Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Early on in our relationship I learned about my sweetie’s love of Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. I remember him mentioning it during of our all night long phone conversations and baked up a batch for our first trip together over the summer. I knew he loved them (or me) because he ate them all.

So a month or two later, I made another batch. And they were gone as well. So I knew he was a true fan of all things oatmeal raisin. Needless to say, throughout the past 6 months, I’ve made more than a few dozen.

When he gave me permission to start introducing veggies into his diet by “tricking his tastebuds” and hiding the goodness, I knew one of the first recipes I would try to alter would be THE cookie.

Here is the recipe: You won’t BELIEVE what’s hiding inside!
1 cup ICBINB baking sticks, softened (or butter)
1 cup white sugar (or sub Splenda, 3/4 cup)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose white flour (or one cup white, one cup wheat)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups quick cooking oats
2 tablespoons brocolli puree (just place 1 brocoli crown in the food processor with 1/2 cup water, then measure the amount needed).

Cream together butter and sugars. Beat in eggs one at a time, then add vanilla and brocoli puree. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; stir into the wet mixture. Mix in oats.
2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and place on a greased cookie sheet.
3.Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown, but still soft on the top. Cool and enjoy!

My verdict: At first bite I couldn’t even tell the broccoli was in there.
His verdict: He ate 5, without a blink.


Love & Cooking

So it’s no secret I’ve found someone fabulous. He’s kind,
smart, cute, funny, loving.

What more could
a girl ask for?

Well, this foodie can find
just one, and only one thing wrong with this dreamy man: his
tastebuds. That’s right. His tastebuds. The man is THE pickiest
eater on the planet. Well, maybe not THE pickiest. I think my mom
Judy still has that title. But he’s a close second.

Of course I’ve completely looked passed this
“quirk” and have still fallen in love head over heels, but, as many
of you know, I love a challenge. Especially when it involves food.

After much research, I have decided to add
a little spin to my cute little blog and not only trick all of
your tastebuds (my devoted readers) with low
fat, sugar free recipes that make you feel like your’e eating the
real thing, but his too! I mean one
cannot go through life without eating fresh fruits and vegetables.
It’s just impossible! At some point or another one must succomb and
admit to the delicousness of a fresh peach, crunchy sweet carrots
and (my fav) velvety sweet potatoes. So I plan on creating recipes
that (at first) hide the goodness, so he’ll never know they’re even
inside, then ease him into small bites here and there until (evil
laugh) he falls in love with brocoli, asparagus, and

Impossible? Well, I’ve already
tricked him once today, and he ate 5 of them! (stay tuned for that
recipe), so I think it CAN be done. Not every recipe will be a
success, but I’m hoping to have more hits than misses.

If YOU have any ideas on how you hide the goodness
into your family’s favorite dishes, please feel free to share! I’ll
post them on FakedGoods and give you the credit.

Happy eating!


Jalapeno bites

I love throwing casual get-togethers, game nights and well, any excuse to bring my best friends together to dish.

Whether I’m the hostess, or the guest at a gathering, I always make sure to have a few “clean” treats on hand to make sure I stay on track.

Like these little gems. It must be the bacon. Everything’s better with bacon, right?

Sweet and smokey jalapeño bites
A perfect appetizer that will make you the life of any shin-dig! Spicy jalapeño peppers stuffed with cream cheese and a chewy, sweet date, then wrapped in smokey bacon. Baked to crisp perfection making these the perfect sweet, salty, creamy, crispy and chewy bite. You’re welcome.

6 fresh jalapeños, stemmed, seeded and quartered
1- 8oz block cream cheese (you can omit the cheese if your’e strict paleo)
24 dried pitted dates (no sugar added)
12 slices uncured no sugar added bacon, sliced in half (Why uncured bacon?)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Take a piece of jalapeño and fill it with a small dollop (about a teaspoon) of cream cheese into the pepper.
3. Place a date in the center of the cream cheese and press down a bit so that the date sticks.
4. Wrap a piece of bacon around each and place seam side down onto a lightly greased baking sheet (use coconut oil, olive oil or butter). You can secure each bite with a toothpick if the bacon is unwrapping.
5. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until the bacon is browned and crisp. Serve warm or at room temperature!
*No need to flip these, and don’t worry about the cheese oozing out. Cream cheese bakes up nice and firm on the outside, and stays creamy on the inside! Serves 24 bites!