Ginnybakes Gluten Free Cookies

Even though I lead a very healthy lifestyle by eating right and working out regularly, I like to indulge from time to time and really enjoy the good stuff.  And by good stuff, I mean bad-for-you stuff.  You know – cookies, cakes, ice cream, etc.  The stuff that can sabotage all my hard work.  There…

Green Limeade Juice

My daughter and I have been experimenting with juicing over the past few months and love it!  I bought an older version of this juicer a few years ago but did not use it often.  I had one recipe that I really enjoyed but did not experiment much. Now I know what I was missing out…

Chocolate Banana Bread

Chocolate Banana Bread

I’ve been craving some banana bread lately but wasn’t really wanting standard banana bread. As much as I love banana bread, there’s really only one way to improve it. How’s that, you ask?  Add chocolate, of course! And this chocolate banana bread did not disappoint!  It’s moist and delicious and chocolately…  Ok, back to the…

Sweet Cucumber Salad

Sweet Cucumber Salad

Mr. Real Food loves cucumber salad!  So when I saw the cucumbers in my co-op basket, I knew I would be making cucumber salad this week.  He has a special recipe that he uses but it is a little sour for my taste.  This is a sweeter version.  He said he prefers his version (even…

Cucumber Hummus Sandwiches

Cucumber Hummus Sandwiches

Hummus is a delicious and easy appetizer and snack.  For this cute little appetizer, I used my basic hummus recipe and made it into a cute little cucumber sandwich. I had a couple cucumbers left from my co-op basket and wasn’t sure what to do with them.  This is the perfect appetizer and super easy to make!  My family sat at the…

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yes, you read that right. These delicious chocolate chip cookies are healthy. I know that sounds a little too good to be true but it’s not!  Everyone loves warm, melty chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven and these are the perfect substitute for the unhealthier version.  Naturally sweetened with dates, these have no…

Easy Cucumber and Feta Salad

Easy Cucumber and Feta Salad

Mr. Real Food loves cucumber salad so this was a special request from him.  Although he liked my previous sweet cucumber salad recipe, he really prefers something a little less sweet. This cucumber salad was quick and easy to make and everyone loved it!  You only need to leave it in the refrigerator for a couple…

Banana Nut Muffins

Banana Nut Muffins

My 15 year old daughter has been bugging me to make dessert.  She really loved the Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Bars that I made a couple weeks ago.  But I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand so that wasn’t going to happen.  About the only thing I’ve got plenty of in my kitchen…

Spaghetti Squash Bowl

Spaghetti Squash Bowl

My daughter has been asking me to make spaghetti squash so I thought I would try something a little different this time.  I usually just roast the squash and serve it in place of pasta with spaghetti (here’s the recipe for that).  It takes a while to roast the squash but it doesn’t really require…

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

Now that some cooler, more winter-like temperatures are here, it’s time for some chili! I’ve had an on-going debate with Mr. Real Food for some time now about whether or not chili should have meat.  He says it does and I disagree.  To me, chili needs to be hearty, filling and warm. This black bean…

RITZ Peanut Butter S’mores Sandwiches

RITZ Peanut Butter S’mores Sandwiches

There are not many absolutes in life. One thing is for sure, though – life would not be complete without chocolate. While the awesomeness of chocolate is certain, the great debate over the best chocolate combination rages on.  Is it best paired with something salty for the delectable sweet and salty combination?  Or does the…

One Pot Chicken and Veggies

I’m what some people (mainly Mr. Real Food) would call a messy cook.  Any time I whip up a meal, my kitchen ends up looking like a disaster area with a sink and counter top full of dirty dishes, empty containers and packaging. This didn’t really bother me much since we have a rule in…