Flourless Cake - A protein recipe with a twist!

Flourless Cake - A protein recipe with a twist!

Happy New Year!

I am not dead, and though it was quite a year, I did make it through 2018 - albeit without one single post on this page. It feels kind of sad to admit, but 2018 was a very busy year of not too much fun kinds of cooking or baking, and the most notable things I made were just sort of impressive ways to combine all the random things I had in my pantry or freezer.

Which reminds me, I could have probably posted one of my two renditions of tamale casserole (in which I used up 4 leftover holiday tamales by chopping them up and combining them with riced broccoli, beans, turkey meat, enchilada sauce and cheese to make a somewhat healthier dish that still paid homage to the tamale) or shown you how the majority of my “meal prep” lately has consisted of frozen vegetables and precooked frozen chicken, thrown together with a few spices and possibly a bit of cheese (though not the most thrilling to look at, very easy and reasonably tasty.)

But honestly, the whole reason I have not been posting anything is just that I have been SO dang busy. And sometimes just really tired from being so busy.

However, also in 2018…

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Matcha Green Tea Power Balls

Matcha Green Tea Power Balls

Let me just start off by saying that matcha green tea is one of God’s great gifts to humans.  As humans, we tend to be imperfect and, as a result, reliant on what resources we are given to thrive.  In our imperfection, though, we often seek out the stuff that provides us with instant gratification rather than long-term vitality.

(And, yes, I say this as I am eating cheese-flavored popcorn.  I’m just a weak human?)

But, in some cases, we can get that instant gratification (think caffeine boost) with benefits that can help clean up our act, health-wise (think antioxidants).

So before you write off matcha green tea as coffee’s less exquisitely caffeinated substitute – you’d never do that anyway, right? – let me give you a little 5-point profile of my latest fave, the powerful matcha...

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Mini Churro Cupcakes

Mini Churro Cupcakes

Great things come in many sizes.  The Great Wall of China, for example, is super-duper large, while the key to a penthouse suite is a speck in comparison.

Not all great things are alike, of course, but the fact that we perceive something as great is what’s important.  Don’t you think?  I can’t compare food to the Great Wall of China, but then again, you can’t eat the Great Wall of China.

Really, what I’m trying to say is that these teeny little cupcakes, after a few trial-and-errors, have finally come to be something totally great in my world!  They’re just SO fluffy and cinnamon-y.

When I was developing the recipe for these, I was inspired by a friend of mine at this fantastic little sandwich cafe called Latin it Up (here in Tucson,) to try to make a Latin-ish dessert.  I’m not Latina, and I’ve never made flan, but I love churros!  Anything cinnamon is just the best.

Since churros are typically fried, I wanted to create something a little more in line with my healthy cooking tendencies.  Hence, baked churro cupcakes!

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Cheesy Turkey Meatballs {+ Printable Meal Planner}

Cheesy Turkey Meatballs {+ Printable Meal Planner}

I came home for lunch the other day, starving.  I looked in my fridge… and found practically nothing in edible form.  Fortunately, I was armed with a few ingredients, modern technology, and an idea.

The resulting Cheesy Turkey Meatballs that I pulled out of my oven about 20 minutes later are actually quicker, healthier, and more delicious than just about anything I could have gotten elsewhere at that moment.  Plus, now they’re ready to grab for a meal or snack any old time I need it! 

Easy meal prep is so fun.

I’m sure you’re with me – making healthy food should not be hard!  These days, we no longer have to hunt down a wildebeest, coax a sweet potato out of the earth, make a clay pot, or start a fire in a cave during a snowstorm.

I’m not saying you can’t do those things if you really want to, but… it’s really not required.

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