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Sneak Peek: Pasta with Spicy & Creamy Marinara Sauce for Two

Another night, another round of “what the hell can I make with the meager rations in my pantry.”

I present to you tonight’s delicious results. The sauce is healthier than most since I used cream cheese and mascarpone (leftover from these) rather than heavy cream. Tastes equally incredible to me. And now I feel like a cream cheese commercial.

You may be wondering who I am sharing this with, as it’s labeled “for two.” Don’t get too excited – my +1 is simply my future self who will undoubtedly be scarfing down these leftovers tomorrow and justifying it with 45 minutes of pretending her gear is higher than it is in spin class. Classy lady, that one. I like her already.

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Roasted Vegetable & Avocado Medley

In a “Hail Mary” effort to fit back into my pants before tonight’s hot date, I decided to eat something mildly healthy. As an added bonus, it’s the first day of spring and this recipe just might make me look less like Rosie O’Donnell in a bathing suit when summer rolls along.

Regarding tonight’s dinner date, I have high hopes. Supporting reasons for this include:

1. My date has not yet tried to feel me up in a dark alleyway.
2. He has not yet found my blog.
3. I am 90% certain he is not secretly gay.
4. Yesterday, an ugly bird shit on my head. Apparently this is a good omen.

With any date, it’s important to detox beforehand and wear something figure flattering, but not slutty. Which is unfortunate because I may have just eaten a slice of birthday cake and forgotten to launder half of my wardrobe. So I suppose the corset will have to do.

But even when I don’t need to squeeze into a corset, I love fresh vegetables. Not as much as I love cake, but they have their moments. This little diddy that I threw together showcases all of the fresh, flavorful, juicy, creamy, and acidic flavors that nature has to offer.

I like to consider avocado a vegetable to excuse the quantities I eat it in. In this dish, the avocado almost coats everything, giving it a luscious and rich texture that it just to die for.

To make this springtime wonder, you’ll need:

  • 1 zucchini, cubed
  • 1/2 avocado, cubed
  • 2 tomatoes, cubed
  • 1/8 c mild soft cheese, cubed (I used goat’s milk mozzarella and it was a good decision. Slightly melted with the roasted veggies and gave it a tang.)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil, cut into strips
  • salt & pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium-low heat. Add the zucchini and cook until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook until warmed through. Combine in a bowl with avocado and cheese. Add olive oil, lime juice, salt, & pepper and mix. Top with basil ribbons.

And for the record, I am not really wearing a corset. I’ll save that for the second date.

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Afternoon Delight: Cheddar-Apple Quesadillas

Ah, snacktime. My second favorite kind of afternoon delight. If only I could enjoy these cheesy apple quesadillas after a… different kind of snack.

In the absence of an eligible bachelor, I’ll still eat them. Even if I didn’t work up a sweat to earn it.

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Heavenly Strawberry-Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes

Are we the cutest cupcakes in the land? I think we just might be.

A couple of nights ago, I had terrifying dream. I was on a cruise ship and had to go through these ridiculously tiny crawl spaces to get to my room. About halfway through, I realized that I couldn’t fit anymore. Say it ain’t so – all of the binge drinking and stress baking has finally caught up with me!

I started crying in the dream and woke up mumbling about my massive thighs. It’s a really good thing there were no men in my bed that night, because something tells me that “My hips – they’re expanding!” isn’t a sexy pick-up line.

Now I’m not much for dream interpretation, but I do believe the higher powers were trying to tell me something with this one… something very close to “get your ass to yoga burn, and stop eating the entire world while you’re at it.”

Unfortunately, as evidenced by my frequent odes to food, I do not do well on de-toxes. I’m sorry, higher powers, but kale juice and flax-seed isn’t going to cut it for me. I’d rather get the flu and detox the natural way.

So as I see it, I have two options: find someone infected with a serious virus and rub myself on them, or start cooking a little lighter and hitting the gym more. If it wasn’t illegal and highly creepy, I’d still probably take the first. Alas, I am stuck here brainstorming ways to make de-toxing less painful.

My own special form of de-tox does not cut out dessert. Instead, it turns it into a light, airy dinner replacement in the form of strawberry-lemon angel food cupcakes. I’m sure most grandmothers wouldn’t approve of dessert for dinner, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

Sugar or a hot bod? I’ll take both, please.

For the cake, I used the recipe found here, but used strawberry chunks in place of the sugary puree (look how good I’m being!). For the whipped cream, I whipped a small carton of heavy whipping cream, added some juice from the strawberries, about 1/2 tsp of lemon extract, and about 3 Tbsp confectioner’s sugar. These turned out like tiny clouds, so puffy and perfect. I feel my hips shrinking already.

I spy nutrients!

The perfect meringue.

Couldn’t resist including 2 shots.

Add the strawberry chunks

Scoop into cupcake liners.

Bake 13-15 min. at 325

Whip the cream (do it by hand for added workout)

Scoop on the whipped cream

Decorate until they are the cutest little cupcakes you ever did see.

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Chocolate-Cherry-Cream Cheese Panini Bites

This week, there was a serious re-org at work. Everyone is in chaos-mode and going a little nuts. The crazy appears to have rubbed off on my family, which has also decided to implode. Good thing I’ve got these sweet little mamas to get me through Tuesday.

I stole this recipe from Ellie Krieger (again), except I used honey wheat bread and cherry preserves. After all, cherries and chocolate are the keys to my heart. Along with a tall, scruffy brunette and some patent pumps. Maybe throw some wine in there, too.

These bits of bliss are as easy as one…

Two…

Three.

Stick ’em on the stove and enjoy.  Have a very tasty Tuesday!

 

 

 

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