Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Truffle Parmesan Popcorn

A couple of years ago my husband and I started popping own popcorn. Like not in microwaveable bag. Let me tell you...best decision I ever made. I know you are probably thinking,but Leanne, individual popcorn bags are made for our convenience. Yup, I totally get it. Microwaveable bags are super easy to make when you need a quick snack. What you might not know is how many chemicals are in that bag! Making your own popcorn on the stovetop or in your own microwave safe container is not only cost effective,but helps you eat clean! I am obsessed with my current popcorn maker ( yes of course I can tell you where to get it.)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Blueberry Waffle Sandwiches

Can we just talk about my new obsession with Trader Joe's Cookie Butter?I went twenty eight years of my life without this 8th wonder of the world. Thank god my friend Katie introduced me to it last weekend. For those of you who have not tried cookie butter before let me explain. It is almost like peanut butter, but WAY BETTER. It tastes like peanut butter with cinnamon graham crackers crushed in it. Pure genius Trader Joe's. So genius in fact the Trader Joe's near my friend only lets you buy one at a time! They are rationing cookie butter! Sorry, I digress. Where am I going with all of this?Breakfast. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Spicy Greek Goddess Dip

Snacking is such an important part of eating healthy. How many of us are on "a diet" and eat healthy all day only to be starving in between meals and stuff our faces with cupcakes or chips. I know only because I have done it. The important thing about eating healthy is eating healthy all the time. Part of that can be accomplished easily by some simple planning.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sweet & Spicy Candied Walnuts

I cannot express how much I adore candied walnuts. I love them especially with blue cheese. I love them in salads, on ice cream, or even on their own! Little did I know they were so easy to make! I find pre-made candied walnuts are really expensive to buy, plus they have alot of extra ingredients like preservatives etc. Who needs them anyway? I think I may have had half of the recipe from Smitten Kitchen as they were cooling so note to self, maybe double the recipe.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Burger

Ahhhhhh. My masterpiece.I LOVE jalapeno poppers what better way to enjoy them but in burger form. I was playing with how to present the burger for a long time. Where do I slather the cream cheese? Do I chop the jalapeno? Bottom line, it needed to be ooey gooey. When I cut into this baby I wanted cheese to run out! 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Sweet & Salty Baked Sweet Potato Chips

I love snacks that are super easy to make and are healthy too! I can safely say I can put down a whole bag of potato chips in one sitting if I put my mind to it. It would make me feel a whole lot better if they were baked. And I knew the ingredients in them.And they didn't cost $4 a bag. Done. These chips are all these things! And did I mention these can be cut in seconds if you use a mandolin? $10 well invested folks. It is nearly impossible to cut each potato slice evenly and a mandolin does the trick!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Butternut & Blue Cheese Baked Quinoa

Eureka! I thought up the best quinoa dish while driving home this week! I am so excited to share it with you! Quinoa Mac & Cheese has been one of my most popular recipes of the almost two years I have been blogging. Not a suprise. It is healthy,cheesy and delicious! I took the idea of that dish and molded it into a complex and super easy dish that you can eat for lunch or dinner.