Fab Recipie: Nutella Cookies

What’s better than Nutella? Let’s be honest, not that much! Ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but you’ve got to admit it’s quite tasty.

After a pretty chill Sunday, and watching a few hours of the Cooking Channel, I ended up in a baking mood and wanted to bake something I’d never made before. I randomly had a taste for Nutella so I scrolled through Pinterest to find a good recipe and whipped up some Nutella cookies. If you’ve read any of my other food posts, you know I’m a firm believer in making a recipe your own, so I merged a few Nutella cookie recipes together to create my own.

Pro tip: just eyeball it, girl! Throw in however much you think is right; but below are some suggested guidelines.

Nutella – 1 cup
Brown Sugar – 2 table spoons
Vanilla – 1 teaspoon
Sugar – 1/2 cup
Egg – 1
Flour – 1 cup
Bake at 350 degrees

Mix together
Bake
Cool
Enjoy!

Pro tip 2: Don’t want to shell out almost $4 for Nutella? Walgreens carries a just-as-tasty hazelnut spread for less.

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How to Make Cauliflower Fabulous

Snow is on the ground, temperatures are dropping, and it’s officially winter – time for some homemade soup to keep you warm. I decided to whip up this fab recipe after having a craving for cauliflower. Super random thing to crave, I know. But it has fabulous benefits like low calorie and a good source of fiber. Plus, there’s so much you can do with cauliflower like bake it, mash it, and soup it!

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What you’ll need to make a yummy cold-weather cauliflower soup:

Cauliflower
Flour
Milk
Chicken Broth
Celery
Carrots
Parsley
Bacon
Seasoning of choice – Mrs. Dash Table Blend

To start, boil down your cauliflower, carrots and celery. Once they have softened slightly, drain and set aside to add with other ingredients later.

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Begin to boil chicken broth and milk, then add in flour and stir. Continue to let boil and add in your spices/seasoning, bacon (cooked or bacon bits if you’re not in to actually cooking bacon like me), and then your cooked veggies. Let sit an boil for about 10-15 mins, cool to your liking and serve! Top with cheddar cheese and you’ll be a happy little warm, cauliflower-loving camper.

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There are no measurements listed because I pretty much eyeball it. I trust your judgement, friends. Happy cooking!

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Not So Pumpkin Spice: Chai Cookies

Pumpkin spice, and everything nice. The leaves are changing color, the weather is cooling down, and that means pumpkin spice is king. Why? Because coffee giant Starbucks says so. Fall has unofficially become pumpkin spice season. There are pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice Cheereos, heck there are even pumpkin spice manicures.

Now don’t get me wrong, I can totally get down with some pumpkin spice and partake in a healthy dose of “basic” when it comes to consuming pumpkin flavored treats. But sometimes, I like to explore a little. That’s why I decided to show a little love to my other favorite spice – chai. I am a huge fan of chai tea lattes in the fall, so I wanted to put my own twist on it and give my sweet tooth some satisfaction. I made chai latte cookies.
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What you’ll need – Cookies

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup chai latter tea mix **

What you’ll need – Frosting 

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I live for Tradar Joe’s specialty items like this Chai latte tea mix, so I chose to use this to create my sweet, spiced cookie concoction. And if you’re a baker or recipe aficionado, you’ll notice this is literally the recipe for sugar cookies with the chai mix added. Try them out. Let me know what you think!

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Healthy Food Tips You Can Learn from Indian Cuisine

There are hundreds of tips you can use to make healthy meals. One of the excellent things you can do is look at other cuisines from around the world. There are lots of different cultures that have healthy and delicious foods you can experiment with. Indian cuisine is actually a collection of different cooking styles. They come from different regions in the country. While there are some dishes that are less healthy, there are also plenty of healthier tips you can pick up from Indian cooking. Try these ideas to make your food healthier, whether you’re making Indian food or something different.

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Flavoring with Herbs and Spices

Indian cooking uses plenty of herbs and spices to flavor dishes. Learning to use them properly can take a long time, but can take your cooking skills to a new level. You don’t have to be making an Indian-inspired dish to spice your food well. Using herbs and spices allows you to rely less on other types of flavoring. For example, you can cut down on salt, fats, and condiments for healthier meals. Try out different herbs and spices, including mixes and rubs. You can get different products from all over the world, so don’t be shy about experimenting. From Cajun spice to Ras-al-hanout, you can make simple meals more interesting.

Plenty of Vegetables and Fish

There are several different types of cuisine in India. Some areas favor meat, while others are vegetarian or use a lot of fish. Some places have creamy sauces, while others use more tomato or other vegetables. You can find plenty of options if you’re looking for dishes with vegetables or healthy fish. Many Indians are vegetarian, so you can find lots of vegetarian or even vegan meals to try. You can learn to bulk up meals with legumes and pulses, from lentils to chickpeas.

 

Using Alternative Fats

Indian cooking often uses alternative fats, instead of oil or butter. Two options to consider are coconut milk (or oil) or grassfed ghee. Ghee is a type of clarified butter, which doesn’t contain casein or lactose. So it’s better for anyone who is lactose intolerant, as well as anyone trying to be healthier. Although it is higher in fat than normal butter, you can use it sparingly to impart flavor. However, watch out for the fat content of some Indian meals. Many have creamy sauces, while there are also items that are fried in lots of oil.

Healthy Cooking Methods

Another thing you can learn from Indian cooking is to use different cooking methods. While there are many fried Indian foods, not all of it is. One healthy method of cooking is tandoori, a form of grilling with little or no oil. The quick cooking method ensures that nutrients aren’t lost from your food. You can also boil, steam or bake plenty of Indian foods, as well as other cuisines.

You can learn some great healthy-eating tips from Indian food. Just don’t assume that all Indian food is healthy. You need to watch out for high-fat content too.

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Pretty Little Fishy: Taco Tuesday

After watching a marathon of Chopped on the Food Network and craving the best fish tacos I’ve ever had (in San Diego at a hole-in-the wall Mexican drive thru – so friggin’ good!), I got a little inspired.

I felt like making a pretty plate of fish tacos like the pros do, so I set out to create my own version of mahi tacos.  In case you’re feeling a little fishy yourself, I’ve included my recipe below. Of course I suggest tweaking to your liking, because just like style, we all like something a little different.

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What you’ll need:

  • Mahi mahi
  • Avocado
  • Cheese (Mexican blend)
  • Corn
  • Black Beans
  • Sour Cream (I used yogurt/Greek yogurt)
  • Chili powder
  • Onions (I used onion powder because I hate actual onions)
  • Lime
  • Cilantro
  • Tortillas

First up, you want to season your fish with chili powder, lime juice, onion powder, and whatever else you please. Throw your mahi on the grill util cooked to perfection. I decided to pull out the old George Forman grill.

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As a sauce, I created a concoction with fat free plain yogurt (a substitute for cream cheese), chili powder, lime juice and cilantro.

After your sauce and fish are done being made, load up your tortilla with corn, beans, fish, cheese and the sauce. And if you’re a little parched, add a brew to your feast. Say goodbye to summer with some tasty Oberon.

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Enjoy!

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How Small Changes in Your Cooking Can Make a Big Difference

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Making small changes in your cooking can make a big difference to the taste, health and overall amount you and your loved ones enjoy your food. Let’s take a look at which can make a big difference you are sure to notice and love.

First up, you may need to tackle how long you are baking or cooking things for. Under cooking and overcooking food is never good. Under cooked meals can lead to food poisoning. Even the tastiest meal in the world isn’t good enough if it makes you feel poorly afterward. Under cooking can also ruin the taste, flavor and overall punch of a meal or food. Take bread, for example. Some think that ‘brown’ means ‘burnt’. As a result, they take the food out of the oven before it has a chance to brown, or before it gets brown enough. In doing so, you are robbing your creation of its flavor. While you need to cook things like meat thoroughly, don’t go overboard. Doing so can make it chewy, coarse and unpleasant.

Some may believe that getting a higher quality of the main ingredient should be your priority. So, if you are making a steak pie, top quality steak will make all the difference. Indeed, it may do. But attention should also be given to the most basic ingredients you’re also using. Take olive oil, for example. You may just dash a bit of basic oil into your pan before cooking your onions and garlic. But what may seem like a minor ingredient can actually make a huge difference? This goes for all ‘minor’ ingredients, like spices and seasoning. So, search online for a gourmet olive oil store. Make the most of visiting countries where their food is tasty and delicious. If you’re going to Morocco or Turkey, for example, stock up on fresh spices while you’re there! Buy big bags, as they won’t go off, but just be sure to seal them well. This means that every time you cook, you basic ingredients set the tone for the rest of the meal; delicious and full of flavor. Be sure you stock up before you run out of this kind of thing, or you’ll be able to tell the difference straight away!

What about when you’re cooking from scratch? It may be that when you cook, you make everything yourself apart from one key ingredient. So, perhaps you make a bolognese but use a store-bought bolognese sauce. While this might save on time, effort and perhaps even money, it is far wiser to make the sauce yourself. Why? Because then you have 100% of the control of your ingredients. Store-bought products often have very high levels of sugar and salt, as a quick-fix way to make them taste good. They also usually contain chemical additives, in order to give them a longer shelf life. As a result, even the healthiest meal in the world can be ruined by one store-bought can or tin of product.

 

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Recommendations for the Best Places to Travel to, For the Best Food You Will Ever Taste

If you follow me on social media, you’d notice I’ve been quite the traveler lately. And what’s one of the best things about traveling? Trying to food! Check out some of the places I’m looking to get to next to get a taste of delicious food.

Thailand

Who doesn’t love Thai food? It’s one of a kind and so tasty and delicious. So why not try Thai straight from the source? Be sure to try an authentic Pad Thai if you ever visit. When in Rome, right? As menus are in Thai, it can be a bit confusing to know what is good to choose from. Have a look at http://www.bangkok.com/food-top10.htm for some more recommendations.

 

Chicago

I can’t mention food without mentioned our beloved Chicago – Michigan’s neighbor! It might not be a place known for it’s fine dining, but there is delicious food to be had none the less. One of the first things you have to have if you are visiting Chicago is a pizza pie. It is just as you might imagine, and just as calorific! It is a must, though, and it is super tasty. A Chicago-style hot dog is a good idea to try too. The street vendors sell amazing ones, so make sure you give it a try.

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Canada

Don’t forget about our friends to the north in Canada. Did you know that Canada is home to some pretty epic farmers markets?  Canada also has some of the best wine and fruits in the Nova Scotia area. Plus think of the maple syrup at every corner! Perfect to team up with some meats, cheeses, and bagels in you are in the French Canadian area of the country. Pretty much drooling right now. Just a little side note: If you aren’t a Canadian citizen, then you need to apply for a vacation visa for your trip. Even if you are American. You could look at https://official-canada-eta.com on how to apply. 
Can’t wait to make my next stop and try some good eats and drinks! 

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