Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies

Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies

No, you did not read the title wrong. ‘Cookie’ and ‘breakfast’ in the same title. Yup, these cookies are for breakfast my friends. Who doesn’t want a cookie for breakfast?!

Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies

You might be thinking that cookies are not an acceptable breakfast, but don’t be fooled, these cookies are nutritious, and contain no butter or oil, or added sugar! And for all you lactose sensitive peeps, these cookies are also dairy-free! They will fill you up without all the guilt of a regular cookie!

Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies

Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken

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Crockpot Jerk Chicken

I cannot believe August is already here! This summer just flew by and I’m already feeling excited that football season is just around the corner – my favorite time of year!

You guys know I love game day recipes so when my friends at Crock-Pot® brand asked me to create a tailgate recipe using their new Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Programmable Cook & Carry™ Slow Cooker, I was totally down for the challenge! Given that it’s still summer, I wanted to create a late-summer game day recipe so I made this Jamaican-style pulled Jerk chicken that would be perfect on slider buns or even with tortillas!

Crockpot Jerk Chicken

No-Churn Cookie Dough Ice Cream

No-Churn Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Okay, we are going to discuss a very important topic in today’s post. Cookie Dough Ice Cream. I mean, is there even anything more important in life than cookie dough? Cookie dough ice cream is most definitely my favorite ice cream flavor.

The biggest problem with so many different cookie dough ice creams out there though is the complete lack of cookie dough in the ice cream. There is nothing worse than buying cookie dough ice cream and having to dig for cookie dough as if you’re digging for fossils. WHERE IS THE COOKIE DOUGH?!!

No-Churn Cookie Dough Ice Cream

I’ve been wanting to make my own cookie dough ice cream for a long time. But, then my ice cream maker attachment bowl sprung a leak and I’ve been too cheap and lazy to buy a new one, but guess what? You don’t need an ice cream maker to make this ice cream! The base is so incredible simple: heavy whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk. Seriously, that’s it, well, and a touch of vanilla.

Let’s talk about this ice cream though – you guys, its LOADED with cookie dough pieces in every single bite. No more digging around for cookie dough here.

No-Churn Cookie Dough Ice Cream

It may seem like there’s a lot of steps here, but I promise you this ice cream is really very easy.

One thing to note about the cookie dough itself – While there are no eggs in the recipe, if you are worried about any risks associated with eating raw flour, you will see I’ve included the instructions on how to heat the flour in the oven before preparing the dough. If you aren’t super concerned about this, feel free to skip this step!

This is exactly how cookie dough ice cream should be. If you are a cookie dough ice cream lover, this ice cream will make all of your cookie dough dreams come true!

No-Churn Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Lemony Chicken and Spinach Pasta

Lemony Chicken and Spinach Pasta

I’ve been blogging for over 8 years now. EIGHT years! That’s totally crazy to me. There are over 800 recipes on this blog which blows my mind! So you can probably imagine that sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all of the things I’ve made over the years.

This Lemony Chicken and Spinach Pasta is the perfect example. I made this thinking it was at least a new-ish recipe and guess what? I was wrong. I know, I know, like what is even happening? At least I’m consistent. It’s been 6 years since that first one and this one has some slight changes and it’s so yummy, I’m posting it!

Lemony Chicken and Spinach Pasta

First things first, we start off by sauteing some chicken breasts with a little oil and salt and pepper. You’ll also cook some penne pasta. Easy.

The sauce for this recipe is made with some garlic, chicken broth, lemon, low-fat milk, and Parmesan cheese. I also add a bit of flour and some of the reserved pasta water which helps this perfectly lemony sauce stick to the pasta! As you can hopefully see from the photos, the sauce is slightly creamy, but not at all heavy! Toss some fresh spinach in towards the end along with the chicken and this dish is done!

If you want to kick this up even more, you can also add a splash (or three) of some white wine to the sauce. I also like to add lemon zest in addition to the lemon juice, but that’s totally up to you. Broccoli, mushrooms, kale, or other veggies would also work well in this simple pasta dish!

Lemony Chicken and Spinach Pasta

Yield: 4 servings

Lemony Chicken and Spinach Pasta

Lemony Chicken and Spinach Pasta

This delicious Lemony Chicken and Spinach Pasta is the perfect weeknight meal! Tossed in a lightly creamy sauce made with milk instead of cream and bursting with lemon flavors!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breasts, sliced in half lengthwise
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 lemons
  • 1/2 pound penne pasta
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 3 cups fresh spinach

Instructions

  1. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Brush the chicken breasts with one tablespoon of the olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the chicken breasts into the skillet and saute for about 5 minutes. Flip and continue cooking on other side until chicken is cooked through, another 5-7 minutes. Juice one lemon on top of the chicken. Remove the chicken from the heat, cover and let stand.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, prepare the penne pasta according to package directions. When cooked, drain the pasta, but reserve about 1/2 cup of the pasta water and set aside.
  3. Slice the cooked chicken breasts and set aside. Add the remaining olive oil to the skillet and heat again over medium high heat. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the flour and toss to coat all of the garlic.
  4. Whisk in the broth, reserved pasta water, milk, juice of the other lemon (and zest, if desired), and the Parmesan cheese. Stir until combined. Add the pepper flakes, fresh spinach and sliced chicken. Toss to coat in the sauce and cook for another 3 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper and garnish with more grated Parmesan cheese on top. Serve.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 498 Total Fat: 22g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 15g Cholesterol: 109mg Sodium: 532mg Carbohydrates: 29g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 3g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 45g
Lemony Chicken and Spinach Pasta

Chocolate Fruit Dip

Chocolate Fruit Dip

Summer always makes me want to eat ALL of the fruit. Everyday. Lots of fresh strawberries and cold apple slices are heavenly.

My girls like eating fruit, but not always as much as I’d like. What better way to sneak more fruit in than with a creamy and chocolatey dip?! And oh boy, this dip is so simple and so yummy! Let’s just pretend that Natalie doesn’t dip the fruit in and just eat the dip off…

Best of all though is that this Chocolate Fruit Dip is pretty guilt-free too unlike other dessert dips!

I use reduced fat cream cheese and protein-rich Greek yogurt as the base. A few tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder go in and in place of sugar as a sweetener, I used maple syrup!

Chocolate Fruit Dip

For the yogurt, I went with plain Greek yogurt. I know some people may not like the tanginess of Greek yogurt so if that’s you or one of your kiddos, feel free to swap it out for regular yogurt. You can also use vanilla yogurt for added flavor and sweetness.

Sliced apples, bananas, strawberries, pineapple, heck, even mango would work well with this dip. It’s great for a healthier dessert or for a snack!

Chocolate Fruit Dip

Chili Lime Salmon Sliders

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June Gloom is over here in the OC, and it’s definitely feeling like summer now! And with summer comes grilling season! My friends at Mazola® Corn Oil recently asked me to create the perfect summer grilling recipe, and these salmon sliders just scream summer! I have to admit that corn oil has not always been the cooking oil I reach for first, but I recently learned that a clinical study showed Mazola Corn Oil reduces cholesterol 2x more than extra virgin olive oil. To learn more about this claim, see Mazola.com.

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Chili Lime Salmon Sliders
If you haven’t tried corn oil yet, Mazola Corn Oil can be used for all-purpose cooking, and the best part about it is that it is cholesterol-free, which makes it a great heart-healthy choice! It can be used for marinades, grilling, cooking, or even baking. It has a high smoke point at 450°F. It also has a nice neutral taste that won’t overpower the star flavors of your dish.

Chili Lime Salmon Sliders

These salmon sliders are delicious and filling; but aren’t super heavy or greasy compared to regular beef sliders. The marinade for the salmon includes heart-healthy corn oil in place of other oil or butter, lots of fresh lime juice, and spices like chili powder and cumin! Instead of topping these with cheese, I opted to make a fresh corn salsa. I love the texture the fresh corn adds to these sliders. And in place of traditional tartar sauce made with mayonnaise, I made my own sauce using nonfat Greek yogurt!

Chili Lime Salmon Sliders