Chai Spiced Poached Pears

Finally, a dessert you can feel good about eating while still satisfying your sweet tooth. Lately, chai tea has been a must for me in the afternoon. I took those flavors and applied them to these chai spiced poached pears. They make for a healthy, but still tasty and spicy dessert. The pears are naturally sweet and delicious. With a few added chai spices and a little bit of sugar, this is the perfect, light dessert.

Cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger are the spices I chose to incorporate into my chai spice. These spices give the pears a warming glow.

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By |January 8th, 2012|Dessert, Fall Recipes, Healthy, Winter Recipes|4 Comments

Crunchy Granola

Once you try homemade crunchy granola, you will never want to buy it again. I was spending $5.00 for a two cup bag of granola at a health food store. Completely fed up with this ridiculous price, I had to make best online casino my own. The end result: healthy, simple, quick, money-saving, and crunchy granola!
When making your own granola, you can control how much sugar is added. Also, you can change the ingredients (dried fruit, seeds, nuts, spices etc.) depending on your taste or mood.
I love this granola with a little bit of non-fat vanilla yogurt. I usually add a drizzle of honey to the yogurt first. It is also good with a splash of cold milk. Or take it on the go for healthy and easy snacking.
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Warm Farro Salad with Butternut Squash

After eating cookies, chocolate, and holiday treats for the past few weeks, I feel like I am in sweets overload. I thought I should include a detox recipe that is healthy, but still delicious enough for everyone to like during the holiday dinner. This Warm Farro Salad with Butternut Squash is a healthy holiday side dish to get you back on track for eating right.

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By |December 23rd, 2011|Fall Recipes, Healthy, Side Dishes, Winter Recipes|9 Comments

Dried Cherry and Almond Shortbread Bars

I am going to stay at my friend’s house over the weekend, so I wanted to make her an extra special hostess gift. I think she will love these dried cherry and almond shortbread bars. Instead of shortbread cookies, which take some time to roll out and cut, making shortbread bars is a quick and easy alternative. They are the prefect holiday hostess gift!

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By |December 16th, 2011|Dessert, Winter Recipes|5 Comments

Texas Chili and Cornbread

Was anyone else secretly waiting for Thanksgiving shenanigans to be over so you could make Texas Chili and cornbread like on Top Chef last week? Don’t get me wrong, I loved the turkey and gravy, but ever since I saw the episode last Wednesday I have been excited to make chili.

This chili is full of tender beef brisket, hearty butternut squash, spicy green chilies, and smothered cheese. This Texas chili and cornbread is perfect for the big game or when you want something warm and comforting.

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Beef and Barley Soup

I have to admit, I’m a little obsessed with making soup right now. Once the weather gets cold, soup is the only thing I want to eat. This Beef and Barley Soup is a hot and hearty soup. It’s warm, filling, and perfect for a cold night. I love to serve it with some crusty bread and a glass of red wine!

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Chocolate Ganache Tart

This chocolate ganache tart with fresh raspberries is simple, elegant, and oh so chocolatey. It is the perfect dessert to serve for a special occasion where you want chocolate to the the star. Whip up one of these for Valentine’s Day and your stomach will be full of love.

This chocolate tart is made from chocolate crust with a velvety ganache filling. The bright raspberries cut the rich chocolate and add a nice balance to the richness of the tart.

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By |November 5th, 2011|Dessert, Fall Recipes, Spring Recipes, Winter Recipes|14 Comments
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