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Tonight we had a great dinner with our neighbors! It was healthy and full of flavor!

Appetizer: Tomato Basil Rounds and Chips and Salsa



Watermelon and Tuscan Melon


Roasted Summer Veggie Quinoa


Ticia’s Greek Salad – so good!!


And somehow I forgot the chicken and the dessert – bummer.

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First of all, Happy Birthday MOM!!


We had a great time cooking out with our new neighbors who live down the street on Sunday! They are they cutest family with twin three-year olds and a baby on the way! For the cookout I volunteered to bring dessert. So like usual, I went through every dessert idea in my head debating what I should make. It had to taste good and be healthy. After going through the list of ice cream cake, cupcakes, brownies, raw cookies (I wasn’t sure these would be a hit) I went with the classic fruit pizza bars, modified of course.

While they were baking I was a little nervous they would taste like rubbery low fat squares, but they turned out ok. 🙂

Fruit Pizza Squares

Cookie part:

  • 2 pouches of sugar cookie mix, such as Betty Crocker
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 c. water – maybe this was a little too much because they were more cakey than cookie
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce

Bake until you think they are done at 350. You can’t go by the directions because you changed all of the ingredients.


  • 1 block light cream cheese
  • 1 box of vanilla sugar free pudding mix – mixed with 3/4 skim milk
  • 1 tub of fat free cool whip

Mix the pudding with milk then beat in the cream cheese. Once this mixture is creamy, add in the cool whip.


  1. Prepare and bake the cookie bars.
  2. Prepare the topping.
  3. Add topping to the cooled bars.
  4. Top with fresh fruit!


While this isn’t the most wholesome recipe, it is light and summery and makes for an easy BBQ treat!

Today’s plans include:

  • brunch with Jen and Jody and baby Addyson
  • walking or laying out with Bethany
  • 2 grad school papers
  • a marathon training run of 5 miles
  • a bike ride with Katie
  • who knows what else!

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This weekend I wanted to make something fun for dessert for our cookout on Sunday. I debated between many things but decided on ice cream sandwiches because we were heading to a baseball game after dinner.

Homemade Low -fat Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

  • 1 pouch of cookie mix – any kind
  • 1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 container vanilla (or any flavor) yogurt
  1. Make cookies using applesauce instead of oil and egg whites instead of eggs. Use a large cookie sheet to spread the dough thin instead of a 9×13. Bake for less time than directed.
  2. When the cookies are done, let them cool.
  3. Use a cookie cutter of your choice to cut the cookies out. You will need to 2 cookies per ice cream sandwich (duh, 🙂 )
  4. Put a big spoonful of softened yogurt onto the cookie and place the 2nd cookie on top.
  5. Wrap in plastic wrap and store in the freezer until ready to eat.


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Inspiration from: ErinCooks. com

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For dinner on Saturday, I wanted to keep things simple so I went with the cookout menu. Our dinner consisted of the following:

  • Lean beef burgers, Veggie burgers and hot dogs with buns
  • Lettuce, tomato, onion, spinach for toppings
  • Low-fat cheese potatoes (recipe on Recipes Page)
  • Napa Sesame Salad (also on Recipes Page)
  • Veggies to dip in Sabra
  • Fresh Watermelon
  • Homemade ice cream sandwiches


Cornhole = A cookout/summer MUST

Cheese Potatoes


Chips with Janelle’s homemade salsa


Stuff for burgers


Napa Sesame Salad

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Boys at the baseball game

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After a busy, fun weekend, and before a draining paper, we had a cookout! John and Ash, came over for some classic cookout food! We had the regulars: corn on the cob, salad, burgers and the fixins. We also had a new experiment – veggie burgers!

Veggie Burgers:

  • 1 c. brown rice
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1/2 c. egg whites
  • 1/2 c. bread crumbs
  • 1/2 can of chickpeas
  • salt and pepper

Process together until blended. Cook in a pan with non-stick spray.

**Next time, I would add other veggies – mushrooms, zucchini, squash, broccoli or onions.


They were really good but would be better with more veggies!

Carmelized onions:


John and Ashley’s Amazing Salad:


Grilled Squash:


My plate:


Plus lots of salad!

Yay for great friends and great cookouts!

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Labor Day Cookout!

For dinner tonight, we had Brady’s parents, his aunt and our friends John and Ashley over!  There are no new recipes but dinner was good, clean cookout food!  Sorry the pictures are oddly placed.  Not pictured: my veggie burger, chicken, veggies and hummus (thanks John and Ash), and cookies from Brady’s mom (so good)!

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Last night, Brady’s brother Tyler and sister Janelle came over for dinner.  It was low-key and very tasty!  Dinner didn’t take long to prepare but involved lots of cutting – potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil.

Baked Potato Fries

  • 4 semi-baked potatoes
  • spray butter
  • garlic wine seasoning
  • salt and pepper

Cook potatoes in the microwave for about 5-8 min so they are softer but not baked completely. Cut into 1/2 inch slices. Spray the potatoes with spray butter and add garlic wine seasoning. Bake at 400* for about 20min. or until crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle.

Baked Zucchini Fries

(Similar to Cooking Light and Happy Herbivore’s recipe, but with less exact measurements.:))

  • 2 zucchinis cut into 1/2 in. strips
  • nutritional yeast ( 1/2c. ish)
  • Italian bread crumbs (1/2c.ish)
  • Parmesan cheese (1/4c. ish
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • salt and pepper

Cut up zucchini. Dip zuc. piece into milk then into mixture made of yeast, parm and breacrumbs. Bake at 400 for about 20 min. or until crispy and brown on the outside. These are AMAZING!!!

Tom & Moz. Salad (Tomato-Mozzarella that is:))

  • cut up tomatoes
  • fresh mozzarella pieces in similar size to the tomato
  • fresh basil, chopped
  • drizzle of EVOO and balsamic vinegar

Tyler’s  Decadent Burgers

  • Lean ground sirloin
  • Worcester sauce
  • garlic seasoning
  • A-1

Mix meat and all seasonings and grill!

The Grill Masters

We walked to get ice cream after dinner (Brady still gets bubble gum because it has big chunks of real bubble gum in it).  After ice cream a few friends came over to watch the Olympics, play Wii and drink Sangria!

* Tonight Brady’s parents are coming over for dinner!  Any good cookout recipes?!

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