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Low-Fat Pasta Primavera

Low-Fat Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera means “Spring Pasta.” Thus, it’s a must-make for the season! I love pasta primavera because you can add any and all of your favorite vegetables and there is no right or wrong! Pasta primavera can be made in a couple of ways, some people just cook the veggies with pasta with no sauce (which is obviously healthier), and some like to make it nice and creamy. I decided to take the creamy version and lighten it up so we can have the best of both worlds!

Low-Fat Pasta Primavera

Another way to lighten the dish up is to use less pasta and load up on the veggies. You won’t feel cheated. This is a great dish to enjoy during Lent as well since it’s meatless, but if your family is anything like mine, some don’t consider a dish like this a full meal with no meat, so you can add chicken, shrimp, or salmon to make it heartier if desired.

Look at all the veggies!

Low-Fat Pasta Primavera

Dark Chocolate Fruit and Nut Cups

Dark Chocolate Fruit and Nut Cups

Candy, candy, candy!!!

Today we are making our own candy. It only takes 3 ingredients too. Just some dark chocolate and dried fruits and nuts of your choice!

Dark Chocolate Fruit and Nut Cups

My husband and I have recently discovered the wonderfulness that is just eating a handful of plain chocolate chips straight from the bag for dessert. I mean, obviously we still love actually using them in cookies and other goodies, but for a quick sweet tooth fix, they certainly do the job!

Dark Chocolate Fruit and Nut Cups

When it comes to chocolate and candy, I’m all about texture. I love nuts in my candy, my husband is the exact opposite, but I love the combination of sweet and salty. Sometimes I will eat chocolate chips with handful of nuts too, so why not just melt them all together?! And for me, I’m a dark chocolate girl all the way. I prefer the richer taste and that it’s not overly sweet.

Here’s what I love about these: 1. They take like 10 minutes to make, and 2. There’s no rules with these. Got a particular favorite nut? Add it! Have a favorite dried fruit? Add it! You really can’t go wrong here. I added pistachios and a mix of dried fruits. You don’t need to add any extra ingredients! I do highly recommend using good quality chocolate here, trust me when I say it does make a difference!

Grilled Salmon Sliders with Chipotle Mayo

Grilled Salmon Sliders with Chipotle Mayo

Whenever Lent rolls around I always try to think of new ways to enjoy fish. We do like fish in this house, but I tend to just grill it and eat it with rice or veggies which can get kind of boring after a while.

I would definitely say salmon is my favorite type of seafood. It’s lean and works with a lot of different flavor profiles.

Grilled Salmon Sliders with Chipotle Mayo

It should be no surprise that I gave these sliders are southwestern flair. I mean, it only happens maybe like once a week on this blog. What can I say? We love these flavors in this house. We also love chipotle mayo. I like to make batches to store in the fridge for sandwiches and it works so well on these sliders. And it’s actually the only thing I need to say to my husband to get him on board with a new recipe. If it has chipotle mayo, it has to be good.

Grilled Salmon Sliders with Chipotle Mayo

You can use whatever toppings you want, but I went with some broccoli slaw, it added a nice crunch to the sliders for texture, but typical burger toppings would work well too. These salmon sliders are easy to make and perfect for a Friday night during Lent, or heck, any day of the week!

1-Hour Cinnamon Rolls

1-Hour Cinnamon Rolls

Alright, look, I’m sorry.

These cinnamon rolls are the real deal. Loaded with buttery, cinnamon-sugar goodness. While I typically like to lighten recipes up, sometimes you just have to suck it up and make things the good old fashioned way, especially when attempting them for the very first time.

I’ve been wanting to make homemade cinnamon rolls for a long time. My husband really loves them (and who am I kidding? I love them too!) and I have been promising him I would give them a try someday so I decided to bite the bullet last weekend and knock these off my list!

1-Hour Cinnamon Rolls

1-Hour Cinnamon Rolls

And you know what? I’m not even actually sorry because these cinnamon rolls are perfection. They are perfectly fluffy. And best of all, they only take about 60 minutes to make! Actually, I would say these took me closer to 90-minutes, but I think it was only because I was moving a little slow with the dough since it was my first time attempting homemade cinnamon rolls. Either way, these can be baked and in your belly pretty quickly! I have told you guys before that I don’t consider myself a good baker, I really don’t, but these rolls were surprisingly easy to make. Most of the time will be letting the dough rise and bake.

1-Hour Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls are perfect for family, friends, and house guests! Next on my to-do list though, I will conquer a skinny cinnamon roll recipe, but until then, these ooey gooey cinnamon rolls will just have to do! ;)

Skinny Blueberry Muffins

Skinny Blueberry Muffins

Muffins. Always so delicious. And although I would say I love almost any kind of muffin, there is something just so comforting about a plain blueberry muffin. No crazy or fancy ingredients tossed in. Just those big, blue, gorgeous berries are plenty! Sometimes it’s nice to be traditional! And berries around here have been looking better and better at the store and I can’t seem to stop buying them! Now I have tons of containers of berries in my fridge and what better way to use up blueberries than in a muffin?

There are a couple of things that I don’t like about the traditional blueberry muffin though: the calories, fat, and sugar. A large bakery-style blueberry muffin can cost you over 500 calories, 20 grams of fat, and almost 50 grams of sugar! Not cool, muffin dudes, not cool.

Skinny Blueberry Muffins

So obviously, I had to come up with a lightened-up version for you guys! My muffins have only 165 calories, 15 grams of sugar, and only 2 grams of fat! Yup, only 2. Not too shabby, right? These muffins actually don’t contain any butter and have an egg white. Instead of butter, I used unsweetened applesauce. I did add a small amount of light brown sugar to sweeten them, but then then added honey to add extra sweetness without adding more sugar.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef

Slow Cooker Corned Beef

St. Patrick’s Day is less than a week away and it’s time to make the corned beef! So actually, I have never made corned beef before (until now). My mother-in-law makes it every year and so my husband has been asking me to give a try. With a slow cooker, you can’t really go wrong, right?!

So I started looking up recipes and found that many recipes differed on whether the meat should be cooked on high or low and for how long. Some say 8 hours on high, but then people say it’s too try. Some say on low, and then people say it’s not tender enough. I was kind of confused and didn’t know what to do. I ended up starting the meat on high and then lowered it to low and thought it turned out pretty tender, but I’d love to hear opinions from those of you who cook yours in the slow cooker!

As far as the veggies, I stuck my potatoes in once I started cooking on low and let them cook with the meat the entire time. I was worried they might get too mushy, but they were cooked perfectly! For the cabbage, I stuck it in towards the end. I really didn’t want soggy cabbage!

How do you cook your corned beef?

Slow Cooker Corned Beef