Deviled Eggs


Deviled eggs are the perfect snack or appetizer for a dinner party. They are quick, easy, and GORGEOUS, depending on the time and care you take in handling your eggs. Eggs are one of those ingredients that seem simple to prepare, but sooooo many things can go wrong. Your whites can break apart or split while peeling, the eggs can be undercooked, or more commonly, OVERcooked. I learned how to boil an egg from my mom and it took me so long to figure out why the outside of the yolks were always a little grey. It was because I was overcooking them. Don’t overcook your eggs. Ever. If you want a good deviled egg or simply a good boiled egg- follow these directions exactly.

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Chia Banana Pancakes


Okay, so this is probably the healthiest thing I’ve made in a while, and it’s about time. And these are so good I promise they don’t even need syrup. The bananas keep them super moist on their own. You’ll need a blender, a stick blender, OR a food processor, but then you can just pour or spoon the batter out of the blending container. Very easy with minimal clean up. You can also leave out the chia seeds and protein powder if you like, I was honestly just trying to clear out my pantry. But I will say the vanilla protein powder does add some vanilla flavor, and chia seeds add a serious punch of fiber and you don’t even notice them once you blend it all up.

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Spinach Chicken Pasta Salad


I can’t stand wasting food, so I thought it would be a good idea for this blog if I used certain recipes and made totally new dishes with it. That way, you know what all you could make if you made the recipe yourself and had tons of leftovers. Instead of force feeding your family the same meal two nights in a row, just give the leftovers a makeover. Chris said the salad could have used more fat, so if you agree, just add your favorite salad dressing. I personally have like 5 bottles of random unused salad dressings in my fridge at any time, so this recipe is also good for getting rid of that last bit of balsamic dressing you have in the back of your fridge.

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Arancini (Risotto Balls)


In Italian, this recipe is called “little oranges,” since the balls resemble oranges once fried. All I can say is that this is the ultimate way to make leftover risotto totally new again. Most of the recipes I saw used a cube of cheese in the center to make these even more decadent. The cheese isn’t totally needed because I left it out and it was still delicious. I got reminded of hushpuppies by the smell of these babies frying. My advice is to not make them too big, large golf balls is what you’re aiming for. And definitely don’t skip any of the coating steps. I rolled one is breadcrumbs without egg and flour for experimentation and it totally fell apart in the frying pan.

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Chocolate Walnut Cookies


So the pantry is getting a bit bare in terms of snacks, and Chris and I had a major chocolate craving. Luckily, we ALWAYS have the basics for baking: unsweetened coco powder, flour, sugar, milk, butter, baking powder, and eggs.  These ingredients can make just about any sweet: cake, hot chocolate, brownies, pancakes, muffins, cupcakes, and cookies. So chocolate cookies it is! This recipe makes 16 decent sized cookies, and you can replace the walnuts with chocolate chips or leave them plain.

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