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Almond Date Energy Bars

17 Sep

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I don’t eat a lot energy bars these days.  Cliff bars, Powerbars, Mojo Bars, Luna bars – some are tastier than others, but most are loaded with preservatives and sugar.  Also, let’s face it, I’m usually not working out hard enough to justify a 300-calorie recovery “snack.”

That said, if I’m traveling and need to grab an easy breakfast (one that isn’t a sweet Starbucks muffin or giant carby NY bagel), I’ll usually opt for a Larabar, which are mostly just nuts and fruit.  So when preparing for a week-long vacation with my family, I wanted to pack an emergency stash of healthy, natural grab-and-go energy bars to keep us going on bike rides, beach walks and kayak outings.

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Good Morning Muffins

9 Jan

Actually, they are blueberry grapefruit muffins.

But with oats, chia seeds and the unusual but delicious combo of blueberries and fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, these make for a good morning indeed!

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Green Smoothies and Chia Seeds

12 Dec

This weekend we got together with friends to celebrate the holidays and some very exciting news!  Our hosts introduced us to the wonders of chia seeds!  These tiny seeds are packed with Omega-3, antioxidants, protein, fiber and calcium.  Our friends claimed that they also kept them feeling full and gave them more energy during work-outs.  We were sold!

Another friend at the party shared her recipe for green smoothies, and after a night of delicious leg of lamb, roasted chicken, butter and bacon laden side dishes and tiramisu, we thought we’d test out both the smoothie recipe and the chia seeds for breakfast!

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Improvisational Biscuits

12 Sep

Ahh, biscuits.  The shining star of the southern breakfast table.  Everyone’s grandmother (Granny) made the BEST biscuits.  Southerners are known to have extended debates about where to get the softest, tastiest, fluffiest biscuits in town (Bojangles!  Biscuitville!  Flying Biscuit!).

With all the hype, there is a misconception that biscuits are too hard to make at home.  But, as Charles and I learned at a biscuit-making class recently, it’s really all about the method.  Once you get the method, you can make any number of biscuit varieties: sweet, savory, cobblers, minis, buttermilk, cheese…even chicken and dumplings (the dumplings being essentially a basic biscuit, rolled flat).

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Peanut Butter Banana Muffins – And They’re Good For You!

1 Sep

Bananas are one of those staple items I buy whenever I go to the grocery store.  We eat them for snacks, blended into protein shakes and sliced into cereal.  If there are any extras that start to turn brown, I usually peel and freeze them for future smoothies and banana breads.

This time, I was looking for something a little different – a little healthier – and I found a recipe on one of my favorite food blogs, Joy the Baker.  This recipe comes from Cooking Light, and in addition to being light on the butter, it’s also got whole wheat flour (FIBER!), greek yogurt (PROTEIN!) and flax seeds (ANTIOXIDANTS & OMEGA-3!).

To balance out the healthy, these muffins have a good amount of peanut butter and dry roasted, salted peanuts for crunch.

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Brown Butter Banana Bundt

18 Jul

Alright folks! This is recipe #1 for The Fancy Apron!

Let’s begin with two things you should know about me:

1) I’m in a book club.

2) I love to play hostess.

The first book club meeting I hosted at my house, I made Aged Cheddar and Apple Scones. They were divine! Truly. The book club raved! Whew. My husband even went on to declare that they were the best thing I had ever cooked! I was on hostess cloud nine.

Needless to say, when it came time for me to host the book club again, the pressure was on. I started thinking about what I would make weeks in advance. This month, we read Ishmael, a clever novel by Daniel Quinn. If you’ve read it you know the main character is a gorilla, so…can you guess? I decided on banana as the main ingredient for this dish.

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