Homemade Lara Bars

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I recently ‘got into’ Lara Bars. I like to have a late afternoon snack on the days I work late, that has enough staying power to keep me full ’till my (late) dinner and align with my dietary goals.  I’ve been really digging the ‘peanut butter cookie’ and ‘cashew cookie’ lara bars, in particular. Though that may sound like a delicious cookie treat, in reality these bars have little in common with the cookies they are named after. Check out the ingredients: PB cookie- peanuts, dates; cashew cookie bars- cashews, dates, pinch of sea salt. Hmm. Pretty simple ingredient list for a $1.50 bar… naturally my mind got to thinking– couldn’t I just make these at home?

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Paleo Banana Bread

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In a quest to cut/limit sugar and in general eat a little healthier, I have been adapting my diet to be more paleo-esque. I don’t know that I could ever or would ever want to go totally paleo because I love cheese too much, but when I can cut a corner here and there and aspire to paleo-ness I like to do it. Typically, low-carb or paleo adaptations of things are good if you’re lucky but a far cry from the original item you know and love. I have to say that this is most definitely NOT the case with this banana bread!

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Honey Ginger Wings

Honey Ginger WingsI love me some wings!  We have a turkey deep fryer that we used for Thanksgiving and since there is so much costly leftover oil, I keep it around and fire it up a few more times.  Most of those coincide with football watching and fried finger foods.  This was a deviation from classic buffalo or garlic parm which we have made before and as much as I love good ol hot buffalo I welcomed some new flavors.  This recipe was cool since it uses fresh ingredients like ginger and garlic.  I made it twice and achieved more of a thick sticky glaze the second time around and no dipping sauce was needed.

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Starving Kitten is coming back!

We have been on hiatus since July 22, 2012 because we had a baby on August 14th, 2012.  So yes, it has taken us about a year and half to make it back but the Kitten has thrived with our neglect!  We appreciate everyone that has enjoyed and spread our posts.  No Tortilla Cheesy Enchilada Bake has by far been the most popular.  So we will be posting again soon and here is our excuse for the break…..Blake!

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Pepperoni Roll

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A simple idea that I gave a try and will regularly insert for a quick meal or snack idea. This would also be a great dish to take to a party. You could use store bought dough or a canister but I made the dough using the same pizza recipe as we used for previous pizzas (Thai Chicken, Tomato Mushroom Pesto, Grilled Crab Pesto) Continue reading

Tuna and White Bean Salad in Avocado Cups

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We have these free wall calendars at work and every month a recipe is showcased along with a large picture of it. After staring at this recipe/picture of this recipe for the last month I decided to make it. I love the main ingredients in this and figured this would be right up my alley and it sure was. It also took less than 10 minutes to make this from start to finish, which can’t be beat AND you don’t have to cook anything or heat up an oven so it is very heat-wave friendly as well.

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Thai Chicken Pizza

One of my favorite restaurants in the whole wide world used to be California Pizza Kitchen. I just loved it- I always, always got the spinach and artichoke dip appetizer and the thai chicken pizza (on honey whole wheat crust!). When I find something I like at a restaurant, I am notorious for ordering it every single time I go back and this was no exception. As I have matured and my foodie-ness has grown in epic proportions, CPK just doesn’t have the same appeal it once did. That’s ok, it happens. However, every now and then I still get a taste for this uniquely delicious pizza and being the self-proclaimed foodies that we are, I suggested we try to make it ourselves. It turned out great and I encourage you to shake things up sometime and give this recipe a try.

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