Quick, delicious, and guilt-free peanut butter cookies

Have you ever had the urge for sweets?  Of course you have, everyone has.  That is why this post is especially perfect for you!

I have discovered the best and easiest guilt-free cookie recipe.  You might be doubtful at first but once you take them out of the oven and dive in for your first bite you will experience nothing but sweet, pure cookie bliss.

The recipe is as follows:

1 c peanut butter

½ c sweetener

3 tbsp egg whites

1 tbsp honey

1 tbsp raisins

Pinch of cinnamon

photo (5)That’s it!  Mix the ingredients together until it becomes dough-like and spoon onto baking trays.  Set the oven to 350⁰F for 8-12 minutes.

I hope you try this recipe since it is so easy and so delicious!  I never buy desserts to regularly have them stocked in my freezer as to try to stay as healthy as I can but every now and then I get a sweet craving and this satisfied that perfectly!

Even if you live a healthy lifestyle it is still good to allow yourself to splurge and eat foods you enjoy without worrying about calories.  I try my hardest to live the 80-20 lifestyle where 80% of my day I make sure to make healthy choices and 20% of my day I allow a small splurge.  It really keeps me in check and prevents me from completely breaking down and going to an unhealthy lifestyle by allowing small splurges.



My delicious ham, egg, and cheese dinner scramble pie…thing

If you have a life anywhere comparable to mine, it may consist of the desire for quick, simple, delicious meals.  Well my friends, I am here to provide you a prime example of just that.

This weekend I was visiting family in CT and on the ride back home I was debating on whether I even wanted to cook tonight after a four hour drive home. Thankfully, I was inspired by my last week’s dinner and thought of something similar but not close enough where I would be bored after having almost the same thing last week.  Note how I make one giant meal on Sundays and have leftovers every day so I don’t have to worry about cooking all week.  It is a beautiful thing.

Anyway, I decided that I wanted to make quiche.  However, as I was making it I thought it appropriate that I name it something different due to the combination of ingredients I was using to make this dinner creation.  I am calling it my ham, egg, and cheese dinner scramble pie.

I used reduced fat crescent roll that I used with last week’s Shepherd’s Pie to line the bottom of the baking pan.  I poured frozen vegetables over the crust, scrambled eggs mixed with 1% milk to pour over that, and chopped up thick cuts of fat free ham to place on top.  Lastly, I sprinkled 2% colby jack cheese over everything because, why not?

As one can gather, no pre-cooking was necessary and it took all of five minutes to throw it all in the pan.  I baked it at 350° for about 40 minutes but when I took it out the egg wasn’t quite cooked all the way so I baked it again at about 370° for almost ten minutes until the cheese was slightly brown. photo (2)

This can be made in round baking containers as well or even cupcake trays for individual mini servings.  Depending on the container, measurements of the ingredients will obviously vary.  Some may choose to use an actual pie crust but I feel that my reduced fat crescent roll crust is simply less calories and a little healthier overall.  I always try to use reduced fat or low calorie foods but you may choose differently!  It may also be delicious with breakfast sausage in it rather than ham or bacon slices!  I would personally use turkey bacon or turkey sausage but that is my personal preference.  Either way would be fabulously delicious and healthy for you!

There is no reason why you must resort to fast food or frozen meals if you lead a busy life!  You don’t need to compromise your health, budget, time, or satisfaction of your taste buds!  Follow me and I’ll show you quick and simple meals that will keep you looking forward to dinner time and feeling good!  Enjoy!

My Shepherd’s Pie

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People love food.  Even if someone is a picky eater, there is something edible that person cannot get enough of.  No matter how many differences you may have with someone, one aspect of your lives that you will always have in common with them would be food.  It is relatable to everyone.  This is why I would love to have a focus for my blog that involves food.

With that, let’s talk about Shepherd’s Pie.

It was a staple meal growing up, and it was also something my mom made when she cooked for friends and family.  It has everything one needs in a meal all at once and it is super easy to make.  Today, I took a stab at it for the first time and I am so excited to try my creation.

I bought a roll of unbaked croissant bread that I unrolled and flattened out in a baking pan.  I cooked ground turkey and mixed that with frozen vegetables and poured gravy over that for some moisture and flavor.  The most exciting part of this meal, however, is the mashed potatoes.

I don’t make mashed potatoes too much but as I was discussing my cooking endeavors with a friend, he suggested using cream cheese instead of butter and red potatoes instead of white.  If you have never made mashed potatoes like this before, I strongly suggest giving it a try.  What is better than creamy and cheesy mashed potatoes?  That’s right, nothing.

I boiled the potatoes, mashed them with a wooden spoon with the skin still on, mixed in a package of cream cheese, some milk, and garlic cloves and the end result is nothing but smooth, rich, and delightful mashed potatoes.  Once that was all mixed in the bowl I layered it on top of the ground turkey and veggies and put it in the oven at 350° for about 40 minutes.  I waited until the potatoes had a slightly brown edge to them and then took them out of the oven.

I wish that I could direct you more specifically on the amounts of each ingredient I used but honestly, I couldn’t tell you what I did.  I believe that is the fun part about cooking though; nothing about cooking has to be exact.  It is something you can take step by step and modify it as you go.  Learn what you like and try something new.  Add in small amounts of your ingredients at first and if you think your creation needs more, add more!

For my version of this Shepherd’s Pie, I can say that I tried to use healthier versions of the ingredients where I could.  I used low sodium gravy, ground turkey (traditionally this is made with ground lamb but many use ground beef), reduced fat cream cheese, and 1% milk.  In my opinion, it comes out just as delicious with the healthier ingredients.  You never know until you try!

Let me know if you have ever made Shepherd’s Pie before and how you made it!  I would love to have a discussion with different ideas about recipes.