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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Rhubarb Chevre & Peanut Butter Cookie Icebox Bars

Rhubarb Chevre & Peanut Butter Cookie Icebox Bars

All I know is these are something different.

I had a really hard time deciding what to call them, because they’re like half cheesecake and half ice cream bar…. and half peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

They’re also high in protein, gluten-free, low-carb, and can’t really be eaten without a fork.

So what do you call that?

I guess the only thing that could sum it all up without being in paragraph form was Rhubarb Chevre & Peanut Butter Cookie Icebox Bars.  So there you have it.

To me, this is the dessert-embodiment of all the best things.  All the flavors and textures of my favorites went into this, sans the sugar-overload I would rather avoid but with the metabolism-boosting, muscle-fueling protein I need for my training!

It kinda even gives me a sneaky satisfaction at the thought of thwarting the traditional “sweets-are-bad-for-you” train of thought.

These are something different, all right!  But in this case, different really just means delightful!  Don’t you think?

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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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Protein Peanut Butter-Banana Tartelettes

Protein Peanut Butter-Banana Tartelettes

“If you’re gonna eat cheesecake, why not just eat cheesecake?”

Is a familiar question heard among healthy food bloggers across the country (or so I imagine) when confronted by foodies who either haven’t yet tried “alternative” versions of their favorite desserts, or have had an off-putting experience with such things.

Being that the first prepackaged vegan cookie that I ever knowingly ate was gummy and bland, I certainly didn’t have the #1 perspective on vegan baking right off the bat.  It took me trial, error, and Chocolate Covered Katie recipes to figure out that simply eggs and milk do not a cookie make.  A good cookie really just needs good ingredients!

Which is why I get the skepticism.  But if you love to bake, love to have little treats, and you still want to do right by your body as much as humanly possible, simply using great ingredients just might save you from diving into THAT cheesecake.

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