OK So, it obviously still has to bake, butttttt it only takes 5 minutes to prepare or make (no lie). It’s yummy and if you’re in a pinch it’s a lovely dessert. PS our birthdays were last week so we are still in a sugary coma of cake cake cake [ahh the Rihanna song will NEVER get old, just like us by the way, never aging :)]
Anyway, take all of the ingredients below, mix well and bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees, it’s literally THAT easy. My foodie tip would be to serve with cherry preserves, compote, jam whatever you can find. I just think cherries and almonds should be married so it’s like the most yum pairing ever! Having said that, the cake on its own is pretty divine
1/2 cup of melted butter
1 cup flour
2 tsp. almond extract
1 cup sugar
sliced almonds (just to sprinkle on top pre-baking, to let people know its an almond cake).
powdered sugar (just to sprinkle on top post-baking, it makes it look not so easy & more fancy)
Squash Gratin, or as some may refer to as Squash Casserole, is a great way to utilize fall produce for a yummy side dish. There are many variations out there, but I gotta say this came out so tasty during the test run, I barely tweaked it. Also if you don’t have creme fraiche, sour cream will do just fine.
Pinch of cayenne pepper
2 cloves of garlic, minced (the seasoning has some garlic powder in it but I love the flavor of fresh too)
Salt & pepper to taste
1-2 tbsp. of veggie seasoning (herb & seasoning blend from McCormick’s)
1 sleeve of ritz crackers, crushed
2 yellow squash, sliced in rounds
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 zucchini, sliced in rounds
7.5 oz. Crème Fraiche (or sour cream)
Layer the sliced squash and zucchini rounds in a non stick baking dish. Pour over the cream, eggs, onion, and spices mixture, evenly coating all the veggies. Sprinkle with the crushed crackers and cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes (based on how deep your dish is) but then broil for 5 minutes to get the crust to crisp & the cheese to melt.
PS I know I forgot to crop out my feet, but honestly, my toes look cute so whatever 😛 Obviously Jess is the true photog of this relationship, not I.
We get it, it’s summer so no one can really indulge like they do in the winter. However, that doesn’t mean cravings for some soft and scrumptious chocolate brownies don’t arise. This is a low calorie, protein filled, and gluten-free way to make a brownie. It’s quite good paired with some berries and fresh whipped cream as well. Its a nice way to satiate the desire for dessert without packing on the bathing suit nightmare’s love handles. This is a perfect addition to a BBQ menu since it will cater to all types of food restrictions and diets.
1 can of black beans (15.5 oz.)
3 tbsp. vegetable oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. instant coffee (really makes things more chocolate-y but feel free to leave out)
3/4 cup white sugar
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth (batter like consistency) Then pour into a non stick pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. I baked mine in a muffin pan so that I could portion out 160 calorie size/serving.
Remember when we told you about our hot apple pie crepes (dessert for breakfast, whaaat?!), well we’re bringing the crepes back. But in a more savory way. We know you’ve seen tons of recipes on Pinterest for breakfasts cups. Hell, we even jumped on the band wagon here. So, why not keep a good thing going? These crepe cups look fancy and are a great way to get all the good breakfast foods in.
Crepes (To make the crepes, check out the recipe here. This will make roughly six.)
6 eggs (one egg per crepe)
1 cup of bacon bits
1/4 cup chives
1 tbsp of salt and pepper (a pinch per crepe)
1 box of toothpicks
First, as always, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and make the crepes according to the recipe above. While they’re warm, fold up four corners and spear each corner with a toothpick to hold in place and create the “cup”. When you have them formed, crack the egg in the middle, and sprinkle with bacon, chives, and salt/pepper to taste.
Spray a large cookie sheet with Pam and place each of the cups on it. Bake them for 15-20 minutes.
The other day I was trolling Pinterest for some new breakfast ideas (because, who doesn’t love a good brunch on the weekend?) and I came across this super cute site – Vodka and Biscuits. She had me at vodka. I was also really intrigued by her cheddar and biscuits recipe – she had a soft boiled egg inside of a biscuit! Once you read how simple it is to make, you’ll smack yourself. Not to mention, these were to die for! Seriously. For any of you who read The Fault in Our Stars, I quote: “I want this [cheddar biscuit] to become a person so I can take it to Las Vegas and marry it.”
1 cup all purpose flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp unsalted butter – cubed, cold
1/2 cup cheddar cheese (shredded or block)
2 tbsp chives – chopped
6 oz. plain Greek yogurt
Preheat oven to 475 and grease a baking sheet, and toss the butter in the freezer (cold better works best for biscuits!). Bring a pot of water to a boil and boil the eggs for roughly 8 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until combined. Drop in the COLD butter and pulse a few times until mixture is crumbly. Stop at this point – don’t want to overmix! Add the cheese and pulse until just combined.
Transfer into a bowl and gently fold in the chives. Stir the yogurt up and add to the mix. Combine with a rubber spatula until just combined. Remove eggs from shells. Using roughly 1/4 cup of dough, shape into a biscuit and place onto baking sheet. Press a well into the center to fit the egg in to. Form another biscuit and place on top of the egg, forming the biscuit around the egg. Use extra dough to cover up the sides of the eggs. Bake for 5 minutes, then reduce the heat to 400 and bake another 6-7 minutes until golden brown. Top with melted butter and extra chives.