Thursday, April 5, 2012

PinterTest Kitchen: sweet craving solutions and vegetable adventures

So this last month there has been zero baking going on around here
well, maybe a little
but i took no part in eating it

it was my first time participating in Lent
and I chose desserts and pastries
no candy, no doughnuts, no cupcakes, no chocolate, NO NUTELLA!

I did leave myself the pleasure of Jello for my birthday
that's right, I'm not joking
my birthday cake was JELLO

it was pretty tough, more about that later

anyway, in a attempt to satisfy my sweet cravings
I decided to pin and test these

don't get me wrong they're no cupcakes and ice cream
but they were pretty delightful

check out the recipe at

All natural

you can add your favorite toppings
chocolate chips on one, dried apples on another, 
fresh peach, fresh strawberry, craisins, nuts, the possibilities are ENDLESS!

this recipe makes a lot, but not to worry
refrigerate some in an airtight container
and throw the rest in a ziploc for the freezer
then thaw, and reheat in the microwave for 30-40 sec.


I may have been a little eager, and eaten right through the paper

don't judge me
I haven't had cake in a month

Try this one!

Your supplies....

pour your yogurt of choice in the ziploc
cut a little hole at the tip of ziploc, and use like a pastry bag

then line a cookie tray with parchment paper and dot

dot your little heart out

then freeze
i don't even think it took 20 minutes for them to harden

once they're done

no joke, they're gone in seconds
mom's love them, kids love them, even the yogurt hating ones

no one can resist the frozen dots!


now just because I wasn't eating sweets
doesn't mean I was eating healthy 
I wasn't, and I think my eating habits worried by husband a little
because after vacation he willing did the shopping, and brought back a ton of vegetables
including a big bag of broccoli from Costco

luckily I had just been inspired by my mother-in-law to make some broccoli salads
and so I got on pinterest to see what I could come up with

I found this recipe for Mediterranean Crunch Salad and used it as a base for my own version

broccoli florets,
thinly sliced kale,
halved grape tomatoes,
1/4 chopped red onion, 
1/4 of a cucumber halved and sliced, 
halved kalamata olives,
feta cheese,
 some cooked pasta, 
mixed with some kraft greek vinagrette
and chill in the fridge 


its fantastic
And if you want to give it more of an italian flare,
substitute black olives for kalamata, 
mozzarella balls for feta, 
and italian dressing for greek. 
And there you go!

Best thing about this salad, it keeps VERY well overnight. 
Maybe even better than the day you make it.

But since my kids won't go for the salad, no matter how good it is
I like to give them carrots with ranch dip. 
Now I saw a pin that said you can make your dip a little healthy
by using "plain greek yogurt mixed with a ranch dip season mix
and it tastes EXACTLY THE SAME"

and all I have to say about that is


linking up with Jessica


  1. omgsh. you are my hero.
    birthday in the middle of lent? the worst.
    my sister always had hers too! she always allowed herself the treat though. i can't believe you stuck to jello. are you even human?

    those yogurt dots look awesome. okay, i think i need to try them! definitely.

    so glad you checked out the fake ranch. franch? fanch? sad to hear its gross, but glad to know i wasn't the guinea pig.

  2. Carrie, try mixing the ranch mix with cottage cheese. It's healthier than sour cream and mayo (or whatever they recommend) but much tastier than mixed with plain greek yogurt!

  3. ranch imposting liars are THE. WORST. now get over here. and bring that salad.

  4. I'm definitely going to try the yogurt dots.