Spinach Power Salad {So Fast + So Good!}

04/24/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Spinach Power Salad

I have the fastest salad ever for you today and it is seriously a staple in my diet. I love this salad for many reasons- it is very filling and packed with energy. It is so fast to put together- literally 10 minutes start to finish including making the salad dressing yourself. And most of the ingredients have a long shelf life so you don’t need to run to the store every time you want to put this together.

So here are the very simple ingredients for this power salad:

Tons of fresh spinach (fights disease, full of vitamin c, very low in calories)
Walnuts (loaded with Omega-3s which is especially good for my vegetarian diet since I don’t eat fish. Supposedly walnuts have anti-aging properties too so don’t feel bad about the calories. They are worth it.)
Dried Cranberries (these I just sprinkle on- they aren’t that great for you so just a tiny bit for flavor)
Feta Cheese (creamy and yummy and full of flavor. I like this cheese because just a little goes a long way.)
Garbanzo beans (lots of fiber, B vitamins, complex carbohydrates for more energy- low in calories)

So I find this to be a very filling salad, with lots of flavor and it gives me tons of energy to get through the day.

I add a few handfuls of Spinach and then just sprinkle on the other ingredients.  This will totally be up to your taste- add more cranberries for a sweeter salad, more garbanzo beans if you are extra hungry etc…

I use roughly 3 handfuls of Spinach, 1 tablespoon cranberries, 2 tablespoons of walnuts and about 1/4 cup of garbanzo beans.

I like the blocks of fresh feta cheese you can find in the deli case and I usually just chop off about an ounce or so and chop it into small pieces to sprinkle over the top.

If you have leftover chicken, you can also chop or shred and add that into the salad as well.

Once that is done, I like a very simple balsamic vinaigrette dressing.  I usually just mix this up very quickly in a mason jar and I pour it on top.

So for two salads I would mix up:

  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil
  • 2-3 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar— this makes a more tart dressing.  Use less if you prefer more oil.
  • Generous pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic or I sometimes sprinkle in garlic powder in a pinch
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • Squeeze of lemon juice

Put the lid on your jar and shake like crazy.  Now pour over the salad and serve.


I make this for lunch all the time and I often put everything into a mason jar and then keep the dressing on the side until I am ready to eat.  I have made this many, many times in the minutes I have before racing to the gym.  So I can promise this is a very fast and convenient meal.

I hope you like my super fast power salad.  Please come back and let me know what you added or omitted.  This really can be customized so many ways– you can do blue cheese instead of feta, add freshly chopped apples for extra crunch, try flavored vinaigrette etc…

Easy Spinach Power Salad


And if you have extra Garbanzo Beans, you might try this Ranch Roasted Chickpea recipe:

Ranch Roasted Chickpeas- perfect quick and healthy snack


Or try this Mocha Energy Smoothie- I love these things and make them all the time.

Skinny Mocha Smoothie - perfect pre workout drink or afternoon pick me up!




Fresh Citrus Spritzer Recipe {Perfect Summer Drink}

04/21/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Fresh Citrus Spritzer - perfect summer drink

I have mentioned this easy summer drink in the past but I just revisited it for Easter and thought I’d post it again.

It is just so fast and so refreshing.

The recipe couldn’t be easier- we had it for Easter Dinner and again for brunch the next morning.  It was delicious with Ham and we had an orange citrus salad and then the next day with brunch foods.

To make this recipe you have a few options.  You basically want equal parts juice and a lime sparkling water served over lots of ice.

If you have a few minutes you can squeeze fresh oranges and that would be amazing.  In a pinch just use a store bought OJ (I actually used Simply Orange.)

I usually use about a liter of sparking water and about half a container of OJ to serve 4 people.

My kids LOVE this and I love this too because it cuts back on the sugar they get (from the OJ) and it stretches the OJ to last a bit longer.  I like really simple drinks myself because I am always crazy trying to get the food cooked and everything set out before my guests arrive.  A complicated drink is usually not an option for me so this you can put together in seconds and it looks like you actually made an effort to make something special- not just sparkling water or plain OJ.

You can substitute any flavor of sparkling water that you prefer- lemon would be fantastic.

You can also freeze slices of lime, lemon or oranges in water and use these as ice cubes for your spritzers.  It would be very pretty for brunch or a party.

Easy Citrus Spritzer


And if you want another really simple and so very, very delicious drink idea- try this Copycat Starbucks Iced Passion Tea Lemonade recipe too.  

Homemade Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade Recipe (Copycat Starbucks Recipes)



Kit Kat Brownie Recipe

04/17/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Kit Kat Brownies

Oh goodness y’all.  Here is something really indulgent and so very delicious for you to try.

This is a fun way to take a delicious brownie to the next level by adding your favorite candy inside!  Fun right?

You can use any candy you like really but I went with Kit Kat because I was thinking the extra crunch from a Kit Kat would be fantastic.   I think Reese’s would also be good with the Peanut Butter and chocolate or maybe something caramel…. really whatever you like.   I am kind of thinking mini Cadbury eggs this time of year might work too?

Kit Kat Brownie Recipe
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Serves: 12
  • ¾ C. flour
  • 2 C. semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 4 tbs. butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ C. sugar
  • ½ C. packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. Baking powder
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 8 packages of Kit Kat candy bars (you will need approximately 16 Kit Kat bars total)
  • 8×8 or 9×9 baking pan
  • Frosting ingredients -
  • ¼ C. butter or margarine, softened
  • ⅓ C. cocoa
  • 2 C. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 3 tbs milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line your 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish with foil and spray with a non-stick spray.
  3. Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter and chocolate in 15-20 second increments, stirring until completely melted.
  5. Let cool 2-3 minutes.
  6. In another bowl, combine the eggs, sugar and vanilla.
  7. Add in the melted chocolate mixture and then slowly add in the flour and cocoa mixture and mix well.
  8. Pour enough of the batter into the bottom of your baking dish just to cover the bottom. Spread with a spoon or spatula if needed.
  9. Break the Kit Kat bars apart and lay on top of the batter – you will need about 8-10 bars for the entire pan.
  10. Once the Kit Kat bars are in place, pour the rest of the batter over the top and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  11. Insert a toothpick around 25 minutes to check them. If it comes out ‘clean’ they are done.
  12. Let the brownies cool completely.
  13. Frosting directions -
  14. Combine the cocoa powder, butter, sugar and vanilla.
  15. Slowly add in the milk 1 tbs. at a time.
  16. You may want to add in more milk depending on how thick you like your frosting. Beat frosting on high for 2-3 minutes with a hand mixer or your Kitchenaid.
  17. Once the brownies have cooled completely, lift the foil out of the pan (love the super easy clean-up!)
  18. Evenly spread the chocolate frosting over the top of the brownies.
  19. Cut into 12 squares.
  20. Break the rest of your Kit Kat bars into thirds and gently press one into the top of each brownie.
  21. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.

And I just placed the chocolate bars on top of the brownie but next time I might chop them up a bit and just sprinkle on top instead.  I think that might be a little easier to eat.

You can do the same for the filling inside– just chop the chocolate bars up and add layers instead of keeping them intact. 

kit kat brownie recipe

What do you think?  Which chocolate bar would you choose for these decadent little lovelies?

If you decide to try these out please come back and let me know what you think!

And here are a few other treats you might like:

Amazing Chocolate Cupcake Frosting-- this is the best frosting I have ever had.  So simple to make!

The most perfect chocolate buttercream frosting (seriously.  amazing.)

How to Make Smores CupcakesS’Mores Cupcake Bites.  These come together so fast and they are SO good!  Perfect for summer BBQs!



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Nutella Swirl Banana Muffins

04/14/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Nutella Swirl Banana Muffins

I thought I’d post a fun and easy homemade muffin recipe today for Nutella swirled banana muffins. These are really delicious and a great treat when you are looking for something sweet. My kids are huge fans of banana muffins and banana bread so they were over the moon for these.

You can pop them in little cups for lunchboxes or a quick grab n go breakfast. These are also fun if you are snack mom for soccer games and such or if you are planning to make Brunch for Easter or Mother’s Day.

Everyone loves muffins so these are a pretty safe bet when you bake a homemade treat too.

Here is the quick and easy recipe:

Nutella Swirl Banana Muffins
Recipe type: Breakfast, Snacks
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Serves: 12
Quick and easy nutella and banana swirled muffins
  • 1 ½ C. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ C. of butter, softened
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • ⅓ C. Nutella
  • 12 count muffin tin, greased or 12 Silicone baking cups (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.
  3. In a separate medium sized bowl mash the bananas. Slightly overripe bananas work the best.
  4. Slowly stir in the sugar, eggs and softened butter.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and stir just until mixed.
  6. Pour the mixture into the muffin tins filling them about ⅔ of the way full.
  7. Once all your cups are filled microwave the Nutella for 10-15 seconds – just long enough to slightly soften.
  8. Using a teaspoon, place a small scoop of Nutella directly on top of each muffin.
  9. Once they all have a dollop of Nutella on top – use a butter knife to swirl into the muffin mixture.
  10. Bake for 15-17 minutes until golden brown.

Banana Nutella Swirled Muffins

I used these cute Silicone Baking Cups to make the muffins and just swirled the Nutella in the center with a butter knife.

And here is what the final produce looks like:

Nutella and Banana Swirled Muffins

If you have little ones and might want to send these off for school lunches- these little Glad Tupperware containers are so handy.

I think these are disposable containers but I have seriously had them for at least a year and we wash them regularly in the dishwasher and they have really held up.

If you decide to try these muffins please come back and let me know what you think!

For another quick breakfast idea, you might like this Crock Pot Maple and Brown Sugar Steel Cut Oats recipe.  You can make one big batch and then portion into mason jars for quick breakfast all week.

Slow Cooker Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal recipe

And another quick idea is this Peach and Mango Smoothie.  Again just mix it up the night before and grab on your way out the door:

Mango breakfast smoothie recipe



Watermelon Lollipops {Fun & Healthy Children’s Snack}

04/11/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Watermelon Lollipops- a fun treat for parties or kids!

One thing I am always trying to think about is healthy snacks for the kids. It is such a struggle for me to get my girls to eat healthy foods to fuel their bodies and one of the biggest challenges is at school. The snack is rotated daily by parent and it seems like my little girl gets some sort of doughnut, cupcake, chips, juice box, cookie etc… every single day.

Fortunately our schools allow us to bring homemade items and I am always trying to think of a fun way to present fruits and veggies for the kids. I think whimsical presentation can really go a long way in making things fun for them so that I am not the bummer Mom that brings the healthy stuff no one eats.

So we were in charge of fruit for a class party and I decided to make fun little watermelon lollipops. These are so easy to do and fruit is usually a sure fire hit for the little ones. Plus watermelon is extremely affordable – I bought a giant watermelon that provided about 27 of these shapes plus we have a huge bowl of scraps in the fridge for snacks. So actually cheaper then if I had purchased 2 dozen doughnuts or a big pack of single serve chips or something.

To make these couldn’t be easier but a few things I have discovered.

  • You are limited in shapes. Since it is almost Easter I initially wanted to use a Bunny head cookie cutter and I discovered you really can’t tell what the shape is. I just stuck to hearts and stars but I might check out Sur La Table for more fun cookie cutters- I think a flower would be perfect.
  • The size you slice your watermelon is a big deal. I wanted a fairly generous portion for the kids so initially I cut the watermelon about an inch thick. That is a little too thick for the stick to support and your fruit will fall off and turn into a mess. So stick with about 1/2 inch if you can.
  • The size of the cookie cutter is also important. A bigger shape will break and a too small shape will just look… well too small :)

But all in all these were super simple and my kids LOVED these. and most importantly my little one was so excited to take these to school today.  She insisted on carrying the plate and presenting it to the teacher and both of them were all over me when I was cutting shapes because they were dying to get samples.  ;)

Watermelon Lollipops- easy and fun treat for children

So to make these just pick up some lollipop sticks in the baking aisles at craft stores, Walmart or Target (near the cupcake liners) and then slice your watermelon into about 1/2 inch circles.  Take your cookie cutter and cut out the melon.  You will have tons of extra melon around the shapes so just cut that into smaller pieces for bite size snacks later.

I purchased one of the huge watermelons at the store and was able to make about 27 lollipops.   Just take care when you stab the stick into the fruit that you only go about 2/3 of the way into the fruit.  If you piece all the way through the watermelon will fall off the stick when it is picked up.

These are roughly the size of your palm so a good size serving.

I put these on a fun plate and sprinkled some frozen blueberries around them to help keep things cold (my kids LOVE frozen blueberries).

And if you would like other ideas for healthy treats, how about this 3 ingredient watermelon sorbet:

Watermelon Lime Sorbet

Or these fun Rainbow Fruit Cups:

rainbow fruit cups

Or these white chocolate stuffed raspberries:

Fresh Raspberries with White Chocolate- so simple and absolutely delicious





Easter Oreo Chick Pops

04/10/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Easter Oreo Chick Pops

Here is a funny and silly little treat to make for Easter.  These are just chocolate covered oreos – so they are very fast to make and much easier then cake pops.

You can wrap these with little cellophane bags and turn them into a lollipop for class parties or to stick inside little Easter baskets.

I thought the eyes made these look like crazy chicks but my kids giggled like crazy at these.  I think if I make them again I might just dab on dots of black icing for the eyes :) .  Oh and if you have never had a chocolate covered Oreo you are missing out!  They are really delicious.

Easter Oreo Chick Pops
Recipe type: Dessert
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Quick and easy Easter Chick Oreo Pops.
  • Oreo Cookies
  • Yellow Chocolate candy melts
  • Sucker sticks
  • Orange Starbursts
  • Candy eyes or black icing tube
  1. In a microwave safe bowl, melt candy melts in 20 second bursts, stirring in between until completely melted.
  2. Open each Oreo to expose the filling.
  3. One at a time, dip one end of the sucker sticks into the melted chocolate and place into the filling. Replace the top of each Oreo. Allow chocolate to set for 2-3 minutes.
  4. While sucker sticks are setting, take a small portion of orange Starbursts and warm it in between your fingers.
  5. Roll it into a short snake and create points and each end.
  6. Fold in half to create the beak.
  7. Dip each Oreo into melted chocolate, tapping off any excess. Place on a sheet of parchment paper.
  8. Place eyes and beak on Oreo and allow to set for 15 minutes or until chocolate is hardened.


The trick to oreo pops is that sometimes once the chocolate is on, they can get too heavy to hold on a stick.  I like to dip the end of the stick in chocolate and that seems to help keep the cookie on the stick.

For the beak, it is really simple to make. If you don’t want to use Starburst, an orange tic tac would also work.

This is how you want to roll the Starburst out and then you simply fold it in half to make the beak shape.



And here is the finished product which I think is silly and fun:

Easter Chick Pops

And here are a few other ideas for a fun Easter:

Chick Pretzels {Adorable Easter Treat Recipe!}Easter Chick Pretzels with White Chocolate

Super easy stuffed carrots- perfect for class Easter parties or festive lunchboxes!Goldfish Stuffed Carrots– perfect snack to bring to Easter events!

How to Plant a Magical Jelly Bean Garden

A Magical Jelly Bean Garden– my kids love this every year!




Chocolate Stuffed Pancakes {Ebelskivers Recipe}

04/07/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Easy Ebelskivers Recipe- so fun for breakfast or brunch!

I wanted to post some fun Brunch ideas since Easter and Mother’s Day are right around the corner.

Have you ever tried Ebelskivers?  They are a Danish pancake stuffed with cheese, jam, chocolate, Nutella, peanut butter or fresh fruit.  These are so fun to make– nice and light and of course the kids love them!  I think these are perfect for lazy Sunday mornings or you might save this as an extra special treat for the beginning of summer vacation.

 So now that you have your pan, here is the basic recipe for super easy chocolate stuffed Ebelskivers.  These are perfect with some fresh berries. 

For my Ebelskivers I used a cake pop maker.  I am really seriously considering the little pan from Amazon though because these are just so much fun.


Chocolate Stuffed Pancakes {Ebelskivers Recipe}
Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch
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Serves: 24
Quick and easy little stuffed pancake bites. So much fun for breakfast or brunch!
  • 1 Cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ Cup chocolate chips
  • Toothpicks or skewers
  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together egg yolks, milk, vanilla extract and butter.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  4. Whip egg whites with a mixer on high until stiff peaks form.
  5. In batches fold egg whites into batter until combined.
  6. Cake Pop Maker Directions:
  7. If using a cake pop maker fill each mold with batter, using a toothpick, press 3-4 chocolate chips into each until covered in batter.
  8. Allow to bake for 5 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Muffin Tin Directions:
  10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  11. Fill each muffin tin half way to the top and press 3-4 chocolate chips into each one, covering them with batter.
  12. Allow to bake 5-8 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


Here is what these look like in one of the cake pop maker machines– note really good chocolate chips make a difference :).  I love Ghirardelli.

cake pop maker


So just make sure the filling you choose (in this case chocolate chips) are gently pushed down so that they are covered in batter.

And here is your final product– the kids will love these right?

Easy pancake bites (ebelskivers recipe)

If you are interested in getting one of the Ebelskivers pans, Williams Sonoma has a fairly pricey pan but they provide lots of recipes and show how to properly use them.  Just search Ebelskiver and you should get lots of results.

With the actual Ebelskiver pan you need something to turn your little pancake puffs- they sell an actual stick made for this but I have heard knitting needles or chopsticks also work.

They have a recipe for Tarte Tatin Ebelskivers which look crazy good to me:

ebelskiver recipe

I think I might try that next time.

So this is a very easy alternative to making money bread or cinnamon rolls for your next brunch.  You can also make these ahead of time and the kids can literally grab and go as they head out the door.

And here are a few other yummy recipes you might like:

Homemade blackberry jam recipeYummy Blackberry Jam– just 10 minutes and you are done.

How to Make Perfect hard Boiled EggsHow to Make a Perfect Hardboiled Egg.  So easy to get a perfect egg when you know the secret!

Slow Cooker Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal recipeCrock Pot Brown Sugar and Maple Steel Cut Oats.  Make a big batch and pop in mason jars for a grab and go breakfast all week!


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Ranch Roasted Chickpeas Recipe {Quick & Easy Snack idea!}

04/01/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Ranch Roasted Chickpeas- perfect quick and healthy snack

Have you tried roasted chick peas? They are so delicious, healthy and a really inexpensive snack. You might try these if you have children too- I was surprised that my kids liked these quite a bit.

Now for this recipe I used a Ranch Seasoning packet to make it really fast and very appealing to the kids. I have some alternate ideas for flavors at the bottom if you prefer not to use seasoning packets.

These chickpeas are a great alternative to chips or crackers.  You can also use them to top salads for extra protein and crunch.

Here is the quick and easy recipe:

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Ranch Roasted Chickpeas Recipe {Quick & Easy Snack idea!}
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Serves: 6
  • ¼ C. of Olive Oil (or vegetable oil*)
  • 2 tsp. dill
  • 1 packet of ranch seasoning
  • 1 15 oz. can of garbanzo beans
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. **If substituting Vegetable Oil- preheat to 400 degrees.
  2. Open your garbanzo beans and rinse well.
  3. Pat dry on paper towels.
  4. In a medium bowl combine your oil, ranch seasoning and the 2 tsp. of dill.
  5. Add Ranch according to your taste- ½ packet might be fine for some and a full packet might be better for others.
  6. Mix well.
  7. Add in the garbanzo beans and completely coat with the oil and seasoning mixture.
  8. You want this to be crispy so make sure to drain off any excess oil.
  9. You might need to add just a tiny bit more if ¼ cup doesn’t seem like quite enough.
  10. Pour onto a cookie sheet and spread out evenly (I line my cookie sheet with parchment paper for easy clean up.)
  11. Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes. If you use vegetable oil instead, cook for 20-25 minutes.
  12. The chickpeas will turn golden brown but keep an eye on them so they do not burn.

And if you prefer not to use seasoning packets, the sky is the limit with flavors.  A little lime juice and chili powder and sea salt would be delicious.  You can also try sea salt and vinegar, cinnamon and sugar… really whatever you like on chips or snack crackers would be great!

If you already make these chickpeas, I’d love to hear what flavors you use.

Otherwise give these a shot and please come back to let me know what you think :) !

Ranch Roasted Chickpeas- a fantastic crunchy snack!

And if you like this recipe, you might also like these:

Easy Avocado Lime Spread- perfect way to jazz up tacos, grilled cheese, burgers and more!Healthy Avocado Spread

Homemade Almond Butter Recipe- so delicious and so simple to make!Quick and easy homemade almond butter




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