Shortcut Guacamole

It had been a long day at work and I was in full-on chef mode; as I was slicing away, the sight of a perfectly ripe avocado set off thoughts of zesty guacamole… What to do with this time-sensitive, ever-ripening delicacy?  I forgot to grab a few fresh tomatoes from the grocery store, so I was close to putting off the recipe for another evening; … Continue reading Shortcut Guacamole

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

Yes, the pumpkin obsession continues.  Inspired by Skinnytaste.com, 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

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

Shortcut Cilantro-Lime Rice

Cilantro-lime rice is the perfect accompaniment to any Mexican dish, but preparation is time-intensive. This short-cut recipe will do the trick in just a few minutes.  Ingredients 1 pouch steam-in-bag brown rice (frozen brands like Rice Expressions, Trader Joe’s work best) 1/3-1/2 C cilantro, finely chopped 1 lime, juiced Dash of salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste Method 1.  Cook rice according to package instructions, … Continue reading Shortcut Cilantro-Lime Rice

How To Jazz Up Frozen Waffles

Crunched for time? Limited ingredients? Fear no more, with a little creativity you can transform frozen waffles from lackluster to spectacular. Start with some yogurt and raisins; fresh fruit will further elevate the dish. Mix it up using different flavors of yogurt and types of fruit. Try them without using syrup; the yogurt adds the desired sweetness without adding empty calories. Ingredients: 2 frozen waffles … Continue reading How To Jazz Up Frozen Waffles