Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

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One of my favorite things to do after a long day is to come home and bake right after I workout…so ironic, I know! So today I really didn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen and I had a box of brownie mix so then I knew exactly what I was going to bake. I always have peanut butter in my pantry and one of the most decadent combinations in this world is peanut butter and chocolate. These are extremely irresistible, just a warning!

Yield 36

Ingredients:
1 box of your favorite brownie mix
2 eggs
1/4 cup water
2/3 cup oil
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
Sprinkles (optional)

Yield:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium mixing bowl combine brownie mix, eggs, water, and oil. Mix with an electric mixer until combined.

2. Grease cupcake pans with nonstick spray and pour brownie mix half way into pans(the mix will make 36 brownie bites). Bake for 15 minutes or until brownies are cooked. After they are baked, place on cooling rack and let cool for 10 minutes.

3. Melt peanut butter into small bowl in microwave for 30 seconds. With a small spoon, spread onto brownie bites with peanut butter until covered. The peanut butter will be slightly thick making it easy to frost without dripping. Top with sprinkles or any of your favorite toppings and enjoy!
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Bell Pepper Egg-In-A-Hole

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These are almost too cute to eat! I grew up with my Nana making a very similar dish but instead she would get a piece of toast, cut a hole out, add an egg and it was so much fun to eat. This is a great breakfast to get your day started, I usually put my Bell Pepper Egg-In-A-Hole in between a piece of toast with some avocado, spinach, and cherry tomatoes. Let me just tell you, this is what you can call a “breakfast of champions”.

Yield: 3

Ingredients:
3 slices of bell peppers; cut into 1/2 inch rings (use any color)
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
Sprinkle of pepper

Steps:
1. Drizzle olive oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. In the mean time, wash bell pepper(s), remove seeds, and cut into rings.

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2. Place rings on frying pan and cook for 3-4 minutes. Carefully with a fork, flip bell pepper rings and add cracked egg in the center of the bell pepper (be sure not to get any shells!). Sprinkle top of eggs with salt and pepper and let it cook for another 4-5 minutes until egg whites are white and yolk is still runny.

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Turkey Zucchini Parmesan Meatballs

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Ok so I’ve been craving a dish of spaghetti and meatballs for the last few days..my Nana makes the best and I dream about the dish all the time! But instead I decided to go with the healthier alternative and make my own spin on meatballs. I usually like to add zucchini in my burgers or meat loafs because I find it makes it more moist and nutritious of course. Anyways, I served these scrumptious meatballs with a side of spaghetti squash. More on that recipe later 🙂 But for now, these definitely hit the spot and satisfied my craving!

Yield: 12
Ingredients:
1 lb extra lean ground turkey meat
1 zucchini; grated
1/2 cup italian seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 egg
2 cloves garlic; chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 cup marinara sauce
1/4 cup fresh basil; chopped

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the turkey meat, grated zucchini, breadcrumbs, cheese, and egg. Mix with hand until slightly combined. Add in garlic, salt, pepper, and onion powder and continue mixing with hand until well combined.
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2. With an ice cream scoop, scoop meatballs into a lightly greased (with olive oil) baking dish. Roll meat in hand to form the perfect “meatball” shape. Bake for 20 minutes and top with warm marinara sauce and freshly chopped basil.

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Kitchen Measurements

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I don’t know about you but I sure find this helpful! When I was attending Fresno State I took a Culinology class my Freshmen year and one of our projects was to make this chart. Unfortunately I lost mine so I can thank Duncan Hines for posting this handy chart! This can really save you so much time and I recommend everyone have at least one of these hidden somewhere in your kitchen!