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Skinny Taco Dip Cups

Skinny Taco Dip Cups

The Super Bowl is upon us and while I don’t usually care about the game or the commercials, I do care about the food! I think I speak for most food bloggers when I say that the Super Bowl is all about the food!

Typical Super Bowl food usually involves lots of cheese, dips, burgers, fried foods, etc. You know, the really delicious stuff. But, who says all the delicious stuff can’t also be healthy? Not this girl.

Skinny Taco Dip Cups

Skinny Taco Dip Cups

Your regular taco dip is typically comprised of refried beans, cream cheese plus cheddar cheese, sour cream, etc. My version swaps refried beans with black beans, less cheese, and in place of sour cream, Greek yogurt. With the Greek yogurt and black beans, this dip is also a great source of protein. And don’t think that these swaps makes this dip any less delicious! I had no issues pretty much inhaling this stuff for lunch. These taco dip cups are fresh, delicious, low in fat, and individually portioned! Food is always more adorable when it is in individual servings, don’t you agree?!

I served mine in my favorite little serving bowls from Pier 1, but you could also use those small plastic cups to serve the dip in individual portions. And if you’d rather, you can also certainly make it all in one baking dish! Either way, this is a dip you don’t have to feel guilty about eating!

Skinny Taco Dip Cups

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

What if I told you that you can eat cookie dough and not feel bad about it? What if I told you it would only cost about 90 calories? Sounds pretty much like a dream come true, right?

Cookie Dough that is secretly healthy. Yes, it’s a thing.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

We get some serious cookie cravings in this house, especially at night. While we usually try to be strong and ignore it, I sometimes break down and make my Emergency Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies. I’ve been all about making healthier snacks lately though and knew I could come up with something healthier than actual cookies. These no-bake energy bites were my inspiration. Using all oats wouldn’t give the texture I wanted though so I used cashews because of their mild taste and when ground with oats, you will get the texture of glorious cookie dough!

Now, let’s be totally real here for a second. Do these actually taste just like a real chocolate chip cookie made with lots of butter, sugar, and eggs? No, they do not. They do not contain butter, sugar, or eggs. But, do they really taste like cookie dough? Yes, they do. I think you will be surprised at how close they are. I find that they taste best after letting them chill overnight. Keep them in a container in the fridge or freezer and get your cookie dough fix any time!

Ginger Pear Cream of Wheat

Ginger Pear Cream of Wheat

I finally did it. I seriously cleaned out the pantry. I threw away so many boxes of crap and it was glorious. Finding six boxes of lasagna noodles was the last straw!

Growing up, I never really had cream of wheat, I have always been more of an oatmeal person. I have more recently re-discovered how great cream of wheat is. And it was totally fortuitous that this month’s Cooking Light had a yummy recipe for it! There is a whole section on shortcut ideas and this ginger pear cream of wheat caught my eye. It just sounded warm and comforting and I’ve been craving pears.

It couldn’t be easier. Just take a packet of instant cream of wheat, take some fresh sliced pears with some brown sugar and cinnamon, toasted walnuts, and a crushed gingersnap cookie and an ordinary and plain bowl of cream of wheat becomes something so much better!

To grab the recipe, check it out on My Cooking Spot!

Ginger Pear Cream of Wheat

Ginger Pear Cream of Wheat

Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables

Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables

It’s Fridayyyyy! And a long weekend! Can’t ask for much more! I’m excited to sleep in, having a big glass of wine, and do some serious cooking!

My friends over at STAR Fine Foods recently sent me bottles of their newest cooking oils and I was so excited to dig in! I got bottles of the Grilling Cuisine Oil, Asian Cuisine Oil, Italian Cuisine Oil, and then Mediterranean Cuisine Oil. I wanted to cook with all of them, but then I realized it might be weird to use all four in one recipe, so I ended up opening the Mediterranean oil first. I was really intrigued by the chili pepper in it. I made the right choice. It’s bold and peppery, but not overpowering!

Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables

This oil would pair perfectly with chicken or beef, but it also works really with roasted veggies! I chopped up some of my faves and tossed them with some of this delicious oil, some salt and pepper and just shoved them in the oven and that was it! The great thing about these veggies is you can eat them plain as a side dish, over rice or couscous, in a hoagie roll with some melted cheese on top, or you can even use it as a pizza topping! Lots of great possibilities here!

Nibblies

1. It’s been a really long time since I last shared some Nibblies. I’m sorry. I promise to be better about this.

carpet

2. I am currently addicted to skinny cinnamon dolce lattes from Starbucks. It’s a good thing that I have some gift cards to use up. It’s also a good thing that they are skinny. Also, please ignore the horrible carpet in my office in the above photo.

3. How I Met Your Mother. Sigh. This week’s episode was by far the worst episode of the entire series I think. It was not funny at all to me. This season overall has been pretty terrible. I was intrigued by the idea of the season taking place over the wedding weekend, but the way they executed it just doesn’t work. The episodes are all over the place. Just no. Agree or disagree?

4. White cheddar popcorn. Ok, I know, it’s been around for a very long time and I have always loved it, but over the last month, we have been consuming embarrassing amounts of it, and by we, I mean mostly me. Hey, it’s better than eating chips, right?

Southwestern Chicken Lettuce Wraps 5 small

5. I can’t stop eating these southwestern chicken lettuce wraps. I’ve made them three times in the last week. They are so easy and low carb and reheat really well. Gah. Love.

6. I wanna talk more about TV. Let’s talk about last night’s American Horror Story. Last night’s episode was by far, the most disturbing episode of the show I have seen in all of the seasons. You could have made a drinking game out of all of the times I said “WTF” and you would have been hospitalized for alcohol poisoning. Seriously, wtf?!!

7. Speaking of TV, I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about 24 coming back. Is it May yet?

8. Beauty stuff. I finally want to buy myself one of the Urban Decay Naked palettes, but I can’t decide which one. I had my mind made up on Naked2 and then saw Naked3 and now I’m all confused. I’m kind of leaning towards Naked3, but I’m worried I’ll get sick of all the rose hues. Do you have one? If so, which one and which is your favorite? Help me decide!

9. I can’t stop destroying nice clothes while cooking. I don’t know why I continue to attempt to cook anything without changing into crappy clothes. If I get one more oil stain on a shirt, I might scream.

10. I need a new way to organize my jewelry. And not all in one big jewelry box. Everything gets all tangled up and then I get angry.  Currently, my jewelry is tossed all over my bedroom in random spots. Have any suggestions?

Coconut Almond Smoothie

Coconut Almond Smoothie

So, I’m going to admit to you all that our Christmas decorations are still up. It’s January 15th, and I haven’t taken one thing down. This has never happened. If any of you wants to come and help me out, I will pay you in cookies or smoothies. Whatever you want, you got it. Please start with the tree. K, thanks.

Coconut Almond Smoothie

I’ve been on quite a smoothie kick lately. Making smoothies is much more fun than taking down decorations. Most of the smoothies that I make are fruity smoothies, but sometimes I really crave a more dessert-like smoothie. Enter this coconut almond smoothie. It’s so creamy and dreamy!

If you are wanting a milkshake, this smoothie is a perfect and healthier alternative! It’s made with simple ingredients like coconut milk and almond butter. The best part about it? You can drink it for breakfast, as a post-workout snack, or dessert!