salad/summer rolls with life changing walnut sauce

Jessica Penner, RDDinner, Dip & Spread, Meatless, Recipes, Snack8 Comments

Salad Rolls with Walnut Sauce

You need this walnut sauce in your life.  The combination of ingredients in these salad rolls is, of course, also amazing but it doesn’t hold a candle to this walnut sauce. It’s not just the icing on the cake. The sauce is the whole reason to eat these salad rolls.  I’ve also been eating this sauce with broccoli florets, as a salad dressing, and have even started eating it with a spoon….  We’ve raced through two batches of this recipe in less than a week already.  When I sit down to have a snack I’m usually sweet tooth type of person … Read More

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Bars

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Chocolate PB No Bake Protein Bars

If you’ve got 10 minutes, you’ve got enough time to make these rawsome awesome protein bars! All you need to do is soften some dates, stir in some peanut butter, dump it over the dry ingredients, and press into a pan. Easy to make, easy on the wallet. The Lowdown on Protein Powders This recipe contains whey protein isolate. I used to be fairly anti-protein powders. Unless you were an elite athlete, a body builder, or needed a specialized medical diet, I didn’t think they were necessary. I still don’t think they’re necessary, per se. A person can certainly live a … Read More

homemade ricotta in 3 easy steps

Jessica Penner, RDRecipes, Snack, Tutorial10 Comments

Ricotta is so stinking easy to make. Once you make it, you’ll never go back to storebought! It literally only requires three very easy steps. This recipe will yield 375g of ricotta, give or take. (It depends on how much whey you strain out.)   Step One: Heat Pour the milk into a large pot. Heat over medium until a thermometer reads 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Turn heat off.  Step Two: Denature Add the lemon juice and salt (if desired). Set a timer for 10 minutes. Step Three: Strain Line a colander with a cheesecloth, nut bag, or clean tea towel. Place over … Read More

healthy edible play-dough

Jessica Penner, RDBabies & Kids, Meatless, Recipes, Snack2 Comments

Healthy Edible Play Doh

My original intention for this recipe was to make a healthier version of a peanut butter and honey sandwich. The sandwich idea definitely tasted great but unfortunately, the filling didn’t stick very well to the bread. When some of the peanut butter filling fell onto my toddler’s tray, he began to roll it between his hands and exclaimed “I’m making a peanut butter snake!”    Since I’m a big proponent of encouraging kids to play with their food, I rolled with this change to my intended recipe. Who needs delicious homemade sourdough bread anyway? We had a great rest of the lunch making … Read More

high protein peanut butter granola

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High Protein Peanut Butter Granola

You’re going to look at the list of ingredients, spot the lentils, and immediately head for the hills. But wait! Remember the first time you heard of someone using cauliflower to make alfredo sauce? You were doubtful. But then you were curious and you tried it and it was delicious! Or the first time you heard of someone using avocados to make chocolate pudding? Sounded strange but then you tried it and discovered a silky smooth treat.  I posted a lentil granola recipe about a year ago but it never got much love. I think it’s because I didn’t pump it up … Read More

maple roasted tomatoes

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maple roasted tomatoes

Fall, fall, fall. It’s strange how much I can both love and hate it at the same time. With equal intensity. On the one hand, I’m mourning all the summer sun, sandals, and how you can leave the house without calculating just how many layers you might need that day. And I love summer laundry: no socks to try and match and fold and figure out which ones have holes! Just kidding about that last one. Anyone who knows me knows I usually have a hole or two in my socks. The matching and folding is enough for me. I … Read More

quick caprese toast

Jessica Penner, RDBaked, Recipes, SIde Dish, Snack2 Comments

Sigh. I love this recipe and I love these photos but looking at them makes me a little bit sad. You see, these were the last photos taken before that fateful weekend when my camera got caught in a torrential downpour. I loved that camera. My husband knew I wanted to learn how to shoot in manual mode so he searched and researched an bought me the SONY alpha 37 for Christmas a couple years ago. It was my baby and it was special because it reminded me of the gift-giver. I bought a Canon as a replacement but I just … Read More