Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

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I love enchiladas and I also recently started to really enjoy spaghetti squash…so I combined the two! Spaghetti squash is my new favorite “pasta” when I’m feeling more on the healthier side. I really just made this recipe up as I continued to look in my fridge and I just happened to have everything I needed to make enchiladas. You could even switch out the beans for chicken if you’d like! The best part is..you don’t have to feel guilty at all for eating it!

Yield: 4

Ingredients:
1 spaghetti squash
3/4 cup enchilada sauce
1/4 cup jalapenos (optional)
1/4 cup cilantro; chopped
2 Tbsp green onions; chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or mexican 4 cheese
1 cup black beans
3/4 cup corn
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place whole spaghetti squash in oven and bake for 1 hour. Then let cool and carefully slice in half. Be sure to leave oven on!
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2. With a fork, scrape out all of the squash (it should look like spaghetti!). Place in bowl and once both halves are scrapped out add enchilada sauce, japapenos, cilantro, green onions, cheese, black beans, corn, and seasonings. Mix until combined.
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3. Spoon in filling with a large spoon and top with extra toppings. Place back in oven and bake for another 20 minutes and until cheese is melted.
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Baked Mozzarella Asparagus

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Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables to cook especially during the week nights. They are so easy to cook and take almost no time. I usually just baked them with some of my favorite seasonings . I had some leftover mozzarella cheese in my fridge from this weekend and decided to sprinkle some on top… I am so happy I did because what a delicious cheesy creation it turned out to be!

Yield: 4

Ingredients:
1 bundle of asparagus (about 15 spears)
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1/2 tsp onion powder
Sprinkle of Italian seasoning
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Wash and pat down asparagus’, then with a sharp knife cut an inch off the stems. In a baking dish drizzle olive oil on top of asparagus’, add seasonings and mix with tongs or hands until evenly coated.
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2. Bake for 15 minutes, then with a spatula flip and bake for another 10 minutes. Once cooked, heat oven to broil, sprinkle cheese on top of cooked asparagus and broil for 2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Once melted sprinkle top with Italian seasoning. Enjoy this cheesy delicious dish!
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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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Cowboy Cookies

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Yield: 8

Ingredients:
3/4 cup butter; room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups uncooked oatmeal
1 cup rice crispy cereal
1 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup shredded coconut*optional (I personally don’t like coconut but I heard it would go great with this recipe!)

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. With a mixer, beat together butter, sugars, honey, and vanilla until combined..texture will become creamy.
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2. Reduce speed on mixer and add in oatmeal, rice crispy cereal, flour, salt, baking soda, and chocolate chips. Mix until cookie dough is formed.image

3. This is a little trick that works great and makes all of your cookies the same shape! With a mini ice-cream scooper, scoop dough balls and place on an cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Place 1 inch away from eachother and bake for 14-16 minutes. Let cool and then serve! These are also delicious for dunking in a cold glass of milk 🙂
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Old Fashioned Iced Oatmeal Cookies

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Oatmeal cookies are one of my favorites and this recipe tastes just like the store bought ones–except its homemade! My icing recipe is just perfect for this because it is very simple, light, and dries almost instantly. I always prefer to make “too much” icing because there is nothing more annoying than running out in the middle of frosting cookies! So I included a little extra to be on the safe side 🙂

Yield: 12

Ingredients:
2 cup flour
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup butter
1 Tbsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract

Icing:
2 cups powdered sugar
2-3 Tbsp milk

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, cream together butter, vanilla, and sugar. Then add in flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mix until dough is formed.

2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. For a dough ball with hands (about 1 1/2 Tbsp) and place on sheet 1 1/2 inch apart. With a spoon, gently press down on dough ball. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

3. While cookies are baking, in a mixer add powdered sugar and milk and mix for a good 3 minutes until well combined. The icing should be slightly runny. Put icing in a sandwich plastic bag and cut the tip to make a hole. Be sure to cut it VERY small..almost as small as possible! Once cookies are cooled, gently drizzle icing on cookies and let cool for 15 minutes or until icing is set.