Protein Packed Coconut Macaroons

So now things are different.

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First and foremost… these macroons. Wow.

They’re filled with protein and a cinch to make! And at only 23 calories, you can eat an absurd amount like I did and still rock those skinnies. You’ll never look at the typical sugary confection the same way again.

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Second… the silence. I announced my return from oblivion on Instagram a few days ago and I’m officially back from the dead.

I love you so I won’t make you read the great american novel of an explanation, but basically my expectations for the blog were too high and its position on the priority list was too low. If I couldn’t spend 15 hours on a post then I wouldn’t post at all. Multiply that by a few months and you have some very hungry foodies.

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So apparently I can’t stop working 60-80 weeks without going to clown college, but I can change how I go about the blog. I won’t spend as much as time doing stupid admin/tech stuff, but you don’t want 25 pictures of the same dish accompanied by 1000+ words of my rambling anyway so I think this will work out well for everyone.

Now I can get back to doing what I love. Cooking, sharing my art and soul recipes, and of course talking with you guys! (<- you’re actually my most favorite part but shhh don’t tell the food)

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Another thing to clear up. I’ve spent this post arguing with spellcheck over macaron vs. macaroon. Let’s settle this like grown ups. We’re talking cookies here. This is serious.

macaroons -> fabulous coconut nuggets of coconutty fabulousness

macarons -> those fancy french cookie sandwiches you see in bakeries that cost the next three months rent and the soul of your firstborn child (yet I still buy them anyway because of course)

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Roll your macaroons into neat little balls and place on your antique baking sheet lined with pretty parchment paper. We’re a class act here.

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I have eaten way too many at this point. It’s not cute.

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But these macaroons are very cute. And healthy. I see no downsides. I’m going back for more.

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Healthy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Or in other words, please try to control yourself.

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Spinach and artichoke dip is my favorite dip of all time hands down, so you know I wouldn’t give you any recipe but the best. And guess what? This decadent appetizer is finally healthy! No one will have any idea it’s only 68 calories a serving. Pinky swear.

An order of spinach and artichoke dip from CPK? 930. Applebee’s? 1360. Chili’s? 1440!!And being the picky dipper I am, I can say that this dip is every bit as good at the restaurant versions, but for only 68 little calories. I think I’m in love.

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So I basically ate the whole batch with a spoon. It was bad. Okay just kidding it was amazing. Moral of the story? Have some chips with your dip… or not. Mwahahahaha.

Okay so let’s talk cheese. Castello. The star of this dish.

I try not to eat a lot of dairy, so when I do indulge it has to be 117% worth it. And Castello so is. Head on over to their website and drool over the amazing pictures of cheese. And then make sure to eat some (read: a lot). At least that’s what I did and it worked rather well!

The havarti is life changing. And that’s saying something from the girl who firmly believes cheese is just purified sunshine. (Plus they have an excellent light version! Score!)

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This spinach and artichoke dip is so easy it’s actually absurd…ly perfect because you need this in your life and in your mouth as soon as possible and potentially even before then.

Skinny dip time!

…erm…

Healthy spinach and artichoke dip, that is. Because it’s skinny? And it’s a dip?

Come on guys get your minds out of the gutter. I think my mom is reading this.

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You can most definitely use fresh chopped spinach and even fresh artichoke hearts if that’s your groove, but sometimes you’re just in the mood to have the frozen section of Trader Joe’s do all the work for you. I am in this mood rather often. But before you go crazy with the prep work, do keep in mind that you’ll be cooking and blending all these ingredients anyway.

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Plus it’ll work out beautifully either way. Look at this cheesy creamy dreamyness. Taste test. Do it now.

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For the crunchy topping (with yes! more cheese!), you can either use panko or almond meal for a low carb/paleo option.

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Take a big spoonful?

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Don’t mind if I do!

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

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Moroccan Chickpea Stew

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Flourless Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Behold the newest addition to the list of greatest hits. This recipe is without a doubt one of the best to ever grace my kitchen. Perhaps any kitchen. I’m just very pleased with how delicious and healthy these are and I ate like three straight out of the oven and I’m really into superlatives right…

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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

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