A southern girl's cooking on a skinny girl's lifestyle


February 2016

Snickerdoodle “Blondies”

When it comes to desserts, healthier options tend to suck.  The texture will be off.  The taste is almost there, but not quite.  They smell funny.

Well, my pregnant taste has inhaled half the pan of these since making them yesterday, so if that tells you anything…

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup cashew or almond butter
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1.5 T cinnamon
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4-1/2 t butter extract
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 packet stevia+extra cinnamon for sprinkling on top
  •  handful of cinnamon chips (like chocolate chips, but…not.  They’re cinnamon)
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Add all ingredients except the last two to blender.  Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour mixture into a greased 8×8 baking pan. Top with stevia+cinnamon and cinnamon chips.
  4. Bake for 30 mins or until edges start to come away from the sides of the pan.

I ate one as soon as they came out of the pan, but they’re actually better after having cooled completely.




Microwave Tacos

All microwavable food is totally bad for you, right?  Well, this isn’t.  And sometimes you get busy and don’t have time to “cook” and need something that is preppable and microwavable.  This sprung from my 15-weeks-pregnant-and-go-from-not-hungry-to-ravenous-in-zero-to-sixty.

  • corn tortillas
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed- after rinsing, put into a small plastic container
  • 1 can Mexicorn- put in a separate container
  • cheddar cheese- shred yourself and then put into another container
  • Aidells Carmelized Onion chicken meatballs- in another container
  • Mrs. Dash Spicy Jalepeno seasoning
  1. Take 3 corn tortillas per person and wrap in a paper towel.  Microwave for 30 seconds to steam them so they won’t break open and make you go all Hulk Smash when you dribble black beans all over your lap while trying to eat and watch How I Met Your Mother.  Hypothetically, of course.
  2. Place tortillas on a plate.  Sprinkle cheese, black beans, corn, seasoning, and 1 chopped meatball per tortilla onto tortilla.
  3. Microwave for 60 seconds or until steamy.
  4. Since your ingredients are prepped into containers, you can easily keep this in the fridge if you have leftovers (or double or even triple the recipe) to be able to make all week.  This would also be great for college dorm meals or when wife goes out of town so husband doesn’t eat frozen waffles for a week straight.


Blackened Catfish and Grits

  • catfish fillets (our Sams Club out here in Kansas had them and I about flipped my you know what when I saw them)
  • blackened seasoning (I used Old Bay.  It was surprisingly lower in sodium than the others I checked)
  • quick cooking grits (not instant)
  • smoked cheese- gouda, edam, etc., shredded (use good judgement.  this isn’t pizza)
  • Tastes Like Fried Okra
  1. Preheat oven to 375.  Rub seasoning into fish and place on a foil lined baking dish with non-stick spray.  Bake until an internal temperature of 150.
  2. Make the okra.
  3. Cook grits according to label. Add cheese.

This is a pretty basic recipe, but it was really good.  There’s not too much sweet tea out here in the Midwest, so it’s always nice to have a taste of home.  Also check out Lipton Southern Style Sweet Tea.  It is our FAVORITE- and it’s calorie free.  Winning.

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