April 7, 2013
A short but sweet post for today...lots of spring cleaning inside and outside, soccer games, unveiling the grill for some long-awaited outdoor meals...you know what I mean. So, what could be better than a super-easy, come-together-in-a-flash coffee cake recipe, I ask? Not much, especially when the spring fruit bounty has yet to make a real appearance. I had some hazelnut flour languishing in the fridge and a bag of frozen cherries hibernating in the freezer, and decided it was time the two should meet.
March 24, 2013
March 10, 2013
In an effort to prove that it isn't all about the sweet stuff on Luv'n Spoonfuls, I present another savory recipe, which just happens to be vegetarian and packed full of flavor. This stuffed pepper leans towards Spanish with a hint of Aleppo pepper (not Spanish, I know), Manchego cheese, and a sprinkling of Marcona almonds. The wild rice mixture provides fabulous texture and chew, while providing a healthy dose of fiber. If you're still struggling, like some of us, with a few left over pounds from the holidays (I'm almost there), this is a delicious and satisfying way to get that healthy eating plan back on track, all the while kickin' it with a fiesta for the mouth!
March 2, 2013
When there's two feet of snow on the ground (holy cow it's almost March for Heaven's sake!), nothing warms the soul quite like a heaping bowl of smokin' chili. And, in keeping with the Luv'n Spoonfuls way, this chili also warms the heart by being chock full of healthy ingredients. I've used ground turkey breast instead of beef, which reduces the amount of 'bad' fat considerably, but nothing is lost in the flavor department. This chili can hold its own next to any beef-based version; I've employed a little 'trick' to steer things more toward 'moo' than 'gobble' (see below). This is a spicy recipe, not for sissies, and packs a punch, but could easily be toned down a bit to suit anyone's heat tolerance.
February 10, 2013
Just in time for Valentine's Day, a simple but incredibly delicious chocolate chip cake that can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on the occasion. When I tell you that my three EXTREMELY PICKY boys love, love, love this cake, no further testimonial is needed. They have no idea that it is actually a fairly healthy dessert, which makes this mom extremely happy (I know I've shared in the past about my somewhat twisted compulsion about sneaking healthy things into their food). It's made with more than half whole wheat flour, and the only fat in the cake is olive oil! What could be more appropriate for the official day of love than a decadent dessert to feel great about making for your loved ones?
January 26, 2013
Holidays...good. Overindulging...bad. Sometimes it's hard to get back in the healthy groove once one's fallen off the proverbial wagon. So, I thought I'd offer up a fairly quick and healthy bran muffin, with a tasty twist, to help with those new and improved best intentions (aka resolutions). Read on for said 'twist'...