Guest Post: Favorite Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Dessert from StudioEats

My last guest post for this stretch is from Jamie at StudioEats, she blogs great recipes, and she offered to put together some of her favorite recipes! As always, show some love and maybe leave some of your favorite healthy recipes and follow her on twitter.

Hi everyone! My name is Jamie and I blog over at StudioEats. I am a Health Coach living in New York City and I blog about healthy and easy recipes, thoughts on living a balanced lifestyle, and how to have a lot of fun along the way. I am a huge believer that being healthy can be fun and easy. After gaining 25 pounds in college and subsequently losing it, I have gained a lot of strategies about losing weight and maintaining it in a really easy, stress-free, way.

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When Kelly asked for guest blogs, I thought it would be a great opportunity to put together something I’ve been meaning to for a while. People always ask me what my favorite recipes on my blog are, and I always stumble on the answer. So, here I have put together my favorite breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipe that I have made so far on the blog. The best of the best, if you will!

Breakfast:

Toast with Yogurt and Grilled Peaches

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This is very typical of something I like to make. It’s SUPER simple, yet also special for a weekday breakfast. Simply take toast, add some greek yogurt, and grill up some peaches or another type of your favorite fruit. Drizzle a little honey on top and you have yourself a decadent breakfast in minutes. Coffee on the side, of course!

Lunch:

A Not Boring Veggie Sandwich

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Again, this is all about taking something really simply but making it a little more interesting. I’m not a vegetarian by any means, but I do like a good amount of meatless meals. This is taking a veggie sandwich and sprucing it up a bit by adding pumpkin, some oregano, a hefty dose of hummus, and making it on Cinnamon Raisin bread. SO much flavor!

Dinner:

Eggplant, Fig and Ricotta Pizza

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I love me some pizza. I actually make pizza quite frequently. Pizza was one of the first things I made this year and put on the blog, and I guess I’ve never stopped loving it. It’s SO fun to make, and the possibilities are endless. I usually just buy some Whole Wheat pizza dough from the grocery store, roll it out, and add whatever toppings are on my mind. This pizza recipe was probably my favorite. Again, meatless, but you can add sausage or chicken or even steak to this. Yum!
Dessert:

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Don’t forget about dessert! I try to usually have some healthy dessert on hand, because I have a strong sweet tooth and I refuse to tame it. These healthy cookies are the best I’ve made. No sugar, butter, or oil. But chocolate is still included, obviously. Can’t skimp on that!

I hope you like these recipes and check out many more on my blog. Cheers to health made easy, baby!

What looks good to you? My favorite is the toast with yogurt and grilled peaches, yum!

Dessert Redemption

I made a batch of Samoa bars once, but it was a complete and utter fail.

I went on pinterest of course, and found this recipe from love veggies and yoga. Check it out, it has vegan and gluten substitutions!

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Pre-heat the oven to 350.

I started by melting 1 cup of butter.

I added 2 cups of brown sugar and 1/2 cup of white sugar.

Wait until the mixture is cool, so you don’t scramble your eggs.

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

2 cups shredded coconut

1 1/2 cups of flour

1 cup butterscotch chips

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Put into foil lined or greased pan. I used a cake pan.

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I baked for 25 minutes. This is on the higher end, the recipe recommends 22-25.

They came out nice and golden.

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They tasted just like samoa’s, dessert redemption achieved. They were so good I made our Superbowl guests take the leftovers otherwise I would eat them all day until they are gone.

The only change I would make is to use tinfoil instead of greasing the pan. The bars seemed a tad to greasy. I would also add peanut butter chips.

Have you ever made a cookie into a bar?

My Favorite Things

Sorry for the hiatus, this no pantry business is quite the hindrance. I decided for this weeks baking to make something a little less “high-maintenance”. My mother-in-law and I both love Oprah, and one of our favorite episodes lately was the “My Favorite Things” episodes. We were both intrigued by the Bakers Edge brownie pan.

 

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and the Ghirardelli brownie mix, because Ghirardelli has some of the most amazing chocolate.

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So for Christmas my awesome mother-in-law gave me both the pan and the mix. Today, I decided to break them out and test both. I set the oven to 325 degrees and got ready to bake. First I mixed the oil, water and 1 egg.

 

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Then I added the brownie mix, which had chocolate chips in the mix, yum.

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I poured the mixture into the pan, and this was a little tricky, I was not used to pouring into a pan that had a lot of sides, so I ended up getting some of the mixture on to the sides of the pan.

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I also thought that the depth of the pan meant that the brownies were going to be super thin. I made sure the oven was ready, put the pan in and hoped for the best. 40 minutes later the brownies were ready!

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I let the brownies cool, and when they were ready, I used this handy tool that came with the pan to release the brownies from the pan.

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While the brownies were a bit thin, they were chewy and moist, just the way I love them! I would recommend the pan to anyone who loves chewy brownie edges, and I would recommend the brownie mix to all chocolate lovers! These items definitely make my favorite things list.