Perfectly Moist Chicken Breast

I usually prep chicken using a “sear and bake” method.  The secret is in the sear–it locks in moisture while the chicken does its thing in the oven.  I use this recipe as a base to many other dishes:  chicken salad, teriyaki chicken, chicken pho…you get the idea.  Here’s the method to my madness: Ingredients: 1 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt Fresh … Continue reading Perfectly Moist Chicken Breast

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

Yes, the pumpkin obsession continues.  Inspired by, I was on a mission to create a decadent-tasting cupcake with minimal calories.  In spirit of the season, I opted for spice cake mix instead of golden yellow (and with that choice, this recipe is now what I call a “shortcut” dish…) This recipe is incredibly easy to prepare and pleases any crowd; my friends devoured the batch in … Continue reading Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Banana Bread

This is my favorite time of year; the leaves are turning, blushing the landscape with crimson, ochre and sienna.  The days are warm and sunny; the evenings have a certain briskness that hints at the cold winter to come.  The best part?  Pumpkin! There are very few things that I love more than pumpkin.  Add chocolate to the mix, and all my willpower goes out … Continue reading Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Banana Bread

Black Bean Brownies

Black beans?  Brownies?  Together?  Yes.  When I first learned about the concept of substituting black beans for oil and eggs, I was skeptical.  One day my sister brought home a batch of moist, chocolatey, decadent brownies made with the magical fruit and I was soon a believer. Eliminating the oil and eggs substantially reduces excess calories and fat.  The moisture of the bean keeps them … Continue reading Black Bean Brownies

Shortcut Strawberry Banana Bread

Short on time?  This recipe is similar to my Strawberry Banana Bread recipe, but uses boxed banana bread mix for a shortcut.  I’ve found that Trader Joe’s Banana Bread Mix has the best flavor. Fear not:  this bread is equally addicting as the homemade version.  No one will know that you took this clever shortcut.  Be mindful of how much stirring takes place when the … Continue reading Shortcut Strawberry Banana Bread

Grilled Sweet Potato Fries

I was tempted to prepare homemade French fries after receiving a picture of some luscious, thick-cut russets from my close friend Nathan.  I’m a huge fan of sweet potatoes, so I applied his method using this variety.  The experiment was successful! Greasy, caloric fries are now a thing of the past (thank you grill!)  They’re the perfect side dish for a burger, brat or salad.  For … Continue reading Grilled Sweet Potato Fries