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Better-For-You Saturday Cinnamon Rolls

This is something I was craving. So I made them! They are so delicious and so easy. I cut out half the fats, and half the sugar. And trust me, you won’t miss it one bit. So satisfying!

What you need…

For the dough:

milk, 3/4 cup just slightly heated
margarine, 1/4 cup softened
flour, 2 3/4 to 3 1/2 cup
instant yeast, 1 1/2 teaspoons
sugar, 1/4 cup
salt, dash
egg, 1 whisked

For the filling:

brown sugar, 1/2 cup
cinnamon, 1 tablespoon
nutmeg, 1 teaspoon
vanilla, 1 teaspoon
margarine, 1/4 cup softened
canola oil, small splash

For sprinkling:

walnut, chopped, 1/2 cup

For the glaze:

powder sugar, 1/2 cup
skim milk, 2-3 tablespoons

What to do…

1. Heat the milk slightly in either them microwave or on the stovetop. Be careful not to scald it. Once it bubble a touch, take off the heat and drop in the margarine. This will melt. Set aside.

2. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, and yeast together.

3. Add the wet ingredients, which are the water, egg, and milk. Stir together well with a wooden spoon.

4. Keep adding 1/4 cup of the remaining flour to the mixture until it starts to pull away from the bowl. When it’s not as sticky, turn onto a floured cutting board and knead until it starts to look smooth. This won’t take long. You can add more flour to it if it is still too sticky while knead.

5. Now we have to wait a tiny bit. You have to cover the bread with a damp paper towel. It will rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

6. So while that is hanging out, you can make the filling! Mix together all the filling ingredients except the walnuts (those will be sprinkled on before we roll it up).

7. Now the 15 minutes has passed, roll the dough out to the into a large rectangle. Then spread the filling mixture evenly all over. Sprinkle will walnuts. Roll it up!

8. Cut into 12 to 16 rolls. Place in a non-stick brownie pan or a muffin pan. Now we need to cover this again with a damp papertowel and let it rest until it rises (about doubled), this will be about 20 to 40 minutes.

9. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until brown. Drizzle with glaze when slightly cooled.

10. ENJOY!


Light Night Veggie Sandwiches

The other night my husband and I were weighed down by some heavy food. We wanted something light and fresh! So we whipped these babies up. Make these on a night when you don’t want to cook, but want something wholesome.

What You Will Need:

2 rolls, whole wheat
fat free cream cheese, 1/4 cup
avocado, 1 small
tomato, medium, sliced
cucumber, 1/2 sliced
alpha sprouts
spinach leaves
salt & pepper
italian seasoning
cheddar cheese, optional

1. In a bowl, whip the cream cheese until light and spreadable.

2. Add the avocado and continue to whip until smooth with salt and pepper.

3. Spread on one half of bread.

4. Top with beautiful toppings!

5. Spring with seasoning.

6. Chomp!

Simply Sweet Good-For-You Pumpkin Bundt Bread

I love Fall, and when Fall comes around, so does my love affair with pumpkin and any autumn flavors! Last night I got creative in the kitchen and made a pumpkin bundt loaf.

What You Will Need:

pumpkin, 1 can of puree
sugar, 1 heaping cup
oil, 2/3 cup
vanilla, 2 teaspoons
small banana, mashed
eggs, 2 (or 3 for a cakery bread)
flour, 2 1/2 cups
whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup
baking soda, 2 teaspoons
baking powder, 1 teaspoon
cinnamon, 1 + 1/4 teaspoon
nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon
salt, hefty dash
water, splash if needed

 1. Mix together all the ingredients from pumpkin through the eggs in a large bowl.

2. Add the rest of the dry ingredients. Mix until a thick dough forms. It may seem like it will next mix, but it will! Add a splash or two of water to loosen up the batter if it seems too thick.

3. Spread it evenly in your glorious bundt pan.

4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes, top will be golden and a knife will come out clean.

A slice was perfect in my oatmeal this morning. 😉

– Katie @ BloomEveryday


Mediterranean Pasta Dinner for Two

Happy Sunday!

It’s a gloomy day here, but today is a beautiful day. 🙂

If you lead a busy life like Heather and I, sometimes you need to plan a date night with that special someone! That’s exactly what I did last night with my sweetie. We took a trip to the Mediterranean. Here is my recipe for a yummy, easy, healthy dinner and an easy side dish.

I picked some fresh tomatoes and basil from our garden to use in this recipe. But you can use fresh ingredients from your local store or farmer’s market. This is a fresh dish that will be pleasing to even the biggest vegetable loather (my husband doesn’t like tomatoes but loves this dish!).

Here’s what you will need:

2 cups cherry (or similar) tomatoes, halved
3 garlic cloves, finely diced
2/3 cup basil, chiffonade
1/4 cup good oil
red pepper flakes, as hot as you like
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 pound angel hair pasta
1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

1) In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, garlic, basil, oil, pepper flakes, salt,  and pepper. Cover and let stand at room temperature for a minimum of 5 hours – to marinate (or can be stored in the fridge during the day if you are planning to make it later than 5 hours).


Add basil…

Add oil…

And mix…

2) When you are ready for dinner, boil water and cook the angel hair pasta as directed (should only take 4 to 5 minutes). Drain the pasta and put back in the pot. Add the marinated tomatoes. Mix in the cheese.

Cooked pasta…
Add marinated tomatoes…

Add the parm…

Viola! Dinner is served…

For a super simple side dish…here’s what you can do. At your local bakery or at the supermarket, pick out your favorite loaf of bread. We love ciabatta! It’s light and airy, but chewy and crisp on the outside.

I took half the load, wrapped it in foil, and put in the oven to warm it through.

Then stop by your local olive bar and pick out a few goodies…we chose olive tapenade, roasted garlic, and feta and olives. We dipped the bread in some oil and put some of our picks on top. So tasty! And a really easy, no fuss side dish (this is a perfect idea too if you are going to entertain). Less work for you!

This is a great meal for a little getaway! Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

– Katie @ BloomEveryday

What’s your favorite meal that transports you?

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