Life, Bites, and Resolutions {2014 Edition}

I’m so happy to see you! We haven’t talked since last year!

Okay I’m sorry. The new year’s jokes get older every year.

Because I completely deserved whatever eye rolls I just received, let me make it up to you with a platter of 2014’s greatest hits.
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1. Healthy Crepes | 2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars | 3. Coconut Flour Pancakes 2.0 | 4. Single Serving Chocolate Chip Cookie | 5. The Perfect Whole Wheat Pancakes | 6. Single Serving Cookie Dough | 7. Single Serving Brownies | 8. Single Serving Lava Cake | 9. Cauliflower Buffalo Wings

What a delicious year! Here’s to many more healthy food comas in 2015.

In case you’re new around here, let me bring you up to celebration speed. Every year I made a set of new year’s resolutions and, in order to retain some prayer of keeping them, reflect back on the beginning of the next year to see how I did. (You can find the 2013 reflection post here.) Let’s see how I fared!

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Cauliflower Rice a Roni + Blendtec Giveaway {$650 Value!}

This is huge.

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I love you all so much. I turned 17 this week and, in order to properly express my appreciation for your existence, wanted to celebrate with an appropriately extravagant gift for you. I teamed up with the fabulous folks over at Blendtec to give away the queen of all blenders, the Designer 725, to one very luck Foodie Fiasco reader.

That’s a $650 value!! Now do we know how to party or what?

This machine has changed my life in the kitchen forever. It’s powerful, easy to clean (!!), and stunningly beautiful. We both know you deserve one. From morning smoothies to late night ice cream to tackling cauliflower into rice, my Blendtec is always there to me. And now it’s going to be there for you.

Scroll down and take two minutes to enter! I say this because I love you. Do it. Do it now.

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So life is moving quickly! Things are happening. Let’s talk about them.

First off, I owe you an apology. I haven’t been here and I know it and I apologize from the bottom of my heart. I’ve overestimated what I can do in my 24 hours.

I’ll be honest. I’ve thought about shutting the blog down. Foodie Fiasco is indeed a work of heart, but it’s also a giant undertaking for an already overworked junior. Hours and hours are poured into the labors of love that, after a few miracles of caffeine and technology, eventually become the recipes you see here.

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But then I dropped the ball. A few hours of procrastination became a few days off the editorial calendar. A few days became a few weeks which became a month without any understanding of calculus or a single published recipe to show for it.

I didn’t plan well enough for this insanity of a schedule and so Foodie went on the back burner and for that I am incredibly sorry. I come here today with the my most heartfelt of hugs and a mouth wateringly delicious dinner and a free blender that happens to be magical.

Let’s make 2015 the best year yet. These are the days my friends.

Currently I am stockpiling posts, hiring contributors, and planning for the rainy day I didn’t before. I’m so grateful that you’ve come to my table, and I promise to keep bringing recipes for us to eat together for years to come.

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Dear people allow me to enlighten you on the wonders of rice a roni. It’s this cheesy salty foodgasm of a pre-packaged dinner and it’s full of chemicals and fat and nonsense and it’s absolutely horrific for you and I adore it.

I have fond memories of many a childhood night spent curled up with a good movie and three of four bowls of rice a roni (the stretchy pants go without saying here).

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But the new year is upon us! Stretchy pants no more! I’ve recreated the cheesiness goodness with a healthy cauliflower rice a roni based on my famous cauliflower risotto recipe. And let me tell you it will rock your. socks. off.

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Since we’re a class act, feel free to jazz up your feast with any spices that strike your fancy. I was in a dill mood, but I also think a pinch of rosemary would be fabulous.

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And cheese. Cheese is like sunshine.

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Nothing like a miracle blender and an unintentional action shot to get you into the holiday spirit.

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Healthy (Oil Free) Hummus

Things are happening! Let’s eat some hummus and talk about it. First off, this hummus is perfection. I know because I had 9 fabulous taste testers who said so. (NINE. And there are 19 chefs total in the Foodie Fiasco Test Kitchen because I’m the luckiest person alive.) Considering my standard for hummus was set…

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Fresh and Easy Baked Taco Shells

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh & Easy. Thank you for your support! Congrats! Your life just got better. Did you know you can create miracles in the kitchen? It’s true. As someone who wants to eat healthy amidst an 80 hour work week, I’ve been picked up some…

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Homemade Coconut Cashew Quest Bars

I admit I have a problem. First off, junior year of high school is insane. The topics covered are almost as mind-bogglingly complex as my procrastination methods. Exhibit A? I used the abundant free time I don’t have to replicate the gastronomic miracle that is the Quest bar. It only took forever. If you’re not…

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The Best Way to Make Tofu

Disregard everything you have ever heard about tofu. Just hear me out. Tofu can be one of the best or the worst things you will ever put in your mouth. And unfortunately, all too many people have experienced the latter. Guys. Tofu truly is incredible. It’s this wonderfully versatile, nutritious food that is full of…

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Homemade Speculoos (Biscoff) Cookies

So I’m way too excited about this. For those of you who have never enjoyed the miracle that is biscoff (it’s okay I still love you), let me bring you up to speed. Biscoff/Speculoos cookies are these buttery, spiced biscuits with the perfect crunch and a slight nuttiness. They’re like ginger snaps, but not really because…

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