been craving this kind of muffin since I LOVE cranberries and it is such a festive holiday food, not to mention very good for you. Cranberries are full of antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, among many other important vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Add heart healthy walnuts, vitamin C rich orange juice, and healthy whole-wheat flour and these muffins are a delicious and guilt-free treat. Eat them warmed spread with a little bit of butter and enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Zest of one orange
  • Juice of one orange
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 12 oz. bag fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup walnuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin tins with muffin cups (of course I use festive Santa ones :))
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, gently combine flour, sugar, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. Mix together eggs, vanilla, sugar, canola oil, orange zest, and orange juices. Slowly add in flour mixture. Then gently add in walnuts and cranberries.
  4. Scoop into muffin tins- I filled them up to the top using one scoop of a big spoon. It will look like a lot but they do not rise too much.
  5. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes. Test with a toothpick to make sure they are fully cooked.

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Lately I have been making a lot of pizza…boboli makes it so easy with their yummy pizza crusts and once you top them you just need to bake them for 8-10 minutes…dinner in an instant which is what I love! The other night I put together this yummy pizza with ingredients in my fridge…and it was DELICIOUS! I will definitely be making it again soon!

Ingredients:

  • 1 boboli 8 inch pizza crust
  • Basil pesto
  • Fresh spinach (washed)
  • Mushrooms, washed, sliced, and uncooked
  • Fresh garlic (just put a little since there is already lots in the pesto…I love garlic so I always include it in here but if you are not a garlic lover feel free to skip it)
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Feta cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Place pizza crust on a cookie sheet. Top pizza with pesto, garlic (and spread it into the pesto), spinach, and mushrooms. Drizzle olive oil over the mushrooms since they are going on uncooked.
  • Top with cheeses, sat, and pepper.
  • Place in the oven and cook for 8-10 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!
Note: I didn’t put specific amounts of ingredients since you can really put as much as you like of anything on the pizzas. To each their own! 🙂

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I have been craving pizza lately but I feel like when I order it in or go out it is so unhealthy. So tonight I decided to make my own healthy pizza! I love the boboli crusts because you just throw all your topping on, pop it in the oven, cook for 8-10 minutes, and it’s all done and ready to eat! This is a fun thing to make with a lot of people since the pizzas are personal size so everyone can make theirs to their liking. Tonight I used some fresh and healthy ingredients that I had in my fridge…tomatoes, spinach, garlic, and of course cheese. It was so yummy and I can’t wait to make it again soon!

Ingredients:

  • 1 boboli pizza crust (8 inches)
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Feta cheese
  • Fresh spinach
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Fresh garlic
  • Tomato sauce of choice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Note: For all the ingredients just use as much as desired! 
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Place pizza crust on a cookie sheet. Top with tomato sauce, spinach, tomatoes, mozzarella, feta, fresh garlic, salt, and pepper.
  3. Place in the oven to cook for 8-10 minutes until cheese starts to brown and bubble.
Enjoy!!!

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The other day I was craving something filling for a late breakfast so I looked to see what I had in my fridge and put together this brunch dish, combining several of my favorite ingredients. This meal is packed with important and healthy nutrients, including lots of protein in the eggs and ham, whole grains in the english muffin, calcium in the cheese, and omega-3’s in the avocado. Add some fruit on the side and you have a perfectly balanced breakfast!

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs, scrambled
  • Butter
  • Salt & pepper
  • 2 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices ham (I like Black Forest)
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced into strips
  • 1 whole-grain english muffin

Directions:

  1. Scramble 2 eggs in a small saucepan. Add salt and pepper and cheese toward the end, mixing in well to make sure it is fully melted.
  2. Heat ham in the microwave or in the saucepan.
  3. Toast english muffin, butter it, top with avocado, then ham, then the eggs.
  4. Eat and enjoy!

Note: Want to make this breakfast a bit healthier? Try any or all of these tips… Use only egg whites, use just 1 piece or cheese, or use turkey instead of ham.

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My mom has been making pesto bread for as long as I can remember and it is one of my favorite appetizers. The combination of warm, fresh bread and flavorful pesto is oh so delicious and just thinking about it right now is making me crave it! This is a great party appetizer and it’s so easy to make. If you keep pesto frozen in your freezer, you can make pesto bread at any time of the year!

Ingredients:

  • Pesto (homemade or store bought, but homemade is best :))
  • 1 large loaf of fresh French bread (or your favorite bread)
  • Olive oil 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. You can also cook this on the grill in the summertime, just turn up your grill to high.
  2. Coat one side of the bread with olive oil and the other with pesto, as much as you like.
  3. Place bread on cookie sheet (or grill) oil side down and pesto side up.
  4. Cook for 5-10 minutes, until pesto starts to melt into the bread a bit.
  5. Let cool for a few minutes and then enjoy!

Note: Want to spice up your pesto bread a bit? You can add mozzarella and/or tomato, prosciutto, or whatever else you like!

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I got an email from Auntie Martha yesterday with a note about a bruschetta she was making to take to a friend’s house for dinner that evening – the ingredients were decidedly summery (namely the fresh peaches) and the combo sounded delicious so I thought I would share…

Topping: fresh tomatoes, fresh peaches, basil, parsley, onions, garlic, olive oil and a bit of balsamic vinegar to liven it up. Served over toasted bread which she brushed with olive oil before hand. Yum!

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I got the following e-mail and accompanying photos from my mom today.  My question to her was who are these friends and when can we go over and make some pizza!  Until then I’m thinking I will coerce Tori into another pizza night and bring some sweet toppings for one of the pies…

Ann took these pictures last night. We made our own pizzas and cooked them in a friend’s outdoor pizza oven. This was my dessert pizza, half blueberry, pineapple and honey and half almond butter, banana and brown sugar – ohhh yea!  Xxx, Mom


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