Strawberry Marshmallows

Strawberry Marshmallows

I have always adored fluffy marshmallows and this pregnancy has had me craving a cup of hot cocoa many nights. And of course, I have to pile on the marshmallows. If you haven’t tried making homemade marshmallows before, I recommend it! It’s actually very simple and obviously so much better than store-bought marshmallows. I made these pretty strawberry marshmallows for Valentine’s Day and I’m definitely in love! These are delicious to eat just plain, but they are even more delicious in a cup of hot cocoa OR with s’mores!

Strawberry Marshmallows

I use fresh strawberry puree for these and the flavor is just so dreamy. If you want even more strawberry flavor, you can always add strawberry extract for extra flavor. Although you can’t really see from the pictures, the marshmallows are a very light pink color on their own from just the puree. Of course, if you want a more vibrant pink, you can also add in red food coloring.

I highly recommend using a stand mixer for these. The mixture needs to be mixed on a high speed for about 10 minutes. You can certainly try it with a hand mixer, but be forewarned that you are going to get quite the arm workout and it will take you longer than 10 minutes! And also, these require some patience. Once you mix these up, they will need to set for at least 8 hours, if not overnight, but I promise they are worth it!

Strawberry Marshmallows

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Tacos

My husband has been putting in his Super Bowl menu requests for a week now. Not to my surprise, he requested “some type of buffalo chicken recipe.” The guy loves his buffalo chicken! I always try to come up with new buffalo recipes for him like my buffalo chicken dip or buffalo chicken bites. Truth be told, I’m not personally a big fan of buffalo sauce. Same with BBQ sauce. I’m actually shocked we are still married because I think I’m seriously in the minority on these important issues!

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Tacos

When it comes to tacos though, I can always get down! And yes, this includes buffalo chicken tacos. This recipe is ridiculously easy. First, you just need to pull out your slow cooker. Then toss in some chicken, broth, buffalo sauce, and garlic powder and let it cook for a few hours. This recipe is perfect for easy family dinners and it would be great for making for the Super Bowl if you want to double the recipe for a crowd.

I didn’t use a ton of buffalo sauce, just enough to get the flavor so I’d recommend having extra buffalo sauce on the side for those that want it. The toppings are endless too. You can add blue cheese or any traditional taco toppings. Oh, and if you want another idea, you can also put the chicken onto buns or sliders if you don’t want to go the taco route!

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Skinny Coconut Cheesecake Bars

Skinny Coconut Cheesecake Bars

This second pregnancy has been so different than my first. With Maddie, I didn’t really have any weird cravings and actually kind of lost my usual sweet tooth in favor of saltier snacks. I think I only craved chocolate milk and that was it for the sweet stuff. With this pregnancy? I want cake. I want cheesecake. No, I don’t want cheesecake, I NEED cheesecake!

It’s awful, really. It’s a good thing I don’t have a Cheesecake Factory right near my house because I’d be broke and gain 50 pounds. So, I’ve resorted to making my own cheesecake treats at home! These skinny lemon cheesecake bars and skinny marble cheesecake bars are some of my favorite lightened up desserts to make and now I’ve made a coconut version!

Skinny Coconut Cheesecake Bars

These cheesecake bars are lightened up compared to regular cheesecake by using reduced fat cream cheese, less sugar, and also contain protein-packed Greek yogurt. I added coconut extract to the bars and then topped them with toasted coconut and almonds. These bars come in at just under 120 calories per bar which is pretty darn good if you ask me! The hardest part though? Eating just one. I eat at least two at a time, one for me, and one for baby.

Skinny Coconut Cheesecake Bars

Chipotle Chicken Taquitos

Chipotle Chicken Taquitos

The Super Bowl is almost here and as always, I’m really only interested in the food. It’s the best part, let’s be honest. Maybe it’s partly because I’m a Cleveland fan and I probably won’t see them in the Super Bowl until pigs fly…soooo, in other words, never.

Taquitos are always a great choice for game day! Everybody loves them and the fillings are quite endless! I made an easy and fun kicked up, chipotle chicken taquito and I’m in love.

Chipotle Chicken Taquitos

These chipotle taquitos are a new favorite in my house! They have an obvious kick from the chipotle pepper, which of course, you can add more of less depending on how much spice you prefer. I’d recommend using a small chipotle pepper if you plan to serve these to little ones. The spiciness of these taquitos are nicely balanced with the cream cheese and fresh lime juice. You’ll also notice that I don’t fry these, they bake up nice and crispy in the oven. I prefer to use corn tortillas as they are more authentic and I also think they crisp up better in the oven compared to flour tortillas, but you can certainly use flour tortillas if you prefer!

Chipotle Chicken Taquitos

30 Healthy Dinner Recipes

It’s a new year and a new you! Or, maybe you are just trying to cook a little healthier this year. I’ve got you covered with 30 of my favorite healthy dinner recipes! These recipes are all simple to make and would be great for just two people or a family. I’ve shared some of my favorite pasta, sandwich, slow cooker, baked, and soup recipes to keep you going throughout the year!

Mexican Chicken Pizza

Mexican Chicken Pizza

I used to make all kinds of pizzas years ago and for whatever reason, I just stopped and forgot all about them which is crazy because, um, hello, it’s pizza!

This Mexican Chicken Pizza has always been one of my favorites! Instead of tomato sauce, I use salsa. Once you have this simple base ready, you can really experiment with the toppings. I like to use pepper jack cheese for an added kick, but you can certainly use plain jack cheese, cheddar, or a Mexican blend if you prefer. Corn and black beans are also a must for me, but the great thing about a pizza like this is that you really can’t go wrong! You can also add diced tomatoes, beef instead of chicken, peppers, green chilies, etc.

Since the chicken is already cooked, I recommend pre-baking the dough before adding all of the toppings until it is just about done. This will help prevent the chicken from drying out, but will still allow for the cheese to melt and for the toppings to get nice and warm before the pizza comes out of the oven. I like topping mine with lots of fresh cilantro, a dollop of sour cream, and of course, diced avocado!

Mexican Chicken Pizza

Mexican Chicken Pizza