When I think about the holidays I never sit there dreaming about potatoes, cookies, ham, pie, rolls or anything like that.
I have one thing on my mind and that is CHEESE! Specifically fancy goat cheese logs and anything involving brie!
It’s an addiction!
Last year I shared my pishacio goat cheese log and this year It’s time to share my other favorite holiday cheese appetizer: Brie & Fig Bites. The sweet flavor of the figs perfectly compliments the buttery brie creating the BEST flavor combination ever- trust me!
There are 2 kinds of people during the holidays: the ones who have everything planned weeks in advance and those who will be scrambling around Wednesday night at 9:00 pm to find a turkey.
I tend to be the latter.
In fact I just figured out TODAY what I need to bring for Thanksgiving dinner– thankfully it’s just booze and an appetizer haha!
But with work, traveling, grocery shopping…etc this week just figuring out an appetizer to bring is overwhelming right now. Then I remembered this incredible hummus recipe I saw on What’s Gaby Cooking a couple weeks ago. Gaby actually makes her own hummus and PEELS the chickpeas…seriously? Ain’t nobody got time for that!
In true lazy girl, last minute fashion I decided to try this recipe out this past weekend using my favorite Trader Joe’s hummus and you know what…IT’S FABULOUS, takes less than 5 minutes to make, healthy and oh so very festive. Doesn’t get much better than that!
I’ve been blogging now for a little over 1 year… CRAZY how fast time flies when you’re trying to create meaningful content week after week.
In celebration of my blog’s first birthday I went back and looked through some of my first posts and it was incredible to see just how far I’ve come in 1 short year. I believe my photography has improved, my content has gotten much more valuable and I’ve stopped blogging for myself and have been focusing on blogging for my readers. My goal with Live Lean Eat Green is to share some parts of my personal life but mostly to inform and educate everyone on healthy eating and fitness by providing quick tips, nutrition facts, easy recipes…etc.
Last Halloween I gave you all my “Healthy Holiday” rant.
Just in case you missed it… I’m going to go over it again because I think it’s so important!
Halloween kicks off the holiday
season sugar binge! Think about it, In the next 3 months we have Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years…all holidays centered around food, dessert and booze!
So many people go into a mindset this time of year thinking “Oh, I’ll worry about exercise in January” or “I’m going to eat whatever I want until New Years then make my resolution to lose 20 lbs.”
NO. NO. NO.
Memorial Day Weekend is creeping up FAST!
And what does that mean…food, desserts, booze and most of the time more booze.
I’ve personally sworn off booze until after my marathon so to make up for that this Memorial Day is going to be all about desserts like this amazing Fruit Pizza.
What is Fruit Pizza you ask?
Well imagine if a cookie and a cheesecake had a baby.
Seriously! The crust is basically a coconut sugar cookie and then the frosting is a magical cream cheese mixture topped with fresh fruit.
Good morning from Las Vegas!
I hope all you wonderful Live Lean Eat Green readers have a wonderful Easter Sunday.
I know I say it all the time but THANK YOU all so much for all your support and for making this blog possible.
And just because I appreciate you all so much I have ANOTHER easy, delicious Easter treat to share: Candy Dipped “Carrots”.
Easter is THIS WEEKEND! I really can’t believe how quickly these holidays keep coming up AHH!
Growing up my family went all out for Easter. We would wake up to baskets from “The Easter Bunny” then all the kids in the neighborhood would gather for a huge Easter egg hunt.
These days Easter is more about mimosas and food.
I make these Deviled Egg Chicks for Easter every single year and they are always a hit.
They’re cute, festive, somewhat healthy and SO EASY!
Time is just FLYING! I can’t believe that next week is St. Patrick’s Day then just 10 days later is Easter Sunday…WHAT?!
Dear time, please just slow down a little okay?
Normally for St. Patrick’s Day I like to go all out slow cooking some corned beef, baking homemade soda bread and tons of potatoes but this year I’m just not feeling all the heavy, salty food.
Anyone with me?
So when I went to the store today to do my weekly grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s I was so excited to see all the fun green food they had for St. Patrick’s day that wasn’t just the typical corned beef and cabbage.
I was instantly inspired to do a post about the green food at Trader Joe’s to share with you all. Some of this food is actually related to St. Patrick’s day and some is just green and delicious.
Chocolate, candy, cupcakes… sounds a lot like Valentine’s Day doesn’t it?
But what if you don’t like sweets?
I’m not a huge sweets person and Bryce hates all sweets so we’ve always had to think outside the box a little when it comes to Valentine’s Day.
Last year I surprised Bryce with a huge platter of cheeses cut into hearts with meat and his eyes lit up like the crazy heart eyed emoji. This year he said that’s all he wanted again…sure makes my life easy!
His reaction inspired me to think of some other alternatives for sweets on Valentine’s Day so bust out your heart shaped cookie cutters and let’s get cooking!!
5 Valentines Day Treats For People Who Don’t Like Sweets:
- Heart Melting Grilled Cheese- This is so easy- simply make a grilled cheese then use a heart cookie cutter to cut out the center. I ate the crust then served Bryce the heart part with a little soup.
I really wanted to name this post something more fun like,
Because nothing says I love you more than bacon..
or Because men don’t give a shit about flowers, cookies or chocolate..
But I settled for Bacon Roses! They’re a perfect gift to give to anyone for Valentine’s Day especially the man in your life. Men don’t want flowers, cupcakes or some silly card…honestly I think most men would prefer Valentine’s Day didn’t exist. So why not give him something special and creative he will actually enjoy?
I’m here to help!
First let’s get our supplies together- All you need is:
- 1 bunch of fake roses- I got mine 40% off at Michael’s
- 1 pack of bacon- Mine is from Trader Joe’s
- your favorite vase
- a box of toothpicks
- muffin tin