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Ah, book club.  For centuries women have been using “Book Club” as an excuse to get together, drink wine, eat cheese and gossip about men. My book club is no different.  This month, it was my turn to host and I tried to create a warm environment that would encourage the gossip…er, book discussion.

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See you next month!

I recently put together a light and simple brunch tablescape for the Gatherings Magazine blog. And, well, I was too excited about the table to NOT share a couple of photos before it gets published over at Gatherings. What do you think?

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Tilapia wrap

Tilapia wrap

 

My mom recently shared this tilapia wrap idea with me, and I seriously have eaten one of these every day at lunch for the past nine days. It’s a perfect lunch – some protein to get me through the day, but not too heavy, so I don’t feel like I will fall asleep when 2 o’clock rolls around! And, BONUS, it’s only 305 calories and super quick to make.

Ingredients:

1 tilapia filet – I use lightly breaded frozen filets from Costco (fresh would be more ideal, I realize, but these are so easy and quick and low-maintenance!) – 180 calories

1 small flour tortilla (or corn if you are g-free) – 90 calories

1/2 Roma tomato – Approx. 7 calories

1/4 – 1/2 c. spring mix – Approx. 3 calories (practically doesn’t even count!)

1 tsp. Kraft Spicy Ranch Dressing (or whatever dressing you like, but let me just tell you that if you buy the Kraft Spicy Ranch and don’t like it, I will judge you forever and we probably can’t be friends) – 25 calories

That’s it! Total calories: 305…Not bad at all!

Steps:

1. Heat tilapia (The kind I get takes about 20 minutes at 450)

Tilapia ready for baking

Tilapia ready for baking

2. Lightly toast tortilla and dice tomato.

Tomato, tomahto.

Tomato, tomahto.

3. Assemble wrap – I like to put the fish on one side, dressing on the other and then veggies in the middle, but this is totally up to you.  Go wild. Put the dressing right on the fish if you dare.

Almost ready for nom-ing.

Almost ready for nom-ing.

4. Eat your delicious wrap!

Nom nom nom.

Nom nom nom.

 

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This recipe is so quick and easy – perfect for last-minute guests or as a hostess gift. I think the little almonds in the middle make people think these are much fancier than they are:

Ingredients:

2 c. flour
1 c. almonds + more for topping cookies
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 c. butter
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. Grind up 1 c. almonds in food processor until they have a fine, meal-like texture.

3. Add other dry ingredients and pulse food processor to combine.

4. Use food processor to cut in butter, vanilla and almond extracts. Don’t over-blend. You want a fine, sand-like consistency.

5. Roll dough into a log, about 2″ in diameter.

6. Slice cookies into desired thickness (I like about 1/2″), top each with an almond and bake for about 12 minutes (will vary depending on thickness – keep an eye on em!)

That’s it! Takes less than 30 minutes!

mugs

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My dear friend Sarah and I joke sometimes about the healthy muffins we make. The joke usually happens when we are at a coffee shop lusting after the real muffins that we want to eat, but should not eat. Then we go home and make our healthy version of muffins, which (and here come the joke), we wouldn’t dare give to any other person, for fear they would spit them out immediately and run from our general vicinity.

All joking aside, healthy muffins and yummy muffins do not HAVE to be opposites, and here is my current formula that isn’t TERRIBLE. (I won’t lie to you, it’s not the most wonderful muffin in the world, either) It’s basically a modified version of the All Bran Muffin recipe:

2 1/2 c. All Bran cereal
1 1/2 c. 1% milk
2 egg whites
2/3 c. applesauce
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. sugar (can be left out, if you’re a nihilist)
1 1/2 c. flour (white or wheat)

Mix the All Bran and milk and let sit for 10 minutes, then add the other ingredients. Bake @ 400 for about 12-15 minutes. And voila! Muffins with very little sugar and fat! Makes 12.