Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Chocolate Pretzel Buttons

I found this recipe on Pinterest, it's a quick dessert/snack recipe with only three ingredients. It also takes minimal effort.


-Small pretzel's (squares or rounds)
-Hersey's candy hugs
-Bag of M&M's 

Preheat the oven to 350.

Spread the pretzels out on a foil lined baking sheet.

Remove Hugs from wrappers. 

Stack on pretzels. 

Bake for two minutes in the oven.

Ready the M&M's because you'll have to work quickly. 

Remove and press M&M's into the melted chocolate.

Refrigerate until the chocolate has re-hardened and then serve. 

Great salty and sweet snack, they look cute too.

White Cheddar Stuffed Garlic Bread

Hooray for the 50th post!

The inspiration for this side dish comes from one of my first blog posts -- Boomin' Onion Bread. Here's a scaled down version of that cheesy appetizer that will go well with an Italian dinner.


-Long loaf of French bread
-White cheddar, sliced
-1 TBS Garlic
-1/4 cup of butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 350.

Slice the loaf of bread into half inch slices, not cutting all the way through the loaf.

Stuff with slices of white cheddar cheese.

Top with garlic and butter.

Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Slice and serve.

The white cheddar cheese is a tangy complement to the garlic bread. This is a quick and easy way to dress up a dinner at home.

Eggplant Parmigania

The page views for this blog have absolutely exploded this week, thank you for all of the support! In honor of 700 and 800 views (both milestones were passed in the past two days) here's a recipe for my favorite food.

Eggplant Parmesan is hands down my favorite food and making any dish a little less fattening is always a plus. Here's a Weight Watcher's recipe that will not leave you feeling deprived.


-1 spray(s) cooking spray
-1/3 cup(s) seasoned breadcrumbs, Italian-style
-1 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
-1 tsp Italian seasoning
-1/4 tsp garlic powder
-1 medium uncooked eggplant(s)
-2 large egg white(s), lightly beaten
-1/2 cup(s) (shredded) part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded

Preheat the oven to 350.

Slice the eggplant into half inch thick pieces.

Dip into the egg wash.

Then into the breadcrumbs.
Bake for 25 minutes, flipping once.

Remove from the oven and top with cheese. Bake for 10 more minutes.

Remove from the oven.

Serve with sauce and pasta.

This is such a great and filling dinner. I made some changes to this recipe I used the entire egg and more mozzarella than the recipe called for -- but it's equally delicious with the fat free ingredients. I also altered the recipe slightly because I was using a baking sheet and not a 13x9 pan, so if you'd like to cook the eggplant in the sauce follow the link to the original.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Sex in a Pan

I would be lying if I told you that the name of this dessert wasn't what immediately caught my eye. Sex in a Pan? I found this recipe on Pinterest linked to a blog called JoCooks and after a glance at the ingredient list I decided that I had to at least attempt this dessert to see if it was really as good at the name claimed.

-1 cup hazelnuts, chopped
-3 tbsp white sugar
-1/2 cup butter
-1 cup flour

Cream cheese layer
-1 8 oz package cream cheese
-1 cup powdered sugar
-1 cup whipped cream or cool whip

Vanilla pudding
-1 package of instant vanilla pudding (5.1 oz or 144 g)
-3 cups milk

Chocolate Pudding
-1 package of instant chocolate pudding (5.1 oz or 144 g)
-3 cups milk

Last layer
-2 cups whipped cream or cool whip
-shaved chocolate

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix ingredients for the crust and press into a 13 x 9 pan. Bake for 20 minutes. 
Meanwhile mix the chocolate and vanilla pudding according to package directions and put in the refrigerator. Also, mix the ingredients for the cream cheese layer and put aside until the crust in finished.

Once the crust has baked, build the layers.

Pour the cream cheese layer on.

Working on the dessert.

Spread it out.

Cream cheese layer.

Top with the vanilla pudding.

More vanilla pudding.

Spread out the vanilla pudding.

Then add the chocolate pudding.

Chocolate layer.

Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Yum! Cover the pan and put it in the fridge for a few hours to set.

I didn't wait as long as I should have for the dessert to set.

This dessert was so good!!! It got a thumbs up from my boyfriend and his roommates. All of the flavors go perfectly together and the hazelnut crust adds a nice salty compliment to all of the sweet.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Easy Macaroni and Cheese

I was still craving macaroni and cheese today so I decided to make some for lunch. Pardon my pasta, I didn't have any macaroni but I figured rotini would be just as good. This is a recipe that I've made several times before and not only is it easy, but it's really tasty -- you can find the original here.  Because this recipe is so easy it's a great macaroni and cheese to add mix-ins to, I was hoping to make some carmalized onions to add in, but I had no onions -- maybe another time.

-12 oz uncooked pasta, elbow macaroni or other small shape (about 3 cups)
-1/8 tsp table salt, for pasta cooking water
-2 cup(s) fat-free skim milk
-1/4 cup(s) all-purpose flour
-3/4 tsp table salt
-3/4 tsp onion powder
-1 cup(s) low-fat shredded Cheddar cheese, sharp-variety
-1/8 tsp hot pepper sauce, or more to taste

First boil water for the pasta and add salt if you like to (I personally do). Once the water is boiling add that pasta and cook until the pasta is at the desired softness, I prefer mine al dente so I only cook it for five-seven minutes.

While the pasta is cooking add the flour, milk, onion powder and a little salt to a saucepan.

Stirring frequently bring the combination to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until thickened.

Once the pasta is removed from the heat and drained, add the  thickened sauce from the other  saucepan.

Add cheese.


Add hot sauce to your desire.

Stir and serve.

This is a great recipe that can easily be made low-fat if you're watching your weight (it is originally a Weight Watcher's recipe) and because it's such an easy recipe it's a perfect way to make a homemade dinner on a day when you don't really want take-out, but you don't really want to cook. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Apple and Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich

It's been almost a week since I posted and I am so sorry, but I've been busy with law school orientation which can be summed up in three words -- busy, exciting and stressful. Once the initial shock of law school is over, my intention is to post a lot more regularly because everyone needs a break from studying! Until  I can find a good balance between school and I life I can promise all of you that I will be posting at least once a week because my wonderful boyfriend  has agree to help me test my recipes, therefore, at least once a week I've got to make dinner in order to keep him happy :)

This recipe is one I dreamed up in one of my orientation classes this evening because it seems no matter how much I eat before class I always end up hungry! I was really craving some homemade macaroni and cheese but I was missing some ingredients (don't worry that recipe will come later this week or next week) so I opted for a simple and quick recipe with ingredients I already had. 

-Bread (whatever you typically use)
-Cheddar cheese slices
-Half an apple, sliced thinly
-Butter or cooking spray

Build a grilled cheese in the skillet like you typically would.

Add the thinly sliced apple.

Top with the second slice of bread.

Once the sandwich is toasted on both sides and the cheese is melted then it's ready to be eaten!

This is a quick and easy recipe with ingredients that most people have in the kitchen already. The apple's added a fresh bite to the sandwich and the sweetness complemented the cheddar cheese nicely. This is a recipe to look into for an easy lunch or a late night snack.