Semi-homemade peanut butter & chocolate “sliders”

Sometimes we all need something sweet in a pinch.

For those times, I always keep baking mixes and cans of frosting on hand.

Yeah, yeah. It’s “cheating” if you truly like to bake, like myself. But it’s fast and easy – and still satisfies an immediate sweet tooth. Don’t hate.

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Spicy chick peas & zucchini noodles

I’ve been all about farmer’s markets this summer. There are a few that run weekly fairly close by, and I’ve been making it a point to go and load up on freshly grown produce (among other things).

I prefer to eat a bit lighter during the summertime. Maybe it’s because it’s hot out, or that I’m sweaty, or not as hungry – who knows. But I always see summer as the opportune time to start taking healthy eating a little more seriously and to add a hefty amount of fruits & veggies to my diet.

I have been buying a ton of zucchini. It’s pretty versatile, and can be prepared in a lot of different ways – all of them delicious, and all of them super filling.

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Birthday cheesecake mousse

I love classic birthday cake. There’s just something about a moist vanilla cake layered with super-sweet cream and rainbow sprinkles. Birthday cake flavored things are among my favorite snacks – birthday cake Oreos are now my favorite variety, the Birthday Cake Remix is my favorite thing to order at Cold Stone, and I am going through a phase where I am obsessed with rainbow bagels smeared with birthday cake cream cheese (I’ve been on the quest to find the perfect one – The Bagel Store in Brooklyn is terrific, and so is the Bellmore Bagel Cafe on Long Island). It’s safe to say I like all things birthday cake.

the rainbow bagel with birthday cake cream cheese from the Bellmore Bagel Cafe

 

Since I typically try to limit my carb and sugar intake, I’ve been experimenting with recipes that would allow me to indulge in my birthday cake cravings – without destroying my diet. I have come up with the perfect solution.

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Onion & green chile shredded pork

Using my slow cooker over the summer has to be one of my favorite things – it makes each meal simple, I can run errands without worry while my food cooks, and it doesn’t heat up the house like the oven would.

With that being said, not everything tastes great coming out of a slow cooker. To quote one of my former students, everything his mom made in the crockpot “tastes like dried butt”. That’s not what I’m going for.

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