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Small Batch Cupcakes (made in the toaster oven!) by sarah.blog

Recipe: Small Batch Cupcakes

As one-half of a two person household, I’m always looking for ways to not make giant amounts of food that will either go bad or result in us feeling like we have to eat way too much. Cupcakes are delicious, but two people do not need 24 of them! Since I’ve mastered making two chocolate chip cookies from scratch in the toaster oven, why not try cupcakes? I used cake mix, instead of baking them from scratch, to avoid turning six cupcakes into a big measuring, multi-bowl mess. I figured if I’m only going to end up with six instead of 24 at the end, the process should be about one-fourth of the usual difficulty, right? 😉 I forgot to take photos of them when they come out of the oven, so here’s the best I can do for the look of the actual cake until I bake them again: Yum! Now go make your own… Enjoy!

Dutch Baby is Delicious, a Recipe

I ate a Dutch Baby today… but I promise that’s less horrifying than it sounds. Also, less Dutch because Dutch people don’t even know what you’re talking about if you say you’re making one. (I’m married to a Dutch person. He made it, but had never had it before because it’s not actually Dutch.) Apparently it’s a German Pancake, except it’s actually from German immigrants who were mistakenly referred to as Dutch when they got to America. (Don’t even get me started on that.) What I’m saying is this is basically an old timey American-made pancake pretending to be European. Also, it’s delicious. The edges are a nice, flakey pastry while the inside layers are a bit custardy. It looked so fluffy coming out of the oven: We followed this video recipe from Food Wishes and it worked like a charm. I’ve added a text version, including our notes, below so you can try it too. Yum!

Taco Salad & Tomatillo Ranch Dressing

I tracked my food on MyFitnessPal for several months last year and with minimal effort (and mostly eating the things I love), I saw some solid results. I didn’t really cut things entirely out of my diet, but the portions were carefully considered and smaller, and I combined things differently each day to find a better balance. I’m getting back in the swing of things again now and remembered this salad is pretty great for something that involves lettuce. The Texan in me loves all things Tex-Mex, so this Taco Salad is just my kind of thing, in spite of still being a salad. To make one yourself, combine some lettuce, tomatoes, canned black beans, roasted corn, avocado, cilantro, cheese, tortilla chips, and grilled chicken (with taco seasoning, if you’d like). Top it with your dressing of choice, like Blendtec’s Tomatillo Ranch. (This one’s a great option because it’s delicious & is only 20 calories for 2 tablespoons.) Taco Salad with Blendtec's Tomatillo Ranch Dressing (2T = 20 calories). A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on Aug 3, 2015 at …

An Evening with Comfort Food

Listen, sometimes you’re popping Midol and craving comfort food so you look up the recipe for Luby’s Mac & Cheese. And then your husband wants Cracker Barrel’s Hashbrown Casserole so you look up a copycat recipe for that. And then The Pioneer Woman’s Salisbury Steak happens too. Oops? Last year Houstonia Magazine did a comfort foods issue and Luby’s shared their Macaroni and Cheese recipe. I’m including it here so I won’t lose it, because it was spot on and I’ve got to eat it again. Sometimes you just have to starch out, y’all. And gooey cheese is delicious. But why stop there when you could follow it up with a yellow cake with chocolate frosting? I made a “Perfect Size” cake from Duncan Hines in my toaster oven. It’s 6″ so big enough to serve its purpose, but small enough to not have me eating cake every day for a week. It was super easy, comes with its own tiny pan, and turned out really light and fluffy. (If you’re more in a chocolate chip cookie mood, I’ve …

Recipe: Simple Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce from a can is a travesty (A TRAVESTY!) and doesn’t deserve a spot on your holiday table. The only way to go is with fresh cranberries and about 15 minutes of hands-on prep time. It’ll look beautiful and be a great companion to your turkey. (I love it with cornbread dressing!) I never realized I liked cranberry sauce until I tried this one. The canned stuff just really doesn’t do cranberries justice. That’s it! Super simple and you can dress it up with other things (like orange zest!) if you want to be a bit fancy. It’s best to make it the day before and pull it out a while before serving to take the chill off. Happy holidays!

Single Serving Chocolate Chip Cookies

Single-Serving Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes I really, really want homemade chocolate chip cookies, but lately two things have stopped me from having them: (1) our wall oven broke several months ago and we’re relying on a fancy toaster oven until we remodel our kitchen in a few more months, and (2) I’d love to eat a whole bunch of them but really probably shouldn’t. Well, problem solved! Because: (1) My toaster oven (the Breville BOV800XL Smart Oven) is actually really good at being an oven and handles all sorts of things (from these cookies to whole dinners) fantastically well, and (2) baking only two cookies at a time means they’re always fresh out of the oven when I eat one and also that there won’t be a pile of them sitting around ruining my attempt at eating remotely healthy on weekdays. These cookies will take you about a total of 15 minutes and one bowl, so they’re totally worth the tiny bit of trouble.