Quick and Easy “Light” Lemon Curd

imageWe LOVE lemon curd!  It’s so tangy, bright, and sweet-tart!  I love stirring it into plain Greek yogurt, whether store-bought or homemade. It would also be amazing slathered on some shortbread cookies or warm scones.  Years ago,  I stumbled on a non-traditional (but still delicious) recipe, and I’ve used it exclusively ever since.  As an added bonus,  because there’s no butter, it’s actually a little quicker/easier to make AND it’s lower in fat and calories.  Score!  I’ve made this on countless occasions, sometimes with Meyer lemons, regular lemons, key limes, or regular limes.  You can pretty much use any type of citrus, so take your pick!

Read on to get the full instructions.

-Viv

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Quick Dinner: Sesame Peanut Noodles

imageWe LOVE sesame peanut noodles!  I’ve been adhering to a weekly menu plan lately, in an attempt to save money and waste less food, and I’m happy to say my evil plan is working, mwa ha ha!  However, whether you make a weekly plan or not, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, especially when you try to make dinner at home regularly.  These sesame peanut noodles made their way into the rotation recently, and not only did they get Mr. Viv and me out of a boring, repetitive dinner pattern, they were surprisingly easy and inexpensive.  Awesome!  Keep reading for the details.

-Viv

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Savory Roasted Chickpeas

 

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We LOVE healthy snacks!  Actually, we love all snacks, but it’s a bonus if they’re both delicious AND healthy.  Today I’m going to share a ridiculously easy “recipe” for savory roasted chickpeas, which are full of fiber and protein.  It’s actually more of a method than a recipe, and you can customize it in infinite ways.  This version will make a salty, crunchy snack that might help you skip the greasy chips, but you can also make a cinnamon sugar variation to help you indulge your sweet tooth without forfeiting a healthy lifestyle.  Read on for the details.

-Viv

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DIY Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

imageWe LOVE all-natural DIY beauty products!  Today I’m going to show you how to make a lip scrub at home.  I gave these away for Christmas as part of a lip duo along with the handmade lip balm we shared here back in December.

Read on to find out how to make this moisturizing (and yummy) lip exfoliant yourself in only 3 steps!  (Bonus:  you only need 2 ingredients!)

-Viv

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Homemade Granola

imageWe LOVE granola!  And good news: making it yourself is really easy and inexpensive!  Plus, you can make it healthier than the store-bought kind, and you can customize it to suit your tastes and food allergies/sensitivities.

Be warned, though.  I have found this granola to be addictive, and I’ve been known to eat much more than a “sensible” portion in one sitting.  If you’re still on board (and you should be), keep reading for the instructions.

-Viv

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Almond Butter Energy Bites

imageWe LOVE almond butter!  I came up with this idea because I wanted to make a snack inspired by the flavors in an Almond Joy candy bar, only a little healthier if possible.  The BFF (Jen) had recently made some peanut butter, honey, and oat squares, so I riffed on that concept.  I love it because like many of the other “recipes” I’ve shared here, it’s really just a starting point.  I’ll share the ratios that helped me achieve the consistency I was looking for.  You can customize as much as you want to get the texture and flavors that suit you best.

Keep reading to find out how!

-Viv

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Chia Seed Jam

imageWe LOVE jam!  One might even say that jam is our JAM!  This version uses chia seeds as a thickener to give it that jammy jam jam quality.  If you haven’t heard of chia seeds, where have you been?  Just kidding.  But seriously, they’re a lot of fun to use, and word on the street is they have some significant health benefits.  I used strawberries for my chia seed jam, but you can use the fruit of your choice, and it’s so easy to make.  Really, you won’t believe how simple this is!  You can spread it on toast, stir some into your favorite plain yogurt, make a PBJ sandwich, or use it how you would use any other jam.  Keep reading for the details.

-Viv

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