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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!

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Slowcooker Tomato Sauce (Take 2)

I didn’t have wine on me for my sisters excellent crock-pot fresh tomato sauce, so here is my version of an easy homemade sauce.

What You Will Need:

tomatoes, diced, 4 1/2 pounds
onion, medium, diced
tomato paste, one small can
dried basil, 1 tablespoon
dried italian seasoning, 1 1/2 tablespoons
fresh oregano, 1 tablespoond
fresh basil, 1 tablespoon
dried parsley, 1/2 tablespoon
sugar, 2 1/2 tablespoons
salt & pepper
olive oil, 1 tablespoon

1. Get your crockpot ready, put in the oil.

2. Put the rest of the ingredients in the crock pot.

3. Cook on low for 5 – 6 hours.

4. Immersion blend the mixture.

5. Cook for an additional hour.

6. Portion and freeze until you are ready to eat!

Super Easy Rose Pasta Sauce

Tired of the old pasta and red sauce? Mix up your weeknight meal with this really easy variation. Rose sauce!

I started my new job today and I am so excited to get into it. But my brain is also exhausted and ready for a nap. We are headed out to go bowling in just a bit too, so this is fast dinner that anyone would enjoy! I made mine with some veggies (my favorite) to “beef” up the meal. But it would be good alone on some pasta, or even with some chicken or shrimp. Skies the limit!

What you will need:

garlic, 2 cloves diced
your favorite red sauce (about 2/3 of jar for 1/2 pound of pasta)
fat free half-and-half (about 1/4 cup)
salt & pepper
oil
parm cheese, finely grated (optional for topping)

1. In the pan you just drained your cooked noodle from, put a smidgen of oil in and cook the rawness out of the garlic.

2. Throw in the red sauce.

3. Hit it with some fat free half-and-half to give it a nice “rose” color.

4. A bit of salt & pepper. Mix it all together, and you have yourself a classy dinner!

So fast and easy! And it tastes so delicious.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Brussel Sprouts

This is a really easy, really delicious side-dish.

What You Will Need:

sweet potato, 1 medium chopped
brussel sprouts, 1/2 pound, cut in half
chili powder, 1 teaspoon
garlic powder, 1 teaspoon
salt & pepper
oil, to coat

1. Put all the veggies in a bowl with the seasonings and oil. Toss to coat.

2. Place on baking sheet.

3. Put in a 400 degree oven and cook until crispy, golden, and cooked to perfection.

Super healthy and full of flavor. A perfect side dish to almost any meal!

Slow-cooker Cinnamon Applesauce

Yesterday was a busy day! And I had an all day adventure making applesauce. This slightly sweetened, healthy applesauce recipe is insanely simple and simply delicious.

This is what you will need:

gala apples, 7 small to medium, peeled & sliced thinly
sugar, 1/8 cup
water, 1 1/2 cups
cinnamon, 1/2 – 1 teaspoon

1. Arrange apples evenly in crockpot. Cover with the water.

2. Add the sugar.

And the cinnamon.

3. Put on high heat for a minimum of 6 hours, until it gets nice and applesaucey.

4. Dig into this healthy and delicious snack.

Easy, right? You should make yourself and your loved ones this special treat. You won’t ever buy the stuff in the jar again. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

ย 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

– Katie @ BloomEveryday

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Chocolate Pudding Treat

I often get a craving for chocolate, just like the next girl. I think that it is an unspoken rule that I need to eat chocolate once a day – it is just the way things were meant to be. ๐Ÿ™‚ I wanted to satisfy my chocolate cravings, with a guilt-free dessert.

Thank goodness for sugar-free chocolate pudding!ย ย  Here is a quick idea for a simple, chocolate dessert for one (or as many as you need). Perfect for my mid-evening chocolate cravings!

What you will need:

1 pudding cup (sugar-free chocolate pudding)
2 Tbsp Peanut Butter Cup cereal (or your favorite cereal)
1 Tbsp jam (I use raspberry)
2 Tbsp Fat Free Whipped Topping

In a small ramekin place cereal on bottom (this acts like a crust for your dessert). Add chocolate pudding and jam. Top with whipped topping.

The perfect chocolate treat! Your imagination is the limit – peanut butter would be delish too!

-Heather @ BloomEveryday

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