Hello beautiful people,

I have to tell you all that this first week’s worth of recipes was one for the books. For each one, I’ve added my overall thoughts, corrections (if needed), the link to the recipe and an actual picture of my at-home result.

Without further adieu, here they are:

(*Warning: May induce salivating while scrolling*)

Breakfast: Banana Chocolate Walnut Bread (5*)

This bread was so moist (the only time I’ll ever want to use that word), soft and completely delicious.

I have no corrections to make for this recipe so follow along and you will be in breakfast heaven. However, I did not have any regular chocolate chips so I had to use my leftover white chocolate chips, which were still yummy! After warming it up, I added half a banana, a sprinkle of extra walnuts and of course, an extra-large cup of coffee.

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http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/banana-chocolate-walnut-bread

 

Snack: Peanut Butter, Coconut & Dried Cherries Rice Cake (5*)

This was a super easy recipe. Peanut butter may be one of my favorite things on Earth, so this snack was spot on for me.

I did not make any special changes, although I do recommend Old Home’s peanut butter (especially the creamy honey, its life-changing).

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http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/quick-easy/healthy-snack-ideas/rice-cake-peanut-butter-cherries

 

Dinner-

1) Crispy Peanut Tofu & Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry (3*)

I had a friend over to try this dish. Overall, it was pretty good! But, it had cooled down by the time we ate and it definitely should be warm to fully enjoy.

Rather than going through the process of draining and cooking the tofu, stores have excellent pre-made versions (among them is Teriyaki) and make that step quite a bit easier. Also, make sure to pat dry the cauliflower rice- mine was a bit more soupy and could have used it.

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http://minimalistbaker.com/crispy-peanut-tofu-cauliflower-rice-stir-fry/

2) Turkey Meatloaf (5*)

One of my favorite comfort foods is meatloaf- I have my mom make this when I come home from time to time because her’s rocks. However, I wanted to take this recipe a step farther in the health factor by using turkey and the result was phenomenal.

As far as my notes, I don’t have many. I’m not the biggest ketchup fan in the world but I am partial to the Whataburger spicy flavor (I know, not the most nutritional option, but it’s alright if you use it sparingly!).

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http://www.food.com/recipe/richies-turkey-meatloaf-213359

3) Brown Rice Bowl with Turkey (3*)

I was so excited to try this and while it turned out good, it should have been great.

I’m still new with cooking meat, turkey being among them. My turkey turned out dry (fairly certain my oven is hotter than it shows), so baking it for a less amount of time could help. Also, the recipe called for sesame oil as the “dressing” but I didn’t really like the taste it gave to the bowl. When I ate it as leftovers, I added a tablespoon of balsamic vinaigrette and this significantly improved my opinion overall. Finally, I believe it tasted better cold after some time in the fridge.

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http://www.health.com/health/recipe/0,,50400000120335,00.html

 

Dessert: Hello Dolly Bars

Oh dolly oh my- I have no clue why these are called hello dolly’s (although after some time on google, maybe you can enlighten me). These were SO GOOD and melt in your mouth delicious.

I’m on the fence for whether they’re better served hot or cold- both are equally amazing options. My one note is regarding the crust- definitely be careful when the recipe says to not overstir. I had to start over because I did that the first time and wound up with a runny crust.

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http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/hello-dolly-bars-1

Wahoo! We made it through the first week, and it was a tasty one. Tell me which one you liked the most on my poll: 

Food love,

-S

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