Mini Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Froyo Cookie Sandwiches

There’s something SO nostalgic and SO summery about ice cream sandwiches. I remember eating them allll the time as a kid, (either the classic rectangle variety, or the huge chocolate chip cookie/vanilla ice cream ones rolled in mini chips), while laying by the pool without a care in the world. So darn good.

This is my effort to make a lightened up version of a favorite summertime treat, but with an oatmeal cookie and frozen yogurt filling! These are so delicious and healthy enough even for a snack!…or breakfast. No judgement. šŸ™‚

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Baked Brie with Honey Rosemary Thyme Granola

I know what you’re thinking. “Granola and brie?!…and this seems like a fall/winter appetizer.” You gotta trust me on this one though. This combo is AMAZING and so worth the 12-15 minutes your oven has to be on. I’m all about the fresh fruit and cheese combos during the summer, but it’s always fun to have something different and WARM. There’s something about ooey gooey melty cheese that can’t be topped.
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Healthy Orange Chicken

I grew up eating Chinese food pretty often. I’d always get chicken with broccoli, orange chicken, or some kind of fried rice. SO good, but there are definitely ways to make Chinese takeout a lot healthier and still super delicious and flavorful! I love this recipe because it is extremely good for you, high in protein, and there’s still so much bright orange + sesame flavor. It’s the perfect weeknight meal.
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Baby Heirloom Tomato Burrata Pizza with Basil Pesto

Its been WAY too long since I’ve made a homemade pizza. I used to make them fairly often, on Fridays or for a weekend treat, but its been months since I made one. After tasting this one, things definitely need to change. First of all, I’ve never used burrata on a pizza. I always use mozzarella or fontina, but It’s INSANE.

The creamy burrata almost makes a thick cheesy sauce when it melts and it is absolutely to die for. The other fabulous thing about this pizza is that the crust is whole wheat and it doesn’t require rising! I always hate waiting the hour and a half for dough to rise but this one is perfection without it. #firstworldproblems.

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Mocha Coconut Milkshakes with No-Bake Oatmeal Chocolate Cookie Crumble

There’s something about a good milkshake. I rarely have them, maybe a couple a year, but every time I drink one I rememberĀ how amazing they are. Creamy ice cream blended with milk and other delicious things, makes for one heck of a treat. This one is actually dairy free, and topped with this delicious no-bake oatmeal cookie crumble. It has mini chocolate chips in it and it’s to die for. Plus, the texture gets me every time.
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Sweet Potato Avocado Toast with Lemon Basil Chickpea Salad

Have you heard of this new sweet potato toast trend?! It’s popping up all over the place. I was intrigued by the idea since I LOVE toast and LOVE sweet potatoes. And of course I had to make it into an avocado toast variation, because it’s one of my favorite meals in the whole world. I will never tire of it. (Haha I know how basic that sounds). This is such a perfect light lunch or dinner–or even brunch if you add a poached egg on top! The chickpea salad is also FANTASTIC by itself and keeps in the fridge for several days.
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Mango JalapeƱo Margaritas with Salty Chili Sugar

Margaritas have always been my drink of choice. I don’t drink often, but when I do, it’s usually a full bodied red wine, a margarita, or the occasional IPA. In the summer it’s so much fun to make mixed drinks, especially when entertaining. I made these on my annual family vacation for 20+ people and they were a HUGE hit. I knew I had to share the recipe once I tasted them. They’re SO delicious and different from your classic marg. The sweet and spicy combination mixed with the tart lime is amazing and unexpected.
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Superfood Dark Chocolate Covered Figs

Fig season is WAY too short. I absolutely love these sweet little fruits, and the little texture “pop” of the seeds in your mouth. Can’t get enough. If you read my blog regularly, you probably know I am always making healthier sweet treats and snacks to have on hand. These are PERFECT for those times when you’re craving a little something after dinner or midday.

Instead of decorating them with sprinkles, I used all different kinds of superfoods to boost the nutritional content and make them pretty! So much fun, and so customizable.
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Salmon, Broccoli, and Lemon Chickpea Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes and Basil

You know those times when you’ve indulged a bit too much, but you don’t feel like detoxing on plain chicken and salad and steamed veggies forever? This is where this pasta comes in. Like those Mondays when you’re not quite ready for it to be Monday, but you still want something healthy after the weekend…you know exactly what I’m talking about.

My new obsession is chickpea pasta. It’s so much higher in protein and fiber than regular pasta, and way lower in carbs. You can actually feel good about eating it and not super weighed down. I mean I still looove me some regular pasta, but this is great when you want a little bit of a healthier option!
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Lightened-Up Chocolate Peanut Butter Donuts

It’s no secret that my love runs DEEP for the chocolate peanut butter combo. Food always makes me happy no matter what, but there is really something absolutely magical about chocolate and peanut butter together. I often dip my spoon in peanut butter jars and sprinkle it with dark chocolate chips, or even better yet, smear peanut butter on a square of my favorite 85% chocolate bar from Trader Joe’s.

These are SO insanely good. They feel absolutely SINFUL, but they’re actually somewhat healthy. Healthy to the point that they’re totally acceptable for breakfast. They’re made with whole wheat flour, and there’s only 1/4 cup of sugar in the whole batch of donuts..crazy huh?! They sound like your weekend plans… šŸ™‚
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