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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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Breakfast for Dinner: No-crust quiche

What to do with a surplus of ham? Make quiche!  Shake things up a bit and serve breakfast for dinner some time! It worked out really well for us one night and I actually had this savory meal for leftovers the next night too. We opted for a crust-less version of quiche to cut the carbs, but if this is not something you care to do, it can easily be made the same way by preparing it in a ready or home-made pie crust. This dish is easy to prepare and you can throw in just about anything you have laying around.

This particular quiche was made with broccoli, ham, red onion and cheddar cheese. Greg began by putting the broccoli, ham, and red onion into a pie dish, which he first sprayed with some non-stick spray. He topped this with a few pats of butter.

Next he whipped up some eggs, cream and cheese.

Which he then poured over the veggies and ham.

This baked in the oven for a total of 40 minutes or so, until it was a little brown on the top and cooked through.

It was great! I really enjoyed this dish and it was relatively simple and easy to make. It tasted great with hot sauce too. For leftovers, I ate it over a salad and that worked nicely too. Nothing fancy schmancy here- just some good ‘ole basic ingredients. Simple, but good.

Recipe for no-crust quiche

Weekend breakfast

I wanted to share a typical weekend breakfast for us. This weekend we enjoyed bacon and eggs due to a surplus of both in our fridge.

Cooking eggs...notice all those spices!

bacon aka "meat candy"

Maybe the most fun thing about making such a good breakfast at home is the ample time I have to play with the espresso maker! Here is my version of espresso breve:

check out the "crema"!

Recipe for Espresso Breve