I have been very blog lazy this week…same old reasons-Derrick coming and going, work, the puppy, etc.
Derrick is finally home for a few days so last night we enjoyed a belated Easter dinner together!
We used to have a really nice grill in Oregon but couldn’t bring it with us in the move. I had to get creative when making the ribs, since we no longer have a grill.
I, personally, love dry rubs. So for this meal I whipped up a garlic, paprika, and cayenne pepper rub and let the meat sit overnight in the refrigerator.
Last night when I got home I made my own quick barbeque sauce by combining soy sauce, red wine, coconut oil, ground flax seed, garlic, a little bit of seasonings, vegan butter, and brown sugar on the stove. I mixed all ingredients in a sauce pan and heated until the butter was melted and all ingredients were mixed thoroughly.
Once the mixture was ready, I poured it over the ribs in a pan and baked it at 375 until cooked through.
They turned out amazing!
Derrick was incredibly happy with the turn out, as was I!
To finish the meal we enjoyed healthy homemade holiday cookies I experimented with this weekend. They’re only about 40 calories each and full of peanut buttery chocolate goodness! If you didn’t already now, peanut butter and chocolate anything is the way to my heart!
Peanut butter and chocolate kiss cookies are mine and Derrick’s favorite so I have been trying to find a guilt free version to enjoy for a while.
I think I nailed it with this recipe!
Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Holiday Cookies
1 C Peanut butter
1 C Raw Brown Sugar
1 Large Egg
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tbs Corn Starch
Preheat the oven to 350.
First combine the sugar, peanut butter, and egg. Stir until mixed thoroughly. Then add the sugar, baking soda, and corn starch. Quick note; corn starch is my secret ingredient for all cookies, it’s what gives it that fluffy chewy texture!
After all ingredients are mixed will, grease a cooking pan or muffin-pan. I like to use large muffin-pans for cookies, it cooks them into the perfect shape and size!
Bake for 9-13 minutes, or until done.
Remove from oven and let cool. Once the cookies are cool enough, remove from pan and place a chocolate kiss in the center. Press down gently until the kiss is secure. Derrick and I love dark chocolate and always have dark chocolate kisses or candies of some sort on hand.
If these cookies are not cooked long enough, they are very crumbly. The longer they are baked the more solid they will be and less of a mess to clean up!
On another note, our favorite dish towel is making an appearance in the kitchen this week! We received this at a white elephant party two years ago and thought it was hilarious. There was a 6th month period that it was used constantly in our kitchen. It has been a while now, but I am glad its out of the cupboard!
Hope you all had a fantastic holiday weekend last weekend and are enjoying your Saturday morning!