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Yummy Hot Pizza Dip

Pizza dip, I LOVE pizza dip!

These is a great recipe, quick to make and fun to serve company. I have been making this recipe for years; it’s one of my family’s favourites.

Yummy Hot Pizza Dip

I usually serve mine with toasted pita or naan (since Costco no longer sells my favourtie pitas). But I have also served with taco chips.

Hot Pizza Dip
Serves 12
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132 calories
3 g
35 g
12 g
4 g
7 g
61 g
140 g
2 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
61g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 132
Calories from Fat 104
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g
18%
Saturated Fat 7g
33%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 35mg
12%
Sodium 140mg
6%
Total Carbohydrates 3g
1%
Dietary Fiber 0g
2%
Sugars 2g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
9%
Vitamin C
3%
Calcium
11%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 tsp olive oil
  2. 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms
  3. 1/2 cup minced onions
  4. 1/2 cup finely sliced pepperoni
  5. 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  6. 8 oz cream cheese
  7. 1/2 cup sour cream
  8. 1 cup packed shredded Monterey Jack or mozzarella cheese
  9. 1/2 cup pizza sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray an 8" casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms, onions, pepperoni and oregano. Cook and stir until veggies are soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese and sour cream until smooth then stir in shredded cheese. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the bottom of the casserole dish, then spread sauce over cheese. Sprinkle pepperoni and veggie mixture over sauce.
  4. Bake uncovered for 25-30 minutes, until edges are bubbling. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with pita wedges, chips or crackers.
Notes
  1. This recipe originally comes from my favorite cookbook Looneyspoons (also found in Eat, Shrink and Be Merry). I have modified it to make it unhealthy but it is super easy to lessen the calories but using turkey pepperoni, light cheeses and low fat sour cream.
Adapted from Looneyspoons, For Pizza Sake
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calories
132
fat
12g
protein
4g
carbs
3g
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Quinoa Meatball Sliders

Finding things baby will eat has become a bit of a struggle. I saw these on another site and thought maybe he would eat them. He didn’t. But they were still good. I did have to modify them based on the ingredients I had on hand, my modified recipe is below.

Quinoa Meatball Sliders on Homemade Buns with Corn and Bean Salad.

Quinoa Meatball Sliders on Homemade Buns with Corn and Bean Salad

Quiona Meatball Sliders
Yields 24
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108 calories
6 g
26 g
6 g
8 g
3 g
38 g
194 g
0 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
38g
Yields
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 108
Calories from Fat 49
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
8%
Saturated Fat 3g
13%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 26mg
9%
Sodium 194mg
8%
Total Carbohydrates 6g
2%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 0g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
12%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 pound ground beef
  2. 1 cup quinoa, cooked
  3. 1 egg, large
  4. 1 tablespoon parsley
  5. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1/3 cup quick oats
  7. salt and pepper to taste
  8. jar of your favorite marinara sauce
  9. parmesan cheese, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 and line a cookie sheet with foil.
  2. Mix together all ingredients (except for the marinara sauce and parmesan cheese).
  3. Using about a cookie scoop, scoop out meat and form into a ball. Place on cookie sheet. Repeat.
  4. Bake at 375 for about 25 minutes, or until your meatballs are no longer pink in the middle.
  5. Once your meatballs are done, place marinara sauce and parmesan cheese into a large sauce pan and heat up. Then, transfer meatballs into sauce and coat with sauce.
  6. Make sliders by cutting dinner rolls in half, place a meatball in the bun.
Notes
  1. Makes approximately 24 meatballs.
  2. Nutritional information for meatballs only.
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calories
108
fat
6g
protein
8g
carbs
6g
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I used this dinner roll recipe, topped with a little bit of cheese and servered with this delicious corn and bean salad.

It was a great meal even if baby wouldn’t eat it.

Corn and Bean Salad Recipe

This recipe is adapted from the greatest cookbook of all time. Eat Shrink & Be Merry.
(also found in the equally awesome book, by the same authors – The Looneyspoons Collection)

Once upon a time I used to cook healthy and count calories. No homemade pasta, naan, buns, bread, etc. I still try to pay attention to my calorie amount and I still like to use my healthy recipes but just not as often as I should. This is a recipe I have made lots, such a delicious salad. Great for a BBQ or potluck. The original recipe is called Kernel Austin and can be found in Eat Shrink & Be Merry – I am not a big fan of black beans so I have to change it up a little bit. I also leave out the jalapenos. I love eating them, I hate having them in the house. I once made some bacon and cream cheese peppers, my fingers burned for days!

Corn and Bean Salad

Corn and Bean Salad
Serves 8
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117 calories
24 g
0 g
2 g
3 g
0 g
143 g
45 g
6 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
143g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 117
Calories from Fat 22
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
4%
Saturated Fat 0g
2%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 45mg
2%
Total Carbohydrates 24g
8%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 6g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
20%
Vitamin C
57%
Calcium
1%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp olive oil
  2. 4 cups whole-kernel corn, canned or frozen (thaw first if using frozen)
  3. 1/2 cup minced red onion
  4. 1 tsp minced garlic
  5. 1/4 tsp each ground cumin and chili powder
  6. 1 cup quartered grape tomatoes
  7. 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  8. 1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
  9. 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  10. 2 tbsp minced fresh cilantro
  11. 1 tbsp hickory-flavored bbq sauce
  12. 1 tsp granulated sugar
  13. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add corn. Cook and stir until corn just begins to char (don’t burn!), about 8 minutes or so. Add onions, garlic, cumin, and chili powder. Cook and stir 1 more minute. Remove from heat.
  2. Transfer corn mixture to a large bowl, and add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
Adapted from Eat, Shrink & Be Merry
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calories
117
fat
2g
protein
3g
carbs
24g
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Toddler Recipe: Mini Ham and Cheese Biscuit Waffles

After a busy weekend away from home (I did a 5km colour run, so much fun!) I was totally stumped on what to pack for a daycare lunch. 5 ingredient Mini Ham and Cheese Biscuit Waffles to the rescue!

I first saw these waffle biscuits on Add a Pinch – I have made them a few times, so easy and fun! This time I decided to put ham and cheese right in them; toddler approved! (Toddler approval is a rare thing in our house.)

I can’t believe I just called my baby a toddler. Sigh. Time goes too fast.

Mini Ham and Cheese Biscuit Waffles

Mini waffles for mini hands.

These little waffles are perfect to have on hand. Easy to grab and take with you, wherever you go.

Mini Ham and Cheese Biscuit Waffles
Yields 14
Easy and fun! Mini ham and cheese waffle biscuits for little hands.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
72 calories
7 g
6 g
4 g
3 g
1 g
26 g
174 g
1 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
26g
Yields
14
Amount Per Serving
Calories 72
Calories from Fat 32
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
6%
Saturated Fat 1g
7%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 6mg
2%
Sodium 174mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 7g
2%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
7%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cups self-rising flour
  2. 1/8 cup vegetable shortening
  3. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  4. 2oz cheese, shredded
  5. 1 slice ham, chopped up
Instructions
  1. Heat up waffle iron.
  2. Add flour, cheese and ham to mixing bowl. Cut in shortening until well combined, I like to use the whisk attachment on my stand mixer to make this easy but you can also use with a pastry blender, two forks, or knives. Pour in buttermilk and mix until just combined. Do not overmix.
  3. Roll into small balls, press flat and place in waffle iron. Close lid and cook until waffle iron beeps (couple minutes); they should be golden brown. I could only cook 4 at a time, it took about 10 minutes or so to cook them all.
Notes
  1. Self-rising flour replacement: 1 cup flour, 1 tsp salt and 1.5 tsp baking powder.
  2. Buttermilk replacement: add a splash of lemon juice or vinegar to your milk and let sit for a couple minutes.
Adapted from Add a Pinch
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calories
72
fat
4g
protein
3g
carbs
7g
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What’s For Dinner: Homemade Hamburgers, Buns & Fries

It’s Friday night. And what’s better on a sunny Friday night then a hamburger and fries? I will tell you what is better. A homemade burger on a homemade bun with homemade fries. Yum! 

Homemade Hamburgers, Buns & Fries

Only half a burger for me. I was too full from sampling fries.

I just made some regular burgers. I used my bread machine for the bun recipe (I still had to roll them into balls, put the egg wash, etc.)

I used my trusty fry cutter that I found years ago at a garage sale. Because everyone NEEDS a fry cutter. Really they do.

Fry Cutter

As you can seen, I don’t peel my potatoes. I did give them a good wash though with my handy Norwex Fruit and Veggie Cloth though. I also only had medium red potatoes on hand. I am sure there is some rule about using russet potatoes, but whatever.

After cutting the fries you are supposed to soak them in water for a while. Apparently it makes them crisper or something. I took the internet’s word for it and soaked them in the fridge in water for a few hours.

The next part was the fun and messy part. I made a nice french fry coating. I loosely followed this one here. I had to double it and use way more water than suggested. I added some spices like garlic, salt and paprika (I don’t have onion salt, wtf?) and I mixed it together to form a mostly runny batter. Then I put some fries in, took the fries out and fried them in a pan with oil on the stove. They were delicious. Worth the huge oil mess and lingering fried oil smell. I don’t recommend doing it right before company comes over, but if you must, have your air freshener handy or your Scentsy! I love my Scentsy.

Fast and Easy Dinner Rolls Recipe

So I have made these four times in the past month or so. Getting them just right has been a little bit tricky, but they are really easy and super delicious.

The first time I made these they turned out perfect, absolutely amazing and everyone gobbled them right up. The second time they didn’t rise and the third time… well I don’t even know what happened the third time. The fourth time I measured everything exactly and followed everything exactly and they turned out great again. So I suggest following the recipe and the measurements exactly and making sure you have a warm place to let them rise. They really are fast and easy and delicious when they turn out.

This is defiantly a recipe I will be coming back to again and again.

Fast and Easy Dinner Rolls
Serves 24
Makes 24 delicious homemade dinner rolls. Easier then going to the store and buying some!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
18 min
Total Time
2 hr 3 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
18 min
Total Time
2 hr 3 min
138 calories
21 g
33 g
5 g
3 g
3 g
47 g
109 g
4 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
47g
Servings
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 138
Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
7%
Saturated Fat 3g
13%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 33mg
11%
Sodium 109mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 21g
7%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 4g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
3%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup warm water
  2. 1 and 1/2 tablespoons active-dry yeast (or 2 packages)
  3. 1 teaspoon sugar
  4. 1/2 cup melted butter
  5. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  6. 3 eggs
  7. 1 teaspoon table salt
  8. 4 cups all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine warm water with yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar. Set aside for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Using your mixer with the dough hook attached, combine butter, sugar, eggs and salt.
  3. Add in the yeast mixture and mix to combine.
  4. See the rest here.
Adapted from centercutcook.com
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calories
138
fat
5g
protein
3g
carbs
21g
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Coconut Dreams Cookies

I saw these on Add a Pinch and knew I had to make them, immediately. And they were worth it. So delicious. Side note: all recipes I have tried on Add a Pinch have been awesome. She has some great cake recipes!

I doubled the recipe because I knew 20 cookies was not going to be enough. Plus, when was the last time a recipe actually made the amount of cookies it said it did – this one was actually pretty accurate. I ended up with pretty close to 40 cookies.

Just a couple suggestions. Use less kosher salt or swap out for sea salt. The taste was delicious but I found they were too salty. At times you could really taste the salt. Also, don’t over cook. Some of mine were very hard. I cooked longer than recommended because I felt like they weren’t cooking – in reality they probably were done a lot sooner then I realized. After a couple days they did soften up. Much better when soft. So even if they don’t looked cooked take them out! I also used half the amount of chocolate chips and happy I did. I feel like the chocolate would have really overpowered the coconut if I had of used the whole amount.

A HUGE plus for these (in my books) is that they use coconut oil. I buy my coconut oil in a HUGE container from Costco so these are a great way to help use it up.

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I will be making these again and probably again and again… once I get some more coconut oil.

Coconut Dream Cookies
Yields 20
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
167 calories
20 g
11 g
9 g
2 g
7 g
35 g
82 g
13 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
35g
Yields
20
Amount Per Serving
Calories 167
Calories from Fat 82
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
15%
Saturated Fat 7g
37%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 11mg
4%
Sodium 82mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 20g
7%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 13g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
2%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. ½ cup firm coconut oil or shortening
  2. ¾ cup granulated sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  6. ½ teaspoon baking powder
  7. ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  8. 1 cup chocolate chips
  9. 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325º F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat.
  2. Please see the rest here.
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calories
167
fat
9g
protein
2g
carbs
20g
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Adapted from Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
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I Love Cooking

I really enjoy cooking. I would even say I love cooking. I still have some days where I don’t want to cook but mostly I love it. Usually I don’t want to cook because I hate cleaning up the mess that follows the cooking, but that is a whole other story.

I mostly follow recipes and love trying new ones. I thought it would be fun to add some cooking posts to this blog – so I can share what I have made and recommended recipes to try.

It’s weird. I have always enjoyed cooking but I have really found a new love for it just in the past few months. I have been having fun trying new recipes – like homemade pasta and naan (I love carbs)! I think part of the fun is to see if baby will eat it – often it ends up on the floor for the dogs. Baby is picky, very picky. My dogs love my cooking and baby; because he throws food.