Dinner @ The W’s| Healthy Chocolate Dessert

 Anyone that has ever met me knows I am a sucker for dessert… well, anything sweet! My whole life I have had a MAJOR sweet tooth.

I grew up with dessert being served after every meal, whether that be a cookie or something a little more fancy, there was always something. Now that I am older, the cravings are still there (maybe worse!) and I search for healthier options because my metabolism isn’t what it used to be. After every meal, I will have two squares of dark chocolate. Typically, that takes care of the immediate cravings but on occasion I want something a little different.

When I came across this recipe, I had to try it! There is NO cooking required and it is quick to prepare, perfect for busy families!!

*Note: if you are not a chocolate lover you will not enjoy this dessert!

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Healthy Chocolate Dessert

In a blender or food processor, mix the following:

– 1 ripe Avocado

– 1 banana

– 1/4 cup Honey

– 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt (or Milk)

– 1 tsp Vanilla extract

– 1 tbsp Cocoa Powder

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Once blended, place in serving dishes and refrigerate for minimum 30 minutes. Serve & enjoy!!

(Recipe makes 2-3 servings. If you want to serve 4-6, double all ingredients.)

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Healthy Banana Blueberry Muffins Recipe

hempseedsWith the start of any new year, there is no shortage of health and fitness goals!

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have noticed I was doing a little baking over the weekend. In the spirit of eating clean, I baked Banana Blueberry muffins with no flour or sugar added. I have tried various “healthy” muffin recipes in the past, none of which are as moist as the ones I made on the weekend.

Ry and I recently made a trip to Costco and while we were there we picked up a bag of Hemp Hearts, which are hemp seeds that you can use to cook with to add a lot of nutrition to your meals. Hemp seeds don’t have a funny after taste like a lot of “added” nutritional seeds or powders, I would recommend trying them if you haven’t!

 

132d4b3b6bfdd1d1bbf7247af8765babHealthy Banana Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients

2 ripe bananas

1 (generous) cup of blueberries

½ cup of Honey

2 tsp Baking powder

½ tsp Baking soda

½ tsp Salt

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

2 cups Oats

½ cup Hemp Seed (optional)- If you are taking this out, add more Oats

¼ cup Olive Oil

¾ cup Greek Yogurt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven at 400 F
  2. Spray muffin tin or line with paper cups
  3. In large bowl, mix bananas, yogurt, honey, olive oil and vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix oats, hemp seed, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  5. Mix both bowls together and add blueberries.
  6. Spoon batter into muffin tins. (*Note: the muffins do not rise as much as normal muffins due to the oats/hemp seed, fill to the top)
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes and let cool for 10-15 minutes on a rack.

To make the type of muffins I wanted, I had to combine two different recipes together. Good luck and let me know how you like them!

marissa7

Dinner @ the W’s| Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup

When the weather starts to get cold, there is nothing better than a hot bowl of delicious soup!

I absolutely love soups and for that reason I have started to make my own a lot more. Recently, I tried a new soup recipe that turned out fantastic and one I will be sure to make again!

Bon Appetit!!

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*Ps… excuse the terrible photo, my resources were limited at the time!

Crockpot Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup

Makes 8 servings

5-6 hours on low

Ingredients

28oz can diced tomatoes with juice

1 cup finely diced celery

1 cup finely diced carrots

1 cup finely diced onions

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tbsp dried basil

4 cups chicken broth

1/2 flour

1 cup Parmesan Cheese

1/2 cup butter

1 cup half and half (warmed)

salt & pepper to taste

Directions

1. Add tomatoes, celery, carrots, chicken broth, onions, oregano and basil to slow cooker.

2. Place on Low for 5-6 hours.

3. Approximately 30 minutes before serving prepare a roux. For a roux, melt butter over low heat in a skillet and add flour slowly. Stir with whisk until smooth, which can take up to 5 minutes. Slowly stir in 1 cup of soup to the roux. Add another 3 cups of the soup slowly until contents in skillet are smooth. Place the skillet contents back in the slow cooker.

4. Add Parmesan cheese, warmed half and half and salt and pepper.

5. If desired, add more basil and oregano to taste.

Enjoy!!

marissa7

Dinner @ the W’s| Meatloaf

Over the last two years, I have made a dedicated effort to learn how to cook. In our wedding speech, I promised Ryan I would at least improve in this area, so I had to make an effort if I was making that vow in front of all those people.

I knew Ryan wanted me to improve my cooking skills, not to “take over” that domestic duty but to at least end up with a fair split in the end.

I have had a number of failed attempts over the last 2 years, but a considerable amount of success as well in the cooking department.

We are a busy couple, always having several obligations on the go at any given time. Dinner can be a challenge. We do not enjoy fastfood, we prefer healthy home cooked meals, however we don’t have much time to make them. There are a few recipes that have been an overwhelming success and are now part of our dinner menu options!

I found this meatloaf recipe online and decided to give it a shot. I have always enjoyed meatloaf and it makes a fantastic leftover option. I typically prepare the dish the night before, so when I come home from work all I have to do it pop it in the oven! It makes dinner time straight forward and less chaotic.

I encourage you to give it a try and let me know what you think! Happy cooking 🙂

e47c7896cdaa34398c9c1a0544c5d6a7Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds of Lean Ground Beef (1 standard package)

1 large onion, chopped

6 slices of bread, cut into cubes

1 egg

1/2 cup of milk

3 tbsp yellow mustard

1/2 cup ketchup

3 tbsp brown sugar

salt, pepper & garlic powder to taste

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2.  In a large bowl, thoroughly mix ground beef, onion, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mix in bread, milk egg, 2 tablespoon mustard and 1/4 cup ketchup.

3. Press the meat mixture into a 9×5 in loaf pan. In a small bowl, stire together remaining mustard, ketchup and brown sugar; pour on top of the meat loaf.

4. Bake in preheated oven for 2 hours.

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Getting to those Christmas Goals!

2d273fac9d3437b38a446f3b3440f34aIt is Friday… what a LONG week! Although the week has been a productive one, it did not seem to end.

The holiday season can be extremely hectic; with holiday parties, shopping and decorating… the list never ends. During the holidays my husband and I really try to slow things down, spend more time with each other and family. So far this year, we have not been very successful in doing so, but the effort is there!

This weekend, for a change, I do not have a list of obligations. It feels fantastic. I plan to work on my never-ending course, do some Christmas shopping, start making my wrapping accessories and bake. Yes, I said it BAKE!!!

Whoa… deep breath.

b8f63d0b3e50541036eff214fe567d53I am not a baker or a cook for that matter, but as you may know, trying to become more domestic. This weekend I am going to challenge myself to a little Christmas baking. I am a little nervous about it but hoping with a glass of wine or two to help put my mind at ease, everything will go smoothly.

I plan to attempt to make Ginger Sugar Cookies.

They are suppose to look like this…

Whether they actually turn out that way, we will wait and see!! (I am doubtful!)

Wishing everyone a great weekend! XO

marissa7