Posted 3 days ago
Posted 3 days ago

TARDIS Blue Velvet Cupcakes

Doctor Who is back!!!!! Are you as excited about this as I am? You should be. Because from what I can tell, Peter Capaldi is going to be an amazing 12th Doctor. To celebrate the start of Season 8, I whipped up some TARDIS cupcakes – they have blue velvet cake base, frosted with blueberry cream cheese buttercream, and topped off with the light on that old time machine, in the form of a white…

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Posted 1 week ago

Fruity Oaty Bars - Firefly Dinner Party, Part II

Fruity Oaty Bars - Firefly Dinner Party, Part II #reciperedux

Yesterday, I posted about the Firefly dinner party my friends and I enjoyed, complete with themed foods and drinks! Here’s the continuation of that: Kaylee and River’s foods!

This post is also in conjunction with the August challenge of Recipe Redux: bars and bites for brown bags. These fruity oaty bars are the perfect snack bar for school lunches, after school snacks, mid-day nibbles at the…

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Posted 1 week ago

Firefly Dinner Party

Yep, that says Firefly. That amazing Joss Whedon show that lasted only a season, sadly. To celebrate its awesomeness, and ours, my friends and I had ourselves a Firefly dinner party. We marathoned the show, while eating & drinking themed menu items we made from scratch!

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The setup on my friends’ deck – how perfect!

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Matt, Ashley and Chris. We were all pretty happy about this arrangement.

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Let’s get…

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Posted 1 week ago

Sweet and Spicy Tofu with Roasted Veggies

Tofu can be a scary thing, but it can also be a great protein substitute! And, if you coat it in flour and bake it, then pour spicy sauce over it….well now we’re talking! I only say it’s scary because, well, it has the weirdest texture, color and smell. But that’s what is so great about it – it’ll take the flavor of anything you put it in. While it’s not something I opt for all the time, it IS a…

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Posted 1 week ago

Spicy Pasta: Boyfriend Cooks Series

My boyfriend loves spicy food, and luckily I do too! He recently infused vodka with jalapeños, serranos and garlic. And wow is it hot! Makes a heck of a Bloody Mary. But he ingeniously dashed a bit of it into this spicy pasta dish, which he made us for dinner. This simple pasta dish combines big swirly noodles, sweet tomatoes, and spicy ingredients, topped with cool cheese.

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If you really like to…

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Posted 2 weeks ago

Freekeh, Chickpea and Crunchy Veggie Stew

Freekeh – what a freaky word! Haha, ok, that’s not very funny. But it IS an interesting foodstuff. Freekeh is a Middle Eastern grain that’s made from green wheat, which gets roasted in production. In its dry state, it looks like regular brown rice. Once cooked, it has a nice chewy texture that absorbs flavors wonderfully! It’s naturally low in fat, high in protein, and exorbitantly high in fiber…

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Savory Oat-Crusted Cheesecake with Marinated Tomatoes

Savory Oat-Crusted Cheesecake with Marinated Tomatoes #sponsored

Disclosure: By posting this recipe, I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by National Dairy Council and the Quaker Oats Center of Excellence and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Recently, all of my TV watching has been split between Star Trek (currently on Season 6 of Deep Space 9 – no spoilers, please!), Futurama, and cooking shows. I…

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Blueberry Oat and Greek Yogurt Scones

Blueberry Oat and Greek Yogurt Scones #ad

Disclosure: By posting this recipe, I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by National Dairy Council and the Quaker Oats Center of Excellence and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Scones are something saved for lazy Sunday mornings, when you can sit around and sip coffee, catch up on your Netflix watching, and just enjoy the general…

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Posted 1 month ago

Baked Black Bean Croquettes: Boyfriend Cooks Series

What happens when I go to yoga and my boyfriend has the day off? He cooks dinner! That’s right, here’s another entry into the Boyfriend Cooks series, where the loving Chris makes a healthy, vegetarian dinner for us, and makes me proud!

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He again found this recipe all on his own, picked up the ingredients, and adjusted a few things to make it a perfect meal for us to enjoy post-yoga. I’ve imparted…

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Posted 1 month ago

Vegan Peach Mango IPA Cake

Vegan Peach Mango IPA Cake #reciperedux

It’s time for another Recipe ReDux! Our challenge this month was to create a recipe featuring….drumroll please….booze! Any alcohol of our choosing. And I chose beer! Peach Mango IPA, to be exact.

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I cook and bake a lot with alcohol – it’s fun (duh), allows for an extra splash of creativity, and often times lends itself to the science of cooking, by adding carbonation, depth of flavor, and…

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Posted 1 month ago

Vegan Peach Mango IPA Cake

Vegan Peach Mango IPA Cake #reciperedux

It’s time for another Recipe ReDux! Our challenge this month was to create a recipe featuring….drumroll please….booze! Any alcohol of our choosing. And I chose beer! Peach Mango IPA, to be exact.

Vegan Peach Mango IPA Cake | xtinaluvspink.wordpress.com

I cook and bake a lot with alcohol – it’s fun (duh), allows for an extra splash of creativity, and often times lends itself to the science of cooking, by adding carbonation, depth of flavor, and…

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Posted 1 month ago

Spicy Vegan Mexican Risotto

I think most people tend to hold risotto as an exclusively Italian dish, that’s loaded with butter and cheese. And while that version IS delicious, it doesn’t always have to be so heavy! I whipped up this “Mexican” risotto, with the initial intention of making Mexican rice. But a few ingredients later, and a healthy glug of wine in the pan, and this basic meal transformed into a spicy, healthy,…

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Posted 1 month ago

Healthier Poblano Mac and Cheese: Boyfriend Cooks Series

This is the inaugural post for a new series on the blog! The Boyfriend Cooks series will feature recipes that my loving boyfriend, Chris, cooked for us, on his own, from start to finish. He often helps me in the kitchen with veggie prep, stirring, and taste testing, but he knows his way around it well enough to cook by himself too! It all started when he had the day off when I didn’t, so I asked…

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Posted 1 month ago

Black Bean Sweet Potato Burgers

Summer is full of get togethers, especially the type that involve a grill and lots of cold brews. When everyone else is cooking up brats and burgers, you don’t have to feel left out in your meatlessness – you just might have to bring your own deliciousness! And that’s exactly what I did for a recent block party cookout.

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These burgers are chock full of veggies, flavor, and nutrients. They don’t…

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