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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cookie Apple Dip

Lately I've been into eating cookie dough...well...it's actually a healthier cookie dough. That helps, right? I was eating it for lunch the other day then began to feel guilty as I looked over at the bowl of apples on the counter. I was thinking to myself that I should be eating an apple, not stuffing my face with cookie dough....how old am I? 
 
 
To be fair the cookie dough is actually fairly healthy. There are only 6 ingredients if you include the chocolate! I decided to slice an apple and dip it into the cookie dough. Uh...why haven't I tried this sooner? To me it tastes like an alternative to eating a large caramel apple dipped into milk chocolate. This makes for a great snack or a treat for those who are trying to eat right or follow a paleo or gluten free diet. You can easily adjust this recipe to suit your needs.
 
Cookie Apple Dip
 
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup creamy natural peanut butter
1/2 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
2 Tablesooons old fashioned oats
1/2 Tablespoon agave or maple syrup
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
 
Directions
 
 
1.) Melt coconut oil in a bowl. Stir peanut butter into melted coconut oil.
2.) Add flax, oats, agave/maple syrup. Stir in desired amount of chocolate chips. (1/4 cup may be too much for some, I tend to go heavy on the chocolate!)
 
*Recipe serves 2*
 

Here is the recipe for the cookies before I tweaked the recipe into an apple dip!
Enjoy!
 
 


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Heart Healthy Fun with Mazola® Corn Oil



This month I had some fun with Mazola® Corn Oil. I stepped outside of the box and made prepared some recipes that my family and I enjoyed!

 My family and I have adopted the "Importance of a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle." My husband is a marathon runner and we also have a daughter who needs to learn how to eat and enjoy healthy food.  Having a child caused us to step up our game when it comes to preparing healthy meals. 

This month I started by preparing the Cinnamon Vanilla Granola recipe from the Mazola® recipe collection on AllRecipes.com 
I admit this was my first time making homemade granola and I am scratching my head wondering why I wasn't doing this sooner! It makes your home smells amazing when it is baking. The recipe is also easy to adjust to the amount you wish to keep on hand. We love eating a handful of it or mixing it into a cup of yogurt. 



I also prepared Pork Carnitas with Cilantro Tomatillo Sauce from the Mazola® recipe collection. We don't eat pork so I used medium tofu as a substitute. I was able to prepare the tofu similarly to the pork. The seasonings were perfect and the cilantro tomatillo sauce was refreshing. I live in the heart of San Diego and rarely prepare Mexican style dishes at home. I was blown away how tasty this meal was. It was filling without being too heavy. I have since made this dish several times because we love it so much! 




The last recipe I prepared from the Mazola® recipe collection was the Sweet and Spicy Salmon with Grapefruit Salsa. While my husband loves salmon, he can't eat grapefruit. I'm not a fan of fish so I made this with medium tofu in place of salmon. Again, I made the recipe as written and oiled, seasoned, and baked the tofu. I was a little skeptical of the grapefruit salsa until I tasted it with the baked tofu. I was sold! Great balance of the sweet and spicy! 




Did you know that Mazola® Corn Oil can lower cholesterol? Corn oil lowered LDL cholesterol by 10.9 percent compared to extra virgin olive oil’s 3.5 percent reduction, making corn oil more effective. Who knew?!

 Learn more about the healthy benefits of cooking with Mazola® HERE


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