Cheese Cake Cupcakes

We all love to have dessert after a good meal, but some are so hard to make. Cheese cake cupcakes only take 30 minutes to make, and they are delicious.

Ingredients 

Original recipe makes 16 cupcakes

  • 16 vanilla wafer cookies
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages of softened cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pans with cupcake papers.
  2. Place one wafer cookie in the bottom of each cupcake paper. In a medium bowl, cream together cream cheese and sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla until smooth. Pour over wafers in cupcake papers.
  3. Bake in preheated oven 15 minutes, until golden and set.

With an easy recipe and a short making time, this dessert will be fantastic.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cheese-Cake-Cups/Detail.aspx?evt19=1Cheese Cake cupcakes

Chorizo Frittata with Rapini, Ricotta, & Sage

This recipe looks amazing!

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Chorizo and rapini and ricotta – oh my!  This frittata is delicious, healthy, has a bit of a kick from the chorizo, and goes from countertop to tabletop in under 40 minutes.  Added bonus?  Lunch leftovers!  Serve this deliciously easy dinner with fresh bread and a light mixed greens salad.  Happy and healthy tummies all around!

CHORIZO FRITTATA WITH RAPINI, RICOTTA, & SAGE

12 eggs
1 cup milk
2 large links of Chorizo, casings removed
1/8 cup fresh Sage, chopped
About 2 cups Rapini, chopped
About 1 cup of Ricotta, used spoonfuls at a time
Salt & freshly cracked Pepper
Drizzle of EVOO, in pan
Cast iron pan, or one that can be used in oven
Lemon zest, for finishing

Turn convection oven on to 350`

Drizzle EVOO into cast iron pan & warm over medium heat.  Finely chop sage, and add to pan to cook until slightly crispy (about…

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Good Foods that are Healthy

At one point in our lives we have all tried to eat healthy. At one point in our life we have figured out it isn’t a walk in the park to keep it up. With school, work, and loads of stress our go to outlet might just be a double fudge sundae, or the local fast food restaurant. We’re not proud of it, but sometimes we don’t have much of a choice. Now if you like double fudge sundaes and the local fast food… I do too. Everyone has that one food weakness. Though, we should at least try to put something good in our bodies.

Apples. The fruit that we can get for a dollar or less. An apple a day keeps the doctor away! We’ve all heard that line, but do we know how true that can actually be? Apples have an amazing amount of nutrients, including vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, and dietary fiber. Thats a lot in one little apple right?

Almonds are the next super food, with vitamin E and magnesium. Just a handful of these a day can be very beneficial, and a tasty snack while you’re on the run.

Salmon, the fish that tastes buttery yet has so many beneficial ingredients. This fish (and many others) contain many oils that are good for our body. One of those is omega-3, which has incredible benefits.

All of these are very simple foods that taste good, yet are incredibly healthy for us. Just because we love junk food doesn’t mean we can’t have healthy food every once in a while.

 

Twix Chocolate

Halloween is here and what does that mean? Candy, candy, and you guessed it… more candy. My favorite would be Twix. The cookie with milk chocolate and caramel, that I can never seem to get enough of. Whether its left or right Twix, I love these chocolates! Happy Halloween everybody!

Pasta with pumpkin and sausage

Recipe courtesy of Rachel Ray

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil plus 1
  • 1 pound of sweet italian sausage
  • 4 cloves garlic, cracked and chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 to 6 sprigs of sage leaves
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • coarse salt and black pepper
  • 1 pound penne pasta, cooked al dente
  • Romano or parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Heat large non-stick skillet over medium high heat
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to pan and brown the sausage in it
  3. Transfer sausage to paper towel lined plate, drain fat from skillet an return pan to stove
  4. Add remaining tablespoon olive oil, then garlic and onion
  5. Saute 3 to 5 minutes until onions are tender
  6. Add bay leaf, sage, and wine to the pan
  7. Reduce wine by half, about 2 minutes
  8. Add stock and pumpkin and stir to combine, stirring until sauce come to a bubble
  9. Return sausage to pan, reduce heat, and stir in cream
  10. Season sauce with cinnamon and nutmeg, and salt and pepper
  11. Simmer mixture 5 to 10 min to thicken sauce
  12. Return drained pasta to the pot you cooked it in
  13. Remove the bay leaf from sauce and pour the sausage pumpkin sauce over the pasta
  14. Combine sauce and pasta and toss over low heat for 1 minute
  15. Garnish the pasta with lots of shaved cheese and sage leaves

This amazing recipe is from Rachel Ray, and I hope you enjoy it!

Pasta with pumpkin and sausage video

Pull apart pizza bread

Pull apart pizza bread is exactly what it sounds like. Flaky, gooey, and mouthwatering this bread is another way to make a pizza.

Ingredients

  • 2 cans pizza dough or biscuits
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of italian seasoning
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1-8 oz package of pepperoni
  • 1 cup of parmesan cheese
  • Optional: add 1/2 teaspoon of fresh garlic or garlic powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cut pizza dough or biscuits into quarters
  3. Cut pepperoni into smaller pieces
  4. Mix all the ingredients into a bowl and toss so that oil is spread evenly on each piece of dough
  5. Bake for about 30 min tip: check to see if the middle os cooked before pulling out of oven
  6. Flip over onto plate while still hot and enjoy!

http://sweetandsimpleliving.com/easy-pull-apart-pizza-bread/

Before and after a workout

Before a workout our body will need energy, and the best way to get these things is to eat carbohydrates. So before  workout you can eat something simple like whole wheat toast with sliced banana and cinnamon. This is filled with carbs and will release energy slowly during a workout. After, you will need protein and more carbs. A dish like grilled chicken with mixed vegetables will help your body recover after a workout. You will want food that will fill you up, but not make you uncomfortable.