What I've Been Cooking: Part 1 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 March 2014 14:21

It almost pains me to say this, but I have slowly been moving away from The Pioneer Woman's recipes. I know, I know. I have made my husband so incredibly happy by using her recipes. But guess what? They are not super healthy. And I am trying desperately to help my family eat better, so that means cutting WAY back on the processed foods in our diet. My husband has been doing a great job of eating healthy, but I am a bit more hesitant to give up my breads, cheeses and pastas. I can give up the sweets no problem. But I need those comfort foods! So, I have decided to branch out and find some healthy yet tasty recipes. And boy howdy, I have hit the jackpot with the blog 100 Days of Real Food.

The author has been on a "real" food diet (aka: not processed) for several years now and shares some wonderful real food recipes over on her blog. What I love is that she doesn't give up entire food groups. The most important thing to her is using real ingredients. Whole wheat flour instead of white flour, honey instead of sugar, fresh organic fruits and veggies instead of canned, whole wheat pastas ... You get the picture. And not only are her recipes healthy, so far they have been absolutely delicious. I am mainly using her recipes, but also finding some good ones on Pinterest too, so I thought I would periodically come over here and do a blog post about the recipes that have been a big fat win for our family. :)

Let's get started, shall we?

Hello and welcome to the first episode of What I've Been Cooking. I am your irregular blog host, Amy Lynn.


First up on our list is a wonderfully simple Whole Wheat Cheddar Garlic Drop Biscuit. These mix up very quickly with one bowl and a fork, and after about 20 minutes in the oven they are read to gobble up! These are the first whole wheat biscuits I have tried and actually LIKED. They got RAVE reviews from my family, so I will definitely be making these on a semi regular basis!


Next we have a moist muffin that tastes a little bit like autumn. Which is rather nice in the spring time! This Whole Wheat Carrot Applesauce Muffin is now our new go-to muffin recipe. Gone are the days of boxed blueberry muffins ... this has won me over! The only time consuming thing about this recipe is shredding the carrots, but that honestly doesn't even take up too much time. Unless all you have in the fridge happens to be a bag of baby carrots. (Don't be like me.)


A new dinner favorite in our house is this yummy Mushroom and Kale Pasta. Daniel and I scarfed this down in an embarrassingly short amount of time. (Which is the reason for me not having a picture.) It was just SO good. So good, in fact, that my husband declared it to be his second favorite meal that I make and he is counting down the days until I make it again. And for him to say this means it really is delicious. He has pretty high standards as far as his food is concerned. I have spoiled him, and I sometimes regret it. ;)  My six year old didn't like it, but he hates all white sauce pasta dishes, so this was no surprise to me. My three year old ate it up though! This was a huge winner in our books. It's definitely going on our regular meal rotation!



I came across this recipe on Pinterest and oh my GOSH am I glad that I did! These little no bake energy bites are the perfect snack. They are made with simple ingredients, all of which I had on hand, and the honey gives them just the right amount of sweetness. I have curbed quite a few chocolate cravings by eating a couple of these things. The boys love them too, so that is another plus!


And last for today is a recipe for Dark Chocolate Whole Wheat Brownie. (Sorry, no picture with this one either.) These are not the tastiest things I ever made, but the kids liked them, so they will do! They are pretty dense and not as sweet or rich as good ole Betty Crocker brownies, but they have REAL ingredients and are not nearly as bad for you either, so I am satisfied! One thing I really like about this recipe is that it doesn't make a whole heck of a lot. When I make a dessert I don't need it sitting around the house all week. This recipe makes a small batch of brownies that won't linger and tempt you for too terribly long. :)


Anyway, there are some of the healthy recipes I have been trying lately. I will try and share more of our favorite recipes in a week or so!

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