Heathy (ish) Coconut No Bake Cookies

Today’s healthier recipe for coconut no bake cookies comes from my desire to have sweets but my goal to not have too many. I’m 30ish weeks along in my pregnancy and I’ve gained 40 pounds so far. That combined with the fact that I started out 10 pounds too heavy means that I’m feeling huge. I hit my all time high adult weight last week and with months left to go, there’s no way I won’t pass it. I’d be lying if I said that it was all just part of pregnancy and I’m ok with it, but I’m not. Being overweight is really hard on me emotionally (and physically!).

Part of me feels like it isn’t my fault, I’ve tried really hard to be healthy, I stay pretty active, but my body is tired and hurts constantly thanks to some serious SPD that started months ago. By the end of most days I have a hard walking. That being said, I can’t give up completely! I’ve been trying to cut out all sugar and processed foods, including anything with refined grains, and eating a whole lot of vegetables. I’ve been doing great but last Friday I really wanted a treat. I don’t normally love healthy treats but I saw this Coconut No Bake Cookie recipe on Minimalist Baker and I knew they were the treat for me. They are sweet but not too sweet, have that heavenly peanut butter and chocolate combo, have a bit of whole grains and healthy fat… what’s not to love? They were delicious but I was also satisfied with eating a cookie or two. And the plus side (even though I thought of it as a downside) my kids loved them. I also liked that it only made about a dozen cookies. Not too many sitting around tempting me to eat them for breakfast.

Not a coconut lover? I’d still try them. The coconut flavor is pretty subtle.

So now you have a great recipe to try and too much information about my weight. Good thing we’re friends…

Healthier Coconut No Bake Cookies

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One Pot Pasta Primavera

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I’m in love with all things “one pot” meals. They are quick, easy, full of flavor and did I mention easy? Today’s One Pot Pasta Primavera cooks in about 10 minutes and your done! The sauce is really flavorful but it’s still light enough you don’t feel guilty about eating it. We loved this dish! I’m at the point in my pregnancy (30 weeks along!) that I’m just plain tired. I’m constantly on the hunt for simple no-fuss meals my kids love and this one will be heading into our permanent rotation. I love that it’s full of vegetables; they Continue Reading →

Baked Denver Omelet

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When I was a kid there was one thing that my dad was really good at making, omelets! He had a special little pan he’d use and we’d enjoy made-to-order omelets occasionally on weekends. Omelet making is a skill that I have never mastered but a flavor that I love. So instead of making a bunch of individual omelets I like to throw all of that goodness in a baking dish and just stick it in an oven. Today’s recipe for easy Baked Denver Omelets is one of my favorites! It’s simple, full of ham which my kids love, and Continue Reading →

America’s Test Kitchen’s Raspberry Streusel Bars

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Today’s recipe is one of my favorites! I love a good bar dessert because they come together quick and feed a crowd. America’s Test Kitchen’s Raspberry Streusel Bars are one of my all times favorites because they taste like pie with about 1/4 the work. I’ve been making this recipe for years and it is always a huge hit. The crust is a bit like a shortbread, crisp and delicious, the filling is perfect (thanks to a jam + fresh fruit + lemon juice combo), and the topping is streusel! What’s not to love? Oh, and it’s raspberry! One of Continue Reading →

Tomatillo Ranch Burritos from The Food Nanny

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Today I’m sharing one of my favorite Mexican meals – Tomatillo Ranch Burritos from The Food Nanny. Have you all been introduced to the Food Nanny? She’s fabulous! Her name is Liz Edmunds and she does a cooking show where she bring family meals back into people’s lives. She loves the idea of family dinner, is a great meal planner, and her recipes are tried and true. You can watch her show here. I’ve been a fan for a few years now and this is my favorite recipes of hers. Tomatillo Ranch Burritos use my Simple Santa Fe Rice with Continue Reading →

North Carolina Lemon Pie

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Lemon lovers unite! This simple North Carolina Lemon Pie is going to surprise and delight you and I can’t wait for you to make it so that I can hear how much you enjoyed it! This recipe comes from the May 2015 issue of Cook’s Country magazine. It’s the magazine version of my favorite cookbooks (produced by America’s Test Kitchen!) and it is always fabulous. If you aren’t currently subscribing I’d pick up a few copies from the library because they are not only full of great new recipes, but they have a tons of information, tips, and tricks. You Continue Reading →

Simple Santa Fe Rice with Cilantro and Garlic

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This month’s #eatseasonal post is a good one! There are SO many delicious recipes brought to the table by some of my favorite bloggers, and I know you are going to love them too. My recipe is a Simple Santa Fe Rice with Cilantro and Garlic. Garlic and herbs are both abundant in the spring and the two are highlighted so nicely in this simple rice dish. You don’t have to use cilantro if you don’t want to. Basil, parsley, and oregano are all really good in this. The rice is so flavorful that you can serve it as a Continue Reading →

Put-it-on-Allthethings Cilantro Ranch Dressing and Sauce

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Today I’m sharing one of our all time favorite dressing/sauces and I can’t wait for you to taste it. You can really put it on everything, so I dubbed it the Put-it-on-Allthethings Cilantro Ranch Dressing and Sauce, clever huh. I’ll make a double batch of this stuff and we go through it fast. Here’s some of the things that we’ll put it on. I’ll replace the enchilada sauce in a recipe with it and bake it right on top of the enchiladas or we’ll make smothered burritos in a similar way. It’s excellent as a salad dressing and I love Continue Reading →

Tips for planning a great trip with Airbnb plus our weekend adventure

Tips for planning a great trip with Airbnb

We spent this past weekend in Provo enjoying family and celebrating my little sister’s graduation from Brigham Young University (Go Cougars! Thomas and I both graduated from BYU too!). I really wanted to stay in a house instead of a hotel so that we could see each other a bit more and so I booked a house using Airbnb. It was quiet the adventure so I thought I would share it with you so that you can learn from my mistakes as well as give me some tips! This isn’t sponsored, just meant to be helpful. Here’s the clan on Continue Reading →

America’s Test Kitchen’s Fresh Strawberry Pie

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Today is the day!! I’m sharing with you the beautiful, the delicious, and the oh so seasonal America’s Test Kitchen’s Fresh Strawberry Pie. I dare say this is the perfect strawberry pie recipe. I love that it doesn’t use Jello. I don’t really like fake strawberry flavor (and you are paying for all those berries, you might as well taste that!) and I love that you can either use just fresh berries if you have a lot or a combination of fresh and frozen, which is a real budget saver if berries aren’t at their peak and cheap. I can’t Continue Reading →